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Mechanical engineer Han Ha (R) leads a tour at JP Wiser's on 24 November 2017. Visitors receive a complete grain to glass experience during the tour of the facility.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mechanical engineer Han Ha (R) leads a tour at JP Wiser's on 24 November 2017. Visitors receive a complete grain to glass experience during the tour of the facility.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Wiser’s Tours Taking Off

One of many displays at JP Wiser's in Walkerville, as seen on 24 November 2017. Visitors to the JP Wiser's Experience receive a complete grain to glass tour of North America's largest distillery.Photo by Ian Shalapata.
One of many displays at JP Wiser’s in Walkerville, as seen on 24 November 2017. Visitors to the JP Wiser’s Experience receive a complete grain to glass tour of North America’s largest distillery.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Earlier this month, the JP Wiser’s Walkerville distillery began offering Friday afternoon tours of the Riverside Drive facility. During the tour, visitors will experience the story of Canadian whisky and learn not only its history but also the process used to make it from grain to glass.

The tour concludes with a tasting of the award-winning whiskies, including such options as Wiser’s Deluxe, Triple Barrel, and Lot 40.

Already over a hundred have turned up for the Wiser’s Experience. Although most are local residents, there have been some notable exceptions.

Mechanical engineer Han Ha (R) leads a tour at JP Wiser's on 24 November 2017. Visitors receive a complete grain to glass experience during the tour of the facility.Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Mechanical engineer Han Ha (R) leads a tour at JP Wiser’s on 24 November 2017. Visitors receive a complete grain to glass experience during the tour of the facility.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Neil Bishop, the director of manufacturing and maintenance for Hiram Walker and Sons, told the tale of one group who seemed more knowledgeable about the science behind distilling.

A busload of tourists arrived innocently enough but, unknown to Bishop, the party was made up of science professors from a Cleveland-area university; all held doctorates.

The educators were in town to watch the Detroit Lions play the Cleveland Browns and thought the tour would be an excellent way to educate themselves on the making of whiskey. To say the least, explained Bishop, their questions were quite challenging at times.

Conveyors deliver the spent grains from the JP Wiser's whisky production facility to the spent grains warehouse, on 4 October 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Conveyors deliver the spent grains from the JP Wiser’s whisky production facility to the spent grains warehouse, on 4 October 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

One question he fielded was for recommendations regarding what else the area had to offer. He directed the Buckeye State visitors to Walkerville Brewery and the Kildare House. Later he received a thank you, no questions asked.

The tours are offered at 1pm and 3pm each Friday afternoon at the newly renovated JP Wiser’s Experience Centre in the Hiram Walker compound at 2072 Riverside Drive East.

Neil Bishop, JP Wiser’s director of manufacturing and maintenance operations, explains the distillation process during a media tour of the Walkerville facility on 4 October 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Neil Bishop, JP Wiser’s director of manufacturing and maintenance operations, explains the distillation process during a media tour of the Walkerville facility on 4 October 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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