The angels over Scotland must surely be in a dither, waiting for their share of the heaven-bound bounty soon to be unleashed in Las Vegas
On March 18 and 19, 2011, Whisky companies from around the world will offer some of their rarest, oldest, most coveted, and newest expressions at the Universal Whisky Experience at Encore at Wynn. The event is the brainchild of Mahesh Patel. Patel is a successful entrepreneur from the Atlanta area, whose passion in life is Whisky, specifically Scotch. For this elite event, he has leveraged his well-respected relationships with a galaxy of Whisky superstars and industry leaders to offer the world’s first luxury whisky enjoyment experience, with the superlative subtitle of the “Nth 2011 Show.”
The $525 ticket price provides guests with extraordinary sensory opportunities. In addition to tasting once-in-a-life whiskies, there will be, among other stellar items, seminars (whisky paired with chocolate; women and whisky; mixology using whisky for cocktails), butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner reception, and Master Classes. What really puts the “luxe” into this luxury event, however, is the Super Pour.
Each show ticket includes the guest’s choice of one pour from a selection of ultra-premium whiskies, each valued at $300 per pour and above. To date, the Super Pour list includes 16 rare Scotches, some 40 and 50 years old. Professor Adam Carmer (UNLV), will hold the inaugural forum of his new Spirits Tasting Method, designed to improve guests’ ability to recognize the nuances of flavor, aroma, bouquet, and barrel influence.
Keeping those Scottish angels in mind, some of the whiskies to be experienced, either in the Master Classes or the Super Pour, derive their exotic names from celestial happenings. Richard Paterson, Master Blender for The Dalmore, for instance, will present the 40 year old Astrum, Latin for constellation, and the 45 year old Aurora, named for the Northern Lights. Ian Millar, Global Ambassador for Glenfiddich, will present Snow Phoenix, a non-chill-filtered malt created from casks rescued from a warehouse cave-in during the 2010 four-foot snows in Speyside. George Grant, sixth generation of the owners of Glenfarclas, will take guests on a tour entitled “Glenfarclas Forties,” presenting four different whiskies, each forty years old.
Patricia Richards, Master Mixologist at Wynn Las Vegas, is designing cutting-edge drinks especially for this event, putting a new twist on whisky cocktails. Known for her creative and mouthwatering concoctions, along with a slew of awards from food, beverage, hospitality, and travel magazines, Patricia’s contributions to this event will be a delicious slam dunk.
While the Universal Whisky Experience will fulfill the hedonistic pleasure of its attendees, a portion of each ticket price will be contributed to two Las Vegas-based charities: The Autism Academy of Cumorah and the Hospitality School at UNLV.
Glencairn cut crystal tasting glasses will be included as part of the full ticket package, along with cigar samples, so guests will be able to remember their visit for a long time to come. No worries about the angels, they will get their share.
Encore at Wynn
3121 Las Vegas Boulevard, South
Las Vegas, NV 89109