Just finished updating the Calendar of Events at the WhiskyCast web site with a bunch of festivals and events for 2016, and have to admit that I'm going to feel sorry for people who will have to pick and choose about which events to attend (as well as the brand reps and ambassadors who have to make the same decisions).
Here's one example for the first week of March:
March 2: Whisky Advocate has its debut WhiskyFest in Washington, DC,
March 5: Whisky Live is also in Washington, DC,
March 2-5: Universal Whisky Experience "The Nth" in Las Vegas.
If you're in the DC area and can only afford tickets for one show, which one do you pick? Same thing if you're a brand that has to cover the costs of exhibiting at one or both...and was planning to have your people at the Vegas event as well.
If you're tired of rising whisky prices and looking for a suitable alternative, we may have an answer for you on this week's WhiskyCast. For the first time since 2007, we'll look at something besides whiskies...but it's the same spirit we looked at that year! We'll talk Armagnacs with Florence Castarède of France's Armagnac Castarède on WhiskyCast In-Depth.
In the news, Sazerac plans to revive the Michael Collins Irish Whiskey brand, Glenmorangie and Utah's High West are sharing the name of a whisky, and what would you do if you had $125,000 to spend on a whisky gift for the holidays? Neiman Marcus has an expensive answer!