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Out of town attendees:

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Ticket sales will commence Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 10am Pacific Time; please telephone the Hotel Reservation line at 1-800-663-7550 to purchase their tickets in conjunction with a hotel room reservation.

In town attendees:

until tickets go on sale

Ticket sales will commence Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at 9am at the Strath Ale, Wine & Spirit Merchants 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC. No orders will be accepted by telephone.

until the Victoria Whisky Festival

The 16th Annual Victoria Whisky Festival will be held on the
14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th of January 2021 at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

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As in previous years, all tickets for the 2020 Victoria Whisky Festival sold out quickly. See the countdown clock on this page for information on purchasing 2021 festival tickets.

January 28th, 2020

In celebration of our 15th Victoria Whisky Festival, we partnered with Morrison & MacKay and the Strath Liquor Store to offer an exclusive 2020 Victoria Whisky Festival Old Perth Blended Malt Whisky of 174 bottles. Contact whisky@strathliquor.com to purchase any remaining bottles.

Exclusive 2020 Victoria Whisky Festival Old Perth Blended Malt Whisky

We were very pleased to present the sold out 2020 15th Victoria Whisky Festival which ran through Thursday the 16th to Sunday the 19th of January 2020 at the 5-star Hotel Grand Pacific located on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

Tickets were in high demand at both the Hotel Grand Pacific for out-of-town purchasers and the Strath Liquor Store for local purchasers. Once again, our friends at The Strath opened the restaurant next door for those waiting their turn to buy tickets.

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Thursday January 16th, 2020 – Evening

Scotch Malt Whisky Society #FreetheWhisky Grand Tasting with Rob Carpenter

Rob Carpenter

In Jan 2018 inspectors from the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch raided Scotch Malt Whisky Society Partner Bars in B.C., with 242 bottles of SMWS whisky being seized from Fets Whisky Kitchen. Rob Carpenter (co-founder of the Canadian branch of the SMWS), together with one of Fets’ owners and a lawyer, presented a tasting of some beautiful single cask Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings interspersed with an account of what happened, the legal issues, and the current situation, including the impact on BC whisky, wine, and beer enthusiasts and what can be done going forward.

The 10th Annual Canadian Whisky Awards Presentation & Dinner

Davin de Kergommeaux

The Victoria Whisky Festival was, once again, very proud to co-host the annual Canadian Whisky Awards ceremonies at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Hosts, Davin de Kergommeaux and Heather Leary were joined by members of the judging panel to reveal the best Canadian whiskies of 2020 and present medals and awards to their producers.

Friday January 17th, 2020 – Evening

The Single Malts of Nikka Grand Tasting with Austin Bellantoni & Natino Bellantoni

Austin Bellantoni

Nikka Whisky is an iconic and world-renowned Japanese whisky that defined and established Japanese whisky on the world stage.

Austin Bellantoni and Natino Bellantoni took attendees on a journey through the history of Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky whose legacy still lives on today, and how he developed a passion for Scotch whisky, which gave him a dream to create Japanese whisky in the classic styles of the greatest Scottish distilleries. They provided, travelling though the core range of Nikka whiskies, an insight into the nuances of the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries in the various expressions as well as a glimpse into the future of Nikka Whisky by tasting two new whiskies from these two great distilleries.

The popularity of Japanese whisky has created a great shortage of age statements. Now Nikka is ageing their whiskies so that we may, one day, relish in the re-introduction of the great Yoichi and Miyagikyo age statements.

The Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh Grand Tasting with Joel Virginillo

Joel Virginillo

Joel Virginillo presented Brown-Forman's range of Scotch whisky, including Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh.

The AD Rattray Cask Collection Grand Tasting with Tommy Boyd

Tommy Boyd

The Single Casks are back. Thomas Boyd, Global Controller at AD Rattray, provided a personal and lively tour of one of the most unique collections of first time AD Rattray single cask bottlings for Canada.

Dr. Don Livermore’s Select Picks Grand Tasting

Dr. Don Livermore

Having done a lot of work to raise the bar for Canadian Whisky in the past several years through incredible innovation, 2019 Canadian Whisky Blender of the Year Dr. Don Livermore dug into his archives and pulled out some of his favourite, and most rare, whiskies of the past few years - some of the best that J.P. Wiser’s, Lot No. 40, Pike Creek and Gooderham & Worts have to offer.

The Isle of Jura “Old & New” Grand Tasting with Louis-Jérôme Doise

Louis-Jérôme Doise

Louis-Jérôme Doise, Single Malt Specialist for Whyte & Mackay in Canada, provided an immersive journey of how the Jura distillery has evolved into a modern distillery with a unique double distillation process. The old, and the new, were tasted, finishing off with a limited edition 30 year old vintage Jura.

The Highland Park Distillery Grand Tasting with Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers

Founded in 1798, Highland Park is the northernmost Scotch distillery. Within a strong environment, thrives a strong culture melded of Vikings and Scots. The Scotch made here has its own character, defined by the island, its constraints and its strength, the people. Considered by some to be the most well balanced Single Malt, it was well worth the tasting!

The 2020 Canadian Whisky Award Winners Grand Tasting with Davin de Kergommeaux

Davin de Kergommeaux

Head judge, Davin de Kergommeaux, poured the best of the best - the winners of the 2020 Canadian Whisky Awards, along with the very best Canadian whiskies of the decade.

The Canadian Club 42 yo Grand Tasting with Tish Harcus

Tish Harcus

With a long global history and an even longer history in Canada and the US, Canadian Club, founded in 1858, has been a household classic for over a century! National whisky icon and brand ambassador Tish Harcus reviewed the history and highlights of Canadian Club and introduced some new expressions, culminating with a taste of history, the 42- Year-Old Canadian Club, the oldest Canadian Whisky ever released.

Masterclasses - Whisky School!

The 2020 Victoria Whisky Festival Opportunity Cost; The cost of an alternative Masterclass that must be forgone in order to pursue another Masterclass.

Saturday January 18th, 2020 – Morning
11:15 – 12:15

The AD Rattray Cask Collection Masterclass with Tommy Boyd

Tommy Boyd

Rare, unique, here for a while and then gone. These single cask single malts are ours to enjoy, for a while. Tommy Boyd provided at look – and taste – of what the future holds.

The Glenmorangie Distillery Masterclass with Bryan Simpson

Bryan Simpson

Glenmorangie is an historic distillery with a reputation of innovation in the Scotch Whisky world. Six expressions were presented, showcasing the experimentation, science and process of the distillery and its whisky makers.

The Compass Box Masterclass with Phil Keene

Phil Keene

Compass Box goes from strength to strength as John Glaser & Co. expand what it means to make blended Scotch Whisky. In fact, this year they poured two Compass Box Single Malts ("Myths & Legends") along with many other exciting creations with Compass Box Commercial Director Phil Keene.

The Douglas Laing Masterclass with Stacy Kyle

Stacy Kyle

Exceptional single cask - Pure honesty in a bottle
And as natural as it gets.

Douglas Laing’s Exceptional Single Cask bottlings', have nothing added or taken away – they truly are as natural as it gets. They choose to bottle always at a high strength or cask strength; no chill-filtering or added colouring. The resulting Whisky is just as the Distiller intended. These Single Cask expressions were a delight.

The Laphroaig Distillery Masterclass with James Neil

James Neil

Laphroaig is a perennial fan favourite and the number one selling Islay Single Malt in the World! As they say at Laphroaig: ‘We don’t make friends easy, but when we do its usually for life!’ James Neil led the Masterclass through our favourite expressions and as always wove in a few drams of Islay history. Drink the history as much as you love to sip the whisky!

The Glencadam & Tomintoul Distilleries Masterclass with Jim Pommelet

Jim Pommelet

Jim Pommelet, Victoria based Sommelier and Whisky enthusiast, presented a masters tasting of Glencadam and Tomintoul selections. A family-owned Whisky dynasty founded in 1825 that is still producing Highland, Speyside and Glenlivet whiskies at their finest.

The Isle of Jura Distillery Masterclass with Louis-Jérôme Doise

Louis-Jérôme Doise

Jura, the island you’ve probably never heard of, is a small island off the west coast of Scotland that is home to 212 people and one Scotch Whisky distillery. Jura’s Single Malt Specialist, Louis-Jérôme Doise, explained what makes Jura unique and the island community it calls home. Attendees participated in a curated beer and whisky educational session, where they were shown how Jura’s flavours compliment the craft of unique local breweries from British Columbia.

Old Pulteney and Oysters – Introducing our New Fleet Masterclass with Lukasz Dynowiak

Lukasz Dynowiak

Defined and shaped by its stunning coastal location, Old Pulteney single malt Scotch Whisky owes much to its home town of Wick. Established in 1826 at a time when the town was home to a thriving fishing port, Old Pulteney has a strong place in the heart and history of this coastal community. With traditional warehouses exposed to the invigorating sea air blowing in off the North Sea, Old Pulteney captures the taste of sea in every drop of its liquid gold; from subtle coastal chords to more defined salty notes. Lukasz Dynowiak, Old Pulteney’s Global Brand Ambassador, took attendees on a voyage to discover the new core collection as well as two single casks exclusive to BC.

The Speyside and beyond Masterclass with Colin MacDougall and Keith Trusler

Colin MacDougall Keith Trusler

This Masterclass explored the diversity the Chivas Bros distilleries: The Glenlivet and its iconic expressions and latest single cask release, the latest and greatest from Aberlour, and the new expressions from Scapa showcasing the peated cask finished Glansa.

The Bushmills Distillery Masterclass ONE with Jared Boller

Jared Boller

First obtaining its license to distil in 1608, Bushmills has been making whiskey for over 400 years and is the home of the Oldest Licensed Whiskey Distillery in the World. Having won awards for longer than most distilleries have been in production, Bushmills is synonymous with Single Malt Whiskey and only uses locally sourced ingredients in its production practices. Participants took a journey along the many variants that this Grain to Glass Distillery has to offer and discovered why Bushmills is still the pride and joy of Northern Ireland to this day.

The Glenfiddich Distillery Cask Conversion Masterclass with Elizabeth Havers and Struan Grant Ralph

Elizabeth Havers Struan Grant Ralph

Canadian Brand Ambassador Beth Havers and Global Brand Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph discussed the innovation in cask finishing at Glenfiddich. A look at past, present and future from the Maverick Whisky Makers of Dufftown.

Saturday January 18th, 2020 – Afternoon
1:00 to 2:00

The Two Brewers Distillery Masterclass with the Two Brewers!

Two Brewers - Alan Hansen and Bob Baxter

Single Malt Whisky made in Canada is not subject to some of the limitations that apply to Scotch. With that freedom, the distillers at Two Brewers have created a Yukon Single Malt Whisky that is distinct and different.  Attendees learned what they do to create these unique spirits while enjoying the fruits of their labour.

The Bruichladdich Distillery Masterclass with Reed Pettit

Reed Pettit

Bruichladdich brand ambassador Reed Pettit provided an in-depth look at all things Bruichladdich. Over the course of an hour, Reed guided guests through the innovative range of unpeated, heavily, and super heavily peated single malt whiskies from Scotch whisky’s spiritual home of Islay. With a special look at the latest releases from Bruichladdich, including a BC exclusive tasting of Black Arts 7. 

The Glenallachie Distillery Masterclass with David Keir

David Keir

The GlenAllachie Single Malt has been officially launched, and now GlenAllachie takes its first steps outwards as it launches the new wood expression range and 15 year old. David Keir, Sales Director of GlenAllachie distillery, brought attendees up to speed on the whiskies coming from this reborn Speyside distillery, and what the future holds.

The Dewar's & Last Great Malts Masterclass with Kevin Brownlee

Kevin Brownlee

The Dewar's family and a group of pioneering whisky barons changed the course of Scottish Whisky in the 1880's. In this sampling, the stories of these gentlemen and the families they represent was explored, along with the whiskies they created to help shape the view of malt whiskies outside of Scotland.

 

The Glenrothes Distillery Masterclass with Jeff Meyers

Jeff Meyers

Established in 1879, The Glenrothes is an award-winning single malt Scotch whisky from the town of Rothes in Speyside - Scotland's whisky heartland. The history of The Glenrothes Distillery began with the stories of two exceptional men: James Stuart, who first had the vision to build a new distillery in the town of Rothes, and Reverend William Sharp, who raised the funds needed to save the distillery from ruin and helped to turn James Stuart’s dream into a reality.

The Balvenie Distillery Warehouse 24 Masterclass with Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson

Inside Warehouse 24

The Balvenie’s Canadian Brand Ambassador, Jamie Johnson, provided a peek behind the doors of one of the most famous warehouses in Scotland. Participants tasted their way through some of Speyside’s most beloved expressions and discovered the magic of David Stewarts proudest achievements and fondest memories.

The Johnny Walker Black Label Blending Masterclass with Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

A venture into the world of Johnnie Walker, master blender. Participants had the opportunity to make and duplicate their own blended Scotch.  Johnnie Walker’s National Whisky Consultant, Stuart Brown, led this blenders session demonstrating that blending is an art.

The Tomatin Distillery Masterclass with Rumi Jaffer

Rumi Jaffer

The Softer Side of the Highlands:

Tomatin Distillery positions itself as the ‘Softer Side of the Highlands’ and its recent successes have been built on an incredibly diverse core range. Rumi Jaffer brought the distillery to life and guided attendees through the intricacies and intrigue created by such an assorted portfolio. By experiencing the location, the ingredients, the people – and a few laughs – those lucky enough to attend left having had some fun and with some new knowledge of what makes a Tomatin.

Corby Rare Range Masterclass with Dr. Don Livermore

Dr. Don Livermore

What the Whisky Doctor is Working on with Dr. Don Livermore:

Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender of Lot 40 and Pike Creek, shared some of his latest experiments in Canadian Whisky. Without the stringent regulations that other countries have when it comes to producing whisky, Canadian whisky can encompass a wide diversity of flavours. In this class Dr. Don highlighted that diversity by showcasing how he is experimenting in order to push the category to new heights.

The Craft Japanese Whisky Masterclass with Rick Sousa

Rick Sousa

A cross-country journey of Japanese Craft whisky. A collection of unique spirits from Okinawa Island to north of Japan across from west coast to east. This masterclass had a unique line up of ji-whiskies from 3 different distilleries, including the newest (smallest) Japanese whisky from Nagahama distillery (Amahagan), the smallest distillery in Shiga, Japan. There was also Kujira whisky, an age statement single grain whisky that is truly authentic Japanese and unique; award winning Shinobu whisky which has enjoyed a finishing period of rare Japanese oak cask, Mizunara; and the new age statement whisky from Shinobu.

The Nikka Japanese Whisky Masterclass ONE with Austin Bellantoni

Austin Bellantoni

The Festival was very pleased to once again hold a Japanese whisky masterclass featuring the excellent whiskies of Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Japanese whisky has become world renowned for its finesse and quality, producing elegant and widely varied malts.

This class covered the history of whisky in Japan and followed the story of Nikka’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, the “Father of Japanese Whisky”, whose travel to Scotland and back shaped the history of whisky production in Japan. Malts and blends from Nikka’s two distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, were presented as well as Taketsuru’s enduring influence that has allowed Japanese whisky to carve out a unique niche for itself. The tasting was concluded with a whisky that defines the expertise of Nikka Whisky.

2:40 to 3:40

The AD Rattray Casks of Scotland Masterclass with Tommy Boyd

Tommy Boyd

A guided tour of Scotland's whisky-producing regions, paying tribute to what was once lost and what has just come around. Anyone for some Limited Editions?

The Ardbeg Distillery Masters of Smoke Masterclass with Bryan Simpson

Bryan Simpson

A deep dive into the science of smoke, discussing how and why the phenolic flavours in peated whisky can be more complex than just smoke. Attendees sampled some of Ardbeg’s new releases and heard the stories of how they were created.

The Michter’s Distillery Masterclass with John Shutt

John Shutt

Michter’s redefines the perception of Kentucky bourbon and rye, the expressions giving fantastic depth and complexity. A full complement of whiskies from the Michter’s range was tasted, including the rare 10 Year single casks, to demonstrate the beauty of this unique artisanal whiskey.

The Morrison & MacKay Masterclass with Stacy Kyle & Travis Watt

Travis Watt Stacy Kyle

Independent bottler and blenders, this family-owned company of Morrison & MacKay is one of the few remnant whisky companies in the Perth area. Morrison & MacKay places an emphasis on not using environmentally damaging or unnecessary packaging, noting that its wooden boxes can be safely burned on a log fire at home.

Presented Victoria Whisky Festival's first ever exclusive to mark the Festival’s 15th anniversary, and tasted 2 Old Perth cask exclusives alongside new single cask whiskies from the recently relaunched Carn Mor Strictly Limited range.

The Auchentoschan and Bowmore Distilleries Masterclass with James Neil

James Neil

Brand ambassador James Neil presented a selection of outstanding single malt whiskies from Beam Suntory’s Auchentoshan and Bowmore Distilleries.

The Shelter Point Distillery Masterclass with Leon Webb & Jacob Wiebe

Jacob Wiebe Leon Webb

An 8 whisky Masterclass with Shelter Point Distillery. Distiller Leon Webb and Distillery Manager Jacob Wiebe presented a varied selection of whiskies made right here on Vancouver Island. All whiskies were at least 46% abv, natural colour and non-chill filtered.

The Crown Royal Masterclass with Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson provided a behind the scenes look at the art of blending Crown Royal. Participants discussed distillation, maturation, and sampled individual component whiskies prior to getting "hands on" and creating their own blend. This was a one of a kind experience!

The de Vine Distillery Masterclass with Ken Winchester

Ken Winchester

Chasing Terroir: The Vancouver Island Experience

Terroir is the “somewhere-ness” of a spirit. At deVine, they grow their own grain, malt locally, and mash, ferment, distill and age on their property in Saanich, about 15 km from the Hotel Grand Pacific. Local distiller Ken Winchester led attendees through the stages of distilling, and the dozens of decisions made by the Distiller: from mash bill to barrel selection.

The Bunnahabhain Distillery Masterclass with Mike Brisebois

Mike Brisebois

Bunnahabhain (pronounced Bu -na-haven) is a hidden gem among the nine operating distilleries on Islay. 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 several excellent Bunnahabhain expressions.

The Bushmills Distillery Masterclass TWO with Jared Boller

Jared Boller

First obtaining its license to distil in 1608, Bushmills has been making whiskey for over 400 years and is the home of the Oldest Licensed Whiskey Distillery in the World. Having won awards for longer than most distilleries have been in production, Bushmills is synonymous with Single Malt Whiskey and only uses locally sourced ingredients in its production practices. Jared Boller led a journey along the many variants that this Grain to Glass Distillery has to offer demonstrating why Bushmills is still the pride and joy of Northern Ireland to this day.

The Glenfiddich Distillery Fiddich Friends Favourites Masterclass with Elizabeth Havers and Struan Grant Ralph

Elizabeth Havers Struan Grant Ralph

Beth Havers, Canadian Brand Ambassador and Struan Grant Ralph, Global Brand Ambassador provided an historical look at Glenfiddich through the ages, while sharing their dream drams and the stories that make them so special.

4:10 to 5:10

The Whiskies of the World Masterclass with Natino Bellantoni

This masterclass travelled the world of whisky by visiting the styles of Malts from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and France as well as the USA, with the much-admired Bourbon. Natino Bellantoni navigated from country to country to discover the varying characteristics and influences of regionality to the whiskies from each country.

4:20 to 5:20

The Westland Distillery Masterclass with Matt Hofmann

Matt Hofmann

Sense of place in whisky:

In wine, beer and food, there has been a longstanding reverence for raw ingredients and an ongoing pursuit of terroir. Why then has the whisky business refused to embrace the same philosophies?

In this Masterclass hosted by Matt Hofmann, Co-Founder and Master Distiller of Seattle’s Westland Distillery, the way sense of place influences decisions on raw materials, production techniques, and maturation processes was explored. Matt discussed how he and his team work to create American Single Malt whiskies that reflect the distinct qualities of our time, place, and culture here in the Pacific Northwest.

The Wolfburn Distillery Masterclass with James Bornn

James Bornn

At one time, over 150 years ago, Wolfburn Distillery may have been the largest in Scotland, as it supplied the trade routes that passed through the Pentland Firth, across from the Orkneys. Today Wolfburn has been reborn by native Scotsmen. James Bornn, of Authentic Wine & Spirits, explored this wonderful new spirit as it is taking shape.

Teeling Distillery Masterclass with Kevin Brownlee

Kevin Brownlee

The new generation of Irish whiskey distillers begins with Jack and Stephen Teeling, who opened their Dublin distillery - the first in over 125 years - just a stone’s throw away from their ancestral distillery, right in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Experimental cask finishing, unique malt expressions and respect for tradition, this is a new chapter in Irish Whisky.

The Small Batch Bourbon Collection Masterclass with Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel, Bourbon Ambassador for Beam Suntory Canada led a Masterclass in Small Batch Bourbon history and innovation and presented some of the biggest trailblazers in Bourbon distilling from Jim Beam to Maker’s Mark.

The Woodford Reserve & Old Forester Masterclass with Taylor Corrigan

Taylor Corrigan

The masterclass featured bourbon, straight rye, and finished whiskey from Woodford Reserve and Old Forester and covered the historical and modern-day influences on flavour of North American Whisk(e)y. From grain to yeast, fermentation to distillation, the impact of oak and beyond. From the first bottled bourbon to those at the forefront of modern innovation, taste through history and more modern expressions.

The Dalmore Distillery Masterclass with Louis-Jérôme Doise

Louis-Jérôme Doise

The Dalmore, celebrating 180 years of excellence, presented a Master Class animated by Louis-Jérôme Doise, Single Malt Specialist for the prestigious brand. The Principle Collection of 3 unique age statements, and 3 non age statements, all hand curated by Master Distiller Richard Patterson, were tasted.

The Bearface Canadian Whisky Masterclass with Andres Faustinelli

Andres Faustinelli

A Canadian Whisky proudly unlike any other. At Bearface things are done differently: Experimenting. Collaborating. Innovating. Led by Master Blender Andres Faustinelli, this Master Class was intended to “talk, taste and deconstruct Bearface whisky”. Attendees were among the first to taste the first batch of their bold new Limited Release, inspired by a unique Canadian Whisky making rule.

J.P. Wiser’s Masterclass with Dr. Don Livermore

Dr. Don Livermore

Master Blender, Dr. Don Livermore, guided participants through the history, production, and unique characteristics which define J.P. Wiser’s. Some of Wiser’s limited edition offerings, which showcased how Don is able to push the boundaries of what is possible in Canadian Whisky, were tasted.

The Sazerac Masterclass with Joshua Steely

Joshua Steely

A visit with some of the Buffalo Trace family of whiskeys! Bourbon Marketing Manager Joshua Steely presented some selected expressions from the world’s most award-winning distillery.

The Nikka Japanese Whisky Masterclass TWO with Austin Bellantoni

Austin Bellantoni

The Festival was very pleased to once again hold a Japanese whisky masterclass featuring the excellent whiskies of Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Japanese whisky has become world renowned for its finesse and quality, producing elegant and widely varied malts.

This class covered the history of whisky in Japan and followed the story of Nikka’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, the “Father of Japanese Whisky”, whose travel to Scotland and back shaped the history of whisky production in Japan. Malts and blends from Nikka’s two distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, were tasted and Taketsuru’s enduring influence, which allowed Japanese whisky to carve out a unique niche for itself, was demonstrated.

Saturday January 18th, 2020 - Evening

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

The VIP Tasting was open to special guests of the 2020 Victoria Whisky Festival and VIP Ticket holders. It was held in the Vancouver and 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 (Ticket price included VIP Tasting and Consumer Tasting).

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

The heart of the Festival was 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, Japanese, Indian, French, Swedish, Australian whiskies and a variety of whisky and whiskey styles from the United States of America.

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

The Hotel Grand Pacific once more provided the best hors d’oeuvres from their award-winning kitchen and Chefs using local ingredients including the very popular and elusive haggis rolls created especially for the Victoria Whisky Festival! Here participants 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, 2020 - Evening

The Distillers Dinner

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

 

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