Whiskies of the World Austin 2017

Masterclasses are 45 minutes each. One class is included with each ticket. Reserve your classes when you purchase your ticket. You must arrive five minutes before class to claim your reserved seat. Seats not claimed will be given to standby.

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6:00pm (Classroom 201)

Michael D’Souza Master Distiller and Blender, Paul John Single Malt Whisky

Discover A New World Indian Single Malt
You will have a rare chance to meet and talk to Paul John Master Distiller Michael D’Souza in this class. He will personally guide you through 5 expressions of this amazing Indian Single Malt Whisky. These include Brilliance, Classic Cask, Edited, Peated Cask, and Bold. You will learn about the history of this distillery, why Indian Single Malt is the unique whisky that it is, and what goes into creating these 5 expressions. Michael will guide you through the tastings, helping you discover the nuances of this sophisticated single malt. Michael D’Souza is taking time away from his home and family in India to bring his whisky around the world. You will get caught up in his passion and fall in love with these whiskies as we have.

7:10pm (Classroom 202)

Charlie Moore Ambassador for Woodford Reserve

Deep in the Pot Still with Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve is a unique Bourbon in many ways, one of which it is distilled in a pot still like Scotch. Charlie will showcase how Woodford Reserve derives its flavor from 5 sources (grain, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation), and will share with you all kinds of other interesting facts about this great American whiskey, the official whiskey of the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep! This class will feature Woodford Reserve Distillers Select, Woodford Reserve Rye, Woodford Reserve Double Oak, and Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Brandy Cask Finish!

8:15pm (Classroom 201)

Rashid Barrett, Spirit Guide Seven Grand Whisky Bar

Seven Grand Whiskey Bar Cocktail Class
Rashid is passionate about whiskey and he has two versions of an Old Fashioned and two versions of a Manhattan that he is going to teach you about. You will learn the history of these drinks and the variations, and why they are where they are in American cocktail culture. Thanks to our sponsors Woodford Reserve Rye, Basil Haydens, Old Forester, and Makers Mark for their wonderful Bourbons for our cocktails.


6:00pm (Classroom 203)

Brendan McCarron Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks Glenmorangie and Ardbeg

Cult Versus Classic!
Glenmorangie and Ardbeg are sister distilleries and offer very different styles of Scotch. In this class you will taste whiskies in pairs, guided by Brendan, and have a chance to evaluate the differences between a peated and a non-peated whisky. Whiskies of the World is proud to announce that the two new whiskies from each of these distilleries, Glenmorangie Astar and Ardbeg An Oa, will be available to taste and compare to each other in this class! Brendan will also have you compare Glenmorangie Original and Ardbeg 10 Year Old, and Glenmorangie Lasanta and Ardbeg Uigeadail. You will decide – is it a cult or is it a classic?

7:10pm (Classroom 204)

Robin Robinson Whisky Educator and Comedian

The Story of Whisk(e)y
In this hybrid one-man show and whiskey tasting, whiskey educator and consultant Robin Robinson takes us through the entire story of whisk(e)y 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, whisk(e)y is more than the sum of its parts and Robinson dares you to come along for the ride of your life.

8:15pm (Cigar Patio)

Daniel White, Manager Habana House Cigars South

Cigar & Whisky Pairing with Habana House
Cigars and fine whiskies go hand in hand. Join Daniel White from Habana House Cigars to explore the art of cigar and whisky pairing and its relation to where the cigar industry is today. Daniel has worked in the cigar industry for eight years and enjoys the various ways cigars relate to the “good life” as well as the way they contribute to fostering a sense of community in modern times. Featuring multiple cigars paired with Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Single Malt and Bulleit Bourbon. As new regulations do not allow free cigars there will be a minimal charge.

Thanks to our sponsors Oliva Cigars, Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch and Bulleit Bourbon.