From the finest Canadian ingredients distilled and matured by a true dream team of artisans.
Barley & Hops
Canada makes some of the world’s best barley and we are privileged to have access to so many great local farms in our province. BC grains form the majority of the raw ingredients put into our beers and whiskies. Their rugged but pristine and fresh flavours draw inspiration from the beauty of our province and find their way into our final products. To add even more character and individuality to our beers and whiskies, we also use a wide selection of specialty malts and hops from around the world!
Beer, Whisky Wash & Draff
Whisky is essentially distilled beer. Victoria Caledonian uses the finest brew house equipment from P.E.I. & Vancouver Island. Our Brew Master Dean McLeod and Head Brewer Nicole MacLean lead the operation to brew the finest whisky wash and craft beers. In an effort to keep the world a greener place, rather than discard the spent barley, Dean has chosen to give the draff to a local farmer to feed his sheep & cattle.
Our whiskies are distilled in copper pot stills from the world leading coppersmith & still makers, Forsyth Ltd of Rothes, Scotland. Built to a height of 4.8 meters, our stills are specially designed with a long head and swan neck in order to allow the spirit vapours to drift gently upward for a long time. This increasing the copper conversation time and leads to a soft, elegant, fruity whisky with very clean flavours.
Master Distiller Mike Nicolson’s family has tended the stills of Scotland’s distilleries for almost 100 years. The magic and arts of the still house shaped his young life and drew him in to continue the tradition himself. With 36 years spent crafting Scotch whisky with Diageo, the world’s leading Scotch whisky company, he made memories and lifelong friends in 18 of the most sought after Scottish distilleries. We could not have found a more talented or experienced Master Distiller to work with!
Scotland’s leading whisky maturation expert has spent decades honing the science woven into the myths and art of whisky making, and cultivating relationships with the very best cooperages. The late and great Dr. Swan completed a PhD in wood maturation and won many individual awards, such as the prestigious “Malt Advocate Innovator of the Year.”
His unique processes have resulted in his whiskies winning accolades including the “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky” and World Whisky Awards. The only spirit ever to score a perfect 100 at the Beverage Testing Institute, and gain a 97-point rating in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible was a Jim Swan Whisky.Remarkably, these award winning whiskies were just 3, 4 or 5 years old.
Through Dr. Swan you have access to the world’s finest oaks when you join our 30L designer cask program or buy a bottle of our unreleased house whisky.
Our guest whiskies were inspired by our dedication to authenticity. They tap into the ancient history and genuine Scottish and Irish connections of the Macaloney name.
Among the Heather
A ’45 romantic episode in Scottish history was the Jacobite Rising. After the fateful battle of Culloden, 1746, Dugald-Roy McOlonie, a kinsman of our Macaloney Distillers founder, was forced to hide among his native heather hills from cruel Hanoverian revenge. Despite him enduring sustained discomfort and great personal loss, where he’d seen 300 of his 800 clansmen die for Prince Charles Edward Stuart, he remained loyal to the end.
Lamenting his losses, Dugald-Roy wrote his poignant poem:
“In the heather’s my bed ‘neath the dew-laden trees … And though I’m in a den, there’s o gloss in my hond, and I’ll drink, ond refuse not, o health to Prince Chor/es.”
Sung in Gaelic by The Lochies 1987.
Our Among the Heather vatted malt Scotch, has a hint of peat smoke and is a perfect warming dram. Please raise a glass to our family poet & his Prince.
Prince Dougal’s Dram
A romantic episode in Scottish history was the ’45 Jacobite Rising. After the fateful battle of Culloden, 1746, Prince Charles Edward Stuart became a fugitive hiding in the heather with a massive Hanoverian bounty on his head, yet no Jacobite ever betrayed him. Whilst on the run, his companions never used his royal title but out of an abundance of caution called him Dougal Macaloney.
His nickname was borrowed from his most staunch and loyal supporters, the ancestors of our Macaloney Distillers founder. The name also represented a subtle Highland compliment due to it meaning in the Gaelic ‘son of the prince of the storm’. After all, Prince Charlie had braved the stormy seas to raise the clans and restore the true Stuart monarchy.
Our Prince Dougal’s Dram is a vatted malt Scotch whisky with a hint of Sherry-wood, fit for a Prince. Please raise a glass to ‘Prince Dougal Macaloney’ from over the sea!