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The 12th Annual Victoria Whisky Festival will be held on the
19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd of January 2017 at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

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October 11th, 2016

We’re very pleased to present the 2017 program for the 12th Victoria Whisky Festival. The Victoria Whisky Festival will run through 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.

A limited number of tickets are still available. For more information on tickets, please email info@victoriawhiskyfestival.com

Regards,

Lawrence
Iain
Al
Jonathan
Veronika
Andrew
Frank

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 beginning to push the boundaries of Canadian Whisky tradition. BC distillers are building on the province’s reputation for quality to produce spirits including Scotch-style single malts, and while the British Columbia spirits industry is still in its infancy, the future appears bright.

WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie will lead 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 will bring a unique whisky for this Grand Tasting, including experimental whiskies that may never be available for tasting again.

We’ll look at 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 is very proud to host the annual Canadian Whisky Awards ceremonies at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Host, Davin de Kergommeaux will be joined by members of the judging panel to reveal the best Canadian whiskies of 2016 and present medals and awards to their producers. Members of the public are welcome to join us for this star-studded evening, which includes a sumptuous hot and cold buffet, prepared by the Chefs at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Please make your reservation with James Burrough at the Hotel Grand Pacific (250) 380-4455.

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

These tours are new to the festival! Return transportation from the Hotel Grand Pacific is included.

First stop will begin in the Victoria Caledonian Distillery’s visitor’s centre, then past the grist mill where participants can taste some of the various strains of malted & un-malted barley, or other cereals that this craft brewer and distiller experiment with. Then 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. Return 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 will be the deVine Distillery. At deVine Spirits, join Master Distiller Ken Winchester with his vintage German potstill. Then enjoy 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 is also available 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 will guide you through a tasting of 8 unique whiskies, exactly which whiskies is a mystery, you’ll have to come 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: join Brand Manager Ruaraidh MacIntyre for a look at some of Glenmorangie’s unique whiskies from the past and present; 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

A great opportunity to review what distilleries are doing worldwide. Eight whiskies in a blind tasting to impress the palate of any whisky connoisseur, from island to land, and from east to west, these 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 will be the first public tasting of these expressions in the world. Renowned whisky writers and authors Davin de Kergommeaux and Dave Broom will be joined by Corby’s Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore as they discuss 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

Bowmore, Islay Single Malt, with its peat smoke and Atlantic sea-salt brininess, every dram of Bowmore embodies the very essence of Islay in a glass. 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. Nurtured in our legendary No.1 vaults, Bowmore Single Malt is widely acknowledged to be among the finest and most perfectly balanced in the world.

Hosted by Brand Ambassador, Marcio Ramos

Beam Canadian Club Dinner – Women Only!

Tish Harcus

Join Tish Harcus, Brand Ambassador, representing the famed Canadian Club Whisky and enjoy an exquisite meal prepared by the Chefs at the Mark Restaurant, as she leads you through a number of the award winning Canadian Club Classic Whiskies. This year marks the 158th year for Canadian Club and Tish will both enlighten and entertain.

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 offers 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 have once again reached our maximum. 2017 features 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

Taste whiskies at different peat levels from all over the world, from independent to official bottlings, this is 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 is back for another year and another masterclass: 4th generation Ardbeg worker Ruaraidh MacIntyre will lead you 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

Join renowned whisky expert Dave Broom as he walks attendees through an incredible range of Irish Whiskey from the Middleton Distillery. In his own indomitable style, with a twist, Dave will taste 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 will close 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

Please join Marcio Ramos, Luxury Brand Ambassador as he takes you 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’s time to question, challenge and experiment with Compass Box. Open your mind 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.

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

The Old Malt Cask Masterclass with Andrew Laing

Andrew Laing

Join Andrew Laing, of Hunter Laing, for his first visit to BC. Participants will sample 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 will also share exciting news of the newest malt distillery on Islay, Ardnahoe.

The North American Roundup Masterclass with Ryan Cheverie & Alexis Green

Ryan Cheverie

Join whiskey experts Ryan Cheverie and Alexis Green as they explore 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

Join 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

Come and enjoy the whiskies from one of the smallest distilleries on Islay. Taste exciting whiskies from this Islay farm distillery. Immerse your senses in the peat and Islay weather. This tasting also features an exclusive British Columbia bottling.

The Glencadam & Tomintoul Distillery Masterclass with Iain Forteath

Iain Forteath

Join Iain Forteath as he leads you 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 will explain 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.

You will also get 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. Join Brand Ambassador Dan Volway for 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. Join Canadian branch founders Rob & Kelly Carpenter and sample some of the Society's finest drams as they explore 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 leads 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

Join Andrew Laing, of Hunter Laing, for his first visit to BC. Participants will sample 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 will also share exciting news of the newest malt distillery on Islay, Ardnahoe.

The Jack Daniel’s Masterclass with Jerry Jobe

Jerry Jobe

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, will introduce you 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 will guide participants 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 will taste the full range from Tullibardine, including some exciting new products arriving to the market very soon. Join us to learn why 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. At this year’s Victoria Whisky Festival, IBHL’s Export Sales Executive, Gordon Stevenson, will be delighting masterclass attendees with an array of expressions, ranging from our flagship 12yo through to our award-winning 21yo with some new and never-before-sampled liquid in between!

The Glenlivet Distillery Masterclass with Ian 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 will cover 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. Take 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 is 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 will feature 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 will be some other excellent malt whisky examples from this outstanding producer. producer.

Presented by Austin Bellantoni.

The Sazerac Masterclass with Elizabeth Hurst

Elizabeth Hurst

Buffalo Trace: Made in Kentucky, Enjoyed Worldwide

Stop in for a visit with some of the Buffalo Trace family of whiskeys! Join Associate Brand Manager Elizabeth Hurst as she introduces you to some of the many expressions from the world’s most award-winning distillery.

The Bruichladdich Distillery Masterclass #1 with Reed Pettit

Reed Pettit

Join Reed Pettit, National Brand Ambassador, as he takes you 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 are the same class at different times

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

Marcus von Albrecht Hodie (Heather) Rondeau

Private cask whiskies paired with fine cocoa - Coopers Choice private casks from Speyside and Islay will be paired with chocolate from Venezuela to Indonesia. Chocolate maker Hodie (Heather) Rondeau will inform 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 will sell out fast.

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

The Gordon and MacPhail Masterclass with Andy Dunn

Andy Dunn

Please join Mr. Andy Dunn, representing Gordon & MacPhail and Benromach as he leads you 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 will present 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 has an array of amazing expressions to offer as he delves 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

Come and taste 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 will be pouring 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 will showcase 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

Please join Marcio Ramos, Luxury Brand Manager, for this unforgettable Masters Class Experience! Marcio will take you on a discovery of Glen Garioch Highland Malts, the single malt scotch with as much character as the people who create it. He will also explore the depths and peaks of the most distinctly flavoured single malt Scotch -Laphroaig. Learn about the history of the water of life on the island of Islay and sample 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. Discover 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. Experience “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 Reed Pettit

Reed Pettit

Join Reed Pettit, National Brand Ambassador, as he takes you 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 are the same class at different times

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

Marcus von Albrecht Hodie (Heather) Rondeau

Private cask whiskies paired with fine cocoa - Coopers Choice private casks from Speyside and Islay will be paired with chocolate from Venezuela to Indonesia. Chocolate maker Hodie (Heather) Rondeau will inform 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 will sell out fast.

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

The Benromach Distillery Masterclass with Andy Dunn

Andy Dunn

Please join Mr. Andy Dunn, representing Gordon & MacPhail and Benromach as he leads you through a tasting of some new and exciting bottlings of Benromach.

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 special feature geared specifically towards the Consumer Tasting attendees 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 check back here in the coming weeks for a copy of the special feature.

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

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

The Tomatin Masterclass with Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser

Join Scott Fraser, Tomatin’s Regional Sales Manager, as he takes you 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.

Tickets to this Masterclass are complimentary. Get your ticket by going to the Davin de Kergommeaux Canadian Whisky table in the lobby of the Grand Pacific Hotel on Saturday January 21st 2017. Only 30 tickets available.

Beth Havers Presents ‘Unlearn Whisky’

Beth Havers

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

Tickets to this Masterclass are complimentary. Get your ticket by going to the Davin de Kergommeaux Canadian Whisky table in the lobby of the Grand Pacific Hotel on Saturday January 21st 2017. Only 24 tickets available.

6:00 to 10:00

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

The VIP Tasting is open to special guests of the 2017 Victoria Whisky Festival and VIP Ticket holders. It will be held in the Vancouver & Pender Island Ballrooms prior to the Consumer Tasting and will feature 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 being 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 is provided with an engraved Glencairn whisky nosing & tasting glass and an Whisky Advocate magazine as well as assorted product information from the presenters.

The Hotel Grand Pacific will be providing 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 you will be able to satisfy your whisky curiosity by sampling your 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

These tours are new to the festival! Return transportation from the Hotel Grand Pacific is included.

First stop will begin in the Victoria Caledonian Distillery’s visitor’s centre, then past the grist mill where participants can taste some of the various strains of malted & un-malted barley, or other cereals that this craft brewer and distiller experiment with. Then 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. Return 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 will be the deVine Distillery. At deVine Spirits, join Master Distiller Ken Winchester with his vintage German potstill. Then enjoy 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 is also available Friday, January 20th.

Sunday January 22nd, 2017 - Evening

The Distillers Dinner

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

Please see Program & Tickets Page for full details on times, ticket prices, ticket availability and event rooms.
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