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The Victoria Single Malt Club consists of a group of malt enthusiasts that generally meet the 3rd Sunday of every month in Victoria, British Columbia Canada to discuss and enjoy two different single malts.
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Monthly Meetings
The Assessment & Tasting of Two Malts

At each monthly meeting the Club conducts a tasting of two malts scoring each whisky on appearance, nose undiluted, nose diluted, flavor and finish (scoring is out of 100). Additionally any comments are noted and the resulting scores are compared to published scores in related magazines or books to see how close the group is and to observe any differences.

Hosted Tastings

The Club also attends tastings hosted by Agency & Distillery representatives at various venues in Victoria including the Victoria Whisky Festival and tastings by Aberlour, Ardbeg & Glenmorangie, Bruichladdich, Glenfiddich & Balvenie, Bowmore, Springbank and A. Dewar Rattray and Douglas Laing. Club members also lead extra tastings featuring the single malts of the Isle of Arran and Ardmore distillery.

Club members are frequent attendees at out of town tastings such as Whisky Live Paris, whisky evenings at Kensington Wine & Spirits and CSN Wine & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta and are guests at other whisky appreciation clubs locally.

Club members have been on several distillery tours around Scotland visiting many, many distilleries, numerous specialist whisky shops and assorted Scotch whisky related venues including the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh and London.

Additionally, on the first Friday in December the Club hosts a Christmas function, the Heels Dinner & Paper Aero Plane Race, during dinner the heels of the bottles tasted throughout the year are distributed to the Club members. The Dinner normally costs $65 per person and is a very fun evening; members are encouraged to attend with guests and/or spouses.

Cask Purchases

VSMC 10th Anniversary Ben Nevis Distillery Bottling

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Club (1996 to 2006) we ordered a very small run of Ben Nevis 6 Year Old finished in a Port Wine cask from Murray McDavid, the independant bottlers. This unique small run of 132 bottles was specially selected by Jim McEwan and bottled at Bruichladdich Distillery on the Island of Islay in the distillery's bottling hall.

Our warmest thanks to Andrew Gray, Sales Director for ensuring that this special bottling was made possible.

132 bottles from the Ben Nevis Distillery
132 bottles from the Ben Nevis Distillery
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Label front and back of Ben Nevis 6 Year Old
Label front and back of Ben Nevis 6 Year Old
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Cask Purchases (continued)

Arran Cask Purchase

In 2005 the Club purchased another cask, this time from a future superstar of the whisky industry, the famed Isle of Arran distillery. Isle of Arran is one of Scotland's newest distilleries having only opened for business in 1995 and has already earned an excellent reputation for the quality of its whisky. Our 1998 ex sherry hogshead will be ready for bottling in four short years, in 2008, as a 10 year old single cask strength scotch whisky. As an added point of interest is that the cask is maturing in the warehouses of the nearby Springbank distillery in Campbeltown as the Arran distillery has already outgrown its own warehouses. While this is our latest purchase it will be our first to be bottled from our four cask purchases. You can visit the Isle of Arran distillery on line at

September 2009 - The cask of Arran has now been bottled and shipped, along the way a sample was delivered to a famed whisky author who scored it 94 points of 100 and has given the bottling an award!

Full details in regards to the award to follow shortly!

The Club would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Andrew Gray of Bruichladdich Distillery for assistance in bottling and Ted Latimer of Free House for navigatiing the red tape of importation.

Arran Cask Labels
Arran Cask Labels
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Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2010 - Liquid Gold Award - 94pts

Members Obligations

Membership is open to most reasonably sane adults who can afford the annual membership fee of $275 which is payable at the February meeting. The payment of dues annually ensures that monthly meetings are focused on whisky and not on Club finances. If a member cannot attend the monthly meeting, their two malts are kept for them via sample bottles which are to be returned to the Club at the next meeting. Members are expected to attend 6 out of the 11 monthly meetings. If they cannot achieve this low threshold their membership will not be renewed in the following year. Members are also expected to assist in the set up and take down of the monthly meetings.

The Club has a waiting list however please email us at if you wish your name to be considered for membership. Consideration is given to aspiring members who are very active in attending local Scotch whisky events.

Meeting Dates The dates for the 2015/2016 club year are as follows:

Mar 15th
Apr 19th
May 16th
Jun 14th
Jul 19th
Aug 16th
Sep 20th
Oct 18th
Nov 21st
Dec 6th
Jan 10th
Feb 20th

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