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WhiskyFest Speaker Dr. Don Livermore

Dr. Don Livermore

Master Blender  |  Pernod Ricard USA
The Flavour Wheel Reinvented

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.

Born in Fordwich, Ontario, a small town one hour north of Waterloo, Canadian Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore showed a keen interest in microbiology at a tender age. Inspired by a Grade 10 biology teacher, Don pursued this interest and obtained his BSc in microbiology at the University of Waterloo. Don also completed a MSc and a PhD in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University.

After beginning his career as a microbiologist in quality assurance at Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd., he then worked in Research and Product Development for 11 years before taking the helm as Master Blender in early January 2012. A pioneer in analytic techniques in the brewing and distilling industry using infrared sensors, Don has also authored a chapter in The Alcohol Textbook 4th Edition, an industry reference standard for scientists and engineers.

Bernie Lubbers

Whiskey Brand Ambassador  |  Heaven Hill Distilleries
Make Your Own Elijah Craig Small Batch

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 Distilleries 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.

Bernie Lubbers is the Whiskey Brand Ambassador for Heaven Hill Distillery. A veteran comedian of 25 years and an accomplished author, he is not only entertaining, but also extremely knowledgeable about Bourbon. Dubbed The Whiskey Professor, he can tell you more about Bourbon than you ever thought possible. He has been named Global Whiskey Ambassador of the Year by Whisky Magazine at Whisky Live in 2009, 2012 and 2016.

His draw toward Bourbon is natural. His grandfather was one of 13 saloon keepers who started the Falls City Brewing Company in Louisville, KY back in 1905. His father also worked there for 45 years. “Before you make whiskey, you’ve got to make beer,” Bernie says.

Each year, he travels over 100,000 miles educating people about Heaven Hill’s whiskeys including but not limited to Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Larceny, Bernheim and Henry McKenna. In addition to traditional account trainings and consumer events, Bernie also performs his one-of-a-kind show “The Evolution of Bourbon”, which walks people through the history of Bourbon through music. He also educates consumers on how to read a whiskey label and what to look for before making a purchase. When he’s home, he spends time at the Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky where he learns first hand from Craig Beam and Denny Potter, Co-Master Distillers for Heaven Hill Distillery.

Bourbon Whiskey – Our Native Spirit is Bernie’s recently published book on Bourbon. The book includes a comprehensive overview on Bourbon including how it’s distilled and aged, why it was distilled, and how it became aged in the first place. It is published by Blue River Press and now available nationwide at www.whiskeyprof.com and select book stores nationwide.

WhiskyFest Speaker Jason Moore

Jason Moore

Single Malt Specialist  |  Jura
Journey to Jura

Join us for a journey to Jura’s remote island home. Taste the new Jura 10, which marks a return to our original subtly smoky house style, and a few other rare whiskies from our private collection, including Jura 30.

Jason Moore is the Single Malt Specialist for Whyte & Mackay Americas. A Scotch whisky expert and a passionate presenter, Jason possesses over 9 years of experience in the spirits industry. Jason developed his love for Scotch whisky while managing a pub in the sleepy college town of Denton, TX. After graduation, Jason immediately began his career as a spirits sales representative in Dallas, TX representing the extensive whisk(e)y portfolios of Diageo and The Glenmorangie Company. After recognizing his love of sharing his passion for Scotch whisky with the masses, he began representing The Macallan Single Malt Scotch as a National Brand Ambassador based in Chicago, IL. In 2015, Jason jumped at the opportunity to represent the award winning single malt whiskies from The Dalmore and Jura as a Single Malt Specialist for Whyte & Mackay Americas. Jason has had the fortune of training on-site at distilleries across Scotland and the U.S., as well as the sherry bodegas and cooperages of Jerez, Spain. Jason currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Ali.

WhiskyFest Speaker Denny Potter

Denny Potter

Master Distiller  |  Heaven Hill Distilleries
Make Your Own Elijah Craig Small Batch

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 Distilleries 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.

Denny Potter is Master Distiller at Heaven Hill Distillery, overseeing the distilling, aging and selecting of Heaven Hill’s world-renowned portfolio of American Whiskeys, which includes Evan Williams, the second largest selling Kentucky Bourbon in the United States and the world. Potter has spent 13 years in distillery operations, and has the enviable position of ensuring that the Bourbon produced at Heaven Hill Distillery possesses the same high quality and consistent taste consumers have come to expect from such storied brands as Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, Larceny and Rittenhouse.  In addition to the distillation and production, Denny is also charged with safe-guarding the world’s second largest inventory of aging Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey—with more than 1.2 million barrels peacefully aging in open rick warehouses. Since his joining Heaven Hill in 2013, the company has substantially expanded production at the Bernheim Distillery while continuing the company’s storied reputation for authenticity and world renowned, award winning brands. Under Potter’s leadership, the company was awarded the lauded 2016 Whiskey Magazine “Distiller of the Year” honor. Denny’s commitment to the craft ensures the whiskey produced and aged at Heaven Hill will continue the tradition of the company’s intense focus on quality and consistency.

WhiskyFest Speaker Steph Ridgway

Steph Ridgway

InterBev Group Manager, Brand Education - North America  |  International Beverage
Meet the Man Behind the ‘Maritime Malt’ Magic

Steph travelled to Wick, the northern most town on Scotland’s mainland to try her hand at making whisky at the Old Pulteney Distillery. Not only has she brought back some amazing, limited-edition distillery-exclusives just for you, but she also managed to lure Malcolm Waring, Distillery Manager, across the pond to share all the whisky and all the stories about the history of the magical town of Wick. Join them for some laughs and some sips!

Steph is a long-time veteran of the hospitality industry with a passion for spirits, whisky in particular. Her role with the group is Manager of Brand Education – North America. She will be responsible for providing education in key markets and across all channels to raise awareness and encourage trial of the International Beverage Group’s core single malt and gin brands: Speyburn, Old Pultney, Balblair, anCnoc and Caorunn.

Prior to joining International Beverage Group, Steph spent 7 years with Remy Cointreau USA/Edrington Americas as the Brand Manager, National Brand Ambassador for Highland Park Single Malt. During her tenure there, not only did she hone her expertise in the spirits arena through rigorous education programs at their various distilleries throughout Scotland and the Dominican Republic, she also created programming that resulted in a 100% increase in depletions for Highland Park in the U.S. Her learnings throughout the years have allowed her to hone her palate, intensify her knowledge and gain insight into one of Scotland’s greatest gifts to the world: Scotch whisky.

Steph attended Penn State University and graduated first in her class at the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. She hails from Pittsburgh, PA and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. (By way of Boca Raton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, DC and Chicago.)

WhiskyFest Speaker Corky Taylor

Corky Taylor

Owner  |  Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company
A Sip Back in Time with Peerless

Sip and savor Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.’s first release in 100 years. Hear from the man himself, Corky Taylor, who resurrected his great-grandfather’s fine rye whiskey and bourbon brand dating back to 1889.

Corky Taylor is an American Businessman. He served as the President & CEO of Bencor Inc., a company in which he started in Louisville, KY and then moved it to Sarasota, FL. Eight years ago, Corky sold his company and retired. In 2013, he purchased a building in downtown Louisville and began construction on what is now Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company — a family owned and operated craft distillery making rye whiskey and bourbon. Peerless was Corky’s great-grandfather’s distillery back in 1889 but due to prohibition in the later years, the distillery ceased making product. 98 years later, Peerless is back and run by Corky, 4th generation and his son Carson, 5th generation.

WhiskyFest Speaker Dominic Venegas

Dominic Venegas

Master of Scotch  |  Pernod Ricard USA
The Beauty of Non-Age Statement

For distillers and bartenders alike, non-age statement scotch whiskies presents 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. Master of Scotch, Dominic Venegas 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.

This NYC-based Master of Scotch working on The Glenlivet, Aberlour, Longmorn, Scapa, Ballentine’s, and Chivas has worked at some of the best bars on both coasts. He opened famed San Francisco speakeasy Bourbon & Branch, and he’s tended bar at other Bay Area notable Bay Area spots like Trader Vic’s, Gitane, and Range. On the East Coast, he’s plied his craft at The Nomad Hotel (where he also was on the opening team) and The Tippler.

With his impressive resume, it’s no surprise that this BarSmarts grad has racked up a slew of press and accolades. He was named a Bar Star by the SF Chronicle, won Official cocktail at Tales of the Cocktail, was on the winning bar team for the 2014 James Beard award, and has been featured in publications ranging from the NY Times to USA Today.

Venegas’ industry expertise doesn’t stop at the cocktail shaker – having passed Level 1 for the Court of Master Sommeliers, he knows more than a thing or two about wine. His passion for the spirits world spills over into his personal time. Venegas was one of four first members of the USBG branch in San Francisco, and he’s now an active member in New York. He does find room for his other passions, namely music. He collects LPs and instruments, and soon plans to add a baby grand to his musical menagerie.

WhiskyFest Speaker Malcolm Waring

Malcolm Waring

Old Pulteney Distillery Manager  |  International Beverage
Meet the Man Behind the ‘Maritime Malt’ Magic

Steph travelled to Wick, the northern most town on Scotland’s mainland to try her hand at making whisky at the Old Pulteney Distillery. Not only has she brought back some amazing, limited-edition distillery-exclusives just for you, but she also managed to lure Malcolm Waring, Distillery Manager, across the pond to share all the whisky and all the stories about the history of the magical town of Wick. Join them for some laughs and some sips!

Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as ‘The Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland.

Distillery Manager Malcolm Waring joined the Pulteney Distillery team in 1990. A hometown boy raised in Wick, he worked first as a boat-builder before starting on the first rung of the whisky ladder, working in all areas of the distillery to slowly learn the craft of making fine malt whisky, moving between the maturation warehouses to the mash room and on to the stills. His skill and enthusiasm saw him progress to brewing manager and later assistant distillery manager, before he moved on in 2000 to join Pulteney’s sister distillery Knockdhu in his first managerial position. Here he led production of anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky for six years, before returning to his home town and to Pulteney Distillery as manager in August 2006.

In his decade at the helm since then, Old Pulteney has grown in scale and stature in markets around the world. It has been globally acclaimed for its quality and craftsmanship, and as Malcolm and his team steadily built the range of Old Pulteney expressions, many of the whisky industry’s most prestigious accolades have come their way. Old Pulteney whiskies have won over 20 gold and silver medals in international competitions in recent year, in addition to holding two of whisky’s most prized titles. Old Pulteney 21 Year Old Single Malt holds the coveted title of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ for 2012 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. And in 2016, Old Pulteney 1989 Vintage was crowned the ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at Whisky Magazine’s prestigious World Whiskies Awards.

The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which once drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour. Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. Malcolm and his skilled team craft whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today. Matured in hand-selected oak casks, the resulting whisky has been acclaimed for its excellence, its smooth drinking style and faint hint of the sea.

Malcolm’s role has been critical in Old Pulteney’s success to date. He has a personal hand in every aspect of its production – from selection of malted barley, to distilling, filling casks and maturing the whisky in Pulteney’s warehouses. His style has been to innovate and improve operations at the small Wick site, but always to respect Pulteney’s rich distilling history and traditions, to maintain the whisky’s famous character and maritime qualities.

Nearly three decades after walking through the distillery gates on Huddart Street in Wick for the first time, Malcolm Waring is still driven by the same simple principle – to make top single malt whisky, inseparably connected to its coastal location, rich maritime heritage and resilient people of the Caithness coast.

WhiskyFest Speaker Jordan Zimmerman

Jordan Zimmerman

Prestige Brand Ambassador  |  The Macallan
Malt & Milk: Pairing Single Malt Scotch with Cheese

If whisky is the water of life, what is its sustenance? In the Scottish spirit of adventure, we’re on a mission to find out. Join Edrington’s Prestige Brand Ambassador-and former Director of Education for New York’s famed Murray’s Cheese-on a journey through milk, malt and the magic of finding the perfect pairing. Guests will sample four expressions from The Macallan portfolio, ranging in age and barrel types, and will pair each expression with a carefully-chosen style of artisanal cheese. With a keen eye toward the varied flavors, textures and structural elements or both the sustenance and sauce, guests will train their palates to discover their own personal roadmaps to flavor nirvana-and ultimately discover just how rewarding a dram of the world’s most prestigious single malt can be with the perfect companion. Slainte!

Jordan Zimmerman is the Prestige Brand Ambassador for Edrington Americas. After graduating cum laude from Yale University, she began her professional career as the Events and Education Director for New York City’s iconic Murray’s Cheese, overseeing a vast array of pairing and tasting events. Her passion for sustainable and delicious food led her to the role of Regional Marketing Manager for Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, spreading the fast-casual burger gospel throughout major US markets including New York City, Boston, Miami, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. She comes to Edrington with a vast array of whisky knowledge and a distinct personal passion for fine spirits, as well as an Advanced Wine and Spirits Certificate from the WSET and the title of Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone Certification Program. She originally hails from Mesquite,Texas, is an avid distance runner, and unwinds with a wee dram of Macallan Fine Oak 17.

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