Walton Arts Center to host whisky tasting Nov. 8

Lots of restaurants have wine tastings. Brewery tours and beer tasting events are also pretty common. But it’s not every day that somebody holds a whisky tasting in town.

As it happens, there’s one coming up this weekend.

Walton Arts Center will welcome Gregor Cattanach, National Master of Scotch Whisky and Keeper of the Quaich, for an event called “The Evolution of Whisky” on Friday, Nov. 8.

Cattanach grew up around the Coleburn and Cardhu distilleries in Scotland where his father worked as Master Distiller. In October 2011, he was inducted in to the exclusive Scotch Whisky society The Keepers of the Quaich.

The tasting on Friday will focus on whisky of the Scotch variety (as opposed to whiskey, which denotes Irish and American versions), and will begin at 7 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Scotches included in the tasting include Crown Royal Reserve, Johnnie Walker Platinum, George Dickel No. 12, and others.

Update: We got some clarification on this. According to a WAC spokesperson, the tasting will “take a journey through the evolution of whiskey, covering Scotch, Irish, Canadian, Bourbon, and Tennessee whiskies.”

Tickets to the tasting are $75, and are on sale now at waltonartscenter.com.