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WhiskyFest San Francisco 2016 Seminars

7:00 – 7:45

WhiskyFest Speaker John CampbellRoom: Nob Hill A/B

John Campbell
Distillery Manager | Laphroaig

Deconstruct Laphroaig Select




WhiskyFest Speaker Don LivermoreRoom: Salon 1/2
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.


Room: Salon 3/4
Kieron Elliot
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 Brendan McCarronRoom: Salon 5/6
Brendan McCarron
Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks | The Glenmorangie Company

Glenmorangie: Beyond the Finish. A tradition of Innovation at the Glenmorangie Company
Join Brendan McCarron on an exciting exploration of the Glenmorangie Company’s whisky stocks to discover exciting legends and innovative new whiskies.


7:45 – 8:30


Johnnie MundellRoom:  Nob Hill C/D
Johnnie Mundell
West Coast Brand Ambassador | Suntory Japanese Whisky

Single Malt from the House of Suntory
Japanese whisky has been in the spotlight in recent years, due to the deep respect for heritage and commitment to perfection. Johnnie Mundell 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.


Room:  Salon 10/11
Colum Egan
Master Distiller | Old Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills – The Original Taste
In a world exclusive Colum has brought a new creation direct from Ireland to San Francisco. Be the first to enjoy this truly wonderful and unique experience. Colum would also love to tempt you to savor more from the Bushmills range and simply to share some stories and have some fun – he is Irish after all!



Room: Salon 12/13
Rick Edwards
Brand Ambassador | The Glenlivet

Are you ageist?
Join Rick Edwards for an analysis of Non-Age Statement (NAS) Whisky 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.


martin_darazRoom: Salon 14/15
Martin Daraz
Brand Ambassador | Highland Park

Celebrating 10 years of WhiskyFest San Francisco with Highland Park
Join us in celebrating a decade of WhiskyFest San Francisco with some classic Highland Park Single Malts. We will be revisiting some of our legendary seminars from the past including craft beer, gourmet chocolate and mezcal pairings before looking toward the future of Highland Park distillery. If you missed one of our seminars in the past, this is a great chance to see what you’ve been missing!


8:30 – 9:15


Room: Nob Hill A/B

Megan Breier
West Coat Bourbon Ambassador | Beam Suntory

Oink and Barrel
Pairing ham with small batch whiskies.



WhiskyFest Speaker Jessamine McLellanRoom: Salon 1/2
Jessamine McLellan
National Brand Ambassador | Whiskeys of Midleton

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 into the production of the Oloroso Sherry cask, an integral part of maturation for the famous Redbreast Whiskeys. Special Guest Billy Leighton, Midleton Distillery’s Master Blender, will guide attendees through his process for creating and blending this unique expression.


WhiskyFest Speaker David PerkinsRoom: Salon 3/4
David Perkins
Founder | High West Distillery

Because whiskey matters – taste our core range “de-constructed” to learn how we think about blending and at the same time learn about the “whys” behind High West
Join David Perkins, Founder of High West Distillery, for a glimpse into High West’s journey from idea to attempting to fulfill a big dream and become a full-fledged distilling business. David will share the stories behind High West: Why Utah? Why the products High West has? Why blend? You will taste High West’s core range and a few individual components, plus some yet-to-be-released products, including our own Valley Tan, made on High West’s new Forsyths pot at the world’s only distillery on a working cattle ranch.


WhiskyFest Speaker Robin CouparRoom: Salon 5/6
Robin Coupar
Global Brand Ambassador, Gruppo Campari | Glen Grant

Glen Grant: The Rebirth of a Legend
Founded in 1840, by John & James Grant, it was James’ son, ‘Major’ James Grant who became one of Scotland’s pioneers in innovating new distilling techniques and paving the way for Scotch whisky expansion across the globe. His legacy lives with us today and is embodied in the elegant spirit that is Glen Grant. We’ll have some special offerings for you to try, including the newly released 12 and 18 yo expressions. We will also taste the Glen Grant 12 Year Old Non Chill-Filtered which is only available in duty free.