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Resounding Success For WhiskyFest In Chicago And Washington D.C.

April 25, 2018

This spring’s WhiskyFest events in Chicago and Washington, D.C. showcased the depth and breadth of the whisky world, offering whisky lovers the opportunity to taste hundreds of whiskies and meet the leading distillers and blenders from Scotland, the U.S. and beyond.

WhiskyFest Chicago—now in its 18th year—took over the Hyatt Regency Downtown on Friday, March 23. Attendees sampled both classic and brand-new drams, from Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Michter’s 10-year-old Bourbon and were among the very first to taste the not-yet-released Old Fitzgerald 11-year-old Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon from Heaven Hill, along with Hudson Cherrywood Rye, a WhiskyFest exclusive. Numerous whiskies from Whisky Advocate’s 2017 Top 20 were also on offer.

A few weeks later, on April 17, WhiskyFest welcomed whisky lovers in the nation’s capital: WhiskyFest D.C. showcased hundreds of different whiskies from countries around the world, and attendees charted a course of tastings and seminars that spanned Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Japanese, and even Taiwanese and Indian whiskies.

In a historic first, WhiskyFest D.C. welcomed George Washington’s Distillery, based at Mount Vernon, to pour its crafted rye whiskies. On display was a hand-written letter from our first president, describing the great demand for his rye whiskey. Whisky Advocate has more on WhiskyFest’s spring shows and its slate for the upcoming fall season.—Susannah Skiver Barton

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