Every year Vancouver's own Writers Festival holds a fundraiser called a Dram Come True. It's focused on Single Malt Scotch, with some Irish, Canadian and Japanese whiskies thrown in for good measure. After a two or three year hiatus I decided it was time to visit and see how things have changed. In the past it was held in a private mansion in Shaughnessy. It was packed full of people, but you could wander the awesome grounds with a a scotch in hand and if it's your thing light up a big ol' cigar to help you with some existential contemplation.
This year it was held at Hycroft House. It was a much bigger location, which meant more room to move around. The lines at the tables were still there, but it was definitely more roomy. Leave your cigars at home, though, as the new property doesn't allow them.
The event held the usual suspects, such as Macallan, Ardbeg, some very nice Caol Ila, and so on. Also making a strong appearance was the Canadian version of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, whose headquarters in Leith, Scotland some of us might consider to be close to the centre of the universe. This is definitely not an event to highlight the best of Canadian or BC spirits, though.
One treat was the presence of Pemberton Distillery, tucked away from the other tables. And they came prepared - serving their soon to be bottled single malt whisky, aged in bourbon barrels and barely three years old. It was a treat, to say the least. I tried one forgettable ten year old Canadian Rye Whisky which had nothing on our Tyler's newest product. It's coming in September this year and I cannot wait.
I think ADCT has lost a bit of its heart moving to the bigger location, but it's still a great event and it's fun to support the Writer's Festival. If they can get more BC-based whiskies in the years to come it will make it all the more special.