Author Archives: Al McColl

About Al McColl

Co-Founder of The Pacific Whisky Society, and currently the Depository Archivist of PWS: Victoria.

Happy Birthday PWS

Three years ago today, the Pacific Whisky Society came to life, quite appropriately, over a bottle of Robert Burns Single Malt. Here’s to all our Brothers, Coast to Coast to Coast. Three down, many more to come. Brother Al. Here’s … Continue reading

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YAMAZAKI 18, 19 Feb 2013

Affectionately known in our circles as Yami 18, Yamazaki 18 is never a disappointment, not matter how many times you have it. This was our second go at this, but not intentionally. Brother Rich had secured a bottle of Kavalan … Continue reading

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MYSTERY BOURBON, 31 JAN 2013

Sometimes you are able to get your hands on something so special that it blows your mind, but the circumstances that led you to coming by this pure specialness are such that you can’t tell anyone about it. We enjoyed … Continue reading

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LAPHROAIG PX CASK, 10 Jan 2013

This was a travel retail exclusive that Brother Ski’s dad was able to get his hands on for us. It’s also the latest bottling to use Spanish Pedro Ximinez sherry casks for finishing, after aging in ex bourbon barrels and … Continue reading

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PWS: Victoria 50th Meeting

I’ve uploaded the photos in the photo album area, and will do a little blurb on the evening soon. Cheers, Al

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TULLIBARDINE 1966, BOTT #360/436

This little gem came to us by way of Brother Rich, who was kind enough to allow PWS: Victoria to have it at cost, despite the rarity and the fact that had long since left the shelves of any retail … Continue reading

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AMRUT PORTONOVA, 26 Nov 12

This Oct 2011 bottling was 700mL at 62.1% and retailed for $105. Amrut has been setting the bar pretty high with their releases, and Portonova certainly doesn’t disappoint. The 62.1% punch lets you know that you are in some seriously … Continue reading

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Glen Breton, Battle of the Glen — 5 November 2012

This whisky was born out of a success story that many of you are aware of. Glenora Distillery, is a Canadian whisky distillery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and was the first distillery in North America to produce a single … Continue reading

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Welcome PWS: Fort Henry

A massive well done to Brother Mike. You’ve done it again. Congratulations and welcome PWS: Fort Henry: Four members strong, and growing.

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Old Pulteney 21 — 16 October 2012

Brothers of PWS: Victoria were treated to a spectacular bottling of Old Pulteney 21 this past week. The Pulteney Distillery has been making whisky since 1826, in the far north of Scotland in the town of Wick. As an idea … Continue reading

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