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Los Angeles Whisky Live

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High-class imbibers were out in force for Whisky Live at the Santa Monica Civic Center last Monday. Whisky Live is an international tasting and sampling event, taking place "from London to Tokyo, Paris to Glasgow". Billed as “Southern California’s Finest Whisky Experience,” attendees had the opportunity to sample the wares of twenty-seven companies, some familiar (Glenlivet, Dewar's, Macallan), some (such as Japanese manufactureres Hibiki and Yamazaki) not even available on American shelves yet.

Masterclasses on the fine points of the brown spirits, a cigar bar from Taylor’s Tobacco House, a catered dinner and passed hors d'ouvres from Patina and the periodic explosion of bagpipes by the San Francisco Irish Pipe Band, sponsored by Bushmills, rounded out the festivities.