SMWSA Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza – Fall 2013


Over the years, one of my favorite large-scale whisky events has consistently been the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America’s Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza. Yes, that’s quite a name, I know, for the sake of this post, let’s just call it the Extravaganza, shall we? The Extravaganzas I’ve attended in the past have all been fairly wonderful occasions. Since the focus is mostly on single malts and scotch, the pour list is a bit more manageable than the overwhelmingly, all-inclusive list of something like WhiskyFest. Likewise, at other events, I always find seminars and masterclasses enjoyable and informative, but they do take time away from navigating the main room’s selections. Aside from the worthwhile Whisky Panel which precedes the show, the Extravaganzas do not include seminars and masterclasses giving attendees plenty of time to really explore the whiskies on offer. Additionally, the extra level of attention given to the organization, choice of venue, and even the food, always gives these events a slightly more relaxed, refined air. If your interest is at all piqued, I’d definitely recommend attending one of this Fall’s Extravaganzas, here’s this years schedule…

Tickets for the events are $135 for SMWSA members and $150 for non-members.

I’m pleased to offer a promotional code to The Casks readers, just enter “THECASKS2013″  when purchasing tickets to receive the member’s price.


2013 Fall Extravaganza Schedule

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
The Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Friday, November 1, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
The Union League Club of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
The Rainier Club
820 Fourth Avenue 
Seattle, WA 98104
Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue 
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Thursday, November 21, 7:00-9:00pm
The Taj Boston
15 Arlington Street 
Boston, MA 02116
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
1 Seminole Way 
Hollywood, FL 33314

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