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Rare and unique whiskies at WhiskyFest New York seminars

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

John HansellIf you’re still trying to decide whether to splurge for the WhiskyFest New York seminar ticket, the six-hour whisky experience on October 12, maybe this will help make up your mind. That headline is no exaggeration: there will be unique whiskies at the event, and not run-of-the-mill uniques, either.

IMG_6113Start at 9:00 AM.The very first whisky you’ll taste is a Glenury Royal 23 year old, bottled in 1997. Right off the mark you’re tasting a 23 year old single malt from a distillery that last produced in 1983. Not rare enough, you say? How about Kininvie, the secluded “third distillery” tucked in behind Balvenie and Glenfiddich? There have only been a couple limited single malt bottlings under the Hazelwood label (but never in the U.S.), and one or two for employees and friends; we have some just for you, friend. Then there’s Sazerac 18 year old rye. So what, you’re thinking, that stuff comes out every fall! Not this bottling: this is the original, distilled in 1981, bottled in 2000. Then we cap it with a Stitzel-Weller bourbon. The stuff that’s at the heart of the oldest Pappy Van Winkle, locked up in the warehouses for over 20 years. We’ve got it, you’ll taste it.

And that’s just the first hour! How could we top that? Well, after a little interlude — just an intimate moment with legendary bourbon distiller Jimmy Russell and a one-off bottling of some of the oldest Wild Turkey anyone’s ever seen, no big deal — we will blow your minds with four unique, never-to-be-released-again whiskies. There’s an Ardbeg 1973 (presented by Dr. Bill Lumsden), the one-off Balvenie Offspring (presented by David Stewart), a Highland Park 1968 (presented by Gerry Tosh), and a 21 year old cask strength Aberlour (presented by Ann Miller). None have ever been bottled before; only these 12 bottles of each ever will be.

Remember…we haven’t even broken for lunch yet.Yellow Spot Whiskey

What else? Well, Jim McEwan has the last of this year’s Feis Ile bottling from Bruichladdich, and we have a sampling of three exceptional whiskies (from Compass Box, The Dalmore, and Glenmorangie) paired with exquisite chocolates (one presented by Chef Daniel Boulud). Then there’s that lunch, with four Taliskers and the lively repartee of Diageo’s Dr. Nick Morgan and our own Dave Broom, followed by a hot seminar on whisky trends (with the Taketsuru 21 from Nikka, and our 2012 blend of the year, Blue Hanger 6th Release) and a presentation of seven of last year’s Whisky Advocate award winners, including Glenmorangie Pride and Yellow Spot.

Still haven’t made up your mind? Wow, you’re tough. There’s one more whiskey you’ll get to taste: Master Distiller’s Unity, a bourbon blended from whiskey donated by seven master distillers from their stocks to honor Parker Beam. Parker will present it himself, and the ten bottles we’ll be pouring — for you — will be the first and only tasting of the whiskey. There are two other bottles, which will be sold together the next day at Bonhams, with all proceeds going to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund. But you’ll taste it first. With Parker.

So…ready to buy that ticket now?

Top left photo: WFNY 2012 Seminar Day; Michael Gross

Weekend of Whisky: WhiskyFest New York 2012

Monday, December 5th, 2011

An important announcement about our WhiskyFest New York for 2012…

One night of WhiskyFest™ just isn’t enough so we’ve expanded the New York event to an entire weekend. That’s right, the Grand Tasting will be held in the evening on two nights: Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th. The Grand Tasting events will feature all that you have come to expect from WhiskyFest: over 200 whiskies and other spirits including single malts and blended Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, and other whiskies from around the world. Beer, rum, cognac, and many other spirits will also be available for sampling. A gourmet buffet will be served and available for your enjoyment all evening. Master distillers, blenders and many other industry experts will be in attendance.

A full day of seminars will be held on Saturday, the 27th. The entire day will be dedicated to whisky education covering a variety of topics and offering the opportunity to taste new, rare, and award-winning whiskies. The sessions will be led by Whisky Advocate writers, master distillers and master blenders. No need to pick and choose which seminars you will attend. The sessions will be scheduled one at a time with lunch included.  (The day-long seminars replace the evening seminars that were previously held during the grand tasting.)

WhiskyFest New York 2012 will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. For further details, visit our website by clicking here. WhiskyFest New York 2012 will be a whisky weekend not to be missed!

Not just WhiskyFest Chicago, Whisky Week Chicago!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

If you’re coming to our sold-out WhiskyFest Chicago this Friday, or if you live in the Chicago area, there’s a lot more going on than just WhiskyFest. There’s a whole week of cool whisky events that have built up around WhiskyFest.

Of particular note is the Ardbeg 10th Anniversary event, the day after WhiskyFest. Sadly, I have to fly back home Saturday for some personal business, but you can still go. You’ll find more info, along with sign-up information, here.

Hopefully, I’ll see you in Chicago.

WhiskyFest Chicago Eve Rendezvous

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Are you going to WhiskyFest Chicago  on April 23rd? Will you be in Chicago the night before WhiskyFest? Let’s meet up for a drink!

The official WhiskyFest After-Party is at Delilah’s, so I don’t want to duplicate that (but you should go to that too!). Plus, assuming that many of you are staying at the Hyatt, where WhiskyFest is being held, I was thinking of a place that’s within walking distance to the hotel.

While I love whisky, I also love beer, so let’s meet up at the Clark Street Ale House. They have a great draft beer list, and they also have some great whiskies on the back bar.

Here’s the deal. My daughter Shannon is coming to WhiskyFest and I’m flying into Chicago with her after her classes are over. Because of this. I won’t be getting into Chicago until 7:30 pm (assuming my flight is on time). Allowing time for flight delays, cabbing it to my hotel, and then getting down to Clark Street, I’m thinking about meeting there around 9:30 pm and sticking around for a couple. By that time, I WILL be thirsty for a pint!

I’m always very busy at WhiskyFest, so this will be a nice opportunity to hook up with anyone who wants to join me for a drink under a more relaxed environment. If you think you can make it, let me know.