Tasting Whiskey to the Nth Degree

tasting-whiskeyLate last month, awards were given out that scotch-lovers anticipate each year with bated whiskey breath. Whisky Advocate’s 19th annual awards have the Scottish single-malts covered—Highland (winner: Glenmorangie Pride 1981), Lowlands/Campbeltown (Auchentoshan 1979 Oloroso Sherry Matured) and the like—but also hand out hardware for best Irish Whiskey (Yellow Spot 12), best Canadian Whisky (Lot No. 40 2012), best American Whiskey (Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch) and best Artisan Whiskey (Corsair Triple Smoke), as well Distiller of the Year (William Grant & Sons). The complete awards feature will appear in the March 1 issue of Whisky Advocate (WhiskyAdvocate.com). Some of these producers and oh-so-many more will appear at “The Nth,” the year’s largest whiskey event (UniversalWhiskyExperience.com), which comes to Wynn Resort March 1-2. Tickets start at $525 and include two whiskey classes, two “super pours,” dinner and access to the grand tasting. Of course, there are always ways to make the experience even more luxurious, such as the Highland Park tasting dinner ($95), Golf With the Masters ($365), a helicopter trip to Glen Canyon with Glenfiddich ($1,295), or the all-inclusive High Roller package ($2,295). Mull that over while you sip a 1½-ounce pour of the Balvenie 50 at the Talon Club in the Cosmopolitan—for only a cool $3,400.