Calgary MS Whisky Festival: top 5 picks

The fifth annual festival circuit features a range of more than 220 whiskies from around the world, with all proceeds going toward the local MS Society.

Event features more than 220 whiskies from around the world, including Ireland, Japan, Taiwan and India

The fifth annual MS Whisky Festival wraps up on Jan. 14 in Calgary. All proceeds will go to the local MS Society. (Getty Images)

Whisky lovers will sample some of the finest single malts and blends as they raise a glass to multiple sclerosis research.

The fifth annual MS Whiskey Festival circuit wraps up Thursday night in Calgary and features a range of more than 220 whiskies from around the world, including samplings from more than 70 Scottish distilleries, as well as world class selections from Canada, the United States, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan and India. 

All proceeds from the event will go to the MS Society, Calgary and Area Chapter.

"I like to think that there's a lot of great whisky out there, and a lot of it is stuff that people have never heard of before," said Andrew Ferguson, the "Scotch Guy" at the Kensington Wine Market in Calgary.

"[This festival is] an opportunity for people to get a little bit outside the box, sample things that they otherwise wouldn't have, and maybe get around the idea of buying based on label."

Top 5 picks

After combing through the entire list of featured whiskies, Ferguson came up with these five must-try selections:

Forty Creek Confederation Oak, Canadian

Michter's US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye, Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Glenmorangie Tusail  Single Malt Scotch, Highland

Springbank 15 Year  Single Malt Scotch, Campbeltown

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 29.159: Anyone for cricket? Single Malt Scotch, Islay

The event takes place tonight at Arts Commons (formerly EPCOR Centre). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m.

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