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2018 Seminars

7:00 PM
Where: Columbus A/B

Bourbon Legends: A Taste of Beam Family History

Fred Noe

7th Generation Master Distiller | Jim Beam |  BIO

Join seventh generation Beam family member Fred Noe for an in-depth tasting of the finest of his family’s most prized bourbons. Fred will take you through the spirits that his family has crafted throughout the years and introduce the innovations that keep Beam bourbons at the cutting edge of the spirits world.

7:00 PM
Where: Columbus E/F

The Beauty of Non-Age Statement

Jenna Murray

Distiller’s Selection Brand Ambassador | Pernod Ricard  |  BIO

For distillers and bartenders alike, non-age statement scotch whiskies present exciting new possibilities. Whiskies in this burgeoning and innovative category may not have the familiar cachet of a 16-year single malt, but for distillers the flavor profile possibilities are virtually limitless, allowing them to create accessible whiskies with the versatility to be enjoyed both neat and in a cocktail. Distiller’s Selection Ambassador, Jenna Murray, takes the mystery out of non-age statement by examining the maturation process start-to-finish to shed light on what effect aging has—and doesn’t have—on the final product. Once you look past the numbers, you’ll be able to appreciate non-age statement whiskies on their own terms to give them the due they deserve.

7:00 PM
Where: Columbus I/J

The BenRiach: Take a Walk on The Unconventional Side of Speyside

Rachel Barrie

Master Blender | BenRiach  |  BIO

The BenRiach Master Blender Rachel Barrie takes you on an unconventional path through the distillery ‘lab’. With its origins in 1898, and somewhat uncommon in the 21st century, the distillery produces batches of malted barley from its working malting floor. As one of the most progressive distilleries, The BenRiach was the first Speyside in the 20th century to experiment with contrasting styles of both highly peated malt and triple-distillation, adding diversity to its classic Speyside style. In 2018, this unparalleled three-way distilling continues to surprise through eclectic wood types, experimentation and combination of styles. Curious to find out more from the unconventional side of Speyside?

7:00 PM
Where: Grand Suite 5

Glenmorangie Beyond the Finish – Why American Oak is Best

Dan Crowell

Brand Ambassador | Glenmorangie and Ardbeg  |  BIO

In this seminar, we’ll discuss the influence of American Oak maturation by taking a closer look at a series of Glenmorangie expressions matured entirely in American White Oak. – Lineup: Glenmorangie Original, Glenmorangie Spios, Glenmorangie Astar 2009, Glenmorangie Astar 2017, Glenmorangie 19yr 

7:45 PM
Where: Columbus C/D

The Legend of The Tyrconnell: A Legacy of Leading the Pack


National Brand Ambassador | Beam Suntory  |  BIO

Immerse yourself in a brand that has stood the test of time and today is once again pioneering the Single Malt Irish category with The Tyrconnell. While innovation is key, legendary brands never forget their roots. Michael Egan will teach cask maturation to showcase the different spirit nuances throughout The Tyrconnell lineup.

7:45 PM
Where: Columbus K/L

Make Your Own Elijah Craig Small Batch

Denny Potter

Master Distiller | Heaven Hill Distillery  |  BIO

Bernie Lubbers

Whiskey Brand Ambassador |Heaven Hill Distillery  |  BIO

We hope you paid attention in chemistry class! Try your hand at combining various samples of 8 to 12-year-old Bourbon that have met our quality standards to create your very own small batch. Master Distiller Denny Potter, Whiskey Brand Ambassador Bernie Lubbers and the rest of the Heaven Hill team will be on hand to guide you through an extremely hands on look at the attention to detail and superb craftsmanship that gives Elijah Craig its ideal balance of age, robust body and rich flavor.

7:45 PM
Where: Columbus G/H

Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar

Ewan Morgan

Program Director | Lagavulin  |  BIO

Lagavulin is, without doubt, one of the most revered Single malts in the World and one of the best-selling Islay malts in the World but why do people love it so much?

This is a unique opportunity to take a light hearted, unique, look at the History and Stories behind the characters who made the brand what it is whilst enjoying some of the rarest Lagavulin you’ll ever taste…Anywhere.

We’ve curated an incredible list of, almost, impossible to come-by bottles from all over the World just for you to enjoy, you’ll get to try vintage White Horse with the famed ‘Malt Mill’ distillery that sat within Lagavulin. Guests will then enjoy some incredible samples from the distillery that will be shared with you, the lucky guest, for the very first time. This is an incredible opportunity to try some of the rarest whiskies in the World and learn from veteran whisky educators why Lagavulin deserves its place in the hearts of so many!

7:45 PM
Where: Grand Suite 3

Introducing No. 99 Canadian Whisky –  Whisky made the Canadian way! 

Joshua Beach

Master Distiller | Wayne Gretzky Whisky  |  BIO

Zac Kvas

Estate Mixologist | Wayne Gretzky Whisky  |  BIO

No. 99 Wayne Gretzky Canadian Whisky offers a full range of signature whiskies which have been meticulously crafted from grain-to-glass at our distillery in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario where we have developed a proprietary process that celebrates and respects traditional Canadian Whisky production while challenging the status quo by embracing innovation through our signature cask finishes!

Join Master Distiller, Joshua Beach, as he details the art of distillation of our local grains; delves into barrel maturation; explores the art of blending of whisky the Canadian Way; and demystifies the art of specialty cask finishing. Joshua will walk you through a detailed tasting of our No. 99 Wayne Gretzky Red Cask Canadian Whisky; No. 99 Wayne Gretzky Ice Cask Limited Release Canadian Whisky; and the elusive No. 99 “Ninety-Nine Proof” Limited Release Canadian Whisky as well as a few surprises along the way! We will also be joined by Zac Kvas, No. 99 Estate Mixologist, who will share how to showcase No. 99 Whisky in classic cocktails as well as a few special rifts of his own.
Seminar Products Being Poured:
• No. 99 Red Cask
• No. 99 Ice Cask Limited Release
• No. 99 Ninety-Nine Proof Limited Release
• Wayne Gretzky Cocktail – The Toronto
• Wayne Gretzky Cocktail – The Rusty Skate

8:30 PM
Where: Columbus A/B

Perfectly Toasted

Phil Olson

Diplomat | Maker’s Mark |  BIO

A taste through the various types of oak used in finishing Maker’s Mark via Maker’s 46 and the Maker’s Mark Private Select Program. Guests will taste through all of the pure expressions finished uniquely with one particular oak type, then taste a few examples of different oak combinations some groups have done before.

8:30 PM
Where: Columbus E/F

The Flavour Wheel Reinvented

Dr. Don Livermore

Master Blender, Canadian Whisky, Pernod Ricard  |  BIO

Join Dr. Don Livermore as he introduces his Canadian Whisky Flavour Wheel and find out how he is catching the attention of the world’s top whisky experts.  This will be an informative class that will teach how flavours develop in Canadian Whisky from a Master Blender’s perspective.

8:30 PM
Where: Columbus I/J

Old Elk Distillery Transcends Tradition

Greg Metze

Master Distiller | Old Elk Distillery  |  BIO

Join Old Elk Distillery’s Master Distiller Greg Metze to learn how their unconventional recipe, blending techniques and slow cut proofing process creates a uniquely rich and smooth bourbon. You will be able to compare and contrast the barrel proof Old Elk Bourbon recipe against two proofing processes – cut traditionally and slow cut.

8:30 PM
Where: Grand Suite 5

How the Ardbeg Committee Helped Ardbeg Get Its Groove Back

Dan Crowell

Brand Ambassador | Glenmorangie and Ardbeg  |  BIO

In this seminar, we’ll take a look at the role the Ardbeg Committee has played in resurrecting and safeguarding Ardbeg for future generations of whisky enthusiasts. We’ll sample a number of Ardbeg expressions including some past Committee Releases. – Lineup: Ardbeg 10yr, Ardbeg An Oa, Ardbeg Dark Cove Committee Release, Ardbeg Kelpie Committee Release, Ardbeg Grooves Committee Release