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New York’s WhiskyFest App is Ready!

October 29th, 2016

You will find so many whiskies (and non-whisky spirits, too!) at WhiskyFest™ New York. And don’t forget about the great seminars!

If you have a smartphone and a ticket to WhiskyFest New York, you really ought to have the app.

Why? Every whisky is listed and searchable. Want to see all of the Bourbons, or all of the Japanese whiskies? From the whisky list, tap on Sort, and select Category. You can also locate the whiskies on the map. All of the seminars and speakers are in here, too, along with the seminar schedule.

Want to take notes, rate the whiskies for your own records or to share with your friends or the world? You can do that, all from inside the app.

Add Notes
Create private free-form notes that you can email to yourself later. Simply touch the Add Notes link, found in each whisky’s description. That takes you to a screen where you can write free-form notes (be sure to note which whisky you’re writing about). The note will be auto-saved when you leave the page, and you can continue to go back and add notes to any whisky throughout the evening. When everything’s over, just tap Email All Notes to send them all to yourself in a neatly formatted email.

Activity Feed
To post a public note about a whisky (or a picture of a tasty item on the buffet, or brag about what just happened in a seminar) on the Activity Feed: iOS users, use the note feature in the upper right corner; Android users, use the note feature in the bottom right corner, write your comments and post them.

At the end of the event, you can see all of the comments that you’ve posted to your activity feed, and you can follow other users to see what they’re saying. If you’d like, there’s an option to automatically re-post your Activity Feed comments — and photos — to Facebook or Twitter; use the hashtag #wfny to let the world know where you are.

Try them out, and see which method you prefer… it’s your choice!

Special Discount
At the Whisky Advocate booth, show us that you’ve downloaded the app, and get $5 off of a WhiskyFest t-shirt. This offer is only good at WhiskyFest, only on November 1, and is based upon availability.

Download it now! It’s completely free, and there are no in-app purchases. Get familiar with the features and you’ll be ready to navigate when you get to WhiskyFest. It’s live, now, and you can talk with others about what you’re looking forward to!

Don’t spend the night with your nose in your phone, of course; spend it with your nose in your glass, talking to your friends, and talking to the whisky celebrities. But when you want to tell the world how great the latest whisky you’ve found is, or find the next whisky, or post your selfie, or check the seminar schedule to try some very exclusive whiskies…we’ve got the app for you. WhiskyFest!

You can purchase tickets to WhiskyFest New York here.

Tickets are going fast for WhiskyFest New York so please buy yours soon!

October 19th, 2016

450Supply is running out and you can click here for tickets.

Need an incentive? We will have a record number of whiskies at the event on November 1st… more than 450 whiskies will be available for sampling!

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In addition, we will have 12 informative and entertaining seminars that you can attend for no extra charge. Here are brief overviews of them:

The Oloroso Cask: How Sherry Shapes Flavors
Join National Brand Ambassador for Midleton Whiskeys, Jessamine McLellan, for an introduction to the newest member of the Redbreast family: Redbreast Lustau. Enjoy an inside look into the production of the Oloroso Sherry cask, an integral part of maturation for the famous Redbreast Whiskeys. With special Guest Billy Leighton, Midleton Distillery’s Master Blender, attendees will guided through his process for creating and blending this unique expression.


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Fire and Ice
Join National Brand Ambassador, Steph Ridgway, for an exclusive comparative tasting of Fire and Ice, the two newest limited edition marques celebrating Highland Park’s storied Norse heritage.


seminar2Small Batch from a Big House
Beam Suntory’s Bourbon Brand Ambassador, Philip Pepperdine, and author, Jim Kokoris, will depict the history and personality behind Jim Beam’s small batch collection.  Guests will delve into the life of Booker Noe and discuss the impact that he had on not only the Jim Beam as a portfolio, but also the manner in which bourbon is enjoyed throughout the world today.  The seminar will include a sampling of some of the rarest expressions from the Jim Beam distillery.


Ardbeg Virtual Reality Tasting
Ardbeg and the island of Islay in an entirely new and immersive Virtual Reality experience you won’t ever forget! David Blackmore, Ardbeg Master Brand Ambassador leads this one.


The Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar
To coincide with the 200th Anniversary of one of the world’s most renowned distilleries, Ewan Morgan and Gregor Cattanach bring the Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar. A true one-off experience that will not only feature some of the rarest Lagavulin ever sampled, coupled with a walk through the timeline of the distillery looking at the history and a technical, deep delve into the distilling practices and how they have changed over the centuries.


What’s New with The Macallan
From new age statements to new collectables, there’s a lot going on with The Macallan this fall. Be among the first to taste the new expressions from the Rolls Royce of Single Malts presented by Raquel Raies, National Brand Ambassador.


Single Malt from the House of Suntory
Japanese whisky has been in the spotlight in recent years, due to deep respect for heritage and commitment to perfection. Gardner Dunn will take guests through an intimate masterclass with a thoughtful selection of Single Malts from the House of Suntory. Guests will delve into the refined sensibility of the Japanese people and the art of blending as used by the masters of Suntory whisky.


donTrue North Rising: Telling the Untold Story of World Class Canadian Whisky
As Canadian Whisky once again finds its feet on the global stage there are many questions around the liquid and the land. Join Don Livermore to find out how Canada imparts a piece of itself in each of our products and, in turn, produces whiskies that are comfortable in the company of the best our industry has to offer. Guests will be able to sample staples like Lot 40 and JP Wiser’s 18 Year Old along with rare expression Pike Creek 10 Year Old and latest innovation, Gooderham & Worts.


A Decade of Decadence—A Retrospective on Parker’s Heritage Collection
In recognition of this year’s 10th edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection, join Heaven Hill Master Distiller Denny Potter as he reviews the origins and history of this acclaimed annual series of American Whiskey, and sample both this year’s 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond offering and three no longer available prior editions.  Help us honor Parker’s legacy and enjoy a rare opportunity to taste critically-lauded whiskeys from this groundbreaking collection.


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Are You Ageist?
Join Master of Scotch Dom Venegas for an analysis of Non-Age Statement (NAS) Whisky with where you’ll reassess the sometimes-deceptive reputation of age through a close look at the entire maturation process, including the influence of a cask’s wood type and its preparation. This is a prime opportunity to reconsider how you measure a single malt, regardless of region. Let your palate alone be the judge of these NAS Scotch whiskies: The Glenlivet The Founder’s Reserve, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Cask Finish, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso and Aberlour A’bunadh.


_dsc0801Glenmorangie: Beyond the Finish. A tradition of Innovation at the Glenmorangie Company.
Join David Blackmore on an exciting exploration of the Glenmorangie Company’s whisky stocks to discover some “old friends” and innovative new whiskies including the “Legends” series.


Select Deconstruction
Join Beam Suntory’s Scotch Ambassador, Simon Brooking, for an exploration of the influence of cask maturation on one of the best-selling Islay whiskies- Laphroaig Select. The seminar will include a sampling of Laphroaigs unavailable in the US.

Buy tickets here!

 

San Francisco’s WhiskyFest App is Ready!

September 20th, 2016

If you have a smartphone and a ticket to WhiskyFest™ San Francisco, you really ought to have the app.

Why? Every whisky is listed and searchable. And, you can sort the whiskies by category. Want to see all of the Bourbons, or all of the Japanese whiskies? From the whisky list, use the sort feature, and select Category. All of the seminars and speakers are in here, too, along with the seminar schedule.

Want to take notes, rate the whiskies for your own records or to share with your friends or the world? You can do that, all from inside the app.

Add Notes
Create private free-form notes that you can email to yourself later. Simply touch Add Notes. (Each whisky has an Add Notes link.) That takes you to a screen where you can write free-form notes. They’re auto-saved when you leave the page, and you can continue to go back and add notes to any whisky throughout the evening. When everything’s over, just tap Email All Notes to send them all to yourself in a neatly formatted email.

Activity Feed
To post a public note about a whisky (or a picture of a tasty item on the buffet, or brag about what just happened in a seminar) on the Activity Feed: iOS users, use the note feature in the upper right corner; Android users, use the note feature in the bottom right corner, write your comments and post them.

At the end of the event, you can see all of the comments that you’ve posted to your activity feed, and you can follow other users to see what they’re saying. If you’d like, there’s an option to automatically re-post your Activity Feed comments — and photos — to Facebook or Twitter; use the hashtag #wfsf to let the world know where you are.

Try them out, and see which method you prefer… it’s your choice!

Download it now! It’s completely free, and there are no in-app purchases or ads. Get familiar with the features and you’ll be ready to navigate when you get to WhiskyFest. It’s live, now, and you can talk with others about what you’re looking forward to! If you have questions, check out the in app support, which includes a link to contact tech support. Or you can send an email directly to support at customer support@doubledutch.me.

Don’t spend the night with your nose in your phone, of course; spend it with your nose in your glass, talking to your friends, and talking to the whisky celebrities. But when you want to tell the world how great the latest whisky you’ve found is, or find the next whisky, or post your selfie, or check the seminar schedule to try some very exclusive whiskies…we’ve got the app for you. WhiskyFest!

You can purchase tickets to WhiskyFest San Francisco here.

San Francisco Seminars….Second Six

September 16th, 2016

We’ve got TWELVE seminars lined up for WhiskyFest San Francisco, and they’re FREE, included in your ticket price.

Don Livermore, Master Blender with Pernod Ricard USA North American Whiskies, will present a seminar titled True North Rising: Telling the Untold Story of World-Class Canadian Whisky, during which guests will be able to sample staples like Lot 40 and JP Wiser’s 18 Year Old along with rare expression Pike Creek 10 Year Old and latest innovation Gooderham & Worts.

Robin Coupar, Global Brand Ambassador with Gruppo Campari, will present a seminar titled Glen Grant: The Rebirth of a Legend, which will explore the Glen Grant story from its origins to present day relaunch of the brand.

David Perkins, Founder of High West Distillery, will talk about Because Whiskey Matters – taste our core range deconstructed to learn how we think about blending and at the same time learn about the whys behind High West. You will taste High West’s core range and a few individual components, plus some yet to be released products, including their own Valley Tan, made on High West’s new Forsyths pot still at the world’s only distillery on a working cattle ranch.

Jessamine McLellan, National Brand Ambassador for Pernod Ricard’s Whiskeys of Midleton will discuss The Oloroso Cask: How Sherry Shapes Flavors, including an introduction to the newest member of the Redbreast family: Redbreast Lustau. Jessamine McLellan will be joined by Midleton Distillery’s Master Blender, Billy Leighton.

Seminars will also be presented by Colum Egan, Master Distiller, Old Bushmills Distillery and
Rick Edwards, Master of Scotch, The Glenlivet.

Remember, they’re included with the cost of your ticket; there’s no extra charge to attend seminars. Have you purchased your WhiskyFest San Francisco ticket? If not, you can order here.

San Francisco Seminars…..First Six

September 14th, 2016

seminarWhiskyFest San Francisco is coming up fast (less than two weeks to go!) and you don’t want to miss this event. In addition to the extensive whisky pouring list, here are six of the twelve seminars we’ll be featuring (we’ll post information about the other six seminars on Thursday):

Brendan McCarron, Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks at The Glenmorangie Company, will present Glenmorangie: Beyond the Finish. A tradition of Innovation at the Glenmorangie Company. In this seminar, you will be treated to six samples, exploring Glenmorangie’s whisky stocks and discovering legends and innovative whiskies.

Laphroaig’s Distillery Manager, John Campbell, will Deconstruct Laphroaig Select. This seminar will include six samples which are sure to please.

The popular Highland Park Brand Ambassador Martin Daraz will be Celebrating 10 Years of WhiskyFest San Francisco with Highland Park. Revisit some of the legendary seminars (craft beer, gourmet chocolate, and mezcal pairings) before looking toward the future of Highland Park distillery.

The Macallan’s National Brand Ambassador, Kieron Elliot, will share with you What’s New with The Macallan. Theres a lot going on, and you can be among the first to taste new expressions.

Johnnie Mundell, West Coast Brand Ambassador for Suntory Whisky, will present a seminar titled Single Malt from the House of Suntory. Delve into the refined sensibility of the Japanese people and the art of blending as used by the masters of Suntory Whisky.

Megan Breier, Beam Suntory’s West Coast Bourbon Ambassador, presents Oink and Barrel, for a unique experience that is sure to please the Bourbon lover in you.

Click here to see all seminar overviews and here to order tickets.

All About WhiskyFest San Francisco

August 31st, 2016

It’s all here! Everything you want to know about WhiskyFest San Francisco has been updated on our web site. That means the whisky list (over 375 whiskies!), speakers, and seminars have all been updated and are now complete.

Be sure to visit the web site and take a look. There are some great whiskies being poured!

If you’ll be attending, consider staying at the Marriott Marquis where we have a block of rooms. To reserve online, go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/WhiskyFestSF2016, or call  877-622-3056. The room block rate is $299 per night, single or double occupancy and is good through September 8 (we were able to get an extension), or until the block sells out.

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, there’s still time, but they are getting very limited, so don’t wait – order today!

WhiskyFest San Francisco

August 12th, 2016

Things are getting very busy as we plan for the fall WhiskyFest™ Events!

For San Francisco’s event, we’ve updated the online whisky list; there will be a few more to come, but almost everything is now posted. You can take a look here. And the speakers have all been updated, too. It’s a nice variety, and includes some great icons in the whisky world such as John Campbell, Laphroaig’s distillery manager; Colum Egan, master distiller at Old Bushmills Distillery; Don Livermore, master blender for Pernod Ricard’s North American Whiskeys; and Brendan McCarron, head of maturing whisky stocks at The Glenmorangie Companie, along with many other speakers. You can see them all here, and be sure to check back on the web site, as we’ll soon be posting the seminar schedule.

If you’ll be attending, consider staying at the Marriott Marquis where we have a block of rooms. To reserve online, go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/WhiskyFestSF2016, or call  877-622-3056. The room block rate is $299 per night, single or double occupancy and is good through August 31, or until the block sells out.

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, there’s still time, but we never know when they’ll sell out, so don’t wait – order today!

Announcing Your San Francisco Speakers

July 13th, 2016

What a great line up of speakers for WhiskyFest San Francisco! From award-winning Global Brand Ambassadors to Master Blender and Master Distiller.

You won’t go wrong, no matter which of the 12 seminars you decide to attend. And remember, there is no additional charge to attend seminars; they’re included in the price of your event ticket (although seating is on a first come basis).

Visit the speakers page to see who will be presenting the seminars, and click through to their bios to learn a bit more about each speaker.

Don’t forget to reserve a room at the Marriott; at the end of the night, when your room is only an elevator ride away, you’ll thank us.

Haven’t bought your ticket yet? You can do that here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Father’s Day Gift at Early Bird Prices

May 26th, 2016

header-sm2Father’s Day is right around the corner, and WhiskyFest™ tickets make a great gift. You can still buy tickets to either San Francisco or New York at Early Bird pricing!

Regular admission tickets are available for San Francisco (sorry, VIP are sold out), and you can still purchase both VIP and Regular admission tickets for New York. What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked!

Regular admission ticket buyers receive admission to the Grand Ballroom at 6:30 pm, a Glencairn crystal nosing glass, tote bag, printed event program, pen, coasters, bottle of water, and admission to the seminars (seating is on a first come basis).

VIP ticket buyers receive all of the items listed above and are granted admission to the Grand Ballroom at 5:30 pm, a full hour earlier than Regular admission. VIP ticketing is limited (and they always sell out) which means you will have more time to explore the many booths and whiskies in the ballroom, and enjoy one-on-one time with the whisky experts behind the booths.

So now is the time to purchase your tickets! We can’t wait to welcome you to WhiskyFest!

 

Chicago’s App is ready!

March 16th, 2016

If you have a smartphone and a ticket to WhiskyFest Chicago, you really ought to have it.

Why? Every whisky is listed and searchable. And, you can sort the whiskies by category. Want to see all of the Bourbons, or all of the Japanese whiskies? From the whisky list, use the sort by Category function. And all of the seminars and speakers are in here, too, along with the seminar schedule.

Want to take notes, rate the whiskies for your own records or to share with your friends or the world? You can do that, all from inside the app.

Add Notes

Create private free-form notes that you can email to yourself later. Simply touch Add Notes. (Each whisky has an Add Notes link.) That takes you to a screen where you can write free-form notes. They’re auto-saved when you leave the page, and you can continue to go back and add notes to any whisky throughout the evening. When everything’s over, just tap Email All Notes to send them all to yourself in a neatly formatted email.

Activity Feed

To post a public note about a whisky (or a picture of a tasty item on the buffet, or brag about what just happened in a seminar) on the Activity Feed: iOS users, use the note feature in the upper right corner; Android usersCheck In, then choose Post Update.

At the end of the event, you can see all of the comments that you’ve posted to your activity feed, and you can follow other users to see what they’re saying. If you’d like, there’s an option to automatically re-post your Activity Feed comments — and photos — to Facebook or Twitter; use the hashtag #wfchi to let the world know where you are.

Activity Feed comments are public.

Try them out, and see which method you prefer… it’s your choice!

Download it now! It’s completely free, and there are no in-app purchases or ads. Get familiar with the features and you’ll be ready to navigate when you get to WhiskyFest. It’s live, now, and you can talk with others about what you’re looking forward to! If you have questions, check out the FAQ in the app, which includes a link to contact tech support. Or you can send an email directly to support at support@doubledutch.me.

Don’t spend the night with your nose in your phone, of course; spend it with your nose in your glass, talking to your friends, and talking to the whisky celebrities. But when you want to tell the world how great the latest whisky you’ve found is, or find the next whisky, or post your selfie, or check the seminar schedule to try some very exclusive whiskies…we’ve got the app for you. WhiskyFest!