MASTERCLASSESWhiskies of the World Atlanta 2017
Masterclasses for Whiskies of the World Atlanta 2017
Masterclasses are 45 minutes each. One class is included with each ticket. Reserve your classes when you purchase your ticket. Email instructions will be sent to all who have purchased tickets.
You must arrive five minutes before class to claim your reserved seat. Seats not claimed will be given to standby.
Please bring PDF tickets to speed up masterclass check-in.
Taste the World of Whisky
6:00pm Classroom A
Raj Sabharwal is a whisky entrepreneur and co-founder of Glass Revolution. He will lead you in a blind tasting of world whiskies. You will test yourself on your nose and palate, trying whiskies and experiencing what professional judges go through, identifying key tastes and smells, deciding on the whisky solely on what your senses tell you. See how well you can identify a whisky before Raj reveals it!
The Story of Whisky: 45 minutes of bad stand-up comedy punctuated with drinking
7:05pm Classroom A
In this hybrid one-man show and whiskey tasting, whiskey educator and consultant Robin Robinson takes us through the entire story of whisky in one rapid fire, crazy narrative that brings in the history of distillation, invading armies, monks and alchemists, farmers and taxmen, Scottish lords and Appalachian hillbillies. From grains to glasses, Ireland to Canada to Japan and India, whisky is more than the sum of its parts and Robinson dares you to come along for the ride of your life.
Robert Ferrera – Pernod Ricard
The Beauty of Non Age Statement Whisky
8:10pm Classroom A
For distillers and bartenders alike, non-age statement Scotch whiskies present exciting new possibilities. Whiskies in this burgeoning and innovative category may not have the familiar cachet of a 16-year single malt, but for distillers the flavor profile possibilities are virtually limitless, allowing them to create accessible whiskies with the versatility to be enjoyed both neat and in a cocktail. The Distillers Selection Brand Ambassador, Robert Ferrara, takes the mystery out of non-age statement by examining the maturation process start-to-finish to shed light on what effect aging has—and doesn’t have—on the final product. Once you look past the numbers, you’ll be able to appreciate non-age statement whiskies on their own terms to give them the due they deserve. You will explore all these topics while tasting and learning about The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, Aberlour A’bunadh, Green Spot Irish Whiskey and Redbreast Lustau Edition Irish Whiskey.
Whisky and Wood with The Macallan
6:00pm Classroom B
Adam takes you to the forests of many countries as you taste this legendary and delicious whisky made in the highlands of Scotland. The Macallan is so dedicated to their wood management, they are the only whisky distillery to employ a wood sommelier, The Master of Wood. In this class you will taste The Macallan 12 Sherry Oak,The Macallan Double Cask 12, The Macallan 15 Fine Oak, Triple Cask and The Macallan Edition 3.
IT’S FLAVOR THAT MATTERS: BLIND TASTING WITHOUT BIAS
7:05pm Classroom B
So many things affect our choices when it comes to which whisky to enjoy – marketing, reviews, package style, word-of-mouth, etc. In the end, the true arbiter of that choice should be the flavor of the liquid in the bottle, and the effect it has on your individual palate. In this class, we will strip away all the pretense and blind taste six different whiskies. At the end, we’ll reveal each liquid and its unique story to discover which was truly your favorite – sans preconception!
Gordon and MacPhail
Compare and Contrast Independent Bottlings versus Distillery Bottlings
8:10 Classroom B
Guided tasting through comparison of Gordon and MacPhail Independent bottlings and companion distillery bottlings. Gordon and MacPhail have some of the oldest and largest stocks of Scotch aging in their warehouse in Elgin. Operating since 1895, they are known for choosing some of the finest whiskies from all over Scotland to be bottled under their name. The ambassador for Gordon and MacPhail will lead you through a comparison tasting of Caol Ila 12 and Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 10; Glen Grant 10 and Gordon & McPhail Glen Grant 10; and Old Pulteney 21 and Gordon & MacPhail Old Pulteney 21.This class will educate you about Independent distillers and help you feel more confident in choosing their offerings.
Cigar and Whisky Pairing Class
Smooth Draws Radio Show
8:10pm Cigar Patio
You will be guided through a pairing with Four Roses Bourbon and John Drew Rye by the Guys from Smooth Draws Radio Show. They will teach you about cigars, and help you feel comfortable choosing a cigar.
Smooth Draws Radio Show is a live, cigar lifestyle, studio broadcast, airing from Noon – 2 PM ET every Saturday, on ESPN Radio 1230 AM and 106.3 FM in Atlanta. In addition, the show streams live, for those who live outside the broadcast reach, via their website or Tune In. Every episode is also archived for “on demand” listening at the SmoothDraws.com website, iTunes, Cigar Dojo, SoundCloud and other radio apps. The broadcast reach extends far beyond Atlanta, with documented listeners in 44 states and 25 foreign countries. The show is informative, entertaining and upbeat, with a great deal of quality production content and offering unique segments throughout the two hour broadcast that are unlike any current cigar lifestyle radio show. The Smooth Draws Radio Show is hosted by three individuals who’ve embraced the cigar lifestyle for a combined 65 years – Gary “Doc” Laden, Nick Syris and Will “Cigar Coop” Cooper.
Intro to Cigars with Smooth Draws
7:00 Cigar Patio
7:30 Cigar Patio
If you would like a Cigar, please attend one of these intro classes on the Cigar Patio. The wonderful folks from Smooth Draws Cigar Radio Show will give you a little introduction to cigars to accompany your complimentary cigar and help you learn how to cut and light it. This intro class can be taken in addition to a regular masterclass. If you are planning to attend the full Whisky & Cigar Pairing class at 8:10 with Smooth Draws, you will be given your cigar then and do not need to attend one of these intro classes to receive your cigar.