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PLCB co-sponsors first annual Philadelphia Whiskey Festival.

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's (PLCB) program of sponsoring wine festivals is well known. For several years now, the PLCB has helped mount three very successful annual wine events--that also raise money for charitable causes--in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Now, the PLCB, in conjunction with Philadelphia Magazine, launched the first Philadelphia Whiskey Festival. The event took place at the Crystal Tea Room in the heart of Philadelphia last November and, according to the PLCB, drew approximately 500 guests.

Attendees paid $85 per person; however, they got to taste their choice of more than 150 types of Scotch, bourbon, rum, cognac, Canadian and Irish whiskies. There was a buffet dinner, silent auction and two informative seminars, presented by Buffalo Trace President Mark Brown and William Bergius, Laphroaig's head of brand heritage. There were even discounted designated driver tickets and special hotel rates available for attendees. All the proceeds from the silent auction, plus a percentage of the ticket sales, are to be donated to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The final total to be donated: $25,000!

In his presentation, Brown talked about the quest for creating the perfect bourbon and some of the experiments being conducted at his company's distillery. Bergius discussed Allied Distillers' malt collection and how the environment in which the products are created lend the Scotches their deep flavors.

There were many other industry luminaries in attendance at the event, including Parker Beam, seventh generation master distiller for Heaven Hill Distilleries; George Grant, the sixth generation distiller of Glenfarclas; Julian van Winkle, third generation distiller of the Old Rip van Winkle Co.; and many others.

One of the festival's highlights was the showcasing of The Macallan Fine & Rare Collection, which includes a range of vintage single malt Scotches, most 30 years or older, all in extremely limited editions, though the number of bottles varies with the vintage.
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