This class is only available to VIP ticket holders.
Riannon Walsh is currently Managing Director of Production & Creatives , founding partner and
Master Blender at Brandywine Branch Distillery in Chester County , Pa. She will be leading our
VIP master tasting class and discussing her experiences in craft distilling over her 30 year long
career in the spirits industry and what led her from so many years as a nose, blender and single
malt whisky specialist to her current adventure with craft gins she create to push the taste
Her creation of each distinct spirit and the experience of developing both your personal
olfactory and taste experience of a spirit and the methods for finding your own vocabulary in
nosing are all part of this masterclass. You will also come to understand unique flavor profiles
and how they can best be recognized and described. Most importantly, the SENSUAL aspects of
developing your nosing skills and how this is applied to all spirits, be they whiskies, gins or
whatever spirits you love best, will be what you take away from this experience.
We are proud to have Ms. Walsh join us. She is an internationally acknowledged expert in the
world of whisky and has accomplished a great deal in her tenure. She is an author, noser,
blender, distiller, event coordinator, glassware designer, expert in herbs and botanicals and one
of the very early women to push through the glass ceiling in the whisky world.
As a professional nose and blender of private label and independently bottled Scotch and Irish
whiskies for the last 25 years as well as founding & running the iconic Whiskies of the World
Expos in San Francisco from 1999-2010, Riannon’s life in the arena of high end spirits has been
one of varied and extensive experiences and success on both sides of the Pond. Her adventure
with gin began in 2005 and has become a major passion.