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WhiskyFest Chicago Seminars 2

March 17th, 2017

With so many interesting and diverse seminars happening at WhiskyFest Chicago, we know it’s difficult to choose. Our last blog post highlighted the first three speakers we have lined up for you, now here are three additional seminars for you to contemplateWhiskyFest Speaker Gardner Dunn, Suntory.

Gardner Dunn, East Coast Brand Ambassador for Beam Suntory will present Sakura Hibiki Experience. Learn about the deconstruction of Hibiki as you walk through the seasons of Japan and enjoy the special blend of The House of Suntory; a combination of Yamazaki, Hakushu and their single grain distillery, Chita.

WhiskyFest Speaker Ben Boice

 

Journey to Jura with Ben Boice, Brand Ambassador of Jura. Enjoy this unique Virtual Reality experience and travel to Jura’s remote island home. While you’re at it, enjoy a taste of the new Jura 10 and a few other rare whiskies from their private
collection.

 

WhiskyFest Speaker Dominic Venegas

Every bottle of scotch whisky holds exactly what came out of the aging cask, right? Well, it depends. Join Dominic Venegas, Master of Scotch with The Glenlivet for his seminar, Nothing Added, Nothing Taken Away: Cask Strength Whiskies. Discover why it’s so important to know what goes into, and stays in, cask strength and non-chill filtered scotch whiskies.

Remember, there is no additional charge for the seminars and seating is at a first come basis.

WhiskyFest Chicago Seminars Part 1

March 9th, 2017

What a great line up of speakers we have for WhiskyFest Chicago! From Global Brand Ambassadors to Master Distillers, we have a seminar to please everyone! You won’t go wrong, no matter which of the 9 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 (seating is on a first come basis).

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Join Beam Suntory’s Scotch National Brand Ambassador, Simon Brooking for Peated Malts of Distinction. Guests will experience whiskies with a range of taste profiles and learn where they fall along the peat scale.

 

 

 

WhiskyFest Speaker Alex Chasko

 

 

Alex Chasko, Master Distiller for Teeling Whiskey will present Reviving the Spirit of Dublin. At this seminar, guests will explore the innovative maturation techniques used to make some of the most unique and interesting offerings currently available in Irish Whiskey.

 

 

WhiskyFest Speaker Don LivermoreMaster Blender, Don Livermore of Pernod/Legacy will present True North Rising: Telling the Untold Story of World Class Canadian Whisky. Join us to discover how Canada imparts a piece of itself in each of their products, and, in turn, produces whiskies that are comfortable in the company of the best the industry should offer.

WhiskyFest is as much about sampling the spirits as it is about education, so don’t miss out on these great presentations

February 23rd, 2017

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Will you be attending WhiskyFest™ Washington, DC on Thursday, March 2? Be sure to download the WhiskyFest app, then show us the app on your phone, and receive $5 of off of any WhiskyFest apparel at the event. The app includes all of the whiskies being poured, as well as the speakers and seminars; it’s a great tool for planning ahead of time. And you can take notes on the whiskies you taste, and email them to yourself after the event. Take a look!

WhiskyFest Washington, DC Seminars 3

February 17th, 2017

Our last two posts featured seminars that will be offered at WhiskyFest Washington, DC. With just two weeks to go, here are the two remaining speakers in our seminar portfolio. Remember, they are FREE to attend for all ticket buyers and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

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Join Philip Pepperdine, East Coast American Whisk(e)y
Ambassador for Beam Suntory as he presents his seminar “Kentucky: Uncut”. Philip will guide his guests through some epic barrel strength beauties from Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark. Stop by and sample the true essence of Bourbon Country.

 

 

david_blackmore_webDavid Blackmore, Global Brand Ambassador with Glenmorangie, will present “Glenmorangie – Finishing Firsts”, an in-depth tasting through the Glenmorangie Extra Matured Range, paired with the corresponding wines responsible for each finish

Why not learn from the best of the best? You can’t go wrong with any seminar you choose to attend! Don’t miss out – get your tickets here.

WhiskyFest DC Seminars, Part 2

February 14th, 2017

What a great line up of speakers we have for WhiskyFest Washington, DC! From award-winning Global Brand Ambassadors to Master Distillers, each presenter brings their own unique experience to the table. You won’t go wrong, no matter which of the eight seminars you decide to attend.Our last post included information about 3 of our seminar. In this post, you’ll learn about three more.

WhiskyFest Speaker John Glaser
Whiskymaker John Glaser of Compass Box will present Master Class with John Glaser. Learn about the evolution of Compass Box through the tasting of his most iconic whiskies.

 

 

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Denny Potter, Master Distiller with Heaven Hill, will present A Decade of Decadence – A Retrospective on Parker’s Heritage Collection. In recognition of this year’s 10th edition, Denny will review the origins and history of this acclaimed annual series. Guest will have the chance to sample this year’s 24-Year-Old Bottled-in-Bond offering and three no longer available expressions.

WhiskyFest Speaker Jason Moore
Join Jason Moore, Single Malt Specialist with Whyte and Mackay, on a Journey to Jura. In this exciting virtual reality presentation, guests will travel to Jura’s remote island home and taste the new Jura 10, as well as some rare whiskies from their private collection.

Don’t forget there is no additional charge to attend seminars; they’re included in the price of your event ticket (seating is on a first come basis).

Visit the speaker page to learn more about our special presenters.

Still need to order your ticket? You can do that here.

WhiskyFest Washington, DC Seminars….First 3

February 10th, 2017

WhiskyFest Washington, DC is coming up in a few short weeks and you don’t want to miss this event! Not only do we have an extensive and diverse whisky pouring list, but we also have eight unique and engaging seminars and they are FREE, included in your ticket price. We’ll include three seminar overviews in this post, and look for more in the upcoming days.

MichaelVersion 2 Heads, Distillery Manager with Ardbeg, will present A Celebration of 10 Years as Ardbeg Distillery Manager. Guests will have the unique opportunity to follow Michael on a taste through his decade long career at Ardbeg and sample the latest release, Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release.

 

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Beam Suntory’s Scotch National Brand Ambassador, Simon Brooking, will present Peated Malts of Distinction, which will include a selection of the world’s finest peated smoked single malts from Beam Suntory.

 

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Chris Morris, Master Distiller with Woodford Reserve, will present a seminar titled Woodford Reserve – A Story of Flavor, during which guests will have the chance to sample Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Double Oaked, Rye and 2016 Master Collection expressions.

Remember, the seminars are included with the cost of your ticket; there’s no extra charge to attend; seating is on a first come basis. Have you purchased your WhiskyFest Washington, DC ticket yet? If not, you can order here.

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

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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.


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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.