The inaugural Whiskies of the World Event held in Atlanta turned out a stellar gathering of whisky fans – aficionados, newbies and everyone in between. The 3 hour event witnessed a strong attendance of Atlanta’s spirits connoisseurs, distillers from around the world showing off their finest spirits and enthusiasts and pros alike enjoying a classic evening at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited the North Atlanta Rotary Foundation.
Established in 1962, the Rotary Club of North Atlanta is deeply involved with the local community, with members giving of their time and skills to local students and organizations. The group sponsors voluntary programs and projects including sponsoring an international student to attend a local college, working with the Atlanta Food Bank, supporting the Nicholas House and helping the Salvation Army, among many other charitable efforts.
The Whiskies event at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta was hosted in one of their large ballrooms, lined with distillers along the walls, all sharing samples of their best spirits. Attendees were provided branded Whiskies of the World tasting glasses and able to taste more than 150 spirits available at stations, being introduced by owners. There were also educational and informative sessions in an enclosed area throughout the evening with professional audio and video presentations for those who wanted a little more than just the sampling experience. Flavorful appetizers and dinner offerings completed the evening. To top the experience, some attendees participated in the cigar lounge just outside on the patio!
Some of the crowd favorites from the evening included Sweet Lucy’s of
Prichard’s Distillery (a portion of the purchase of this bourbon cream liqueur goes to A Soldier’s Child), Bulleit Bourbon from Kentucky, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery from Tennessee, Amrut from India, and Anchor Distilling from San Francisco, among others. For VIP ticket holders, the festivities began an hour earlier, indulging their senses and tasting flavor profiles from malts and bourbons to ryes and a few other festive spirits.
The well-organized event was skilfully brought together by organizer Douglas Smith and his team. The handbook presented at the entrance to all attendees had useful tips on tasting and aromas of whiskies as also a well-laid out floor plan and listing of the choices being offered – for those who wanted to make the most of the three hour event and taste specific brands ad plot their play across the ballroom floor to be able to taste as many award-winning and world-renown flavors as possible.
Overall, this was a wonderful event to be a part of, well-hosted and staying true to the experience organizers promised. Going by the crowds, looks like Atlantans loved this new experience and would like to see the event back next year. Some of the attendees were eager to see what new offerings would be made available next time round and were glad Atlanta was added on as a city to have a Whiskies of the World event organized here!