The 4th Annual MS Calgary Whisky Festival is coming up on Thursday the 15th of January, in support of the MS Society of Calgary. Funds from the event will towards research and supporting those afflicted by the disease. Â This year’s event is going to be the best yet. We’ve added the capacity for more presenters, and therefore more whisky as well as more guests. Last year we sold out all 400 tickets, this year we’ve increased capacity to 500. There are still a few tickets left, but not many!
We are looking at our biggest turnout of brand ambassadors, with at least 13 scheduled to attend, possibly more. We have some first timers Â like Simon Brooking of Laphroaig, Dan Tullio of Canadian Club, Chris Maybin of Compass Box, Stewart Buchanan of BenRiach/Glendronach and Clare Gavin of Jameson. Graeme Eunson of Tomatin Distillery has been with us for a few years. We also have some brand ambassadors who’ve made it too all four events, like Iain McCallum of Morrison Bowmore, Ranald Watson of Springbank, James Robertson of Tullibardine, Dan Volway of Highland Park/Macallan and Michael Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail/Benromach.
We’ve added a VIP package for this year’s event, and it must have been a good idea, the VIP tickets sold out in just a couple of days. VIP ticket holders will get a bit of an early start on the Festival Â floor, and the tasting includes a very special Macallan tasting with Brand Ambasssador Dan Volway. This Macallan Range tasting will feature two new premium releases: Reflexion ($1450.00 ) and No. 6 ($3900.00 ). But those aren’t the only Master Classes on offer. We’ve just added Master Classes with Simon Brooking of Laphroaig and Michael Urquhart of Gordon &MacPhail/Benromach. The Master Classes will feature some whiskies not otherwise available on the Festival floor, and are a bargain at just $25 each. Master Class tickets are only available online from KWM (No physical ticket will be issued, your name will be on a guest. No refunds, exchanges or returns.):
- Laphroaig Master Class with Simon Brooking – 6:40PM -Â If you’ve never enjoyed the pleasure of one of Simon Brooking’s Master Classes, this is a must attend event. Simon will regale you with stories, poetry and song whist you sample Scotland’s most unique whisky. You may think you know Laphroaig, but you still owe it to yourself to view it through Simon’s eyes! The tasting will sample a range of Laphroaigs up to the 25 Year!” Â - $25
Michael Urquhart Farewell Master Class – 8:00PM – “Michael Urquhart is the recently retired Managing Director of Gordon & MacPhail, one of Scotland’s oldest and most respected independent bottlers, and a family firm. Michael is the one of the fourth generation of Urquharts to work for the company, and this tasting will be a bit of a farewall for this gentleman who’s been visiting the Calgary market to do tastings for more than 15 years. We have a special lineup of whiskies for this tasting, which will differ from those on the floor. Highlights will include two unique Gordon & MacPhail bottlings, a 21 year old Mortlach and a mystery 30 year old single malt” - $25
Fewer than 40 of the 500 original tickets for the event are still available.Â If there are any leftover tickets, they will be available at the door. The event opens at 6PM Thursday January 15, and is taking place in the Lobby of the Epcor Center’s Jack Â Singer Concert Hall; 205 8th Avenue S.E. Â Tickets for the festival can be bought directly from the MS Society online, with a small amount available online or in store from Kensington Wine Market.
Here is a list of some Â of the brands which will be featured at the 2015 MS Calgary Whisky Festival. All told more than 180 total whiskies will be available for sampling:
Gordon & MacPhail
Jim Beam Brands
Scotch Malt Whisky Society