WhiskyFest NY 2012 Seminar Program Agenda
We’ve completed the agenda for the Saturday seminar program for our 15th Annual WhiskyFest New York, which has now been expanded to an entire weekend. (The Saturday seminars will be book-ended by grand tasting events on Friday and Saturday nights. Follow my link above for more details.) I include the agenda below.
We are still putting together the list of whiskies that will be poured and whiskymakers that will be participating as panel members for each seminar topic. Two things I know for sure already:
- The whiskies you will be tasting during the “Whisky Auctions and Collecting” seminar in itself will be worth the price of admission.
- We will have the “A list” of master distillers and blenders at this event (in addition to all of our main whisky writers).
Stay tuned for more details.
WhiskyFest 2012 Seminar Topics and Schedule
9:00 Opening remarks (John Hansell)
An overview of the day’s activities
9:15 Debut whisky #1 (Scotch)
9:30 Whisky collecting and auctions (Panel Moderator: Jonny McCormick)
Fueled by the global demand in whisky, whisky auctions and collecting are booming right now. We’ll take a look at current auction trends, offer tips in collecting whisky and participating in auctions, and we’ll taste some very rare whiskies often seen on the auction block.
10:15 Debut whisky #2 (Irish)
10:30 Trending scotch (Panel Moderator: Dave Broom)
What’s hot right now in the Scotch whisky world? We’ll take a look at the latest trends, described first-hand by the master distillers and blenders who are making them. We’ll also provide a sneak peak of upcoming new releases.
11:15 Debut whiskey #3 (Bourbon)
11:30 Understanding Irish: deciphering Single Pot Still, Single Malt, and Blended Irish Whiskey (Panel Moderator: Dominic Roskrow)
Single Pot Still whiskey is unique to Ireland. How does Single Pot Still whiskey differ from Single Malts and Blended whiskeys, which are also part of the Irish whiskey fabric? We’ll sort it out, and we’ll taste our way through the finest Ireland has to offer.
12:15 Whisky and food pairing lunch (Moderated by Gavin Smith)
1:30 Bourbon and Rye Innovations (Panel Moderator: Lew Bryson)
There’s more experimental and creative whiskey releases now than ever before. We will assemble a panel of experts from the whiskey companies that are conducting this research to gain insight on what’s working, what isn’t working, and what’s to come.
2:15 A tasting of select Whisky Advocate award winning and other highly-rated whiskies
Moderated by John Hansell, but includes the entire Whisky Advocate review team (Lew Bryson, Dave Broom, Gavin Smith, and Dominic Roskrow)
3:00 Closing remarks (John Hansell)