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The 2025 Victoria Whisky Festival will be held on the
16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th of January 2025 at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

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Two fantastic dinners have been added to the festival lineup. For more information and purchasing information click on the following links:
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The only remaining tickets left for sale to the 2024 festival can be found at https://www.strathliquor.com/vwf-tickets

October 13, 2023

We’re very pleased to present the 2024 program for the 18th Victoria Whisky Festival. The Festival will run from Thursday the 18th through to Sunday the 21st of January 2024 at the 5-star Hotel Grand Pacific located on Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour.

Tickets will be sold on two days:

Out of town attendees can telephone the Hotel Grand Pacific at 1-800-663-7550 on Friday, November 10th to purchase tickets in conjunction with a hotel room reservation. The telephone lines will open at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. All Festival tickets will be bundled into packages which are strictly limited to two per person, and are non-refundable. Due to the anticipated high demand please allow time for the hotel operators to return your call; this may take several hours or more. The Hotel Grand Pacific will be posting live updates at @grandpacific on X (formerly Twitter) as the day progresses. Please click here to view the ticket packages that are available to out of town attendees.. Please review them very carefully as very few packages are duplicates. Tickets may be collected once you have checked into the hotel.

Tickets sales for in town attendees will commence on Sunday November 12th, 2023 at 9 a.m. at the Strath Ale, Wine & Spirit Merchants located at 919 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC. All Festival tickets are subject to applicable taxes and a small ticket handling fee. Numbered ticket purchase forms will be handed out so that your place in line will not be lost. A sample ticket purchase form can be found here. No orders will be accepted by telephone.

Regards,

Frank
Lawrence
Al
Frederike
Cam
Viola


* Please note, tickets are nonrefundable.

Thursday January 18th, 2024 – Evening

The Holyrood Distillery Grand Tasting with Calum Rae and Rob Carpenter

Rob Carpenter Calum Rae

"Holyrood – the start of the journey”

Holyrood Distillery, opened in 2019, is the first single malt distillery to operate in central Edinburgh in a century. Join Calum Rae, Distillery Manager, and Rob Carpenter, co-founder as they explain their unique approach to Scotch whisky, consider and question some received wisdom about how Scotch is made and, most importantly, share some drams in Holyrood Distillery’s first launch in the Canadian market."

Japanese Whisky - Rare & Unconventional Styles Grand Tasting with Reece Sims

Reece Sims

Join Reece Sims of TS Global as we explore the rare and unique whisky styles found in Japan. During this session we will be exploring different grain bills, oak types, and cask finishes that will challenge your senses in new and unique ways. From rice whiskies, to international malts to pure malts finished in Mizunara oak, expect the unexpected in this Grand Tasting! The whisky brands that will be featured in this tasting include Shinobu, Kujira and Masahiro.

The Great Whisky Debate Grand Tasting

Micah Dew James Neil Tish Harcus

What is Whisky? Well, that depends on where it’s from. Each whisky producing region around the world has its own definitions. Who makes the best whisky? That is certainly up for debate! Join our amazing ambassadors: Tish Harcus, James Neil and Micah Dew as they debate the benefits of the whiskies from their region, Canadian Whisky, Scotch and Bourbon. This will be a tasting to remember.

The Pink Party Social with Jamie Johnson and Terri Lam

Terri Lam Jamie Johnson

Join us for an evening socializing over a dram while networking with other women in the spirits industry. Regardless of profession or industry, this is an inclusive event. Hosted by Jamie Johnson and Terri Lam.

Optional dress code: Pink!

The 14th Annual Canadian Whisky Awards Presentation & Dinner 

Heather Leary Davin de Kergommeaux

The Victoria Whisky Festival is very proud to co-host the annual Canadian Whisky Awards ceremonies at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Join hosts, Davin de Kergommeaux and Heather Leary for the industry event of the year, as they reveal the most outstanding Canadian whiskies of 2023 and present medals and awards to their producers. Tickets will be available online at https://canadianwhiskyawards.com.

Friday January 19th, 2024 - Evening

The Kilchoman Distillery Grand Tasting with Emma McHarrie 

Emma McHarrie

Join us for an unforgettable evening of peated whisky exploration with Emma McHarrie, Kilchoman Brand Ambassador!

Indulge your senses in this Grand Tasting event that promises to take you on a captivating journey through the distinct flavors and aromas of Kilchoman’s exceptional single malts and 2023 limited cask finishes. With Emma’s wealth of knowledge and passion for whisky, you’ll gain unique insights into the craftsmanship and heritage behind Kilchoman’s acclaimed spirits.

The Buffalo Trace Grand Tasting with Drew Mayville 

Drew Mayville

Buffalo Trace: Made in Kentucky, Enjoyed Worldwide

Stop in for a visit with some of the Buffalo Trace family of whiskeys! Join Drew Mayville, Master Blender, as he introduces you to some of the many expressions from the world’s most award-winning distillery.

The Lost Distillery Grand Tasting - Whisky Legends reborn, with Jack Dalton

Jack Dalton

A Taste of Scotland’s Whisky Heritage

A journey back in time to rediscover Scotland's Whisky Heritage and some of the pioneering whisky makers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Lost Distillery Company combines archival research and the art of blending to create modern expressions of now closed distilleries, sharing the stories of the people and the places behind each dram. This tasting will focus on the limited Archivist Micro-Batch Selection, bottled only once a year: meticulous blends of Single Malts with an average 15 year old age profile and presented at Cask Strength.

The Compass Box Grand Tasting with Scott Ellis 

Scott Ellis

“When it comes to whisky and the joy it brings, Compass Box keeps our minds open to new possibilities. They tap into new production processes, new combinations of flavours, new ways of sharing and enjoying great whisky. There is so much to discover in the world of whisky, and Compass Box is ready to take us there.”

The Ardbeg Distillery Grand Tasting with Bry Simpson

Bry Simpson

There are few distilleries in the world with such a rollercoaster story as Ardbeg. From a distillery that was closed down many times over a number of decades, forgotten about by many and almost bulldozed in the mid-1990s, Ardbeg is now one of the most sought after and loved whiskies in world. Although the distilleries award winning core range expressions are lauded as some of the best, the passionate cult following Ardbeg has spawned, has led to a thirst for rare and weird expressions from the Islay distillery. This special tasting hosted by Bry Simpson, will showcase some unusual and rare expressions of Ardbeg, in what promises to be a highlight of this year’s show.

The Gordon & MacPhail Grand Tasting with Richard Urquhart

Richard Urquhart

“For over 125 years Gordon & MacPhail has been driven by a simple mission: to create single malt whisky of exceptional quality. Explore deep into Gordon & MacPhail’s vaults with us as we experience the fruits of this vision with whiskies from all corners of Scotland.”

The Tullibardine Distillery Grand Tasting with Ana Carreno

Ana Carreno

Located at the ‘gateway to the Highlands’ in Blackford, Tullibardine Distillery produces handcrafted single malt Scotch whiskies that are light, floral, and malty. Since reimagining their range in 2013, Tullibardine has embarked on an intensive wood management program to create a delectable selection of cask finished favourites.

At this Grand Tasting, presented by Ana Carreno, International Sales Manager at Tullibardine Distillery, attendees will be led through a tasting of the core collection including expressions finished in ex-Sauternes, ex-Sherry, and ex-Burgundy casks as well as 3 limited releases of age statements.

The Nikka Whisky Grand Tasting

Naoki Tomoyoshi Natino Bellantoni

Discover the Nuance of Pot and Coffey Still Nikka Whiskies with Natino Bellantoni and virtual special guest, Naoki Tomoyoshi.

Nikka’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, traveled to Scotland, where he learned the craft of making Scotch whisky. This avid passion and love for whisky translated into the creation and development of Japanese whisky, thus becoming known as the “father of Japanese whisky”. In this class, we will learn how Taketsuru’s enduring influence is being followed today in the development of Nikka Whisky as we taste single malts from Nikka’s two storied distilleries, Yoichi and Miyagikyo, and Coffey still whiskies. This year we will be including, as part of Nikka Discovery Series, the new limited edition The Grain 2023. Also, included will be the much anticipated and awaited new “hidden gem”.


 
Masterclasses - Whisky School!

The 2024 Victoria Whisky Festival Opportunity Cost; The cost of an alternative Masterclass that must be forgone in order to pursue another Masterclass.


 
Saturday January 20th, 2024 - Morning
11:15 – 12:15

The Hunter Laing Masterclass with Lee Hanson

Lee Hanson

Hunter Laing & Co. Ltd. is a family company with an unrivalled pedigree as blenders and bottlers of the finest Scotch whisky. Hunter Laing is now run by the 3rd generation, Scott and Andrew Laing who know the importance of selecting the choicest casks – there are few more knowledgeable consumers of a product than the single malt consumer. Looking to the future, their distillery Ardnahoe on Islay will start releasing whisky in 2024, and continue to provide the standard of excellence for their single cask programs from 55 Scottish distilleries.

The Ardnamurchan Distillery and Adelphi Master Class with Connal Mackenzie and Carl Crafts

Carl Crafts Connal Mackenzie

Join Sales Director Connal Mackenzie and Sales Executive Carl Crafts for an exclusive tasting of whiskies from Ardnamurchan and Adelphi, including drams that have never been seen anywhere in Canada! Ardnamurchan Distillery, launched in 2014 on a remote peninsula in the Western Highlands, creates one of the most exciting and sustainably produced single malt Scotches available today. Their parent company, Adelphi Selection, produces single-cask, cask-strength bottlings which represent some of the most highly regarded, unique, and rare single malts on the market.

The Highland Park Distillery Masterclass with Adam Ellesmere

“Highland Park, the Taste of Orkney”

Situated in the North Sea and on the same latitude as the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Orkney is a remote, formidable landscape home to just two distilleries. Founded in 1724, Highland Park is the oldest on the Island and is one of the most highly awarded Single Malts in the world - named ‘Best Spirit in the World’ three times and collected countless Gold and Double Gold medals at international competitions. But what makes it so unique to standout above so many others? Join the masterclass to find out.

The Tomintoul Distillery Masterclass with Cody Reynolds

Cody Reynolds

The astounding natural beauty surrounding Tomintoul Distillery, combined with the fresh mountain air of the Cairngorms, the soft, pure water from the Ballantruan spring and the tall stills of Tomintoul, all contribute to creating exceptionally smooth and well-balanced whisky.

Join brand ambassador, Cody Reynolds, as he walks us through a range of award-winning Tomintoul Single Malt Scotch whiskies.

The Two Brewers Distillery Masterclass with Bob Baxter

Bob Baxter

Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Whisky started in 2009 in Whitehorse, Yukon. The distillers bring a unique brewers’ twist on making whisky, and the terroir of the far north plays a big part in the final product. These techniques are helping them win multiple awards for their products – come and find out for yourself!

The Westland Distillery Masterclass with Tyler Peterson

Join Tyler Peterson, 2023 Global Distillery Manager of the Year, as he guides you through the new frontier of American single malts whisky. From defining a new category, to pioneering innovation in ways that showcase the Terroir of the Pacific Northwest.

The Rye Whisky Academy Masterclass with Mike McLean

Mike McLean

What is a Rye Whisky? Come and test your knowledge with Mike McLean. Learn more about this special grain, the flavour powerhouse. Why is this grain revered, what makes it so difficult to work with and why Alberta Distillers Ltd. to this day remains one of the only distilleries who can create the bold and spicy flavour of a 100% rye whisky.

The Bladnoch Distillery Masterclass with Leah Forysth (virtually) and Austin Bellantoni

Austin Bellantoni Leah Forysth

Located in the Scottish Lowlands, Bladnoch is one of the oldest independently owned distilleries in Scotland. Discover its rich history dating back to 1817 and sample handcrafted single malt from the finest local ingredients.

Sliabh Liag Distillers Masterclass with James Doherty

James Doherty

Sliabh Liag Distillers was founded in 2014 by James and Moira Doherty and James Keith, on the belief that there was a significant opportunity in driving regionality in Irish spirits, particularly whiskey. They built the first distillery in Donegal in 175 years, and subsequently the scalable Ardara Distillery, to produce and distribute their smoky Irish Whiskey and savoury maritime gins to more than 40 countries. They are reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal and bringing positive change to the communities of south west Donegal.

The Elixir Distillers Masterclass with Celine Tetu

eline Tetu

Join Celine Tetu for a journey to Islay, discovering different styles of peaty whiskies. She will showcase different types of cask aging across the range (Cask Edit, Bourbon Cask and Sherry Cask) including a one off special limited edition the Beach Bonfire, a first ever in Canada.

The Lot 40 and JP Wiser’s Masterclass with Dr. Don Livermore

Don Livermore

“The Future of Canadian Whisky Looks Bright”

Join Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender of the Hiram Walker Distillery who has been diligently working on new cask types and highly aged expressions for Lot 40 and JP Wiser’s, as he guides you through a selection of these unique whiskies.

Saturday January 20th, 2024 - Afternoon
1:00 to 2:00

The Canadian Club Masterclass with Tish Harcus

Tish Harcus

Join Tish Harcus for a tasting through time as she revels in the storied background of Canadian Club. With a history that dates back over 160 years, it's no wonder CC has become a true icon.

The Compass Box Peat Monster Masterclass with Scott Ellis

Scott Ellis

“In 2005, at the New York speakeasy Milk and Honey, bartender Sam Ross had been playing with some new whiskies from John Glaser and Compass Box and was smitten by the idea of floating peated scotch on a cocktail. The Peat Monster and its progeny the Penicillin cocktail became a thing. Since then, there have been many evolutions of this idea, as well as other peated expressions from Compass Box.”

The Benromach Distillery Masterclass featuring Richard Urquhart

Richard Urquhart

“Benromach is a window into another time - a traditional family-owned Speyside distillery intent on making single malt the right way with true character. They keep things simple: single malt made by hand matured exclusively in first-fill casks, with a subtly smoky character.”

The Ardbeg Distillery Masterclass with Bry Simpson

Bry Simpson

Ardbeg – The Weird Story of a Weird Distillery

The wee island of Islay is home to some of the world’s most loved distilleries. Ardbeg is certainly one of them and has attracted a cult following like no other. The Ardbeggians not only fall in love with the full-on phenolic power of their Ardbeg whiskies, but also the stories of the distillery including the dark days and the miraculous re-birth of the brand. Bry Simpson will lead us through some of their weird and wonderful Ardbeg expressions, with some limited editions among the mix.

The Bowmore Distillery Masterclass with James Neil

James Neil

Bowmore has stood on the shores of Lochindaal since 1779 - the original Islay. Home to one of the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouses, the No. 1 Vaults. It’s in this legendary warehouse that Bowmore single malts have been meticulously matured and transformed for over 240 years. Join James Neil as he leads a tasting explaining the "Art of Time", the traditions, skills and expertise passed down through generations of whisky makers and what that means for this exceptionally balanced Islay Malt.

The Buffalo Trace Masterclass with Drew Mayville

Drew Mayville

A timeless dedication to respecting the past while fearlessly innovating for the future has served Buffalo Trace well for over two centuries. Come join Master Blender Drew Mayville as he explores the blender’s art and the magical interactions of various mashbills and oak.

The Malts of Distell (Bunnahabhain, Tobermory, Ledaig, Deanston) with Ron Oliver

Ron Olive

Journey the Isles with a family of malts as delicate as the land on which they are made: Islay, to the Isle of Mull, and back to the Highlands - we will explore their unique characters.

The 2024 Canadian Whisky Award Winners Masterclass with Davin de Kergommeaux

Davin de Kergommeaux

The Golden Age of Canadian Whisky is now! Join Canadian Whisky Awards head judge, Davin de Kergommeaux as he leads us through the best of the very best – the winners of the 2023 Canadian Whisky Awards. The New York Times said Davin’s influence on the renaissance of Canadian whisky cannot be overestimated. From large distilleries and small, find out from the source what all the excitement is about.

The Brown Forman American Whiskey Masterclass with Joel Virginillo

Joel Virginillo

Take a walk down Whiskey row, visiting old friends and taking a look at what makes these American whiskies - Woodford Reserve, Old Forester and Jack Daniels - so unique and iconic.

The Tullibardine Distillery Masterclass with Ana Carreno

Ana Carreno

Located at the ‘gateway to the Highlands’ in Blackford, Tullibardine Distillery produces handcrafted single malt Scotch Whiskies that are light, floral, and malty. Since reimagining their range in 2013, Tullibardine has embarked on an intensive wood management program to create a delectable selection of cask-finished favourites.

During this masterclass, presented by Ana Carreno, International Sales Manager at Tullibardine Distillery, attendees will be led through a tasting of the core collection including expressions finished in ex-Sauternes, ex-Sherry, and ex-Burgundy casks along with their signature 15-Year-Old single malt.

The Macaloney’s Island Distillery Masterclass with Dr. Graeme Macaloney

Dr. Graeme Macaloney

Worlds Best plus 4 Canadian Best single malts - Whiskymaker’s Masterclass

Come experience our 5 World Whisky Awards gold medal winners. From our sherry bomb to red wine S.T.R. barrique, to our 54 ppm peated single malt – uniquely peat smoked at our distillery. Our Scottish Master Whiskymaker, Dr. Graeme Macaloney, will take you on a journey that the world’s expert judges said represented the best. Also included is our World Whisky Award’s Worlds Best Potstill – Kildara. Macaloney Distillers makes and distills their whiskies using the true traditional distilling methods that the Scottish and Irish have brought to us. We are a non-chilled filtered, no colour added distillery. A bonus 6th expression will leave you with insights into what’s coming next from this innovative world-leading distillery!

2:40 to 3:40

The Glencadam Distillery Masterclass with Cody Reynolds

Cody Reynolds

Glencadam Distillery opened in 1825 and since then little has changed. Their award-winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky is still produced using the same traditional and handcrafted production methods as it has done for almost 200 years.

Join brand ambassador, Cody Reynolds, as he walks us through a selection of outstanding award winning Glencadam Single Malt Whiskies.

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society Masterclass with Kelly and Rob Carpenter

Kelly and Rob Carpenter

Founders’ faves! Join us - SMWS Canada founders Kelly & Rob Carpenter - for a walk down memory lane of some of our favourite releases. Imagine having to go through almost 12 years of monthly releases to pick your favourites to pour in a one-hour masterclass? Ugh. Since we didn’t feel it was responsible to pour 100 drams (at least!), we’ve whittled it down to a special few from SMWS Canada’s outturns over the years. (Full disclosure: this is about as self-serving as it gets; we’ve chosen some past releases we want to open and revisit).

The A.D. Rattray Masterclass with Stacy Kyle (formerly the Douglas Laing masterclass)

Stacy Kyle

Single cask whisky is at the heart of A. D. Rattray. As an independent whisky company, we have been selecting and maturing single malt Scotch whisky for over 150 years. Today we continue to go to great lengths to source interesting and unusual casks from the six traditional whisky regions of Scotland. Every Cask Collection release is carefully curated to ensure each distillery represented is different and every cask is unique.

Join Stacy Kyle as she takes you through an exclusive line up of Single Cask Single Malts including alongside a limited edition Clydeside Single Malt.

The Strath Single Casks Masterclass with Adam Bradshaw

Adam Bradshaw

A selection of unique and exclusive single cask whiskies from your local independent whisky merchants – The Strath. Expect full strength, full flavoured, unadulterated drams from some of the world’s best producers. Presented by professional whisky enthusiast Adam Bradshaw.

The Shelter Point Distillery Masterclass with Chris Read

Chris Read

Situated along the oceanside and surrounded by 380 acres of farmland, Shelter Point’s selection of uniquely Canadian whiskies are made with traditional methods that allow the Vancouver Island coastal terroir to shine. Shelter Point is coming of age, and their whiskies are garnering much international acclaim. Sample their core range as well as some special releases with Chris Read, Brand Experience Manager.

The Glenfiddich Distillery Masterclass with Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson

Glenfiddich: Now and Then

Explore the history and future of the world's most-awarded single malt, told through their most beloved whiskies, with National Brand Ambassador, Jamie Johnson.

The Port Charlotte and Octomore Masterclass with Gez McAlpine

Gez McAlpine

Join Bruichladdich national marketing director, Gez McAlpine, as he guides you through a selection of peated single malt from The Progressive Hebridean Distillers. Port Charlotte and Octomore are whiskies born of a community with a vision and a mission to kick start a whisky revolution.

The Maker’s Mark Distillery Masterclass with Micah Dew

Micah Dew

Join Maker’s Mark Diplomat, Micah Dew, as he leads a tasting beginning with how Maker’s Mark bourbon stood out from the crowd substituting distiller’s rye for soft red winter wheat, to the impact of changing proof, and finishing with the exploration into the science of wood.

The Brown Forman SGL Malts Masterclass with Joel Virginillo

Joel Virginillo

Join us as we visit two of the Brown-Forman distilleries, the Benriach and the Glendronach. These distilleries are famous for deep sherry influence and an eclectic collection of unusual casks and combinations. We will taste through several expressions aged in virgin oak, rum, multiple types of sherry and port casks to name a few.

Prestige American Whiskey Experience: Rabbit Hole & Jefferson's Bourbon masterclass with National Brand Education Manager Colin MacDougall

Colin MacDougall

Join National Brand Education Specialist from Corby/Pernod-Ricard Colin MacDougall on an exploration into two iconic and awarded Bourbons:

Father-Son duo Trey and Chet Zoeller, recent inductees into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame for Jefferson’s Bourbon. A story of perseverance, trust, and hope that emerged from one of Bourbon’s darkest hours not only aiding in the revival of the category but supplying a key innovation that has taken off by storm.

Fellow inductee to the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of fame Kaveh Zamanian and his revolutionary Rabbit Hole Bourbon. A recent story by bourbons standards but one that plays out with a passion for making high quality whiskey with firsts and (arguably) improvements to the category left right and center. Fall down the Rabbit Hole with me and get into why these expressions are gaining so much acclaim world-wide.

The Bearface Masterclass with Blake Canning

Blake Canning

Come with us as we dive into a tasting unlike any other, where you will get to follow in our Master Blender's footsteps and taste whiskies from every step of the maturation process!

We will guide you through the journey our spirit takes on its way to finally becoming Bearface Triple Oak, with unreleased samples from each of the different casks used in our final product! Starting with the blank canvas of a straight corn whisky is just the beginning. You will have the chance to taste the difference our French White Oak Ex-Red Wine casks make in creating a rich and complex palette, as well as explore the different levels of char in our air-dried Hungarian Oak barrels, ranging from a medium spice to a heavily flamed cask! It takes time and effort to find the perfect balance, and like every batch there may also be a surprise or two along the way!

4:10 to 5:10

The Nikka Japanese Whisky Masterclass with Natino Bellantoni

Natino Bellantoni

This masterclass will cover the beginnings of Japanese whisky with the story of Nikka’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru, the “Father of Japanese Whisky'', whose trip to Scotland created in him a passion for whisky, which shaped the history of whisky production in Japan. Savor an array of Nikka's finest whiskies, and discover what it takes to create a finished bottle. Included will be the newest limited edition to the Discovery Series, revealing the 2023 hidden treasure of Nikka's Grain whiskies.

4:20 to 5:20

The GlenAllachie Distillery Masterclass featuring Andrew Mustard

“Sometimes it seems like everything Billy Walker touches turns to gold. In 2017 he purchased the GlenAllachie distillery and every year since has seen new expressions and ideas that expand on his legacy. Now, he has added ranges of peated expressions as new ways to showcase his tremendous cask management abilities.”

The Kilchoman Distillery Masterclass with Emma McHarrie

Emma McHarrie

Immerse yourself in the world of whisky as Emma McHarrie, Kilchoman Brand Ambassador, shares the stories behind each Kilchoman’s exceptional single malts, from the barley-rich fields to the traditional production methods that make Kilchoman a true standout in the industry. Whether you’re a seasoned whisky enthusiast or just beginning to explore the realm of spirits, this event offers a rare opportunity to deepen your appreciation and understanding of Kilchoman’s remarkable offerings.

The Glenmorangie Distillery Masterclass with Bry Simpson

Bry Simpson

Glenmorangie’s Kind of Delicious and Wonderful Whiskies

Glenmorangie are known not only for their delicious single malt Scotch whiskies, but also for their philosophy and concepts behind them. From the family who founded the distillery, to the innovative practices and ideas by their whisky creation team. National Brand Ambassador Bry Simpson will take us through some of these wonderful expressions, with stories from the wild imaginations of the whisky makers who created them.

The Classic Malts of Scotland Masterclass with Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

Classic malts: Discover your perfect single malt

Discover the tastes and whisky styles throughout Scotland with a flavour tour of six distinct whisky distilleries: Cragganmore, Oban, Talisker, Dalwhinnie, Glenkinchie and Lagavulin. National Whisky Consultant Stuart Brown will take you on an educational journey through Scotland and will be showcasing the craftmanship and finishing techniques that make them the unique expressions that are known around the world.

The Michter’s Distillery Masterclass with Karina Mair

“Michter's is proud to honor a historical legacy tracing back to the founding of America's first whiskey company in 1753. Today Michter’s has married this history to innovations in whiskey production that has led to the creation of some of the best whiskies in America.”

The Bruichladdich Distillery Masterclass with Gez McAlpine

Gez McAlpine

Join Bruichladdich national marketing director, Gez McAlpine as he guides you through a selection of whisky from the Progressive Hebridean Distillers, and stories from the B-Corp Certified distillery at the helm of the barley movement on Islay. From Islay grown and organic, to Bere and biodynamic.

The Bourbons of Beam Suntory Masterclass with Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel

Join Ray Daniel in a Masterclass focused on our Bourbon history and innovations. Ray will lead you through a sampling of some classic recipes and contrast those with some unique innovations. There is room for everyone in the world of Bourbon.

The Laphroaig Distillery Masterclass with James Neil

James Neil

The number one selling Islay Single Malt in the World is a fan favourite for flavour and history. James Neil will lead the Masterclass through our favourite expressions, a good dose of Islay lore and some very special drams for our guests and Friends of Laphroaig.

The Ian McLeod Distillers Masterclass with Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Join Michael Brown, a seasoned professional in the drinks industry, as he takes you on a trip through the regions, featuring Tamdhu, Glengoyne and Smokehead whiskies.

The Jura Distillery Masterclass with Emma Coady

Emma Coady

Jura is more than just a whisky. It may be one of the most remote places on earth, but the 212 people that live on this island are the reason that we make whisky and share it with the world. An island with one road, one pub, and one whisky distillery. Our purpose is to help this tiny island community prosper. Join us as we embark on a journey to explore what makes the Isle of Jura so remarkable and remote, and what makes the whisky like no other. We will meet the islanders that make it, learn about our distillation and maturation process, and taste through the complex flavours. With only 5% of the malted barley being peated, this spirit has an ever so slightly smoky undertone but is fruity and herbaceous with gentle coastal notes. You’ll have the chance to smell and touch some of the raw materials that influence our process, and even taste some exclusive whisky from the distillery. Come be a part of our tiny island community!

Saturday January 20th, 2024 - Evening

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

The VIP Tasting is open to special guests of the 2024 Victoria Whisky Festival and VIP Ticket holders. It will be held in the Vancouver Island and 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 and 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 Vancouver Island and Pender Island Ballrooms featuring a myriad of distilleries and whiskies including Canadian whisky, Scottish single malts and blended whiskies, Irish whiskey, as well as Japanese, Indian, French, Swedish, Australian whiskies and a variety of whisky and whiskey styles from the United States. 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.

Each attendee is provided with an engraved Glencairn whisky nosing and 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 and elusive haggis tarts created especially for the Victoria Whisky Festival!

Sunday January 21st, 2024 - Evening

The Distillers Dinner

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