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The Whiskey & Cocktail Class

Friday, June 28 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

$61 – $79
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One of the greatest whiskey authors of our generation, Michael Jackson, often visited our offices. That was back “in the day” when our old building (127 S. 22nd Street) was still occupied by his publisher, Running Press. This class is one of the ways we celebrate his legacy.

A bit of sauced education, this class features everything you ever wanted to know about whiskey but were afraid to ask: From whiskey cocktails to food pairings, to its smokey history. This is the class for lovers of bourbon, scotch, and rye.


Tasting Sheets From Previous Whiskey Classes

May 2018

Philadelphia, PA
Hochstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye

• The High Line •
2 part Rye, 1 part red vermouth, 1 part minted simple syrup

Cork, Ireland
Mitchell & Son – “Green Spot” Single Pot Still.

• Kensington Palace •
2 part Rye, 1 part St-Germain, 1 part simple syrup, lemon bitters

Wellington, South Africa
Bain’s “Cape Mountain” Single Grain

• The Voiron •
2 parts Rye, 1 part simple syrup, splash Green Chartreuse, chocolate bitters

Osaka, Japan
The Yamazaki 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

April 2018

Decoding Whiskey

Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel, 100 Proof

WhistlePig 10 Year Straight Rye Whiskey Single Barrel, 114.6 Proof

Cocktail Lab

• 1 oz whiskey
• 1/3 oz Sweet red vermouth
• Dash Angostura bitters

Old Fashioned
• orange peel
• 1 oz. whiskey
• 2 dashes bitters
• 1/4 ounce simple syrup

Mint Julep
• 1 sprig mint
• 2 1/2 ounces whiskey
• 1 ounce simple syrup

Elder in a Barrel (var. Old Fashioned)
Aged 3 months in used whisky barrel: 2 part scotch, 1 part St. Germain, 1 part simple syrup.

January 2017

Barrel of Dead Yelps (new)
5 ounces barrel aged rum, 5 ounces Bourbon, 4 ounces Lemon Juice, 6 ounces Simple Syrup. Aged 2 months in a whiskey barrel.

Mamie Taylor (circa 1900).
1 part Scotch, 1 part ginger ale, lime wedge

Lower Manhattan (kinda new, maybe 1874)
1 part Contratto Vermouth Bianco, 2 parts Bourbon, Bitters

1. Deanston 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Un-Chill Filtered

1. Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
2. Suntory Hibiki 12 Year Japanese Whiskey


June 2016

Keith’s Wheat

1. White Dog (75% corn, 20% wheat, 5% barley)

2. Young Bourbon (2 Months in White Oak)

3. Mature Bourbon (2 Years in White Oak)

The Three Grains

1. Rye. Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey

2. Corn. Lincoln Henderson “Angel’s Envy” Bourbon

3. Barley. Bruichladdich “Rocks” Islay Single Malt Whisky

Oak Aged Cocktails

1. The Manhattan Project
2 oz Bourbon, 1 oz Sweet Vermouth, Splash of Madeira. Aged in Oak for 24 hours. Dashes of bitters & a cherry.

2. Not Quite Old Fashioned
2 oz. bourbon whiskey. 1/2 oz. maple syrup. ¼ crushed vanilla bean. Aged in Oak for 24 hours.  Dash of bitters & a cherry.


January 2016

The Cocktails
Older Manhattan
1 part Contratto Vermouth Bianco | 2 parts rye whiskey | some bitters.
Age two months in a small whiskey barrel. Serve with a piquant arrogance in a rocks glass with ice.

Not A Mint Julep (per person)
1/2 oz. Canadian whisky | strawberry-mint simple syrup to taste.
Fill a glass with cracked ice. Add bourbon and mint syrup; stir gently until the glass is thoroughly chilled.

Old Fashioned but Friendly (per four people)
2½ oz. Rye whiskey | ½ oz. St. Germain (elderflower liquor) | 2–3 drops bitters
Stir bourbon, St. Germain, and bitters in an ice-filled mixing glass until very chilled; strain into an ice filled glass.

The Whiskey
Prohibition Era Whisky
1. Forty Creek “Premium Barrel Select” Canadian Whisky

2. Cutty Sark “Prohibition Edition” Blended Grain Scotch Whisky

Two Lives of Rye
1. Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof, Bottled in Bond Whisky

2. Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Small Batch Rye Whiskey

Vermont is is Canada, still Awesome
1. Whistle Pig 10 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey

September 2015

1. The Eternal Cocktail: Whiskey, A Barrel, and Two Years of Classes

2. Caribou Cocktail: Whiskey, Red Wine, Chocolate, Honey & Spice

Making the Sausage
1. Bear Republic Brewing Company R5 IPA

2. Charbay R5 Whiskey Lot #511a (Ukiah, California)

Beyond Bourbon
1. Stranahan’s Whiskey Batch #166 (Denver, Colorado)

WTF Rye?
1. High West Double Rye! Batch #15 (Rocky Mountains, Utah) LDI/MGP

2. WhistlePig Rye Whiskey (Shoreham, Vermont) Alberta Distillers Ltd


January 2015

1 pt Rye, 1 pt vermouth, 2 dash bitters

Barrel Aged Cocktail
Gomme Syrup, Bourbon, Brandy, Lemon

Blend VS Barrel
1. Russell’s Reserve Bourbon, 10 Year (Wild Turkey, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)

2. Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon (Wild Turkey, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)

Water Source of Single Barrels
1. Widow Jane 10 Year (Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, Kentucky. Finished in Brooklyn, NYC)

2. Four Roses Single Barrel 10 Year (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky)


Friday, June 28
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$61 – $79
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Wine School of Philadelphia
109 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia,PA19103United States
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Keith Wallace