WhiskyFest New York Seminars 2013

WhiskyFest New York 2013 will feature a full day of star-­level seminars, featuring top whisky makers from around the world presenting rare and even unique whiskies.

We’ll start with rare whiskies from silent and seldom-­seen distilleries, then follow that with four single malts bottled exclusively for this event; the only place you will ever taste them!

We’ll have a great whisky lunch, pair Scotch whisky and chocolate, hear about the very latest whisky trends from top industry figures, and share sips and stories with three iconic master distillers.

At day’s end, enjoy some of our Whisky Advocate award ‐ winners from 2012, presented by the Whisky Advocate writers who selected them, moderated by founder John Hansell.

WhiskyFest New York 2013 Seminar Topics

Wanted Dead or Alive: A Tasting of Rare Whiskies
A tasting of rare whiskies from active and demolished distilleries. A stellar panel of industry figures will discuss the whiskies and the distilleries as you taste them.

Moderator: Jonny McCormick and Lew Bryson

  • Glenury Royal 23 year old, bottled in 1997 presented by Dr. Nick Morgan, Head of Whisky Outreach for Diageo. A rare bottling of single malt scotch from a distillery that last produced in 1983.
  • Stitzel-­Weller bourbon presented by Ewan Morgan, Master of Whisky for Diageo. This legendary bourbon distillery closed in the early 1990s. We will taste a whiskey picked specially from the stocks that remain.
  • Kininvie presented by Sam Simmons, Global Ambassador, William Grant. Taste a malt from this relatively new William Grant distillery, built on the site of Glenfiddich and Balvenie; rarely bottled and never exported to the U.S.
  • Sazerac 18 year old Rye presented by Chris Fletcher, Head Chemist, Buffalo Trace. This is the first-­ever release of this now legendary rye whiskey, distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2000.

WhiskyFest Panelist - Nick Morgan

Dr. Nick Morgan


Ewan Morgan

WhiskyFest Panelist - Sam Simmons

Sam Simmons
William Grant

WhiskyFest Panelist - Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher
Buffalo Trace


WhiskyFest Panelist - Jimmy RussellWhiskey Legend: Jimmy Russell    
Master Distiller Jimmy Russell talks about his seven decade career at Wild Turkey, the changes in the industry, and the new distillery construction he oversaw. He’ll also share a one-off, hand-selected whiskey from the warehouses with us.

Moderator: Lew Bryson


12 in all the World: Never Tasted Before Rare Whiskies
Four of the world’s best whisky makers each bottled just twelve bottles of a whisky created exclusively for WhiskyFest, never to be tasted anywhere else. Ever.

Moderator: Dave Broom

  • A very rare 1973 Vintage Ardbeg presented by Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks
  • Balvenie Offspring A marriage of whisky from three casks (two European oak, one American oak): 1980, 1982 and 1986, the birth years of Malt Master David Stewart’s three children; presented by David Stewart, Malt Master, William Grant & Sons
  • Highland Park 1968 Vintage from the remains of a cask at the distillery that was never bottled before; presented by Gerry Tosh, Global Marketing Manager, Highland Park
  • Aberlour 21 year old aged in a European sherry cask, bottled at 54.4%: This exclusive example of Aberlour Single Malt was matured for 21 years in a single ex-sherry cask made from European oak presented by Ann Miller, International Brand Ambassador, Chivas Bros.

WhiskyFest Panelist - Dr. Bill Lumsden Dr. Bill Lumsden

WhiskyFest Panelist - David Stewart David Stewart
The Balvenie

WhiskyFest Panelist - Gerry Tosh Gerry Tosh
Highland Park

WhiskyFest - Panelist Ann Miller Ann Miller


WhiskyFest Panelist - Jim McEwanWhisky Legend: Jim McEwan
We’ll talk with legendary Bruichladdich whisky maker Jim McEwan about his 50 years in distilling, which started at age 15, as a cooper’s apprentice. He’s sharing some of the last of this year’s Islay Festival bottling, a natural 47.7% beauty vatted from eight casks with a combined age of over 150 years.

Moderator: Dave Broom


Scotch & Chocolate
An expanded reprise of one of our most popular WhiskyFest seminars ever. We asked three celebrated whisky makers to collaborate with three top chocolatiers, each pairing a whisky and a specific chocolate. They will discuss the whiskies, the chocolates, and the pairings.

Moderator: Gavin Smith

  • The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud single malt presented by Master Blender Richard Paterson paired with DANIEL chocolate presented by Daniel Boulud
  • Glenmorangie Signet presented by Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks, Glenmorangie plc paired with Del Posto restaurant’s Whiskey Caramel with Edible Wrapper presented by Brooks Headley
  • Compass Box The Spice Tree presented by whisky maker John Glaser paired with Raaka Chocolate’s Bourbon Cask Aged Bolivia Chocolate presented by Ryan Cheney

WhiskyFest Panelist - John Glaser

John Glaser
Compass Box

WhiskyFest Panelist - Dr. Bill Lumsden

Dr. Bill Lumsden

WhiskyFest Panelist - Richard Paterson

Richard Paterson
Whyte & Mackay

Ryan CheneyRyan Cheney
Raaka chocolate
no_photoBrooks Headley
Del Posto
Daniel BouludDaniel Boulud
DANIEL chocolate


WhiskyFest Panelist - Nick MorganWhisky lunch
Diageo’s engaging Dr. Nick Morgan and Whisky Advocate writer Dave Broom will lead us through a tasting and comparison of four Talisker whiskies: Talisker 10 year old, 18 year old, 25 year old, and Storm.

Moderator: Dave Broom


Where Whisky is Heading
Whisky is booming around the world, and successful whisky makers stay ahead of the trends. Taste the hottest, cutting edge whiskies, presented by the people who make them and usher them into ever-developing new and mature markets.

Moderator: Dominic Roskrow

  • The evolution of US Artisan distilling: Anchor Hotaling’s presented by David Kingpresident of Anchor Distilling 
  • Bourbon Innovation: an unreleased experimental bourbon, aged in wood subjected to extended air seasoning, from Buffalo Trace presented by Chris Fletcher, Head Chemist.
  • Japanese whisky boom: Taketsuru 21 year old, presented by Tadashi Sakuma, Nikka Master Blender.
  • The trend towards blended malts featuring Blue Hanger 6th Release, Whisky Advocate Blend of the Year, presented by Doug McIvor, Spirits Manager, Berry Bros and Rudd.

WhiskyFest Panelist - David KingDavid King
Anchor Distilling

WhiskyFest Panelist - Chris Fletcher
Chris Fletcher
Buffalo Trace

no_photoTadashi Sakuma

WhiskyFest Panelist - Doug McIvor
Doug McIvor
Berry Bros and Rudd


WhiskyFest Panelist - Parker BeamWhiskey Legend: Parker Beam
Master Distiller Parker Beam opens up about his years at Heaven Hill, and his ALS research fund-raising campaign, backed by Heaven Hill. We’ll sample the Unity bottling, a unique mingling of bourbons from the seven major Kentucky distilleries to honor Parker and fight ALS.

Moderator: John Hansell



Best of the Year Award Winning Whiskies
Taste several of the 2012 Whisky Advocate award winning whiskies, along with Whisky Advocate’s esteemed whisky writers who chose them.

Moderator: John Hansell

Whisky Advocate Award Winning Whiskies

Saturday seminars will replace the seminars that were previously held during the Grand Tasting.