Whisky Smackdown: Irish vs. Japanese
Ticket Price: $89
In this installment of the Whiskey Smackdown series we’ll explore the worlds of Irish whiskey and Japanese whisky. See which country reigns supreme on your palate as we taste and discuss these heavyweight whiskey regions.

What you can expect:
  • Three tasting pours of Irish whiskey.
  • Three tasting pours of Japanese whisky.
  • Two tasting pours of beer, one Irish and one Japanese.
  • Palate-cleansing bread and cheese.
  • Two hours of instruction with an Astor Center instructor, including Q&A time.

What you will learn:
  • The distinct flavor profiles of Irish whiskey and Japanese whisky.
  • The history of distilling in Ireland and Japan and how they relate to each other.
  • Distillation methods and aging techniques of Irish whiskey and Japanese whisky.
  • How to taste and describe whiskey.
  • Valuable consumer information on how to navigate whiskey selections with confidence.

  • Level: Beginner - Beyond Basics
    Good for: Spirits Enthusiasts, Spirits Curious, Whiskey Lover, Intermediate Imbibing
    Style: Guided tasting
    Food Served: Palate-cleansing bread and cheese
    What class-goers are saying about this instructor:

    “Robin Robinson's Whisky Smackdown was an enjoyable, relaxed, and informative experience that offered a chance to learn about distilling techniques and taste brands I would likely never have encountered, nevermind sampled. Several have since become favorites.”