Latest Whisky News - Whisky of the World Expo on the 26th March, 2011 - 21st February, 2011

What's Inside

  • Whisky Pairing on Thursday 3/24

  • Speaker Classes: Sign-ups on-line

  • Dram Club Party 3/25

  • Hotel Reservation Deadline 2/24

  • Bushmills Pipe & Drum Raffle

  • 2011 Whisky Bibles Available now!

  • Whiskies to talk about!

Countdown to WoW ... only 5 weeks to go!!!!
Hello Expo Fans! So much is happening and the show is becoming more exciting and diversified everyday.  We have souvenir nosing glasses for every attendee this year to take home for your post Expo memories (and drams!).  An exciting Cigar Masterclass and several food pairing booths are included in this year's show. Sample and pair your whiskies with fine chocolate, Krave Jerky, Celtic Chutney and a variety of artisanal cheeses. Quite a few spirits have entered the exhibitor lineup at the last minute and we'll bring you up to date on these in our next newsletter!
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Whisky Pairing on Thursday 3/24 : City Club of SF 6:30 pm

Distillery Manager, Stuart Nickerson of Glenglassaugh distillery will lead us through a gourmet Whisky Pairing.
The evening will start with a Cocktail reception and Cold Cuts Buffet.  Gourmet appetizers will be paired with Stuart's fine whiskies as we move on with the evening's delicious program.
$45 (all inclusive)
Dram Club Members: $35 (all inclusive) (email WoW for discount code)
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Speaker Classes: Sign-up on-line

Once again we are offering you the opportunity to attend some unforgettable Masterclasses with the stars of the spirits world! *****Please note that the first round of classes starts at 6:00 which  is the same time as general admission opens. If you sign up for a 6:00 class, you can bypass the general admission queue and go straight to the class.

Sign up on-line to guarantee a spot. Please be at class 5 minutes early to guarantee your seat.

6:00 pm Laphroaig: Where Whisky meets the Cask:  Simon Brookings
6:00 pm Classic Malts: Stephen Beal
7:15 pm The Dalmore:  Richard Paterson
7:15 pm Independent bottlers: Ed Kohl
8:30 pm Craft Panel Discussion : Four to five stars from the American Craft Distillers including Chip Tate (Balcones), Rich Wasmund (Copperfox) ...
8:30 pm Cigar Masterclass: Tim Wong of Rocky Patel Premium Cigars

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Hotel Reservation Deadline 2/24

Our special rate of $159 is only guaranteed for reservations made before Thursday, Feb. 24, 5:pm.

We have rooms reserved for a special rate at Hotel Le Meridien for $159 a night. This is a great deal at a Four Star business hotel. Located on Battery at Clay, Le Meridien is within walking distance to the WoW Expo. Call, 415.296.2900 or go on-line and use the promo code “WOW” to secure your room at this special rate.

Best Dram Club Party: Friday 3/25

We have an exciting Dram Club Party planned for this year.  Enjoy a relaxed evening with several brand ambassadors and distillers at The Swig, an incredible Whisky Bar with an immense selection. The party starts at 6:30 and we dram on til 9pm.  We will be sampling new releases from Glenmorangie along with expressions of Ardbeg, Glenglassaugh, Amrut, High West, Balcones, Michters, Chieftains, Kilchoman, Wasmunds and more!!! ...

Bushmills Pipe & Drum Band & Raffle

The return of a  much loved tradition of the WoW Expo!  The band will play mini concerts throughout the evening.  Support their art and join their raffle with several exciting prizes.
Less than 200 raffle tickets remain of a total of 400 issued.  This gives excellent odds for a raffle.
Pipe & Drum Band Raffle

2011 Whisky Bibles

We have 2011 bibles by Jim Murray!
NO one tells it better in the world of whisky than Jim!
Order yours now.

A Few of the Whiskies to talk about at WoW 2011

The Dalmore - From his headquarters in the The Dalmore Sample Room, Master Distiller Richard “The Nose” Paterson ensures the pedigree of this noble whisky. He manages the quality of The Dalmore’s stocks aging in American White Oak and the final marriage in “Matusalem” Oloroso Sherry butts from Gonzalez Byass that transforms the whisky into the legend. The King Alexander III expression has been aged or finished in various woods including bourbon casks, French barriques, sherry butts, madeira casks, port pipes and marsala barrels.

Isle of Jura - Just north of Islay lies The Isle of Jura and its eponymous distillery. Jura Master Distiller Willie Tait balances the heritage of The Isle of Jura’s core whiskies with new and exciting expressions sure to delight the senses.
Springbank - Campbelltown’s Springbank is the oldest independent family owned distillery in Scotland. They are one of only two distilleries to control every step of the whisky making process from malting the barely through bottling on the same premises. Springbank single malt is often enjoyed for its sherry influenced flavors while the peated barley gives an expressive smokiness to the equation.

High West – Located in Park City, Utah, at 7000 feet above sea level, High West Distillery produces small batch mountain crafted spirits sure to raise yours. Under the supervision of Proprietor and Distiller David Perkins, High West creates a sublime selection of pure American whiskey including the inventive Bourye, a deliciously proprietary marriage of rye and bourbon.
Amrut – Taking the whisky world by storm in 2010, Amrut Fusion was named the third best whisky in the world by noted whisky writer Jim Murray. The climate and altitude of the Amrut distillery in Bangalore create an environment where whisky ages much quicker than in Scotland but don’t let the lack of an age statement on the label fool you. Amrut’s products are young but spirited.
Ardbeg – What can be said about Ardbeg? It’s Ardbeg! Fasten your seat-belt. It’s going to be a peaty ride!

Glenglassaugh – The stills at Glenglassaugh's Highlands distillery were silenced in 1986. Rescued from the mothballs in 2008 by The Scalent Group, the world waits for the new make distilled in 2009 to mature long enough to call it Scottish Whisky. Meanwhile Glenglassaugh has released rare vintages including a 26 year old as well as the “over 30” and “over 40” rare cask series.  Sign up for our Thursday Night (3/24) Whisky Pairing with Glenglassaugh's Master Distiller Stuart Nickerson.
Laphroaig - The harsh climate and tough landscape if Islay created a hardy people known as Ileachs whose single-mindedness and honesty is as distinctive as Laphroaig. Aromas of peat, barley and heather greet the palate with a pungent richness unique to this classic range of single malt.

Old Pulteney - The most northern distillery on the Scottish mainland, The Pulteney Distillery, produces single malt whisky as distinctive as it's unique location in the city of Wick. Distillery manager Malcolm Waring presides over the traditional craftsmanship that ensures the continued quality that marks Old Pulteney Single Malt.
Balblair - Established in 1790, Balblair is the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands. The virtually unpeated barley yields a delicate whisky full of fruity esters that is aged in a mixture of American and Spanish oak casks prior to hand selection by distillery manager John MacDonald at their peak of maturity.

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