Whiskey tasters gear up for 15th Kindred Spirits tasting

August 19, 2013

Business

JACKSON- The Kindred Spirits Whiskey Tasting, now in its 15th year, enjoys the informal title as the “Largest Whiskey Tasting in the South,” both in attendance and representation of the whiskeys.

Shifting away from the sit-down format, Kindred Spirits allows taster to build his or her own self-paced whiskey tasting. Each admission receives a whiskey glass to keep and 20 coupons to redeem for half-ounce pours. With over 40 whiskeys to choose from, pours are redeemed for one to six coupons, depending on the price of the bottle (not its rarity!). Knowledgeable experts will staff the pouring stations, and additional coupons are available for purchase at the event (cash only).

Picture 217“This event has always been a great way to learn about Irish and Scottish whiskeys, and a huge value for sampling high-end distillations,” says Perry Launius, one of the Kindred Spirits’ organizers. “With this new format, you make your own tasting itinerary, get answers for your questions, and learn about one of the oldest surviving Celtic traditions.”

Fenian’s Irish Pub furnishes the Kindred Spirits with foods to cleanse the palate. Far from their normal pub fare, the hors d’oeuvres are fit for the subtle tastes coaxed from the spirits.

It is important to the organizers of the Kindred Spirits Tasting and of CelticFest Mississippi that participants drink responsibly. “We always encourage folks to bring a designated driver, and each designated driver will get free admission to CelticFest for that night,” says Launius. Tasting participants can enjoy the stage performances of Celtic music and dance for the rest of the evening.

This event is sponsored by Wine & Spirits in the Quarter with support from Fenian’s Irish Pub to raise funds in support of CelticFest Mississippi. Kindred Spirits starts at 7:00 pm on Friday, Sept 6. Tickets are available online up until midnight Thursday, Sept 5 for $40, and at the door at $60.

Advance ticketing and more information may be found at www.CelticFestMS.org. Information is also available from Wine & Spirits in the Quarter at (601) 366-6644. Questions about reservations may be directed to Kristen Williams at (601) 573-8642.

>>FAST FACTS

What: Kindred Spirits Whiskey Tasting Benefit for CelticFest Mississippi

When: September 6, 2013. 7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Sparkman Auditorium, MS Ag & Forestry Museum (during CelticFest Mississippi), Jackson MS

Cost: $60 at the door / $40 advance online purchase

Source: Kindred Spirits Whiskey Tasting

 

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