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WhiskyFest New York Seminars 2016

7:00 – 7:45

Empire/Hudson – 7th Floor
Jessamine McLellan
National Brand Ambassador | Whiskeys of Midleton

WhiskyFest Speaker Jessamine McLellanThe 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 into the production of the Oloroso Sherry cask, an integral part of maturation for the famous Redbreast Whiskeys. With special Guest Billy Leighton, Midleton Distillery’s Master Blender, attendees will be guided through his process for creating and blending this unique expression.


Steph Ridgway

Chelsea/Gotham – 7th Floor

Steph Ridgway
National Brand Ambassador | Highland Park

Join National Brand Ambassador, Steph Ridgway, for an exclusive comparative tasting of Fire and Ice, the two newest limited edition marques celebrating Highland Park’s storied Norse heritage.


Soho/Herald – 7th Floor
Megan Breier
West Coast Bourbon Ambassador | Beam Suntory

Small Batch from a Big House 
Beam Suntory’s Bourbon Brand Ambassador, Megan Breier, and author, Jim Kokoris, will depict the history and personality behind Jim Beam’s small batch collection.  Guests will delve into the life of Booker Noe and discuss the impact that he had on not only the Jim Beam as a portfolio, but also the manner in which bourbon is enjoyed throughout the world today.  The seminar will include a sampling of some of the rarest expressions from the Jim Beam distillery.


David Blackmore

Gramercy/Olmstead – 7th Floor
David Blackmore
Master Brand Ambassador | Ardbeg

Ardbeg Virtual Reality Tasting
Ardbeg and the island of Islay in an entirely new and immersive Virtual Reality experience you won’t ever forget!



Duffy/Columbia – 7th Floor
Ewan Morgan
Program Director | Lagavulin

Gregor Cattanach
Director of Education | Lagavulin

The Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar
To coincide with the 200th Anniversary of one of the world’s most renowned distilleries, we bring the Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar. A true one-off experience that will not only feature some of the rarest Lagavulin ever sampled, coupled with a walk through the timeline of the distillery looking at the history and a technical, deep delve into the distilling practices and how they have changed over the centuries.





7:45 – 8:30


WhiskyFest Speaker Raquel RaiesWilder – 4th Floor

Raquel Raies
National Brand Ambassador | The Macallan

What’s New with The Macallan
From new age statements to new collectables, there’s a lot going on with The Macallan this fall. Be among the first to taste the new expressions from the Rolls Royce of Single Malts.


WhiskyFest Speaker Gardner Dunn, SuntoryGilbert – 4th Floor
Gardner Dunn
Brand Ambassador | Suntory Japanese Whisky

Single Malt from the House of Suntory
Japanese whisky has been in the spotlight in recent years, due to deep respect for heritage and commitment to perfection. Gardner Dunn will take guests through an intimate masterclass with a thoughtful selection of Single Malts from the House of Suntory. Guests will delve into the refined sensibility of the Japanese people and the art of blending as used by the masters of Suntory whisky.


WhiskyFest Speaker Don LivermoreBrecht – 4th Floor
Don Livermore
Master Blender | Pernod Ricard USA North American Whiskies

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 has to offer. Guests will be able to sample staples like Lot 40 and JP Wiser’s 18 Year Old along with rare expression Pike Creek 10 Year Old and latest innovation, Gooderham & Worts.


8:30 – 9:15

Chelsea/Gotham – 7th Floor
WhiskyFest Speaker Denny PotterDenny Potter
Master Distiller | Heaven Hill Distilleries

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-Year-Old 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 Dominic VenegasEmpire/Hudson – 7th Floor
Dominic Venegas
Master of Scotch | The Glenlivet

Are You Ageist?
Join Master of Scotch Dom Venegas for an analysis of Non-Age Statement (NAS) Whisky with where you’ll reassess the sometimes-deceptive reputation of age through a close look at the entire maturation process, including the influence of a cask’s wood type and its preparation. This is a prime opportunity to reconsider how you measure a single malt, regardless of region. Let your palate alone be the judge of these NAS Scotch whiskies: The Glenlivet The Founder’s Reserve, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Cask Finish, The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso and Aberlour A’bunadh.


David BlackmoreGramercy/Olmstead – 7th Floor
David Blackmore
Master Brand Ambassador | Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie: Beyond the Finish. A tradition of Innovation at the Glenmorangie Company
Join David on an exciting exploration of the Glenmorangie Company’s whisky stocks to discover some “old friends” and innovative new whiskies including the “Legends” series.


WhiskyFest Speaker Simon BrookingSoho/Herald – 7th Floor
Simon Brooking
Scotch Whisky Ambassador | Beam Suntory

Select Deconstruction
Join Beam Suntory’s Scotch Ambassador, Simon Brooking, for an exploration of the influence of cask maturation on one of the best-selling Islay whiskies- Laphroaig Select. 
The seminar will include a sampling of Laphroaigs unavailable in the US.