The water of life comes in so many flavors. Whether you prefer your whisky born on the rocky shores of Islay, or in the heathery streams of the Highlands, there is a Scotch for everyone. Come join us to experience the vast palette of Scottish whisky and find your favourite.

The mission of the Alberta Scotch Society is to promote the responsible enjoyment of Scottish Whisky. We do this through scotch tastings, dinners, social events, after work, relaxing, and just about anywhere that is appropriate to enjoy a fine whisky.

There are no other truly Albertan communities for those of us who enjoy our whisky. From novices to aficionados, the Society is about bringing people together over a wee dram to share stories and enjoy life.

Single Malts Influenced by Dr. Jim Swan

Victoria Caledonian Distillery Show & Tell

Many of us have had a passion for seeing how Scotch and Irish whisk(e)y are made, and even dreamt about participating in, or even becoming a founder-owner of, a distillery. This is now a reality - not in Scotland or Ireland but right here in Western Canada. Graeme Macaloney PhD, a Scotsman and experienced fermentation engineer, is launching a full scale single malt whisky distillery - the Victoria Caledonian Distillery - and is conducting an informative and entertaining “show & tell” presentation including a tasting of 5 award winning single malts (including a light, refined Highland malt, a vatted malt, a cask strength sherry cask, and a big peated Islay malt) following the theme of “Whiskies influenced by Dr. Jim Swan”:

  • Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or
  • Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish
  • Compass Box Spice Tree (worlds best vatted malt - Whisky Bible)
  • Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask (cask strength)
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay

The new distillery plans have the full support of highly experienced Scotch whisky industry veterans, Dr. Jim Swan (maturation guru) and Mike Nicolson (ex-Diageo Master Distiller). If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to possibly get in on the ground floor with 159 other founder-owners of this distillery, or simply want to enjoy 5 great single malts, Graeme will be doing a low-key pitch describing the plans for the distillery, the range of whiskies to be made, how they will be made, and why certain styles are more popular than others.

Date: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 7 pm

Location: The Bothy Wine & Whisky Bar, Southside 5482 Calgary Tr.

Cost: $20 for Members, $30 for Non-members

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St. Patrick's Spirit

An Irish Whiskey Dinner

St. Patrick may not have driven snakes out of Ireland or preached with a shamrock. What we do know is that he was a Scotsman who travelled Ireland spreading the good word and baptizing people. Maybe he is the progenator of the whiskey industry we know today. That's a good enough reason for us, so we're celebrating with an Irish Whiskey Dinner.

The Alberta Whisky Society along with Sherbrooke Liquor Store and KITCHEN by Brad Smoliak present St. Patrick's Spirit. We'll have great food, great spirits, and yarn a little on the dram that was once the worlds most popular spirit, and is currently the fastest growing spirit in the world.

We will be pairing the following with food:

  • Kilbeggan Finest
  • Connemara
  • Bushmills Black Bush
  • The Green Spot
  • Kilbeggan 18

Date: Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Location: KITCHEN, #101 10130 - 105 Street

Cost: $70 for Members, $85 for Non-members

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Everyone needs a cause. The Society will choose a charitable partner annually and we will donate a portion of revenue from events and special buys to the charity. This year we are supporting the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

You're not just buying a comfy seat. Your membership dues gets you access to so much more:

  • A personalized membership card identifying you as an official member and the year you enrolled
  • 10% discount off of regular priced Whisky at Vines
  • 15% discount off of regular priced Whisky at Unwined
  • 10% discount off of regular priced Whisky at Keg 'n' Cork
  • 10% discount off of regular priced Whisky at Sherbrooke Liquor
  • 10% discount off of regular priced Whisky at Bin 104
  • Access to group buying opportunities
  • Early access to special and limited buys

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