Every big name in the spirits and cocktail industry comes down to the city I call home (okay, so I live 15 minutes away) to partake in a week-long event known as Tales of the Cocktail, a spirits & cocktail convention held yearly at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. There are tastings, seminars, private events, networking and a whole lot more. Although all spirits are celebrated, Tales is a whiskey lover’s paradise. A lot of whiskey brands, major players and craft distillers alike, are represented. Besides tasting whiskey, the best part is meeting and talking to whiskey makers and/or brand ambassadors. There were definitely some whiskey-geek moments during my time there.