Frequently asked questions and their answers.
Or Frequently Casked Questions as we call them.
Who is Specialty Spirits?
Well, it’s made up of a team of individuals in Ontario, Canada that like many of you have asked: ” Are there more spirits out there that I could enjoy but aren’t regularly found in Ontario?”
The short answer is: Yes.
We are a licensed importer of the Alcohol and Gaming Comission of Ontario (AGCO). This means we are legally allowed to import alcohol via the LCBO channels.
Why should I join Specialty Spirits?
Well, you enjoy whisky. Or, maybe your palate is pretty diverse and you also enjoy rums, vodkas or gins.
Specialty Spirits gives you the opportunity to do all of the above with spirits you can’t get anywhere else in Ontario through our Exclusive Distillery Partners.
How do you decide or choose which distilleries to carry?
The bigger or more well-known names, as delicious as they are, don’t need any extra help promoting their various expressions. Everyone who wants a bottle of Lag, has a bottle of Lag, right?
We go for the independent craft distilleries who have a story inside and behind the bottle that, frankly, we feel, need to be enjoyed by more people.
How long does it take to have my order delivered?
When you order, you’re ordering directly from the distillery itself. On average, that can take up to 4 or 6 weeks – We’ve seen faster and we’ve seen slower. The LCBO logistics process is something out of our hands; however, it does mean all your imports are legal and “above Board” (pun intended).
On the other hand, if we have some of the whisky, gin, vodka or rum you’re looking for in Ontario already, it could be at your place, ready to be poured in the next few days!
Can I purchase a Membership as a gift?
Of course you can. What better gift than the gift of great spirits?
Simply click on the “gift” option on the membership form. Oh, just an FYI – be ready for a barrage of :“Thanks!”
What else does Specialty Spirits do?
We also have a weekly virtual (for now) Sip & Share every Thursday night. That’s where you can chill and chat with Specialty Spirits Members and non-Members alike. There’s always room for one more.
Do you do events?
We offer a number of different types of events all depending on what you’re looking for.
With the global COVID pandemic in 2020-202, we have all learned the capabilities and power of a virtual event. Whether you’re wanting one for personal exploration or need something professional for your clients or business, let us create it for you.
In addition to continuing Virtual Events, we also look forward to resuming in-person events with restaurants and distillery partners.
Please note: For events highlighting our unique craft spirits, we are currently booking 3-4 months in advance.
Contact us today to get started.
Why did you change your name from Whisky Quarterly Ontario?
While we were whisky-focused, we weren’t solely about whisky.
We realized that many whisky drinkers love to explore other spirits. Back in our original days, the number of times we were asked “When are you doing a “Gin Quarterly” or a “Rum Quarterly” started to really add up.
Plus, most distillers start in spirits such as gin or vodka, or have a really great liqueur – Why would we not want our members to enjoy those as well?
Why should I pay for a $100-dollar membership when you offer a membership at no cost?
Dram good question!
The Free Membership is a nod to our roots. It’s more information-based than anything, but a great place to start. Whether it’s a review of something we have tried recently, or dipping your toe with our “quarterly selections” from our own catalogue.
The modestly priced $100 annual Standard Membership gives you access to all the distilleries we represent, plus a few other niceties that you don’t get with the Free Membership.
Besides, think of the bragging rights your shelf will have when you have a whisky or spirit that no one else has and can get? Unless they become a Member like you.
Are you a reseller and, if so, do you mark up the prices?
#$!^, no! We don’t resell or pad the prices.
Our pricing is based strictly on what you would pay if the LCBO carried our spirits.
If we did resell the spirits, we would be breaking the law. We’d rather help stock bars, not be behind them.
It took years of effort to develop our model, get appropriate licensing from the AGCO, etc. We are not going to jeopardize that for a few bucks on the sly.
It’s our Memberships and future SWAG and adjacent products that help keep the lights on.
How does ordering work?
Eager to order something, that’s great!
While our plan is to roll out eCommerce in time. We’d rather to it right then fast. If you’re interested though, you can see the estimated landed cost of each of our available spirits from our Distillery Partners, accessible from our sites navigation.
To order, you must be a paid Member of Specialty Spirits. Simply contact us to place an order as we move towards our eventual eCommerce plans.
Can I send you photos of my whiskies, other spirits or other spirit related stuff like distillery tour photos or “what I’m enjoying right now”?
All of this sounds cool! How can I become more involved?
We’re always looking for ways to engage more with our community. Let’s face it, you feel you’d be a good fit to help us spread the good word. So please reach out and share your ideas.