'Whisky and Jazz' and Charleston and some video

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Author and whisky guru Hans Offringa is in town for a series of four events to introduce Charleston to his new book, "Whisky and Jazz."

The book is about "ten classic jazz pieces and how the music resonates perfectly with some of Scotland’s most tasteful single malts."

We were intrigued, and videographer Nate Mallard dropped by the first event at King Street Kitchen Company to shoot a little video. Watch it above.

Here's a bit more about Offringa, from the event's Web site:

Hans Offringa is an internationally renowned whisky connoisseur and established author. He started his whisky career at age 18 and studied with many of the industry's biggest names, among them Michael Jackson, Charles MacLean, Jim Rutledge (Four Roses), George Stone (Jack Daniels) and Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey). He has both written and translated many books on the subject resulting in an impressive list of publications. For his research, Hans has visited numerous distilleries in Scotland, England and the USA and interviewed scores of experts in the whisky industry.

And, here's the three remaining events:

John Street Jazz at Gallery Chuma
First Show 3:30 pm | Second Show 5:30 pm
43 John Street

In one of Charleston’s most celebrated art galleries, meet the author and receive a signed copy of the book. Enjoy a reception with food by Gullah Cuisine, followed by a vocal performance by Ann Caldwell and her band interspersed with Hans’ commentary and tastings of excellent whiskies. $70 ea./$100 couple

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Halls Chophouse Whisky Dinner
with Hans Offringa
7:00 pm | 434 King Street

At Charleston’s finest new steakhouse, meet the author and receive a signed copy of the book while enjoying a luscious five-course Halls Chophouse dinner with choice of four entrees, interspersed with Hans’ presentation and pairings of full bodied, spicy single malt scotches. A truly unique dining experience. $125 ea./$199 couple

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Renaissance Charleston Hotel
Author Reception and Whisky Tasting
7:00 pm | 68 Wentworth Street

In the hotel’s beautiful Charleston Room meet the author, hear his entertaining presentation, receive a signed copy of his book, taste smooth and sweet, award winning single malt scotches and feast on delightful heavy hors d'oeuvres prepared by the chefs of the Renaissance Charleston. $80 ea./$120 couple

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