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Our masterclasses are lead by various whisky experts and brand ambassadors who themselves pick out different whiskies they wish to introduce to you, and guide you through the tasting. They will help you recognize the different aromas and flavours that make each whisky unique.

Please note that masterclasses are part of the festival's programme, and therefore entrance to them is permitted only with a valid festival ticket in addition to a reservation of the masterclass itself. Masterclasses are not standalone events.

The full list of masterclasses will be updated

Online ticket sale for masterclasses is now over, but you will have the chance to buy tickets for masterclasses with free spots directly at the festival - just ask at the main stand.

This year's masterclasses

Friday

16:30 - 17:15 | Gold Cock | Jan Kuchař (Rudolf Jelínek) | 150 CZK

Jan Kuchar from Rudolf Jelínek will introduce you to the entire Gold Cock portfolio, including a special surprise.

17:45 - 18:30 | Iconic Chivas Regal | Zdeněk Kortiš (Pernod Ricard) | 399 CZK

The Chivas brothers started blending whisky in their shop in King Street 13 in Aberdeen, and since then Chivas Regal became the most sold scotch in the over 12 yo group. In this masterclass Zdeny Kortis will introduce you to the Chivas the Blend project by Jan Becher Pernod Ricard, which was created specifically for bars, restaurants, and their private clientele. You will also get the chance to taste the unique The Icon bottle worth 80,000 CZK for a special festival price, as well as other premium blends (Ultis, and 25 y.o.). All samples: Chivas Regal 12 y.o, Chivas Regal 18 y.o., Chivas Regal Ultis (blended malt), Chivas Regal 25 y.o. Optional: Chivas Regal The Icon (The masterclass then costs 2490 CZK) + a Chivas surprise

17:45 - 18:30 | Springbank | Ronan Currie (Fous Spirits) | 690 CZK

Ronan Currie will guide you through the following whiskies: Hazelburn 10yo, Springbank 10yo and 18yo, Kilkerran 12yo and Longrow. This masterclass is in English.

19:00 - 19:45 | Whiskey Tullamore D.E.W | John Quinn (Rémy Cointreau) | 390 CZK

Tullamore D.E.W. Global Ambassador John Quinn has been named as one of the ten most influential people of the Irish whiskey industry by Forbes magazine. You will get to taste the variety of whiskies produced by Tullamore D.E.W., some of which are considered to be the best what Irish whiskey has to offer (judging by the awards they won). You will get to taste Tullamore D.E.W. XO cask, 12 yo, 14 yo, 15 yo, and 18 yo, and find out all the hidden secrets and fascinating details about Tullamore D.E.W. and Irish whiskey in general from one of the most knowledgable people around. This masterclass is in English.

19:00 - 20:00 | Inverhouse Distillers | Fous Spirits | 590 CZK

In this masterclass you will taste and find out more about Balblair 2000, Old Pulteney 15y, Old Pulteney 18y, Old Pulteney Huddart, and AnCnoc Peatheart. This masterclass is in English.

20:15 - 21:00 | Ian Macleod Distillers | Kenny Macdonald (Fous Spirits) | 590 CZK

You will be able to taste Glengoyne 10yo, Glengoyne 12yo, Glengoyne cask strength, Tamdhu 12yo, Tamdhu Batch strength and Smokehead. This masterclass is in English.

20:30 - 21:15 | Kavalan | Bernhard Schäfer (Kavalan) | 450 CZK

Kavalan Brand Ambasador Bernhard Schäfer will introduce you to their entire portfolio. You will get to taste the new Distillery Select, Solist Bourbon, Solist Vinho Barrique, and Solist Port - different whiskies according to the casks they were aged in. This masterclass is in English.

Saturday

16:00 - 16:45 | Murray McDavid | Dean Jode (Fous Spirits) | 590 CZK

Dean Jode, Murray McDavid brand ambassador, will introduce you to their portfolio. You will taste Mission Gold - Tamdhu 30yo, Benchmark - Macduff 10yo, Ledaig 17yo, Mystery Malt - Íle Móine 10yo, Select Grain - North British 10yo, and The Vatting - The Speysiders 9yo This masterclass is in English.

16:30 - 17:15 | The American Whiskey Story | Jan Kuchař (Rudolf Jelínek) | 399 CZK

You will taste classic American whiskey from Heaven Hill Distilleries, the largest "family" producer of American whiskey and the second largest bourbon producer in the world. The Masterclass will be led by Brand Manager Jan Kuchar, former Brand Ambassador of Johnnie Walker. The cherry on the cake is the tasting of the super-luxurious rye whiskey Pikesville Rye! Tasting samples: Mellow Corn Whiskey, Evan Williams Black, Evan Williams Bottled in Bond, Elijah Craig Small Batch, Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond, Pikesville Rye. This masterclass is in Czech.

17:15 - 18:00 | Deconstructing Tullamore D.E.W | John Quinn (Rémy Cointreau) | 390 CZK

Tullamore D.E.W. Global Ambassador John Quinn has been named as one of the ten most influential people of the Irish whiskey industry by Forbes magazine. In this masterclass he will deconstruct the brand new Tullamore D.E.W. XO cask. You will get to taste it, of course, and also all three types of Irish whiskey that it's blended from - Irish Single Pot Still whiskey, Irish Single Malt, and Irish Single Grain, where all three samples can not be bought anywhere as they came straight from the cask. In order for you to be able to notice the effects of ageing, John promised to bring a complete rarity as well - the new make spirit of all three of these whiskies. This will make those of you who will attend this masterclass some of the very few people in the world to have had the chance to taste the new make spirit of all three basic types of Irish whiskey. This masterclass is in English.

17:45 - 18:30 | Springbank | Ronan Currie (Fous Spirits) | 690 CZK

You will be able to taste Hazelburn 10yo, Springbank 10yo, Kilkerran 12yo, Springbank 18y, and Longrow. This masterclass is in English.

18:30 - 19:15 | Fighting the Fenol Monster | Václav Rout (Rémy Cointreau) | 690 CZK

Remy Cointreau Brand Ambassador and collector of all official bottles of Octomore Vaclav Rout will introduce you to all the interesting tidbits he found out from all the times he met with Jim McEwan and Adam Hannett (the past and current Head Distillers of Bruichladdich Distillery), and will guide you through ALL the different editions of the almost monstrously peated Octomore - some of which you won't be able to find anywhere, or only for auction prices. You will taste the following - New make spirit Octomore (a sample you will not find anywhere else, only at this masterclass, as it's directly from the barrel), a surprise, Octomore 8.1 (167 ppm, 59,3 % abv), Octomore 8.2 (167 ppm, 58,4 % abv), Octomore 8.3 (309,1 ppm, 61,2 % abv), and Octomore 8.4 (170 ppm, 58,7 % abv).

19:00 - 19:45 | Ian Macleod Distillers | Kenny Macdonald (Fous Spirits) | 590 CZK

You will be able to taste Glengoyne 10yo, Glengoyne 12yo, Glengoyne cask strength, Tamdhu 12yo, Tamdhu Batch strength and Smokehead. This masterclass is in English.

19:45 - 20:30 | Wood Influence, Natural Colour | Zdeněk Kortiš (Pernod Ricard) | 399 CZK

Taste whisk(e)y from Scotland and Ireland with a natural colour. Even blends can have a natural colour and the Jameson Whiskey Maker's Series will convince you of it. We will also taste non chill filtered and cask strength Scottish single malts, from the legendary Speyside sherry monster Aberlour a'Bunadh, to the natural Nadurra of The Glenlivet. Full list of whiskies: Jameson Whiskey Maker's Series Distillery's Safe, Jameson Whiskey Maker's Series Cooper's Croze, Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Selection, Aberlour a'Bunadh, Glenlivet Nadurra Peated Cask Finish + unspecified natural colour surprise