Our 2017 Master Classes

Saturday April 8, 2017 at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Our Master Classes are just one of the many features of Nth 2017 that makes this the ultimate luxury whisky event of the year! A true appreciation for fine whisky is only heightened by skilled tutelage from experts in the field. World-renowned brand ambassadors offer their proficiency, experience and expertise to enrich your love, enjoyment and knowledge of premium whiskies. Discussions and tastings are part of this exclusive experience.

Our popular Master Classes are available a la carte with the purchase of a Connoisseur, Companion or as part of the Nth 2017 High Roller Ticket and promise to sell out quickly. Be sure to secure your Master Class selections early to avoid disappointment.

Please make sure that each Master Class is purchased in the correct session, with no purchase of duplicate classes in the same session.

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Saturday April 8, 2017 | Master Classes

Session 1 – 12.30pm -1.30pm

MC 1. Glenfarclas – Forty for Forty

Location – Debussy 1 (Encore Hotel))

The famous son of Ballindallock George Grant, six generation member of the Grant family, Global Brand Ambassador and director of Sales turned the big 40 last year. To celebrate this momentous occasion, he will be taking you on a Glenfarclas liquid experience with his fellow forty year old’s. The New Glenfarclas 40yo, 1976 40yo, Taiwanese exclusive 40yo and the Family cask 1975.

MC 2. Suntory Japanese Whisky – “The Art of Blending”?

Location – Debussy 2 (Encore Hotel)

Japanese whisky has been in the spotlight in recent years, due to the deep respect for heritage and commitment to perfection. Johnnie Mundell will take guests through an intimate masterclass with a thoughtful selection of whisky from the House of Suntory. Guests will delve into the refined sensibility of the Japanese people and the art of blending as used by the masters of Suntory whisky. Suntory Toki and Hibiki Japanese Harmony component whisky samples.

MC 3. Macallan - What’s New with The Macallan?

Location – Handel (Encore hotel)

From new age statements, to a new collectable range, to our decanter series, there’s a lot going on with The Macallan this year. Learn all about these expressions and much more, with National Brand Ambassador, Kieron Elliott. Sherry Oak and Double Cask 12yr, Edition No.1 and No.2, Rare Cask and Reflexion.

MC 4. Glenmorangie/Ardbeg – Classic vs Cult: Glenmorangie vs Ardbeg

Location – Mozart (Encore Hotel)

Join Jon Trainer as he explores new and exciting releases from two of Scotland’s most loved single malts. From the classic complexity and depth of Glenmorangie (including the 2017 Private Edition Bacalta and the newly released Grand Vintage 1990) to the biggest hits of Islay with a chance to taste Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release – this will be a seminar not to be missed.

  1. Glenmorangie Extremely Rare 18yr
  2. Glenmorangie Private Edition Bacalta (Finished in Malmsey Madeira Casks)
  3. Glenmorangie Bond House No.1 – Grand Vintage 1990
  4. Ardbeg Very Young Single Cask Distillery Sample (5-6yr old)
  5. Ardbeg 10yr Old
  6. Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release 2017

MC 5. House of Chivas – Five Generations of Blending Excellence with Chivas Regal Ultis

Location – Chopin 4 (Encore Hotel)

The House of Chivas Regal have recently launched their first Blended Malt Scotch whisky as a tribute to the five Master Blenders of Chivas Regal. Just five classic Speyside single malts are present in Chivas Regal Ultis, and this is your golden opportunity to taste three of these exceptional malts, as well as Chivas Regal Ultis and other members of the Chivas Regal family .

Session 2 – 2.00pm -3.00pm

MC 6. Brown Forman - A Family of Brands

Location – Debussy 1 (Encore Hotel)

Join Chris Fletcher (Assistant Master Distiller at the Jack Daniels distillery) and Greg West Woodford Reserve (Woodford Reserve Brand Ambassador) discuss and savor you on both these iconic American Whiskies.

"As the most flavor and color imparting process of whiskey, aging the distillate in charred, white oak barrel is the single most important journey for Bourbon. Now if we are talking, Tennessee whiskey, we take it one step beyond and put Jack Daniel's through a final progression called "The Lincoln County Process" which definitive of Tennessee Whiskey and law".

MC 7. The Glenlivet - Understanding the Wood from the Trees

Location – Debussy 2 (Encore Hotel)

It is generally accepted that 60-70% of the “character” of a whisky is derived from the cask. In the masterclass, there is a chance to taste The Glenlivet through the ages while also comparing American White Oak (Quercus Alba) against European Oak (Quercus Robur). With distinct differences in the contribution of wood it is a fascinating opportunity to taste those combined with the classic sweet, fruity note of The Glenlivet New Make.

  • The Glenlivet New Make Spirit
  • The Glenlivet Nadurra White Oak
  • The Glenlivet 19yo 1 st Fill Bourbon
  • The Glenlivet 33yo finished for 21yo years in virgin oak
  • The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso
  • The Glenlivet 13yo 1 st fill sherry butt
  • The Glenlivet 1977 1 st fill sherry hogshead

MC 8. Lagavulin - The Ultimate Lagavulin

Location – Handel (Encore Hotel)

Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar with Dr Nick Morgan and Ewan Morgan with A/V (ppt presentation) Product:

  • White Horse 60s
  • White Horse 70s
  • New Make
  • Lagavulin 25
  • Lagavulin Cask Sample from Distillery
  • Lagavulin 8, 12, 16 or DE

MC 9. Interbevgroup - From the Caithness Coast to the Fertile Planes of Morayshire

Location – Mozart (Encore Hotel)

Some of the world’s best single malt Scotch Whiskies presented by the man who made them The rugged Caithness coast in the far north of Scotland and the fertile hills on the eastern fringes of Speyside may seem a world apart but the legendary Distillery Manager Malcolm Waring, who managed both Knockdhu and Pulteney distilleries, brings them closer in this unique masterclass experience. Pitched side by side the Maritime Malt qualities of Old Pulteney and curiously modern approach of anCnoc afford a glimpse into just how the place, the people and the heritage shape some of the finest single malt Scotch whiskies of all time. From gentle and sweet, to robust and aromatic, to smoky and full-bodied – this star-studded line-up of drams will excite first-timers and seasoned enthusiasts alike.

Session 3 - 3.30pm - 4.30pm

MC 10. Gordon & Macphail – Welcome to Scotland’s liquid library

Location –Debussy 1 (Encore Hotel)

A very rare and unique opportunity to look back through Scotland’s Liquid History. Presented by Richard Urquhart fourth generation member of the Urquhart family of Gordon & Macphail, the oldest independent bottler in Scotland. Richard will take on a liquid History journey with the following whiskies:

  • Glen Grant 1936 Rare Vintage
  • Glen Grant 1936 Sample
  • Linkwood 1954 Rare Vintage
  • Linkwood 1954 Sample
  • Strathisla 1957 Rare Vintage
  • Strathisla 1957 Sample
  • Glenlivet 1955 Rare Vintage
  • Glenlivet 1955 Sample

MC 11. Hennessy – From Grape to Glass

Location – Debussy 2 (Encore Hotel)

Celebrate cognac’s status as the original cocktail spirit with an evening dedicated to cognac appreciation and creative cocktail making.

Guided by Hennessy’s Master Mixologist Jordan Bushell, you’ll be introduced to the world of cognac and prepare and create your own cocktails. You’ll sample and savour two of Hennessy’s most regarded blends V.S.O.P Privilége and XO. You’ll enjoy delicious canapés, meet likeminded folk, and discover why Hennessy is called the king of cognacs.

MC 12. Dewar’s Malts – ‘A demystification of Dewar’s

Location – Handel (Encore Hotel)

Even though they look young and fresh faced, between them Gabe Cardarella, North American Dewar’s Ambassador, and Georgie Bell, Global Malts Ambassador from John Dewar and Son’s have over 20 years of experience in the whisky world and a plethora of awards and accolades to match. Of course, not as many as Dewar’s – the most awarded blended scotch in the USA. Join us as we investigate the complexities of blending and the integral single malts found within:

- Dewar’s 12 - Craigellachie 23 - Aberfeldy 21 - Autlmore 18 - Royal Brackla 16 - Dewar’s 18

MC 13. Midleton – Pot Still Whiskey and Time, A Sensory Exploration of the Redbreast 21 Year Journey

Location – Mozart (Encore Hotel)

As the leading producer in Ireland, Midleton Distillery has never ceased production of the most traditional style of Irish Whiskey: Single Pot Still Whiskey. Explore the evolution of spirit made from malted and unmalted barley throughout two decades of interaction with Ex-Bourbon and Iberian Oak casks. Taste the components that make up the most iconic Single Pot Still Whiskey on the market today - Redbreast. Fortunate to have a talented team of Masters, Midleton has laid down spirit to achieve the most mature Pot Still Whiskeys in existence today.

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