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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, 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, 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

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!


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.