Whiskies of the World San Jose 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.)



Re-discover Virginia Whisky

Class Time: Willow Glen I  7:00PM-7:45PM
Speaker: Edward Harris, Global Brand Ambassador

Class Description: Taste through several single barrel selections of Catoctin Creek’s Virginia rye whisky – Roundstone Rye. Learn how terroir, climate, bottle proof and barrel selection affects flavor.

Class Tastings:
Roundstone Rye 80 Proof
Roundstone Rye 92 Proof
Roundstone Rye Cask Proof
Rabble Rouser Bottled in Bond Rye Whisky

Fantastic Casks and How We Find Them

Class Time: Willow Glen II  7:45PM-8:30PM
Speaker: Oliver Chilton, Manager of Marketing, Sales and Production, Elixir Distillers

Class Description: Meet Oliver Chilton, a man behind the world famous Port Askaig Islay Single Malt bottlings.  Oliver is personally responsible for each and every single malt Scotch expression that comes from this label.  Now for the first time ImpEx is bringing another project of Elixir Distillers – Single Malts of Scotland.  Again, each and every cask selected for the U.S. is exclusive and passed Oliver’s personal taste and high standards.  Be prepared for some surprise expressions that Oliver will bring in his bag from the U.K. specifically for this master class.

The Wonder of Wood

Class Time: Willow Glen I 8:30PM-9:15PM
Speaker: Jenna Elie of 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.

Class Tastings:
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:  Willow Glen II 9:15PM-10:00PM

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.

Cigar and Whisky Pairing

Class Time: Terrace 9:15PM-10:00PM
Speaker: Troy Lawrence, Owner Honor Cigars; Pablo Romay Cigar Roller

Class Descriptoin: 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 the outside lounge.