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WhiskyFest New York Seminars 2015

7:00 – 7:45

Salon 1
Dr. Bill Lumsden
Head of Whisky Distilling and Whisky Creation | Glenmorangie

Finishes and Beyond at the Glenmorangie Company
Join multi-award winning Master Distiller, Dr Bill Lumsden as he explores the history of finishing. Dr. Lumsden will then discuss exciting new territories of innovation. We will taste ground breaking expressions from the past, present and future…



Salon 2
Gardner Dunn
Brand Ambassador | Suntory Japanese Whisky

Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Gardner Dunn hosts an exclusive tasting of Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony and  it’s component whiskies;  from The House of Suntory Whisky.


Salon 3
Craig Beam
Master Distiller | Heaven Hill Distilleries

Bernie Lubbers
American Whiskey Brand Ambassador | Heaven Hill Distilleries

The Magic of Malt
The grain common between the great whisky/ey making countries of the world is barley, often (but not always) in its malted state. Aside from being a critical catalytic and flavoring component of traditional American Straight Whiskey—and Heaven Hill prides itself on the high percentage of barley malt in its Bourbon, Rye and Wheat Whiskeys—it serves as the primary basis for this year’s new Parker’s Heritage Collection release. Join Heaven Hill Master Distiller Craig Beam 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.


Salon 4
Steph Ridgway
National Brand Ambassador | Highland Park

If Vikings were Whisky – an Introduction to Highland Park’s Warrior Series
Join National Ambassador Steph Ridgway for a tasting of select expressions from Highland Park’s Duty Free exclusive Warrior Range.


7:45 – 8:30

Broadhurst Room
Jimmy Russell
Master Distiller | Wild Turkey

Eddie Russell
Master Distiller | Russell’s Reserve

John Hall
Founder | Forty Creek Canadian Whisky

Robin Coupar
Host and Moderator
Global Whisk(e)y Ambassador | Campari USA

The Legends of North American Whisk(e)y
A discussion on the traditions and processes of North American whisk(e)y hosted by the Masters of their trade. Meet Jimmy and Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey and learn from their 95 years of Kentucky Straight bourbon and rye making experience. John Hall of Forty Creek will also discuss Canadian whisky and the art of blending and the development of complex flavor.


Julliard Room
Yuan Liu
Director of Business Development | CNS Imports

Charles Lanthier
Founder & CEO | Hong Kong Baijiu

Manny Burnichon
Founder & CEO | Private Cask Imports

Baijiu Demystified
Baijiu is the number-one selling spirit in the world, and has been an integral part of Chinese culture for millennia. Join us to gain a comprehensive understanding of this authentic, celebrated spirit before anyone you know can even pronounce its name.
The tasting features the most prestigious brands available in the world today, such as: Kweichow Moutai and HK Baijiu – HKB. Learn everything from the unique fermentation and aging processes to the even more unique flavor profiles of each from the country’s foremost experts.


Edison Room
Gabriel Cardarella
National Brand Ambassador | John Dewar & Sons

John Dewar & Sons Fine Whisky Emporium
Come experience the latest award winning offerings from John Dewar & Sons while hearing stories about what makes each of our liquids so unique.

  • Craigellachie 23 Year Old: Best in Show Whisky & Best Single Malt Scotch (20+ years) at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015
  • Aberfeldy 21 year Old: Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014
  • Dewar’s 18 year Old: Awarded the Chairman’s Trophy & Best Blended Scotch Whisky at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2015


Lyceum Room
Fred Noe
Master Distiller | Jim Beam

Small Batch Seminar with 7th Generation Fred Booker Noe
Fred shares some gems from the house of Jim Beam.  The audience will get a rare opportunity to taste his experimental Harvest Collection and vote for their favorite expression from a selection of Bookers warehouse samples.


8:30 – 9:15

Salon 1
David Perkins
Founder | High West Distiller

Because whiskey matters – an overview of the “why’s” behind High West, our products, and why Utah of all places
Behind every company are a bunch of stories. Join David Perkins, Proprietor 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.


Salon 2
Simon Brooking
Master Ambassador | Laphroaig

Laph-more and The World Laphs-more With You
Come along and join master ambassador Simon Brooking for an introduction of new and rare Laphroaigs and Bowmore.


Salon 3
Alan Kropf
Director of Education | Anchor Distilling Company

The Most Interesting Whisk(e)y Portfolio in the World
Alan Kropf, Director of Education at Anchor Distilling Company, highlights the most interesting whiskies from around the world.  Taste six unusual whiskies that most have never had the opportunity to experience or buy.


Salon 4
Craig Bridger
National Brand Ambassador | The Macallan

Cantabria to Craigellachie: The Biography of a Sherry Cask
In this comprehensive seminar, attendees will track the careful creation of the European oak Sherry casks so essential to the legendary character of The Macallan. The journey from acorn to cask begins in the ancient forests of Cantabria and ranges through the cooperages and Sherry bodegas of Jerez, to the earthen-floor dunnage warehouses of Easter Elchies estate. Along the way, consider samples of Oloroso Sherry, The Macallan new make spirit, and (of course) some quintessential expressions of The Rolls Royce of Single Malts—including the newest, Rare Cask.