If I can create an scenario where thousands of dollars are raised for charity, whisky enthusiasts get to taste some incredibly rare whiskies, and whisky companies can promote their best stuff, then everyone wins. That’s exactly what will occur at WhiskyFest San Francisco on October 10th, 2008.
I love publishing Malt Advocate and hosting WhiskyFest. But, if I may be honest with you, sometimes I feel like I should be doing more for society than just turning people on to great whisky. My parents are missionaries and they gave up their careers to help less fortunate people throughout the world.
I have a family raise and support, so missionary work isn’t in the cards for me at the moment. But, this is why, starting several years ago at our annual WhiskyFest New York event, we established a charity table where I, along with many generous whisky companies, donate rare whiskies for charitable causes. Attendees, for a small donation, get to enjoy a wee taste of an amazingly rare whisky. Over the years, we have raised tens of thousands of dollars for several different charities at WhiskyFest New York.
This is only our second event in San Francisco. Hopefully, as our event grows, so will the donations. So far, we have lined up two very special charity tables: one from The Macallan, the other from Glenfarclas. What both of these companies are donating is amazing, and all of us at Malt Advocate magazine are very grateful. Below is a summary of what each distillery is offering:
Current and past Master Distillers and Managing Directors will each create one unique bottle of Macallan. The contents inside each bottling will be offered one dram at a time to lucky attendees who provide a donation to charity.
Current Master Distiller Bob Dalgarno, past Master Distillers Frank Newlands and Sandy Curle, along with former Managing Director Willie Phillips all will be participating. They will each use their talents to create one bottle of Macallan whisky to their liking and specification. Each will be bottle #1 of only 1, never to be reproduced or replicated ever again.
For everyone who simply can’t afford to purchase a bottle of The Family Casks spanning 43 vintage from 1952 to 1994, we have a special treat for you. Glenfarclas is donating one bottle from each decade to our charity table at WhiskyFest San Francisco on October 10th.
For a small donation to charity, WhiskyFest San Francisco attendees will be able to taste a wee dram a Glenfarclas whisky from one of five different decades. Details on the specific vintages will follow.
This may be your only opportunity to taste one of these very special whiskies. This is an extra special treat for those of us in the U.S., given that The Family Casks whiskies were never sold in the U.S.
I hope I can convince you to come to WhiskyFest San Francisco (from wherever you live) and enjoy this special evening with us. Details on our website at: http://maltadvocate.com/whiskeyfest-sf.asp