Come and pursue the whisky culture in Vancouver! 歡迎至溫哥華參與並一起探索這威士忌的文化!

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Kavalan Presentation Dram Initiative在KWM工作的13年裡,我曾做過送貨司機,蘇格蘭威士忌專家,之後於2015.4.1買下了這間店,在過去的幾個月裡,我促進了KWM進入國際版圖-世界頂級威士忌專賣店,而在2015年3月我們還榮獲威士忌雜誌(Whiskey Magazine)”極高推薦”(Highly Recommended)和”年度威士忌零售店”(Whisky retail of the year),我也和加拿大建立了最信賴威士忌專家的評價,而在2011年4月11日,我正式成為”雙耳小棧酒杯執持者”,真是備感榮幸能夠成為第一位拿到”雙耳”的加拿大零售專門店,我也有自己的公司,主要是舉辦威士忌之旅的活動,網址:www.fergusonwhiskeytours.com,”卡加利威士忌俱樂部主席””雙耳小棧酒杯執持者-卡加利分部的成員”,沒錯! 以上都是我!,我也在卡加利大學裡主修軍事歷史,在休閒的時間裡,我最喜歡滑雪,曲棍球,登山,三項全能競賽,之後也在2010.2011年得到xterra的世界冠軍

最棒的威士忌體驗:試飲來自艾雷島波摩酒廠一號酒窖1964年的White Bowmore,沿著Loch Indaal岸,一號酒窖因位在地於海平面的位置,而容易有海水的注入。而倉庫在經過了超過200年的歲月洗禮中,累積了些許的威士忌真菌和海鹽的覆蓋,卻也意外地為這倉庫增添了似地下墓穴的色彩,再伴著熟成威士忌橡木桶的氣息,這些超過40年的氛圍真是十足地給了我心靈上的衝擊。或許波摩的一號酒窖式威士忌世界裡最神聖的地方吧!在那裏能夠嚐上一杯White Bowmore真是終生難忘的體驗呀!

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ASHOK CHOKALINGAM 印度班加羅爾AMURT酒廠有限公司國際營運主任

 

Ashok Chokalingam於2004年二月以銷售和市場營銷區域經理的身分加入Amurt酒廠,負責歐洲的市場行銷和物流管理。於2007年二月開始負責國際行銷和銷售。在印度的泰米爾納德邦(Tamil Nadu)出生,Ashok在很多的領域裡都有廣泛的職場經驗,包括信息技術與工程和機械工程、商業(工商)管理的學歷。Ashok於2002年11月在英國紐卡斯爾大學完成企業管理碩士的學位,並獲頒國際研究生的獎學金。Ashok是倫敦釀造与蒸餾研究院的活躍會員,正在完成積極的追求他的蒸餾文憑。

作為一個技藝高超的競技和體育人員,Ashok在大學的時候擔任校板球隊副隊長,並在印度理工學院間運動會中贏得一枚4×100米接力的銅牌。在Newcastle念書時,Ashok還代表學校和牛門體育俱樂部,參加了英國大學體育協會和諾森伯蘭郡的比賽。他還是Newcastle聯合足球俱樂部活躍的支持者。

 

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Barry形容自己是一個單一麥威士忌的業餘愛好者,來自于法語“愛好者”—優勢是用開放的心態和經濟公正的方式接近威士忌。Barry樂於發現威士忌的各個方面,尤其是它與食物和氛圍的關係。“蘇格蘭威士忌是一種應該與朋友們一起欣賞和分享的社交飲品——而這只是體驗的開始。”Barry說道。

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Dave對威士忌的熱愛始源於上世紀80年代中期,當時他在英國倫敦的酒吧工作。在隨後的幾年,他發現在卑詩省找到好的威士忌是令人沮喪的——為了填補這空虛他頻繁的訪問其他省份和國家。發現隱藏的、稀有的、絕妙的珍寶—— 與朋友們分享變威士忌成了他的熱情所在。在2002年底,受到鼓舞的Dave和一群志同道合的朋友一起開辦了西海岸威士忌協會。他們的使命是“歡慶生命之水”。已經主持過約100場威士忌品鑒活動,Dave和許多來自西海岸威士忌協會的志願者支持慈善機構,增加合作活動,與無數人分享他們對於威士忌的熱愛。他希望在溫哥華威士忌酒節的開幕式上與威士忌愛好者“分享一個或三個經典”。

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David 是雙耳小酒杯持有者同盟在溫哥華島西岸分會的主席。最近剛畢業於雲頂威士忌學院,作為一位風笛手正與大維多利亞警方管樂隊一起演出。David為能夠與別人分享他對威士忌的熱情感到高興。每當談到威士忌,他的格言就是“你不是在喝威士忌,你是在品嘗它。”David喜歡這樣比喻:每款經典的威士忌是不一樣的,就像人一樣。品嘗每一款威士忌就像與一個有故事的人進行一次對話。對話的時間越長,威士忌披露和揭示的越多。

 

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DAVIN DE KERGOMMEAUX是”Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert”一書的作者,書中明確的講解有關於加拿大威士忌的一切。身為一個獨立的威士忌專家,DE KERGOMMEAUX已經花了超過15年的時間在寫作,講解,和教育威士忌方面。他的文章和品酒筆記經常出現在威士忌雜誌,威士忌倡導雜誌,以及各種期刊雜誌上。DE KERGOMMEAUX也聯合著作其他三本關於威士忌,以及兩本關於烈酒和雞尾酒的書籍。他是創始人,負責頒發加拿大威士忌獎,並且出版關於canadianwhisky.org加拿大威士忌的介紹。可搜尋他的Twitter和Instagram @Davindek

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Hodie is the founder of XOXOLAT, where she presents an edible gallery of all things chocolate displaying only the finest of the world’s chocolates, specializing in Single Origin and Estate chocolates.
Hodie is also a chocolate expert. She have been presenting and promoting the knowledge and appreciation of craft and fine chocolate as well as chocolate & whisky pairing across Canada.
Like a good whisky, fine chocolate can offer an amazing experience of tastes & melt depending on where the beans are from & who makes it into chocolate. At Xoxolat, we celebrate chocolate as a food that will enhance almost any pairing.

Ian Chapman 2014 (3)Ian Chapman is Marketing Director for Gordon & MacPhail.  A Keeper of the Quaich, Ian joined the business in 2005 and is responsible to developing, implementing and monitoring marketing strategies for Gordon & MacPhail and Benromach.  In 2015 Ian oversaw the launch of numerous initiatives including Benromach 15 Years Old, Gordon & MacPhail’s “Wood Makes the Whisky” campaign and the launch of Generations Mortlach 75 Years Old by Gordon & MacPhail at the Royal Opera House in London in September.

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Nick 是調酒師出身,曾任職於溫哥華多家酒吧。从业多年以來,他獲得了對威士忌獨特的鑒賞能力。最初激起他興趣的是艾雷島的泥煤煙熏風味,後來他擴展去發現很多別的區域的威士忌。2013年Nick加入芳天泉酒業。這家公司迅速擴大其投資組合,專注於發現世界威士忌和獨立裝瓶。尼克到處熱情的介紹這些經典給威士忌飲家。

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Noel Buckley形容自己是一個“平等機會酒精愛好者!”他對烈酒的興趣始於1990年底,當時他的美國朋友介紹品質很好的龍舌蘭酒給他。總體而言,他是一位烈酒的情人,他關注點在於享受威士忌的所有方面:品嘗,一點點收藏,尤其是和公眾共享經典。無論是超舊的威士忌或是新製作的威士忌,木桶強度或是標準酒精含量,獨立或是官方酒廠裝瓶,Noel認為你甚至可以在主流產品中找到一些樂趣。“我真的相信生活是經驗的集合,因此我們應該努力創造出最有意義和有價值的體驗。關於威士忌,與一群志同道合的朋友開了一瓶無與倫比的酒當然有樂趣,但介紹新人進入威士忌世界,重溫一種每瓶酒都是全新體驗的記憶也不錯”

 

Neol在過去的十年中為數以百計的私人威士忌配對晚餐主持過一系列品鑒活動,從普通的調和威士忌到極端稀有限量發行的威士忌以及單一桶裝瓶威士忌,他希望在溫哥華分享他對威士忌無限的熱情。

 

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2006年從溫哥華國際機場免稅商店採購職位離職後,他曾在美洲Maxxium旅遊零售公司擔任加西和美國北部邊境重點區域經理。2009年他加入元太全球公司進一步開發市場,在那裡他領導了BC省的銷售直至2014年,同時他開辦了Barrica葡萄酒及烈酒公司。稍後他加入了芳天泉飲料有限公司,管理他們的飲料運營。

這些年Roberto貫徹發展他對烈酒的深刻理解,擔任他代理的那些品牌的品牌大使,在行業內揚名立萬,同時與BC省酒業核心角色和夥伴保持穩固的關係。

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Thomas是溫哥華當地一個酒類代理的總經理,也是雙耳小酒杯持有者同盟溫哥華分會的聯合主席。他與Barry Dunner共同合作,使這個社交俱樂部致力於威士忌鑒賞與食物配對。Thomas關心威士忌的品質多過於關心它的年份,桶型,地域或者穀物種類。你可以在這個網站上找到你對威士忌的激情和搜尋城裡的威士忌俱樂部:www.vanquaich.com

Tony, a whisky aficionado and liquor enthusiast for over 25 years, has traveled the world visiting distilleries and breweries, procuring and collecting rare whiskies and other obscure liquors. He frequently organizes charity fundraising whisky tastings throughout British Columbia. As of late, Tony has been concentrating on the pairing of whiskies and cigars. Tony’s family business, Pedersen’s Rentals, is a proud supporter of many fundraising tastings for charity.

Andrew was born to the whisky trade, from the first memories of his mother working in Glen Ord
distillery in the highlands of Scotland to selling whisky at the Whisky Shop in Inverness, Scotland; owned
Walls of Whisky, a whisky, wine and food tasting & entertainment company for 15 years; named ‘Master
of Malts’ by the Alberta Whisky Society; ‘Director of Kilts & Swords’ by the Edmonton Scotch Club;
‘Whiskypedia’ by the thousands of whisky tasters that Andrew has poured for and taught over the years;
and Brand Ambassador by Victoria Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery. Andrew is a WSET Level 3
certified wine and whisky sommelier and will both entertain and educate the lucky few that attend his
masterclasses.
MasterClass – The Whisky Regions of Scotland – The Beautiful Myth
A discussion of the regions of Scotland and their flavour profiles. Leading into the prevalent myth of
terroir and the reality that still shape and production methods are more important that water source
and region.

It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle choice. With 16-plus years in the industry, staying current with trends and consumer insight is more than a full-time occupation. Between print, electronic media and an increasingly diverse community of devoted consumers, J. Wheelock has devoted many hours to learning about the ever-evolving world of cask-aged brown spirit.
Based in Calgary, Alberta, J.’s role is to connect with like-minded individuals, groups and establishments, espousing the virtues of the whiskies he’s been charged to represent. His first foray into the Whisky-sphere was with the famed family of brands held by The Edrington Group, four plus years with Whyte and Mackay Brands, BenRiach Brands, Compass Box and Michter’s, and now with Fountana Beverage.
A father of three, J. spends the bulk of his free time enjoying fatherhood. He is also an avid reader of fiction and watcher of mixed martial arts, and has designs on one day penning his very own children’s book. Until then, you’ll find him just as happy in the Alberta market, most certainly on his way to meet with the next group of whisky fans who are gathering to compare notes. “It’s exactly where I want to be.”
The Balvenie Brand Ambassador – Canada
Jamie’s love of whisky began many years ago when she made an impulsive visit to a distillery in Kentucky
in the middle of a road trip. She’s been enchanted ever since.
In 2014 she began offering casual, fun and approachable whisky tastings in her home. The tastings were
so popular, she was forced to expand beyond her Toronto living room – and she began partnering with
some of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants to host monthly tastings. Her whisky club, Bourbon
Thing continued to grow rapidly and provide a space for whisky aficionados and neophytes alike to enjoy
a dram, a laugh and some whisky education together.
Jamie is also co-host of a popular weekly Whisky Podcast, The Whisky Topic with Whisky Author, Mark
Bylok.
Jamie joined The Balvenie family as Canadian Brand Ambassador in January of 2017.
You can find her on tweeting and instagramming at @bourbonthing

Dan Volway, Canadian Brand Ambassador –
The Macallan, Highland Park, Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Brugal Rum
Dan Volway is used to being an expert. With more than 20 years of experience in the
hospitality industry as a trained Sommelier and instructor with the Canadian Association
of Professional Sommeliers at Niagara and George Brown College, it’s fair to say that
Dan’s palate is exquisitely refined.For years Dan had imbibed on fine wines until a longtime
friend introduced him to scotch whisky and effectively
converted his formerly grape-focused palate to appreciate
the nuances of fine hand-crafted scotch. As his repertoire
expanded, Dan fell madly in love with The Macallan,
Highland Park, Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark – brands
known across the globe for their heritage, quality and
unrivalled approach to whisky making. When the
opportunity arose to represent his favourite scotch portfolio
in Canada, Dan jumped at the chance and was willing to
move across the country from Toronto to Vancouver to fulfill
his duty as Brand Ambassador.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dan’s role is to connect with like-minded
individuals, groups and establishments by exposing the virtues of the whiskies he’s been
charged to represent. His schedule is filled with meetings and events held by various
whisky appreciation groups, where he works on building relationships and cultivating
connoisseurs who share the very same passion for whisky that attracted him to the
business.
Dan is also responsible for connecting his brand with people in the spirit trade with staff
from some of the country’s top bars and prestigious restaurants all the way to swanky
speakeasies and stalwart pubs. “It’s a real privilege to be in a position to share my
knowledge and passion for scotch whisky with aspiring scotch enthusiasts and experts,
alike,” Dan says, explaining that his job is just as much about building relationships as it
is about showcasing the brands’ merits. “If I can help to bring a special epicurean
experience to someone with humour, warmth and insight, then I feel as though I’ve
done my job.”
Dan originally hails from Calgary, Alberta but has called Toronto home for the past 20
years. Dan relocated to Vancouver in late 2011 to pursue the job of his dreams.

James is a Fine Wine & Spirits Ambassador for Authentic Wine & Spirits in Vancouver. With over 15 years in the industry James has worked with brands such as Bruichladdich, Tomatin, BenRiach, Compass Box & Michters among others.

 

Kellie Du has strong wine and spirits experience, remaining in the industry after
taking her first job after graduation in 2010. Kellie has since deepened her industry
expertise through frequent travel to Scotland to learn the whisky making process.
She joined Kavalan Distillery in 2015 and started working as a Brand Ambassador,
which has taken her all over the world, attending whisky shows and holding Kavalan
Masterclasses and tasting events globally.
“It is my great honour to be part of the team of the one and only family-owned
whisky distillery in Taiwan. I love nothing better than to share Kavalan Whisky’s
distinctive and complex characters and to represent Taiwan to the world.”

Stacy Kyle joined the family business in 2009. Having previously worked in the food and
beverage industry the switch proved to be a natural fit. Stacy was a key influencer in
establishing the Rare Drams Whisky club in partnership with Legacy Liquor stores offering
a unique scotch whisky experience at Legacy Liquor Store throughout the calendar year. She
quickly expanded her role by hosting private and festival events at including the Victoria Whisky
Festival, and Tip a wee Dram. Stacy has also created somewhat of a niche by providing
women’s only Scotch Whisky tastings.

Anthony Wills, 60, has been involved in the drinks industry for 39 years. Fifteen in the wine trade
before moving to Scotland in 1995 and starting up an independent bottling company. In 2005 he
founded Kilchoman Distillery, a farm distillery on the west coast of Islay. Every aspect of production
is carried out on site from growing the barley, malting, distilling, maturing and bottling at the
distillery. The first single malt was bottled in 2009 and is now exported to 40 markets worldwide.

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