1 3/4 oz Auchentoshan Three Wood
1/2 oz Gonzales Byass Nutty Solera
1/2 oz Legend Distilling Naramaro
1/2 oz Lactic Acid Syrup
12g Silk Road Royal Abkhazi tea
Milk wash with half and half along with champagne acid
Craigdarroch Castle is a definitively Victorian experience. It is a shining example of a “bonanza castle” — massive houses built for entrepreneurs who became wealthy during the industrial age. In this case, the industrialist was Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish immigrant who made his fortune from Vancouver Island coal.This legendary Victorian mansion, built between 1887 and 1890 on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria, announced to the world that Robert Dunsmuir was the richest and most important man in Western Canada.
He died in 1889, leaving his entire estate to his wife Joan, who lived in the Castle until her death in 1908. The immense fortune of the Dunsmuir family is reflected in the four floors of exquisite stained glass windows, intricate woodwork and fabulous Victorian-era furnishings.
The Abkhazi Gardens were created by Peggy Pemberton-Carter and Prince Nicholas Abkhazi. They met in Paris in 1922, Prince Nicholas, the last surviving son of an ancient line of kings of Abkhazia was leaving in exile. They fell in love but at the outbreak of World War II, Prince Nicholas joined the French army and was soon captured. Peggy spent the war in captivity in Shanghai. When the war ended, though they had not seen each other since 1933, they made the decision to be together. Peggy met her prince in New York in November 1946, married him and became the Princess Nicholas Abkhazi. They created the gardens on their one acre property or "corner of the field", it now is a world tourist attraction with a classic tea room.