Sorry for not responding sooner. I must have missed this one.
The SMWS puts on a very nice event. I have been to one in Boston and I very much enjoyed it. It's an unlimited tasting, no vouchers or anything like that. In fact, I remember visiting some tables more than once. They say the food is exceptional as well (no extra charge, it's included in with your ticket). I can't speak from experience there, as I didn't eat at the event I attended (so much whisky, so little time). My only gripe was the fact that it was so short. There is alot of whisky there to try in just 2 1/2 hours. Other than that, it was top notch!
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The event began with a discussion panel where guests submitted written questions and about eight company reps and ambassadors responded. This was actually very informative and entertaining. For the actual tasting event, accessibility to company representatives was much better than WF. There were a lot of people at the Extravaganza, but nothing like at WF. Therefore, you were able to talk more and ask more questions. The reps were all very knowledgeable (most were the same reps you see at WF) and very open to your inquiries. The time was not as long as desired - the opening discussion panel was one hour beginning at 5:30. The actual tasting was from 6:30 to 9:00.
rthomson wrote:I've enjoyed all of the SMWS Extravaganzas I've attended (3) in Seattle. The SMWSA typically has four or five bottles to sample. Many other bottlers are there including Speyside distilleries, Islays, islands, blends, Irish, and Japanese whisky. The buffet has been very well prepared. It is restricted to 2.5 hours or so but I found that more than enough time to sample the drams I wanted to. I've missed the last two or three tastings but I'm sure I'll return.
Ron, I'm going to Seattle in November, are you going?
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