MASTERCLASSESWhiskies of the World San Francisco 2020
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.)
All the Colors of India
with Paul John Single Malt Whisky
Class Time: 6PM-6:45PM Dining Deck Classroom A
Speaker: Koray Ozdemir, West Coast Regional Manager, Brand Ambassador
Class Description: Award-winning Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky will take you to a colorful journey in India on Holi, India’s Festival of Colors. The spirit of Holi is the triumph of good over evil, and the banishing of evil spirits. The colors people splash on each other at the festival is a celebration of the joy of the good spirit triumphing! Paul John exemplifies a good spirit triumphing and wants to share their good spirit with you! Koray will lead you through the five core range whiskies of Paul John plus a special pour just for this masterclass. (No color splashing, just the splash of good whisky in your glass!)
Paul John Nirvana
Paul John Brilliance
Paul John Edited
Paul John Bold
Paul John Classic Select Cask
Paul John Peated Select Cask
Paul John Christmas Edition 2019
The World of Dr. Jim Swan
Class Time: 6:00PM-6:45PM Top Deck Classroom B
Speaker: David Cook, Penderyn Global Ambassador
Co-Speaker: Joshua Hatton, ImpEx Regional Sales Executive
Class Description: Join the fine folks of Penderyn and The Milk & Honey Distillery as we go from Wales to Tel Aviv (the land of Milk & Honey). Learn how the amazing Dr. Jim Swan has influenced the two very different distilleries (climate, location, signature styles) in the production of award winning Single Malts.
M&H Distillery Double Cask
M&H Distillery Lightly Peated
A Special Surprise Malt
The Wonder of Wood
Class Time: 7:05PM-7:50PM Dining Deck Classroom A
Speaker: Tom Smith, Director of the US chapter of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Class Description: Join The Scotch Malt Whisky Society as we take a special journey into ‘The Wonder of Wood’. Explore the profound effects of oak on the resulting flavour of whisky through our unique single casks. This masterclass will lead attendees through five (5) different cask protocols as we nose, taste and discuss how each barrel helps to guide the spirit toward a unique flavour profile.
Cask 1.216 ‘Cereal killer’ 8yr – First-fill barrel (Speyside)
Cask 9.170 ‘Australian outback’ 24yr – 2nd fill American oak PX hogshead (Speyside)
Cask 77.59 ‘Making Marmalade’ 11yr – 2nd fill Spanish oak PX hogshead (Highland)
Cask 28.43 ‘Muscle-toned heft and punch’ 11yr – 1st fill Oloroso butt (Highland)
Cask 135.16 ‘Finger lickin’ good’ 14yr – Refill hogshead (Highland)
Medicinal Mixology with Kat Valentina
Time: 7:05PM-7:50PM Top Deck Classroom B
Speaker: Kat Valentina, Mixologist, Writer, TV Host
Class Description: Kat Valentina has created a unique class celebrating the history and medicinal value of the connection between plant medicine and spirits. Utilizing your senses, food and plant tastings rooted in the Traditional Chinese Medicine 5 Element theory will be incorporated. You will learn the elemental connections to your organs, the flavor of each element, and the emotional attributes while creating pairings with your customized cocktail.
Cocktail tastings will be provided with medicinal seasonings available for you to explore and customize your base medicinal cocktail. Plants, bitters, tinctures, hydrosols, and spirits will be sniffed, tasted, analyzed by YOU and an intriguing cocktail diagnostic will be offered by Kat. This class challenges the imbiber to view the landscape of spirits and mixology with a fresh set of glasses, adding a new ancient approach of plant medicine to the magick of cocktails. Learn. Play. Imbibe. Heal.
Ardbeg “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Time: 8:10PM-8:55PM Dining Deck Classroom A
Speaker: Cameron George Ardbeg US National Ambassador, Master of Smoke
Class Description: For 205 years Ardbeg has shocked the world with peated miracle after miracle, come join National Ambassador Cameron George for a stroll down memory lane with and an all-star line up of drams from Ardbeg’s renaissance period.
- Ardbeg Perpetuum
- Ardbeg 1998 / Renaissance
- Ardbeg An Oa
- Ardbeg Black Committee bottling
- Ardbeg Uigeadail
Cigar and Whisky Pairing
Time: 8:10PM-8:55PM Top Deck Classroom B
Speaker: Troy Lawrence, Owner Honor Cigars; Pablo Romay Cigar Roller
Class Description: Cigars offer a social experience via the draw, smoke, and aroma that fills the air, which creates a bond shared between strangers. Join Troy and a professional Hand Cigar roller, for a one of a kind experience under the stars. Select whiskies will be to enjoy with your cigars and give you insight on how to choose cigars when thinking of your favorite whiskies.
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 on the outside decks and rooftop lounge.