Spirit of Toronto 2012: Masterclasses Now Online! – Scotch Whisky News

Masterclass Schedule Now Online!

Indeed, good things come to those who wait: we’re pleased to announce that this year’s Spirit of Toronto Masterclass Series is now online and has expanded to a total of 15 sessions, providing our esteemed patrons with the most varied line-up of tutored tastings thus far.

Seats for these tastings can only be reserved when you purchase tickets to the show which go on sale Monday April 2 at 10:00am. Do read on if you’re uncertain as to which class to attend…

The Hardest Working Man in Whisky?

Whisky Advocate, Spirits Business Magazine, Whiskeria, The World Whisky Review, Whishy Magazine, “The World’s Best Whiskies” and his upcoming “1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die”… if whisky writer Dominic Roskrow isn’t the hardest working man in whisky, then we aren’t sure who is!

What we do know is that he’s very excited about his first trip to Toronto to present “Green Giants” about the amazing new crop of Irish whiskeys released in 2011, including the fantabulous cask strength version of Redbreast and the Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy.

Those of you unable to get a seat at Dominic’s tasting will still be able to chat and sample with him at his World Whisky table, featuring whiskies specially imported at Dominic’s behest from the four corners of the globe.

Speaking of the four corners of the globe, both France and India are represented in this year’s masterclass schedule courtesy of the Rémy Martin House of Cognac, and Amrut Distillers, makers of Indian single malt whisky that rivals the best of what you’ll find in Scotland.

That said, Scotland has not been forgotten and masterclasses with Michael Urquhart of Gordon & MacPhail and Mike Harrison of The Glenrothes will showcase the best of the Highlands, as will Regis Lemaitre in “Sketches of Spain”, a tasting and education in the art of sherried whisky.

Two other masterclasses will look at a different kind of ‘auld alliance’: “Whisky and Cheese” with writer Stephen Beaumont, and “Whisky and Chocolate” with Ferne Glaser and Erich Sisa.

Scotch, Bourbon or Canadian?

Our friends at Beam Global Canada have outdone themselves and are bringing not one but three outstanding brand ambassadors to this year’s show: Tish Harcus, Marc Laverdiere and Matt Jones.

While each will be presenting their own masterclass—Canadian Club, Highland Park and “The Original Small Batch Bourbon Collection”—these three dynamic presenters will then face off with their best samples as they present the “Great Whisk(e)y Debate”. You, the audience, will be judging the whisky and performances so we very much look forward to declaring the People’s Choice!

For those who like to stay closer to home, John Hall will be previewing not one but two upcoming Forty Creek special releases, while Davin de Kergommeaux will be presenting “Canadian Whisky, For Export Only”including perhaps the only single cask of Canadian whisky to be bottled at full strength.

Last but not least, there are those of you who like a surprise and if so I invite you to join me for a sampling of The Editor’s Collection, a session in which I will be pouring whiskies from my personal cellar, a collection I started when I first launched the Single Minded newsletter.

While the complete line-up remains undecided (woman’s perogative and all that), I will be opening a silent still that I don’t believe many have tried before, and I look forward to this almost as much as I look forward to a ‘wee blether’ with a few of the long time friends of Spirit of Toronto.


Some Fine Print

Masterclass seats may be reserved when tickets for this year’s show go on sale Monday April 2nd at 10:00am. Tickets may be purchased from Roy Thomson Hall’s box office online, by phone or in person. Tickets are $129 HST included and a reminder will go out the morning of April 2 to those of you subscribed to this list.

Early admission is $35 (HST included) and reserves seating in any one of the pre-show masterclasses starting at 5:30pm, with priority entry into the main tasting hall when the class is over. The remainder of the classes are scheduled for 7:00pm and 8:30pm and may be reserved at a cost of $15 (HST included) per person per class.

Based on past years, please expect that most classes will be fully reserved within the first hour that tickets go on sale.

Lastly, there will be 3 sessions held in The Whisky Suite: please note that these will be staffed “pass around” tastings in a lounge setting: there will be no classroom seating, and some patrons will be standing.

Coming in from out of town?

Spirit of Toronto has once again secured excellent room rates for our guests coming in from out of town. Full details and links can be found on the Hotel page of the website.

In the best of spirits,

Executive Producer
Spirit of Toronto 2012

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