Vancouver gets its first whisky festival

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Brand ambassadors from Scotland and around the world are coming to Vancouver to extoll the virtues of the water of life – whisky, that is.

On Jan. 18, at Terminal City Club (837 W. Hastings St.), the First Vancouver Whisky Festival will give participants the chance to taste whisky from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, USA and Japan as well as from such untraditional whisky regions such as India and Taiwan.

Whisky lovers will be able to rub shoulders with bloggers, writers, and connoisseurs who are eager to share their knowledge and appreciation of this elixir, as well as tell us when (if ever) whisky should be spelled “whiskey.”

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Vancouver gets its first whisky festival

$45,000 bottle of whisky coming to Vancouver

the-balvenie-robbed-saqEnjoy the occasional single malt? Like to indulge in the finer things? Have $45,000 lying around?

Then you may be in for a treat. An ultra-rare whisky is coming up for sale in Vancouver and – at around $1,000 or so a sip – it’s bound to be something special.

Scotland’s esteemed Balvenie distillery is shipping just one bottle of a very special whisky to Vancouver this month. Balvenie Fifty was first put into cask back in 1963. All told, only 131 bottles were ever produced. And, according to whisky aficionados, the taste is unmistakeable: fragrant, floral and boasting hints of honey.  Continue reading:
$45,000 bottle of whisky coming to Vancouver

Like Whisky? Like Beer? Hopscotch Festival Rolls into Vancouver, Nov 16-22

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Photo credit: morberg | Wikipedia

Whether you know your Laphroaig from your Glenmorangie or you’re still sipping Crown Royal, this is the event for you.

Hopscotch, the biggest whisky and beer festival in Canada, is returning to Vancouver, Nov. 16-Nov. 22. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival has expanded from a simple tasting event to a whole week of whisky-paired dinners, master classes, cigar smokes and more.

The main event for fine booze lovers is the Grand Tasting Hall, Nov. 20-Nov. 21, in the cavernous PNE Forum. During the four-hour tasting, more than 100 exhibitors will be pouring more than 300 products, from premium whiskies to craft beer, vodka, gin, rum, tequila and more. Admission price ($48-$53) gets you five tasting tokens, and additional tokens can be purchased for $1.10 each. This year, there’s also a special beer-only tasting ($30) on Nov. 21. Several local restaurants will be serving food, while live entertainment is sure to put you in the drinking mood.  Continue reading:
Like Whisky? Like Beer? Hopscotch Festival Rolls into Vancouver, Nov 16-22

$139,000 Whisky on Sale in BC Liquor Store in Vancouver

THE DALMORE CONSTELLATION COLLECTION - The Dalmore ConstellationAmong Vancouver residents, seeing high prices at B.C. Liquor Stores is nothing new.  Still, this price tag is bound to raise some eyebrows.

As of this week, shoppers can find a set of four vintage whiskies on sale for $139,000 inside the Signature Liquor Store on Cambie Street and 39th Avenue in Vancouver.

Dating from the 1960s, the single-malt whiskies are from Scotland’s Dalmore distillery, a favourite among connoisseurs as well as investors in rare whiskies.  The four-bottle set includes a 1964 vintage, one of only 67 bottles ever created, as well as a 1966 vintage and two 1969 vintages.

Each whisky comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter with a solid silver stag emblem, the distillery’s logo.

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$139,000 Whisky on Sale in BC Liquor Store in Vancouver

300 Kinds of Whisky (and other spirits), 1 Room: Hopscotch Vancouver returns Nov. 17-23

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Photo credit: Ryan Hyde | Flickr

Do you enjoy an occasional single malt? Then this is the event for you.

Hopscotch – the festival devoted entirely to whisky, with some beer and other spirits thrown in – returns to Vancouver, Nov. 17-Nov. 23.  Now in its 19th year, the festival has expanded from a simple tasting event to an entire week of whisky-paired dinners, master classes, cigar smokes, music parties and more.

The main event is the aptly named Grand Tasting Hall, Nov. 21-Nov. 22, in the cavernous PNE Forum. Continue reading:
300 Kinds of Whisky (and other spirits), 1 Room: Hopscotch Vancouver returns Nov. 17-23

Attention Johnnie Walker Fans: $2000 whisky coming to Vancouver

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Photo credit: djwtwo | Flickr

Connoisseurs of fine scotch in Vancouver (with deep pockets) are in for a treat.

Legendary distiller Johnnie Walker has just announced the release of a rare scotch whisky in Vancouver and across Canada.  And this one goes way beyond the familiar Red, Black and even Blue labels.

Johnnie Walker Odyssey consists of three rare single malts blended together in accordance with hand-written notes from Sir Alexander Walker (Johnnie’s grandson), then aged in European oak casks. The result: a 750-ml bottle that retails for $2000, or roughly $80 a shot.

So how does it taste?

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Attention Johnnie Walker Fans: $2000 whisky coming to Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

What To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

This mid-November weekend is full of outdoor and indoor events in Vancouver. From arts & crafts, skating, ballet, movies & short films, theatre, winter market, whisky tasting, and innovator speakers – everyone will find something to enjoy! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend