BC Liquor Stores offer whiskies from around the globe in spirit release


A collection of premier spirits, including a bottle of the rare Bowmore Black 1964 50 Year Old Whisky for $32,000, will go on sale to the public at the annual BC Liquor Stores Premium Spirit Release on Nov. 4, 2017.


Thirty BC Liquor Stores throughout the province are participating in this year’s event, featuring a global selection of whiskies, as well as a few notable items, such as artisanal Italian gin and three rums.


Those interested in a $32,000 bottle of whisky may include collectors or, potentially, investors. Only 159 bottles of this whisky have been made available internationally and this is the fifth, final and oldest cask in the distillery’s sought-after 1964 Black Bowmore series.


In addition to the Bowmore Black 1964, customers can also find the Bunnahabhain 46 Year Old, and the Glenfiddich 40 Year Old. BC Liquor Stores will also have available sought-after bourbons from Kentucky, along with whiskies from Japan, Taiwan, Italy, France and India.


Canadian whiskies, like Central City’s Lohin McKinnon Blacksage VQA Collaboration Whisky, distilled locally in Surrey, will also be sold as part of the event.


New this year is a draw for the chance to purchase a bottle of the highly coveted Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. There is a huge demand for this rare spirit and the draw will offer customers an equal opportunity to acquire this popular bourbon. Customers can submit a ballot until Nov. 5 and choose from four types of Pappy Van Winkle products to purchase if their name is drawn Nov. 15, 2017.



Adele Shaw, category manager, BC Liquor Stores –

“This year’s premium spirit release is drawing a lot of attention due to the breadth of selection we’re offering. There are whiskies from unique areas, such as Italy, Taiwan and France, plus there is a wide range of prices, starting at $45.99.


“The products that people are really taking notice of are the single-cask whiskies because they offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These products cannot be replicated. Customers are also interested in the Glen Grant 18 Year Old, which just won the best single malt in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018, where it also placed in the top three overall whiskies.”


Quick Facts:

The premium spirit release offers a global selection of whiskies, as well as other spirits, such as gin and rum.


Prices in the release range from $45.99 to $32,000.


There are 30 BC Liquor Stores participating in this year’s premium spirit release.

•Lower Mainland

◦39th and Cambie (Vancouver)

◦8th and Cambie (Vancouver)


◦Broadway and Lillooet (Vancouver)

◦Alberni and Bute (downtown Vancouver)

◦Park Royal (West Vancouver)

◦Richmond Brighouse

◦Richmond Ironwood

◦Dunbar (Vancouver)

◦Westwood Centre (Port Coquitlam)


◦SOLO (Burnaby)

◦Westview (North Vancouver)

◦Meadowtown Centre (Pitt Meadows)

◦Fleetwood (Surrey)

◦Highgate Village (Burnaby)

◦Peninsula Village (Surrey)

◦Nordel Crossing (Surrey)

◦Northgate (Coquitlam)

•Outside the Lower Mainland

◦Fort Street (Victoria)

◦Hillside (Victoria)

◦Sidney (Vancouver Island)

◦Parksville North (Vancouver Island)

◦Penticton Plaza

◦Nanaimo Terminal Park (Vancouver Island)

◦Broadmead Village (Vancouver Island)

◦Duncan (Vancouver Island)

◦Kamloops Columbia Place

◦Kelowna Orchard Park

◦Prince George Pine Centre


Doors open at the flagship 39th and Cambie BC Liquor Store at 9:30 a.m.


Learn More:

BC Liquor Stores website: http://www.bcliquorstores.com/promotion/premium-spirit-release-2017

Pappy Van Winkle Draw: http://www.bcliquorstores.com/promotion/pappy-van-winkle-bourbon-draw

For information about responsible alcohol use, including a blood alcohol calculator, low-risk drinking guidelines, and parenting resources: AlcoholSenseBC.ca (healthyfamiliesbc.ca)