Whisky School

Whisky School Featured

The Victoria Highland Games Association is once again pleased to present “The Whisky Tasting School” on May 21st and 22nd 2022 at the 159th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival at Topaz Park.

All sessions will feature single malt whiskies presented by ambassadors representing a variety of Scotch, American and Canadian whiskies.

The registration fee is $45.00 (Sunday Food and Whisky pairing sessions $55.00 ) and includes a one-day field entry (value $20).

Guests must be aged 19 years or older to attend!

Each session has limited seating; in previous years all sessions have sold out prior to the Games so don’t be late in registering!

Details of the 8 sessions are as follows:

Saturday May 21st 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Strath Exclusives
Price: $45 – 45 attendees. SOLD OUT Buy Now!
with Adam Bradshaw

Since 2003, the Strath has been Victoria’s go-to store for all things whisky. Join their “Whisky Curator” Adam Bradshaw as he presents a selection of old favourites and brand new special releases from both Scotland & Canada that are exclusively available at The Strath.

Saturday May 21st 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Shelter Point Distillery Masterclass
Price: $45 – 45 attendees. SOLD OUT Buy Now! Only 2 left!
with Jacob Wiebe

Experience exceptional whiskies from Shelter Point’s family-owned farm distillery on Vancouver Island. Enjoy a look at life on the farm and what it is like bring Farming and Distilling together again. With a guide through the Farming Practices, the distillation process, and the warehouse , with Shelter Point’s Manager and Ambassador, Jacob Wiebe. All drams will be at least 46% ABV, natural colour and non-chill filtered.

Saturday May 21st 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Get to know your Beam Suntory Scotch Whiskies
Price: $45 – 45 attendees. SOLD OUT Buy Now!
with Rick Sousa

Join Victoria Single Malt Club Executive, Rick Sousa, as he leads you through a selection of outstanding Scotch Whiskies from the Beam Suntory portfolio, including Bowmore and Auchentoshan.

Saturday May 21st 4:15 – 5:15 PM

Boulder Spirits
Price: $45 – 45 attendees. SOLD OUT Buy Now!
with Stacy Kyle

One of the leaders in American single malt whiskey is a small Colorado distillery, though the whiskeys produced by Boulder Spirits are notably big and rich. Born from a dream of a Scotsman who moved to Colorado, USA with intent of making great single malt in America, their whiskeys are crafted with intention and care. Driven by the desire to create new flavours, each whiskey in the Boulder Spirits lineup has its own personality and charms. From the incredibly high malted barley content in their bourbon recipe to the exclusive use of freshly charred oak for single malt aging, you’ll find something consistent amongst each of the whiskeys: a new experience. Join Stacy Kyle of Lionheart Spirits for a session learning about American craft distilling and American single malt whiskey!

Sunday May 22nd 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Whisky and Local Food Pairing
Price: $55 – 45 attendees. SOLD OUT Buy Now!
with Bill Jones and Stacy Kyle

Join Deerholme Farm owner, Cookbook Author and Celebrity Chef, Bill Jones and Stacy Kyle, of Lionheart Spirits as they guide you through a sensory journey pairing single malt whiskies with delectable local food choices. Bill will lead you through a variety of local food choices paired with outstanding whiskies including some from the Douglas Laing portfolio. For more information on Bill, visit www.deerholme.com.

Sunday May 22nd 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Whisky and Local Charcuterie Pairing
Price: $55 – 45 attendees. SOLD OUT Buy Now!
with Chef Chris Ireland, Braydon Brunett and Rick Sousa

Join Chef Chris Ireland and Braydon Brunett of the Whole Beast and Victoria Single Malt Club Executive, Rick Sousa, as they lead you through a selection of local made charcuterie paired with outstanding Bourbon and Canadian Whiskies from the Beam Suntory portfolio, including Maker’s Mark and Canadian Club. For more information on The Whole Beast, visit www.thewholebeast.ca.

Sunday May 22nd 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Masterclass
Price: $45 – 45 attendees. SOLD OUT Buy Now!
with Adam Bradshaw

Celebrating their 10th year in Canada, the SMWS invites members and guests alike to celebrate the Victoria Highland Games with them. Victoria chapter ambassador Adam Bradshaw will lead you through some special recent, and not so recent single cask releases from this international Scotch whisky club.

Sunday May 22nd 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Whisky and Chocolate
Price: $45 – 45 attendees. SOLD OUT Buy Now!
with Robin Morgan, Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery

The Saga of Macaloney’s Island Distillery continues to achieve excellence, with its ‘World’s Canadian Best’ Malt Whiskies and Spirits. Please join us on our journey, as you sample our ‘World’s Best’ Award winning expressions from our Classic Single Malts, Irish-style triple distilled, and Peated Single Malts, accompanied with some excellent ThomasHaas chocolate.

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016