Long-time and legendary Heaven Hill master distiller emeritus Parker Beam has made known his diagnosis with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and bravely decided to leverage his fame and reputation to do everything he can to advance patient care and research to understand and cure the disease. Along with the full support of Heaven Hill, the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund is raising money to fight the disease.
But the bourbon industry has never been about going it alone. The master distillers get along like brothers, and they’re all behind Parker: Harlen Wheatley (Buffalo Trace), Jim Rutledge (Four Roses), Fred Noe (Jim Beam), Greg Davis (Maker’s Mark), Jimmy Russell (Wild Turkey) and Chris Morris (Woodford Reserve). Together, they’ve created Master Distillers’ Unity, a unique, once-in-a-lifetime bourbon blended from whiskeys donated from their distilleries, including, of course, Parker’s own selection from Heaven Hill.
Parker tasted and blended the whiskeys, and they have been bottled, unfiltered, at 50% ABV. But there’s not much. Two 750 ml crystal decanters with silver closures, presented in a silk-lined wooden case, have been signed by each of the master distillers involved, and will be sold at auction by Bonhams on October 13 in New York City. All of the parties involved, including the packaging suppliers and Bonhams, have waived all costs and fees: 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund.
WhiskyFest New York is proud to be the only place where you will be able to taste this unique bourbon (and on the day before the auction; perhaps a chance to try before you buy). Ten bottles have been set aside to be poured at our day of seminars, during a special interview with Parker Beam, one-on-one with Whisky Advocate publisher and editor John Hansell.
The Master Distillers’ Unity bourbon is only one of a number of rare and truly unique whiskeys that will be served at the WhiskyFest day of seminars…but it is perhaps the most important.
For a complete schedule of the entire day of seminars, click here.
The program for WhiskyFest San Francisco (September 27, only 17 days away) is now available online here. The program gives you a schedule for the seminars that will be available through the night — presented by legendary distillers and captivatingly entertaining whisky ambassadors — next year’s date to plan ahead (October 3), room to make notes…let’s see…what else…
Oh, right: the full list of whiskies available for tasting that night! And the map of the ballroom, so you can start plotting your moves through the night (especially if you’re one of the lucky folks who scored VIP tickets). Check it out now and get pumped up for the best whisky experience in the West: it’s less than three weeks away!
Whisky Advocate is pleased to announce that the 15th Annual WhiskyFest Chicago will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014. The whisky event for true whisky lovers will once again be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
Tickets will go on sale this Fall. Sign up here to receive an email when tickets become available.
WhiskyFest™ tickets make a great gift for Father’s Day, or any other special occasion. What could be better than an evening of fine whiskies and good company? And with Early Bird pricing, the time to buy is now! The Early Bird special ends on June 30, so don’t delay.
We’ve posted some photos from WhiskyFest Chicago on the WhiskyFest Facebook page. Be sure to take a look! And we’ll be posting more before the end of the week.
The Glenlivet seminar, presented by Brand Ambassador Craig Bridger, will take you through a tasting of The Glenlivet’s core range. Learn for yourself why it is “The Single Malt That Started It All”.
There are a total of nine seminars being presented at WhiskyFest Chicago on Friday, all at no additional cost to those attending WhiskyFest. (Seating is on a first come basis.) To view the full schedule, visit our web site.
Attending a seminar at WhiskyFest gives you the opportunity to sit and relax while sipping and learning. Next week, join 7th Generation Master Distiller Craig Beam and Bernie Lubbers as they explore and taste some of Heaven Hill Distilleries’ highest proof bottlings, including some new and rare releases.
The entire seminar schedule is available on the WhiskyFest web site.
Andy MacDonald, Glenmorangie Distillery Manager, will present a seminar at WhiskyFest Chicago titled The Glenmorangie Cask Masters. This is your chance to help the Glenmorangie Whisky Creation Team create a future Glenmorangie release. For more details visit caskmasters.glenmorangie.com/. This is one of many noteworthy seminars being presented at WhiskyFest Chicago.
There is no additional charge to attend a seminar at WhiskyFest. Seating is on a first come basis. For the entire seminar schedule, visit our web site.
Anticipation is half the fun, right? Now that WhiskyFest Chicago is only 16 days away, the excitement is certainly building. We thought we’d add to that excitement, so the entire WhiskyFest Chicago program is now available online. You can see all of the great exhibitors and the products they will be pouring, as well as the outstanding (FREE) seminars that will be presented. It will be a great night for whisky lovers!