Whisky Global is Vancouver’s premier whisky-tasting event. In 2020 it took place at the Rocky Mountaineer Train Station on January 31st and February 1st.
2021 dates are to be confirmed. If you like fine Scotch, bourbon, Irish whiskey and other premium whiskies, then this is an event you won’t want to miss! It’s classy, upscale, all-inclusive and features some of the world’s best!
Vancouver’s Whisky Global Whisky-Tasting Event at Rocky Mountaineer Station
The Grand Tasting Hall at Whisky Global is a gala event where guests dress in formal attire, sample a wide range of premium whiskies and learn about the products. The event also features live music and complimentary appetizers at a unique venue. It’s a fancy affair and a whisky-lovers dream!
When and Where
Whisky Global takes place in late winter. In 2020 it was on the weekend of January 31st and February 1st. In 2021 we expect it will take place again around the same time (but exact details are to be confirmed).
General admission on both the Friday and the Saturday this past year ran from 7:00 until 10:00 pm and VIP admissions started one hour earlier. Last call each night was at 9:30 and last pour was at 9:45.
The event is held in Vancouver at Rocky Mountaineer Station which is located at 1755 Cottrell Street (near 1st Avenue and Clark). Built in the 1950’s, the brick building features exposed timber, 35-foot ceilings and giant windows.
The Rocky Mountaineer is a tourist-focused passenger railway company that offers trips from Vancouver to the Rockies in Alberta. Their train station can be rented and is a popular venue for events.
Whisky Global Ticket Prices
General admission to Whisky Global in 2020 started at about $124 for the Friday evening and $130 for the Saturday. Taxes and online fees were extra, and prices went up as the event’s date approached.
VIP tickets cost about $179 last this last year and they always sell out. With them, VIP guests get to arrive an hour early and sample a few extra premium whiskies before the doors open to general admission ticket holders.
Both types of admission include complimentary whisky samples, a catered dinner and a souvenir Glencairn glass. If you like whisky, considering what you get, it’s a really good deal and an experience you won’t soon forget. It’s also an excellent opportunity to try a range of exotic products so you’ll know which you’ll want to buy in the future.
What to Expect at Whisky Global
At the event you can expect to see guests in business and cocktail attire enjoying exquisite hors d’oeuvres and over 150 different whiskies from around the world. There are whisky representatives from major premium brands, food stalls with culinary artisans handing out fancy treats, an on-site liquor store to buy whisky from, luxury motor cars on display and live music.
In 2020 the live entertainment was with Patrick Gavigan who is an accomplished Vancouver-based singer and guitar player.
Distilleries participating in the event this past year included Ancnoc, Nikka, Shelter Point, Johnnie Walker, Clasic Malts-Diago, Old Pulteney, Distillers Pride, Compass Box, Two Brewers Yukon, Laphroaig, Bowmore-Islay, Lux Row, Glenrothes-Speyside, Macallan-Highland, Glenmorangie & Ardbeg, Sazerac, Rare Drams, Glenlivet, Scapa & Aberlour, Lohin McKinnon and Japanese Ji-Whisky.
Other whisky brands at the 2020 event included Glenfarcas, A.D. Rattray, Spey Distillery, Tullibardine, Michters, Amrut/Kilchoman, Bruichladdich, Westland, Wolfburn, Glenallachie, Glenfiddich, Teling Irish Whiskey, Aberfeldy, Balvenie, Macaloney’s Caledonian, Angus Dundee and Isle of Arran.
About Whisky Global
The Whisky Global event is related to the Hopscotch Festival which happens in the fall. Both are amazing events and run by the same organizers. The Hopscotch Festival is larger, less expensive and features more events. Its main event – the Grand Tasting Hall – takes place at the PNE Forum and includes craft beers and a variety of other spirits in addition to whisky.
The Grand Tasting Hall with Whisky Global, on the other hand, is more of a gala event. Guests dress up, the venue is classier and the food is fancier. At Whisky Global there is also only whisky – including Scotch, Irish whiskey, bourbon and other variations – so no gins, vodkas, tequilas or other spirits, and no beers or ciders. Whisky Global is a sophisticated event for whisky connoisseurs.
Whisky Global Video
To give you an idea of what to expect at the event, below is a short video showcasing scenes from Whisky Global from a couple of years ago.
Tips and Advice
The following are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your whisky-tasting experience.
TIP #1: If you like whisky and cocktail-style parties, then definitely go to Whisky Global. It’s a first-class event! Mark your calendar for the Hopscotch Festival in the fall too!
TIP #2: Whisky Global is a great event for sampling different kinds of the spirit and discovering which high-end brands are your favourites (and which are not). When a bottle can cost more than $100, and sometimes a lot more, it’s nice to be able to try a sample before making the investment and determine first if you really like it.
TIP #3: Make a note on a piece of paper or your phone which whiskies are your favourites so you’ll remember them the next time you want to buy one. Alternatively, buy your favourite at the event’s on-site liquor store and take a bottle home with you right away.
TIP #4: Chat with the vendors and learn about their products. If you want to increase your knowledge about whisky, this is the place to do it. And if you want to learn even more, then sign up for a whisky-tasting workshop in autumn at the Hopscotch Festival.
For more information about the whisky-tasting event at Rocky Mountaineer Station see the Whisky Global website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s January Calendar
- Vancouver’s February Calendar
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver Wine Festival
- Hopscotch Festival