Washingtonians will have the opportunity to sample premium single malt Scotches, bourbons, ryes and Irish whiskies as well as a chance to talk to distillers about their work when Whisky Live, the annual, internationally renowned tasting event held in dozens of cities around the world, comes to the Grand Hyatt Washington DC on March 7.
VIP Tickets to Whisky Live DC are $129 and include unlimited tastings from 6 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. Master classes include The Glenlivet and a special class to be announced by Diageo. Additionally, Balblair will unveil a new release and introduce four new vintages to the US in its master class. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.whiskylivena.com/
The growth of the whisk(e)y category in the U.S. has been staggering. For the first time since 2007 U.S. consumers spent more on whiskies than they did on vodka. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the highest price level is the fastest-growing: From 2002 to 2013, super-premium sales for American, Scotch and Irish whiskies rose 299%, 448% and a whopping 1878%, respectively.
Titan brands like Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Oban, Lagavulin and Maker’s Mark will be featured side by side with dozens of spirits from boutique distilleries and award-winning world whiskies from producers in the US, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere.
All told, Whisky Live DC will showcase more than 200 whiskies. Top whisky bars’ bartenders will be on hand mixing up special whiskey cocktails. Master distillers and global brand ambassadors will also be in attendance, pouring their products and meeting fans.
For more information, please visit the Whisky LiveDC page at http://www.whiskylivena.com/