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WhiskyFest Chicago 2017 Seminars

7:00 – 7:45

Columbus C/D
Simon Brooking
Scotch National Brand Ambassador | Beam Suntory

Peated Malts of Distinction
Introducing the Peated Malts of Distinction, a selection of the world’s finest peated smoked single malts from Beam Suntory. Our peated malt flights offer a journey for consumers, from the lightly peated liquids of Hakushu to the richer and full-bodied peat flavor of Laphroaig. This allows consumers to experience the range of taste profiles and where they fall along the peat scale.


WhiskyFest Speaker Alex ChaskoColumbus G/H
Alex Chasko
Master Distiller | Teeling Whiskey

Reviving the Spirit of Dublin
Join Teeling Whiskey’s Master Distiller, Alex Chasko, as he explores the innovative maturation techniques used to make some of the most unique and interesting offerings currently available in Irish Whiskey. Learn more about and taste the full range of Teeling expressions including the Californian wine cask matured Teeling Single Grain, the rum-married Teeling Small Batch Blend, recently voted World’s Best Irish Single Malt, and a special tasting of the 24 yr. Single Malt Limited Release.


WhiskyFest Speaker Don LivermoreColumbus K/L
Don Livermore
Master Blender | Pernod Ricard USA

True North Rising: Telling the Untold Story of World Class Canadian Whisky
As Canadian Whisky once again finds its feet on the global stage, there are many questions around the liquid and the land. Join us to find out how Canada imparts a piece of itself in each of our products and, in turn, produces whiskies that are comfortable in the company of the best our industry should offer. Guests will be able to sample staples like Lot 40 and JP Wiser’s 18 yr. along with rare expressions Pike Creek 10 yr. and the latest innovation, Gooderham & Worts.

7:45 – 8:30


Columbus A/B
Gardner Dunn
East Coast Brand Ambassador | Beam Suntory

Sakura Hibiki Experience
The deconstruction of Hibiki as we walk through the seasons of Japan. Hibiki is a unique blend of The House of Suntory; a combination of Yamazaki, Hakushu and our single grain distillery, Chita.


WhiskyFest Speaker Ben BoiceColumbus E/F
Ben Boice
Brand Ambassador | Jura

Journey to Jura
Join us for an exciting Virtual Reality experience that takes you on a journey to Jura’s remote island home. Taste the new Jura 10, which marks a return to our original smoky house style, and a few other rare whiskies from our private collection, including Jura 30.


WhiskyFest Speaker Dominic Venegas

Columbus I/J

Dominic Venegas
Master of Scotch | The Glenlivet

Nothing Added, Nothing Taken Away: Cask Strength Whiskies
Every bottle of scotch whisky holds exactly what came out of the aging cask, right? Well, it depends. That’s why it’s so important to know what goes into –and stays in- cask strength and non-chill filtered scotch whiskies; these two factors are what give them some of their most defining characteristics. Taste the difference yourself with some of Pernod Ricard’s finest examples in the category from The Glenlivet and Aberlour.

8:30 – 9:15

Adam Harris

Columbus C/D
Adam Harris
Bour-bon Vivant and American Whiskey,
National Brand Ambassador | Beam Suntory

Kentucky: Uncut
Join Adam Harris, Beam Suntory’s National American Whisk(e)y Ambassador as he guides us through some epic barrel strength beauties from Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark. Come learn what gives each marque its own unique personality as the liquid embodiment of the true essence of Bourbon Country.


Columbus G/H
Denny Potter
Master Distiller | Heaven Hill

A Decade of Decadence – A Retrospective on Parker’s Heritage Collection
In recognition of this year’s 10th edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection, join Heaven Hill Master Distiller, Denny Potter as he reviews the origins and history of this acclaimed annual series of American Whiskey, and sample both this year’s 24 yr. Bottled-in-Bond offering and three no longer available prior editions. Help us honor Parker’s legacy and enjoy a rare opportunity to taste critically-lauded whiskeys from this groundbreaking collection.


WhiskyFest Speaker Jessamine McLellanColumbus K/L
Jessamine McLellan
National Brand Ambassador | Midleton Whiskeys

The Oloroso Cask: How Sherry Shapes Flavors
Join National Brand Ambassador for Midleton Whiskeys, Jessamine McLellan, for an introduction to the newest member of the Redbreast family: Redbreast Lustau. Enjoy an inside look in to the production of the Oloroso Sherry cask, an integral part of maturation for the famous Redbreast Whiskeys. Attendees will be guided through the process for creating and blending this unique expression with a chance to taste Redbreast 12 and Oloroso Sherry side by side with the spirit to fully explore the depth of flavor.