Bottoms Up — March 2, 2015 at 11:20 am

Whiskey Live is a Dream Come True

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Whether you prefer scotch, bourbon, moonshine, Irish whiskey or American, there is one event that brings everyone together, no matter where your allegiance lies. Whiskey Live is an annual, internationally renowned tasting event, which recently took place in New York City. The event, which is now in its eleventh year, is produced by Whisky Magazine, and allows New Yorkers the chance to taste over 300 of the world’s best whiskies, as well as learn from the masterminds behind them.

The one of a kind event took place at Chelsea Piers this past week, with more than 60 different brands and over 300 different whiskies making the rounds. Attendees enjoyed unlimited tastings, a dinner buffet, live entertainment, and a souvenir Glencairn tasting glass, as well as the opportunity to partake in master classes, in which guests learned from from brands such as The Glenlivet and Diageo.

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Well-known brands like Johnnie Walker, Glenmorangie, Knob Creek and Jim Beam were all serving up sips, as well as smaller, boutique brands like High West Distillery, White Pike Whiskey and Tuthilltown Spirits. While all brands served up various expressions, some even had cocktails on hand to showcase how their whiskey holds its own in cocktails. In addition to all of these fabulous brands, a few local New York City bars showcased some of their standout cocktails, including American Whiskey and The Flatiron Room. And while Whiskey Live was certainly where all whiskey lovers’ dreams come true, there was more than just the beloved spirit at Chelsea Piers.

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Martinez Hand Rolled Cigar Factory was present, hand rolling cigars for guests right at the event, while Roni-Sue’s Chocolates was offering chocolate pairings for attendees. Glass is Life was hand-carving special ice cubes to chill your whiskey, and the live band kept everyone’s spirits soaring. Not to mention, the entire event overlooked the gorgeous, partially-frozen Hudson River.

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From whiskey experts to whiskey novices, this event was a great place to find your favorite sips and discover impressive new ones, as well as learn about everything from the brand, to the distilling, barreling and bottling process of producing such great amber-colored liquid delight. With an event named Whiskey Live, expectations were high, but they knocked it out of the park and exceeded in putting on one of the best events of the year.

Twisted Talk: What’s your favorite whiskey? What’s your go-to whiskey bar in NYC? Discuss below! 

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