Whisky Wisemen heads to the Hiram Walker and Sons Distillery

On October 4th 2017 the Whisky Wisemen Society travelled to the JP Wisers Distillery to learn, welcome, and support the launch of the new Hiram Walker and Sons Distillery. 

Grouped together with fellow Influencers, media, as well as food & beverage; our journey through the Distillery highlighted the history of the JP Wisers brand as well as the intimacy and care that is put into building their products. Brought together on J.P. Wiser's birthday, our day included meeting the team behind the brand as well as a private tour of the public tours opening this fall.  

With a focus on the opening of the new brand experience centre; Hiram Walker and Sons Distillery has created a space for visitors to come and enjoy a glass of one of Canada's original whiskies, overlooking the Detroit River.  For the first time ever Hiram Walker and Sons will give the general public an opportunity to take part in the grain to glass experience of the brand. 

As you will learn on your tour, Hiram Walker and Sons Distillery is home to many whiskies, gins, vodka, and more. Included in their whisky portfolio are multiple award-winning brands such as Lot 40 100% Rye, Pike Creek 10 Year Old and Gooderham and Worts Four Grain Blend.

The Whisky Wisemen headed over to the distillery taking our CEO and Calgary Chapter President. Their thoughts and comments included "how intimate and people driven the distillery was as well as the process of making whisky" said Lesley Brown CEO. "When taking the time to truly see the mastery in the production of the product, along side the dedication and importance of each contributor, we gained and a new and much deeper understanding of JP Wisers whisky. 

Tours are scheduled to begin on Nov 10, 2017.  They will be available on Fridays at 12 pm and 3 pm for $15.  You must be legal drinking age and have your ID with you.

519.561.5684, www.jpwisers.com
Brand Centre hours Fridays 12 pm – 5 pm
J.P. Wiser’s Brand Centre – 2072 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor

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Whisky Wisemen and Calgary Stampede

On July 13th our Whisky Wisemen YYC Chapter partnered with several sponsors to host a hugely successful private Stampede event in support of the local charity Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids Society (BB4CK). The event was hosted on the extensive rooftop patio of ONE18 Empire Restaurant & Whisky Bar in downtown Calgary and was attended by approximately 600 individuals representing clients, friends and family of sponsors including Calgary Jewellery, Mercedes Benz, Oris Watches and National Bank of Canada.

A range of amenities were available to guests including a cigar lounge, dedicated scotch bar, comfortable seating areas, food and drink stations and an indoor entertainment area with pool and foosball tables. The event was capped off with a live auction featuring items including an Oris Watch valued at $3,500, a professionally commissioned artwork, and a 25-year old Glenmorangie bottle with Baccarat glassware.

Charitable proceeds generated by the event greatly exceeded expectations; auction proceeds totaled $14,676 with an additional $6,000 in private donations resulting in an overall amount raised of $20,676 for BB4CK. All parties were beyond satisfied with this result and Whisky Wisemen YYC looks forward to hopefully making this into an annual event.

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Lucas McCann w/Whisky Wisemen Society goes to the British Open

This year the Whisky Wisemen Society took its next step towards one of its objectives, to create a sustainable fundraising model. On July 13th 2017 we hosted our very first inaugural golf tournament at the beautiful University Golf Club. This was a very special years for us as our Presenting sponsor, Glenmorangie, gifted us an incredible prize; flight, accommodation, and ticket to the opening of the British Open. 

Read below how winner of our contest Lucas McCann leads us through his journey! 

SPECIAL THANKS TO GLENMORANGIE FOR THEIR GENEROUS PRIZE. 

Day 1

Unfolded on Monday night as I flew out of Vancouver and into London. Here in London I met some friends for a couple of pints and food. It was amazing to see some familiar faces right of the hop. It was a 9 hour flight and I landed at noon their time. Jet leg was coming but it wasn't here yet. 

After leaving my friends I just had to head to Buckingham Palace to say hi to our Queen. I don't think she was home. But who knows. It was quite a sight to see though. 

I had an 8 hour layover in London and in this time had to make it from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport. It was an adventure but it was fun one. 

After the next flight I landed in Inverness, Scotland. My big day of travelling was over finally. It was now Tuesday night almost midnight their time Scotland. So around 4pm Vancouver time. A big 20 hours already filled with a couple of flights, friends, beers, food, movies and 3 countries. Canada, England and Scotland. Not bad for most people, but my trip that I won really hadn't even begun yet. 

Day 2

I'm now in Inverness, Scotland and it's wednesday morning. I managed to have some sleep, but was a bit out of it. The sun did help as my body was like, ohhhh it's day time, okay off we go now. After some breakfast and coffee, haggis and black pudding. If you know what this is it's a bit hard for us westerners to put down. But I just had too. I mean I'm in Scotland. 

The trip is to begin at 11am. That's when my shuttle is to pick me up and head to The Glenmorangie House. So I had an hour or so to check Inverness out. I made my way to the Inverness Castle, this is the first castle I've ever seen in person. It was cool, I had the opportunity to head up to the top and check out the views. Quite amazing and I felt like the king of the world at that point. 

I've now been picked up and we make a few more stops to pick up some more people with us on this trip. The person who was picking us up was Ruddy. The National Brand Manager for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Obviously my two fav brands of Whiskey by the end of this trip.

That Just a given.

We head to The Glenmorangie House. As we drive up the road the fields are full of Barley waving in the wind like the waves in an ocean. We are met at the front door by some people that work there. Almost like they lived there and we were staying at their house. It was one of the most surreal and unreal, amazing places I've ever stayed at. We as I pointed out before, are on a schedule,  only have a few minutes to head to our rooms, get changed and head to our first destination. The Glenmorangie Distillery, but first we sit down and chat with the group of 4 of us. Get to know each other a bit. The staff bring out some hot soup and sandwiches. 

Off to The Distillery we go. We are on a private tour of this place. It was so cool to talk to the brewers and staff. Learn the history and see the operation. Taste samples from barrels and bottles. This is not your usual tour, we are being treated like we are family and given the back of the house walk through. This tour was a couple hours long and deservers it on blog all together. 

So after some good tasting and some amazing Scotch in my blood. I'm feeling very comfortably numb. We head back to The Glenmorangie House. As we arrive to the house we have about a 45 minute break to get ready. I can now take a shower and get some nice clothes on cause I at this point thinking this dinner that's about to happen is going to unreal. It was better than unreal, I make my way down to a separate room, met with the group as they too are just arriving. A bartender is making me the best Old Fashioned I've ever drank. Made from Glenmorangie and some great ingredients. I have picture of that recipe here. 

After this we are led to another room. This house doesn't end, it's rooms upon rooms. The age of this house dates back to the 1600's. Just take a moment and put that into perspective. Canada just had it's 150 year event. This house alone is 400 years old. CRAZY!!!

We head to this room that has had visitors from all over the world. Royalty and fame have sat in these seats. The sheer history of where I am at this point can't ever be replicated. This house is not something that can just be rented out. You have to be invited to come to this. 

Our meal was this amazing 4 course event filled with great conversations. White and Red wines and was easily one of the best dinners I have ever had in my life. Ever meal was romanced to us as it was brought out by our server. This young, polite, well spoken kid. Maybe early 20's who was in love with what he was doing. The cutlery didn't end, as all I could remember from growing up to take your cutlery from outside in. There was 4 pieces of everything. New glassware for ever glass of wine and water. This was a 6 star service if that even exists. Well it does here. 

After dinner we are guided to this next room where we entered with the likes of our server. HE was in the corner playing the Accordion for us and was so good at it. My mind was blown, this room very cottage like. A wood fire is burning, old piano in the corner. Vintage photos and poems on the walls. It was here that the Scotch did not stop. What would you like to drink Sir I was asked again and again. Hours upon hours go by and I'm like 10 Scotches in. WE tried everything under the rainbow there. We played some gold as we putted through chairs and told stories of who we are and what we do. Stories about the Scotches we are drinking Every single Glenmorangie you can think of was there. Just order and it shows up in a glass however you drink it. This again deserves a separate blog post of it own. 

It was 2 in the morning and a big day of events. We are down to only a couple of us left and we stumble back to our rooms. Morning is just around the corner and a big day lies ahead. 

Thank you Glenmorangie and Whisky Wisemen Society

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Day 3

Again it feel like its only been minutes as my alarm goes off. There's no way it morning already. This king sized bed in my fit for a king room was my best night of sleep yet. But I was still wishing I had a few more hours of rest. So I get up, shower and get ready. As I know that breakfast is being served early before we are off to the airport. I head down to the breakfast room. Super foggy but not terribly hungover. Something some coffee,  juice and eggs, black pudding will solve. Well actually the black pudding almost became a very bad idea.

Today we are to make our way from Inverness, Scotland to Liverpool, England. But before we head off in our shuttle we have something else in store for us. The shuttle swings around to pick us up and it takes us through this small town and onto the beach of the Glenmorangie House. We could have walked as it was only a 15 minute walk but we are a bit behind schedule and the Scottish weather is starting to come in. The winds are picking up and the clouds are getting dark. Rain is on the horizon. 

Here we are at The Cadboll Stone which we are met by the artist Barry Grove. This is from his website written below. 

At the end of the eighth century AD, on a windy Peninsula in the far North East of Scotland, one of the most significant pieces of early European sculpture, the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, was being carefully carved by the Picts. Centuries later, battered by time and half destroyed, the original stone was relocated to the National Museum in Scotland for safe keeping. The highly skilled carvings on the Cadboll Stone would come to inspire the Glenmorangie whisky emblem, motivating us to commission Barry Grove, a local sculptor, to recreate a stone by hand with a hammer and chisel. Work began on this enormous slab of sandstone in 2000, but it would take Barry over four years of painstaking labour before the sculpture, a testament to the skill of both the ancient Pictish and modern day Scottish people, could be re-installed on its original location.

Barry Grove was there in front of us and telling us the history of the stone and how he went about recreating it. it just seemed fitting that at this point the rain came down and the winds picked up. It was actually another surreal moment and one that I will always remember. 

So now we are off to the airport. We get on the plane and it was time for a nap. I wake up and we are now in Manchester and in our shuttle headed to the Pullman Hotel. As we arrive it seemed as though this is where the trip picks it up a notch. We have spent the last day in the family like environment and history of Scotland and Glenmorangie. But now this is where the modern world meets the old world of Glenmorangie. 

I was right as when I got to my room there is Glenmorangie stuff everywhere. I written letter welcoming me from Glenmorangie and bottles of Scotch around. I was wondering if I was in the right room but the letter had my name on it. So I must of been. Our host mentions that we should put some nice clothes on as we head off for the night. I was wondering what is in store, this is whenI can finally bring out my custom made to measure suit from Indochino....

Oh ya I don't think I mentioned that as the winner of this trip I also won a suit form Indochino. This is by far the best suit I one and I own a few. Every detail I get to put my own twist on. The liner is unreal, the fit too. The colour and fabric, the custom fit shirt with tie. I mean I must be one of the luckiest people in the world as everything was coming up Roses for me at this point in my life. 

So I put on my Indochino Jacket with a different shirt and pants as I wanted to save the full suit for the next days of events. This all took place in the matter again of 45 minutes that I had to get ready for the night. SO off again I went, we were to meet on this specific level and in this room I went. All decked out in Glenmorangie stuff and clouds and art. This room was great, this looks like it will be a good night. At this point there are now easily 50 people in this room. This are Glenmorangie people from all over the world. Reps and managers, brewers and clients. Is it bad if I grab a beer in the fridge I think. There has been so much Scotch and if the previous night was any indication I knewtonight there would be more. 

It was fine that I grabbed that beer cause it went down like water and in just moments another Scotch was in my hand. I felt like a girl in Vegas as everything was taken care of. I haven't spent a dime yet on this trip. The food, drinks, travels has all been taken care off. This truly is the trip of a lifetime. So after a few drinks and snacks our host says we are off to the next location. Here I was thinking this was it. We walk through Liverpool and the area we were staying down a boardwalk and arrive at The Tate Art Gallery. 

We walk in and again are met with ore Glenmorangie Scotch. This time this room is 3 times the size and so is the crowd. Some great drinks were had and we eventually were guided to another room. We had a table for our group, my name written and again so much cutlery. Servers walking around with white and red wine. A 3 course meal and a Scotch tasting of the 10 year Glenmorangie and the new Signet from Glenmorangie. The night had some great speeches from brewers and also the 1969 Open Champion Tony Jacklin. 

After this dinner we are guided back to the room we were at originally and again the drinks and scotch just kept on flowing. After a few more our group decided to head back to the hotel. 

Tomorrow is the day that we get to go to The Open.

Day 4 

As most of my nights have gone. The alarm came way too early and fast. It was another fuzzy morning and I had to be down in the lobby early as I wanted so badly to get to The Open and spend the Day there. I met up with the group, checked out and was given my pass for the day. With no clue what to expect we were off to the Open. 

Once we arrive we head through a VIP area and straight to the Glenmorangie area. This area is overlooking the 15th fairway in a covered tent and no expense saved. Again decked out in everything Glenmorangie. I sit at the table for us, get to order some breakfast and coffee. Look at the tv's in the room and the Open is on. In a matter of moments Tony Jacklin shows up. This is a legend and I'm in the present of him. I have to get a photo of him, I do and we chat for a bit. wow, what a day already. Groups like Matt Kucher and Rickie Fowler head by the 15th. It's time we head out on to the course to check it out. But of course as most of the days have gone. A little Glenmorangie for the road.

I could write 1000's of words about the detail of this day. From tasting Scotch only available to us and no one else in the world. to meeting some great people. To seeing my biggest idols in golf. To high fiving, some famous golfers. Drinks and food. and the history of the whole moment.

This day was a day full of moments that are to be savoured for the rest of my life. I'm at one of the Major Golf Championships and of them all this is THE OPEN. The oldest tournament of them all....the 146th Open at The Royal Birkdale. I'm following the likes of Phil Mickelson, Rory, Jordan Spieth and Mr Gretzky (Dustin Johnson). 

I mean there really are no words for this day as it was a life long dream of mine. The time that I get to go is while being hosted by Glenmorangie, through Whiskey Wisemen and waring my Indochina suit. Dreams do really come true. 

This day was us walking around, doing a social media takeover for WW on their instagram stories. Going back and forth from our tent. For lunch and snack and more drinks. It just didn't stop. 

After a full day at THE OPEN....This trip was about to come to an end very soon. 

Our shuttle showed up and we were off to the Manchester Airport Hotel. We as a group met up for a little pub food and a drink of course. Then said our goodbyes. Off to bed and up at 4am to my 20 hour venture home. 

Each and every day and moment on this trip I made sure to enjoy to the fullest. Each and every day of this trip deserves it's on detailed blog post. 

It truly was the trip of a lifetime. i can only thank everyone for this opportunity. Everyone at Whiskey Wisemen, Glenmorangie, Indochino and every one that made it possible. 

Thank you all

Whisky Wisemen YYZ Launch a huge success!

What a truly remarkable kick-off event! There were so many individuals that helped bring this together, but it would not have been possible without our sponsors, INDOCHINOOriginal Grain and GlenmorangieINDOCHINO andOriginal Grain provided amazing prizes that three lucky individuals got to go home with and Glenmorangie provided the tasty whisky that people bonded over! Lastly, we would like to thank SIPBAR for creating and providing the libations for the evening!

Our charity partners, Camp Oochigeas, made an appearance, in which the society had a chance to speak with two representatives (Diana McGaughey and Teya Vitko) and get to know what the charity is all about and what it provides to its beneficiaries.

We were surprised with two different whiskies, one of which just hit the market and is sold out everywhere (Penderyn Distillery), the other one hasn’t even been released in stores yet (Kavi)! Luckily, we were able to capture some amazing photos during the launch event, so feel free to check them out!

Whisky Wisemen Society is a not-for-profit organization started in Vancouver and founded on a love for whisky and the desire to share that with a like-minded community once a month. We didn't just want to sit around drinking without purpose but rather we wanted to make sure we were also doing something to improve ourselves and for the betterment of our community.

We, as the Whisky Wisemen YYZ chapter, aim to host events at a local bar and create atmosphere that is conducive to growing and expanding your own personal network over a love of whisky. No matter the time or place, everyone in Toronto can put their minds at ease knowing that there is always another Whisky Wisemen YYZ event!

We are so excited about the events to follow and are looking forward to seeing new and old faces!

Slainte

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WHISKY WISEMEN HEADS TO IRELAND FOR ST. PADDY'S DAY

Thanks to our Wise Friends at the Jameson Distiller, the Whisky Wisemen will be heading to Ireland for St. Paddy’s Day celebrations!

From St. Patrick’s cathedral, to Smithfield’s Safari, to the Jameson celebrations, Jameson has packed our 3 day visit with whiskey and love.

Our featured whisky is the Jameson Irish Whiskey Limited Edition Bottle designed by Steve McCarthy, Dublin based designer. The label design illustrated the Sine Metu spirit in a very Irish expression: to “chance your arm”.

 This story goes that in 1492, in Dublin, Ireland, ‘Black James’ Butler and his men found themselves barricaded with heavily armed soldiers outside. On the other side of the door was Gearóid Fitzgerald who, tired of the constant fighting between the clans, decided it was time to make peace.

Thanks Jameson, we can’t wait to cheers a dram!

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The Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held from March 29 to April 1, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. 

DEAR WISE-FRIENDS, OUR PARTNERS IN SARASOTA, FLORIDA ARE CELEBRATING THEIR 5TH ANNUAL WHISKY OBSESSION FESTIVAL, A FESTIVAL LIKE NO OTHER OF ITS KIND!

Here are 5 Reasons you cannot miss this festival:

  1. Whiskey Obsession is one of the largest world whiskey festival in the United States with 20 events over 4 days
  2. There will be over 250 whiskies presented at the Grand Tasting
  3. The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion, join eight distillers and brand ambassadors for this unique panel and tasting as they share their favorite spirits.
  4. The Glenmorangie Experience Grain vs. Grape Dinner, Brand Ambassador Dan Crowell will lead guests through a five course meal starring Glenmorangie single malt Scotch paired deconstruction style with five fortified wines.
  5. Saturday night we conclude with Bourbon Rock and Blues Bash, powered by Woodford Reserve. This free downtown Sarasota street party (between Lemon and State) will feature Brown Forman cocktails, craft beer, local food vendors and five local, regional and national rock and blues acts.

Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

Press and interview requests: Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com

The Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held from March 29 to April 1, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida.  Whiskey Obsession is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S., with twenty events over four days: classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, panel discussion, cigars, VIP pours, live music street party, and grand tasting with 250 whiskies from six countries.  

Whiskey Obsession enjoys tremendous industry support, making the many trade and consumer events unique and memorable experiences.  Dozens of distillers and brand ambassadors travel from all over to be in Sarasota in late March, for example Malcolm Waring, Old Pulteney distiller manager hailing from northern Scotland at nearly the same latitude as Anchorage, AK!  Whiskey fans also will be heading to Florida from all around the U.S. and Canada, including Washington, California, Rhode Island, Indiana, Georgia and beyond.

The first toast of the Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be Moët & Chandon champagne at the The Glenmorangie Experience Grain vs. Grape Dinner on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Sarasota Yacht Club at 6:30 pm.  Brand Ambassador Dan Crowell will lead guests through a five course meal starring Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whiskies paired deconstruction style with fortified and dessert wines including sherry, port, Madeira, and Sauternes.  Each course is paired with a special menu created by SYC Executive Chef Anthony Puccio.  Tickets are $125 per person.

All three events on Thursday, March 30, 2017 occur at The Francis, starting with the Bartender Academy from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Bartenders and spirits industry professionals will enjoy this trade-exclusive workshop featuring distinguished distillers, ambassadors, and mixologists from Brown Forman, Louis Vitton Moët Hennessy , Glengoyne, Michter’s, Old Pulteney, and Breakthru Beverage, demonstrating of range of skills related to molecular mixology, ice cutting, sous-vide infusions, reinventing traditional cocktails with a whiskey focus, and more.  Tickets are $20 per person and includes lunch, swag and Whiskey Obsession recipe book with 18 cocktails from sponsoring brands.

The Super VIP Dinner with Chris Morris from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. is sold out but tickets are available for the The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Join eight distillers and brand ambassadors for this unique interactive panel and tasting as they share their favorite spirits.  Guests will sample a broad range of sixteen world whiskies, accompanied by light bites and hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 100 guests.  Panelists are:

On Friday, March 31, 2017 begin with one of the Lunch Master Classes, 12:00 p.m, to 2:00 p.m. at State Street Eatery featuring Glenfiddich Family Spirits Single Malt Scotch with Tracie Franklin, Brand Ambassador, or the East Meets West: Beam Suntory Japanese & American Whiskey Showcase with Gardner Dunn and Philip Pepperdine, Brand Ambassadors at The Bijou Cafe. $35 per person includes lunch and whiskies.

With over 250 whiskies available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as many emerging craft distillers.  Taught by industry professionals, our six seminar-style master classes present an opportunity for in-depth learning at these interactive tastings with distillers and professional brand ambassadors. 

Stick around on Saturday, April 1 for a free concert with five bands!  Whiskey Obsession Festival partners with Gator Club and the Harvey Milk Festival to conclude its 2017 series of events with the Bourbon Rock and Blues Bash, powered by Woodford Reserve. This free downtown Sarasota street party (between Lemon and State) will feature Brown Forman cocktails, craft beer, local food vendors and five local, regional and national rock and blues acts. This year’s lineup includes headliner Lower Dens, the praised indie pop-rock band from Baltimore, Maryland whose latest LP ‘Escape from Evil’ got a ‘Best New Music’ nod from Pitchfork and made the year-end ‘best of’ list on Gorilla vs. Bear. Florida southern rock and blues favorite Thomas Wynn and The Believers (Orlando) and Americana-flavored rock band Have Gun Will Travel(Bradenton) will also join, along with psych-rockers Luxury Mane (St. Petersburg) and local favorite RJ Howson(Sarasota) keeping the party alive until 1 a.m.   

Sarasota is a beautiful resort community on the Gulf of Mexico, an hour south of Tampa and two hours from Orlando.  Sarasota boasts award winning beaches like Siesta Key as well as activities like golf, fishing, shopping, sports, polo, and fine dining.  Cultural assets and performing arts abound, including opera, ballet, theatre, symphony, and live music.

Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

Press and interview requests: Turner@WhiskeyObsessionFestival.com 

 

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WW x ESTBLSH - The Perfect Combination
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Tie, socks, square - the trifecta of men's modern style - the difference between what makes or breaks your look and your night out!

Take the guess work out of your wardrobe and let our good friends over at ESTBLSH sort you out.  They are Canada's newest and hottest men's style box subscription service and the WW have partnered with them for the entire month of December! Every month they offer a curated collection of men's accessories. Each item is handpicked and carefully considered. 
Every box is a one-time, limited release - especially this one!

For every box purchased, ESTBLSH will donate back 10% of the sale price to the Whisky Wisemen Society which will go to support our charity partners.    As an added bonus, the tie has been fitted with both the ESTBLSH & WW logos and we are also including a limited edition WW lapel pin to affix on your go-to blazer this holiday season.

Do good & look good this December with the ultimate curated men's accessory box from ESTBLSH & WW. This box would also make a special gift for the daper gent in your life.

For more details and how to purchase please visit http://www.estblsh.com/

Check out the other great press and reviews they've been getting here...

Blog TO - The top 5 new subscription boxes in Toronto

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Slainte!

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YVR - Club Wise 2nd Annual Gala @ The Permanent - 11.19.2016

Photo Credit: Laura Scotten - Two Peas Photography

WOW! What a night!  We started Club Wise two years ago and from the very first day we have built such a unique and passionate community full of members who love whisky and love the concept of #dogood and #bebetter.  Our members really do live this ideology every single day and our Club Wise is just one vehicle where they are able to prove that their mission in life is to better themselves and pursue their dreams while still taking time to give back to their communities.

Our 2nd Annual Gala had it all! The theme was a Saturday Night in New York with various decor around the room that made it feel like we had been transported to the Big Apple.  Everyone was dressed to impress but the gorgeous venue was the real show stopper.  We hosted the evening at The Permanent building in downtown Vancouver, once an old bank and now fully renovated to be a heritage event space, this place is spilling over with character and charm in every corner - the absolute perfect place for our members to celebrate the end of another fruitful year.

As this event was private to our members plus a few guests, we aren't going to share too much more from the evening but the next best part of the night had to be the whisky! We had so many great brands with their limited expressions on hand for all of our members to taste and enjoy as well as our signature cocktail - The Wiseman - which was being served all night! Some of the crowd favourites were the Douglas Laing Big Peat, Glenlivet 18, Octomore 7.3 and Wisers Lot 52 - so good!

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and partners who made this event possible!

Whisky: Bruichladdich - Gez McAlpine, Glenlivet - Keith Trusler, Rare Drams - Stacy Kyle, Wisers - Colin MacDougall, Glenmorangie - Kellan Thomsen

Beer: Hearthstone Brewery

Food: Foodee 

Decor: JO Design Co - Jamie & Olivia

Venue: The Permanent - Nicole Daniels

Photography: Two Peas Photography - Laura Scotten

Check out some more photos of the event below!

If you live in Vancouver and want to join Club Wise, our intake for 2017 is now open, and all you need to do is to follow the link below to apply!

Slainte,

Whisky Wisemen Society

Photo Credit: Laura Scotten - Two Peas Photography

 

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YYC - September Third Thursday @ One 18 Empire

On Thursday, September 15th, our YYC Chapter hosted their 15th monthly Third Thursday event and took advantage of some late-summer warmth with a huge celebration on one of Calgary’s best situated rooftop patios! The event proved to be a huge success with representation from all areas of the community thanks to the generous efforts of the Calgary team and their partner venue, ONE18 EMPIRE.

Since inception, the YYC Chapter has been proudly supporting the Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids Society (BB4CK) who work in partnership with the Calgary public school board to provide free lunches to children who might otherwise go hungry. This charity feeds upwards of 3,200 kids per day at an approximate cost of $1 per lunch and we’re told these lunches are highly prized items when the lunch bell rings (if you’re familiar with kids’ eating habits, you’ll know this is no small feat)! 

This particular event was highlighted by the presentation of a cheque to the Executive Director of BB4CK, Tanya Koshowski, for all proceeds raised at our past events totaling $2,065.00. Tanya was incredibly gracious in acceptance and highly enthusiastic about the contributions Whisky Wisemen has helped make to the community. Furthermore, sales proceeds and donations throughout the evening raised an additional $780.00 for this very worthy charity!

The YYC Chapter has also been featuring exhibitions from different local artists each month, this time teaming up with Zach Lowe, a visual and street artist, whose work employs "thought provoking images, bold colours, and in most cases, stencilled words and repeated shapes." Two local artisans were also featured, Cinder & Sage and Molls and Dolls, who had on display handcrafted men’s and women’s accessories. Musical accompaniment was provided by DJ Flutes who had attendees dancing until the event was eventually (and reluctantly) shutdown close to midnight!

Of course, it wouldn’t have been a proper Third Thursday event without paying homage to a fantastic whisky! Given the magnitude of this event, the featured offerings came from TWO distilleries, Bruichladdich and Aberfeldy, who each presented a variety of samplings. And as if that weren’t enough, attendees were also treated to a flute of Champagne Canard-Duchêne International.

We’ve included some pictures and a video of the event below for your enjoyment. Next time you find yourself in Calgary be sure to stop by the YYC Chapter’s Third Thursday event at ONE18 EMPIRE!

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YVR - Club Wise, Now Accepting New Members for 2017

WHISKY WISEMEN SOCIETY'S PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP GROUP, CLUB WISE, OPENS FOR APPLICATIONS FOR 2017

Club Wise aspires to be a multidimensional organization bringing together driven young professionals seeking to grow both personally and professionally. The vision of Club Wise is simple; promoting personal and professional growth and donating our time and proceeds to local charities, all united by a love of whisky. 

Our structure brings 4 Major private events with national whisky ambassadors, professional speakers and industry leaders, a new venue location for each event, as well as access to our social events throughout the year. Our exclusive membership spans high ranking executive roles, includes business owners, as well as major community partners to create what has been described as

"The best curated young professionals group in Vancouver"- Founding Member

This year we will open a limited amount of spots for new applications into our 2017 year.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2016 

All applications will close end of Day December 1st, with an email on December 5th confirming those accepted into the 2017 membership. 

On behalf of the Whisky Wisemen Society, thank you for your applications, we look forward to engaging with you further!  

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YVR - Little Black Dress Gala - 05.13.2016

On the evening on May 13th, earlier this year, you may have been walking on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery and if you were, you would have seen a one-of-a-kind event happening.  The inaugural Little Black Dress Gala put on by the Help Change My City Alliance (HCMCA) was kicking off in a big way.  We were invited and so were a thousand other change-makers, all present to raise funds and awareness of impoverished youth and marginalize woman in need.

The money raised at the event went towards funding provided by the HCMCA to youth and woman in need providing them the possibility of a higher education - something they could only dream of before – making a real difference in their lives.  We were there doing what we do best; talking about whisky and pouring Glenmorangie 10 year old in the Whisky Room to raise even more money for the cause.

This even had it all - live music, performances of various disciplines and an enormous fashion show. To cap off the night, there was a huge celebration upstairs in the rooftop pavilion!

At the end of the evening, we were able to catch up with Alpha, the organizer of the entire event. We’ve never met such a gracious, friendly, humble and thankful person.  We were so glad to be a part of the event and contribute what we could, for something that shared a like passion of ours – giving back to the community through social philanthropy. Here are a few pics of us behind the bar, keeping the attendees whisky thirst quenched!

Check out all of the pictures from the event here! 

To further join our movements together, we later invited the charity founder Alpha Kirabira and President Christine Michelle to our monthly Third Thursday event in September. 

What did all of this add up to? In the end, the Whisky Wisemen Society presented Alpha and Christine with a check for $2,500 – all of the efforts cumulated into a final donation amount to the Help Change My City Alliance charity. We're proud to have had a chance to make this city great and the opportunity to #dogood and #bebetter.

Special thanks to our official whisky partner, Glenmorangie, for supplying the goods and affording us the opportunity to help raise funds for such a great event.

Be sure to check out the next Little Black Dress Gala, happening this fall on Friday November 25th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.  Tickets are only $30 so get yours today!

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YVR - #Bikosforchange Initiative in support of Zajac Ranch

Our 2016 Charity Partner in Vancouver is the Zajac Ranch so let’s ride!

We have a unique opportunity as a community to both #dogood and #bebetter this month. A charity campaign is currently running whereby we can track our biking/jogging/(even walking), earn points, and then donate them to our charity partner Zajac Ranch for Children to help them earn a solid portion of the $25,000 that has been put up for grabs by Pacific Blue Cross.

Here’s all we have to do.

1)      Download the free Biko app at your respective app store https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/biko/id987838866

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.biko.bikoapp&hl=en

2)      Track your bike rides, runs, or walks to earn points, called biko coins. 1KM = 1 biko coin

3)      Donate your biko coins to Zajac Ranch through the app before October 16th. 

All Whisky Wisemen can contribute from every corner of the globe. We’ll report out at the end of the month on how we did for the kids.

Some extra recommendations to elevate your game:

  • Connect the app with Facebook to see how other Whisky Wisemen are doing and to help push us all to keep riding
  • Send us an email with how many biko’s you donated personally and we can raise a glass to you at our next Third Thursday.

Let’s show up for Zajac and clock some km's!

Whisky Wisemen YVR Chapter 

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YVR - Pacific Club Summer Party - 08.12.16

This past Friday night brought a lively and fun filled crowd to the Waterfall Building, just a block down from Granville Island on West 2nd Ave. in Vancouver for the Pacific Club's Summer Party event.  DJ Eric Carver was throwing down classic hip-hop and rap, making for a nostalgic feel at the event.  A photo booth was active most of the night as well for all of the attendees.

The crowd ranged from established property developers, software developers, marketing professionals, engineers and entrepreneurs from all industries.  The Pacific Club asked us to attended and pour our favorite whisky for all of the guests on a by donation basis with all of the money raised going to a well deserving charity partner in Zajac Ranch.  One fine philanthropist figured a glass wasn't enough and took an entire bottle off our hands for $150 !! He agreed far too quickly on that price LOL Next time we'll ask for more!  Over the night we were able to raise more than $750 !!

BIG thank you to the Pacific Club for putting on such a great summer party and inviting us to join them to raise funds for our charity sponsor.  It was great to see many of our Club Wise members in attendance, especially the fellas behind Sons of Vancouver Distillery, who were also onsite and selling their spectacular spirits to everyone.  The whiskey sours we saw circling the party in patrons hands were making everyone's mouth water!

We hope to see everyone and then some at the next Pacific Club event which is coming soon!  Keep your eye on our Facebook page for when those are happening.

Cheers,

- Carey, YVR Committee Member

Photo Credit: Erin Sandhu of Ek Art Photography

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NYC - Taste & Shop for a Cause Sales Event w/ FCUK - 06.11.16

In preparation for the Father’s Day festivities this month, UK-based clothing brand, French Connection (FCUK), partnered with Whisky Wisemen NYC for an unforgettable  -- and charitable -- Pre-Father’s Day sale event “Taste and Shop for a Cause” on Saturday, June 11 from 2 to 6pm EST at FCUK’s flagship shop in NYC’s chic SoHo district. As a result of FCUK and WWNYC’s collaboration, FCUK donated 10% of all sales during the event to WWNYC’s charity-partner, Transfernation, on top of offering 30% off the entire shop!  We’re proud to announce that together, FCUK and WWNYC raised almost $700 to Transfernation, who redistributes high-volume leftover foods to hungry New Yorkers by leveraging desktop and mobile applications to easily track and allocate food.  Shoppers that day gave back to the NYC community through their sharp fashion sense, indeed.   

Customers perused FCUK’s sleek and smart summer collection while sipping on a range of complimentary whiskies from classics to world whiskies.  If shopping wasn’t already a pick-me-up for one, than the whiskies certainly made it more worthwhile and hopefully encouraged some good purchasing decisions!

We at Whisky Wisemen NYC want to thank FCUK for its generousity in including us in its Pre-Father’s Day sale event and for supporting our Chapter and charity-partner.  It was a pleasure educating shoppers about Whisky Wisemen’s mission and organization, and how contributing to social causes is not such a difficult thing to do.  We want to encourage people to be more socially responsible and understand the importance of being better everyday, and we do so by not only producing informative and fun whisky events, but also establishing unique collaborative efforts with lifestyle brands, like FCUK, that share the same values and goals for improving the community and making people feel good about doing good.  We look forward to what the next special opportunity will be, and we’ll be keeping you posted!

Be sure to follow FCUK, too!  

Instagram: @frenchconnection_us

Facebook: Facebook.com/frenchconnectionus

Twitter: @fc_us

And need to add to your wardrobe collection? Check out FCUK’s site usa.frenchconnection.com.

Sláinte,

Annie, Whisky Wisemen NYC Chapter President

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Club Wise: Women's Glenlivet Spring/Summer Formal

This Spring/Summer event Club Wise decided to change up the format to bring more value to our formal event. Unlike any other event, we brought a panel of speakers to provide a broad and deep perspective, with sports and mental performance at the center of our conversation. Hosting us was RYU Apparel, a Vancouver sports apparel brand and award nominating venue space.

Leading our panel discussion was Treya Klassen, Senior Vice President at RYU and international seminar lead and communications speaker. As well as many others!

The whiskies we sampled were: The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, The Glenlivet 15, 18, and Nadurra First Fill.

Photos by: Two Peas Photography

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NYC - Lending a Hand to Transfernation: Solving Hunger in New York City

All too often I find myself walking past a homeless person on the street wishing I knew some way to help them. Or I will pass a half-eaten pizza in a box in the trash and think of the pounds of food we waste in NYC every day. These thoughts pass in and out of my mind quickly as I go about my normal routine and little, if any, action is ever taken. I imagine that this is true for most of us and not because we don’t truly want to help out those less fortunate and improve the streets of NYC. Perhaps we don’t know a way to help or maybe we find excuses for not going down to that homeless shelter (“Well the A train was running with significant delays…”).

One Sunday a few weeks ago, I challenged myself to change that. I had signed up to volunteer with Transfernation and had previously received emails about pick-up opportunities. On this particular day, there was a pick-up still outstanding for midday and no one had volunteered. Was I near the location? Definitely not. Would I have preferred to go to Sunday brunch? Yes (guilty). Instead, I headed down to NYU and, with the assistance of a helpful kitchen worker, loaded up 210 lbs of food from an event into a cab and headed to the Bowery Mission on the LES. I must admit- I’ve never seen so many boxes of bagels in my life. The Mission was serving lunch at the time and it was such a great feeling knowing that even my small effort was going towards feeding the hungry. A couple hours are all it takes - the same amount of time we spend watching Netflix, waiting on Seamless - but the impact lasts far longer. 

Transfernation aims to create a tech-based, self-sufficient infrastructure to connect organizations to ensure easy and safe transport of food to where it is needed.  To find out more information about the NYC Chapter Charity Partner Transfernation, visit their website here

--Megan, Whisky Wisemen NYC Finance and Charity Officer 

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GCM - St. Patrick's Day Celebrations & More on Grand Cayman Island

On Thursday March 17th, 2016, Stogies Cigar Lounge, Cayman Islands was filled with family and friends celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the birthdays of two Whisky Wisemen GCM members, all while donating 10% to our charity Feed Our Future, Cayman Islands.

The night began with a meet and greet and whisky infused cupcakes.  Guests enjoyed chocolate whisky infused cupcakes with vanilla icing and a sprinkle of goodness. Each person was then entered into a raffle with a chance to win awesome prizes throughout the course of the night. Ten lucky winners took home Johnny Walker Black and cigars to enjoy.

It was an epic night filled with great people enjoying extraordinary whisky, music and the togetherness of making a positive impact in our community by donating and giving back.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help us celebrate!

Here are more pictures from the event!

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NYC - Happy 1st Birthday Party!

Happy (belated) birthday, Whisky Wisemen NYC!  Whisky Wisemen’s NYC Chapter celebrated its one year anniversary on Friday, March 18th, and we did it in style with a grand ol’ tasting affair.  Hosted at Back Label Wine Merchant (www.backlabelwine.com) in Chelsea, Whisky Wisemen NYC (WWNYC) had its first “Birthday Boozeday,” a two-hour fête featuring 12 whisky brands; 2 original whisky cocktails -- “Salty Nuts” and “Kilt de Provence” -- crafted by Danny Neff and Jeremy Hawn, two of NYC’s esteemed mixologists; and cupcake-versions of said concoctions provided by the Cocktail Parlor (www.thecocktailparlor.com/), a boozy dessert company founded and owned by Courtney McKamey.  Hannah Dehradunwala, co-founder our charity-partner, Transfernation, joined us for yet another WWNYC event and partied along.

Courtney of The Cocktail Parlor, provider of “cocktail cupcakes.

Courtney of The Cocktail Parlor, provider of “cocktail cupcakes.

Danny and Jeremy whipping up specialty whiskey cocktails for the night.

Danny and Jeremy whipping up specialty whiskey cocktails for the night.

As one would think, we packed the house with a program like that: 70 #WiseFriends mingled, jibber-jabbered, ate light bites, and tasted the night away. There was no shortage of whisky and no shortage of cheer.  The evening went by a little too fast, though.

WWNYC have come a long way since its launch last year in March.  In addition to the monthly #ThirdThursday gatherings, we have produced several one-off special events, including a Whiskey + Burlesque Pre-Halloween Party, Industry Nite with Denver & Liely Whisky Glasses, and an exclusive Whiskey + Cigar #ThirdThursday -- “Smoke + Spice” -- back in Summer 2015.   

We are grateful for everyone who have supported thus far, from the brand sponsors to all the bars who have hosted the 2015 events, and last but not least, our Whisky Wisemen community, both on and offline.  It is because of you that Whisky Wisemen and all its chapters, NYC as well as the others, are able to grow and thrive in their respective cities.  We’re certainly looking forward to another amazing year of good whisky, good company, and good-will.  

Ready for year two, WWNYC?!  You bet!

Sláinte,

Annie - NYC Chapter President

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From Whisky Casks to Sunglasses - A Glenmorangie x Finlay & Co. Collaboration

Scotch whisky distiller Glenmorangie is going #BeyondTheCask for their latest craftsmanship efforts and our Creative Director - Nick Harborne was there to see, taste, and experience the perfection every step of the way.

Having been invited by Glenmorangie personally, the Whisky 'Wiseman' was on his way to New York to try on the first pair of sunglasses made from Glenmorangie's finest American oak cask barrels. For this to happen, the distiller teamed with handmade sunglass brand Finlay & Co. to create the shades. Since the wood used to shape the frames were once exposed to aging Scotch, the oak has maintained traces of the spirit. While the scent will not be overwhelming, if kept in the case for an extended period of time, a slight whiff of scotch will remind the wearer of the frame’s origin upon opening.

For the project, Glenmorangie found that each cask can yield between 40 and 50 pairs of sunglasses. To create the shades, Finlay & Co. follows a 16-step process to ensure each pair exudes max strength, lightness and inimitable style. Numbered pairs of the shades are available exclusively on the brand’s Web Site.

Aside from making the perfect scotch whisky and collaborating with amazing brands, Glenmorangie has also launched a new digital communication platform dubbed ‘Unseen’. It's the ultimate experience for whisky lovers - giving them a detailed look at the creation of their whisky, how artists go to great lengths to perfect their craft, and the lifestyle of whisky connoisseurs all over the world.

For more info on the Finlay & Co. x Glenmorangie Sunglasses - Click Here. 

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Club Wise YVR - First Formal Event of 2016 @ Stewart Stephenson Art Gallery

We started Club Wise last year as a way to further engage our growing community in Vancouver.  We realized the passion of a number of our followers and thought that we need to create something more exclusive and more engaging for these individuals so we launched a Club with that exactly in mind. 

Club Wise hosts quarterly events for its members only that involve a whisky tasting from top brand, an influential guest speaker from our local community and they are held in a unique and trendy venue.  Last year, we tired whisky from Glenmorangie, Bruichladdich, and Dalmore while listening to guest speakers like Brian Scudamore, Founder of 1800GOTJUNK and Tasi Gottschlag, CFO of Voxter in unique spaces like Cavalier Jewelry Store and Frontier Flooring Showroom - what an amazing time!

After great success last year overwhelming positive feedback, we doubled our membership base for 2016 and kicked off the 2nd year in January with our first event at the Stewart Stephenson Art Gallery in Yaletown with a whisky tasting from Ardbeg Brand Ambassadors Kellan and JS while listening to our guest speakers, Scott Hawthorn, CEO of Native Shoes and Lorne MacInnes of Ferguson Moving & Storage

Special thanks to Stewart Stephanson for letting us use his space for the two nights events as well as Food.ee for catering! Our members had an amazing time and we're already looking forward to the next one. Check out some of the pictures below!

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