Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival
April 10th to 13th 2019
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a proud partner of the 7th Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival.
Schedule of Events, Panelists, and Masterclasses
Whiskey Obsession Kickoff Dinner @ Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Deconstruction of the Balcones Texas Single Malt with Winston Edwards
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Two Panelist Small Group Dinners @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
World Whiskey Dinner
Join Ashok Chokalingam, Global Ambassador and Assistant Distiller at Amrut Distillery for an intimate three course dinner featuring four award winning whiskies from Bengaluru, India: Amrut Single Malt, Amrut Fusion Single Malt, Amrut Peated Single Malt, and Amrut Naarangi Single Malt.
Single Malt Scotch Dinner
The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
This unique panel of distillers and ambassadors share their award winning whiskies from Colorado, Scotland, and India in an interactive tasting. The panel is co-moderated by Samara Rivers and Turner C. Moore.
Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 130 guests.
Panelists and whiskies:
-Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge (Breckenridge PX Sherry Cask Bourbon)
-Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller at Stranahan’s (Stranahan’s Snowflake)
-Ashok Chokalingam, Assistant to Master Distiller at Amrut (Amrut Madeira Cask)
-Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay (Jura 18 Year)
-Stephanie Ridgway, Manager of Brand Education at International Beverage (Speyburn 15 Year)
-Raj Sabarwahl, Founder at Glass Revolution Imports (Murray McDavid Ordha Meas 13 Year)
-Corky Taylor, Chairman at Peerless (3 Year Small Batch Rye)
-Andrew Weir, Brand Director at Pernod Ricard (Aberlour Casg Annamh)
Late Night Whistle Pig Rye Showcase at The Social Eatery and Bar 10:00 p.m. until late.
Friday, April 12, 2019
The Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Masterclass at The Bijou, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay, for a sumptuous lunch masterclass at featuring The Dalmore, single malt Highland Scotch, at Sarasota’s Bijou restaurant. Tickets are $40 per person and include meal, single malt Scotch whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler.
Grand Tasting and Masterclasses @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
With hundreds of whiskies and cocktails available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as emerging craft distillers from around the country. All tickets include Whiskey and Barrel Nite’s custom infused dinner buffet and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon, as well as a one year subscription to Whisky Advocate, the world’s leading whisky magazine. Limited booth space still available - see contact information at the bottom of the page.
7:00 p.m. VIP Admission
7:15 p.m. Class I begins (open to GA ticket holders; ends at 8:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m. General Admission; VIP Lounge Opens
8:30 p.m. Class II and III begin (end at 9:15 p.m.)
10:15 p.m. Last Pour
10:30 p.m. Event concludes
MASTERCLASSES JUST ADDED!
Class I --- 7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Four Roses Single Barrel Deconstruction with Cile Moreno
Class II --- 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Amrut Indian Whisky with Ashok Chokalingam
Class III --- 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch with Gordon Dundas
Three ticket levels are available:
-VIP Lounge brought to you by Whiskey & Barrel Nite (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
-VIP pours of premium, fine, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).
Bottles will not be sold directly at the show.
-Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.
-Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
-Priority seating at classes and other WOF events during the Festival.
General Admission $95:
-Limited to 500 guests includes one commemorative Glencairn glass; entrance at 8:00 p.m.
-Unlimited tasting of several hundred whiskies and cocktails.
-Limited to 75 guests includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Women of Whiskey Brunch @ Sarasota Yacht Club, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We are thrilled to present the Women of Whiskey Brunch in partnership with the Sarasota Whisky Society, Bourbon Women and the Black Bourbon Society. The event emcee Jennifer Wells and moderator Peggy Noe Stevens will lead a panel of prominent women making contributions to the whiskey industry, including:
Two whiskies from each panelist will be paired with a special menu created by SYC Executive Chef Anthony Puccio. Tickets are $45 per person and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.
Sips, Suds, and Smokes presents Beer, Bourbon, and Cigars @ Smokin’ Joes, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Join Bob Howell, Maury Jayson, and Mike Woods from Sips, Suds and Smokes radio show for a multi-faceted pairing of cigars and whiskey. This fun, casual event will be held at at Smokin’ Joes on Main Street. Cost is $25 and includes cigars, beer, and whiskey samples.
Whiskey Rocks Closing Night Party at JDub's Brewing Company, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com