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The Companions of The Quaich is a non-profit society dedicated to promoting and sharing knowledge and enjoyment of Single Malt Whisky and was founded in 2001 by Ed. Patrick, one of Canada's foremost authorities in all aspects of single malt Scotch. Since its inception, the Society has grown from a single chapter to a present total of 22 all across Canada.

Members meet regularly at dinners and tastings in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere during which three different malts are presented by knowledgeable members, special guest presenters and malt masters or head distillers from other countries raising a greater awareness of the history and methods of malt whisky distilling, and making available brands that are not normally sold in provincial liquor stores.

The Society also organizes group trips to Scotland giving fellow members a chance to experience the magnificence of the Scots landscape and visit in person, the malt whisky distilleries in various parts of the country.

Interested in starting your own Local Chapter of The Companions of The Quaich? Click here.

Upcoming Tastings


Hamilton: November 10
Toronto: November 26
Cornwall: November 28
Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge: December 2

1939 2014

We are saddened to announce the death of our good friend and Cornwall Chapter Convenor-Emeritus Don MacDiarmid following a valiant battle with cancer. Don, 76, was an acknowledged authority on Single Malt Scotch and had one of the finest collections in Canada. He led the Cornwall Chapter out of a former malt whisky society and into The Companions of The Quaich and later encouraged other chapters to follow his lead. Don and his wife, Janie, took part in one of our earliest Whisky Tours of Scotland and appeared in the one-hour documentary, The Whisky Trail, on the CTV network. They also joined Companions from all over Ontario on an annual trip to the Fredericton Whisky Festival on several occasions. Don was a gem of a gentleman and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our sincerest condolences go out to Janie and all the family on their loss.