Each year, whisky connoisseurs, novices and newbies come together to discover the latest and greatest whiskies from around the world. The hub of all things whisky is known as Whisky Live NY and features pours of over 300 different whiskies across the globe. Bourbon, scotch, Irish, Japanese…you name it, they’ve got it. We first experienced Whisky Live last year, where we quickly learned that it’s a fête not to be missed. This year, we eagerly marked our calendar for February 24th, when the event took place at Chelsea Piers.
One of the best aspects of this event is that, in addition to plenty of imbibing, the space is teeming with master distillers, brand ambassadors and industry experts, who enthusiastically educate those eager to learn about what’s in their glass. Not only were big name brands like Jim Beam and Crown Royal pouring guests some of their renowned expressions, but smaller boutique distilleries also had the opportunity to showcase their unique spirits. Additionally, some stations even dolled out craft cocktails.
Guests at the event not only received unlimited tastings (!), but also enjoyed live entertainment, a dinner buffet and a souvenir Glencairn tasting glass to take home with them. It’s always a special occasion when all types of different people are able to come together with a single similar interest and this is a great place to make friends and learn something new!
It was hard to pick out favorites because, let’s be honest, there were TONS of whiskies there and after a little while things started to get a little blurry, but we like a challenge. Johnnie Walker’s new limited edition Select Casks was definitely a highlight of the evening, as was Hibiki, both of which were super smooth. We were also pleasantly surprised by some smaller labels, like Old Scout’s Single Barrel and Stillhouse Whisky and Dry Dock‘s Single Barrel.
Didn’t make it to the big shindig this year? We feel sorry for you…but, there’s a way to fix it: make sure to keep in touch with all things Whisky Live and come next year!!
Twisted Talk: What’s your favorite kind of whisk(e)y? Have you ever been to a Whisky Live event before? Discuss below!