New York

Dec 4, 2018 | Marriott Marquis GET TICKETS

Seminars

7:00 PM

WhiskyFest Speaker Simon Brooking

Simon Brooking

National Scotch Brand Ambassador  |  Beam Suntory
Twenty's Something!
Where: Salon 1

An exclusive tasting with Beam Suntory Scotch Ambassador Simon Brooking of 25 year plus Islay whiskies from the Laphroaig and Bowmore range.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Ewan Morgan

Ewan Morgan

Program Director  |  Diageo Reserve
Scotch is Coming! A Tasting through Diageo’s Game of Thrones Scotch Collection
Where: Salon 2

Winter is coming to New York this December as Diageo Reserve and WhiskyFest bring the entire scotch whisky collection from the exclusive Diageo & HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ Partnership. Join National Scotch Educator, Rasmus Just and Program Director, Ewan Morgan from Diageo Reserve as they take attendees through the full line of liquids: Cardhu (House Targaryen), Glendullan (House Tully), Clynelish (House Tyrell), Oban (The Night’s Watch), Royal Lochnagar (House Baratheon), Dalwhinne (House Stark), Talisker (House Greyjoy) and Lagavulin (House Lannister) and White Walker by Johnnie Walker!

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WhiskyFest Speaker Rasmus Just

Rasmus Just

National Scotch Educator  |  Diageo Reserve
Scotch is Coming! A Tasting through Diageo’s Game of Thrones Scotch Collection
Where: Salon 2

Winter is coming to New York this December as Diageo Reserve and WhiskyFest bring the entire scotch whisky collection from the exclusive Diageo & HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ Partnership. Join National Scotch Educator, Rasmus Just and Program Director, Ewan Morgan from Diageo Reserve as they take attendees through the full line of liquids: Cardhu (House Targaryen), Glendullan (House Tully), Clynelish (House Tyrell), Oban (The Night’s Watch), Royal Lochnagar (House Baratheon), Dalwhinne (House Stark), Talisker (House Greyjoy) and Lagavulin (House Lannister) and White Walker by Johnnie Walker!

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WhiskyFest Speaker David Blackmore

David Blackmore

Global Brand Ambassador  |  The Glenmorangie Company
Signet Deconstructed – A USA First!
Where: Julliard/Imperial

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Glenmorangie Signet, we will deconstruct this enigmatic whisky to discover *some* of its dark secrets, including the one of a kind chocolate malt Glenmorangie at the heart of the recipe, along with three other rare cask samples. We will also taste a one-of-a-kind “Signet for Discussion” sample that Dr. Bill Lumsden has created especially and only for this WhiskyFest NYC seminar.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Christy McFarlane

Christy McFarlane

Bruichladdich Distillery
Islay: Badge or Provenance?
Where: Broadhurst/Belasco
Come join the debate with the team over from Bruichladdich Distillery as we celebrate the launch of Port Charlotte, and ask what does it really mean to be an Islay Single Malt?

Christy has worked in the whisky industry for almost a decade. Despite growing up in the shadow of a closed Islay distillery, on the east of the island, she was the first in her family to take any interest in the whisky trade. Studying on the mainland in Edinburgh, Christy took on a job at the world-famous Royal Mile Whiskies liquor store. It was here that she learned there was a world outside of Islay single malts… but that ultimately brought her back home to Islay!
 
On graduating university, it was the unique philosophy and people focus at Bruichladdich that drew her to the distillery project. Joining the Distillery PR & Digital department in 2015, Christy became part of a strong, creative communications team that is based 100% on Islay. Running press, digital and social media channels all direct from the distillery not only ensures a truly authentic, honest message, but also provides many young people with career opportunities on Islay, and a chance to build their lives on the island.

During her whirlwind three years in the business, it is not the work experience that Christy has appreciated most, more the influence the ‘Laddie’ community has had on her own lifestyle choices. “My eyes are now wide open to matters of agriculture, sustainability and provenance – issues that I had never considered before. I have very much enjoyed the shift from being an obsessive to a romantic and I am so proud to work for an international business that places the local community at the heart of what they do.”

WhiskyFest Speaker Robert McEachern

Robert McEachern

Bruichladdich Distillery
Islay: Badge or Provenance?
Where: Broadhurst/Belasco
Come join the debate with the team over from Bruichladdich Distillery as we celebrate the launch of Port Charlotte, and ask what does it really mean to be an Islay Single Malt?

Robert ‘Rab’ McEachern grew up in Burnside, just a stone’s throw from Bruichladdich Distillery on the west coast of Islay. As a child, the then-closed distillery was his playground. Where now the courtyard throngs with international visitors, his memories are of ‘no admittance’ signs on the distillery gates.
 
Robert joined the distillery, shortly after it reopened, in 2002 as a Tour Guide in the Laddie Shop. As the distillery found its feet again and production increased, his services were soon required in making the whisky he had been selling. Since then, Rab has covered just about all aspects of production at Bruichladdich – filling and stowing casks in the warehouse, mashing, distillation… even bottling. And all in between a stint training and working as a policeman on the mainland!

Most recently, Robert was lured across the distillery courtyard to the communications department where his hands-on knowledge of each spirit became invaluable.
‘I was attracted by the fairly renegade marketing that started with Mark Reynier and Simon Coughlin. The way we do things here is fairly different, and I’m not sure I’d want to work for another brand or marketing team.” 

Convinced that he’ll never venture to the ‘mainland’ again, he is currently building a home to the north of the island, where he’ll eventually reside with his partner and four children.
We are delighted to have Robert here to celebrate Whiskey Fest NYC with us, and to share some stories of his Islay and Bruichladdich home.

7:45 PM

WhiskyFest Speaker Gardner Dunn

Gardner Dunn

East Coast Japanese Whisky Brand Ambassador  |  Suntory
The House of Suntory: Old Meets New
Where: Salon 3

Suntory, the founding house of Japanese Whisky.

Shinjiro Torii dreamt of creating a whisky that was truly Japanese. Yamazaki and Hakushu single malts and the blended whisky Hibiki balance craft with nature as they capture the imagination of those around the world.  Suntory Ambassador Gardner Dunn will lead the conversation while guests can expect to taste a special selection of our malts and blends.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Bernie Lubbers

Bernie Lubbers

Global Brand Ambassador  |  Heaven Hill Distillery
From Bourbon to Beer, the Barrel Never Dies
Where: Salon 4

Join Heaven Hill Distillery Global Brand Ambassador, Bernie Lubbers and Goose Island Beer Co. Educator, Mike Smith to explore the life of a barrel from the beginning as it is used to turn new make whiskey into Bourbon, to years later when it is reused to create barrel-aged beer. This exclusive tasting opportunity will include the much anticipated 2018 Goose Island Reserve Bourbon County Stout.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Brewery Educator  |  Goose Island Beer Co.
From Bourbon to Beer, the Barrel Never Dies
Where: Salon 4

Join Heaven Hill Distillery Global Brand Ambassador, Bernie Lubbers and Goose Island Beer Co. Educator, Mike Smith to explore the life of a barrel from the beginning as it is used to turn new make whiskey into Bourbon, to years later when it is reused to create barrel-aged beer. This exclusive tasting opportunity will include the much anticipated 2018 Goose Island Reserve Bourbon County Stout.

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John Glaser

Founder and Whiskymaker  |  Compass Box
Compass Box Presents: 10 years of Stranger & Stranger Whiskies
Where: Lyceum/Carnegie

Compass Box have collaborated with the team at the forward-thinking graphic design agency Stranger & Stranger for ten years.  Known for their gorgeous, innovative and out-of-the-box label designs, the work of Stranger & Stranger has made a significant impact on the world of spirits. To celebrate working with them for 10 years, John Glaser will present six very special whiskies from the Compass Box collection, each featuring label design by Stranger & Stranger. We’ll be previewing a limited edition whisky not yet released. We hope your taste buds, as well as your eyes, will be very pleased.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Greg King

Greg King

Single Malt Scotch Brand Ambassador  |  The Benriach
Smoky Speyside
Where: Edison/Booth

Discussing the unconventional peated offerings from a traditional Speyside distillery.

Although Speyside has been traditionally known for their fruity, floral, and softer expressions. The Benriach Single Malt Distillery has been creating richly peated whiskies for decades.

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8:30PM

WhiskyFest Speaker Rachel Ford

Rachel Ford

Heritage Manager  |  Maker’s Mark
Maker’s Mark - Inside the Barrel
Where: Salon 1

You know the wax. Now get to know the wood.

Rachel will provide a glimpse behind the curtain as we bring the Maker’s Mark distillery to New York. From white dog to fully matured, guests will taste and talk through experimental barrels as we explore the revolutionary work Maker’s Mark has been doing with Independent Stave Company.

What impact does the barrel have? And what exactly is finishing? Learn all about the Private Select barrel program and several unique oak finishing staves developed through a variety of cooking techniques that bring out incredible flavors and finishes from virgin American and French oak.

We will have a rare sampling of the coveted BU release. And Alexa and Elba will share a couple of unique custom barrels created by some of the most venerable New York City institutions.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Elba Giron

Elba Giron

Diplomat NYC and New Jersey  |  Maker’s Mark
Maker’s Mark - Inside the Barrel
Where: Salon 1

You know the wax. Now get to know the wood.

Rachel will provide a glimpse behind the curtain as we bring the Maker’s Mark distillery to New York. From white dog to fully matured, guests will taste and talk through experimental barrels as we explore the revolutionary work Maker’s Mark has been doing with Independent Stave Company.

What impact does the barrel have? And what exactly is finishing? Learn all about the Private Select barrel program and several unique oak finishing staves developed through a variety of cooking techniques that bring out incredible flavors and finishes from virgin American and French oak.

We will have a rare sampling of the coveted BU release. And Alexa and Elba will share a couple of unique custom barrels created by some of the most venerable New York City institutions.

WhiskyFest Speaker Alexa Amendolagine

Alexa Amendolagine

Diplomat NYC  |  Maker’s Mark
Maker’s Mark - Inside the Barrel
Where: Salon 1

You know the wax. Now get to know the wood.

Rachel will provide a glimpse behind the curtain as we bring the Maker’s Mark distillery to New York. From white dog to fully matured, guests will taste and talk through experimental barrels as we explore the revolutionary work Maker’s Mark has been doing with Independent Stave Company.

What impact does the barrel have? And what exactly is finishing? Learn all about the Private Select barrel program and several unique oak finishing staves developed through a variety of cooking techniques that bring out incredible flavors and finishes from virgin American and French oak.

We will have a rare sampling of the coveted BU release. And Alexa and Elba will share a couple of unique custom barrels created by some of the most venerable New York City institutions.

WhiskyFest Speaker Ewan Morgan

Ewan Morgan

Program Director  |  Diageo Reserve
Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar
Where: Salon 2

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?

Take 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 from 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 it’s place in the hearts of so many!

Join Rasmus Just & Ewan Morgan from Diageo Reserve as they take the very lucky attendees on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample some of the rarest Lagavulin you’ll ever try!

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WhiskyFest Speaker Rasmus Just

Rasmus Just

National Scotch Educator  |  Diageo Reserve
Ultimate Lagavulin Seminar
Where: Salon 2

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?

Take 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 from 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 it’s place in the hearts of so many!

Join Rasmus Just & Ewan Morgan from Diageo Reserve as they take the very luck attendees on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sample some of the rarest Lagavulin you’ll ever try!

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WhiskyFest Speaker David Blackmore

David Blackmore

Global Brand Ambassador  |  The Glenmorangie Company
The Ultimate Ardbeg Twentysomething Tasting
Where: Julliard/Imperial

Twentysomething years ago, the Ardbeg distillery went from near demolition to being saved by The Glenmorangie Company. Through these tough years, somehow distilling at Ardbeg persisted. In the face of adversity, the legendary malt whisky from Kildalton Parish continued against the odds.We will taste each of the Ardbeg Twentysomething releases alongside some other rare and special Ardbeg.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Alec Lee

Alec Lee

CEO and Co-Founder  |  Endless West
Molecular Whiskey: The Creative Capacity of Science
Where: Broadhurst/Belasco

The world’s first molecular wines and spirits are here. What does this mean for the future of food and beverage?

Come meet two founders from Endless West, and learn about how we use science to craft whiskey note by note using molecular analysis and natural extracts. We’ll taste our first product to go on the market as well as a few extra goodies.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Josh Decolongon

Josh Decolongon

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer  |  Endless West
Molecular Whiskey: The Creative Capacity of Science
Where: Broadhurst/Belasco

The world’s first molecular wines and spirits are here. What does this mean for the future of food and beverage?

Come meet two founders from Endless West, and learn about how we use science to craft whiskey note by note using molecular analysis and natural extracts. We’ll taste our first product to go on the market as well as a few extra goodies.

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