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WhiskyFest Chicago: more homework for you

If you’re counting the days till WhiskyFest Chicago (April 25th is coming up soon!), here’s something you can do to pass the time more profitably. We have the program available online right here, in PDF format so that you can easily download it, read it, look at it on your smartphone while you’re waiting for a train (we know you will…), or print it out in oversized format and draw all over it with different-colored markers as you plan how to make the most of your evening.


Ian Chang of Kavalan

Your plans will, of course, collapse right about the time you and your friends run into that first really amazing whisky or truly engaging personality behind the table (like one of the people listed below, who will be at Chicago’s event), but hey, planning’s fun too. Just remember: when the plan collapses, it’s not a problem. You’re at WhiskyFest, the World Whisky Capital (for a day); how bad can it be?


Whisky Personalities Who Will Be at Chicago WhiskyFest  (a partial list, subject to change)

Craig Beam – Master Distiller, Heaven Hill Distilleries

Robert Birnecker – Founder, Koval

David Blackmore – Global Brand Ambassador, Glenmorangie & Ardbeg

Simon Brooking – Master Ambassador, Laphroaig

Ryan and Garrett Burchett, Master Distillers, Mississippi River Distilling

Ian Chang – Master Blender, Kavalan

Kent Fleishmann – Dry Fly Distilling

Fred Noe of Jim Beam

Fred Noe of Jim Beam

Chris Fletcher – Assistant Master Distiller, Jack Daniel Distillery

Stuart Hendry, Brand Heritage Manager, Glengoyne Distillery

Paul Hletko – Founder/Distiller, Few Spirits

David King – President, Anchor Distilling

Don Livermore – Master Blender, J.P. Wiser’s

Jamie MacKenzie – Morrison Bowmore Distillers

Iain McCallum – Master of Malts, Morrison Bowmore Distillers

Johnnie Mundell – Single Malt Specialist, Morrison Bowmore Distillers

Fred Noe – Master Distiller, Jim Beam

Kevin O’Gorman – Master of Maturation, Midleton Distillery

Iain McCallum, Bowmore

Iain McCallum, Bowmore

David Perkins – Proprietor, High West Distillery

Ken Pierce- Director of Distilling, 1792 Distillery

Steph Ridgway – National Brand Ambassador, Highland Park

Eddie Russell – Associate Distiller, Wild Turkey

Jimmy Russell – Master Distiller, Wild Turkey

Gerry Tosh – Global Brand Manager, Highland Park

Dan Tullio – Master Ambassador, Canadian Club

Alistair Walker – Regional Sales Director, BenRiach, GlenDronach, GlenGlassaugh

Julian and Preston Van Winkle – Old Rip Van Winkle

Wanlun Wu – Whisky RD and Global Business Development, Kavalan


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