Whiskies of the World Dallas 2019

Masterclasses are 45 minutes each. Once you purchase your ticket for Taste of Dallas/Whiskies of the World, you will be sent an email with the link to purchase your tickets for the masterclasses. You must have a ticket for the main event on the day you wish to attend a masterclass. There is no limit to how many classes you may take. There is a non-refundable $5 fee for each class, $10 for the cigar class. You must arrive five minutes early to claim your reserved seat. Seats not claimed will be sold to standby. No refunds. Standby tickets are also $5 ($10 for cigar).

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

(This schedule is subject to change.)

It’s Flavor That Matters: Blind Tasting without Bias

Friday, 7:00pm Classroom A

Kyle McHugh
Samson & Surrey Director of Brand Advocacy & US Bartenders’ Guild National 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

Friday, 8:05pm Classroom A

Cristian Olave
Jura Ambassador, Southern 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. Cristian 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.

Medicinal Mixology

Friday, 9:10pm Classroom A
Saturday, 3:00pm Classroom A
Sunday, 3:00pm Classroom A

Kat Valentina
Creator of Elemental Spirits

Kat has created a unique class celebrating the history and medicinal value of the cocktail. Utilizing your senses and incorporating tastings rooted in the Traditional Chinese Medicine 5 element theory, you will learn the elemental connections to your organs, the flavor of each element, and the emotional attributes for each element. You will play with a variety of plant ingredients found in the Planetary Herbology community (Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western herbs), with a focus on bitters, to perfect YOUR signature cocktail. Mixing the spirits, sugars, water, and bitters in a range of expressions will rely on your sensory intuition. This class challenges the imbiber to view the landscape of spirits and mixology with a fresh set of glasses, adding a new ancient approach to the magick of cocktails. Learn. Play. Imbibe. Heal.

Tomatin: The Softer Side of the Highlands

Friday, 7:00pm Classroom B

Scott Adamson
Global Ambassador Tomatin Scotch Whisky

Come along with Scott as he takes you on a journey of the history of Tomatin distillery and, more importantly, how that history has influenced the style of spirit that Tomatin produces today. The whiskies that he is pouring will showcase how Tomatin has become one of the most versatile single malts on the market allowing them to offer something for everyone. You will enjoy samples of Tomatin 12, 14, 18 and, only available in the class, Tomatin 30!

Discover the Craftsmanship of Westward Whiskey

Friday, 8:05pm Classroom B

Jordan Feilx
National Westward Whiskey Advocate

You are in for a treat as Jordan explains the history, passion, and artistry of one of the pioneers of American Single Malt, Westward Whiskey. Straight from the distillery in Portland Oregon, he will deconstruct the whiskey from barley to barrel with a taste of the incredibly flavorful Westward beer and the heart of what makes Westward American Single Malt so unique. Jordan will share his insights about American Single Malt, the fastest growing and innovate category of whiskey in the United States, and and also why the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places in the world to make whiskey. In this the class you will enjoy sample of Westward beer, Westward New Make Spirit, Westward American Single Malt, and Westward Oregon Stout Cask Whiskey.

The Story Of Whisky

Friday, 9:10pm Classroom B
Saturday, 1:30pm Classroom A
Sunday, 1:30pm Classroom A

Robin Robinson
Independent Consultant

In this hybrid one-man show and whisky tasting, whisky 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. Some of the whiskies you might enjoy in this class include expressions from Aberlour, Knappogue, Amrut, and more.

45 minutes of bad stand up comedy punctuated with drinking!

Cigar and Whisky Pairing Class

Friday, 9:00pm Cigar Patio
Saturday, 2:00pm Cigar Patio
Saturday, 4:00pm Cigar Patio
Saturday, 6:00pm Cigar Patio
Sunday, 1:00pm Cigar Patio
Sunday, 3:00pm Cigar Patio

Honor Cigars

Join Troy Lawrence, owner of Honor Cigars and a professional Hand Cigar roller, for a one of a kind experience. 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. Learn about the Art of Cigar rolling as you as you enjoy puffing the provided cigar. Westward American Single Malt and Devil’s River Bourbon will pair with your cigars for the evening.