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BALLANTINE’S AND GLOBALLY-RENOWNED ‘GIF-ITI’ ARTIST INSA CREATE WORLD’S LARGEST ANIMATED GIF – Scotch Whisky News

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BALLANTINE’S AND GLOBALLY-RENOWNED  ‘GIF-ITI’ ARTIST INSA CREATE WORLD’S LARGEST ANIMATED GIF

One satellite in space, 57,515m2 to paint on the earth in Rio de Janeiro, and just four days…

View ‘Ballantine’s Presents INSA’s Space GIF-ITI’ by clicking here

A ‘making of’ detailing the behind the scenes story of the project can be viewed here

In late 2014, after nearly a year of planning, Ballantine’s – the world’s No.2 Scotch whisky – and globally-renowned ‘GIF-ITI’ artist INSA arrived in central Rio De Janeiro with a team of 20, to undertake a uniquely ambitious art project; to create the world’s largest animated GIF.

The results of this inimitable challenge feature in ‘Ballantine’s Presents INSA’s Space GIF-ITI’: a stunning three minute film which launches globally today.

The giant animated artwork – the most ambitious of its kind ever attempted – was painted on the ground in four stages over four days and measured a total of 57,515m2 (made up of four images measuring 14,379m2 each). Inspired by INSA’s iconic ‘Looking For Love…’ heart design, the huge paintings were each captured via a satellite orbiting 431 miles above the earth, and ultimately transformed by INSA into a moving piece of animated ‘GIF-ITI’.

‘INSA’s Space GIF-ITI’ is the third in a series of collaborations between Ballantine’s and unique talent from around the world who define Ballantine’s mantra of ‘Stay True’ and whose stories are showcased in unique films featuring projects inspired by their personal styles, talents and beliefs. Previous collaborators include leading African DJ and producer, Black Coffee (‘Human Orchestra’) and world champion freestyle skateboarder, Kilian Martin (‘Carmen’).

About INSA
INSA began his career as a graffiti writer and went on to become known for his unique patterns and motifs, which have since been displayed around the world, both at street level and in high profile exhibitions and media, including within London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate Britain.

Staying True to his genesis as an artist but with a passion for experimentation and innovation, INSA is best known for creating ground-breaking ‘GIF-ITI’: amazing animations of his graffiti designs which culminate in looped GIFs – an innovative and labour-intensive process which requires him to repaint a design by hand many times, with each image changing slightly each time, before combining them to create a final GIF. His unique art has captivated audiences by creating something physical which paradoxically only exists online as a 600 pixel wide image.

How was it done?

The biggest technical challenge of the project was finding a satellite solution to capture a high altitude image, at a super high resolution. The answer came in the form of a collaboration with the commercial satellite division of Airbus, which gave Ballantine’s and INSA access to a pair of ‘Pleiades’ satellites which could be tasked with shooting a 100km square image, anywhere in the world, at a resolution of one pixel per 50cm2.

Location requirements were very specific; the team needed a vacant space of over 14,000m2, located somewhere with minimal risk of cloud cover. After months of searching, INSA finally settled upon Brazil, a country he’d drawn inspiration from for many of his designs, but had never previously worked in. A vacant parking lot in Rio de Janeiro’s “Marina Da Gloria” provided the perfect canvas for the project, with Rio’s climate offering the best chance of success.
On the conception of the project INSA says “The scale of this project is like no other; it’s been a dream of mine for years to create a piece of graffiti that can be seen from space, but working in synchronicity with the earth’s cycle to also create an animation is next level.”

Once the location had been identified, Airbus assisted with technical calculations to determine orbit and suitable dates for the project, establishing when the work needed to be undertaken in a single continuous period. The GIF was created by marking out the design using hundreds of metres of measured rope, a simple trundle wheel with spray cans attached, and a plethora of maths and geometry. The final work was made up of 20 hearts, each measuring 22m high by 24m wide.

INSA was then assisted by a crew of 15 local painters, who used household paint and rollers to lay down the design and template for the first layer. This stage alone took two days under the unrelenting Brazilian sun. With the satellites tasked to capture an image once a day for four days – without the option of rescheduling – the team had just 24 hours, or one revolution of the earth, until the satellite and painting were realigned for the next capture.

From there, INSA worked with the ultra-high definition satellite imagery in his London studio to build the film’s final animated GIF, which features at the end of the film.

INSA comments: “To me the GIF was made by the satellite, all I had to do was receive the images and overlay them, then set them to loop. What I love about producing my GIFs is the amount of effort – the scale and man power that has gone into this is huge – but ultimately it’s still just a 600 pixel wide GIF to be shared online. In terms of scale and for the way this project attempts to illustrate time, it’s everything I’ve ever wanted my art to be.”

Peter Moore, Ballantine’s Global Brand Director, says of the project: “INSA’s Space GIF-ITI’ is one of the most ambitious projects that Ballantine’s has ever undertaken, and is an inspiring showcase of what it means to ‘Stay True’ to yourself and to your passions. Working in a truly collaborative way with such an inspirational character and artist as INSA has allowed us to create a meaningful moment that we hope will excite and delight viewers around the world.”

The finished results can be seen in the film and a ‘making of’ detailing the behind the scenes story of the project at YouTube.com/Ballantines.

About Stay True Stories and StayTrueStories.com
Ballantine’s is engaged in a global journey to produce a series of films which feature personalities who serve as an embodiment of ‘Stay True, Leave an Impression’. ‘INSA’s Space GIF-ITI’ follows on from films including ‘Black Coffee’s Human Orchestra’, ‘Kilian Martin’s Carmen’, ‘Ben Mead’s Art of Drumming’ and ‘The Whale Song’. Further films are currently in production and will be released throughout 2015, with all content living online at www.staytruestories.com.

About Ballantine’s
Ballantine’s is the No.1 Scotch whisky in Europe and the No.2 Scotch whisky in the world with the range selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won more than 130 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for its outstanding quality, as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the exclusive 40 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by Master Blender Sandy Hyslop, continuing the brand’s tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827. In 2013, Ballantine’s continued its innovative approach by launching Ballantine’s Brasil, a spirit drink made from selectively cask steeping Scotch whisky with Brazilian lime peel.
www.ballantines.com

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Ballantine’s And Globally-Renowned ‘Gif-iti’ Artist INSA Create World’s Largest Animated Gif

About Chivas Brothers
Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. Chivas Brothers’ award-winning portfolio features some of the world’s most revered Scotch whisky brands including Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky and the No.1 Scotch whisky in China; Ballantine’s, Europe’s No.1 Scotch whisky; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.2 single malt whisky; and Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky range. The portfolio also includes two of the world’s leading English gins – Beefeater, the world’s most awarded premium gin, and Plymouth gin – plus a selection of highly acclaimed single malt whiskies, including Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Strathisla and Tormore. The range is completed by a collection of blended Scotch whiskies operating in many of the world’s key whisky markets which includes 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport Scotch. www.chivasbrothers.com

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About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €7,945 million in 2013/14. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Spirit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector and employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people, operating through a decentralized organization with 6 ‘Brand Companies’ and 80 ‘Market Companies’ established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is a member of the CAC 40 index.  www.pernod-ricard.com

 

Whisky Auctioneer January 2015 Auction – Whisky News

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January 2015 Auction Ends on Monday 2rd Febuary!

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Our January auction is now live and will finish on Febuary 2rd from 19:00.

There are close to 1000 lots in this auction and these Bowmore’s are without a doubt one of the highlights! These Whiskies are legendary, distilled in 1964, this trilogy has garnered the highest amount of praise from both drinkers and collectors. A piece of liquid history.

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For the Islay collectors among you we have every official release Port Ellen up to and including 2013. If there is a gap in your collection now is the opportunity to plug it.

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Complete Flora & Fauna collection, certainly not something to shrug off this is an impressive 26 Bottles, some are still available, many have been discontinued. This is rare opportunity to get the entire collection. 

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The Macallan Remix/Remixed is one of five hundred bottles released to commemorate the 75th birthday of photographer Daido Moriyama. Released as part of The Macallan Masters of Photography range this was only released for the Asian Duty free market and is one of only 500!

Other Macallan’s featured this month include an 30 Year old Sherry Oak which has become excedingly rare and also the Royal Marriage bottling which was released in 1981 to celebrate the marriage of The Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer.

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There is a range of interesting single cask Japanese whisky on offer this month. Yamazaki, Karuizawa and the especially rare Kawasaki, a grain distillery which closed in the early 80s. This particular bottle is a 33 year old from a single cask which only produced 60 bottles! 

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Please remember!

There is no registration fee, our commission structure is very competitive and we offer worldwide shipping. For our terms and conditions please click here.

 

With over 15 years of experience in the whisky industry, Whisky Auctioneer specialises in auctioning whisky whether it be fine, old, rare, collectable or affordable. Formed in 2013 and based in Perth, central Scotland, we aim to be the most comprehensive website for the buying and selling of whisky online.

http://www.whiskyauctioneer.com/

Happy Bidding!

Loch Fyne Whiskies ‘Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach – Tasting Review’ – Scotch Whisky News

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Loch Fyne Whiskies ‘Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach – Tasting Review’ 

We settle down to taste a rare peated whisky from this Islay outlier. Read our full review of the Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach… 

You may view the latest post at HERE

Best regards,

Loch Fyne Whiskies

david@lfw.co.uk

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Longrow CV – Scotch Whisky News

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This week Joe Ellis finishes his vertical tasting of Springbank whiskies and reviews the Longrow CV.

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JAMESON KICK-STARTS 2015 ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS WITH NEW LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE RELEASE – Irish Whiskey News

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JAMESON KICK-STARTS 2015 ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

WITH NEW LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE RELEASE 

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Jameson, the world’s favourite Irish whiskey, has unveiled its fifth annual limited edition bottle as it gears up for St. Patrick’s Day 2015. Designed by award-winning, Dublin-based illustrator, Steve Simpson, the bottle forms the flagship of Jameson’s much-anticipated ‘Hello Dublin’ celebrations in Dublin and around the world this March.

Simpson’s innovative design captures the soul, warmth and wit of the city where Jameson was first crafted back in 1780, with captivating imagery of landmarks such as Trinity College and Clery’s clock. The artwork also features real Dubliner phrases on a map of roads to represent the lifeblood of the city: the people and their passion for Dublin. The designer’s story – ‘Wherever I roam, it’s Dublin my heart calls home’ – is a prominent personal touch, reinforcing the high regard in which the city is held.

The result is an iconic limited edition bottle with stand-out appeal that balances the confident, inclusive and contemporary personality of Jameson with its rich, Dublin heritage. The bottle will be sold in more than 30 markets, demonstrating the global popularity of Jameson with its St. Patrick’s Day campaign and its success in raising the momentum of Irish whiskey around the world.

Daniel Lundberg, Global Brand Director for Jameson, says: “Jameson is synonymous with its hometown of Dublin – both are steeped in heritage, have infectious, welcoming personalities and are leaders in contemporary craft, so this limited edition bottle is our way of paying homage to this great city.

“This year’s design successfully captures the synergy between Jameson and Dublin, giving consumers around the world the opportunity to enjoy an authentic St. Patrick’s Day experience wherever they are.”

The new limited edition bottle will be available from March 2015 in 33 markets around the world, including Russia, Australia and Brazil at the recommended selling price of €24 in travel retail (or market equivalent).

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between Irish whiskey distillers, John Power & Son, John Jameson & Son and the Cork Distillery Company. In an attempt to reverse the decline in Irish whiskey sales, the company decided to consolidate production at a new purpose-built facility alongside the existing distillery in Midleton, Co. Cork. Irish Distillers was bought by Pernod Ricard in June 1988 and today, Jameson is the No.1 Irish whiskey in the world, selling over 4 million 9L cases worldwide and contributing more than any other Irish whiskey brand to the phenomenal global growth of the category. Irish Distillers is committed to driving continued, sustainable growth of the Irish whiskey category.

Irish Distillers’ portfolio of whiskeys is comprised of Jameson, the world’s no.1 Irish whiskey; Paddy, which celebrated its centenary in 2013; Powers, the robust super premium whiskey for discerning drinkers; and the much-acclaimed brands that comprise the Irish Distillers’ Prestige Collection – the Single Pot Still Whiskeys of Midleton which includes the Spot range (Green Spot, Yellow Spot) and Redbreast, Ireland’s most awarded single pot still whiskey brand – and the pinnacle of the Prestige Collection, Midleton Very Rare.

http://www.irishdistillers.ie/ 

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated sales of €7,945 million in 2013/14. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Spirit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector and employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people, operating through a decentralized organization with 6 ‘Brand Companies’ and 80 ‘Market Companies’ established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

http://www.pernod-ricard.com/

Whiskies of Scotland at Single Malts Direct – Scotch Whisky News

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Whiskies of Scotland Range

Single Malts Direct 36 Gordon Street | Huntly | Aberdeenshire | AB54 8EQ | Scotland UK

+44 (0) 845 606 6145 | info@singlemaltsdirect.com

The Whisky Shop San Francisco WHISKY SALE – Scotch Whisky News

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THE WHISKYSHOP SALE 

The Whisky Shop are having a sale of a variety of different whiskies for a limited time, including:

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Laphroaig 10 Year Old is distilled on the seashore and it shows.  This very distinctive whisky comes from Islay’s south shore.

Tasting Notes:

Color:  Sunlight

Aroma:  Salt Sea air, tar and seaweed

Taste: Ocean salt, tar, ashes and seaweed with

medicinal undertones

Finish: Long and lingering

Laphroaig 10 Year – $49.99

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Ardbeg Auriverdes Limited Edition Bottling – golden whisky (auri), unmistakable green bottle (verde) –  The Ardbeg team is renowned for its technical expertise and Auriverdes is a winning example of this, with the toasted lids producing a mocha coffee flavor at one end, flowing into creamy vanilla at the other – truly a dram of two halves.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Gold(Auri)

Aroma: Tarry and herbal with hints of mocha

Taste: Coffee grounds, maple-cured bacon,

smoked salmon

Finish: A lingering, smoky vanilla note

Ardbeg Auriverdes – $95.00

This is an online only promotion although you can still order online and choose the option of picking up instore.

The following link will take you to our Sale Page!

TAKE ME TO THE SALE!

The Whisky Shop

360 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA, 94108

415 989-1030

www.whiskyshopusa.com 

Scotch Malt Whisky Society “LATE JANUARY & EARLY FEBRUARY EVENTS” – Scotch Whisky News

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LATE JANUARY & EARLY FEBRUARY EVENTS

Glasgow Burns Tasting, Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow- Sat 31 Jan

New List Steak & Chips Tasting, The Vaults, Leith – Tue 3 Feb

New List Open Tasting, 9 Greville St, London – Sat 7 Feb

Steak & Whisky Tasting, 9 Greville St, London – Mon 9 Feb

Valentines Day Tasting, 19 Greville St, London – Fri 13 Feb

The Vaults’ Valentine Dinner, The Vaults, Leith – Sat 14 Feb

Scotland v Wales Tasting Lunch, 28 Queen St, Edinburgh – Sat 15 Feb

Whisky and Sausage Tasting, The Vaults, Leith – Tue 17 Feb

 

Browse All Tastings

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ Contact: sales@smws.com or call 0131 555 2929 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.45pm). Visit the Society at here for membership information This is your chance to join and to take advantage of their great offers!

Spot the SMWS bottles in this amusing You Tube video

The Whisky Shop Dufftown’s Great Speyside Bake Off – Scotch Whisky News

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The Whisky Shop Dufftown’s Great Speyside Bake Off

2015 is The Year of Food and Drink in Scotland and to celebrate pairing whisky and food The Whisky Shop Dufftown is running a competition to find the best Speyside whisky inspired Muffin or Cupcake. The final judging will take place during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 at a tasting open to the public.

The many different Speyside whiskies have a tremendous range of flavours and pairing them with food is a true delight. It can emphasise flavours in the food or in the whisky. It can even bring out entirely new flavours as well. Home baking is again a focus for people so what better way to celebrate Scotland’s finest whiskies by letting them inspire you? The Muffin or Cupcake can either be created to pair with a specific Speyside dram, contain the whisky in the recipe or be inspired by Speyside’s finest in some other way. The whisky chosen should be readily available in the UK.

The best recipes selected by local whisky and food experts will be featured at a whisky tasting during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 hosted by The Whisky Shop Dufftown where visitors to the festival will be able to choose the best combination. The creator of that combination will win 2 nights accommodation at the fabulous Dowans hotel in Aberlour, a special distillery tour and a voucher for The Oakwood Cookery School in Elgin.

Can you rise to the challenge? We don’t want any half-baked ideas. Be inspired!

To enter please supply a detailed recipe, a picture of your finished baking and a short piece on how you have been inspired (no more than 300 words). We would also love to see a video of you making your Muffin or Cupcake that we can use on Social Media. You do not have to be coming to Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 to enter

Entries to be received by no later than 31st March 2015 and should be sent by email to enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com.

Further information can be obtained by contacting The Whisky Shop Dufftown (enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com, 01340 821 097). Tickets for the tasting will go on sale on www.spiritofspeyside.com at 12 noon on 3 February 2015.

2015 is The Year of Food and Drink in Scotland and to celebrate pairing whisky and food The Whisky Shop Dufftown is running a competition to find the best Speyside whisky inspired Muffin or Cupcake. The final judging will take place during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 at a tasting open to the public.

The many different Speyside whiskies have a tremendous range of flavours and pairing them with food is a true delight. It can emphasise flavours in the food or in the whisky. It can even bring out entirely new flavours as well. Home baking is again a focus for people so what better way to celebrate Scotland’s finest whiskies by letting them inspire you? The Muffin or Cupcake can either be created to pair with a specific Speyside dram, contain the whisky in the recipe or be inspired by Speyside’s finest in some other way. The whisky chosen should be readily available in the UK.

The best recipes selected by local whisky and food experts will be featured at a whisky tasting during Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 hosted by The Whisky Shop Dufftown where visitors to the festival will be able to choose the best combination. The creator of that combination will win 2 nights accommodation at the fabulous Dowans hotel in Aberlour, a special distillery tour and a voucher for The Oakwood Cookery School in Elgin.

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Can you rise to the challenge? We don’t want any half-baked ideas. Be inspired!

To enter please supply a detailed recipe, a picture of your finished baking and a short piece on how you have been inspired (no more than 300 words). We would also love to see a video of you making your Muffin or Cupcake that we can use on Social Media. You do not have to be coming to Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2015 to enter

Entries to be received by no later than 31st March 2015 and should be sent by email to enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com.

Further information can be obtained by contacting The Whisky Shop Dufftown (enquiries@whiskyshopdufftown.com, 01340 821 097). Tickets for the tasting will go on sale on www.spiritofspeyside.com at 12 noon on 3 February 2015.

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Whiskies of the World “Expo Update” – Whisky News

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Expo Update

Now for an update on some of the amazing spirits and features you will find at the 16th annual WOW Expo in San Francisco on Saturday, March 28. The expo features three ballroom sized decks full of whiskies, music, and food on board the docked San Francisco Belle. And as they say “anticipation makes half the pleasure”, allow your taste buds to anticipate hedonistic pleasures as you familiarize yourselves with the tantalizing, list.

Our newest addition to the local whiskey scene is Venus Spirits. It just recently opened in beautiful Westside of Santa Cruz known for growing community of brewers, wine makers, restaurants and artists.  The founder, Sean Venus (and we believe it’s a real last name) received much popularity and managed to crowd-found  a tasting room to allow the eager crowd to experience both the distilling process and the spirits that are made there. The Expo tasting will present an amorous standout: Wayward single malt whiskey, made from organic malted barley, twice-distilled and aged in new American oak, thus disobeying Scottish tradition of ex-bourbon cask maturation. Sean’s background in crafting beer, and successful experimenting with it, inspired him to make the leap and create the whiskey in his best-loved beer, pale ale style: light, aromatic; yet caramelly and woody: a truly unique malt. Interesting are production methods: while some of Venus spirits rest in standard 53-gallon barrels, a portion will mature a mere six months in 10-gallon versions, thus achieving a deeper oak flavor. Also, Wayward whiskey oozes terroir: not only local ingredients add to the distinction, the coastal climate specifically the micro-climate of Santa Cruz go into the essence of every sip. Beer drinkers, whiskey fans or ocean lovers, we all can unite in Venus enjoyment!

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WoW 2015 Expo tickets

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, we wholeheartedly recommend not waiting any longer! The VIP and Dram Club tickets sold out even faster this time around. We expect the General Admission to be gone soon as well. To our friends who already bought tickets, we will publish our pour list shortly, so you can start planning your sampling routes and whisky destinations. In the meantime check out our attending brands page .

General Admission:          $125

VIP:                                       $155 (Sold out)

Dram Club Admission:     $180 (Sold out)

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