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Heading Downtown

America's most famous city hosts the greatest whisky show on earth,we find out more
By Rob Allanson
New York’s annual celebration of the world’s finest whiskies rolled in to town recently complete with a smart new venue.The prestigious Puck Building, close to New York’s chic Soho district, hosted this gathering of malts, blends, bourbons and whiskeys.Held during Tartan Week, with this most iconic of cities for a backdrop, there is always something special about Whisky Live New York.Whether it is the selection of more than 100 whiskies from across the globe on offer, or just the great spirit of friendliness the evening event engenders, visitors to Live New York always go home with great memories and new friends.The evening’s festival atmosphere was rounded off with great food, and live music performed by the toe-tapping band Mactalla.Those wanting to explore deeper in to their favourite tipples got the chance with the series of Masterclasses.Kicking off the series of classes was Ronnie Cox taking devotees through the world of the award winning boutique whisky,The Glenrothes Ronnie has travelled throughout the world to communicate The Glenrothes story and the brand’s remarkable quality, variety and unique range.Each Glenrothes Vintage has a story to tell.With Ronnie in the lead, every sampling of the brand became a sensory journey into the extraordinary tastes offered by the individual marques.Whether accompanied by the sound of specially-selected classical music, the taste of fine chocolates or simply on their own, the distinctive characteristics of each Vintage of The Glenrothes was brought to the peak of enjoyment under his careful guidance.Following hot on his heels, the Yamazaki team returned with its popular tasting of a full flight of Yamazaki whiskies.Handcrafted at the oldest distillery in Japan,Yamazaki is made from the purest natural ingredients in perfect harmony with nature.Whisky fans got the chance to discover the surprisingly smooth, complex taste and the secret of its ingredients whose uniquely Japanese characteristics have made Yamazaki an international award-winner.Yamazaki Time was not to be missed.Rounding the masterclasses off Four Roses Bourbon Hall of Fame Master Distiller Jim Rutledge covered the ins and outs of Bourbon production, the qualifications of what it takes to be considered a Bourbon and Four Roses’ unique history and brand attributes.Stephen Camisa,Whisky Live New York show director said: “We introduced a lot of variety this year such as the great range of Masterclasses and fantastic live music.“The show has always been a favourite with true whisky enthusiasts but these new features make whisky more accessible for the new and younger whisky generation that increasingly visit the show.”EXHIBITORS
Michter’s
NC2
Old Potrero
Rare Auld
Rare Auld Blended
Rarest of the Rare
Scott’s Selection Rare Cask
Strength Single Malt Whiskies
Auchentoshan 1983
Scott’s Selection Rare Cask
Strength Single Malt Whiskies
Glenlivet 1977
Scott’s Selection Rare Cask
Strength Single Malt Whiskies
Bunnahabhain 1988
Singleton
The Speyside 12 Years Old
Springbank 10 Years Old 1997
Single Cask
Suntory Yamazaki
Talisker
TullamoreDew
Wild Turkey
OTHER DRINKS
Anchor Porter
Anchor Steam Beer
Innis & Gunn
Ten Penny Ale
Aberlour
Ardbeg
Black Bottle Original Blended Scotch
Bowmore
Bulleit Bourbon
Bunnahabhain
Bushmills
Classic Malts
Deanston 12 Years Old Perthshire
Southern Highlands
Deanston 30 Years Old Perthshire
Southern Highlands
Dewar’s
The Famous Grouse
Four Roses
Genevieve Genever Style Gin
Glenmorangie
The Glenrothes
The Glenlivet
Highland Park
Invergordon
Jamesons Irish Whisky
Johnnie Walker
Junipero Gin
King’s Crest 25 Years Old
Ledaig 10 Years Old Isle of Mull
Macallan
Michael Collins Single Malt
Michter’s US*1