Written By Guest Writer Libations / Spirits Jan 27, 2012 Globetrotting at The Victoria Whisky Festival SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestIt’s the weekend Victoria whisky lovers wait for all year, an event that sells out months in advance, an occasion worthy of dusting off the ol’ kilt and sporran. Yes, the Victoria Whisky Festival descended upon us once again, hosted by the elegant –– and I might add, brave –– Hotel Grand Pacific. If you’re a fan of single malt, bourbon, Canadian rye or anything in between, then you were most likely there (or wishing you were). For those of you contemplating next year’s tickets, maybe this will whet your palate. Top Photo: right: John K. Hall, Owner and Whisky maker at Forty Creek in OntarioOak Bay Marina bar staff. From L to R: Cyle Serra, Brooke Levie, and Matt Arnott.One hundred and eighty different whiskies from around the world were available at Saturday night’s Consumer Tasting, representing Scotland, England, Wales, Canada, USA, Japan, India, and Australia. Bottles glistened under the chandelier lights, glasses clinked, kilts swished. Somebody called me “lass” and I was thrilled. Across the marble floored lobby, a meat and potato-heavy spread was laid out in The Mark, with bite-sized Haggis Tarts, mini Shepherd’s Pies, Lamb Meatballs, and Sparkle Cookies. Wisely, bottled water was never far from reach. I ate first, thinking I’d need stamina to complete my journalistic obligation to taste as many different whiskies as possible (so as to present a thorough report, of course). Now, back to the Tasting Room. One standout included Whisky Maker John K. Hall’s Forty Creek portfolio, which earned a slew of top honours at this year’s festival. I tried the Confederation Oak and loved it. Though most Canadian whisky is typically associated with rye, Hall’s Forty Creek Confederation Oak is actually made from a ‘meritage’ of Canadian corn, malt, and rye, all aged separately in Canadian oak barrels, then combined and aged together. On the other end of the room, I sampled White Owl Spiced Whisky, which is filtered until it’s completely clear, aged for 10+ years and infused with cloves and vanilla. Laphroaig Master Ambassador Simon Brooking.The Scots were, of course, represented in full force, as guests more discerning than I flocked to the booths where the finest reserves were said to be pouring in limited quantities. Laphroiag Master Ambassador Simon Brooking gave interactive introductions to the Islay distillery’s process, inviting guests to chew on dry malt as he lit a peat ball on fire, swirling the smoke towards our noses before pouring tastes of the Quarter Cask. A cameo from the members-only Scotch Malt Whiskey Society was one of the crowd favourites. The exclusive club acquires “only single cask, single malt whiskies that promise to intrigue, entertain, and delight…” Rather than labelling the bottles by what they are (a Bowmore 16 year cask, for example) the SMWS uses a numerical code system and quirky-yet-fitting names are coined by the blind tasting panel, such as “Flowers On The Breakfast Table” and “Dab It Behind Your Ears”. Dab it behind my ears? Well, that sounds like a waste. festivalsWhiskey SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Causes / Events January 25, 2019 Blue Monday Pop-Up Bar – 100 Proof Blues January can be tough around these parts. In fact, it has come to be so globally known as such, that the third Monday of each January has ... Read More Cocktails / Events January 25, 2019 The Complete Bartender Competition 2019 Little Jumbo played host to Nimble Bar Co.’s The Complete Bartender Competition, January 16, 2019 Last Wednesday, I judged my first cocktail ... Read More Beer & Cider / Events / Victoria March 1, 2018 Victoria Beer Week launches its fifth year Victoria is once again readying itself to host the fifth annual Victoria Beer Week. As locals and beer geeks alike wet their palates for special ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Victoria December 18, 2017 Level Ground Trading Moves Up to New State-of-the-Art Headquarters Victoria, BC – Level Ground Trading, Victoria’s Fair Trade pioneer, is moving from their current location in Central Saanich, to a larger ... Read More Comments are closed.