High on rye

Sons of Vancouver pins the future on whisky

SoV’s winning whisky features tropical notes of banana, pineapple and demerara sugar. Photos courtesy of Sons of Vancouver.

In January, a B.C. craft whisky was named the country’s best for the first time in the 13-year history of the Canadian Whisky Awards. The rye-based Palm Trees & A Tropical Breeze was only the third whisky released by Sons of Vancouver. But it offers an aromatic taste of the future for this North Van distillery better known (until now) for its amaretto and other liqueurs.

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On Point

B.C.’s Shelter Point Distillery becomes the first Canadian bottling by the prestigious Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

152.1, also known as “Vibrant and Vigorous,” is the first SMWS bottling from a Canadian distillery. SMWS photo

During the Victoria Whisky Festival on January 20, the Canadian chapter of Scotland’s Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) unveiled a new bottling, 152.1, also known by the name Vibrant and Vigorous. The “.1” identifies the first-ever bottling from a new-to-SMWS distillery, and the Society identifies whiskies only by number and their often-fanciful house names, because each whisky is a single cask bottled at house strength, and may be a unicorn that doesn’t align with the distillery’s house style.

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Sunset

Sunset cocktail. Getty Images photo

This twist on the scotch classic is created by David Wolowidnyk.

1 oz Glenfarclas 17-year

1 oz Marsala

0.5 oz Bénédictine liqueur

2 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: orange peel, shortbread

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Bobby Burns

Bobby Burns cocktail. Getty Images photo

The origins of this classic are lost to time, but it emerged in the early 20th century, its name an homage to the famed Scottish poet Robert Burns.

1 oz blended scotch whisky

1 oz sweet vermouth

0.5 oz Bénédictine liqueur

Garnish: lemon peel

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First Ever Craft BC Whisky Weekend comes to Victoria and Vancouver

The Craft BC Whisky Weekend was held October 29 and 30 in Victoria and Vancouver. Supplied photo

Over the past decade British Columbia has become the focal point for craft distilleries within Canada. Prior to 2013, there were only a handful of distilleries in operation in the province. However, once the Provincial Government established new regulations around “commercial” and “craft” distilleries, exempting “craft” distillers from the more than 160 percent markup the province applies to all other B.C. spirit makers, there has been an enormous boom. Today, there are close to 100 distilleries in operation.

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A rose by another name

A Rose By Another Name as served at the Vancouver Cocktail Week 2023 launch party. Canadian Cake Hospitality photo

An opulent, dense, spirit-forward cocktail

• 1 oz CAMPARI

• 1 oz Scotch Whiskey

• 0.75 oz Tawny Port

• 0.5 oz Peated Islay Scotch

• 2 heavy dashes Rose Water

• 1 Drop of Cardamom Bitters

• 1 Drop of Aromatic Leaf Bitters (or Cigar Bitters)*

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Pathfinder

James Grant’s Pathfinder. Jana Bizzarri photo

Recipe created by Diageo World Class Global Bartender of the Year James Grant.

• 1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label

• 1 oz Umé Shu plum wine

• 0.5 oz maple green tea cordial (see note)

• 1 dash cardamom bitters

• 3oz club soda

• Garnish: sprig of rosemary, optional candied pine cone.

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