Whisky Live returns, bringing the world’s best whisky event to even more cities worldwide

Whisky lovers, rejoice. The world’s largest celebration of Scotland’s national beverage, Whisky Live, is returning for its 11th year, bringing together enthusiasts, experts, distillers and educators to cities across the globe.

What can you expect? Hundreds of other whisky lovers, tastings from your favorite brands like Glenlivet, Johnnie Walker, Glenmorangie, live bands, and private classes that offer specialized learning sessions.

We’re particularly intrigued by the Master Classes, usually about $20 each. Held in private, accommodating up to 75 people classroom style, these classes offer an hour of intense time learning more about your favorite whiskies. Hosted by brand ambassadors, master distillers, leading experts or Whisky Magazine writers, these seem way more fun than your traditional classroom experience.

Dates are scheduled across the country for the rest of the year and are currently on sale for Dublin, Glasgow, LA, New York, Shanghai and Toronto.

The 2011 US tour kicks off April 6 in New York City. Book tickets, which range from $105 to $135, here. Don’t want to shell out to attend? They’re also offering an online sweepstakes where you can enter to win a trip for two to Scotland for the Whisky Live Scotland event, as well as private distillery visits, lodging and more.

[Flickr via Keith.Allison]

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of March 6 –March 13

Happy Friday the 13th. My day has actually gone well. I hope yours has as well. Once again there is a hodge podge of happenings around the world that have captured our notice here at Gadling.