Something quite unusual has taken place this week. I…had a day off. Pinch me, I’m dreaming. So, I slept in until about 9am, went downstairs for coffee, and stepped onto my front porch to sit in my rocking chair and enjoy the day.
But wait…WHAT?? It. Is. COLD! When did THIS happen? The leaves have already turned to spectacular orange and red hues, the luscious green grass in our front yard has begun turning brown, the sky has gone from the brightest blue to a shimmering white, and my coffee now seemed to be missing something. Just a hint of …whiskey.
THIS. This is my most favorite time of the year!
Speaking of whiskey.
If you are a true connoisseur as I am, I have fabulous news! it is time again for the Whiskies of the Word event in Atlanta. Held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead, this promises to be the event of the year for whisky, scotch and bourbon afficianados, and one not to me missed.
With 100 brands pouring 250 expressions, this is just a tiny tease of all that you will have from which to choose when you attend Atlanta Whiskies of the World this Friday at the Intercontinental Buckhead.
Glengoyne is attending with 5 expressions, including the 21 year old! Compass Box is always a favorite, bringing all the classics plus The Flaming Heart 2018 release! WHAT?!? Yes, you read that right! Brown-Forman is bringing all their favorites, including Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Jack Daniels, and Glendronach!
Did you know that Hotaling is bringing Nikka Whisky from the Barrel? They are! Plus 6 Kavalans, 3 Old Portrero Ryes, and 2 more Nikkas! We are thrilled that West Cork Irish Whiskey is back again this year! Bean Suntory is coming with Laphroaig, Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek and Suntory Toki, just to name a few! Edrington will be there with Highand Park and The Glenrothes!
Finally, we are excited to welcome some craft distillers including Chatanooga Whiskey, J.R. Revelry, Belle Isle Moonshine, and The Virginia Distillery Company! You can access the complete pour lists from the featured brands page. Check out our social media posts for more previews!
Atlanta (#WOWATL) happens Friday, November 2, 2018 at The Intercontinental Buckhead. Tickets are available here.
San Jose (#WOWSJ) happens Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Forager
Early Bird tickets are available here.
San Francisco (#WOWSF) Happens Saturday March 23, 2019 on the San Francisco Belle Yacht. Early Bird tickets available here.
2018 Atlanta Masterclasses
Here are the education offerings for WOW ATL 2018!
The Bonder’s Blend: Resurrecting Irish Bonded Whiskey J.J. Corry
Chapel Gate Whisky is the home of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey. (See below for more information on this company.) Founder Louise McGuane and brand ambassador Blaise Kelly will present samples from the casks directly from Ireland. These samples are the components of “The Gael”, the original expression that J.J. Corry is offering. Very few people get the chance to taste the deconstruction of a whiskey and this is not to be missed!
The History of Glen Moray
Andi Wrede, the brand ambassador from Glen Moray, will present the history of this Scottish Distillery which has only had 5 master distillers in its history! While you taste many expressions from Glen Moray, Andi will explain how each master distiller has contributed to the the unique flavor of Glen Moray, and more in depth information about their casks and whisky. If you love Scotch, you will love this class!
The Splendor of Breckenridge Distillery and Breckenridge Colorado Whiskey
If Bourbon is your pleasure, then head on over to Jenny Bartel’s Breckenridge Bourbon class. She is passionate about this distillery and the amazing whiskey they make. See why Breckenride is not just a destination for skiers, but truly a whiskey destination, too! As with all classes, you will get to sample a range of the distillery’s whiskeys while you learn!
The Boozy Foodie Tastes Through Glendronach
Speaking of sampling, what about a whisky pairing class with cheese, charcuterie and chocolate? If you said yes to that then you will want to reserve a seat in Kyle Rivera’s Glendronach class! She is known as The Boozy Foodie and is so happy to show you how this sherried Scotch goes well with all of these foods. You get some tasty morsels especially curated by Kyle to pair with your whisky in the class!
The Story of Whisky: 45 minutes of Bad Standup Comedy Punctuated by Drinking
Robin Robinson is back with his “bad stand up comedy punctuated with drinking” show! He takes you through a short history of whisky while you taste samples from around the world, all the while laughing! This was so popular last year we asked Robin to come back so more folks could get the chance to enjoy his presentation!
What’s Wood Got to Do with It? Barrels’ Influence on Whisky
Raj Sabharwal is a beloved favorite at WOWATL! He is coming back this year with a new presentation about how wood and casks make a difference in whisky. You will sample different whiskies with different finishes as Raj explains why distillers may choose one barrel over another, and educates you about what all the fancy terminology of casks means!
Whisky and Cigar Class
No WOW show would be complete without a Cigar and Whisky class! This year we are happy to welcome Honor Cigars! In addition to pairing your cigar with a Deanston 12 and a Bunnahabhain Ceobanach, you will also get to see a hand rolling demonstration and learn why some cigars go with one whisky or another.
See you there!
*** DISCLAIMER: I have been given a complimentary VIP ticket to attend this year’s event to bring you all of the fun and details with a follow up post. Although this ticket is complimentary, all thoughts and opinions I post are uninfluenced and my own. ***