A Whisky Club Made For Everyone

At The Strath, Victoria B.C.

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Because it’s not whisky until it’s shared!

We are an inclusive club for exclusive whisky, based at The Strath Ale, Wine & Spirit Merchants in Victoria BC. Whether you are a seasoned scotch veteran, a bourbon geek, or brand new to whisky – we welcome you to explore the vast world of whisky with the largest whisky community on Vancouver Island. Whether you are sampling a dram in-store, or attending a masterclass or event – The Dram Association is your gateway to an incredible whisky experience.

The Dram Association is curated and organized by Adam Bradshaw (hi, that’s me!), and is run by the dedicated staff of The Strath Ale Wine & Spirit Merchants. If you have any questions about The Dram Association or whisky in general, you can reach me easily via email at [email protected]

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5% off all whiskies*

10% off featured whiskies

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* online and in-store, regularly priced whiskies only, SMWS excluded

** all tastings currently on hold due to covid-19 safety protocols

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What Is The Dram Association?

What does the club actually do?

The Dram Association started in May 2017 with one aim in mind. To be a whisky club that anyone could be a member of, regardless of time or financial constraints. We believe that whisky is beyond a drink – it’s a hobby, and should be accessible and inclusive. No matter whether you take part in every aspect of the club, or whether we only see you once a year – each and every member is an important part of our community. The idea seems to have caught on, as we now have over a thousand members throughout the province.

The club started with our in store sampling program. For just $5 you could come into the Strath and try a sample pour of a specially curated whisky. You could learn about that whisky through detailed notes written by Adam, and take advantage of a discount if you decided to pick up a bottle. A new whisky would be released every second Sunday. We look forward to rebooting this highly popular program as soon as it is safe to do so.

We then branched out into tasting event. Blind tastings, special guest presenters, new releases, whisky dinners, and even small group educational masterclasses. We’ve now presented over 50 events over the last three years. Unfortunately these are also on hold due to Covid-19.

It wasn’t long before our club was big enough to start bringing in global exclusive bottlings, and allowing our members to pre-order at a great price. Starting local with Shelter Point and deVine, every single one of our exclusive single cask or small batch Canadian whiskies have scored medals at the Canadian Whisky awards. Now we even have our very own Scotch malt whiskies, with the Old Perth VWF2020 bottling and the Strath Exclusive Glenfarclas 12 Cask Strength.

With the global pandemic, we had to make some changes to how we came together as a club. Thus the Dram Association went cyber with the launch of our webstore and YouTube channel, where new whiskies are sampled, discussed and released every month. While we can’t wait for the in person tastings to resume full time, we’ve been thoroughly enjoying our time online.

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* online and in-store, regularly priced whiskies only, SMWS excluded

** all tastings currently on hold due to covid-19 safety protocols

*** in-store samples are currently unavailable and as such your $10 per month will be put towards an upcoming special surprise

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Dram Association Reviews

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