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Washington, DC Seminars; Five More

February 22nd, 2016

With just over a week until the big day, here are the remaining five speakers giving whisky seminars at WhiskyFest DC. Remember these are FREE for all ticket buyers and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

An Exploration of Cask Effect, The Balvenie Single Barrel Range—David Laird, Brand Ambassador, Balvenie
A seminar led by East Coast Balvenie Ambassador David Laird exploring the differing effects oak types have on the maturation of whisky. This seminar will include tasting of the Balvenie single Barrel range 12 year old first fill American Oak, 15 year old European Oak sherry cask and 25 year old refill American oak.

DNA of a Whisky: Cask Creation and Selection for The Macallan—Craig Bridger, National Brand Ambassador, The Macallan
This seminar will focus on the provenance and profound influence of different casks on the development of The Macallan’s legendary house style. At the center of the discussion and tasting will be Edition No. 1, a new highly limited expression, and the start of a new series of annual releases. Travel from Northern Spain to Speyside, with some iconic – and some brand new – drams.

Kentucky Uncut: Barrel Proof Jewels from Beam Suntory—Adam Harris, American Whiskey Ambassador
Adam Harris, Bour-Bon Vivant extraordinaire, will introduce several new and limited barrel proof bourbons from the Beam Suntory American Whiskey portfolio

The Most Interesting Whisk(e)y Portfolio in the World; Challenging the Norms—Adam Kropf, Director of Education, Anchor Distilling
Alan Kropf highlights the most interesting whiskies from around the world. Taste five unusual whiskies that most have never had the opportunity to experience or buy.

Because Whiskey Matters – an Overview of the “Why’s” Behind High West, Our Products, and Why Utah of all Places—David Perkins, Founder, High West Distillery
Behind every company are a bunch of stories. Join David Perkins, Founder of High West Distillery, for some “why’s” behind High West and a glimpse into High West’s journey from silly idea to attempting to become a full-fledged distilling business with a big dream. David will share the stories behind High West: Why Utah? Why the products High West has? Why build a distillery in Utah’s mountains? Why do you want to sign up for this seminar? You will taste High West’s core range and some yet to be released products made on High West’s new Forsyths pot at the world’s only distillery dude ranch.

DC Seminars – First Five…

February 17th, 2016

WhiskyFest DC is coming up fast (only two weeks to go!) and you don’t want to miss this event. In addition to the extensive whisky pouring list, here are five of the ten seminars we’ll be featuring. As always, the seminars feature excellent whiskies (and sometimes other drinks!), a great presentation, and are included at no extra charge in your ticket purchase (seats in individual seminars are limited; guests are accommodated on a first come, first seated basis). Here’s what we have:

Hair of the Bog –Simon Brooking, North American Ambassador, Beam Suntory
Explore the Peated Malts of Distinction from the Beam Suntory portfolio with Scotch ambassador Simon Brooking.

A Nip and a Pint: It’s a Thing—Steph Ridgway, National Brand Ambassador, Highland Park
To turn you on to the art of sipping on the perfect pair, Steph Ridgway, National Highland Park Ambassador, has teamed up with local legend Mick Nardelli, Craft beer lobbyist and Co-Chair of DC Beer Week to walk you through their picks of some of DC’s finest local brews served in tandem with select expressions from Highland Park’s core range.

The Magic of Malt—Denny Potter, Master Distiller, Heaven Hill Distilleries and Bernie Lubbers, Whiskey Brand Ambassador, Heaven Hill
Barley serves as the primary basis for this year’s new Parker’s Heritage Collection release. Join Heaven Hill co-Master Distiller Denny Potter and American Whiskey Ambassador Bernie Lubbers as they explore this ancient, mysterious grain, and enjoy the opportunity to taste rare, experimental whiskeys that showcase the magic of malt.

Glenmorangie: Finishing Firsts—David Blackmore, Global Brand Ambassador, Glenmorangie
From The Original to Signet, join Global Brand Ambassador, David Blackmore as we taste a selection of greatest hits from Scotland’s Favorite Single Malt. Don’t miss this chance to taste the newly launched Glenmorangie Milsean 2016 Private Edition.

Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony; the Art of Blending—Gardner Dunn, Brand Ambassador, Beam Suntory
Gardner Dunn hosts an exclusive tasting of Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony and its component whiskies; from The House of Suntory Whisky.

Check Out the Washington, DC Pouring List!

February 12th, 2016

The whisky list for WhiskyFest DC has been updated and you can check out what the whisky companies will be pouring here.

With more than 275 whiskies to choose from, here are some very special ones to consider: Glenmorangie Milsean Private Edition (just released in the US), Four Roses Limited Edition, Highland Park 30 year old, and George T. Stagg. They are just a fraction of your choices during the event.

Tickets are still available on our web site.

Whisky Lists are Looking Good!

January 8th, 2016

Yes, if you’re curious about which whiskies will be poured at the inaugural Washington, DC event, or in Chicago, then take a look at the lists on our web site. You’ll see that the lists are, as usual, looking quite good, and we’re adding new expressions every week!

In both cities, you’ll see some tried and true favorites, as well as some new and exciting whiskies. You can take a look at DC’s here, and at Chicago’s here.

There are many more still to be added, so check back as often as you like.

And a reminder that Early Bird pricing for Washington, DC tickets will expire at the end of the month. You can pick up your tickets on our web site.

Need a last minute gift?

December 22nd, 2015

Are you looking for a last minute gift? No time to wait for an item to ship to you? WhiskyFest tickets are ideal! You can make your purchase online, and print the tickets in the comfort of your home, all ready for gift giving.

Tickets to Washington DC, San Francisco, and New York (sorry, Chicago is sold out) are available now at Early Bird pricing.

Be the favorite this holiday season by giving the gift of WhiskyFest!

WhiskyFest Tickets Perfect for Holiday Gift Giving

December 1st, 2015

The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time when many of us are looking for the perfect gift for the whisky lover in our lives. Trying to find a memorable gift can be difficult, but that’s where we come in. WhiskyFest tickets will be the gift that he (or she) will always remember! Imagine a gift that allows tasting from over 350 whiskies from all around the globe, includes a gourmet buffet and a Glencairn Crystal commemorative nosing glass, as well as admission to seminars conducted by whisky experts.

Tickets to Washington DC, San Francisco, and New York (sorry, Chicago is sold out) are available now at Early Bird pricing.

Treat them to a night of whisky that they will never forget!

WhiskyFest San Francisco is Almost Here…

October 26th, 2015

Are you ready? WhiskyFest San Francisco is only four days away, and there’s so much you have to do to get ready! You’ve got your wardrobe to consider, and you maybe want to arrange to leave work a little early, think about transit routes or update your Uber app, breakfast plans for the next morning…

But your actual WhiskyFest planning? Rest your malty brains on that; we’ve got you covered. There are only a few things left that you need to do.

First step: be sure to print out your ticket and bring it with you to WhiskyFest. A ticket with a valid bar code is required for entry (must be 21)! Every year someone forgets their ticket, and it’s a sad, sad scene.

Next: download the WhiskyFest San Francisco app, if you haven’t already, and get your information in there (email, social media contacts, and so on) so you’re ready to start broadcasting your finds as soon as you hit the floor. Open up the map and plan your attack! Don’t forget: if you show us the app on your phone or tablet at the event, you get $5 off on the purchase of a WhiskyFest t-shirt that night!

FILL IN YOUR SURVEY!If you just want to look at all those whiskies one more time before you go…click here. Pretty delicious, right?

The seminars and speakers are on the app, but if you want to see them on a bigger screen, take a look here for the most up to date information on the free and informative sessions.

When you get to the fest, don’t forget to fill in our survey. Turn in your completed survey form for a chance to win a beautiful Glencairn Crystal Decanter set in a presentation box, which will be awarded right there at the Fest.

WhiskyFest San Francisco is so close, we can almost taste it. Ready, set…WhiskyFest!

Special Guests at San Francisco!

October 21st, 2015

We know you’re getting ready for WhiskyFest San Francisco, checking your tickets (remember: print them out and bring them along!), downloading the app (click here), and talking to your friends about where you’ll meet after the Pappy rush is over. You’re probably planning which whiskies you want to try (here’s the list), and which booths you want to be sure to (be sure to use the map in the app, or your program). While you’re planning that, take this into account: we’ve got some real whisky royalty coming to the event, and that’s a great chance to talk details (or get a cool selfie).

Who’s coming? Here’s a list of some of the names:

Ian Chang

Ian Chang

Brian McKenzie, Co-Founder of Finger Lakes Distilling

Ian Chang, Master Blender of Kavalan

Crispin Cain, Low Gap Whiskey Master Distiller

Eric Meech, Defiant Whisky Master Distiller

Richard Stabile, Founder of Long Island Spirits

Bryan Schultz of Rough Stock Distillery

John Hall

John Hall

Adam Spiegel, Sonoma County Distilling Company’s Head Distiller

John Hall, Founder of Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

Rob Dietrich, Stranahan’s Master Distiller

Jess Graber, Founder of TINCUP Whiskey

Jimmy & Eddie Russell, Master Distillers of Russell’s Reserve

Eddie and Jimmy Russell

Eddie and Jimmy Russell

Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Master Distiller

Ken Pierce, 1792 Bourbon Master Distiller

Julian and Preston Van Winkle of Old Rip Van Winkle

David Perkins, Founder of High West Distillery

Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller of WhistlePig

Christopher Briar Williams, Chief Distiller at Coppersea Distilling


October 19th, 2015
wfsf app

Good the night of the San Francisco show only!

The WhiskyFest San Francisco app can be downloaded here, and if you have a smartphone and a WhiskyFest ticket, you really ought to have it.

Why? Every whisky is listed and searchable, with any and all last-minute additions, and the interactive map can route you directly to them. We have category searching: find all the bourbons, all the Irish, all the Japanese! All the seminars and speakers (and who they are) are here, with times and locations.

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. There are two ways to do it.

Add Notes

To create a private free-form note that you can email to yourself later, 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.

Your notes are private.

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 #wfsf 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. Get familiar with the features and you’ll be ready to navigate when you get there. 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 We’ll have robust app support for you at WhiskyFest, too. There will be two “app champions” in distinctive pink WhiskyFest shirts to show you the features and help with questions. They’ll be in the foyer during registration, and then at the Whisky Advocate booth for the rest of the night.

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!

WhiskyFest 2016 Tickets are NOW ON SALE

October 8th, 2015

Tickets are NOW ON SALE for all 2016 WhiskyFest events,
including the new event in Washington DC!


Don’t delay: tickets sell out quickly, and VIP tickets are the first to go!

Washington DC — Wednesday, March 2
Chicago — Friday, March 18
San Francisco — Friday, September 23
New York — Tuesday, November 1