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Victoria Whisky Festival
until the Victoria Whisky Festival

The 15th Annual Victoria Whisky Festival will be held on the
16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th of January 2020 at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

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As in previous years, all tickets for the 2019 Victoria Whisky Festival sold out quickly. See the countdown clock on this page for information on purchasing 2020 festival tickets.

October 17th, 2019

In celebration of our 15th Victoria Whisky Festival, we have partnered with Morrison & MacKay and the Strath Liquor Store to offer an exclusive 2020 Victoria Whisky Festival Old Perth Blended Malt Whisky. There are only 174 bottles available so don’t miss out! Order yours now by emailing whisky@strathliquor.com.

Exclusive 2020 Victoria Whisky Festival Old Perth Blended Malt Whisky

*Please note: due to the high demand expected for this exclusive bottling there is a one bottle per person limit

We’re very pleased to present the 2020 program for the 15th Victoria Whisky Festival. The Victoria Whisky Festival will run through Thursday the 16th, Friday the 17th, Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of January 2020 at the 5-star Hotel Grand Pacific located on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

For our 15th Festival we will continue to sell tickets on two days; Friday 1st of November 2019 for out of town attendees. They may telephone the Hotel Grand Pacific to purchase their tickets in conjunction with a hotel room reservation.

All Festival tickets will be bundled into packages and strictly limited to two packages per person, and will be non-refundable. The telephone lines will open at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time; please telephone the Hotel Reservation line at 1-800-663-7550 on the 1st of November to reserve your room and purchase your tickets. Due to the anticipated high demand please allow time for the hotel operators to return your call; this may take several hours or more. Please click here to view the ticket packages that are available to out of town attendees. Please review the ticket package document very carefully as very few packages are duplicates. Tickets may be collected once you have checked into the hotel.

The Hotel Grand Pacific will be Tweeting live updates as the day progresses, please follow the action at @grandpacific on Twitter.

Tickets sales for in town attendees will commence on Saturday November 9th, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the Strath Ale, Wine & Spirit Merchants located at 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, Telephone (250) 370-9463. No orders will be accepted by telephone.

All Festival tickets are subject to applicable taxes and a small ticket handling fee will be in place.

Our friends at the Strath will once again open the restaurant next door for coffee and tea for those waiting for their turn to buy tickets. Numbered ticket purchase forms will be handed out so that your place in line will not be lost!

Regards,

Lawrence
Iain
Al
Frank
Frederike

Thursday January 16th, 2020 – Evening

Scotch Malt Whisky Society #FreeOurWhisky 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. Join us for a tasting of some beautiful single cask Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings while we talk about:  What happened? What's the current status? Most importantly, how does all of this impact you as a whisky, wine or beer enthusiast and what can you do about it?

The 10th Annual Canadian Whisky Awards Presentation & Dinner

Davin de Kergommeaux

The Victoria Whisky Festival is very proud to co~host the annual Canadian Whisky Awards ceremonies at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Hosts, Davin de Kergommeaux and Heather Leary will be joined by members of the judging panel to reveal the best Canadian whiskies of 2019 and present medals and awards to their producers. Members of the public are welcome to join us for this star-studded evening. Please make your reservation with James Burrough at the Hotel Grand Pacific (250) 380-4455.

Friday January 17th, 2020 – Evening

The Single Malts of Nikka Grand Tasting with Austin Bellantoni & Roberto Roberti

Roberto Roberti Austin Bellantoni

Discover the world of Nikka Whisky, the iconic and world-renowned Japanese whisky that defined and established Japanese whisky on the world stage.

Join Austin Bellantoni and Roberto Roberti as they take you on a journey through the history of Masataka Taketsuru, the father of Japanese whisky, 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.

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.

Nikka’s expertise in blending has created iconic whiskies and Taketsuru’s legacy lives on today. This is evident in the great From the Barrel whisky, winning Number 1 Whisky of the World by Whisky Advocate.

We will travel through the core range of Nikka, discovering the nuances of the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries in the various expressions.  To complement this core range, we will get a glimpse into the future of Nikka Whisky by indulging in tasting the development of two new whiskies from these two great distilleries.

The Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh Grand Tasting with Joel Virginillo

Joel Virginillo

Join Joel Virginillo as he takes you on a journey through Brown-Forman's range of Scotch whisky, including Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh. A masterclass not to be missed!

The AD Rattray Cask Collection Grand Tasting with Tommy Boyd

Tommy Boyd

The Single Casks are back. Join Thomas Boyd, Global Controller at AD Rattray for a personal tour of one of the most unique collections of first time 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, join 2019 Canadian Whisky Blender of the Year Dr. Don Livermore as he digs into his archives and pulls out some of his favourite, and most rare, whiskies of the past few years. Be prepared to enjoy 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

Say Hello to Jura. Louis-Jérôme Doise, Single Malt Specialist for Whyte & Mackay in Canada, will take you through an immersive journey of how the Jura distillery has evolved into a modern distillery with a unique double distillation process.  Taste the old, and taste the new, and finish it off with a limited edition 30 year old vintage Jura; and no, none of their 212 islanders know which limited edition he'll be tasting, so don't try.

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’s worth your consideration!

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

Davin de Kergommeaux

Join Canadian Whisky Awards head judge, Davin de Kergommeaux as he pours 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 will review the history and highlights of Canadian Club and introduce 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. Come ask Tommy what the future holds.

The Glenmorangie Distillery Masterclass with Bryan Simpson

Bryan Simpson

Glenmorangie is a historic distillery with a reputation of innovation in the Scotch Whisky world. We will explore six expressions which showcase the experimentation, science and process of the distillery and it’s 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, we're pouring two Compass Box Single Malts! Come and experience the new "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.

There is no greater pleasure than the rare chance to sample a dram straight from the cask. Skip the warehouse and indulge in the delight of our Single Cask expressions.

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 will lead the Masterclass through our favourite expressions and as always weaving 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

Join Jim Pommelet, Victoria based Sommelier and Whisky enthusiast as he leads you through 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

Say Hello to Jura, the island you've probably never heard of. Jura is a small island off the west coast of Scotland that is home to 212 people and one Scotch Whisky distillery. Join Jura’s Single Malt Specialist, Louis-Jérôme Doise, to learn about what makes Jura unique and the island community it calls home. Attendees will participate in a curated beer and whisky educational session, where we will show 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. Join Lukasz Dynowiak, Old Pulteney’s Global Brand Ambassador, as he takes you on a voyage to discover our 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 explores the diversity the Chivas Bros distilleries. The Glenlivet and its iconic expressions and latest single cask release, the latest and greatest from Aberlour. The new expressions from Scapa showcasing the peated cask finished Glansa.
Hosted by Colin MacDougall and Keith Trusler.

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. Take a journey along the many variants that this Grain to Glass Distillery has to offer and discover 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

Join Canadian Brand Ambassador Beth Havers and Global Brand Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph as we discuss 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.  Come and learn what they do to create these unique spirits while enjoying the fruits of their labour.

The Bruichladdich Distillery Masterclass with Reed Pettit

Reed Pettit

Join Bruichladdich brand ambassador Reed Pettit for an in-depth look at all things Bruichladdich. Over the course of an hour, Reed will guide guests through the innovative range of Unpeated, heavily & 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. Join David Keir, Sales Director of GlenAllachie distillery, and get 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 will explore the stories of these gentlemen and the families they represent, 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 begins 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 the 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

Join The Balvenie’s Canadian Brand Ambassador, Jamie Johnson to take a peek behind the doors of one of the most famous warehouses in Scotland. Taste your way through some of Speyside’s most beloved expressions, and discover the magic of David Stewarts proudest achievements and fondest memories.

The Johnny Walker Black Label Blending Masterclass with Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

Venture into the world of Johnnie Walker, master blender. Try yourself to make and duplicate your own blended scotch.  Johnnie Walker’s National Whisky Consultant, Stuart Brown, will take you thru this blenders session showing you that blending is an art.

The Tomatin Distillery Masterclass with Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser

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. Scott Fraser will bring the distillery to life and guide you through the intricacies and intrigue that is created by such an assorted portfolio. By experiencing the location, the ingredients, the people – and a few laughs – those lucky enough to attend will leave 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:

Join Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender of Lot 40 and Pike Creek as he shares 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 will highlight 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

Experience 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. In this masterclass, we will taste a unique line up of ji-whiskies from 3 different distilleries, including the newest (smallest) Japanese whisky from Nagahama distillery, the smallest distillery in Shiga, Japan. We will also bring back our Kujira whisky, an age statement single grain whisky that is truly authentic Japanese and unique, and award winning Shinobu whisky which has enjoyed a finishing period of rare Japanese oak cask, Mizunara! This year, you will get a chance to taste the new age statement whisky from Shinobu! At the end of the class, we will also present a mystery bottle as a bonus!!

The Nikka Japanese Whisky Masterclass ONE with Roberto Roberti

Roberto Roberti

The Festival is 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 will cover the history of whisky in Japan and will follow 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. We will taste malts and blends from Nikka’s two distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, and learn how Taketsuru’s enduring influence has allowed Japanese whisky to carve out a unique niche for itself.

We will conclude with a tasting of 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 more complex than just smoke. We’ll also get to sample some of Ardbeg’s new releases and hear the stories of how they were created.

The Michter’s Distillery Masterclass with John Shutt

John Shutt

Michter’s will redefine your perception of Kentucky bourbon and rye, the expressions giving fantastic depth and complexity. Taste through a full complement of whiskies from the Michter’s range including the rare 10 Year single casks and be enlightened on 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.

Presenting Victoria Whisky Festival's first ever exclusive to mark our 15th anniversary. Taste 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

Join brand ambassador James Neil as he presents 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

Enjoy an 8 whisky Masterclass with Shelter Point Distillery. Distiller Leon Webb and Distillery Manager Jacob Wiebe will guide you through a varied selection of whiskies made right here on Vancouver Island. All whiskies will be at least 46% abv, are natural colour and non-chill filtered.

The Crown Royal Masterclass with Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson

Join Stephen Wilson for a behind the scenes look at the art of blending Crown Royal. Guests will discuss distillation, maturation and sample individual component whiskies prior to getting "hands on" and creating their own blend. This is a one of a kind experience not to be missed!

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, we grow our own grain, malt locally, and mash, ferment, distill & age on our property in Saanich, about 15 km from the Grand Pacific. Join local distiller Ken Winchester as he leads you 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 B-u -na-havenn) 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. Experience “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. Take a journey along the many variants that this Grain to Glass Distillery has to offer and discover 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 take you on a 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 Roberto Roberti

Roberto Roberti

Let’s travel the world of whisky by visiting the styles of Malts from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and France. Let’s not forget the USA, with the much admired Bourbon. Join Roberto Roberti to navigate from country to country discovering the varying characteristics and influences of regionality to the whiskies from each country. Bon voyage!

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, we’ll explore how sense of place influences decisions on raw materials, production techniques, and maturation processes. Matt will discuss 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. But today Wolfburn has been reborn by native Scotsmen, and we will explore this wonderful new spirit as it is taking shape with James Bornn of Authentic Wine & Spirits.

Teeling Distillery Masterclass with Kevin Brownlee

Kevin Brownlee

The new generation of Irish whiskey distillers begins w/ Jack and Stephen Teeling, who opened their Dublin distillery - the first in over 125 years - just a stones 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 will lead a Masterclass in Small Batch Bourbon history and innovation. Presenting 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

Featuring bourbon, straight rye, and finished whiskey from Woodford Reserve and Old Forester. We will discover 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, is pleased to host a Master Class animated by Louis-Jérôme Doise, Single Malt Specialist for the prestigious brand.  Taste through the Principle Collection of 3 unique age statements, and 3 non age statements, all hand curated by Master Distiller Richard Patterson.

The Bearface Canadian Whisky Masterclass with Andres Faustinelli

Andres Faustinelli

Experience a Canadian Whisky proudly unlike any other. At Bearface we do things differently. Experimenting. Collaborating. Innovating. On our path to creating a Canadian whisky to be proud of. In this Master Class led by Master Blender Andres Faustinelli, we will talk, taste and deconstruct Bearface whisky. Attendees will be among the first to taste the first batch of our bold new Limited Release, inspired by a unique Canadian Whisky making rule.

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

Dr. Don Livermore

Join Master Blender, Dr. Don Livermore as he guides you through the history, production & unique characteristics which define J.P. Wiser’s. Take part in the opportunity to taste some of our limited edition offerings which undoubtedly showcase how Don is able to push the boundaries of what is possible in Canadian Whisky.

The Sazerac Masterclass with Joshua Steely

Joshua Steely

Stop in for a visit with some of the Buffalo Trace family of whiskeys! Join Bourbon Marketing Manager Joshua Steely and enjoy some selected expressions from the world’s most award-winning distillery.

The Nikka Japanese Whisky Masterclass TWO with Austin Bellantoni

Austin Bellantoni

The Festival is 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 will cover the history of whisky in Japan and will follow 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. We will taste malts and blends from Nikka’s two distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, and learn how Taketsuru’s enduring influence has allowed Japanese whisky to carve out a unique niche for itself.

We will conclude with a tasting of a whisky that defines the expertise of Nikka Whisky.

Saturday January 18th, 2020 - Evening

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

The VIP Tasting is open to special guests of the 2020 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 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 19th, 2020 - Evening

The Distillers Dinner

This exceptional dinner is by invitation only; the culinary team at the Hotel Grand Pacific led by Executive Chef Ian Goard 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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