GRAND TASTING HALL

Grand Tasting Hall It’s truly unbelievable that the day has finally come but such is the truth… the Hopscotch Festival is now 20 Years Old! The festival has continuously expanded each and every year, both in size and in quality. It has evolved with the times, has passed through 4 different locations (ranging from a small hotel ballroom to where she lives today, the PNE Forum), and now includes all spirits, not just whisky and beer! We’ve had numerous musical acts, thousands of products that have been sampled, and welcomed over 50,000 -65,000 connoisseurs over the years. In celebration of the festival being 20 years old, 2015 will strive to make this year’s Grand Tasting Hall the best yet. It will offer whisky, beer, and spirit connoisseurs a chance to sip, sample, taste, and learn about the products they love. As stated, The Grand Tasting Hall lives within the walls of the historic PNE Forum. On Friday November 20th and Saturday November 21st, the Grand Tasting Hall comes alive with 100+ exhibitors, 300+ products to sample, and many thousands of your peers. Not only are there Premium and Craft Beer, Scotch, and all other whiskies, but as well, there will be vodka, gin, rum, tequila, liqueur, and so many more types of alcoholic drinks to taste.

Food

The Grand Tasting Hall welcomes several local restaurants each year. More details will come but we can assure you in 2015, there will be no need to eat dinner first. We will have gourmet meals ready to serve for your culinary enjoyment.

Musical Entertainment

Just like in every year prior, we will have some special Music treats waiting for you. More details will be announced in the future.

Tasting Tokens

Tasting tokens are the only form of currency in the Grand Tasting Hall market. The first five tokens for your Grand Tasting Experience are included with your purchased ticket. Within steps of you walking inside, you will be given your free pouch of tokens. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1.10 at the Tasting Token booths. The price of each sample in the Grand Tasting Hall is based on the retail value of the bottle being poured.

Transportation

Safety is priority number one and getting home safe is the only option. There are FREE SHUTTLES starting at 9pm from the PNE Forum to two destinations: Renfrew Station, and Burrard Station. IT IS FREE. You should use these.

Thanks to the Get Home Safe program at the BCLDB, we are able to offer you free transit tickets to be used on Saturday. So, either catch a city bus right from the PNE or take a free shuttle to a transit line that you can use to get home. Open your connoisseur booklet program guide once you arrive and all of the info on how to GET HOME SAFE is there. Transit tickets are available while supplies last.

Some of the many products sampled at the 2014 Grand Tasting Hall are featured below

Product Descriptions2015

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BKH Jerky

BKH Jerky
Singapore Style Beef and Pork JerkyFood
Authentic Singapore style Beef and Pork Jerky made fresh in Vancouver. Our unique recipe is family owned for the last 30 years, we proudly use Canadian meat and produce everything on a daily basis. Sweet, juicy, tender and moist are a few words that come to mind when trying this meat. As seen on Dragons Den and our 5th year at Hopscotch. Don't miss out once gone its gone! — 2 Tokens
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Bruce Ashley Group

Bruce Ashley Group
Crabbie'sCider
Crabbie's Original Ginger Beer stems back to 1801 where John Crabbie sourced the finest ingredients to create what is known today. Made with 4 closely guarded ingredients along with the finest Ginger from the Far East and steeped for 6 weeks to produce its distinctive spicy flavour. — 1 Token
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Bruce Ashley Group
Crabbie's RaspberryCider
Crabbie's Raspberry follows the distinctive brewing as the Original but adds a fruity twist of Scottish Raspberries. — 1 Token
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Bruce Ashley Group
Cracked AppleCider
Cracked Apple Cider is imported from England and is new to BC this year. It is infused with a hint of Tequila and Lime to give it a flavour profile not yet seen on this coast. — 1 Token
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Bruce Ashley Group
CzechvarBeer
Coming to you from the heart of Europe Czechvar has been brewed since 1895. This premium Czech lager is most popular in BC retail as well as many restaurants throughout the province. Many know the story and yes it is what you think it is. — 1 Token
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Corby Spirit and WIne

Corby Spirit and WIne
JamesonWhisky
Unlike most whiskies, Jameson is distilled three times to deliver exceptional smoothness. It is this triple distillation that makes it unique to other whiskies. The nose of Jameson is a mellow pot still whiskey with toasted wood and sherry undertones. The taste is smooth and sweet with mild woody and nutty notes. — 1 Token
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Corby Spirit and WIne
Jameson Select ReserveWhisky
The Jameson Masters carefully select a high proportion of single Irish pot still whiskey and a rare small batch grain whiskey, all matured in flame-charred bourbon barrels and toasted sherry casks. The rare, sweet grain whiskey – not found in any other Jameson Whiskey – is triple distilled in small batch quantities on just one occasion each year. — 2 Tokens
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Corby Spirit and WIne
The Glenlivet 15 Year OldWhisky
The Glenlivet® 15 year old French Oak Reserve is beautifully structured with selective maturation in new French Oak casks that come from the Dordogne region of France and are prized for the flavours they bring to fine wines. The perfect dram for a sweet tooth. — 3 Tokens
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Corby Spirit and WIne
The Glenlivet 18 Year OldWhisky
Crafted in the remote Livet Valley since 1824 and finished in hand-selected casks, The Glenlivet 18 year old is the perfect expression of age and elegance - balancing the archetypal ripe fruit notes of The Glenlivet with a drier evocative oak influence. — 4 Tokens
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Corby Spirit and WIne
The Glenlivet Founder's ReserveWhisky
The Glenlivet® Founder’s Reserve is a new benchmark for The Glenlivet®.. A predominance of traditional oak casks are complemented by selective use of American first-fill casks, to give a hint of creamy sweetness – creating an exceptionally balanced and smooth malt. — 2 Tokens
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Corby Spirit and WIne
Wiser's Double StillWhisky
Wiser's Double Still is a unique blend of two exceptional ryes – one crafted from a traditional copper pot still and the other distilled in a modern copper column still, for a bold character with a smooth finish. The J.P. Wiser’s® brand has an uncompromising character and truly represents quality, craftsmanship, authenticity, and heritage. — 1 Token
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Corby Spirit and WIne
Wiser's HoppedWhisky
Beer and whisky often go hand in hand, now the taste can go in one hand with J.P. Wiser’s® Hopped. A distinctive blend of J.P. Wiser’s® whisky and hops for a rich, dark ale finish. After ageing, the whisky is blended and then dry hopped. This method is used for IPA craft beers. This whisky is a combination of traditional whisky blending with common IPA brewing practices. — 1 Token
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DOMAINE PINNACLE

DOMAINE PINNACLE
CABOT TRAIL MAPLE CREAM LIQUEURLiqueur
100% pure premium Canadian maple syrup and the finest fresh cream are blended to produce the rich, authentic taste of Cabot Trail Maple Cream Liqueur. Made from all natural ingredients, this uniquely delicious maple cream can be enjoyed on ice, in cocktails or with coffee. Serve on ice, in cocktails, or with coffee. Made from pure Quebec premium grade maple syrup. — 1 Token
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DOMAINE PINNACLE
CHIC-CHOC CANADIAN SPICED RUMRum
Created using premium agricultural rum and a selection of Nordic Spices from Quebec’s own Chic Choc Mountains, Chic Choc Spiced Rum redefines the industry standard and is the first ever spiced rum to originate from Quebec. Daring and adventurous, Chic Choc is the perfect complement to a variety of cocktails. — 1 Token
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DOMAINE PINNACLE
DOMAINE PINNACLE ICE CIDERCider
Pinnacle Ice Cider is produced from a select blend of 6 varieties of hand-picked apples, harvested after frost and extracted naturally over the winter months. The unique combination of ideal summer growing conditions and cold Canadian winters create a product like nothing else you have ever tasted! Rich, golden and full-bodied in the glass, our Ice Cider is wonderful! — 1 Token
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DOMAINE PINNACLE
UNGAVA CANADIAN PREMIUM GINGin
The Ungava peninsula is a vast territory at the northern tip of Quebec, Canada. The unique climate of this region produces the six rare botanicals that give Ungava Canadian Premium Gin its particular aroma and colouring. With Ungava gin, an original recipe is produced in a traditional way: Nordic Juniper, Wild Rose Hips, Cloudberry, Crowberry, Arctic Blend and Labrador Tea — 1 Token
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Glenfarclas

Glenfarclas
12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyWhisky
Glenfarclas means Glen of the Green Grassland and the nose is reminiscent of spring in the grasslands. Fresh and beautifully light, sherried fruit combined with a tempting spicy sweetness and a hint of sappy oak with a hint of peat and delicious sweet sensations. A long and flavoursome finish, with a lingering spiceness. An excellent introduction to the distillery style. — 3 Tokens
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Glenfarclas
15 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyWhisky
Complex, sherried, deliciously peated, light butterscotch aromas, with a hint of dried fruit. Full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours. A long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet yet gently smoky finish. With greater complexity than our younger whiskies, this is a great whisky drinker’s whisky. — 5 Tokens
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Glenfarclas
17 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyWhisky
Complex, with distinctive butterscotch, sherried fruit and peat smoke aromas. Big and full-flavoured, with excellent balance, develops slowly, full of sherry sweet malty tones, and a touch peat smoke. The finish is long lasting and smooth, with a hint of spice and sherry sweetness. — 5 Tokens
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Glenfarclas
21 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyWhisky
Intense aromas of tropical fruit, nutmeg and almonds held together with a vanilla sweet smokiness. The flavour is full bodied, rich and rounded developing slowly into fruity, smoky and spicy flavours. The finish is long-lasting, smooth and smoky with a chocolate feel at the back of your throat. An incredibly rounded whisky that leaves you refreshed and contented. — 6 Tokens
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Highwood Distillers

Highwood Distillers
Centennial Dark Chocolate Whisky Whisky
The smooth rye flavor of centennial mated with the ultra-rich taste of dark chocolate. The inviting chocolate aromas give rise to a hint of the delicious initial cocoa taste. The extra aged smoothness of the whisky leads to a pleasant, warm and decadent finish. — 2 Tokens
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Highwood Distillers
Centennial Limited Edition Rye WhiskyWhisky
A true Canadian Rye whisky, but one with a very interesting twist. Centennial, rather than having corn in the mash bill with the rye, uses Canadian Alberta soft Winter Wheat with the Rye grain in the mash bill. This gives the Centennial a smooth and soft flavour profile unlike any other rye whisky. It is produced using grains grown exclusively on the Canadian prairies. — 1 Token
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Highwood Distillers
Ninety 20YR.Whisky
Simply gorgeous Crisp clean oak, dark fruit butterscotch, corncobs and nutmeg precede Candy cane, sour fruit, cinnamon, ginger citrus One of the top ten best buys whiskies …91 Points Whisky Advocate 2013 — 4 Tokens
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Highwood Distillers
Ninety 5 YR.Whisky
A surprising smooth Canadian Rye whisky for an over proof. Produced from 91 % corn and aged in American oak barrels. The Ninety 5 YR. whisky strikes a comfortable balance between the stronger alcohol and spicy flavours of this Canadian whisky, with an extremely smooth finish — 1 Token
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Highwood Distillers
White Owl Ginger Lime Whisky Whisky
The perfect balance of natural ginger and lime flavors, with the unmistakable smoothness of White Owl Whisky. Delicious on its own or as a premium ingredient in martinis or mixed cocktails. — 2 Tokens
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Highwood Distillers
White Owl Whisky Whisky
The first ever fully oak-matured white Whisky, White Owl retains the flavors of Canadian Rye Whisky, while adding the cocktail-mix-ability of white spirits. mild Canadian Whisky aromas of rye and light oak rise in this bouquet with a touch of vanilla and honey with a mild licorice background. — 2 Tokens
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NIkka Whisky / Enoteca Bacco Importers

NIkka Whisky / Enoteca Bacco Importers
Coffey Grain WhiskyWhisky
93pts - Chairman's Trophy - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2013 – An essential component of the house blends, the Nikka Coffey Grain is an original single grain whisky, distilled mainly from corn in a Coffey still (named after its inventor Aeneas Coffey). Exotic, fruity and unique, it is meant for the connoisseur in search of an unconventional whisky. (+438580) — 5 Tokens
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NIkka Whisky / Enoteca Bacco Importers
Coffey Malt WhiskyWhisky
Gold Medal - International Spirits Challenge 2015 – The Nikka Coffey Malt is the result of a unique distillation process in “Coffey” type column stills, which are normally used for grain whisky production. This rare 100% malt bottling offers a surprisingly rich texture, showcasing the innovative spirit of Nikka. (+829473) — 5 Tokens
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NIkka Whisky / Enoteca Bacco Importers
From the BarrelWhisky
Best International Blend Trophy Winner - Distillery of the Year - International Spirits Challenge 2015 –– Nikka From the Barrel is a blend of Miyagikyo and Yoichi single malts with a unique grain whisky, it is an ambitious cask-strength blend that embodies the expertise of the Nikka master blenders. “Truly a great whisky…” - Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, 91pts (+546366) — 4 Tokens
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NIkka Whisky / Enoteca Bacco Importers
Pure Malt BlackWhisky
95pts Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – “An exquisitely crafted nose…the kind you can sink your head into and simply disappear.” – The Nikka Pure Malt Black’s aromatic depth is the result of a selection of very different whiskies, combining the fruity elegance of the Miyagikyo malts, and the smokier notes typical of Yoichi’s strong character. (+192559) — 4 Tokens
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NIkka Whisky / Enoteca Bacco Importers
Taketsuru Pure MaltWhisky
93pts - Excellent, Highly Recommended - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2015 - A blend of the two Nikka single malts, the Taketsuru range combines the strong character of Yoichi with the elegance and precision of Miyagikyo. Both masculine and feminine, traditional and innovative, this pure malt whisky is a worthy tribute to Masataka Taketsuru. (+654558) — 4 Tokens
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Old Order Distilling Co.

Old Order Distilling Co.
Heritage VodkaVodka
Our single malt Heritage Vodka starts with 100% BC barley grown in the Nechako Region (meaning big river) near Vanderhoof and then malted in in Armstrong. Our Vodka is triple distilled, charcoal filtered and blended with natural spring water leaving you with a creamy texture and slightly sweet grain aroma that tastes soft and smooth on your palate. — 2 Tokens
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Old Order Distilling Co.
Legacy GinGin
Utilizing our premium single malt Vodka as a base to create our Legacy Gin, botanicals are added, steeped overnight, and distilled giving a fragrance of juniper berries, slightly sweet with a taste that has hints of apple, citrus and liquorice flavours and is pleasantly warming. — 2 Tokens
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Sortilège / TAP 357

Sortilège / TAP 357
Sortilège - Canadian Whisky Maple Cream LiqueurLiqueur
In the proud tradition of Sortilege Original we present Sortilege Maple Cream. Blended to be the perfect balance of Canadian Whisky, pure Maple Syrup and fresh dairy cream, Sortilege Maple Cream is an authentic, decadently rich and creamy taste experience and is completely irresistible. GOLD - Canadian Whisky Awards 2014 - 17% alc. 750ml +635623 @BCLS — 2 Tokens
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Sortilège / TAP 357
Sortilège Canadian Rye Whisky and Maple Syrup LiqueurLiqueur
Sortilège is created from the richness and authenticity of the Québec countryside. This liqueur strikes the perfect balance between the heady strength of Canadian Whisky and the distinctive flavour of maple syrup, resulting in a remarkably fine liqueur. # 1 selling Maple Whisky Liqueur in Canada - 30% alc. 750ml +169961 @BCLS — 2 Tokens
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Sortilège / TAP 357
Sortilège Prestige 7 year old Maple Rye WhiskyLiqueur
In the proud tradition of Sortilege Original we present Sortilege Prestige. This exquisite blend has been created from only select, batch-distilled, Canadian Whiskies, aged to perfection at 7 years, the blended with nature's finest pure Maple Syrup to create the worlds' ultimate Maple Whisky experience - 40.9% alc. 750ml +518696 SPEC — 2 Tokens
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Sortilège / TAP 357
TAP 357 - Maple Rye WhiskyWhisky
TAP 357 is crafted from small batch rye whiskies and matured in a combination of new and used bourbon barrels. Once aged, Master Blender Michel Marcil expertly blends the selected whiskies and combines them with pure Canada 1 Light Maple Syrup from Quebec - 40.5% alc. 750ml +400044 @BCLS — 2 Tokens
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Spicebox

Spicebox
Spicebox Canadian Spiced Rye WhiskyWhisky
Inspired by the story of a Prohibition-era Canadian bootlegger, this small-batch blend of rye whisky is infused with a secret blend of spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla. Enjoy on the rocks, in cocktails, or mixed with Cola or Ginger Ale. Judges Choice Award, Alberta Beverage Awards 2015 35% alc. - 750ml @ BCLS +169987 & 375ml is SPEC +345017 - Mondia — 1 Token
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Spicebox
Spicebox Chocolate Whisky NEWWhisky
Often the Canadian entrepreneur would fill his best Rye Whisky into used Cocoa barrels — after all Canada is famous for having invented the world’s first wrapped Chocolate Bar — he knew the leftover Cocoa husks would infuse the smooth Rye with rich warm Chocolate flavours creating something extraordinary. Enjoy straight up or with your favourite cola. SPEC 750ml +774497 — 1 Token
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Spicebox
Spicebox Cinnamon WhiskyWhisky
Filling the barrels with his finest Rye Whisky, our the crafty Canadian bootlegger knew the leftover Cinnamon bark would infuse the smooth Rye with complex spicy “hot” Cinnamon flavours. The resulting taste is extraordinary; rustic Canadian Rye with a fiery cinnamon burn. Great on its own - or enjoy with your favourite mix. 33% alc. 750 ml +434720 and 375ml +344937 SPECS — 1 Token
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Spicebox
Spicebox Gingerbread WhiskyWhisky
Imagine a cool autumn night with a crisp chill in the air, winter is just around the corner. ...a cozy cabin, with a warm glowing fire and the perfect drink to warm your soul: Spicebox Gingerbread is a spiced, barrel aged Rye Whisky with all the flavours of classic “Gingerbread”…Fresh grated ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, & molasses. Limited Time @BCLS 375ml +592865 — 1 Token
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Spicebox Pumpkin WhiskyWhisky
Think pumpkin pie in a glass…Our Spicebox Pumpkin combines the secret and heartwarming spice blend of grandma’s pumpkin pie with the warm, smooth finish of rye whisky in your kisser. Oh ya, now we’re talking. Try it straight up, on the rocks, or with your favourite mix or coffee. Limited time only - grab it while you can! 35% alc. 750ml BCLS +643817 - 375ml +896969 SPEC — 1 Token
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TATRATEA

TATRATEA
TATRATEA Citrus 32% alc./vol.Liqueur
Enriched with extracts from citrus fruits (lemon and lime), which give it a distinct citrus flavour while keeping its wonderful tea and fruity aroma. Well balanced taste of citrus candy-like aromatic black teas. Amber and rich cockpit of Assam tea. Harmonic citrus grass, mint and verbena tea on the nose. Fantastic with an ice tea and surprisingly delicious in a hot tea. — 2 Tokens
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TATRATEA
TATRATEA Original 52% alc./vol.Liqueur
Unique tea-based herbal liqueur made exclusively from natural ingredients. It is a concentrate of exceptionally fine alcohol, first-class black tea, natural extracts from high mountain herbs, fruit extracts and distillates, real sugar and pure water from the Tatra Mountains. Fresh raspberries and Assam tea aromas blended together with fantastic forest botanicals complexity — 2 Tokens
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TATRATEA
TATRATEA Peach 42% alc./vol.Liqueur
Known for its wonderful tea and fruity aroma thanks to the additional white tea and peach extracts which leave it with a pleasant delicate and unmistakable scent. It is strong, elegant and drifting, with a flavor so rare that you will thank yourself for being in this moment. Enduring taste honey wine and yellow blossoms. Fresh golden peaches aroma perfumed with white tea. — 2 Tokens
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Van Gogh Spirits

Van Gogh Spirits
Van Gogh CoconutVodka
5 Stars -The Spirit Journal "Genuine aromas of unsweetened coconut meat and delicate toastiness that make for pleasurable nosing at the highest rank; mid palate is slightly toasted, delicately sweet, authentic. Finish is luscious. In my personal pantheon of greatest flavoured spirits of all time. WOOT" — 2 Tokens
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Van Gogh Spirits
Van Gogh Double EspressoVodka
5 Stars -The Spirit Journal "Entry is lush, satiny in texture, and incredibly coffee bean-and espresso-like in its beany concentration. Aftertaste is beany, rich, and authentic. An iconic flavoured vodka THAT DESERVES TO BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE FIVE OR SIX BEST IN THE WORLD." — 2 Tokens
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Van Gogh Spirits
Van Gogh Dutch CaramelVodka
5 Stars -The Spirit Journal "Smells seductively of toffee, caramel, nougat, butterscotch aromas; later inhalations pick up butter brickle, tasted marshmallow. Entry is toasty, moderately sweet, intensely caramel-like, candy store succulent; Finished gracefully long, chewy, moderately sweet" — 2 Tokens
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Van Gogh Spirits
Van Gogh EspressoVodka
5 Stars -The Spirit Journal The original Espresso vodka produced in Holland. Superb purity. The delicate, almost coy opening aroma is all about freshly ground coffee beans and alluring espresso bitterness. Rich Espresso taste that's supported by a bitter sweet undercurrent; gloriously subdued finish. Solid Five Stars — 2 Tokens
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Van Gogh Spirits
Van Gogh PeachVodka
4 Stars -The Spirit Journal "Delicate and ripe peach meat flavor is nicely balanced between acidity, abv and fruit element, never displaying sugary or bitter peach skin flavors" — 2 Tokens
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Victoria Spirits

Victoria Spirits
Left Coast Hemp VodkaVodka
Organic Canadian hemp seeds are used during distillation to create a smooth and unique spirit. This vodka is rich with a hazelnut-like flavour. Looking for some BC terroir? — 2 Tokens
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Victoria Spirits
Oaken GinGin
Victoria Spirits Oaken Gin has all the complexity of Victoria Gin but the new oak aging brings further layers of caramel and vanilla. It makes an amazing Negroni or Old Fashioned but many like it over ice or simply neat. — 2 Tokens
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Victoria Spirits
Victoria GinGin
Victoria Gin is a smooth yet complex spirit that balances the subtle evergreen flavour of juniper with notes of citrus, floral, and spice. Victoria Gin was Canada's first premium gin and remains Canada's Modern Classic. — 2 Tokens
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