Third Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival One Week Away
Dozens of distillers and brand ambassadors are headed to Sarasota, Florida for the Third Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival to serve over 225 whiskies from around the world. Held at Michael’s on East, Whiskey Obsession is one of the largest whisk(e)y festivals in the Southeast. The two-day festival on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 2015 features three events including the grand tasting, a panel discussion, and seven classes.
Noted industry professionals include Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett; Angel’s Envy Chief Innovation Officer Wes Henderson; Corsair’s Head Distiller Andrea Clodfelter; Jewish Whisky Company’s President Joshua Hatton; Templeton Rye’s President Scott Bush; C&C Cigar Founder Joe Chiusano; Long Island Spirits’ Owner Rich Stabile; Jefferson’s Bourbon President Trey Zoeller; Gordon & MacPhail Senior Vice President Gary Keimach; and many others.
Twenty five super-premium and rare whiskies will be served as VIP pours, including Glenfiddich 26 Year single malt; Glenmorangie 25 Year single malt; Tullabardine 25 Year single malt; Macallan Rare Cask single malt; Angel’s Envy Rye; High West Bourye; Compass Box Lost Blend Limited Release Scotch whisky; Orphan Barrel Forged Oak Bourbon; Corsair Buck Yeah American Whiskey; Mortlach Rare Old single malt; the Balvenie Tun 1509 single malt, and several dozen more.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 26, 2015
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Sensory World of Wine and Whisk(e)y: A Masterclass on Intelligent Smelling
with Kim Lahiri Aroma Nosing Academy, Inverness, Scotland
Cost $15 per person
A journey on discovering the sense of smell, attendees will learn how to re-construct the key aromas in wine and whiskey that influence one’s palate.
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion Cost $45 per person
Eight master distillers and professional brand ambassadors present their favorites whiskies in an in-depth, interactive tasting and conversation. Panelists are:
Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller
Wes Henderson, Angel’s Envy Master Ambassador
Josh Hatton, Co-Founder of the Jewish Whisky Company
Gary Keimach, SVP with Gordon & MacPhail
Daniel Khan, WhistlePig Rye Ambassador
Rachel Ewing, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador
Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador
Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky
Friday, March 27, 2015
The Whiskey Obsession Grand Tasting
Over 225 whiskies from nearly 80 brands will be available at the grand tasting. Guests receive a commemorative Glencairn glass upon entry to sample spirits from the 40 exhibitors filling the ballroom at Michael’s on East.
6:30 VIP Admission
7:30 General Admission
8:00 pm Masterclass Session I
Class 1: Jack Daniel’s Academy with Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller,
Class 2: Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador.
Class 3: Double Wood Maturation with Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky.
9:15 pm Masterclass Session II
Class 4: Wine & Whiskey Nosing with Kim Lahiri, Aroma Academy, Scotland.
Class 5: Angel’s Envy with Wes Henderson, Master Ambassador
Class 6: Cigar & Whisky Pairing with Glenfiddich Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph
and C&C Dram Club Cigars Founder Joe Chiusano.
10:30 pm Last Pour
10:45 pm After-Party at Made Restaurant
Three ticket levels are available, VIP at $195; General Admission at $95; and Companion at $45. Complete information and tickets are available at www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.
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