18th Annual Whiskies of the World
The past few years have seen a resurgence in whiskey enthusiasts, which is great for several reasons. For one thing, it means that many more people are getting to know and love this storied and fascinating drink in all its wild varieties. For another, it means that events such as the 18th Annual Whiskies of the World are able to get off the ground. Held on the floating historical marvel, the Belle Yacht, Whiskies of the World is a gathering of the Bay Area’s best palates and the world’s best whiskies for a one-day-only event that is not to be missed.
While the price tag is somewhat steep, you must keep in mind that the $140 base ticket gets you access to expressions from more than 200 distilled spirits including Japanese whiskeys, Scotches, Bourbons, and Irish and Canadian whiskeys as well as numerous seminars and food and cigar pairings. This is not a toss-off whiskey sling at a local pub: this is where the crèm dela crèm of whiskey enthusiasts gather to rub shoulders, clink glasses, and swap knowledge.
But don’t be intimidated! This event is also geared towards those with perhaps a little less knowledge around the wonderful world of whiskey. Classes such as “Whisky Mixology—A Comparative Tasting” led by the legendary mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann, will take attendees on a journey through the chemistry behind mixing whiskeys into drinks, how to select the best whiskey to compliment the beverage’s other flavors, and the mechanics behind crafting a truly exceptional cocktail. Other classes include “The Last Great Malts,” which will present a wide range of information and samples from some of the world’s best scotches, and “Cigars and Whiskey,” which is a fairly self-explanatory title for a seminar that will truly enlarge your tastebuds.
Whiskies of the World will take place on March 31st, from 6:00 in the evening until 9:30. The proceeds from the event will go towards the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, so you can rest easy knowing that the pleasure you experience on this day will not be entirely without positive repercussions.