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The 13th Annual Victoria Whisky Festival will be held on the
18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st of January 2018 at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

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February 8th,, 2017

The 12th Victoria Whisky Festival welcomed over 1,000 guests to whisky events on Thursday the 19th, Friday the 20th, Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd of January 2017 at the 5-star Hotel Grand Pacific located on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

Participants enjoyed sold out evening events including the BC Distillers showcase with Mark Gillespie, the Canadian Whisky Awards Dinner hosted by Davin de Kergommeaux, the Scotch Guy’s Magical Mystery Tour with Andrew Ferguson, the Glenmorangie Grand Tasting with Ruaraidh MacIntyre, the Around the World Grand Tasting with Roberto Roberti and J. Wheelock, The Dave Broom Craft Whiskies Grand Tasting, the Beam Bowmore Grand Tasting with Marcio Ramos, the Canadian Club Women Only Dinner with Tish Harcus, the Festival VIP and Consumer Tasting and the Distillers Dinner.

Daytime Masterclasses were presented by Ardbeg, Auchentoshan / Bowmore Glenfarclas, Kilchoman, Glencadam / Tomintoul, Paul John, Highland Park, Glenmorangie, Jack Daniel’s, Springbank, Tullibardine, Old Pulteney, Glenlivet, Jim Beam, NIKKA, Sazerac, Bruichladdich, Westland, Aberlour, Laphroaig/Glen Garioch, Warenghem, Bunnahabhain and Benromach.

Representatives from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Old Malt Cask, Sovereign, Gordon & MacPhail, Compass Box, and Fountana joined Dave Broom, Mike Nicolson, J. Wheelock, Roberto Roberti, Marcus von Albrecht and Hodie Rondeau to present Masterclasses featuring a variety of topics and drams.

For the first time as part of the Victoria Whisky Festival, two successful distillery tours were conducted to two local distilleries, Caledonian and deVine Spirits.

Our thanks to the Hotel Grand Pacific. the Strath Liquor Store and the numerous volunteers who help make the Festival such a resounding success.

And a huge thank you to all of you who bought tickets to the festival enabling us to donate over $25,000 to local charities, bringing the total donated to charity since the festival’s inception to over $250,000.

Until next festival,

Lawrence
Iain
Al
Jonathan
Frank
Frederike

Thursday January 19th, 2017 – Evening

BC Distillers with Mark Gillespie and BC Distillers

Mark Gillespie

British Columbia is rapidly becoming one of Canada’s centres of craft spirits excellence, with distillers creating a wide range of spirits that are beginning to push the boundaries of Canadian Whisky (and spirits) tradition. BC distillers are building on the province’s reputation for quality wines to produce spirits ranging from Scotch-style single malts to organic gins and vodkas, and while the British Columbia spirits industry is still in its infancy, the future appears bright.

WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie led a panel discussion and whisky tasting with distillers from eight BC distilleries: Shelter Point, Dubh Glas, Victoria Distillers, Odd Society, Pemberton Distillery, The Liberty Distillery, Okanagan Spirits, and deVine Spirits. Each distillery brought a unique whisky for this Grand Tasting, including experimental whiskies that may never be available for tasting again.

Participants were informed of how recent legislation at the provincial level has made it easier for craft distillers to reach consumers, whether British Columbia’s unique “terroirs” make a difference, and whether “organic” production makes a difference in the final spirit (or just helps in marketing).

The 7th Annual Canadian Whisky Awards Presentation & Dinner

Davin de Kergommeaux

The Victoria Whisky Festival was very proud to host the 7th annual Canadian Whisky Awards ceremonies at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Lew Bryson, award winning author, and former managing editor of the Whisky Advocate, joined host, Davin de Kergommeaux revealed the best Canadian whiskies of 2016 and presented medals and awards to their producers. Members of the public were welcome to join distillers and brand ambassadors for the star studded evening.

Friday January 20th, 2017 – Afternoon
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Victoria Caledonian Distillery and deVine Spirits Distillery Tour with Andrew Campbell Walls and Ken Winchester

Ken Winchester Andrew Campbell Walls

New to the festival!

First stop was at the Victoria Caledonian Distillery’s visitor’s centre, then past the grist mill where participants tasted some of the various strains of malted & un-malted barley, or other cereals that this craft brewer and distiller experiments with. Then it was on to the heart of the Brew & Still house through the smells of the mash tun & wash backs, past the gleaming swan necked Stills and up into the warehouse and bottling hall. Then it was back to the visitor centre for a wee dram from the distillery’s new make and two of the whiskies in the Macaloney Cask Selection series.

Second stop was the picturesque deVine Distillery where participants joined Master Distiller Ken Winchester with his vintage German potstill. They all enjoyed a guided tasting of new-make and barrel-aged whisky. deVine is a certified Organic farm, and an award-winning winery & farm distillery. Ken licensed the first distillery on Vancouver Island in 2007, and created the iconic Victoria Gin. deVine’s newly released Glen Saanich single malt whisky is made from locally-grown and malted barley, and mashed & distilled at the farm.

Note: This tour also took place Sunday, January 22nd.

Friday January 20th, 2017 – Evening

The Scotch Guy’s Magical Mystery Tour

Andrew Ferguson

The Scotch Guy’s Magical Mystery Tour – Whisky fanatic Andrew Ferguson guided the class through a tasting of 8 unique whiskies, exactly which whiskies will remain a mystery, you’ll have to come to a future class to find out!

Hosted by Scotch Guy and Keeper of the Quaich Andrew Ferguson

Glenmorangie Grand Tasting

Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Glenmorangie has consistently sought to improve on being Scotland’s favourite single malt: Brand Manager Ruaraidh MacIntyre presented some of Glenmorangie’s unique whiskies from the past and present; with guests tasting their ever evolving range and specialty releases from years gone by.

Hosted by Brand Ambassador Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Around the world in 8 whiskies Grand Tasting

J. Wheelock Roberto Roberti

This Grand Tasting was a great opportunity to review what distilleries are doing worldwide. Eight whiskies were presented in a blind tasting to impress the palate of any whisky connoisseur, from island to land, and from east to west, these were, and are, whiskies definitely worth savouring.

With Roberto Roberti and J. Wheelock

The Dave Broom Craft Whiskies Grand Tasting

Dr. Don Livermore Davin de Kergommeaux Dave Broom

Corby’s craft range is one of the most highly awarded in the world and features; Pike Creek 10 Year Old, Lot 40 100% pot stilled Rye, Gooderham and Worts Four Grain and JP Wiser’s 18 Year Old. However, this year they will release uniquely rare expressions of each of these in highly allocated quantities. The driving principle behind this incredible range is simple; to create the finest collection of Canadian Whisky ever released. This was the first public tasting of these expressions in the world. Renowned whisky writers and authors Davin de Kergommeaux and Dave Broom were joined by Corby’s Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore as they discussed what sets Canadian Whisky apart as a category through the lens of these incredible whiskies.

With Dave Broom, Davin de Kergommeaux and Dr. Don Livermore

The Beam Bowmore Grand Tasting

Marcio Ramos

Participants were guided by Luxury Brand Ambassador Marcio Ramos through a variety of Bowmore Single Malts, with their peat smoke and Atlantic sea-salt brininess. Islay malts are renowned for their peaty smokiness and Bowmore is no exception. Bowmore carefully smokes their malt in a peat-fired kiln, just as their ancestors did over 200 years ago.

Hosted by Brand Ambassador, Marcio Ramos

Beam Canadian Club Dinner – Women Only!

Tish Harcus

Guests joined Tish Harcus, Brand Ambassador, representing the famed Canadian Club Whisky and enjoyed an exquisite meal prepared by the Chefs at the Mark Restaurant and several the award winning Canadian Club Classic Whiskies. This year marks the 158th year for Canadian Club and Tish both enlightened and entertained during this very unique and special dinner.

Masterclasses - Whisky School!

The 2017 Victoria Whisky Festival Opportunity Cost; The cost of an alternative Masterclass that must be forgone in order to pursue another Masterclass.

Saturday January 21st, 2017 – Morning

The 2017 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 2017 Festival we once again reached our maximum. 2017 featured whiskies from around the world, a selection of single malts and blends, independent bottlers and distillers presenting their own whiskies offering a unique range of quality whiskies for the attendee.

11:15 – 12:15

It’s All About Peat Masterclass with J. Wheelock

J. Wheelock

Guests tasted whiskies at different peat levels from all over the world, from independent to official bottlings, this was a great opportunity to taste and learn all about peat and where these terrific peated whiskies come from.

The Ardbeg Distillery Masterclass with Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Scotland’s smokiest whisky was back for another year and another masterclass: 4th generation Ardbeg worker Ruaraidh MacIntyre led guests through the history of Islay, Ardbeg, and the early days of the distillery; and how little has changed in this small corner of Scotland, from the methods of production to the workers themselves.

The Dave Broom Irish Whiskey Masterclass

Dave Broom

Renowned whisky expert Dave Broom walked attendees through an incredible range of Irish Whiskey from the Middleton Distillery. In his own indomitable style, with a twist, Dave treated those lucky enough to have a ticket to 12, 15 and 21 year old whiskies from the Red Breast range followed by the Spot range featuring both Green & Yellow. To cap it all the session closed with the Midleton Dair Ghaleach – a one of a kind expression of this classic, aged in Irish Oak.

The Auchentoshan/Bowmore Masterclass with Marcio Ramos

Marcio Ramos

Marcio Ramos, Luxury Brand Ambassador took participants on a unique journey through Auchentoshan distillery offerings, then through the classic expressions of Bowmore, the Islay single malt among the finest and most perfectly balanced in the world.

The Compass Box Masterclass with James Bornn

James Bornn

It was time to question, challenge and experiment with Compass Box. Participants opened their minds to the evolving world of whisky through a unique and entertaining Masterclass led by James Bornn.

The Distillers Edition Masterclass with Mike Nicolson

Mike Nicolson

The Distiller’s Editions are an accent of various aspects of the featured Malt’s character, through aging in different cask woods. Since 1997 the Distillers Edition, an award–winning annual release of limited quantities of each, double-matured in a different type of cask wood, to complement and accentuate the characteristics of the chosen whisky.

Mike Nicolson, a third-generation Distillery Manager, Master Distiller and 36 year veteran of Malt Whisky making, unravelled the mysteries and decision making processes involved in crafting great “finished” whiskies.

The Old Malt Cask Masterclass with Andrew Laing

Andrew Laing

Guests joined Andrew Laing, of Hunter Laing, and sampled from the Old Malt Cask range finding out what makes the single cask such a unique whisky.

Andrew has worked in the whisky business for the past 10 years and in 2013 joined his father Stewart Laing and brother Scott to form Hunter Laing.

Andrew also shared exciting news of the newest malt distillery on Islay, Ardnahoe.

The North American Roundup Masterclass with Ryan Cheverie & Alexis Green

Ryan Cheverie

Guests joined whiskey experts Ryan Cheverie and Alexis Green as they explored the amazing luxury it is to be the only major whiskey producer to have their own cooperage, two actually. From Collingwood Maplewood Mellowed, to Woodford Double-Oaked, with a few single barrels along the way.

The Glenfarclas Distillery Masterclass with Gavin Cameron

Gavin Cameron

Passionate story-teller and Glenfarclas brand ambassador Gavin Cameron as he delves 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.

Saturday January 21st, 2017 – Afternoon
1:00 to 2:00

Kilchoman Distillery Masterclass with Roberto Roberti

Roberto Roberti

Guests enjoyed the whiskies from one of the smallest distilleries on Islay, and tasted exciting whiskies from this Islay farm distillery. This tasting also featured an exclusive British Columbia bottling.

The Glencadam & Tomintoul Distillery Masterclass with Richard White

Richard White

Richard White led the class through a masters tasting of Glencadam and Tomintoul selections. Speyside Glenlivet and Highland whiskies at their finest.

The Paul John Distillery Masterclass with Madhu Kanna

Madhu Kanna

Why is Paul John called the “The Great Indian Single Malt”?

The masterclass explained how the environment and temperature of Goa India play an important role in the maturation of whisky, how the barley used is different and a story on how the distillery was set up.

Guests also got to taste the entire line up of expressions and how each expression is unique.

The Highland Park Masterclass with Dan Volway

Dan Volway

Highland Park - Made where no one else would - like no one else could. Brand Ambassador Dan Volway dazzled participants with a Masterclass and tasting featuring Highland Park, the most respected single malt in the world.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Masterclass Rob & Kelly Carpenter

Rob & Kelly Carpenter

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society it a club unlike any other. Guests joined Canadian branch founders Rob & Kelly Carpenter to sample some of the Society's finest drams as they explored the Society's mission: to provide our members with an adventurous and fun journey of discovery of the world's widest collection of single cask whiskies.

The Glenmorangie Distillery Masterclass with Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Glenmorangie’s approach to maturation and whisky making has been directed by Dr Bill Lumsden for over 20 years; his focus on wood quality, cask finishing and malts has led to some truly remarkable award winning whiskies. Glenmorangie Brand Manager Ruaraidh MacIntyre led this masterclass in looking at the little details focused on at Glenmorangie that come together to give a big difference in flavour.

Sovereign & Old Malt Cask Masterclass

Andrew Laing

Guests joined Andrew Laing, of Hunter Laing, and sampled from the Old Malt Cask and Sovereign range finding out what makes the single cask such a unique whisky.

Andrew has worked in the whisky business for the past 10 years and in 2013 joined his father Stewart Laing and brother Scott to form Hunter Laing.

Andrew also shared exciting news of the newest malt distillery on Islay, Ardnahoe.

The Jack Daniel’s Masterclass with Ryan Cheverie

Ryan Cheverie

Participants were taken on a 150 year journey through the best that Jack Daniel and the distillery that bears his name to this day have to offer. From the classic character of Old No. 7 to the twice charcoal mellowed smoothness of Gentleman Jack and beyond to some of the latest expressions out of Lynchburg Tennessee.

The Springbank Distillery Masterclass With Melanie Stanger

Melanie Stanger

Near to the heart of Campbeltown history, Springbank has distinguished itself as the only distillery in Scotland to malt, distill, mature and bottle on the same site. Melanie Stanger, head representative at Springbank, introduced participants to Scotland’s oldest family-owned distillery. Once described as an “odd distillery run by an odd bunch of people”, it is an intriguing place in many ways and Melanie guided the class through the personalities, the traditions and, most importantly, a selection of Springbank, Longrow, and Hazleburn... with a focus on introducing Kilkerran from Glengyle.

2:40 to 3:40

The Tullibardine Distillery Masterclass

Roberto Roberti

Hosted by Roberto Roberti, guests attending this class tasted the full range from Tullibardine, including some exciting new products arriving to the market very soon. Tullibardine is drop of pure Highland Gold!

The Old Pulteney Distillery Masterclass with Gordon Stevenson

Gordon Stevenson

Distilled on the rugged northern coast of Scotland the Maritime Malt, Old Pulteney has been acclaimed for its excellence many times over. Only recently its 1989 Vintage was named Whisky Magazine’s ‘World’s Best Single Malt’, whilst its 21 Year Old Single Malt was nominated ‘World Whisky of the Year 2012’ in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Gordon Stevenson delighted masterclass attendees with an array of expressions, ranging from the flagship 12yo through to the award-winning 21yo with some new and never-before-sampled liquid in between!

The Glenlivet Distillery Masterclass with Keith Trusler

Keith Trusler

Established by George Smith in 1824, The Glenlivet inspired a whole region, today called Speyside, which provides the world’s favorite style of Single Malt Whisky.

What made The Glenlivet the definitive Single Malt as early as the 1840s is still true today, mineral rich water from Josie’s Well, tall copper pot stills and careful maturation in only the finest casks. This master class covered the classic range from The Glenlivet as well as the newest releases from the Nadurra series.

The Jim Beam Distillery Masterclass with Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Making History: The Big Man of Jim Beam - Booker Noe

The grandson of Jim Beam. Big man. Small Batch. Without Booker Noe, Bourbon never makes its comeback. Guests took an insider’s look into the passion and obsession of whiskey’s first rock star, the uncut, unfiltered man himself who laid the foundation for the Bourbon Revival.

The NIKKA Masterclass

Austin Bellantoni

The Festival was very pleased to once again hold a Japanese whisky masterclass featuring the excellent whiskies of NIKKA. Japanese whisky is renowned for finesse and quality. This class is not an exception to this rule.

It featured the extremely rare Nikka Super Revival, a whisky first produced to commemorate the founder’s wife, Rita. This whisky has been re-created as a one time release according to Taketsuru’s original blend using whiskies from the famous Yoichi distillery. There were some other excellent malt whisky examples from this outstanding producer.

Presented by Austin Bellantoni.

The Sazerac Masterclass with Elizabeth Hurst

Elizabeth Hurst

Buffalo Trace: Made in Kentucky, Enjoyed Worldwide

Participants joined Associate Brand Manager Elizabeth Hurst as she introduced some of the many expressions from the world’s most award-winning distillery.

The Bruichladdich Distillery Masterclass #1 with Gez McAlpine

Gez McAlpine

Guests joined Gez McAlpine, Ambassador, as he took them on a whisky journey through the Bruichladdich range, from the unpeated to the most heavily peated whisky in the world.

Note: Masterclass #1 and #2 were the same class at different times

The Whisky & Chocolate Masterclass #1 with Marcus von Albrecht and Hodie Rondeau

Marcus von Albrecht Hodie (Heather) Rondeau

Private cask whiskies paired with fine cocoa - Coopers Choice private casks from Speyside and Islay 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.

Note: Masterclass #1 and #2 were the same class at different times

The Gordon and MacPhail Masterclass with Alistair Mulligan

Alistair Mulligan

Alistair Mulligan, representing Gordon & MacPhail and Benromach led guests through a tasting of some new and exciting bottlings from the iconic cellars at Gordon & MacPhail…

4:10 to 5:10

The Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar – Fad or Fabulous? With Jonathon Bray

Jonathan Bray

Jonathan Bray of Secret Spirits presented 6 whiskies from various editions of the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar. Utilizing such quality independent bottlers as Samaroli, Wemyss Malts, A.D. Rattray. Malt Whisky Company and more Jonathan offered an array of amazing expressions as he delved into the fun and challenge of bottling 25 unique Scotches every year.

4:20 to 5:20

The Westland Distillery Masterclass with Matt Hofmann Master Distiller

Matt Hofmann

Participants sampled five whiskies from Westland Distillery, located in Seattle, Washington. Westland Distillery produces American single malt whiskey using Washington State-grown barley. Founded in 2010, Westland was recently named the 2016 World Craft Producer of the Year by Whisky Magazine and the three whiskies in their core range have all received scores of 95 points (or more) in the past 12 months. Westland believes in making a truly regional style of single malt whiskey, not just a replica of Scottish whisky in the United States. Westland poured the first edition of their “Garryana” series, a cask strength single malt partially matured in Garry oak, native to the Pacific Northwest, and a cask strength single cask release in addition to their three core products.

The Arberlour and Scapa Masterclass with Keith Trusler

Keith Trusler

From Speyside to Orkney

From the rolling green hills surrounding the crystal clear waters of the Spey River, to the windswept cliffs and desolate beaches of Scapa flow. This tasting showcased two of Scotland’s finest boutique distilleries including Aberlour and the famous A’bunadh cask strength along with the much anticipated new releases from Scapa.

The Glen Garioch/ Laphroaig Distillery Masterclass with Marcio Ramos

Marcio Ramos

Marcio Ramos, Luxury Brand Manager took guests on a discovery of Glen Garioch Highland Malts, the single malt scotch with as much character as the people who create it. He also explored the depths and peaks of the most distinctly flavoured single malt Scotch - Laphroaig. Participants 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.

The Distillerie Warenghem Masterclass with Clémence Vedrenne

Clémence Vedrenne

Distillerie Warenghem is home to the very first Breton Single Malt Whisky: Armorik. Established on the northern coast of Brittany, the Celtic cousin of Ireland and Scotland, the distillery is independent and family-owned for over a century.

An original craft distillery, the entire whisky making process, from brewing to ageing, is done at the distillery. French barley and Brittany oak are two elements that give their whiskies their distinct flavours and uniqueness. Participants discovered Celtic traditions and culture of this French region. The Druid heritage still lives on in Brittany.

Bunnahabhain Distillery Masterclass with Michael Brisebois

Michael Brisebois

Bunnahabhain (pronounced B-u-na-havenn) is a hidden gem among the eight distilleries on Islay. Recently named the Distillery of the Year by The San Francisco Spirits Award tasting panel, this distillery is quite distinct given the wonderfully gentle taste profile for which it is known. Participants experienced “the gentle taste of Islay” with a guided tasting of Bunnahabhain 12, Bunnahabhain 18, Bunnahabhain 25, and the uncharacteristically peated expression Bunnahabhain Ceobanach.

The Bruichladdich Distillery Masterclass #2 with Gez McAlpine

Gez McAlpine

Guests joined Gez McAlpine, Ambassador, as he took them on a whisky journey through the Bruichladdich range, from the unpeated to the most heavily peated whisky in the world.

Note: Masterclass #1 and #2 were the same class at different times

The Whisky & Chocolate Masterclass #2 with Marcus von Albrecht and Hodie Rondeau

Marcus von Albrecht Hodie (Heather) Rondeau

Private cask whiskies paired with fine cocoa - Coopers Choice private casks from Speyside and Islay 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.

Note: Masterclass #1 and #2 were the same class at different times

The Benromach Distillery Masterclass with Alistair Mulligan

Alistair Mulligan

Alistair Mulligan, representing Gordon & MacPhail and Benromach led guests through a tasting of some new and exciting bottlings from the iconic cellars at Gordon & MacPhail…

Saturday January 21st, 2017 - Evening
6:00 to 6:45

The Tomatin Masterclass with Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser, Tomatin’s Regional Sales Manager, took participants on a spirited journey through Tomatin’s 12-year-old Highland Single Malt vintages, including Cuatro, a series of four unique limited edition expressions matured in traditional American Oak casks then finished in four different types of sherry butts.

Beth Havers Presents ‘Unlearn Whisky’

Beth Havers

Have you ever wondered how your single malt comes by its flavours? Beth Havers – National Brand Ambassador for Glenfiddich – broke down Single Malt and explained at which points of the distillation and aging process flavours are born. The class attendees were among the first in Canada to sample 2 of the variants from the new Glenfiddich Experimental Series.

The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants Pop-Up Store

The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants For the first time ever, Festival participants could visit the Strath’s Pop Up Liquor store located in the lobby of the Hotel Grand Pacific where they offered dozens of local and international whiskies for sale. The pop up store was open for business on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, January 19th, 20th, and 21st, between the hours of 7:00 and 10:00 pm.

http://strathconahotel.com/venue/the-liquor-store/

6:00 to 10:00

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

The VIP Tasting was open to special guests of the 2017 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 could 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 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 as well as 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 a choice of over 150 whiskies, the largest selection available for such an event in British Columbia.

Sunday January 22nd, 2017 - Afternoon
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Victoria Caledonian Distillery and deVine Spirits Distillery Tour with Andrew Campbell Walls and Ken Winchester

Ken Winchester Andrew Campbell Walls

New to the festival!

First stop was at the Victoria Caledonian Distillery’s visitor’s centre, then past the grist mill where participants tasted some of the various strains of malted & un-malted barley, or other cereals that this craft brewer and distiller experiments with. Then it was on to the heart of the Brew & Still house through the smells of the mash tun & wash backs, past the gleaming swan necked Stills and up into the warehouse and bottling hall. Then it was back to the visitor centre for a wee dram from the distillery’s new make and two of the whiskies in the Macaloney Cask Selection series.

Second stop was the picturesque deVine Distillery where participants joined Master Distiller Ken Winchester with his vintage German potstill. They all enjoyed a guided tasting of new-make and barrel-aged whisky. deVine is a certified Organic farm, and an award-winning winery & farm distillery. Ken licensed the first distillery on Vancouver Island in 2007, and created the iconic Victoria Gin. deVine’s newly released Glen Saanich single malt whisky is made from locally-grown and malted barley, and mashed & distilled at the farm.

Note: This tour also took place Friday, January 20th.

Sunday January 22nd, 2017 - 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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