Whisky Magazine Issue 56
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Whisky Live New York is establishing itself as a major date in the Big Apple diary. Roddy Martinereports
With Tartan Week 2006 in full swing throughout the United States of America, the celebrated Tavern on the Green in Manhattan's Central Park became the glitzy venue for the second Whisky Live New York.
Following on the presentation of the Icons of Scotland Awards, sponsored by sister publication Scotland Magazine, Whisky Live New York threw open its doors at 8pm and attracted visitor numbers in excess of 850.
It was a lively, bustling scene set against the multi-coloured maze of mirrored corridors and art deco interiors which have made Tavern on the Green famous the world over.
Thirty eight whisk(e)y companies participated providing tastings from destinations ranging from Scotland and Ireland to Kentucky and Japan.
More than 100 brands were on offer to sample, and a series of masterclasses were conducted by Ian Miller, distillery manager of Glenfiddich, Ronnie Cox, the brand ambassador of The Glenrothes, and Simon Brooking, master ambassador of Laphroaig and Dalmore.
The layout of Tavern on the Green is such that Bulleit Bourbon and George Dickel were able to host an outdoors whiskey tent featuring The Great American Adventure, which included cigar rolling demonstrations.
Also outside, curiously surreal as darkness fell among the brightly lit trees, were live cooperage displays by Glenfiddich.
Indoors again, a $12 VIP lounge was provided by Dewars and featured both drams and games of poker. The Classic Malts Selection Experience with blind tastings and question and answ...