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The Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held from March 29 to April 1, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. Whiskey Obsession is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S., with four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, panel discussion, cigars, VIP pours, live music street party, and grand tasting with 250 whiskies to sample. Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors are present to share their knowledge and passion for these fine spirits.

Whiskey Obsession Festival Grand Tasting and Master Classes at Michael’s on East (see times below)

With over 250 whiskies available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as many emerging craft distillers. Taught by industry professionals, our six seminar-style master classes present an opportunity for in-depth learning at these interactive tastings with distillers and professional brand ambassadors. VIP guests enjoy early class reservations beginning February 15.

• 5:00 p.m. Super VIP Master Class with the Balvenie Single Malt Scotch
• 6:30 p.m. VIP Admission
• 7:30 p.m. General Admission
• 8:00 p.m. Class I, II, and III
• 9:15 p.m. Class IV, V, VI
• 10:30 p.m. Last Pour
• 10:45 p.m. After Party at Made Restaurant

Master Class Session 1, 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Class I Exploring Trends in American Craft Whiskey with Michael Ring, Brown Forman Brand Champion
Class II The Future of Smooth Ambler with John Foster, Distiller
Class III Glenmorangie: Wood Finishes and More with Dan Crowell, Brand Ambassador

Master Class Session 2, 9:15 pm to 10:00 pm
Class IV Scottish Brogues and Spanish Bodegas: The Love Story of Scotch and Sherry with Todd Richman, National Whiskey Educator - Diageo Reserve Portfolio
Class V The Patriotic Rise of Rye with Whistle Pig Master Distiller Dave Pickerell
Class VI Cigar and Whisky Pairing with Dan Crowell, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Brand Ambassador

Three ticket levels are available:

VIP $195:
• VIP admission is limited to 150 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and one hour early entrance at 6:30 pm.
• VIP hour pours of ultra-premium, fine, expensive, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).
• One $50 retail voucher for purchases and special orders placed on Friday, April 1, 2016 during the Whiskey Obsession Festival grand tasting.
• Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.
• Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
• Priority seating at small group seminar classes (first come first served).
• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d' oeuvres.

General Admission $95:
• General admission is limited to 500 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and entrance at 7:30 pm
• Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
• Seating as available at small group seminar classes (first come first served).
• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d' oeuvres.

Companion $45:
• Companion admission is limited to 75 guests and includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.
• Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d' oeuvres.

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Michael's On East
1212 S East Ave Sarasota, FL 34239

Price: $45 - $195
3 ticket levels - VIP $195, GA $95, Companion $45
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