Whiskies of the World in Houston 2017

Masterclasses for Whiskies of the World Houston 2017

Masterclasses are 45 minutes. Each ticket includes one masterclass. Register for your class when you buy your ticket.
Please arrive 5 minutes early for the class. Empty seats will be given to people on Standby.

7:00 pm (Classroom A)

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.


8:10pm (Classroom A)

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 it’s 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!

9:15pm (Classroom A)

Reserve 101 Whisky Bar Cocktail Class

Mike Raymond is the founder of Reserve 101, a premier whiskey bar and cocktail lounge located in Downtown Houston. Capitalizing on 10+ years of experience in the restaurant and bar industry, Raymond co-founded Reserve 101 in 2008. Through a steady climb to success, Reserve 101 is known today for its internationally acclaimed whiskey selection – the largest in Texas – along with an extensive range of Texas spirits and beers, niche cocktail offerings and location right across from the House of Blues Houston.

Mike will take you through 3 variations on an Old Fashioned, that classic whisky cocktail! All cocktails will feature Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon.

7:00pm (Classroom B)

Elyse Blechman The Macallan Brand Ambassador

Wood and Whisky with The Macallan

Elyse 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, and The Macallan Rare Cask.


8:10pm (Classroom B)

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 hill-billies. 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.

9:15 pm (Cigar Patio)

Whisky and Cigars with Man Cave Cigars
There is a fine art to pairing exceptional cigars and whiskies. With its vanilla, caramel, oak and spice notes, whisky proves a perfect companion to smokes of medium and dark wrapper varieties. Join cigar pairing seminar and panel discussion to highlight the marriage between smoke and whisky. Featuring multiple cigars paired with a bourbon and a malt.