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Part masterclass and part tasting, the Whiskey Extravaganza is made for novices who are just starting to learn about whiskey, or those who have been studying and/or drinking it for years. I would say we kind of fell in between, where we wanted to learn more on top of what we already knew.
There was no shortage of whiskey as well, from single malts, to scotch, to bourbon and even some flavored brandies. Not only from the US, or your usual European whiskies, but there were whiskeys from India as well.
As we entered the space, we received a tasting glass and wooden coin to redeem our cigar from Casa de Montecristo cigar shop right here in NYC, we went with a medium body cigar.
Before we even got to the tasting, we downed a plate or two of the bites they had available. The Asian fare was delish. Then it was on to the whiskies! We tried a few, there was Amrut, a single malt whiskey distilled in India, The Glenrothes, who had a very nice 18 year old scotch whiskey. Clear Creek Distillery, from Oregon had pear and apple brandies, which were refreshing. Slane Irish Whiskey carried a tripled casked (Old American Oak, Used American Oak and Sherry) whiskey.
Westland’s American Oak whiskey (their OG) was one of my favorites, in addition to Glen Moray, who’s 25 year scotch I missed, retailed at $300! We rounded it out with High West Distillery, out of Utah, a peated scotch whiskey from Benromach, Cider Barrel whiskeys from Virginia Distillery Co. and a lemonade based cocktail made with Dubliner Whiskey.
We didn’t get to attend the Masterclasses, but taught by experts in their field, they covered topics from how to taste and smell whiskey to a little history on the American Single Malt:
CONNOISSEUR CLASS: THE COMMON SENSE OF SCENTS
Do you always believe what your sense of smell is telling you? Explore the role that your nose plays when drinking a great glass of whisky (or even… egads… a bad one). Who better than a professional whiskey taster to open your eyes a bit to what your schnozzle is telling you. Gain a better appreciation of the aromas that whisky possesses and remember… always follow your nose!
WHAT’S IN YOUR GLASS – A WORLD WHISKY TASTING IN THE BLIND
Hosted by Raj Sabharwal
Glass Revolution Imports
Test your whisky knowledge as you are lead through a blind tasting of 5 award winning Single Malt Whiskies. We will taste Single Malt Whiskies from Australia, Ireland, England, India and Canada. The whiskies will be unveiled at the end of the tasting. Will you be able to determine what’s in your glass?
“GRAIN TO GLASS” AMERICAN SINGLE MALT MASTERCLASS
Presented by Jordan Felix
Westward American Single Malt Advocate
Single Malt whisk(e)y is a revered spirit. Long associated with Scotland, the rest of the world has truly embraced the category and has caught up with producing world class whiskey. Here in the United States, American Single Malt is a rapidly growing category and is gaining traction and recognition around the world. Join Jordan Felix as we explore the three American Single Malt cornerstones of barley, beer, and barrel in Westward American Single Malt.
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