Join Crafted Vancouver and hosts Jamie Johnson and John Atkin for our second edition of Balvenie After Hours series, featuring an exclusive tasting event accompanied by a talk on the crafted interior of this beloved Vancouver building.
The Balvenie’s National Brand Ambassador, Jamie Johnson will guide us through their signature handcrafted offerings from The Balvenie. Learn the history of single malt and how The Balvenie maintains its tradition of whisky making from grain to glass. From whisky beginner to seasoned aficionado, there is something for everyone in this immersive experience.
Guests will sample from a bespoke 4-pc. Whisky glass set designed and created by Benjamin Kikkert for this evening’s tasting. Each guest will take home a specially boxed set of glasses for personal use or gift giving. Benjamin is president of the Glass Art Association of Canada and will be appearing in the Netflix original series Blown Away airing this spring 2019 and features ten extraordinary glass blowers in competition.
The work of metal artist Stefanie Dueck and ceramic artist Janaki Larsen will be used at our table to accompany our meal.
Vancouver civic historian John Atkin will give a talk on the history and craftsmanship of the iconic Hycroft Manor.
Jamie Johnson – The Balvenie Brand Ambassador, Canada
Jamie’s love of whisky began many years ago when she made an impulsive visit to a distillery in Kentucky in the middle of a road trip. She’s been enchanted ever since.
In 2014 she began offering casual, fun and approachable whisky tastings in her home. The tastings were so popular, she was forced to expand beyond her Toronto living room – and she began partnering with some of the city’s most popular bars and restaurants to host monthly tastings. Her whisky club, Bourbon Thing, continued to grow rapidly and provide a space for whisky aficionados and neophytes alike to enjoy a dram, a laugh and some whisky education together.
Jamie is also co-host of a popular weekly Whisky Podcast, The Whisky Topic with Whisky Author, Mark Bylok. Jamie joined The Balvenie family as Canadian Brand Ambassador in January of 2017.
Built in 1909, Hycroft Manor was the first and one of the most expensive homes constructed in the exclusive neighbourhood of Shaughnessy Heights. It was here the McRae family established their estate at the edge of the city, including extensive gardens, stables and an indoor swimming pool reached via a short tunnel from the main house. Under the care of the University Women’s Club of Vancouver, Hycroft thrives as a home for members. Our event with Balvenie takes place in the beautiful green solarium and drawing room.