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The 10th Annual Victoria Whisky Festival will be held on the 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th of January 2015 at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

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January 24th, 2014

The 9th Victoria Whisky Festival welcomed over 600 guests to whisky events on Thursday the 16th, Friday the 17th, Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of January 2014 at the 5 star Hotel Grand Pacific located on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

Participants enjoyed sold out evening events including Women, Whisky & Chocolate; The Canadian Whisky Awards Dinner, Grand Tasting with Master Blender Richard Patterson, The Grand Ka Va Lan tasting, the Grand Compass Box tasting, Grand Scotch Malt Whisky Society tasting, Whisky’s from Around the World, Macallan vs Highland Park Debate, the Festival Grand Tasting and The Distillers Dinner.

Daytime Masterclasses were presented by NIKKA, Laphroaig, Ka Va Lan, Forty Creek, Tullibardine, Macallan, Glenfarclas, Highland Park, Ardbeg, Johnnie Walker, Balvenie, Springbank, Glenmorangie, Tomatin, Amrut, Glenfiddich, Kilchoman, Auchentoshan, Glen Garioch, BenRaich, GlenDronach, Kilbeggan, Canadian Club, Crown Royal, Woodford Reserve and Collingwood.

Representatives from Douglas Laing, Whisky Monkey, Duncan Taylor, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and Gordon and MacPhail joined Richard Patterson, Mike Nicolson, Marcus von Albrecht and Matt Jones to present Masterclasses featuring a variety of topics and drams.

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

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

Thursday January 16th, 2014 – Evening
A Grand Tasting

Women, Whisky & Chocolate with Alwynne Gwilt

Alwynne Gwilt

You've heard of wine and chocolate, but have you opened up your senses to whisky and chocolate? In this grand tasting, UK based, but Canadian bred Miss Whisky founder and editor, Alwynne Gwilt, guided participants through a series of fabulous whiskies, while Vancouver based chocolate maker Hodie (Heather) Rondeau taught guests about the history and joys of chocolates showing there is much more in common between chocolate and whisky than one might guess. A sensual, tasty evening, that aimed to have fun; to eat, drink and be merry.

The Victoria Whisky Festival is very pleased to let you know that proceeds from this tasting supported the 100.3 the Q TLC Fund for Kids http://tlcfund.ca/

Sorry gentlemen, this one was ladies only.

The 4th Annual Canadian Whisky Awards Presentation & Dinner

Davin de Kergommeaux

The Victoria Whisky Festival was very proud to host the annual Canadian Whisky Awards ceremonies at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Host, Davin de Kergommeaux was joined by members of the judging panel to reveal the best Canadian whiskies of 2013 and presented medals and awards to their producers. Members of the public joined us for this star-studded evening.

Friday January 17th, 2014 – Evening

The Grand Compass Box Dinner With J. Wheelock

J. Wheelock

Challenged convention, stepped outside of the comfort zone and added a little Spice Tree to some lives. VWF 2013 was the year for “Being John Glaservitch”, 2014 was “Whose Compass Box Is it Anyway?”

Well-versed in the art of food and drink pairing, and how to make a (Peat) Monster-ously great cocktail, J. Wheelock shared in the passion and Heart of this dynamic whisky-making company.

We won’t break the rules, we’ll just blend them.

The Grand Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tasting with Annabel Meikle

Annabel Meikle

Guests embarked on a tour of our very curious Society; from young to old, rich to light, grain to malt - a plethora of flavours delighted!

The Grand Tasting Featuring Richard Paterson, Master Blender

Richard Paterson

Who Nose better than he does? Richard Paterson is a living legend and a world-wide Whisky super hero. The 2014 Victoria Whisky Festival’s Grand Tasting was hosted by none other than 3rd generation Master Blender and internet phenom, The Nose himself. Making a stop in Victoria by way of, well, everywhere, Mr. Paterson engaged, enlightened, and yes – threw things. This was a tasting like no other, including both Dalmore and Jura whiskies. Seats went quickly. Ice buckets were left at home. Those who attended know why....

The Grand Ka Va Lan Tasting with Thomas Chen & Andrew Ferguson

Andrew Ferguson Thomas Chen

Less than 5 years after its construction, Taiwan’s Kavalan distillery shocked the world with its impressive 3 year old single malt whiskies. With the assistance of whisky industry Top Gun Jim Swann the distillery was able to turn its scorching hot climate to its advantage. Not even a decade late Kavalan is still turning heads and taking the world by storm. Guests sampled a range of Kavalan whiskies from their first release up to and including their award winning Solist Fino.

The Grand Whisky’s From Around The World Tasting with Roberto Roberti of PVI Global

Roberto Roberti

There are so many delicious whiskies coming from myriad parts of the World and PVI Global has more of them than anybody else. Roberto Roberti of PVI Global took palates on a tour with a very special tasting of whiskies from different world whisky regions. In this Grand Tasting Roberto pulled out all the stops, pouring the best and newest of PVI Global portfolio.

The Grand Macallan vs. Highland Park Debate Tasting With Dan Volway & Marc Laverdiere

Marc Laverdiere Dan Volway

Speyside or Islands ?

Which Region offers the best whisky? Speyside is known for superb Single Malts of which The Macallan has earned global acclaim.

Yet, the Island whiskies have made unconditional fans worldwide for the character and unique personalities of their drams. So which Region can boast offering the best whiskies?

Guests joined the debate and judged the face-off: on the Speyside corner, The Macallan, known for its whiskies since 1824. And on the Islands corner, Highland Park, established in 1798 and with a reputation that rivals that of the Vikings.

Masterclasses - Whisky School!

The 2014 Victoria Whisky Festival Opportunity Cost; The cost of an alternative Masterclass that must be forgone in order to pursue another Masterclass.

Saturday January 18th, 2014 – Morning

The 2014 Masterclass schedule offered diversity with whiskies from Canada, Scotland, Ireland, India, Japan, England, Taiwan 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 2014 Festival we reached our maximum. 2014 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

The Nikka Masterclass with Alwynne Gwilt

Alwynne Gwilt

The Festival was very pleased to hold for the third 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 was no exception to this rule. It featured single malts of the famed Yoichi distillery and some other excellent examples including a single grain and a new blended whisky.

The Laphroaig Distillery Masterclass with Simon Brooking

Simon Brooking

Simon Brooking, Laphroaig's Master Ambassador, took participants to "The beautiful hollow by the broad bay." This masterclass explored the depths and peaks of the most distinctly flavoured single malt Scotch –Laphroai, taught 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 Ka Va Lan Masterclass with Andrew Ferguson & Thomas Chen

Thomas Chen Andrew Ferguson

King Car distillery has turned youth and Taiwan’s tropical weather into a whisky making advantage. Andrew Ferguson and Thomas Chen tasted attendees through a range of whiskies from Ka Va Lan, which was only established in 2005, revealing why their 3 year old whiskies have been garnering international kudos.

The Forty Creek Distillery Masterclass with John Hall

John Hall

Attendees met John Hall, Forty Creek Whisky Maker, and heard him chat about what it means to take a winemaker’s approach to whisky making. The masterclass was exploration of how grain selection, distillation method, type and char level of barrels, length of ageing and finishing are all components that impact the taste profile of a Canadian whisky.

Participants experienced the diversity of taste profiles, and complexity that can be achieved with a variety of ageing techniques. This flighted, tutored tasting highlighted the unique assets and differences between each Forty Creek expression while showcasing the house style of John Hall, Whisky Maker. Whiskies included John’s 2013 Limited Edition Heart of Gold as well as his classic Barrel Select, Double Barrel Reserve, Copper Pot Reserve, Confederation Oak Reserve and unique Forty Creek Cream Liquor.

Tullibardine Distillery Masterclass “A Drop of Pure Highland Gold” with James Robertson

James Robertson

James Robertson International Sales Manager for Tullibardine Distilleries led this Master Class with some very special treats. Guests experienced the taste of Tullibardine newest range of products and why Tullibardine is a drop of pure highland gold.

The Douglas Laing Masterclass with Jan Beckers

Jan Beckers

Scotland’s finest distilleries were showcased through Douglas Laing’s newest and finest Single Cask range.

The Whisky Monkey “Finishing Touch” with Paul Watkin

Paul Watkin

The beauty of single malt whisky lies in three main ingredients: barley, water and yeast. Aah, but single malt whisky is aged a minimum of 3 years and a day before it becomes so and is commonly aged much longer. Enter oak, the final ingredient. The type of barrels, the age of the barrels and the length of time the whisky spends in barrels are heavy influences on the style and flavour of the bottled whisky. The influences from maturing in Bourbon vs. Sherry casks were discussed (and tasted) as well as the unique trend of a second maturation in specialty finishing casks such as Port and Madeira. Along with grain and water sources, attendees discovered how the type of oak casks used defines the style of the house.

The Macallan 1824 Masterclass with Dan Volway

Dan Volway

Rising to any occasion, 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 Ruby – that is redefining the way Scotch whisky is evaluated. The Macallan 1824 Series 100% Sherry Casks, 100% Natural Colour, 100% Macallan.

The Whisky & Xoxolat Chocolate Masterclass with Marcus von Albrecht #1

Marcus von Albrecht

In this very special Master Class, guests had the opportunity to indulge in two of life's greatest pleasures: scotch and Xoxolat chocolate! Cardamom, Crème Brule or Xoxo Deep Milk Chocolate, Xoxo Dark and the ever surprisingly bacon chocolate and the lovely whiskies from Speyside to the thunder of Islay single malts are but examples of the four selections that were served. This masterclass sold out very quickly! (Whisky & Chocolate 1 & 2 were identical in format).

Saturday January 18th, 2014 – Afternoon
1:00 to 2:00

The Glenfarclas Distillery Masterclass with George Grant

George Grant

Glenfarclas Distillery is renowned for producing Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky in the traditional Speyside style, with a heavy Sherry influence. They produce a wide range of expressions from the 8 Years Old to much older expressions. George Grant is the 6th generation of the family and the Ambassador for the Glenfarclas.

The Highland Park Masterclass with Marc Laverdiere

Marc Laverdiere

Highland Park - Made where no one else would - like no one else could. Brand Ambassador Marc Laverdiere’s Masterclass and tasting featured Highland Park, the most respected single malt in the world.

The Ardbeg Masterclass with Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Ardbeg: After the Smoke has Cleared

A masterclass with Ruaraidh MacIntyre: former native of Islay and from three generations of Ardbeg distillery workers. Ardbeg is known for being Scotland’s peatiest whisky but a bottle contains a lot more flavours than those wrought from Islay’s earth; attendees who joined Ruaraidh earned a PhD (Peat-Head Diploma), learning and experimenting with the science behind very complex flavours.

The Master Blender Masterclass with Richard Paterson #1

Richard Paterson

3rd generation Master Blender, 1st name in You Tube Whisky entertainment and education, second to none, Richard Paterson is impeccable in every sense. A range of Dalmore and Jura Single Malt Whiskies were experienced with the man who is known as much for his Nose as he is for his life’s work in Scotland’s finest export. (The Master Blender Masterclass with Richard Paterson 1 & 2 were identical in format).

The Duncan Taylor “How Independent Bottlers Select a Cask” Masterclass with Peter Currie

Peter Currie

Peter Currie, Global Sales Manager for award winning, family owned merchant bottler Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky dug into Duncan Taylor’s extensive vaults and presented products from across their extensive range of Single Malts, Single Grains, Blended Malts and Blended Scotch Whiskies. There was something for everyone including old malts, old blends, peaty whiskies and delicate, sweet grain whiskies.

The Johnnie Walker Masterclass with Mike Nicolson

Mike Nicolson

From a small grocery store in the town of Kilmarnock, Scotland came a 15 year old boy with a gift of blending tea. John Walker's passion spread to blending whiskies for the townsfolk of Kilmarnock and he soon became known for his expert whisky blending skills in all of West Scotland. Since then, the Johnnie Walker name is celebrated globally for quality and consistency while the iconic square bottle with the slanted label is seen on shelves everywhere. Attendees joined a 36 year veteran of distilling, Michael Nicolson, as he took them through the Johnnie Walker Labels, including Red, Black, Green, Gold and Blue as he described his experiences with Johnnie Walker and explained the nuances that make each Johnnie Walker label so unique and special.

The Balvenie Masterclass with Elizabeth Havers

Elizabeth Havers

The Balvenie – The World’s Most Handcrafted Single Malt explored the Five Rare Crafts of Whisky making with Beth Havers, National Whisky Portfolio Specialist. The Balvenie was established in 1892 by William Grant. This distillery is still family owned and operated and still uses the rare crafts used by whisky makers over a hundred years ago. Beth sampled The Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood, 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask and 21 Year Old Portwood along with some hidden gems never seen before in Victoria. It was e a truly memorable experience.

The Springbank Distillery Masterclass with Ranald Watson

Ranald Watson

Springbank Distillery may be ultra-traditional when it comes to production methods, but it’s far from stuck in the dark ages when it comes to the range of whiskies produced there. Springbank - the only distillery in Scotland to carry out 100% of the production process on-site - has never been afraid to experiment with casks of varying type and size and has been releasing whiskies from “alternative” casks for over 20 years. Sales and Marketing Manager Ranald Watson presented a selection of whiskies that reflect Springbank’s commitment to history and tradition through its core range, alongside one or two special releases which emphasise the company’s fiercely independent, family-owned, philosophy. Newly-released whiskies tasted included the intriguingly-named Hazelburn Rundlets & Kilderkins and the Springbank Gaja Barolo Wood Expression.

The Whisky & Xoxolat Chocolate Masterclass with Marcus von Albrecht #2

Marcus von Albrecht

In this very special Master Class, guests had the opportunity to indulge in two of life's greatest pleasures: scotch and Xoxolat chocolate! Cardamom, Crème Brule or Xoxo Deep Milk Chocolate, Xoxo Dark and the ever surprisingly bacon chocolate and the lovely whiskies from Speyside to the thunder of Islay single malts are but examples of the four selections that were served. This masterclass sold out very quickly! (Whisky & Chocolate 1 & 2 were identical in format).

2:40 to 3:40

The Glenmorangie Masterclass with Ruaraidh MacIntyre #1

Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Caskmasters Tasting

The Caskmasters programme has been a worldwide success, choosing a cask, a name, and many other aspects of Glenmorangie’s next scotch. Ruaraidh MacIntyre, Glenmorangie Brand Ambassador, made attendees a part of deciding what the final touches should be; tasting from three exclusive casks, becoming a master of whisky production for the day and having their say on what Glenmorangie should be making.

The Second Golden Age of Bourbon with Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Matt Jones, Whisky Ambassador and Bourbon Specialist for Beam Inc. educated guests with colorful stories about the history of the first family of Bourbon, the Beams… dating back to 1795 when Bourbon Whiskey was still in its infancy, and speaking also to the Samuel’s family, who re-invented Bourbon in the 1950’s and still trail blaze the category today. Bourbon whiskey is experiencing its second Golden Age. Attendees learned how Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Devil’s Cut, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden and Bookers have all influenced this resurgence! These, coincidentally, were also the bourbons attendees had the pleasure of tasting at this event!

The Tomatin Distillery Masterclass with Graham Eunson

Graham Eunson

Among numerous samples in this class Graham Eunson dissected Tomatin Legacy and Cu Bocan (lightly peated) single malts so that the attendees understood exactly what styles of Tomatin have gone into constructing both these excellent whiskies. The remaining samples further demonstrated why Tomatin has such a deserved reputation for quality single malts. Tomatin is home to the finest Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky and is located in the Monadhliath Mountains just south of Inverness, capital of the Highlands of Scotland. Established in 1897, Tomatin (to rhyme with satin) is also one of the highest distilleries in Scotland at 315 metres above sea level.

The Master Blender Masterclass with Richard Paterson #2

Richard Paterson

rd generation Master Blender, 1st name in You Tube Whisky entertainment and education, second to none, Richard Paterson is impeccable in every sense. Attendees experienced a range of Dalmore and Jura Single Malt Whiskies with the man who is known as much for his Nose as he is for his life’s work in Scotland’s finest export. Two Master Classes were available, both sold out quickly. (The Master Blender Masterclass with Richard Paterson 1 & 2 were identical in format).

The Amrut Indian Whisky Masterclass “The Angels Share” with Jonathan Bray

Jonathan Bray

Jonathan Bray and Roberto Roberti of the famed PVI Global Team showcased the fascination that has taken the whisky community by storm: Indian whisky. Attendees discovered what is so special about the whiskies from Amrut Distillery and why are so many people around the world are impressed by this Whisky. The process of creating Indian Whisky is very different than that of other whiskies; however, the end result is quality, quality, quality.

The Classic Malts Masterclass with Mike Nicolson

Mike Nicolson

Since their release as a collection in 1987, the classic six malts have opened many people’s 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 participants through the whiskies from the Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside and the Isles.

The Glenfiddich Masterclass with Elizabeth Havers

Elizabeth Havers

Glenfiddich, The World’s Most Awarded Single Malt Scotch, took attendees on an interactive journey through Glenfiddich’s Virtual Distillery Tour, led by Beth Havers, National Whisky Portfolio Specialist. Glenfiddich was established in 1887 by its founder, William Grant, and is still family owned and operated to this day. While on the journey, guests had the opportunity to sample the Glenfiddich 12 Year Old, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old, Glenfiddich 18 Year Old and Glenfiddich 21 Year Old, and also be privy to some very special Glenfiddich Single Malts malt samples which Beth has gathered on her travels to the Glenfiddich distillery especially for this class.

The Kilchoman Distillery Masterclass with Peter Wills

Peter Wills

Peter Wills, Sales and Marketing Manager of Kilchoman, Islay's Farm Distillery, took participants through some exciting new releases including the 100% Islay 3rd Edition and the 2007 Vintage (6 year old) as well as a single cask at cask strength.

The Auchentoshan & Glen Garioch Masterclass #1 with Iain McCallum, Master of Malts

Iain McCallum

hisky Magazine “Icons of Whisky Scotland” Whisky Ambassador of the Year 2013, Iain McCallum, led attendees through a tasting of Single Malt Whiskies from Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch. Auchentoshan is Glasgow’s distillery, produced in the Lowlands since 1823 and the only Scottish distillery to insist on triple - not double - distilling every single drop. This award-winning, extra smooth single malt is renowned for its soft, delicate flavour. Established in 1797, Glen Garioch, pronounced “Glen geer-ee,” is Scotland’s most easterly distillery, located in the historic town of Old Meldrum, some 18 miles northwest of Aberdeen. The historic Valley of the Garioch is renowned as the finest barley growing area in all of Scotland. For over 200 years, Glen Garioch Distillery has been handcrafting a beautiful range of natural, non-chill filtered single malt whiskies. Along with the well-known two core expressions of each brand, Iain also showed 2 limited edition Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch expressions that were not previously available in BC. (The Auchentoshan & Glen Garioch Masterclasses 1 & 2 were identical in format)

4:20 to 5:20

The BenRiach & GlenDronach Masterclass with J. Wheelock

J. Wheelock

In the heart of Speyside the fires at The BenRiach burn brightly. Independently owned and operated, this multi-faceted single malt is known for its incredible range and constant evolution. Faithful friends Peat and Sherry were on hand to satisfy attendees Curiositas, and more.

The “Giud” GlenDronach is at the helm of the world’s best-known highly-sherried whiskies. Intense character balances well with a unique history, coming together for a singular range of single malts. With nine medals between them from the 2013 IWSC (including two Gold), BenRiach and GlenDronach whiskies are a journey with experiencing.

The Kilbeggan Distilling Company Masterclass with John Cashman

John Cashman

John Cashman, Global Brand Ambassador for Irish and Scotch whiskies with Beam, talked attendees through some of Ireland’s best whiskeys. John talked about the history of Irish Whiskey, the history of the distilleries themselves and what makes their whiskeys different from all other Irish. There was lots of interesting expressions to taste along with a couple of special surprises.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Masterclass with Annabel Meikle

Annabel Meikle

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles both fabulous and interesting whiskies for its members. Attendees sampled their way through some of the standout drams from the over 200 bottlings The Society has released in Canada since its launch in October 2011.

The Glenmorangie Masterclass with Ruaraidh MacIntyre #2

Ruaraidh MacIntyre

Caskmasters

Glenmorangie 2: How much wood would a woodsman chuck if the wood just wasn’t too good? Ruaraidh MacIntyre, Glenmorangie Brand Ambassador, explained the high standards Glenmorangie distillery holds and the innovations they’ve brought to the industry to ensure that their Scotch remains Scotland’s favourite. The class focused on the effect wood and the cask has on maturation and how that changes the flavour of a whisky. The scotches provided an opportunity to taste the difference a cask can contribute.

The Canadian Club Masterclass with Tish Harcus

Tish Harcus

Tish Harcus, Brand Ambassador representing the famed Canadian Club Whisky, led attendees through a number of the C.C. Classic Whiskies (which were paired up with specialty cheeses and chocolates). Canadian Club is the only Canadian whisky that pre barrels their distillate whiskies. The brands are 155 years old and Tish both enlightened and entertained.

The Crown Royal Masterclass with Joel Virginillo

Joel Virginillo

The iconic crown-shaped bottle and purple velvet bag have long been a part of our nation's history since it was presented to the King and Queen of England in 1939. When Sam Bronfman began blending whiskies, he tried out six hundred different blends before he finally settled on the one that was to become Crown Royal. Joel Virginillo deconstructed the whiskies for particpants. This jam-packed session included a few surprises.

The Woodford Reserve Collingwood Distillery Masterclass with Ryan Cheverie and David Dobbin

David Dobbin Ryan Cheverie

Brown Forman Whiskey Ambassador Ryan Cheverie and Collingwood Distillery Manager David Dobbin explored the Brown-Forman family of Whiskies, from their genesis out of the grand Old Forester Brand to the rich history of the Labrot and Graham distilling site in Woodford County Kentucky, to Collingwood Canadian Whisky, and beyond. The innovative and classic whiskey expressions of the company founded by George Garvin Brown in 1870 and still controlled by his descendants were sampled.

The Gordon & MacPhail Masterclass with Michael Urquhart

Michael Urquhart

“a few of my favourite drams”

Michael Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail told attendees about some of his favourite drams bottled by Gordon & MacPhail as well as some samples from Benromach which produces a traditional whisky from Speyside’s smallest working distillery.

The Auchentoshan & Glen Garioch Masterclass #2 with Iain McCallum, Master of Malts

Iain McCallum

Whisky Magazine “Icons of Whisky Scotland” Whisky Ambassador of the Year 2013, Iain McCallum, led attendees through a tasting of Single Malt Whiskies from Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch. Auchentoshan is Glasgow’s distillery, produced in the Lowlands since 1823 and is the only Scottish distillery to insist on triple - not double - distilling every single drop. This award-winning extra smooth, single malt is renowned for its soft, delicate flavour. Established in 1797, Glen Garioch, pronounced “Glen geer-ee,” is Scotland’s most easterly distillery, located in the historic town of Old Meldrum, some 18 miles northwest of Aberdeen. The historic Valley of the Garioch is renowned as the finest barley growing area in all of Scotland. For over 200 years, Glen Garioch Distillery has been handcrafting a beautiful range of natural, non-chill filtered single malt whiskies. Along with the well-known two core expressions of each brand, Iain also showed 2 limited edition Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch expressions that were not previously available in BC. (The Auchentoshan & Glen Garioch Masterclasses 1 & 2 were identical in format)

Saturday January 18th, 2014 - Evening

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

The VIP Tasting was open to special guests of the 2014 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 will be able to explore the range of whiskies being presented for a full hour prior to the Consumer Tasting (Ticket price includes VIP Tasting & Consumer Tasting).

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

The heart of the Festival is the Consumer Tasting 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 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 a Whisky Advocate magazine 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! Here, 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 19th, 2014 - Evening

The Distillers Dinner

The first rule of The Distillers Dinner is don’t talk about The Distillers Dinner and how spectacular it was. The Hotel Grand Pacific's Executive Chef Rick Choy paired exceptional local ingredients with exceptional single malts for a not-to-be-forgotten evening.

The Festival would like to thank Michele Tucker and Dan Volway for their assistance in making this dinner such a success.

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