Whisky Connoisseurs Will Unite in Las Vegas

The first Universal Whisky Experience, a two-day gathering of some of the finest and rare whiskies, connoisseurs, collectors, blenders and distillers, will convene on March 18 and 19 at the Wynn Encore resort and casino in Las Vegas. Created by longtime whisky collector and enthusiast Mahesh Patel, the weekend will consist of pairings and tastings from more than 25 distilleries and the Encore chefs, including Paul Bartolotta of Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare.

“The purpose of this weekend,” says Patel, “is to gather the country’s most passionate whisky lovers for tasting experiences they would not normally have access to.… Our distillery partners are excited about reaching this ‘best of the best’ connoisseur and the opportunity to speak with them about their whiskies thoughtfully and in a one-on-one atmosphere.”

The Universal Whisky Experience will kick off with a reception on Friday night, and the whiskies being served include Patel’s favorite names, including the 40-year-old Dalmore Astrum, Glenfarclas 1966 (exclusive to this show), Ardbeg 1974 Single Cask, and more. Tickets are $525 per person or $235 for a companion ticket. (770.817.0727, www.universalwhiskyexperience.com)

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