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WhiskyFest San Francisco 2015 Seminars

7:00 – 7:45

Room: Nob Hill A/B

Johnnie Mundell
Brand Ambassador | Suntory Japanese Whisky

Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Johnnie Mundell hosts an exclusive tasting of Suntory Hibiki Japanese Harmony and its component whiskies; from The House of Suntory Whisky.


Room: Salon 1/2
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


Room: Salon 3/4
Martin Daraz
Brand Ambassador | Highland Park

Highland Park to Valhalla and Back
Join Highland Park Brand Ambassador Martin Daraz for a unique experience tasting through the Highland Park Valhalla series of whiskies. You will taste Thor, Loki, Freya and Odin back to back along with a couple of classic Highland Park expressions. The Valhalla series was a limited edition series of cask strength expressions created by Highland Park whisky maker Max McFarlane. Each whisky paid homage to a Norse God in recognition of Highland Park’s location and heritage on the northern islands of Orkney. With the collection now sold out in stores, this may be your only chance to sample them together.


Room: Salon 5/6
David Perkins
Founder | High West Distillery

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 attend 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.


7:45 – 8:30

Room:  Nob Hill C/D
Jimmy Russell
Master Distiller | Russell’s Reserve

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.


Room:  Salon 10/11
David Blackmore
Global Brand Ambassador | The Glenmorangie Company

Finishes and Beyond at the Glenmorangie Company
Join Global Master Brand Ambassador, David Blackmore, as he explores the history of finishing. Mr. Blackmore will then discuss exciting new territories of innovation. We will taste ground breaking expressions from the past, present and future…


Room: Salon 12/13
Adam Harris
American Whiskey Ambassador | Jim Beam Distillery

What a Difference a Grain Makes
“What a Difference a Grain Makes” will feature limited bourbons with unique mash bills from the Jim Beam Distillery. The seminar itself will include a brief history & production specs, explanation of grain characteristics and a tasting.


Room: Salon 14/15
Kieron Elliott
Brand Ambassador | The Macallan

The Macallan: The Spanish Connection; From Spanish Oak to Sherry Seasoning, the Truth Behind Spain’s Contribution to The Macallan
US Macallan Brand Ambassador Kieron Elliiott takes you on a journey from the oak forests in Northern Spain to the sherry bodegas of Southern Spain to detail why Spanish, sherry seasoned oak casks lie at the heart of what makes The Macallan so special.


8:30 – 9:15

Room: Nob Hill A/B
Simon Brooking
North American Ambassador | Beam Suntory

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.


Room: Salon 1/2
Josh Gelfand
Master of Scotch | The Glenlivet

The Craftsmanship of the Cask
Join Master of Scotch, Josh Gelfand, and explore the artistry involved in cask selection, maturation techniques and how different types of wood are used to create the complex flavors of Speyside’s signature single malts from The Glenlivet and Aberlour. This exciting tasting will highlight a diverse range of single malts including cask strength and non-chill filtered varieties. Don’t miss your opportunity to compare and contrast The Glenlivet 15 French Oak Reserve, The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Selection, Aberlour 12 and Aberlour A’bunadh.


Room: Salon 3/4
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.


Room: Salon 5/6
Denny Potter
co-Master Distiller | Heaven Hill Brands

Bernie Lubbers
American Whiskey Ambassador | Heaven Hill Brands

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 co-Master Distiller Denny Potter 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.