Many of you liked to “float” along the whisky waters--going back to the Hornblower as our venue opened up so much space for all the evening’s activities. The addition of the boat ‘next door’s’ classrooms allowed so many of you to experience the Masterclasses offered by our experts and world-famed distillers and blenders. With two full decks of tasting booths, we’re sure you took your part! Wasn’t the blind tasting challenge from Elixir SF Bar a blast? A chance to challenge your palate, and taste the difference between a scotch (Glen Grant), a bourbon (Buck) and others! And how did you like the flavorful condiments from Tracklements Mustard, the whisky inspired Mcquades Celtic Chutneys, wholesome gourmet Krave Jerky, and sweet tooth pleaser Poco Dolce confections? Isn’t it the best way to learn about the artistry of whisky and food pairing while having the fun of indulging? That’s just the sort of new features we love adding to the show for you!
So many thanks go to our amazing exhibitors from brands large and small. We LOVE introducing you to new distilleries and spirits, as well as offering a huge range of spirits that extend across the wide-reaching category of ‘whisk(e)y’. We hope you experimented with new experiences as well as enjoyed your old favorites. Who indulged with Brenne French whisky, Duncan Taylor independent bottler, Kavalan Single Malt made in Taiwan, Double Diamond from Colorado, Two Gingers Irish whisky, and whiskies from the newly emerged Ascendant Spirits from California?
Whisky Shop's display made an excellent getaway into the mercantile of Celtic non-liquid treasures from kilts to drinkware, and other wares (think nice tartan scarf). Whisky Shop always offers discounts after the event and has one of the best selection of malts in San Francisco.
This year again, we had the chance to explore more of the multidimensional whisky territory.
Many thanks to General Cigars for providing the evening’s generous supply of cigars for the wonderful whisky and cigar adventure, which proved to be a perfect combination indeed! The delectable sampling was made possible thanks to Ed Trevino, a true cigar guru, an innovator Brian Morton of Blue Flame Spirits, pouring his Blue Flame rye, and Louisa Young from Isle of Arran. What a taste buds’ fest it was to pair puffy concoctions with whiskies so different in class and taste…we can’t wait till next year!
San Jose Recap
The San Pedro Square Market, San Jose's unique culinary and entertainment destination was the perfect host for the inaugural San Jose event. Our guests were impressed by the quality of food (which means they were not regular patrons of the Market) and the range of whiskies. The San Jose event also included a masterclass by David Perkins of High West and a Cigar Pairing class with General Cigar. The event sold out as San Jose was past due for its own whisky festival. San Jose and the surrounding South Bay cities are opening new restaurants and bars featuring craft cocktails and intense whisky lists while established bars and restaurants are updating their drinks programs to stay with the trend. It's a good time to be dining out in the South Bay. Stay tuned for some upcoming whisky dinners.
And some of us won’t have to wait for next year as we’re excited to invite you to the 3rd AnnuWhiskies of the World Austin,coming back on September 27 to the Westin at the Domain, a classy and spacious venue located in the prime Austin shopping and entertainment district. We’ll fill till it brims with amazing whiskies, enriching Masterclasses, and fun whisky elements and goodies that you loved so much from the San Francisco Expo.
After the great launch in 2013, we are ready to do it bigger and better for 2014. Presenting 2nd Annual Whiskies of the World, Atlanta, to take place on November 8, at the Fox Theatre, a historic movie palace, and the largest and most ornate one remaining in the country.
It’s time to get reacquainted with the nation’s amazing history, grandeur, and southern hospitality? Join us for the largest avant-guard whisky show Southeast!
And for those of you who want to relive your experience and cannot wait until WoW 2015, here are some links to photosfrom WoW San Jose and WoW San Francisco.
Have a wonderful spring, and again, thanks for making this year’s show so much fun for everyone involved!
Thanks to all of the wonderful brands for the generously donated spirits to benefit Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. And congratulations to those who won the amazing bottlings and whisky-inspired perks. We want to recognise a few of the brands below;
* Amrut Single Malt (The only non-scotch that received 93 points from Jim Murray) * 8 Seconds Honey Cinnamon (Flavored Canadian whisky commemorating rodeo) * Arran 10 YO (Delightful whisky from Scotland’s younger distillery and the only one on the Isle of Arran) * A Midwinters Night Dram (Highwest new whisky release available only at the distillery) * Benromach 10 YO (Hand-crafted at Speyside's smallest working distillery, its maturity belies its 10 years of age) * Black Saddle (A 12 year old limited production bourbon) * Breckenridge (Colorado whiskey made at 9600 feet with snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains) * Calumet Farms (Bottled from hand selected barrels, this bourbon has a customary mash bill of corn, rye and malted barley that offers a sweet, flawless finish) * Craft Distillers (A range of small-batch spirits from the distillery in Ukaih, CA: multi-grain Low Gap whiskey, authentic Germain-Robin brandy, and others) * Crown Royal XO (Opulent version of Crown Royal finished in cognac casks) * Four Roses (The most popular bourbon in America during the 30s, 40s, and 50s, resurrected and as popular as ever) * Gentlemen Jack (The product of Jack Daniels distillery charcoal-filtered twice for very smooth, clean flavor) * Glen Grant 10 YO (A light Speysider that is floral, fresh, and easy to embrace)
* Glenlivet 18 YO (A classic Speyside dram, which won two golds at the International Wine and Spirit Competition). * Glenmorangie Signet (A blend of their oldest whisky - distilled over thirty years ago when malting still occurred on site) * Highland Park (The whisky from Scotland’s northernmost distillery that is "the greatest all-rounder in the world of malt whisky" by Michael Jackson * Isle of Skye 8 YO ( “A textbook blend and an absolute must for any Islay-philes out there.” Jim Murray, Whisky Bible 2004. * Kilchoman Machir Bay (From the first new distillery on Islay in 124 years that also grows its own barley). * Lexington Bourbon (Patiently aged in finest Kentucky’s barrels, and inspired by one of horse racing’s most successful thoroughbred sires) * Maker's 46 (A new, even smoother version of Maker's Mark finished in French oak). * Poco Dolce Favorites Basket (included specialty whisky-filled confections) * Triple Smoke (Coming from the innovator-distillery in Nashville, the whiskey is made of barley smoked with cherry wood, peat, and beechwood) * VIP Anchor Taste and Tour for up to 8 people ($500 value, any type of whisky-lover delight)