The Wide World of Whisk(e)y @ Astor Center
The Wide World of Whisk(e)y with Chris Hallowell
Fri, Jun 29th, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
What makes Irish Whiskey different from Scotch? Does whiskey truly have terroir, or are there just different materials available in different countries? How did historical events like Prohibition shape the flavor of an entire continent of whiskey? Is Japanese whiskey really as delicious as it’s cracked up to be? (answer: yes!). You’ll walk away from this class with the answers to all of these questions and then some.
Throughout the seminar, we’ll taste examples from the major whiskey-producing countries of the world, comparing and contrasting them to discover the factors that unite them, and the qualities that differentiate one from the next.
Chris Hallowell is a wine and spirits journalist and winemaker living in New York. Chris first discovered his love for wine when he and his father began making Chardonnay from Canada’s Okanagan Valley. Later on that year, he co-founded The Second Glass, a Boston-based value wine magazine, for which he wrote much of the content. Looking for a change of pace, he moved to New York were he became the Beverage Director at Thalassa in TriBeCa before taking a position at Wine & Spirits Magazine as the Associate Editor and Spirits Critic for the next three years. Currently, Chris is a Features Editor at Lot18, a New York-based website, which offers members hard-to-find wines and gourmet products. Chris is also planning his inaugural vintage of Festina Lente, a cross-country winemaking project under his Hallowell Vintners wine label.