Whiskies of the World Atlanta 2019

Masterclasses are 45 minutes each. Once the classes are announced and ready for registration, you will be sent an email with the link for registering. There is a non-refundable $5 fee to reserve your seat. Attendees must arrive five minutes early to claim your reserved seat. Seats not claimed will be given to standby. No refunds for late arrival.

Please bring PDF tickets to speed up masterclass check-in.

(This schedule is subject to change.)



Wood and Wine and Whisky

6:00pm Classroom A

Dr. Bill Lumsden
Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, Glenmorangie & Ardbeg

Glenmorangie has always been a pioneer in Scotch whisky finishing, being among the first distilleries to offer wine cask finishes like Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône, and fortified wine cask finishes like port and sherry. Dr. Bill Lumsden has also been at the forefront of wood selection and management, bringing whole casks from Missouri for Astar, for example, and meticulously selecting the most perfect American Oak casks for many of their core expressions, including the 18. In this class not only will you get the wit and wisdom of Dr. Bill, a legend in the Scotch world, but you will get to experience the core range of Glenmorangie deconstructed a bit, including tastes of examples of the exquisite liquids that start their journey in the casks that Glenmorangie’s delicious whisky ends up in. You will enjoy the Original, Lasanta, Quinta Ruban and Nectar d’Or, as well as a sample of sherry, port, and sauternes. 


The Rise of The American Single Malt

Amanda Beckwith
Education Manager, Virginia Distillery

7:05pm Classroom A

With the growing category of American Single Malts (AMS), Education Manager, Amanda Beckwith, will discuss with you the influence of Virginia’s cool winters, hot summers and how they affect the maturation process. You’ll find out, straight from the barrel, why AMS is in demand while you sample three different barrel samples (Bourbon, Sherry, and Cuvée cask) from their Flagship line Courage & Conviction, due out in Spring 2020, and the premier of Prelude: Courage & Conviction, an April 2020 release!

It’s Flavor That Matters: Blind Tasting without Bias

6:00pm Classroom B

Raj Sabharwal
Glass Revolution President

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. Tonight, we will strip away all the pretense and blind taste six different whiskies from around the world. At the end, we’ll reveal each liquid and its unique story to discover which was truly your favorite – sans preconception!




Jura: Masters of the Dual Distillation

7:05pm Classroom B

Benjamin Boice
Jura Ambassador, Southeastern US

Jura is a small Scottish Island just north of Islay. The one hotel and one pub exist because in 1963 one distillery was rebuilt! Jura makes two distinct spirits and through careful use of casks, tasting, and timing, they can create a unique whisky that reflects the Diurachs who call Jura home. Benjamin tells stories, and will entertain you with history and humor as you sample some of the Jura Whiskies that now make up the core range, the result of the two distinct spirits created into one unique whisky. These include Jura 10, Seven Wood and 18, and a surprise exclusive just for the class. Join Jura’s Single Malt Specialist to learn how a tiny island off the West coast of Scotland creates the perfect balance of sweet and smoky single malt by making two completely separate styles of spirit. A true masterclass in Island distillation.

Around the World in 45 Min “Distillation, Malting, and Casking”

8:10 pm Classroom A

Dan Pate, Southeast Sales Manager ImpEx*

Want to know more about the whisky? In this class, you’ll taste a world of whisky styles, side by side, to form an educational basis for your senses and palate. Attendees will experience a first time special Penderyn release for America while Dan  discuss’ the difference between Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Belgium, Japanese Malt and Japanese Rice whiskies. He’ll also spend some time on the classification of Fukano, how it’s processed, and why we call it a whisky in the US while tasting the following whiskies:

Scotland: Kilchoman 100% Islay
Ireland: Tipperary “Watershed” Single Malt
Wales: Penderyn Portwood Cask Strength
Belgium: Goulden Carolus
Japanese Malt: Matsui Mizunara Cask vs Kurayoshi Malt.
Japanese Rice: Fukano

*Due to an unexpected circumstance, Dan will be teaching this new class in David Cover’s place.

8:10pm (Cigar Patio)
Cigar and Whisky Pairing

Honor Cigars

Join Troy Lawrence, owner of Honor Cigars and a professional Hand Cigar roller, for a one of a kind experience. We will pair a bourbon and a malt with your cigars and give you some insight for choosing cigars to pair with your whiskies. Cigars offer a social experience. The draw, smoke, and aroma that fills the air; It all brings people together! It’s the feeling of trust, a bond created by the cigars, and shared between strangers who immediately become family. Whisky can do this as well. They are a match made for each other.

Cigars will be available for purchase during the event.