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2016 Whisky Ottawa’s Masterclasses

Learn more about your favourite whiskeys at one of Whisky Ottawa’s Masterclasses. These tutored tastings provide a unique insight into the world of whisky. The private one-hour sessions accommodate up to 40 people.

Many of the Masterclasses are dedicated to one brand or expression, however we have a few that are dedicated to compare, if you dare!

Enjoy international flavour comparisons or eye-opening introductions to a range of great whiskeys. Join brand ambassadors, master distillers, leading experts and take part in the Great Whisky Debate as part of your VIP ticket or on its own.

VIP's, your Masterclass for this year is "The Great Whisk[e]y Debate" never before in Ottawa. This years special VIP Masterclass "The Great Whisk[e]y Debate" will finish just in time for you enter on to the Grand Tasting Hall for your 6pm opening for VIP's

"The Great Whisk[e]y Debate" TICKET HOLDERS NOTE: Please, it is important that you arrive no later then 4:15pm, as you will need to register before heading in to the "The Great Whisk[e]y Debate", The debate will start at 5pm SHARP!

Masterclasses, Learn more about your favourite whiskeys at one of Whisky Ottawa’s Masterclasses. These tutored tastings provide a unique insight into the world of whisky. The private one-hour sessions accommodate up to 40 people.

Cost for a Masterclasses is only $20.00 +HST

Cost for "The Great Whisk(e)y Debate" is only $45.00 +HST (limited seating open for general public)

Guests must be aged 19 years or older to attend

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Session 1

16:30 - Forty Creek Whisky

 

Presenter:Chris Thompson, North American Brand Ambassador 

Falling in love with whisky at first sip, Forty Creek, North American Brand Ambassador Chris Thompson aspires to share the Forty Creek story (and great whisky!) with passionate fans everywhere.

Chris has been an active member of the Forty Creek team for many years and played a key role in creating the distillery’s on-site brand experience. Possessing a rich understanding about the brand’s product offerings he is always eager to share his passion for the Forty Creek portfolio.

16:45 -  BUNNAHAIBAIN 18, DEANSTON, TOBERMORY and LEDAIG 

   

Presenter: Mike Brisebois (EN) Distell International (PMA Canada)

Mike Brisebois is the Canadian Brand Ambassador for the Distell International Whisky Portfolio representing distilleries such as Bunnahabhain, Deanston and Tobermory.

A self taught whisky geek, Mike will present and explore the finest examples of the distillers craft, rare and unique expressions that are sure to delight. 

17:00 - SOLD OUT

  The Great Whisk(e)y Debate,  "Canadian vs. Bourbon vs. Scotch" 

Presented by:   - SOLD OUT

GWD -  Canadian Club  -  Canadian Club 12 Canadian Club 100% Rye

 

Presenter:Tish Harcus, Canadian Club Ambassador

Tish Harcus is the heart and soul of the Canadian Club® Heritage Center. No one knows more about the people, the history and the craftsmanship behind Canadian Club® than Tish. As Brand Ambassador and Manager of the Heritage® Center in Walkerville, Ontario, she is responsible for overseeing the entire Canadian Club® Walkerville experience. She takes great pride in sharing Canadian Club’s historical facts with visitors. She continues to uncover interesting nuggets by sifting through archival materials and exploring the far reaches of the Heritage Center — the Company’s former home.

GWD - Knob Creek and Maker's Mark

  

Presenter: Matt Jones, Bourbon Ambassador

All Bourbon is Whiskey, but not all Whiskey is Bourbon! “Americas Native Spirit” was born out of the Frontier over 2 centuries ago, learn what makes it unique from all other North American Whiskies from the charring of the new oak barrels to the grains used to the folks that craft it!

GWD - HIGHLAND PARK MACALLAN

   

Presenter: NIC VILLALON (EN FRANCAIS),  BEAM SUNTOREdrington Scotch Ambassador

Nicolas Villalon is the newly minted Canadian Brand Ambassador for the Edrington Group which includes such prestigious whisky brands as the Highland Park and The Macallan. It’s a high-status job for someone who is younger than many of the whiskies he represents. At less than 30, Villalon represents one of a new breed of spirit experts that is changing how Scotch whisky is marketed in Canada.

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Session 2

18:00  -  A Journey through North American Whiskies, 7 samples,,,,

Collingwood, WR, Woodford Dbl Oaked, WR Pinot Noir finish, Gentleman Jack, JD and JD Sinatra Select

Presenters: Taylor Corrigan, John Breckon and Alexis Green  BROWN-FORMAN

Alexis Green, C.S.S.  Canadian Whisky Brand Ambassador:  Alexis Green is a spirits specialist serving as Canadian Whisky Brand Ambassador for Collingwood whisky. Her many years behind the bar and extensive work within the whisky category provide expertise for the brand, not only in relation to the Canadian whisky category, but all of North American whiskies.

John Breckon, Brown-Forman Brand Ambassador:  For the past 6 years, John has devoted his time to studying BF brands and competitive sets and empowering the next generation of brand builders. In  2009 he successfully completed Spirits Academy, in 2013 he achieved the accreditation of a Certified Specialist of Spirits from the Society of Wine Educators and his WSET Level 2.

Taylor Corrigan,  Jack Daniel’s Brand Ambassador:  In July 2015 Taylor began working as the Jack Daniel’s Brand Ambassador for Ontario and is regularly seen spreading the gospel and legend that is Jack Daniel’s across the city and at a variety of events. Corrigan is thrilled to be part of such an incredible group, building on what is an already rich and iconic history of whiskey and spirits brands with the Brown Forman Canada team.

18:15 - Knob Creek and Maker's Mark

  

Presenter:MATT JONES (EN), BEAM SUNTORY

All Bourbon is Whiskey, but not all Whiskey is Bourbon! “Americas Native Spirit” was born out of the Frontier over 2 centuries ago, learn what makes it unique from all other North American Whiskies from the charring of the new oak barrels to the grains used to the folks that craft it!

18:15  -  HIGHLAND PARK MACALLAN

   

Presenter: NIC VILLALON (EN),  BEAM SUNTOREdrington Scotch Ambassador

Nicolas Villalon is the newly minted Canadian Brand Ambassador for the Edrington Group which includes such prestigious whisky brands as the Highland Park and The Macallan. It’s a high-status job for someone who is younger than many of the whiskies he represents. At less than 30, Villalon represents one of a new breed of spirit experts that is changing how Scotch whisky is marketed in Canada.

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