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Victoria Whisky Festival
until the Victoria Whisky Festival

The 11th Annual Victoria Whisky Festival will be held on the
14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th of January 2016 at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

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January 25th, 2016

The 11th Victoria Whisky Festival welcomed over 1,000 guests to whisky events on Thursday the 14th, Friday the 15th, Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of January 2016 at the 5 star Hotel Grand Pacific located on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

Participants enjoyed sold out evening events including Whisky wander: a Spirited Journey Through the Past Century with Alwynne Gwilt, The Canadian Whisky Awards Dinner, The Glenfiddich Grand Tasting, The Canadian Club Women and Whisky Grand Tasting, The Buffalo Trace Grand Tasting, The Independent Bottlers Grand Tasting with Andrew Ferguson and Roberto Roberti, The Amrut Grand Tasting, The Glenlivet Distillery Grand Tasting, The Highland Park Valhalla Collection Grand Tasting, the Festival Grand Tasting and The Distillers Dinner.

Daytime Masterclasses were presented by Tomintoul, NIKKA, Buffalo Trace, Laphroaig, Auchentoshan, Bowmore, Springbank, Woodford Reserve, Chivas Brothers, Tullibardine, Glencadam, Tomatin, Bruichladdich, Macallan, Kilchoman, Wiser’s, Highland Queen, Glenmorangie, Balvenie, Highland Park, Benromach, Glenlivet, Ardbeg, Jim Beam, Glenfiddich, Benriach, Glenfarclas.

Representatives from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Gordon and MacPhail Morrison & MacKay, Compass Box, Cru & Terroir joined Dave Broom, Mike Nicolson, Nick Haltigin, Roberto Roberti, Marcus von Albrecht and Hodie Rondeau to present Masterclasses featuring a variety of topics and drams.

The Hotel Grand Pacific Tweeted live updates as the day progressed @grandpacific on Twitter.

Our thanks to the Hotel Grand Pacific. The Strath and the many volunteers who help make the Festival a success.

Regards,

Lawrence
Iain
Al
Jonathan
Veronika
Andrew
Frank

Thursday January 14th, 2016 – Evening

Whisky wander: a Spirited Journey Through the Past Century with Alwynne Gwilt

Alwynne Gwilt

The world of whisky is an ever-changing place. From the popularity of blends, through to the rise of single malts and the growth of world whiskies, it's been one heck of a tasty ride for whisky consumers this past century. In this Grand Tasting, Miss Whisky Founder & Editor, Alwynne Gwilt, returned for her third year to Victoria Whisky Festival and took attendees through the thrilling history of whisky since the late 1800s. Attendees learned about the art of blending, heard tales of Prohibition secrecy and success, discovered how consumers turned their palates to single malt, and found out about the future of whisky.

The 6th Annual Canadian Whisky Awards Presentation & Dinner

Davin de Kergommeaux Dave Broom

The Victoria Whisky Festival was very proud to host the sixth annual Canadian Whisky Awards ceremonies at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Dave Broom, who is the world’s most respected voice in whisky today, and host, Davin de Kergommeaux revealed the best Canadian whiskies of 2015 and presented medals and awards to their producers. Members of the public were welcome to join distillers and brand ambassadors for this star-studded evening.

Friday January 15th, 2016 – Evening

The Glenfiddich Grand Tasting

Elizabeth Havers

Glenfiddich Virtual Tour – Participants joined Canadian Brand Ambassador Beth Havers in exploring the history and heritage of Glenfiddich as she whisked them away on a Virtual Distillery Tour. Complete with a tasting of some of our newer whiskies and our higher marks, this tasting made participants feel like they were in Scotland!

Proceeds of this Grand Tasting were donated to Wounded Warriors Canada.

The Canadian Club Women and Whisky Grand Tasting (Women Only)

Tish Harcus

Guests joined Tish Harcus Manager & Brand Ambassador representing the famed Canadian Club Whisky as she lead them through a presentation on Women & Whisky whilst presenting a number of the Canadian Club Classic Whiskies. Tish spoke to the consumer demand for these new whiskies as well as other Canadian Club whiskies in the portfolio. This year marks the 157th year for Canadian Club and Tish both enlightened and entertained.

Hosted by Canadian Club Brand Ambassador Tish Harcus

The Buffalo Trace Grand Tasting

Drew Mayville

A timeless dedication to respecting the past while fearlessly innovating for the future has served Buffalo Trace well for over two centuries. Guests joined Master Blender Drew Mayville as he explored the blender’s art and the magical interactions of various mashbills and oak.

Hosted by Master Blender Drew Mayville

The Independent Bottlers Grand Tasting with Andrew Ferguson and Roberto Roberti

Andrew Ferguson Roberto Roberti

Participants enjoyed a one-of-a-kind tasting of unique and rare whiskies bottled by world famous independent bottlers. They tasted the flavours not offered by typical original bottlings and brands. In addition to the traditional Scottish independent bottlers, they tasted other European bottler's portfolios.

With Andrew Ferguson and Roberto Roberti

The Amrut Grand Tasting with Ashok Chokalingam

Ashok Chokalingam

Back in Canada! After a brief absence, Amrut came back with a punch. Guests tasted the core range from Amrut, as well as the first ever Canadian exclusive single cask - the Bengal Tiger. In addition there were few surprise offerings hailing from India’s premiere whisky producer.

With Amrut Brand Ambassador Ashok Chokalingam

The Glenlivet Distillery Grand Tasting

Ian Logan

The Glenlivet continues to innovate and pave the way as “the original”. This Grand Tasting showcased the heritage as “the original” and our newest addition, the Guardian Series, with Ian Logan, Global Brand Ambassador.

The Highland Park Valhalla Collection Grand Tasting

Dan Volway

A series of four limited edition single malt whiskies from Highland Park.

Each expression represents the personality of the Norse God or Goddess it is named after. Guests experienced the lightning strike of the mighty Thor and the smoky complexity of the trickster Loki, the mesmerizing Norse Goddess of Love, Freya, and the powerful knowledge and wisdom of Odin.

With Dan Volway, Brand Ambassador

Masterclasses - Whisky School!

The 2016 Victoria Whisky Festival Opportunity Cost; The cost of an alternative Masterclass that must be forgone in order to pursue another Masterclass.

Saturday January 16th, 2016 – Morning

The 2016 Masterclass schedule offered diversity with whiskies from Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, England, Taiwan, France and The United States of America. It has been a Festival tradition to schedule another masterclass every time we discovered yet another available room in the Hotel Grand Pacific; however, with the 2016 Festival we once again reached our maximum. 2016 featured whiskies from around the world, a selection of single malts and blends, independent bottlers and distillers presented their own whiskies offering a unique range of quality whiskies for the attendee.

11:15 – 12:15

The Tomintoul Distillery Masterclass with Jimmy Robertson

Jimmy Robertson

Beautifully located near to the village of Tomintoul, the highest village in the Highlands of Scotland in the prestigious Glenlivet Estate at the heart of the Speyside region lies Tomintoul Distillery. In the middle of the last century, it took more than a year to find the purest of water sources for use in the malt whisky making process. Finally the search located the Ballantruan Spring, an exceptional source of the purest of waters nestling in the Cromdale Hills. The quest over, Tomintoul Distillery was built close to the Ballantruan Spring and adjacent to the majestic River Avon.

If you want to impress people with your grasp of the Scottish language, the proper way to pronounce Tomintoul is: "Tom-in-TOWEL" In Scottish Gaelic this means "hill of the barn". Participants joined Jimmy Robertson as he guided them through a tasting they won’t soon forget!

The NIKKA Masterclass with Alwynne Gwilt & Dave Broom

Alwynne Gwilt Dave Broom

The Festival is very pleased to hold for the fifth year in a row a Japanese whisky masterclass featuring the excellent whiskies of NIKKA. Japanese whisky is renowned for quality, quality, quality and this class is not an exception to this rule. It featured single malts of the famed Yoichi distillery and some other excellent examples from this outstanding whisky producer.

The Buffalo Trace Distillery Masterclass with Drew Mayville

Drew Mayville

Buffalo Trace: Made in Kentucky, Enjoyed Worldwide

Guests stopped in for a visit with some of the Buffalo Trace family of whiskeys! Joining Drew Mayville, Master Blender, he introduced them to some of the many expressions from the world’s most award-winning distillery.

The Laphroaig Distillery Masterclass with Simon Brooking

Simon Brooking

Simon Brooking, Laphroaig's Master Ambassador, took guests to "The beautiful hollow by the broad bay." They explored the depths and peaks of the most distinctly flavoured single malt Scotch -Laphroaig. They learned about the history of the water of life on the island of Islay and sampled the range of the # 1 selling Islay single malt.

Where there's smoke, there's Laphroaig…

The Auchentoshan & Bowmore Distillery Masterclass with Marcio Ramos

Marcio Ramos

Founded over two centuries ago in 1779, Bowmore is the first recorded distillery on Islay (pronounced ‘eye-la’) and one of the oldest in the whole of Scotland. Islay malts are renowned for their peaty smokiness and Bowmore is no exception. We carefully smoke our malt in a peat-fired kiln, just as our ancestors did over 200 years ago. Participants were guided through a selection of whisky that is widely acknowledged to be among the finest and most perfectly balanced single malts in the world, including Bowmore and Auchentoshan.

The Springbank Distillery Masterclass with Ranald Watson

Ranald Watson

Mr. Ranald Watson, Springbank Distillery’s Sales & Marketing Manager, introduced guests to Scotland’s oldest family-owned distillery. Springbank - once described as an “odd distillery run by an odd bunch of people” - is an intriguing place in many ways and Ranald guided participants through the personalities, the traditions and, most importantly, the whiskies which contribute to its unique character.

The Woodford Reserve Masterclass with Ryan Cheverie

Ryan Cheverie

Guests joined Brown-Forman Whiskey Ambassador Ryan Cheverie for a curated journey through the whiskies of Woodford Reserve. This distillery has been producing some of the world’s most important whiskies since Oscar Pepper and James Crow perfected the sour mashing process on site in the early 1800s and continues to mingle the perfect balance of tradition with innovation.

The Malts of Chivas Brothers with Keith Trusler

Keith Trusler

Guests joined Keith Trusler, Brand Ambassador, in discussing the craftsmanship and skill of creating the perfect flavour with precise proportions of both malt and grain whisky for Ballantine’s and Chivas Scotch Whiskies.

The Tullibardine Distillery Masterclass #1 with James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson was back in BC. In production since 1948, Tullabardine comes from an independently family owned distillery. Guests tried a drop of pure Highland Gold and became international custodians for this hand crafted, vibrant, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Saturday January 16th, 2016 – Afternoon
1:00 to 2:00

The Glencadam Distillery Masterclass with Jimmy Robertson

Jimmy Robertson

Glencadam Distillery opened in 1825, just one year after distilling on a large scale was legalised. Since then, little has changed and our award-winning Single Scotch Malt Whisky is still produced in the same fashion as it was in 1825.

The entire Glencadam range is bottled at 46%, is unchill filtered and free from added colouring, as it was meant to be. The whisky's natural characteristics are retained and the aromatic components are preserved to enhance presence and flavour.

Jimmy Robertson guided attendees through a tasting they won’t soon forget!

The Tomatin Distillery Masterclass with Scott Adamson

Scott Adamson

Participants joined Scott Adamson, Regional Sales Manager for the Tomatin Distillery, and delved deep into the influence of Sherry Cask Maturation on the award winning Tomatin Highland Single Malt range. As well as sampling the flagship Tomatin 12 Year Old, Scott also explored the unique Tomatin Cuatro Series which presents four limited expressions each matured in a different style of Sherry Cask. Finally attendees had the opportunity to sample a very rare 20 Year Old Pedro Ximenez Single Cask Bottling.

You have heard the myths of the often wild and beautiful Scottish Highlands. Guests discovered the truth: there is a softer side to the Highlands. There is Tomatin.

The Bruichladdich Masterclass with Reed Pettit

Reed Pettit

Guests joined Reed Pettit, National Brand Ambassador, on a whisky journey through the Bruichladdich range, from the unpeated to the most heavily peated whisky in the world.

The Macallan Distillery Masterclass with Dan Volway

Dan Volway

The Macallan is known worldwide for innovation – a defining characteristic that sets this distillery apart. Innovation is the driving force behind the distillery’s latest creation, The Macallan 1824 Series. A sophisticated collection of four unique expressions – Gold, Amber, Sienna and Rare Cask – that will redefine the way Scotch whisky is evaluated. The Macallan 1824 Series 100% Sherry Casks, 100% Natural Colour, 100% Macallan. This Masterclass proved to be a very special experience well worth the additional cost.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Masterclass with Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings

Guests found out what 27,000 SMWS members around the world already know: the joys of single cask, cask strength scotch from a range of over 130 whisky distilleries! Some of the best and most interesting Society bottlings from the past year (and some treats from upcoming releases) were explored. Unfiltered. Undiluted. Unrivaled. Capturing rarity and perfection in a glass, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings attract curious and discerning whisky lovers from all corners of the globe.

The Kilchoman Distillery Masterclass with James Wills

James Wills

Guests joined Mr. James Wills of Kilchoman, Islay's Farm Distillery, established in 2005 as he took them through some exciting new releases from Kilchoman - the first distillery to be built on the island of Islay for 125 years and one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland.

The Whisky & Chocolate Masterclass with Marcus von Albrecht and Hodie Rondeau

Marcus von Albrecht Hodie (Heather) Rondeau

Private cask whiskies paired with fine cocoa - Coopers Choice private casks, Tullibardine 25 yr old, Longmorn 18 yr old and Highland Park 18 yr old were paired with chocolate from Venezuela to Indonesia. Chocolate maker Hodie (Heather) Rondeau informed guests about the history and joys of chocolates. There is much more in common between chocolate and whisky than one might guess. A great addition to a whisky weekend - this class sold out fast.

The Wiser’s Distillery Masterclass with Don Livermore

Don Livermore

Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender, lead an exploratory seminar featuring new Canadian whiskies, including J.P. Wiser’s Double Still Rye, J.P. Wiser’s Hopped and Gooderham & Worts.

The Highland Queen Masterclass #1 with James Robertson

James Robertson

Highland Queen was founded in 1893. This blend is known around the world for the high percentage of malt used in its blends. This Masterclass was a great opportunity to try and enjoy some of the expressions that are finally available in British Columbia.

2:40 to 3:40

The Glenmorangie Distillery Masterclass With Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Glenmorangie: Unnecessarily Well Made

Scotland’s best-selling single malt has been pushing the standards for Scotch higher and higher over the last 25 years; this tasting, led by Brand Ambassador Ruaraidh MacIntyre, looked at the effects those changes have had, from only using casks twice, through the experimentation with different cask finishes, and finally the impact of barley choices and malting on single malt.

The Gordon and MacPhail Masterclass with Ian Chapman

Guests joined Mr. Ian Chapman, Marketing Director Of Gordon & MacPhail and Benromach, as he lead participants through a tasting of some new and exciting bottlings from the iconic cellars at Gordon & MacPhail…

The Balvenie Masterclass with Elizabeth Havers

Elizabeth Havers

Balvenie – a Handcrafted Journey – Since The Balvenie was founded in 1892 it has kept to the traditional roots of whisky making and to this day remains The World’s Most Handcrafted Single Malt. Canadian Brand Ambassador Beth Havers explained just what makes these malts so unique. Complete with some very sought after Balvenie expressions, this tasting was one not to miss!

The Highland Park Masterclass with Dan Volway

Dan Volway

Highland Park - Made where no one else would - like no one else could. Guests joined Brand Ambassador Dan Volway for a Master Class and tasting featuring Highland Park, the most respected single malt in the world.

The French Single Malt Masterclass with Yannick Treffot

Yannick Treffot

Guests joined Yannick Treffot, of Vancouver-based Cru & Terroir, as he guided them through a selection of French Single Malts including whiskies from Prohibition (Jura), Michel Couvreur, Guillon (Champagne) and Rozelieures (Lorraine). This Masterclass proved to be an excellent experience.

The Morrison & MacKay Masterclass #1

Peter MacKay

In Canada for the first time, Peter MacKay of Morrison and MacKay ltd introduced an unique range of rare single cask whiskies from the companies Carn Mor Strictly Limited range. Morrison and MacKay are a family business based in Perthshire, Scotland, run by Kenneth MacKay.

Kenneth’s son, Peter MacKay, joined the family business in 2010 and today is heavily involved with the sales and promotion of Morrison and MacKays brands across Europe and now in Canada. Peter is qualified in distilling with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. In April 2015, Peter was awarded the honour of being made a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers in London.

Peter has been a very keen curler and plays in the local league in Perth alongside many former world champions so he was incredibly excited to make his first trip to Canada with his curling shoes in his suitcase just in case!

The Compass Box Masterclass with Jay Wheelock

Jay Wheelock

Compass Box isn’t your “typical” whisky; it is visionary, intelligent and challenges convention at every turn. Guests joined Jay Wheelock for an entertaining and unique perspective on an ever-evolving process.

The Independent Bottlers Masterclass with Nick Haltigin and Roberto Roberti

Roberto Roberti Nick Haltigin

Nick and Roberto introduced some of the different styles and expressions coming from independent bottlers. From 46% whisky to raw whisky, from wine casks to bourbon casks, from no age statements to 20 Year and beyond statements, guests enjoyed this line up of single malts as an introduction into the realm of independent bottling.

The Tullibardine Distillery Masterclass #2 with James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson was back in BC. In production since 1948, Tullabardine comes from an independently family owned distillery. Guests tried a drop of pure Highland Gold and became international custodians for this hand crafted, vibrant, Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

4:10 to 5:10

The Benromach Distillery Masterclass with Ian Chapman

Mr. Ian Chapman, Marketing Director Of Gordon & MacPhail and Benromach lead guests through a tasting of some new and exciting bottlings of Benromach.

4:20 to 5:20

The Glenlivet Distillery Masterclass with Ian Logan

Ian Logan

The Glenlivet continues to innovate and pave the way as “the original”. This Masterclass showcased the heritage as “the original” and the newest addition with Ian Logan, Global Brand Ambassador.

The Ardbeg Distillery Masterclass

Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Ardbeg: Deconstructed

A new look at what makes up the core staples of Ardbeg’s whiskies: taking apart the Ardbeg 10 year old, Uigeadail, and Corryvreckan; and tasting what casks go into producing Islay’s most complex, well balanced whisky. Former worker and Brand Ambassador Ruaraidh MacIntyre took guests through the years at Ardbeg and gave a behind the scenes look at what goes into making the world’s most smoky whisky.

The Jim Beam Distillery Masterclass

Matt Jones

The Legend of Bourbon - Beam Suntory Whisk(e)y Ambassador Matt Jones took enthusiasts on a journey of an American Treasure.

The journey explored contemporary Bourbon with Jim Beam's reinvention of the industry, the Maker's Mark reinterpretation of the status quo, and Booker Noe's resurrection of classic styles, that together helped raise a failing industry to greatness. Honouring tradition, embracing change, always moving forward...

The Glenfiddich Distillery Masterclass with Elizabeth Havers

Elizabeth Havers

Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve Deconstructed – Canadian Brand Ambassador Beth Havers presented this unique tasting from the World’s Most Awarded Single Malt, Glenfiddich. In this tasting Beth deconstructed the elements that go into making one of her favorite malts, the Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera Reserve. Complete with samples right from the distillery this Masterclass was one to remember!

The Morrison & MacKay Masterclass #2

Peter MacKay

In Canada for the first time, Peter MacKay of Morrison and MacKay ltd introduced an unique range of rare single cask whiskies from the companies Carn Mor Strictly Limited range. Morrison and MacKay are a family business based in Perthshire, Scotland, run by Kenneth MacKay.

Kenneth’s son, Peter MacKay, joined the family business in 2010 and today is heavily involved with the sales and promotion of Morrison and MacKays brands across Europe and now in Canada. Peter is qualified in distilling with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. In April 2015, Peter was awarded the honour of being made a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers in London.

Peter has been a very keen curler and plays in the local league in Perth alongside many former world champions so he was incredibly excited to make his first trip to Canada with his curling shoes in his suitcase just in case!

The Benriach Distillery Masterclass with Stewart Buchanan

Stewart Buchanan

With more than 20 years in Whisky, Stewart Buchanan has earned the role of Global Brand Ambassador for BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh. Stewart unlocked the secrets of the independent Benriach distillery.

The Glenfarclas Distillery Masterclass with Gavin Cameron

Gavin Cameron

Passionate story-teller and Glenfarclas brand ambassador Gavin Cameron delved into the history and significance of Speyside’s crown jewel, Glenfarclas: one of Scotland’s three remaining 100 year old family-owned and operated distilleries.

The Highland Queen Masterclass #2 with James Robertson

James Robertson

Highland queen was founded in 1893. This blend is known around the world for the high percentage of malt used in its blends. This Masterclass was a great opportunity to try some of the expressions that are finally available in British Columbia.

Dine & Check into the Festival Prior to the Consumer Tasting! Avoid the Line Ups!

Not fans of line ups and discover that you’re hungry at dinner time? Check in with the Festival first where you’ll have your hand stamped, be handed your engraved Glencairn nosing & tasting glass. You may also check your coats and book your safe ride home at the same time. Then make your way to the Pacific Restaurant just off the lobby of the Hotel Grand Pacific for a sumptuous dinner.

At the start of the Consumer Tasting at 7PM (6pm for VIP Consumer Tasting Ticket Holders) simply enter the Festival avoiding any line ups!

To speed up the dining process the Chefs at the Hotel Grand Pacific will have prepared a sumptuous buffet to ensure that you are finished dinner in plenty of time to start the Festival at 7pm (6pm for VIP Consumer Tasting Ticket Holders). Please click here to see the menu.

Simply phone the Pacific Restaurant at (250) 380–4478 to reserve your table (Please ask for Restaurant Managers Anthony McCauley or Orielle Thirkell). Reservations start at 5PM. Please make sure you arrive promptly at your specific reservation time!

The special buffet price is $32 not including applicable taxes & gratuity. Limited Seating – Pacific Restaurant.

Saturday January 16th, 2016 - Evening

The Classic Malts Masterclass with Mike Nicolson
6:00 P.M. to 6:45 P.M.

Mike Nicolson

The famed Classic Malts have opened many peoples’ eyes to the joys of whisky and ably demonstrated the differences between the Scottish regions. Since their release as a collection in 1987, the classic six malts have opened many peoples eyes to the joys of whisky and ably demonstrated the differences between the various degrees of flavour profiles and regional characteristics of Scotland's whiskies. Michael Nicolson, a third generation Distillery Manager and a 36 year veteran of Scotch whisky distillation, walked fans through the whiskies from the Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and the Isles.

The VIP Tasting
6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

The VIP Tasting was open to special guests of the 2016 Victoria Whisky Festival and VIP Ticket holders. It was held in the Vancouver & Pender Island Ballrooms prior to the Consumer Tasting and featured the full line of whiskies as with the Consumer Tasting. VIP Ticket holders were able to explore the range of whiskies being presented for a full hour prior to the Consumer Tasting.

The Consumer Tasting
7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

The heart of the Festival is the Consumer Tasting that was held in the Hotel Grand Pacific’s Pender Island and Vancouver Island Ballrooms featuring a myriad of distilleries and whiskies including Canadian whisky, Scottish single malts and blended whiskies, Irish whiskey, Japanese, Indian, French, Swedish, Australian whiskies and a variety of whisky & whiskey styles from the United States of America.

Each attendee was provided with an engraved Glencairn whisky nosing & tasting glass and assorted product information from the presenters.

The Hotel Grand Pacific provided the best Hors d’Oeuvres from their award winning kitchen and Chefs using local ingredients including the very popular & elusive haggis tarts created especially for the Victoria Whisky Festival! Guests were able to satisfy their whisky curiosity by sampling their choice of over 150 whiskies, the largest selection available for such an event in British Columbia.

Sunday January 17th, 2016 - Evening

The Distillers Dinner

This exceptional dinner was by invitation only; the culinary team at the Hotel Grand Pacific led by Executive Chef Rick Choy paired exceptional local ingredients with some outstanding whiskies.

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