You Can Taste 150+ Whiskies at Buffalo Whiskey Riot, Here Are the Top 5 to Try

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Buffalo Whiskey Riot 2018

Buffalo Whiskey Riot

Ever wanted the chance to try over 150 different types of whiskey? If this epic, one-of-a-kind tasting experience piques your interest, keep reading.

Buffalo Whiskey Riot 2019 is coming in hot on Saturday, March 23 at Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly known as the Adam’s Mark Hotel). Hosted by Tommyrotter Distillery and Step Out Buffalo, this is probably one of the most insane whiskey tasting experiences you’ll get the chance to enjoy in WNY and beyond. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting to get into whiskey, this festival has opportunities for you. Learn what you like (and don’t like), discover new brands and where to get them, learn from master distillers and brand ambassadors at seminars, and just have a seriously great time with your crew.

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New this year at the fest we’ll have more whiskey brands than ever before, which means there will most definitely be brands that are new to you. Plus, Whiskey Riot now offers a VIP experience complete with a *seriously* upgraded Glencairn Glass Whiskey Riot tasting glass to take home, special access to limited edition and rare whiskies that will not be available during the General Admission time, an exclusive uncrowded VIP hour ahead of general Whiskey Riot start time, drink tickets to classic whiskey cocktail bars at the fest, and access to exclusive Whiskey Riot master seminars and tastings. So far the VIP whiskey tastings include WhistlePig Rye 15 Year Vermont Estate Oak [$225/bottle], Bruichladdich Octomore 8.1 [$180/bottle], Westland Garryana Single Malt [$175/bottle], Ardbeg Drum Committee Edition: 2019 [Historically $140/bottle], Jack Daniel’s Gold No. 27 [$100/bottle], -Woodford Reserve Batch Proof [$140/bottle], Highwest Bourye [$80/bottle], Lock, Stock & Barrel 18 Y/O Rye: 109 Proof [~$275.00/bottle], and Tommyrotter Napa Heritage Cask Straight Bourbon ~2017 Limited Release, Out of Circulation [Historically $75/bottle].

Whether you’re going big with the VIP ticket or getting pumped to enjoy a three hour tasting session with your group with General Admission tickets, there are a number of killer whiskeys on the list this year. Here are the top 5 most exciting whiskies to taste at Buffalo Whiskey Riot 2019:

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1. THE ROCKSTAR

Brand: Blackened American Whiskey

Metal supergod band, Metallica, released a whiskey this past August in case you missed it. Blackened American Whiskey: A Blend Of Straight Whiskeys Finished In Black Brandy Casks. This whiskey is aged while being shaken, rocked and rolled to the music of Metallica. The label was a collaboration between the band and Dave Pickerell (who unfortunately just passed away), a rockstar in the whiskey world and master distiller behind roughly 100 brands of whiskey.

 

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2. THE COWBOY

Brand: High West Distillery

John Wayne and Clint Eastwood’s gritty good looks are furthered in part by the way they drink whiskey: they just make it look cool! Channel your inner gunslinger with High West. Straight out of Park City, Utah with products like Rendezvous Rye, American Prairie Bourbon and Campfire, a blend of Scotch, rye and bourbon, you’ll be blowing smoke off your barrel in no time after a taste or two of High West.

Buffalo Whiskey Riot

Buffalo Whiskey Riot

 

3. THE TRAVELER

Brand: Paul John Whisky

When we think of single malt whiskeys we think of peaty Scottish single malts, but Paul John Whiskey is from another part of the world. This Indian Single Malt line is unique in its origin but world class in quality. The line has been awarded the Liquid Gold Award by Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible and The Double Gold Award from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Not the best known name, but certainly not a product to sleep on!

 

4. THE HOMETOWN HERO

Brand: Tommyrotter Distillery

A whiskey festival with over 150 varieties from around the US and beyond wouldn’t be complete without our city’s hometown Tommyrotter Distillery. Tommyrotter has been spreading throughout the Northeast so you’re just as likely to catch their whiskeys in Boston and NYC as you are at this Buffalo Whiskey Festival. Rumor has it, they’re bringing their 2017 & 2018 limited release whiskeys…don’t miss out.

 

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5. THE LADS

Brand: (Okay, more than one here) Jameson, Powers, West Cork Whiskey 

When we walk into Whiskey Riot, we’ll be a week past St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, but there’s no reason to stop the fun. We cheated a bit here by listing multiple brands but you know what they say: Honor Thy Paddy. Powers Irish Whiskey will be in your glass when you arrive at the event to get you started, but make sure to check out West Cork Whiskey and the beer-barrel aged versions of Jameson, like Jameson Stout Barrel and Jameson IPA Barrel.

 

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Buffalo Whiskey Riot 2019

Date: Saturday, March 23

Time: General admission 4-7 pm // VIP 3 – 7 pm

Location: Buffalo Grand Hotel (Formerly The Adam’s Mark Hotel)

Cost: General admission $45 per session // VIP $100 per session

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Must be 21 and over to attend. No exceptions.

Complimentary parking is available around the hotel; enter through the main hotel entrance and follow signs for festival check-in.

 

This article is a paid promotion by one of our advertisers. With these paid articles our goal is to share valuable information with our readers that we think you’ll find useful and interesting.

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