Epicures enticed by tony tipples will not want to miss the Nth 2016 Ultimate Whisky Experience at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas from March 2 through 5. Presented by Mahesh Patel, founder of Universal Whisky Experience, the four-day devotional to the dram will feature master classes, rare tastings, and paired culinary events—all with many A-List aficionados.
The bespoke bacchanal begins on Wednesday, March 2, with a dinner hosted by Joël Robuchon at his eponymous, Michelin three-star restaurant within the Mansion hotel at MGM Grand. Seven courses will be complemented by samplings of some of the Glenlivet’s most exquisite expressions. On Thursday, those with the High Roller package will have an opportunity to sip on Super Pours—top-tier tastings that feature selections valued at a minimum of $300 per measure. The exclusive High Roller Whisky Speed Dating Dinner (a memorable meal with seven industry insiders) follows at chef David Middleton’s esteemed eatery, Tableau.
Friday’s focus will be on the Nth 2016 Show itself, the main tasting event highlighting the distinctive distillates from over 80 exhibitors, as well as appetizers from Encore’s executive chef James Benson. A High Rollers reception dinner caps off the evening. The final day is devoted to enhanced understanding of uisce beatha (“water of life,” as whiskey is referred to in Gaelic) with a choice of 13 master classes featuring experts from distilleries in Scotland, Ireland, and Japan.
The High Roller Experience provides access to all Super Pours, private dinners, the tasting event at Tableau, one-on-one meetings with brand ambassadors, and complimentary classes. A Connoisseur option enables entry at two Super Pours and the main tasting, with classes available at additional expense. The High Roller and Connoisseur tickets are priced at $2,495 and $525, respectively. And by using the code NTH16, RobbReport.com readers will receive a $100 discount off the Connoisseur cost. (universalwhiskyexperience.com)