Winnipeg Whisky Club – Successful 7th Club Night

Bonfire (Nonfire) Beastro Evening Summary

Winnipeg Whisky Club met for the 7th consecutive month on cold, dreary Wednesday October 2nd, 2019.

All Star Line Up(from left) Macallan 12 Sherry Oak, Highland Park 14 Loyalty of the Wolf, Glendronach 18 Year Allardice(2019) Bruichladdich Black Art 06.1, and Octomore 10 Year(2016 2nd Release)

Our blind tasting mat

After a slightly late start we devoured the weight of Rory’s bicycle(maybe more-that thing is light!) in his expertly grilled sausages and big pot of hand-smashed potatoes to prepare our tummies to be enlightened with #whiskyawesomeness.

This was in truth a semi blind and not a full blind tasting, as some bottles were leaked at last month’s Sherry Spectacular. I poured the whisky, and Colin, Chris W, and Rick arranged them on my sub par(I blame the injured knee) tasting placemats. We moved up, by the way, from 15ml to 20ml pours(closer to 25, blast that jigger…) which everyone seemed to appreciate.

After much deliberation, the favourites of the night were all but unanimous: Octomore 10 Year (2016 2nd Release) and Black Art 06.1, both from Bruichladdich Distillery, a Scottish distillery on the Isle of Islay. Quite a few people also really loved the Highland Park Loyalty of the Wolf, and it may have pipped Glendronach 18(2019 – actually 23 years old!) for 3rd place. Macallan 12 proved itself a worthy challenger but fell short next to true malt giants.

Then the dessert tray was unveiled. Mike’s Supe’s Up Spicebox Cupcakes were a hit that truly hit the spot after we arduously tested and compared the lineup of libations.

When we thought things were drawing to a close, Rory surprised us all again with some excellent hand-stamped espresso. A little caffe does the post-whisky-tasting palate good!

Finally, and unfortunately, after a ton of fun, malty and otherwise, the 7th Club Night came to an end. However, do not fret, for we shall meet again in four short weeks on October 30!

Huge thanks to Rory for giving his home, for arranging two of the bottles of whisky (that he had to drive to the border for) and for his adept grill and espresso machine expertise.

Special thanks to Chris Wiebe for bringing that special Highland Park 14 for us.

Further Special thanks to Mike for taking the time(as he often does) to whip up something decadent.

Final Special thanks to Person X for bringing Item Alpha. You know who you are.

If any of the members who attended want to send me photos to add please do so!




OCTOBER 2 Bonfire Beastro (Date Change!)

Calling Winnipeg Whisky Enthusiasts!

Next Wednesday we will be having our 7th Club Night, the Bonfire Beastro featuring fire, food, and our favourite firewater!

Date:Wednesday September 25 OCTOBER 2

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Place: Rory’s House

Members RSVP by Sunday 21st 29th. Contact me at mark@winnipegwhiskyclub.com for membership enquiries.

The event takes place at club member Rory’s place. He kindly offered his home for the event.

The setlist of whisky will be kept secret until the event. Suffice to say the whiskies to be opened are well aligned with our top-shelf choices thus far.

The menu will be updated as soon as it’s decided! Rory is a foodie so will be nothing short of amazing.

If you can’t make it, put October 30 on your calendar and become a member! There are great things to come.




SHERRY MONSTER SPECTACULAR! August 29, 2019 7:30 pm @ Winnipeg Whisky Club


The sixth meeting of the Winnipeg Whisky Club will ring in the Fall season for its members and guests who will be in attendance.

We will sample 4 to 6 higher- end sherry matured single malt whiskies together and discuss the flavours before picking our favourites.

Glenburgie 1995 ( G&M Cask Strength)

One of the highlights of the night will be G&M Cask Strength Glenburgie 1995 – a 22 year old exclusively matured in a refill sherry butt that is near mahogany in colour. The full whisky set list will be released in the coming days.

What is a sherry monster? This is a relatively new term used to describe a single malt whisky matured exclusively ( or predominantly) in ex-Sherry wine casks – barrels formerly used to mature Spanish Sherry wine. This gives the whisky a deep reddish hue, and brings about luscious red fruit notes, rich sweetness, and tannins to balance the spicy nutty earthiness of single malt distillate.

We will use the meeting space provided by club member and local Realtor phenom Gino Cipriano at 1883 Henderson Highway.

Membership in the club is $33 per month for 2019. The guest pledge for this month’s event is $40.

Members are asked to RSVP by Wednesday August 21. If you are interested membership or in attending as a guest, please contact club president Mark Kaufmann at mark@winnipegwhiskyclub.com.

Business enquiries are also appreciated.

Hope to see you August 29 at our Sherry Monster Spectacular!



Oh the summer barbecue.

The best barbecues are the simplest. Easy going friends. Great easy going food. Easy drinking beer. Easy sipping whisky. Whisky? Well we are a whisky club after all…

poster for July 31 BBBBCC Club Night

July 31 will be the 5th Club Night. This has been on the calendar since the beginning.

For food, we will have my homemade burgers. We will also have my wife Eunhye’s spicy Korean chicken. We will have corn on the cob, too. We will wash the morsels down with some local brews.

The “set list” of libations took careful thought. Whisky we can enjoy but not have to think overly deeply about. ‘Session’ whisky. So which whiskies/whiskeys you ask?

Old Grand Dad Bonded.

Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond

Mellow Corn Bottled-in-Bond

Robert Burns Blended Scotch (Arran)

Naked Grouse Blended Malt

Super Nikka Rare Old blended Japanese


A surprise whisky….

I don’t even know what it is!🤣

Join the club and take in this one-of-a-kind event with a great bunch of people. Get to know what good basic bourbon is like. What nice blended Scotch tastes like. The art of blended malt. What USA’s unusual corn whiskey is. Come on!

Contact Mark to join up at:


Join the Facebook group:


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See you there!



Scotch Highland Malts: Copper Night II June 26, 2019


This coming June 26 at 7:30 pm in downtown Winnipeg will mark the Winnipeg Whisky Club’s fourth club night.

For enquiries and membership details please contact the club at:


Following the success of last month’s sold out Copper Night I, Club President Mark and Copper Night sponsor Hardwired Electric’s Rory Wright decided to put together this reprise.

Copper Night II focuses on the Highland Whisky Region of Scotland, and in particular the Northern and Eastern subdivisions. Four distilleries will be showcased, namely Balblair (Edderton, Ross-shire), Tomatin (Inverness), Benromach(Forres, Morayshire), and Knockdhu Distillery (Knock, Banffshire).

Here’s a map showing Scotland in her entirety and a second with a closer up view of the distillery locations:

Map of Scotland(Google)

Close up of the featured distilleries

The showcased whiskies are definite powerhouse malts:

Balblair 1999 2nd release – 46% vol

Tomatin 1995 – 46% vol

AnCnoc (Knockdhu) 24 Year – 46% vol

And the highlight of the night:

Benromach 1998 20th Anniversary – 56.2% vol

While this is only a smidgen of the full course of the region, there is a formidable chunk represented in a single evening, and a connoisseurs’ chunk at that.

We will open the Club Night with a Highlands inspired cocktail made by a club member who happens to be a noted Canadian mixologist.

There will be whisky tasting appropriate snacks and a small tidbit to enjoy with our WWC Highlander cocktails.

While such malts could be sipped and savoured all night, we will close the event at approximately 10:00 pm.

Members are encouraged not to drive even though quantity of alcohol consumed will be relatively minimal. Please have a substantial dinner without beer or wine beforehand.

This, my dear Winnipeggers, will be a great event to continue this malty journey we have begun. It will also be a hum-dinger of a beginning should this be your first event as a member.

Once again, please contact club president Mark Kaufmann at mark@winnipegwhiskyclub.com for membership enquiries.

Please also join the Winnipeg Whisky Club & Friends Facebook Group, and follow the club on

Instagram: @winnipegwhiskyclub

Twitter: @wpgwhiskyclub

See you there!

-Mark Kaufmann



Time: 19:30 Location: Downtown


This coming May 29 Winnipeg Whisky Club and Hardwired Electic hardwiredelectric.com are joining forces to present Copper Night 2019, with logistical help from club member Robert Naumko.

We will enjoy some light fare and warmup drinks, followed by Springbank 10 and a trio of CASK STRENGTH Scotch Single Malt Whiskies like no other:

Hazelburn 14 Oloroso Cask Matured 49.3% vol.

Springbank 14 Bourbon Wood, 55.8% vol.

Longrow 11 Pinot Noir Cask Matured 53.1% vol.

We will compare these three whiskies, all somewhat similar, the house style, and yet all very different in malt choice, distillation, and casking. After each person has chosen their favourite and given each whisky a score, we will declare the club favourite along with the club scores for Hazelburn 14, Springbank 14, and Longrow 11.

Suffice to say, this will be one helluva whisky night in Winnipeg!

For membership enquiries contact Mark via


Member guests will be extremely limited for this exclusive event.

Where: Downtown

Arrival : 7:00 to 7:30

Tasting: 8:00 to 9:30

Wrap Up: 9:45 pm

Members please contact Mark or consult our facebook group for the location.

It is going to be an outstanding event!


Mark Kaufmann

Winnipeg Whisky Club


Press Release – Yukon Spirits Presents Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt April 24 2019

Winnipeg – Winnipeg Whisky Club is looking for new members to join in an upcoming event.

Winnipeg Whisky Club President and WhiskyWhistle creator Mark Kaufmann has a very special guest lined up for the second club meeting coming April 24, 2019.

Yukon Spirits(Yukon Brewing) Sales Executive Dave Gardner is coming to present Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Whisky in Winnipeg, which will be the first time the company has come to the province of Manitoba.

Mark, the creator of YouTube channel WhiskyWhistle, has had a relationship spanning three years and two continents with Yukon Spirits and Two Brewers Whisky reviewing nine of their 13 releases so far. Mark plans to head to the distillery in White Horse within the year to create a distillery video.

Two Brewers Whisky has won two major awards for their wares this year on top of their numerous previous awards. At the Canadian Whisky Awards, Two Brewers Whisky was awarded Canadian Single Malt of the Year 2019 for Release 09 Special Finishes, a single malt matured in ex-Sherry Spanish casks. On March 29, 2019, the same whisky was awarded Best Canadian Single Malt at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards.

At the Winnipeg Whisky Club on April 24,

Dave Gardner will present the latest three releases from Two Brewers:

Release 11 Innovative -made with Munich Malt

Release 12 Peated -the peatiest Two Brewers yet

Release 13 Classic – showing their house style

Dave has promised to bring other whiskies to wow our palates.


Two Brewers makes four different categories of single malt, with each release in the category different from the one before.

The categories:

Classic: their standard “Scottish Style” whisky

Peated: using a portion of peated barley malt

Innovative: emphasizing brewing techniques

Special Finishes: showcasing different barrels

Suffice to say, April 24 with Two Brewers at the Winnipeg Whisky Club will be an exciting event for Winnipeg whisky lovers.

If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Winnipeg Whisky Club and going to the Two Brewers Whisky Club Night, please contact Mark Kaufmann.


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And check out the Facebook group too!

-Mark Kaufmann, Winnipeg Whisky Club