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February 19, 2015

International whiskies tasting event touches down in NYC and debuts in Washington, DC
Story By Joyce Appelman Photos by Gabi Porter courtesy of Whisky Live

Whisky Live Danny Neff pouring Makers

Don’t know where to get the best Whisky? Here’s a place to start: Whisky Live (; the annual, internationally renowned tasting event held in dozens of cities around the world, making a stop in NYC at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Wednesday, February 25 and then makes its debut in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, March 7.

Produced by Whisky Magazine, the show is in its 11th year and offers New Yorkers an opportunity to check out over 300+ of the world’s best whiskies including Scotch, Bourbon, American, Canadian, French, Irish, Japanese and others. Washingtonians attending the first-ever Whisky Live DC will close to 200 of the world’s best whiskies.

Really, where else are you going to find this volume in one room? And be able to attend Master classes where you’ll learn how Whisk(e)y is produced around the world and taste the most interesting and most popular and newest ones on the market – they are all going to be here.

Whisky Live multiple bottles with Russell's and Michter's etc

In New York, The James Beard Foundation nominated Dead Rabbit will be among the bars making cocktails, plus a full buffet, live music, Master classes, and the ease of getting there and home safely thanks to a partnership with Uber – makes it truly a full and exciting night out. In DC, look for James Beard nominee Derek Brown’s bar Southern Efficiency alongside Jack Rose Saloon and others shaking and stirring up whisk(e)y cocktails.

Whisky Live is a prime opportunity to sample premium single malt Scotches, bourbons, ryes and Irish whiskies, along with those from France and elsewhere while you are chat with distillers about their work and other scotch fans to compare your experiences. Titan brands like Johnnie Walker, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, The Glenlivet, Beam and Heaven Hill will be featured side by side with dozens of spirits from boutique distilleries, including New York’s own Tuthilltown Spirits and Utah’s High West Distillery, and award-winning world whiskies from producers in the US, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere.

This is a great event to learn the stories behind them from master distillers, brand ambassadors and industry experts. Guests at Whisky Live NY can also take Master Classes on: scotch production with Ewan Morgan and Gregor Cattanach – Senior Masters of Whisky from Diageo; wood management with Craig Vaught – Master of Scotch The Glenlivet and Aberlour; and an exploration of vintages from Balbair’s Distillery.

The Diageo Master Class will include pours from 1956 bottlings for example, while Balblair will feature a new release and introduce four new vintages to the US in its master class –and these are just you just two of the many things you can learn about and taste at Whisky Live and nowhere else.

VIP Tickets to Whisky Live New York are $149 and include unlimited tastings from 5:30 to 10 PM, a lavish dinner buffet, live entertainment, a souvenir Glencairn tasting glass to take home and a one-year subscription to Whisky Magazine. Standard ticket ($119) entrance is from 6:30 PM with a souvenir glass and access to the buffet and live entertainment as well. Master classes are ticketed separately at $20 and hold just 40 people per class. Tickets to Whisky Live DC are priced at $129 and the event runs from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance at .

Whisky Live men in kilts drinking

*INSIDE F&B Editor in Chief, Francine Cohen, collaborated with Whisky Live on their marketing efforts in 2015.



March 10, 2012

Great King Street Competition
By Vincenza Di Maggio

Photo by Clay Williams. Courtesy of Compass Box Whisky

Challenged with the task of creating enlightened whisky cocktails bartenders from Brooklyn and Manhattan went head to head in a cocktail competition featuring Great King Street, Compass Box Whisky’s versatile new blended range which challenges old school thinking that the only way to enjoy Scotch is sipping it neat from a rocks glass.

The deliciously diverse variety of recipes presented in the competition – such as Abigail Gullo’s cocktail the “Charlie Hustle” which incorporated rosemary-infused maple syrup, and Max Messier’s cocktail “Red Skies at Night” which included the use of winter spiced chai concentrate – demonstrated that the blend is indeed the most versatile style of Scotch whisky.

Compass Box Whisky company founder John Glaser once again defies traditional thinking about whisky; eschewing the thought that it should be drunk on its own. He fittingly named Great King Street for a street in New Town Edinburgh, Scotland whose Georgian neo-classical architecture expresses Continue Reading…



August 30, 2011

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade in your film debut for the Auchentoshan London/NYC Switch

Photo by Peter Devlin courtesy of Auchentoshan Distillery - Glasgow, Scotland

You know they drive funny over there, do they bartend on the wrong side too? If you’re one of the lucky (and talented) UK and US bartenders who win the AUCHENTOSHAN Switch you’ll find out first hand.

The big switch is a once in a lifetime opportunity for UK bartenders to bartend in the US, all expenses paid, while their US counterpart heads to London to see how bartenders get put to the test there every night. Auchentoshan® Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, the only triple-distilled Scottish single malt, has launched a bartender talent search like no other to find two outstanding barkeeps in the US and the UK ready to switch places and switch countries for two weeks.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer the high road or the low road; the road to get there will be exactly the same in each country – first, contestants must enter a video of themselves making a homemade lemonade and an Old Fashioned cocktail with Auchentoshan Three Wood. 20 semi-finalists will travel to Las Vegas (and to London in the UK) to enter the showdown hosted by the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) where the top bartender will be named.

Auchentoshan has partnered with two of the most outstanding bars in each country to act as the host venues for the final two bartenders in New York and London. The Auchentoshan Switch is open to all licensed bartenders in the US and UK (see terms & conditions for complete information).
Bartenders can enter their videos up until August 31, 2011 at The Las Vegas and London showdown will take place in October 2011 and the actual switch will take place in early 2012.

VIDEO ENTRY. Entering the Auchentoshan Switch requires a video and two drinks, specifically a lemonade and an Old Fashioned made with Auchentoshan Three Wood, a liquid of unique complexity that has rested in three different types of casks – first in American Bourbon then to Spanish Oloroso Sherry and finally in Pedro Ximenez Sherry – before being bottled, giving it a unique complexity. Bartenders who wish to enter must film themselves (no need for Oscar level movies here, a smartphone will do) making these two drinks (ps, the lemonade will show their knowledge of Continue Reading…