This year on October 4th, 2019 in collaboration with the Alt Hotel (located at 185 Slater Street) downtown Ottawa; Whisky Ottawa will present our public Masterclasses Series. This is the second Masterclass Series to be presented at the Alt Hotel. In 2018 we were met with overwhelming success and sold out!
These Masterclasses are open to all whisky enthusiasts. These Masterclasses are open to all who desire to expand their knowledge of whiskies from around the world, and do not require an Whisky Ottawa main event ticket to be part of these intimate educational experiences.
Whisky Ottawa’s VIP Exclusive Experience sells out every year! This year Saturday October 5th at the Canadian War Museum. Your VIP ticket includes your “Exclusive VIP Tutored Whisky Tasting ”; each year this VIP Tutored Whisky Tasting is a unique tutored tasting experience that will provide you an insight into the world of whisky!
Your VIP Exclusive Experience ticket also gets you into the Grand Tasting Hall floor one hour before the General Admission ticket holders, and is all-inclusive of your whisky samples and cocktails, as well as light snacks.
The VIP Excluslve Experience is an excluslve ticket, Saturday October 5th at the Canadian War Museum
Mike Brisebois Presents the VIP Excluslve Experience (5 to 6:pm Saturday)
Distell Whisky Brand Ambassador Bunnahabhain Islay Distillery, Deanston Distillery, and Tobermory Distillery
Mike began his whisky journey, venturing into all aspects of history locked within this traditional spirit. Seen as a source of timeless knowledge by the vibrant members of Canada’s whisky community, Mike founded a whisky club, was a Judge for the Canadian Whisky Awards and after numerous tastings he found his calling as a Scotch whisky brand ambassador.
The Whisky Explorer was born.
A little over four years ago he had his first taste of Bunnahabhain. The explosion of flavors sparked his curiosity for the iconic helmsman and the brand. In true explorer fashion he set out on his latest whisky adventure!
Today, Mike travels Canada from coast to coast,, spreading his love and passion for Bunnahabhain, Deanston and the treasure trove of Tobermory whiskies.
You can follow Mike on Instagram @thewhiskyexplorer
Whisky Ottawa Masterclasse Series, October 4th, 2019 in collaboration with the Alt Hotel,
Are you new to the world of whisky or a true whisky enthusiast? This years Whisky Ottawa’s Masterclass Series presents, again, some of the most knowledgeable Whisky Brand Ambassadors in Canada. See the extensive list below and select a couple masterclasses now before they sell out, and be entertain and educate on the origins of the world's most historic beverage.
Note: we are presenting a Women and Whisky Masterclass. We have the privilege of bring together three of the most extraordinary women of whisk(e)y together under one roof here in Ottawa. These three incredible Brand Ambassadors sharing their whiskey experience, knowledge and a few wee drams. A must Masterclass for all, yes gents your invited as well to this Women and Whisky!
The Women and Whisky Masterclass (7:30 pm Friday)
(Three Brand Ambassadors)
Lucy Lamont - Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey National Brand Ambassador
Having been born and raised in Glasgow Scotland, Lucy has always had an awareness of and fascination whisk(e)y. With Over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry-from coffee shops to cocktail development, restaurants management, spirit education and sales - Lucy is in a prime position to deliver comprehensive, effective product promotion.
After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an Honours Degree in Business in Management, in order to expand her knowledge within the hospitality and spirits industry, Lucy moved to Toronto, Canada where, in 2017, she began as Toronto’s On-Premise Territorial Manager for PMA Canada and took the market by storm! Lucy’s passion for spirits and cocktail community is kept her closely involved with the industry, resulting in a strong network across the globe
Lucy took on her role as National Brand Ambassador for Jack Daniels in October 2018 and is loving working with such an iconic whiskey brand.
Jamie Johnson – Balvenie Canada's National Brand Ambassadors
Jamie Johnson became Canada’s National Brand Ambassador in January 2017. She began her whisky career many years ago, starting a Toronto-based whisky club where seasoned whisky drinkers and beginners could share a dram side by side. Jamie is also the co-host of the popular whisky podcast “The Whisky Topic”. You’ll often find Jamie enjoying a Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old, her favourite every day dram.
Coming to our distillery is an aspiration shared by Balvenie lovers around the world, but for many it is a dream never realised. The Balvenie Brand Ambassadors are the local connection to our distillery for millions of Balvenie lovers. Our ambassadors live and breathe whisky in general and The Balvenie in particular while each being wholly individual. Find them at your favourite whisky festival, find them on social media, and find out more about them here.
Elizabeth Havers – Glenfiddich’s North American Brand Ambassador
Brand Ambassador Beth Havers and Glenfiddich’s North American Brand Ambassador Team presented their favourite drams and the stories behind what makes them so special. The session was moderated by Glenfiddich Global Brand Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph and was a fun event with some great drams and some great stories that went along with them.
Elizabeth (Beth) is resident Whisky Specialist for PMA/William Grant & Sons. Beth’s mission is to champion trade education and advocacy for all William Grant & Sons Whisky products and to position William Grant & Sons as a world leader in whisky. Beth first fell in love with Whisky while living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since then she has spent the past 10 years working in the Beverage Alcohol Industry, increasing her knowledge and passion in all things Whisky. Beth has spent time working in Dufftown, in the Scottish Highlands at both the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries and tries to return to Scotland as often as she can. Prior to joining the William Grant & Sons team, Beth most recently held sales, marketing and brand specialist positions at Diageo. She is a graduate of The University of Guelph and has completed her Wine and Spirits Education through The International Sommelier Guild.
Taylor Corrigan CSS - The North American Whisk(e)y Ambassador, Brown-Forman Canada (7:30 pm Friday)
Masterclass with Taylor Corrigan, featuring bourbon, straight rye, and Canadian whisk(e)y from Woodford Reserve, Old Forester and Collingwood. We will discover the historical and modern day influences on flavour of North American Whisk(e)y. From grain to yeast, fermentation to distillation, the impact of oak and beyond.
Spencer Gooderham - Canadian Whisky Ambassador (6:15 pm Friday)
“Join Canadian Whisky Ambassador, Spencer Gooderham, on an exploration of our National Spirit. Learn about the history of whisky in Canada, what makes our whisky unique, and how we produce our award-winning whiskies. Tastings include expressions from the J.P. Wiser’s, Pike Creek, Lot 40, and Gooderham & Worts portfolio”. Spencer is a seventh generation descendent of the Gooderham Family.
Alex Bohman - Bearface Whisky Ambassador (6:00 pm Friday)
Alex’s current position as Brand Ambassador for BEARFACE Whisky was natural and seamless progression in his journey as a creator and experimenter behind the bar. Believing Canadian Whisky to be one of the only spirits allowing for a great degree of innovation and growth, BEARFACE was the perfect fit for Alex with the brand’s emphasis on collaboration and goal of pushing the category forward in unique ways.
A look at how Canadian Whisky is made. This masterclass will touch on the historical, technical, sensory and business aspects that are considered when creating Canadian Whisky. An in depth discussion of blending with an examination and tasting of individual component whiskies, an overview of the blending process and sampling of component and final products.
Stuart Brown - National Whisky Consultant at Diageo (7:15 pm Friday)
Join Diageo National Whisky Consultant, Stuart Brown to learn about the Johnnie Walker collection of Scotch. A great opportunity to sample Black Label, Green Label, Gold Label, Platinum 18YO and Cadhu 12 YO, one of the Single Malts that is core to the Johnnie Walker DNA.
Jared Boller - Bushmills Brand Ambassador (6:00 pm Friday)
“As the World’s Oldest licensed Whiskey Distillery, Bushmills has over 400 years worth of experience making Single Malts. Nestled on the north coast of the Emerald Isle, The Old Bushmills Distillery is firmly engrained in the local community and still sources its ingredients from the community that surrounds it. Let Jared Boller take you through the Bushmills range, the history & craftsmanship behind each expression, and develop an appreciation of why Bushmills has been able to thrive all these years”.
James Simpson, CSS, Tomatin's, Phillips Distilling Company (7:15 pm Friday)
James holds a designation via the Society of Wine Educators as a Certified Specialist of Spirits. He also has achieved Level 2 from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. In his personal time James has also completed several Bartending and Mixology training sessions.
His varied responsibilities expose him to multiple brands and categories within distilled spirits and in particular, Whisk(e)y. Tomatin Highland Single Malt Whisky is a personal favourite brand of James’ as the varying expressions represent something unique and desired to any whisky palate.
We look forward to sharing in a dram of Tomatin!!!
A question we get asked all the time!
Whisky or whiskey? Although still up for debate, legend has it that during the 1800s, Irish and American distillers starting adding an “e” to the word whisky in order to differentiate themselves from the famous Scotch whisky. The tradition has continued today, with “whiskey” denoting Irish or American provenance, and “whisky” referring to distilleries in Scotland, Japan and Canada.
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