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In covering the best whiskey event in the U.S., I would be remiss in not sharing the latest additions to the 2018 event’s master class schedule. These classes will take place throughout the day on Saturday April 7 at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. Will I see you there?

Master Classes at the Nth

Our Master Classes are just one of the many features of Nth 2018 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 2018 High Roller Ticket and promise to sell out quickly. Be sure to secure your Master Class selections early to avoid disappointment.

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

SESSION ONE 12:30–2pm

DALMORE MASTER CLASS

Exquisite Cask Curation, Hosted by Richard Paterson of The Dalmore 
The Dalmore has secured exclusive access to some of the rarest and most exquisite casks in the world. In this seminar, legendary whisky maker Richard Paterson, who has pioneered methods in maturation, will guide an exclusive tasting experience, illustrating how these pinnacle sherry, port and fine wine casks deliver unrivalled depth and elegance to The Dalmore Single Malt Whisky.

Journey to Jura, Hosted by Craig Bridger of Jura

Jura Whisky is handcrafted on the Isle of Jura, a rugged, elemental island nestled sixty miles off the West Coast of Scotland. Home to less than 200 people, the island boasts one road, one pub and one distillery. Established in 1810, the Jura distillery produces award-winning whiskies as unique as the island it comes from. In this seminar, Craig Bridger will take you on a virtual journey to Jura Whisky’s unique island home and taste you on three of the most innovative cask finished whiskies on the market: Jura 10, Jura Seven Wood and Jura 18.

LOST IN TIME: LEGENDARY SILENT STILLS & CLOSED DISTILLERIES

We go back in time and explore the so-called Silent Stills of both Whisky and Rum with renowned Expert Gil Schwarz. Focusing on such legendary Distilleries as Port Ellen, Rosebank and Brora from three different areas of Scotland and all from the Golden Age of Scotch in the 1960-1970’s, the realization of how great these fabulous whiskies were, will astound and highlight why they have no equals today. Following the Whiskies, we continue to explore Caribbean Treasures from such remarkable Rum Distilleries as Caroni, Enmore and Long Pond, all closed, but responsible for some of the greatest examples of Island Rum ever made. We round off with some very rare old Dictador from the oldest working Distillery in the Caribbean Zone, producing some of the most collectible Rum today from its base in Cartagena de Indias in Colombia. This is a tasting for serious collectors and aficionados.

THE WESTERN HIGHLAND GEM – OBAN

The story of Oban town is as old as its whisky. Before the distillery there was nothing, but a windswept view and a natural harbor protected by the ancient islands in the Firth of Lorn. Then in 1794 two brothers arrived and changed that little nook of the Scottish West Highlands forever. They were the Stevensons. Entrepreneurs with a small fortune and a fondness for a dram, which was pretty much all you needed back then to start your own whisky legacy. What followed was the evolution of a sleepy port town and the creation of one of the world’s most distinguished single malt scotch whiskies. Join us on a unique, on-off Oban tasting experience with a deep dive into what makes Oban unique. Hosted by Diageo's Reserve Program Director, Ewan Morgan who’ll be sharing with the lucky attendees very rare, liquids from this much revered, and one of Scotland’s oldest, distilleries. Including:

  • Extremely Rare 70’s Oban 12 yr old.
  • Cask Strength Samples from our warehouse specifically pulled for this tasting.
  • 2013 Special Release Oban 21 (A unicorn release and Arguably one of the finest examples of Oban).
  • Oban 18 and Distillers Edition.

SESSION TWO 2:30-4pm

HENNESSY LE VOYAGE

Discover the rich world of cognac and master the art of cocktails in this exclusive experience, hosted by Rich Varga Hennessy Ambassador Hennessy Le Voyage is an engaging hands-on consumer experience specially created for our off-premise partners. Featuring two of our most revered and popular brands Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege and Hennessy X.O this interactive journey shares our unique savor faire story through the making of classic cognac cocktails and guided tastings. Hennessy will provide a guided cocktail making and tasting experience hosted by the Hennessy Brand Ambassador. Guests will learn first-hand how to make classic cognac cocktails and understand how to truly appreciate the liquid through guided tastings.

  • Arrival & Welcome - Meet & greet by the Hennessy Ambassador, welcome cognac punch will served. (hennessy.com)
  • Hennessy Story - A short introduction to our history, heritage and unique savoir-faire or know how
  • Cocktails - A hands on cocktail making session learning how to make the Hennessy French 75 and Hennessy Sazerac ( hennessy.com )
  • Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege Tasting - A guided tasting to appreciate the aromas, tastes and flavors in one of our most popular blends ( hennessy.com)
  • Hennessy X.O Tasting - A multi-sensorial X.O deconstructed tasting experience to uncover what makes Hennessy X.O so revered
  • Hennessy X.O on a rock - the ultimate Hennessy X.O experience on a single rock of ice

THE TITANS - SCOTTISH vs. IRISH

Rick Edwards, National Distillers Selection Brand Ambassador for Pernod Ricard will take guests through a unique journey of some of the most cherished and celebrated whiskies from Ireland and Scotland. You will have the opportunity to savor award winning expressions from Midleton distillery including Redbreast and Green Spot followed by a tasting of some of The Glenlivet and Longmorn's finest whiskies giving guests the opportunity to compare and contrast what makes Irish and Scottish whiskies some of the finest in the world.

STAYING THE COURSE OF CRAFTSMANSHIP: BENRIACH, THE GLENDRONACH, GLENGLASSAUGH

Join us on our journey spanning three distinct distilleries as we offer an in-depth exploration of the unique heritage and production methods of Glenglassaugh, The GlenDronach, and BenRiach.

Sampling a collection from some of our finest expressions, we aim to provide a glimpse into each of these distilleries that maintain their bold approaches in production, steadfast commitment to quality, and bring with it each their own fascinating tale of success, hardship, progression, and evolution.

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Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a "certification in first globally-recognized course" as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com