The unforgettable blindfolded journey featuring some of world’s most exceptional Scotches is back!


About

Join Ghost River Theatre and Kensington Wine Market for a unique and imaginative evening of SIPS, STORYTELLING, and SURPRISES!

One-night only, limited seating - the last time this event was held it sold out quickly, so buy early to avoid disappointment!

Conceptually designed as a performance fundraiser for Ghost River Theatre, TASTING SCOTCH is an unforgettable blindfolded tasting journey to expand an audience's sensory perception of some of the world's most exceptional scotches. Conceived by Eric Rose in collaboration with one of Canada's most revered scotch experts Andrew Ferguson, this is a scotch encounter unlike any other you have ever experienced. This installment features an added partnership with Last Best Brewing and Distillery, who will be providing a customized assortment of delectable food to keep bellies full and pair well with the tantalizing journey inside the glass. Joining Ferguson and Rose is renowned playwright Jason Patrick Rothery, award winning sound renegade Matthew Waddell, and GRT Artistic Associate Louise Casemore who will be unearthing her own Scottish heritage and dusting off her Highland Fling as a performer for the piece.

Travel from Scottish moors to the grit of the Texas racetrack, through the popcorn chutney of the circus to the leather jacket of the record shop – this event is a can’t miss for the scotch fan who dares to test their palate or the curious newcomer who favors the bold!

Also new to this year we are thrilled to be working with Kelly Carpenter from the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society who will be providing incredible and rare Scotch selections from across the globe! "The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is delighted to be the Scotch provider for this unique sensory event.  Join us as we explore 5 of our limited edition single malts in a blind-folded environment guaranteed to heighten your senses!" Join us as we go from the tastebuds to the depths of the imagination, all in the comfort of your chair.

Audience members are blindfolded, and led into the venue where they experience an intimate scotch tasting that mingles live performance, immersive sound design and a specially designed tactile tasting mat that engage the audience’s sense of touch. And of course, there is some incredible scotches, each chosen for their unique taste and geographic profile.

“I’ve been putting on specialized whisky tastings for nearly 15 years, and this type of event is a first, not just for me but possibly in the world of whisky,” say Ferguson. “We are taking 5 whiskies, breaking down their stories, their sense of place and creating a narrative around them. Participants are led blindfolded on a journey of touch, taste, sound and scent. By removing our participants’ sense of sight we want not just to enhance the other senses but allow their imaginations to take control of the experience.”

TASTING SCOTCH is part of the Six Senses Series, a bold series of sensory performance experiences that Ghost River has been producing for the past four years. Each installment focuses on the theatrical potential of our senses. Tasting Scotch, re-imagines the traditional scotch tasting as a multisensory performance, designed to expand the audience's sensory perception of some of the world’s most exceptional scotches.

Tasting Scotch marks an exciting partnership between Ghost River Theatre, The Kensington Wine Market, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and Last Best Brewing and Distillery.


About ANDREW FERGUSON

Ghost River Theatre's collaborator behind this tasting adventure is none other than Calgary's "The Scotch Guy" Andrew Ferguson. After 13 years working for Kensington Wine Market, first as a delivery driver and then as the store's resident Scotch and whisky expert he purchased the business April 1 2015. In his time here he helped put KWM on the international map as one of the World's top whisky shops. In March of 2015 Whisky Magazine awarded KWM "Highly Commended" or 2nd place for "Whisky Retailer of the Year  Single Outlet". He also built a reputation as one of Canada's most trusted whisky experts. On April 11th 2011 he was inducted into the Keepers of the Quaich, the first Canadian retail expert to be so honored. He has his own whisky tour company, www.fergusonwhiskytours.com. He is also the President of a Calgary whisky club, The Companions of the Quaich, Calgary Chapter. A native of Calgary, he studied Military History at the University of Calgary.


About the Society

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is a club unlike any other.  As well as being a place to connect with other like-minded whisky lovers, we are also internationally renowned for our mission:  to provide our members with an adventurous and fun journey of discovery of the world's widest selection of single cask whiskies.  As a member, you will join over 25,000 other members in 19 countries and have access to the very best single cask, single malt whisky available anywhere. Only members can purchase The Society’s fantastic and interesting whiskies.


WHEN & where

Tuesday, May 2nd, 6:30pm

Last Best Brewing and Distillery
607-11 Ave SW Calgary, AB T2R 0E1


TICKEts

$150 plus GST

Includes a $90 tax receipt, welcome drink courtesy of Last Best Brewing, delicious assortment of food, as well as the multi-sensory performance featuring music, storytelling, and tasting of 5 exquisite Scotches specially chosen by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.


All proceeds go towards championing new, daring work at Ghost River Theatre.


Performance History

In 2015 we teamed up with Andrew Ferguson and the Kensington Wine Market to debut the first ever TASTING SCOTCH event at the Bourbon Room of The National in Calgary.


TASTING SCOTCH 2016 CREDITS

Concept and Direction: Eric Rose

Collaborator and Scotch Expert: Andrew Ferguson

Script: Jason Patrick Rothery based on interviews with Andrew Ferguson

Sound Design: Matthew Waddell

Sensory Scotch Mat Design: Caitlin Gallichan-Lowe

Featuring:  Vanessa Sabourin

Sound Operator: Amelia Scott

Event Management: Mandy Dale

Special Thanks:

Evan Medd, Nicola Elson, Megan Webster, Stephen Phipps, Tim Dale,


PRAISE FOR TASTING SCOTCH

GRT’s “...scotch tasting at the Bourbon Room inside the National, transported the audience back to the Scottish highlands, using a soundscape, storytelling and whiskey mythology to weave a spell one memorable night.” - Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald