MASTERCLASSESWhiskies of the World Houston 2018
Masterclasses are 45 minutes each. Once you purchase your ticket for WOWHOU you will be directed to the page to reserve your seat for a masterclass. There is a $5 fee to reserve your seat. You may only register for one class. You must arrive five minutes early to claim your reserved seat. Seats not claimed will be given to standby. No refunds for late arrival.
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(This schedule is subject to change.)
6:00pm (Classroom A)
The Splendor of Breckenridge Distillery and
Breckenridge Colorado Whiskey
Jenny Bartels Regional Sales Manager for Breckenridge Whiskey
Breckenridge distillery is located in one of the top ski destinations in the US! Plan a trip there as a destination for skiing or cycling, great food and great whiskey making. But in the meantime, come and learn all about the history and passion of Bryan Nolt, the founder of Breckenridge Distillery. Jenny will guide you through a tasting of Breckenridge Bourbon, Breckenridge Distillers High Proof, Breckenridge Port Cask Finished and Breckenridge PX Sherry Cask Finished whiskey while she shares the story of this place and shows you why Colorado is one of the best places to make whiskey in the world.
7:10pm (Classroom A)
Mac and Cheese
Fine Cheese paired with Exquisite Macallan Scotches
Elyse Blechman The Macallan Ambassador
Both whisky and cheese making are sophisticated arts defined by traditions and time-honored processes. Complex to master, but easy to enjoy – especially together – The Macallan’s range of flavor notes are the perfect compliment to the rich creaminess of artisan cheeses. Elyse will guide you through a tasting of The Macallan Sherry Cask 12, Double Cask 12 and Triple Cask 15, paired with a delicious array of cheeses selected to compliment the complex flavors of the whiskies.
8:15pm (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 of a Pinwheel Old Fashioned, showing how you can take this classic whisky cocktail and change some of the components to make variations easily!
6:00 pm (Classroom B)
Lost Legends Reborn – The Lost Distillery Company
Ewan Henderson Global Brand Ambassador for The Lost Distillery Company
Discover the most incredible stories in Scotch, untold …until now! Ewan Henderson, Global Brand Ambassador for The Lost Distillery Company, is here from Scotland to host a first-time exclusive tasting. The multi-award-winning range of Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies has picked up World’s Best Blended Malt 2017, SFWSC Gold, 92 points Wine Enthusiast & IWSC 2018. Before Scotch became famous, it was made by farmers. Renowned for his dynamic style, Ewan will transport the audience back to the 19th Century to demystify legendary distilleries left behind. Join us on a tour of the Scotch Regions and finest drams, and blindfolded fun music pairing – not to be missed! Whiskies to be tasted that night may include STRATHEDEN ARCHIVIST, TOWIEMORE CLASSIC, GERSTON ARCHIVIST, BENACHIE CLASSIC, or LOSSIT CLASSIC. Lineup subject to change.
7:10pm (Classroom B)
Bruichladdich for All
Islay Scotch from Unpeated to Super Peated
Erica Beindorff Ambassador for Bruichladdich and Westland Whiskies
We are thrilled to welcome back Bruichladdich to Whiskies of the World. This distillery has a fascinating history, filled with some of the greatest stars and stories of modern Scotch history! Many people see “Islay” on the label and think that it is a peated Scotch. And Bruichladdich DOES make peated Scotch, make no mistake about it. But they make so much more. Erica wants to introduce your palate to the range of Bruichladdich including the Classic Laddie, a no age statement, unpeated whisky created from whisky aged and finished in a combination of different casks, and Islay Barley 2010, an unpeated limited edition made from barley from Coull, Rockside, Sunderland, Kentraw,Claggan, Dunlossit, Starchmill, Mulindry, Cruach and Island Farms, all family run farms on Islay. You will also taste Port Charlotte, including the new Port Charlotte 10 year old, heavily peated, and the Port Charlotte Islay Barley, made from barley from three family farms on Islay. Erica will reveal why the peated Scotch from Bruichladdich is different from other Islay Scotches and share with you insights into the largest employer on Islay and how they make their phenomenal whisky.
8:15pm (Classroom B)
Amrut, The Elixir of Life
The Original Indian Single Malt
Ashok Chokalingam, Head of International Operations for Amrut
Started in 1948 the Amrut Distillery located in Bangalore India was the first Indian distillery to distill a world-class single malt whisky produced according to the Scottish Whisky Association regulations. Amrut began producing single malt whisky in 2004 but it was a tough story until 2010 when malt guru Jim Murray stunned the world giving Amrut Fusion an unprecedented 97 point score, making it the 3rd highest rated whisky in the world in his Whisky Bible. In 2011 Amrut was named “Distillery of the Year” – Icons of Whisky further recognizing it’s impact on the changing world of Single Malt Whiskies. Accolades for Amrut include: World Whisky of The Year (twice), Brand Innovator of The Year and Malt Maniac’s Daily Dram of The Year. Whiskies of the World named Amrut Fusion Best in Show in 2016. Ashok will guide you through a tasting different Amruts which could include their Single Malt, Fusion, Peated, Naarangi, and Madeira Finish, as he tells you the history of Amrut and how it came to be renowned the world over. Be sure to ask him about how he wore out three cars as he toured the world over making Amrut a globally recognized brand!
8:15 pm (Cigar Patio)
Cigar and Whisky Pairing class
Join Troy Lawrence, owner of Honor Cigars and a professional Hand Cigar roller, for a one of a kind experience. We will pair a rye 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. Included in your ticket price is one cut and smoke, which is designed for you to enjoy on the cigar patio during the event.