New this year will be an "Iron Cocktail" competition on Wednesday, which will feature Nashville mixologists preparing cocktails using one of my personal favorites, Four Roses. A very special event will take place on Thursday night, Sept. 12, as festival attendees will have the opportunity to taste some rare and antique whiskeys that just cannot be found on the shelves of your favorite liquor store or tavern. Don't tell Steve Cavendish, but Pappy Van Winkle will be represented at this tasting, perhaps the entire portfolio. As a bonus, Porter Road Butcher will be providing the snacks that evening.
The Nashville Whiskey Festival will reprise last year's "Women in Whiskey" panel discussion on Friday night. FIve of the industry's most highly regarded female representatives will share their unique perspective of this traditionally male-dominated business. Saturday is reserved for a VIP Tasting and then the Grand Tasting at the Country Music Hall of Fame, home to all of the events at this year's festival. VIPs will get a head start on the rest of the tasters at the event and will have a chance to participate in a special tasting of the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg scotch portfolios. Patel expects around 70 different distilleries to be represented at the Grand Tasting, so come thirsty.
I expect many of these events to sell out, so get on the stick and buy your tickets today. For a full listing of events and pricing, head to the official ticketing page.