WhiskyFest Chicago 2014 Seminars

7:00 – 7:45 pm

Room C/D
Kevin O’Gorman
Master of Maturation | Midleton Distillery
Discover the Original Irish Whiskey
Single Pot Still whiskey is the quintessential style of Irish Whiskey, unique not just to Ireland in general but to the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork. Please join Kevin O’Gorman, the Master of Maturation at the Midleton Distillery as he introduces you to one of the most decorated Irish whiskeys and best selling Single Pot Still Whiskey in the world, Redbreast. Tasting will include Redbreast 12, 15 and the newly launched Redbreast 21 Year Old.

Room G/H
Bernie Lubbers
Brand Ambassador | Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.
“STAY BONDED” The Bottled-in-Bond Whiskeys of Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.
When The Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 was passed, it was the first consumer protection legislation in the history of the United States.  Nine years before we regulated the safety of our food through the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, we were more concerned about our whiskey!

Some people say that Bottled-in-Bond is from a bygone era when revenue agents lived at the distilleries.  However, this designation still exists and more and more mixologists and consumers from around the world want to “Stay Bonded.”  Find out why Heaven Hill’s Whiskey Ambassador Bernie Lubbers, a.k.a The Whiskey Professor, is so passionate about “Bonds” (be sure to ask to see his tattoo). Join him for a tasting of different styles of Bottled-in-Bond Whiskies that Heaven Hill Distilleries has to offer.

Room K/L
Stephanie Ridgway
National Brand Ambassador | Highland Park
A Tale of Two Islands….Orkney and Goose
Come check out the Dynamic Duo of Steph Ridgway, National Brand Ambassador – Highland Park and Russell Woelfel, National Brand Ambassador – Goose Island , as they walk you through perfectly paired nips and sips of whisky and beer. One iconic distillery, one iconic brewery and more than a few laughs. What could be better than that?


7:45 – 8:30 pm

Room A/B
David Blackmore
Global Brand Ambassador | Glenmorangie
Dan Crowell
Brand Ambassador | Glenmorangie
“Glenmorangie De-constructed”. The industry experts in Extra Maturation / Cask Finishing
Join Glenmorangie Brand Ambassador Dan Crowell and Global Brand Ambassador David Blackmore for a deconstruction of the award winning Glenmorangie Extra Matured Range. We will taste the constituent sherry, port and sauternes that influence the Extra Matured Range, along with the whiskies themselves. 

Room E/F
David Perkins
Proprietor | High West Distillery
Whiskey: an organoleptic journey (or one start-up’s lessons in the determinants of flavor, distilling styles, distilling mistakes, and the most mis-understood things in the world of whiskey)
Join David Perkins for a glimpse into High West’s journey from crazy idea to full-fledged distilling business and some key decisions made along the way. You will taste multiple distillates to better understand TTB whiskey regulations, cut points, yeast, distilling mistakes, and one of our weaknesses, whiskey and chocolate.

Room I/J
Don Livermore
Master Blender | J.P. Wiser’s
A Legacy of Canadian Blending
J.P. Wiser’s Master Blender, Don Livermore, will take you through an interactive blending seminar showcasing the art and science behind blending.  Be a Master Blender for the night and create your very own expression of J.P. Wiser’s Canadian Whisky with Don.


8:30 – 9:15 pm

Room C/D
Chris Fletcher
Assistant Master Distiller | Jack Daniels Distillery
Exploring New Whiskeys from Jack Daniel’s
Assistant Master Distiller Chris Fletcher will lead participants through a tasting and exploration of unique whiskeys from Jack Daniel’s, including the recently launched Sinatra Select and the limited edition Rested Rye.

Room G/H
David King
President | Anchor Distilling
The most interesting whisk(e)y portfolio in the world
David King, President of Anchor Distilling Co., highlights the most interesting whiskies from around the world.  Taste six unusual whiskies that most have never had the opportunity to experience or buy.

Room K/L
Iain McCallum
Master of Malts | Morrison Bowmore Distillers
Johnnie Mundell
Single Malt Specialist | Morrison Bowmore Distillers
Sea the Difference
Dearly beloved… Let us wrap up your WhiskyFest 2014 with a touch of class. Gather with the gentle men of Bowmore Iain McCallum (Master of malts) and Johnnie Mundell (Master of naught) as they partner with Adolfo Garcia’s Pearl Tavern to bring you “the Bowmore Oyster Luge”. You will make some new friends here and we promise to serve some fine, newly released Single Malts.


Seminar schedule is subject to change.