A Few Whisky Events in Vancouver – Get Your Tickets

If you are a whisky lover, here are a few events in October presented by BC Liquor Stores in Vancouver.  Here is their announcement.

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Warm up this fall and explore the ever changing world of whisky! BC Liquor Stores has an outstanding line-up of events and master classes for all whisky enthusiasts and avid collectors alike.

Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming whisky events happening at BC Liquor Stores. Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and knowledgeable brand ambassadors!

39th & CAMBIE

BRUICHLADDICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Friday, October 6
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Walk through the Isles. From the non-peated Laddie to the heavily peated Port Charlotte, Bruichladdich is anything but the typical whisky.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKIES
Wednesday, October 18
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join Stuart Brown, Whisky Consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release as he guides you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky including the Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, and the Oban. Learn about some rare, old, and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries. The tutored tasting will present the small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo, all limited edition and usually bottled at cask strength.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING PREMIUM SPIRIT RELEASE TASTING
Friday, October 27
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in a special sit down tasting featuring a few Spirit Release whiskies from Independent Bottler, Douglas Laing. Taste the rare 25-Year-Old Ardbeg plus two other single grain whiskies, the Cameronbridge 25-Year-Old, and the Cambus 25-Year-Old (one from a closed distillery).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

PARK ROYAL

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKIES
Tuesday, October 17
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join Stuart Brown, Whisky Consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release as he guides you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky including the Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, and the Oban. Learn about some rare, old, and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries. The tutored tasting will present the small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo, all limited edition and usually bottled at cask strength.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING PREMIUM SPIRIT RELEASE TASTING
Saturday, October 28
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in a special sit down tasting featuring a few Spirit Release whiskies from Independent Bottler, Douglas Laing. Taste the rare 25-Year-Old Ardbeg plus two other single grain whiskies, the Cameronbridge 25-Year-Old, and the Cambus 25-Year-Old (one from a closed distillery).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

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Seasons in the Park Winebar Tastings

Seasons in the Park Seasons in the Park, that’s Queen Elizabeth Park, has a lovely garden setting.  Set atop a high point in Vancouver that overlooks the downtown and North Shore mountains, you have a visual feast for your eyes out the window, as well as on your plate and in your glass.  In case you did not know, Seasons has a wine bar, where they have featured tastings.  Their next series of tastings are upcoming starting in March.  Below is the announcement from Seasons about their wine and whisky tastings.  Enjoy!

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Seasons in the Park view

Seasons in the Park view

On Tuesday, March 12th, we will begin yet another fantastic series of tastings in the Seasons Winebar!

At the Seasons Winebar, we welcome guests of all interests! March through September, we host a variety of tasting events every other Tuesday night. Join us as we celebrate some amazing wine, spirits and delicious chef-made creations.

Week to week, our tastings reflect some of the best products that we and our partners have to offer. So join us for a unique, enjoyable and memorable experience in the Seasons Winebar!

Upcoming Events

  • March 12: Whiskies From Around The World
  • March 26: Evolution of Painted Rock Wines
  • April 9: Mission Hill Wines
  • April 23: Pinots from the Valley

Here is the link to find out more about these tastings.

Have You Tasted Spicebox Canadian Whiskey?

Spicebox whiskey and Fentiman sodas

This week I was invited to a tasting of Spicebox Canadian whiskey. The whiskey is first made in Alberta then brought to Quebec for further blending and finishing before being bottled. Truly made in Canada.

Why the name “Spicebox”?

In Prohibition days in the United States, Canadian alcohol, such as whiskey was smuggled down south.  The whiskey was hidden inside boxes containing spices; and viola, Spicebox whiskey the name was born.

This evening I first tried the Spicebox whiskey on ice so that I could appreciate the flavours before moving on to the mixed drinks that they were offering.

Spicebox Tasting Notes

Light amber in colour with quite an aromatic nose.  Vanilla on first sniff, followed with sweet spices. Flavours of vanilla, caramel, sweet spices and toffee. Smooth. A bit of sweetness. Nice on the rocks to sip.  This is different than other more traditional whiskeys you may have tried, such as Scotch. This is completely different in style.  If you have friends that do not like the stronger, bitter, hotter flavours of scotch, then you may want to try Spicebox with them.

Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages

What to mix with this Prohibition influenced whiskey than some old style soda pop.  Fentimans brought three different sodas for the mixed drinks:

  • Victorian lemonade
  • Ginger beer
  • Dandelion & burdock

These are Botanically Brewed Beverages from the UK made starting in 1905, and now in Canada. Here is the link to the Fentimans website.

Two Spicebox Whiskey Mixed Drinks

Prohibition mule Spicebox drink

Prohibition Mule – Ingredients: Spicebox Canadian spiced whiskey, fresh lime, Fentimans Ginger beer, mint sprig. Ginger beer is quite spicy. Plays off nicely with smooth vanilla and sweet spices of the whiskey. The sourness of the lime freshens up the flavours and adds another layer of complexity to the drink. Fun to drink.

Spicebox Cup – Ingredients: Spicebox Canadian spiced whiskey, strawberries, Fentiman’s Victorian lemonade & Ginger beer. This drink has a very pretty colour due to the crushed strawberries in the glass.  The lemonade is not overpowering in the drink.  And again the vanilla and sweet spices make this a very flavourful drink.

To find out more about Spicebox, here is Spicebox’s Facebook page.

Enjoy.