After spending most of the year with gin, rum and tequila; it’s time to give whisk(e)y a little love. The nights are getting longer, it’s getting a little colder outside and I want whatever I’m drinking to give me the warm fuzzies in my gut. No more tall cocktails filled with ice; give it to me straight and preferably in a flask!
Whether you’re an enthusiast who always has a couple of their favorite bottles handy or someone who’s partner just got them into scotch, Whisky Live is a outstanding event to explore that interest. Currently in its fifth year, this celebration of the “water of life” truly has something for everyone with guided tastings by the distillers themselves, plenty of tasting booths, food, live music and exclusive bottles prepared specifically for the show.
With over 40 exhibitors, including Jura, Compass Box and Auchentoshan; this is an excellent opportunity to sample many bottles you might not have seen at your LCBO, especially when it comes to cask-strength bottlings. Last year, I remember being guided through both the Macallan and Glenrothes portfolios and it was interesting to see how the different ages and casks they were aged contributed to the tasting experience.
Whisky Live 2010 is held on Friday, October 22nd, at the Metro Convention Centre from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are $60 ($70 at the door) which includes your tasting glass (I still have mine from last year; it’s really nice), 5 drink tickets and all the food you can eat to soak up that booze.
If you’re feeling flush, you can get a VIP ticket for $95 ($110 at the door) which ups your tickets to 10 and gets you in at 4pm. This is also the only way you’ll be able to attend some of the Masterclasses held by distillers from the likes of Johnny Walker, Bulleit and Highland Park. Those cost $20 each and six of ‘em are already sold out so if that’s your thing, you better register soon.
Even if you don’t register for a Masterclass, take the time to talk with some of the brand ambassadors if you both have the time. These guys are passionate about their product and you can learn a lot of you’re willing. I’ve always thought that it could be one of the best jobs in the world and listening to them, I pretty damn sure I’m right.
For those of you who might be moved by such an incentive, I’m pleased to be able to offer a 10% discount for readers of The Jolly Inebriate. Just add this code (to436) to your shopping basket when you’re purchasing your tickets online.
Last year was a lot of fun and I hope to see you there!