Tales of the Cocktail

Nine spirits-focused educational tastings hosted by WSET experts.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - Sunday, July 21, 2019

Royal Sonesta, 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

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Event details

WSET is once again partnering with Tales of the Cocktail to deliver a two-day programme of spirits focused educational tastings, providing attendees with a flavour of its teaching approach and demonstrating how its progressive qualification structure can support career progression and business objectives.

All of our sessions take place in the Bienville Suite and places can be booked via the Tales of the Cocktail schedule here.


Top of the class challenge

Join us on stand to take part in our Top of the Class Challenge. Our quiz will put your spirits knowledge to the test, take part and you could win $1500 towards a WSET qualification.

1st prize - $1500 towards a WSET course
2nd prize - $500 towards towards a WSET course

One lucky entrant will be picked at random and could win $500 to put towards a WSET course. 

Masterclasses sessions

Friday, 19 July 2019

10:00 Putting the S in WSET, presented by Nick King DipWSET
Join Nick King, WSET's product development manager for spirits and sake for a sneak peek of our new Level 3 Award in Spirits qualification and a guided discussion of what you can expect to take away from the course.

11:30 Qu on this!, presented by Derek Sandhaus
Derek Sandhaus is the foremost English-speaking authority on Baijiu, the world's most popular spirit category. Join us as we take a step into this fascinating world.

13:00 Bearing fruit - lesser-known fruit distillates, presented by Nick King DipWSET
Most people think Cognac and Armagnac when they think of fruit spirits but there is a world of delightful distillates beyond these two stalwarts. Join our panel of experts as we embark on a guided tasting of some delicious alternatives including Applejack, Pisco, Pear Eau de Vie and Himbeergeist. 

14:30 The many shades of shochu, presented by Antony Moss MW
Antony Moss MW will guide us through the many styles of Japan's national distilled beverage.

16:00 Certifiable - further education for the booze biz, panel discussion moderated by Rob McCaughey
How important is education in the beverage industry of the 21st century? Join our stellar panel as we discuss the broad array of further education opportunities available to beverage industry professionals, the benefits of certification and how to make them more accessible.to more people Panellists: Christina Veira, Kellie Thorn, Maggie Campbell DipWSET, Rachel DelRocco Terrazas, Stephanie Simbo.

Saturday 20 July

10:30 The taste of an island, presented by Richard Seale
Falernum is indigenous to Barbados and is one of the oldest liqueurs still produced today. Its story is clouded in mystery, misunderstandings and outright falsehoods. This master class will set the record straight. We will examine the origins, the authentic formulation and how it became part of American Cocktail Culture.

12:00 Understanding aromatized wines, presented by Jake Parrot
Join Jake Parrot of Haus Alpenz for a crash course in the wonderful world of aromatised wines. In this session, we'll take a look at all of the components that will impact style and flavour as well as some thoughts on how to pair aromatised wines with its happiest of bedfellows, gin

14:00 The oak effect, presented by Raj Sabharwal
Join Importer and WSET Certified Spirits Educator Raj Sabharwal for a look at how barrel selection for ageing and finishing impacts style and flavour.

15:30 Does sake have terroir?, presented by Antony Moss MW
Join sake Samurai Antony Moss MW for a guided tasting as he explores the idea of regionality in Japanese sake.

Get in touch

Email us at events@wsetglobal.com