The Fourth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival Sarasota, Florida from March 30 to April 1, 2016 – Whisky News

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The Fourth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held in Sarasota, Florida from March 30 to April 1, 2016.  The three day event is one of the largest whiskey festivals in the Southeast U.S. and  features a dance party, interactive panel discussion with eight whiskey experts, master classes, VIP pours, on site package sales, and a massive grand tasting with 250 whiskies from around the world.  Dozens of master distillers and professional ambassadors participate, sharing their knowledge and passion for these fine spirits.

Sarasota is a beautiful resort community on the Gulf of Mexico, an hour south of Tampa and two hours from Orlando.  Sarasota boasts award winning beaches like Siesta Key as well as activities like golf, fishing, shopping, sports, and fine dining.  Cultural assets and performing arts abound, including opera, ballet, theatre, symphony, and live music.

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Fourth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Dram Dance at The Gator Club, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Enjoy our special musical guest Brothertiger at a private Whiskey Obsession Festival event upstairs at the Gator Club, featuring a performance by Black Diamond Burlesque.  $10 per person includes one Old Forester cocktail.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Panel of Whiskey Experts at The Francis, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join eight master distillers and professional brand ambassadors for this unique interactive panel as they share and discuss their favorite spirits.  Tickets are $45 and seating is limited to 75 guests; please reserve early.  Panelists are:

Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller & the Chairman of the Kentucky Distillers Association

Pam Heilmann, Michter’s Distiller

Brendan Coyle; High West Distiller

Rob Dietrich, Stranahan’s Distiller

Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill Ambassador and Whiskey Professor

David Blackmore, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Master Ambassador

Gardner Dunn, Yamazaki Ambassador

Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador

Friday, April 1, 2016

Grand Tasting and Master Classes, Michael’s on East

  • 6:30 pm VIP Admission
  • 7:30 pm General Admission
  • 8:00 pm Class I, II, and III
  • 9:00 pm Class IV, V, VI
  • 10:30 pm Last Pour
  • 10:45 pm After Party at Made Restaurant

With over 250 whiskies available to sample, the grand tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as many emerging craft distillers.  Taught by industry professionals, our six seminar-style master classes present an opportunity for in-depth learning and interactive tastings with dozens of master distillers and professional brand ambassadors.

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Ticket levels are available:

VIP $195:

  • VIP admission is limited to 150 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and one hour early entrance at 6:30 pm.
  • VIP hour pours of ultra-premium, fine, expensive, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).
  • One $50 retail voucher for purchases and special orders placed on Friday, April 1, 2016 during the Whiskey Obsession Festival grand tasting.
  • Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.
  • Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
  • Priority seating at small group seminar classes (first come first served).
  • Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres.

General Admission $95:

  • General admission is limited to 500 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and entrance at 7:30 pm
  • Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
  • Seating as available at small group seminar classes (first come first served).
  • Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres.

Companion $45:

  • Companion admission is limited to 75 guests and includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.
  • Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d’ oeuvres.

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Video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=effaR6VmB6g (2016) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVwmQOkOVfs (2015)

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/sarasota_whiskey_obsession

Website: http://www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Exploring-Whiskey/511185558895471

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