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WhiskyFest Chicago 2016 Seminars

7:00 – 7:45

Columbus A/B
Brendan McCarron
Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks | Glenmorangie

WhiskyFest Speaker Brendan McCarronGlenmorangie: Finishing Firsts
From The Original to Signet, join Brendan Mccarron, Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks at the Glenmorangie Company as we taste a selection of greatest hits and cask samples from Scotland’s Favorite Single Malt. Don’t miss this chance to taste the newly launched Glenmorangie Milsean 2016 Private Edition.



WhiskyFest Speaker Dave MittonColumbus E/F
Dave Mitton
Canadian Whisky Global Ambassador | Pernod Ricard

Addressing the Bias: Maturation, Grain, Blending and Age in Canadian Whisky
Pernod Ricard’s Canadian Whisky Global Ambassador, Dave Mitton, will walk you through a series of eight whiskies. Each one highlighting a key step in the whisky making process and told through the unique lens of Canadian Whisky. Don’t miss your opportunity to supply rare marques like Pike Creek 10YO Rum Cask, Lot 40 100% Rye, JP Wiser’s 35YO, and many more!


WhiskyFest Speaker Robin NanceColumbus G
Robin Nance
Brand Ambassador | Beam Suntory

Broad Spectrum – a rock n roll women and whisky tasting with a difference
Join Robin Nance and Kristina Magro for a fun and informative look at the broad spectrum of whisk(e)y regions in Beam Suntory’s portfolio.


7:45 – 8:30

Stephanie RidgwayColumbus C/D
Steph Ridgway
National Brand Ambassador | Highland Park

Ice Ice, Baby!
A long awaited taste of the follow up to Highland Park’s acclaimed Valhalla series…ICE!




Craig BridgerColumbus H
Craig Bridger
National Brand Ambassador | The Macallan

DNA of a Whisky: Cask Creation and Selection for 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.


WhiskyFest Speaker Jessamine McLellanColumbus I/J
Jessamine McLellan
Brand Ambassador | Whiskeys of Midleton

Midleton Maturation: A Matter of Cask
Join Jessamine McLellan, National Brand Ambassador for the Whiskeys of Midleton and take a journey into some of Ireland’s finest Single Pot Still Whiskeys. The seminar will cover Single Pot Still Whiskey production and explore the effects of Bourbon cask, Sherry butt, wine barrel, and Irish oak. This tasting will feature four whiskeys including two exciting new innovation whiskeys from the Midleton Distillery: Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton and Midleton Dair Ghaelach.


Gardner Dunn, SuntoryColumbus K/L
Gardner Dunn
Brand Ambassador | Beam Suntory

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


8:30 – 9:15

WhiskyFest Speaker Colum EaganColumbus A/B
Colum Eagan
Master Distiller | Old Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills – Deconstructed 
Bushmills master distiller will reveal the building blocks that go into making whiskey from Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery. Colum will unveil the magical process that transforms new make malt and grain into a finished whiskey.



WhiskyFest Speaker Craig VaughtColumbus E/F
Craig Vaught
Master of Scotch | The Glenlivet and Aberlour

The Craft of the Cask
Join our Master of Scotch and explore the artistry involved in cask selection, maturation techniques and how different types of wood are used to create the complex flavors of Speyside’s signature single malts from The Glenlivet and Aberlour. This exciting tasting will highlight a diverse range of single malts including cask strength and non-chill filtered varieties.   Don’t miss your opportunity to compare and contrast The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve, The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection, Aberlour 12, and Aberlour A’bunadh.


Adam HarrisColumbus G
Adam Harris
American Whiskey Ambassador | Beam Suntory

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