Chip Tate of Balcones Distillery commented: "Texas is a great market, and Austin has a lot of whisky expertise. We anticipate a lot of interest.”
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) September 21, 2013
The Whiskies of the World today released the exciting line up of brands participating at their second annual Texas event, which will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the Austin Music Hall.
The flagship event, Whiskies of the World San Francisco, has grown over the last 14 years to become one of the largest consumer tasting festivals in America, and a much-anticipated staple, not only locally, but nationwide. Every year, the Expo enjoys the attendance of 1,500 participants from as many as 20 states. The Whiskies of the World Austin will follow the success of its parent event to gather the world’s most fascinating distilled spirits along with their makers and ambassadors to give its guests an opportunity to sample, learn and experience the art of whisky. A sure-to-become Austin favorite, the Expo will have special features, such as whisky pairing with craft foods, a cigar cut and smoke, and whisky maker meet and greet. Famous men behind the whiskies will be in attendance to pour and personally cheer with the guests: Tom Bulleit, a third-generation distiller and founder of the frontier Bulleit bourbon; Rob Robillard, a creator of the unique American maple-infused whiskey; Chip Tate of the Texas own Balcones Distillery, the proponent of a true craft in distillation; Dr. Bill Lumsden, the pioneer of whisky flavor creation through usage of wood, known as “wood management”; Ed Kohn, a “trainer” for the entire beverage industry as we know it today who participated in the notorious Pepsi and Stoli barter, and other notable whisky personas.
From the biggest brand names to recently introduced to the US releases, including unique whiskies from Scotland and Ireland, exotic Asian whiskies and the diverse products of the American craft, there will be a spirit to suit everyone’s taste. In addition to incredible spirits from every corner of the world, the Expo will also feature seminars conducted by world renowned Master Distillers and Brand Ambassadors. Among those giving seminars are:
Dr. Bill Lumsden (Ardbeg) “Maturation in Depth.”
A three-time Industry Leader of the Year, Lumsden has garnered multiple awards and accolades for his wood management and exotic finishes and is considered one of the most knowledgeable and innovative distillers in the world. The extraordinary masterclass will include topics such as the scotch maturation process, wood and cask selection, and aging determination.
Chip Tate (Balcones Distillery) “Whisky Aromas: where do they come from?”
Chip Tate has been a dedicated home brewer for 18 years and has spent the past several years learning the science of distilling, including an apprenticeship in Scotland. An introductory level, hands-on workshop will focus on helping whisky enthusiasts understand the spirit they love.
Brendan Coyle (High West Distillery) “Distillation: Technical or Artistic?”
Brendan, starting off at Redrock Brewing, Utah, went on to Scotland to earn a Masters in Brewing and Distilling Sciences. After returning to Redrock, Brendan teamed up with David Perkins to develop a new brand from the ground up.
Brendon will introduce the guests to what whiskey is and what it can be, and talk about the mashing, fermentation and distillation of whiskey and how that drastically effects fresh whiskey characteristics.
Matt Springate (The Glenlivet) “Understanding Flavor through Aromas.”
Matt Springate, an English-born but Texas proud, will perform a seminar to lead guests through a sampling journey that covers the core range of The Glenlivet, “the single malt that started it all”, from the first Scotland’s legal distillery. Participants will be educated on the brand’s unique history while going through an aroma exercise to help simplify the main flavor components of single malt.
Keeva Bentham (Beam Global) “The Art of Irish Whiskey.”
The guests will enjoy a complete education on Irish whiskey by the brand ambassador, who just recently enjoyed a hand-on one from Kilbeggan Institute of Irish Whisky Excellence. One will learn what defines Irish whiskey, how it is made and how it compares with Scotch, then taste whiskies from the Kilbeggan distillery, including the only Irish grain whiskey, a 100% malt whiskey, and a peated whiskey.
Charlie Guluzian (Bolivar Cigar Lounge) “Cigars and Whisky – A Perfect Pairing.”
The guests will learn the artistry that goes into making cigars as they will enjoy the first hand pleasures of pairing polar in location and taste whiskies, a scotch and a bourbon, with a specially Cigar.
Guests will also enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner specially created to pair with whisky, outdoor cigar smoking, and live background jazz, for the total delectable experience. The event has been receiving great interest from exhibitors, consumers, media and trade, and aims to start a new tradition among the whisky enthusiasts of Texas and beyond.
VIP tickets cost $150 and General Admission tickets cost $120. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.whiskiesoftheworld.com.
Brands Exhibiting are:
Gordon and MacPhail
Isle of Arran
Isle of Jura
Isle of Skye
Cabin Fever Maple Whisky
Jim Beam Devil’s Cut – 90
Jim Beam Signature Craft - 12 Year Old
Sam Houston Whiskey
Calumet Farm Bourbon
Bird Dog Whiskey
Greenore Single Grain
Nikka Japanese whisky
8 Seconds Canadian whisky
Pendleton Canadian whisky
Gibson's Finest Canadian whisky
King’s Ginger Liqueur
Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey
Zaya Gran Rum
More about Whiskies of the World LLC
Whiskies of the World LLC is Based in California and owned by the International Wine & Spirits Competition and Douglas Smith.
The first annual Whiskies of the World Expo was held in San Francisco in 1998. In 2012, by popular demand of the industry and consumers, the Expo expanded to become a first high-end large scale whisky tasting festival in Texas, and received a warm welcome from the audience.
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Phone: (408) 225-0446