The Victoria Highland Games Association is once again pleased to present “The Whisky Tasting School” on May 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2016 at the 153rd Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival at Topaz Park. All sessions will feature single malt whiskies presented by ambassadors representing a variety of Scotch & American whiskies.
The registration fee for each session is $35 (Monday noon session $45) and includes a one-day field entry (value $15). Whisky School guests are also able to purchase an engraved Victoria Highland Games Glencairn whisky nosing glass for $15 (one per guest per class). 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! Download the registration form here.
Here are the details of the two sessions taking place on Sunday 22nd:
12:00 – 1:00 pm Aberlour Distillery with Keith Trusler
Aberlour single malts are made from expertly crafted new spirit, usually double cask matured for at least 12 years in the finest hand-picked Oloroso Sherry butts and first fill Bourbon casks. When judged ready for bottling, the subtly different flavours of the whisky from each type of cask are orchestrated into a distinguished range of rich, rewardingly complex single malts. For people who know whisky, the result is an unusually engrossing, many-layered experience; let Ambassador Keith Trusler show you Aberlour first hand.
1:45 – 2:45 pm Vintage Malt Whisky Company Scotch Whisky & Xoxolat Chocolate with Rick Sousa and Hodie Rondeau
In this very special tasting, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in two of life’s greatest pleasures: Scotch and chocolate! This guided tasting will pair rare single cask, single malt whiskies with handcrafted single origin, & flavoured chocolates. Each chocolate will bring out the unique profiles of its paired Scotch.
3:30 – 4:30 pm Legends of Bourbon with Matt Jones
Beam Suntory Whisk(e)y Ambassador Matt Jones will take enthusiasts on a journey of an American Treasure. The journey will explore contemporary Bourbon with Jim Beam’s reinvention of the industry, the Maker’s Mark reinterpretation of the status quo, and Booker Noe’s resurrection of classic styles, that together helped raise a failing industry to greatness. Honouring tradition, embracing change, always moving forward.