Whisky Smackdown: Irish vs. Japanese
Ticket Price: $89
Saturday, Jul 21 3:00 PM
Let your palate decide how Ireland stacks up against Japan—two whisky-loving nations with very distinct histories and styles. The side-by-side tasting and discussion allows the differences to truly pop. See which country reigns supreme on your palate as we taste and discuss these heavyweight whisky regions.

Classes are 2 hours long, including a Q&A session with Astor Center Instructor, Robin Robinson.

What you can expect:

  • 3 Tasting pours of Irish whiskey
  • 3 Tasting pours of Japanese whisky
  • Palate-cleansing bread and cheese

What you will learn:

  • The distinct flavor profiles of Irish and Japanese whiskies
  • The histories of distilling in Ireland and Japan, and how they relate to each other
  • Distillation methods and aging techniques in Ireland and Japan
  • How to taste and describe whisky
  • How to navigate whisky selections with confidence

Level: Beginner – Beyond Basics
Style: Guided Tasting
Food Served: Bread & Cheese
Good for: Spirits Enthusiasts, Spirits Curious, Whisky Lover, Intermediate Imbibing

What people 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.”