JUN/JUL 2006 | REGIONAL | WEST
||Whiskies Of The World Draws
Best Distillers To San Francisco
By Tom Dalldorf
The seventh annual Whiskies of the World Expo was held March
24–25 in San Francisco. It began with an afternoon of
seminars at the Hotel Monaco on Friday featuring leading industry
speakers on a variety of subjects of interest to the serious
On Saturday, the show moved to a pier along the city's waterfront
where the San Francisco Belle, a huge and ornate stern-wheeler
riverboat, was docked and decked out on all four decks with
food and distilled spirits from around the world. The top
deck was reserved for a cigar and whiskey pairing seminar
and cigar enjoyment.
Several new expressions of Scotch, Bourbon and other spirits
were offered, along with some of the world's best (and most
expensive) whiskies, all available for tasting and included
in the $95 admission. The event sold out weeks before the
first dram was poured at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The organizers
also introduced a unique tasting and nosing glass that was
available for $15.99 a pair.
One of the new offerings came from Anchor Brewing Company's
distillery. It was released to commemorate the 100th anniversary
of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of April 1906.
Eleven years in the making, Old Potrero Hotaling's Single
Malt Whiskey was made from a wash of 100% rye malt and aged
in once-used, charred oak whiskey barrels.
For information about next year's event or to order tasting
glasses, visit celticmalts.com.
Tom Dalldorf is publisher and editor of the
Celebrator Beer News.