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Day of Seminars Delivers at WhiskyFest New York

You’re trying to decide whether to pull the trigger on the WhiskyFest New York seminar ticket, right? Hey, it’s not cheap, we know. But maybe this will help make up your mind.

The very first whisky you’ll taste is a Glenury Royal 23 year old. Yup, right off the bat you’re tasting a 23 year old single malt from a distillery that last produced in 1983. Not rare enough? Okay, we also have a Stitzel-Weller bourbon. Right. The stuff that’s at the heart of the oldest Pappy Van Winkle, been locked up in the warehouses for over 20 years. We’ve got it, you’ll taste it. Don’t leave yet: how about a Kininvie. You know? The secluded “third distillery” that William Grant tucked in behind Balvenie, only a few, very limited single malt bottlings (and none released here)? 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.

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, new, 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 cask strength 21 year old 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.

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 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, and a presentation of seven of last year’s Whisky Advocate award winners.

Still haven’t made up your mind? Wow, you’re a tough one. Well, 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?

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