San Francisco

Nov 2, 2018 | Marriott Marquis GET TICKETS

Seminars

7:00 - 7:45 PM

WhiskyFest Speaker Ewan Morgan

Ewan Morgan

Program Director  |  Diageo Reserve
Ultimate Oban
Where: Salon 1-2

The story of Oban town is as old as its whisky. Before the distillery there was nothing but a windswept view and a natural harbor protected by the ancient islands in the Firth of Lorn. Then in 1794, two brothers arrived and changed that little nook of the Scottish West Highlands forever. They were the Stevensons. Entrepreneurs with a small fortune and a fondness for a dram, which was pretty much all you needed back then to start your own whisky legacy. What followed was the evolution of a sleepy port town and the creation of one of the world’s most distinguished single malt scotch whiskies.

Join us on a unique, one-off Oban tasting experience with a deep dive into what makes Oban unique. Hosted by Diageo’s Reserve Program Director, Ewan Morgan and National Educator for Scotch, Rasmus Just who’ll be sharing with the attendees very rare liquids from this much revered, and one of Scotland’s oldest, distilleries.

Including:
• Extremely Rare 70’s Oban 12 yr.
• Oban Little Bay
• Oban New Make (Pulled from our warehouses strictly for this seminar)
• Oban 16 yr. (Pulled from our warehouses strictly for this seminar)
• Oban 9 yr. (Pulled from our warehouses strictly for this seminar)
• Oban 18 yr.
• A surprise bottle that you will have to attend to find out!

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WhiskyFest Speaker Rasmus Just

Rasmus Just

National Scotch Educator  |  Diageo Reserve
Ultimate Oban
Where: Salon 1-2

The story of Oban town is as old as its whisky. Before the distillery there was nothing but a windswept view and a natural harbor protected by the ancient islands in the Firth of Lorn. Then in 1794, two brothers arrived and changed that little nook of the Scottish West Highlands forever. They were the Stevensons. Entrepreneurs with a small fortune and a fondness for a dram, which was pretty much all you needed back then to start your own whisky legacy. What followed was the evolution of a sleepy port town and the creation of one of the world’s most distinguished single malt scotch whiskies.

Join us on a unique, one-off Oban tasting experience with a deep dive into what makes Oban unique. Hosted by Diageo’s Reserve Program Director, Ewan Morgan and National Educator for Scotch, Rasmus Just who’ll be sharing with the attendees very rare liquids from this much revered, and one of Scotland’s oldest, distilleries.

Including:
• Extremely Rare 70’s Oban 12 yr.
• Oban Little Bay
• Oban New Make (Pulled from our warehouses strictly for this seminar)
• Oban 16 yr. (Pulled from our warehouses strictly for this seminar)
• Oban 9 yr. (Pulled from our warehouses strictly for this seminar)
• Oban 18 yr.
• A surprise bottle that you will have to attend to find out!

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WhiskyFest Speaker Mickey Heads

Michael "Mickey" Heads

Distillery Manager  |  Ardbeg
Ardbeg on the Rocks
Where: Salon 3-4

Supporting title text “An Ardventurous paired tasting of Mickey’s favorite Malts and Music”
Supporting Text: Join Ardbeg Distillery Manager and Whitesnake devotee, Michael “Mickey” Heads for an ear splitting, taste bud bursting experience you wont want to miss – and certainly wont forget!

We will experience a musical pairing of:
1. Ardbeg Ten Years Old
2. Ardbeg An Oa
3. Ardbeg Corryvreckan
4. Ardbeg Uigeadail
5. Ardbeg Grooves
6. Ardbeg Twentysomething 2018 Edition

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WhiskyFest Speaker Alec Lee

Alec Lee

CEO and Co-Founder  |  Endless West
The Creative Capacity of Science: The Next Generation of Whiskey
Where: Salon 5

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
The Creative Capacity of Science: The Next Generation of Whiskey
Where: Salon 5

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 Megan Breier

Megan Breier

West Coast Brand Ambassador  |  Beam Suntory
Little Book™ Batch 2: A Deconstructed Tasting
Where: Salon 6

Join West Coast American Whisk(e)y Ambassador Megan Breier to understand the nuances and flavors of the much anticipated Little Book™ Batch 2.  The 2018 release, “Noe Simple Task”  from 8th Generation Jim Beam Distiller Freddie Noe features uncut, non- chill filtered 8 year old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey blended with 13 year old Canadian Rye Whisky aged in re-charred barrels and 40 year old corn-based Canadian Whisky aged in once used bourbon barrels.  This deconstructed tasting allows you to taste through the components separately to understand the complexity and influence each have on the final flavor and taste experience.

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7:45 - 8:30 PM

WhiskyFest Speaker Simon Brooking

Simon Brooking

National Scotch Brand Ambassador  |  Beam Suntory
Great Islay Swim
Where: Salon 10-11

The Great Islay Swim celebrates the spirits of Islay and how the whisky inspired three intrepid explorers to attempt the first circumnavigational swim of the island. Sample from the award winning Laphroaig and Bowmore distilleries with Beam Suntory’s Scotch ambassador Simon Brooking.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Dr. Don Livermore

Dr. Don Livermore

Master Blender  |  Hiram Walker & Sons Limited
Sipping Around the Canadian Whisky Flavour Wheel
Where: Salon 12-13

A discussion with the creator of the Canadian Whisky Flavour Wheel©.  What are the flavours found in Canadian Whisky?  Dr. Don will discuss the importance of grain, fermentation, distillation and maturation, and the processes he has in place to isolate and measure these components.   A tasting of award-winning Canadian whiskies will illustrate how the Canadian Whisky Flavour Wheel© can be used as a new way to profile whiskies for consumers.  This seminar includes a tasting of the Rare Range produced at Hiram.

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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 14-15

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 Brand Stout aged in 12-Year-Old freshly emptied Elijah Craig Barrel Proof barrels.

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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 14-15

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 Brand Stout aged in 12-Year-Old freshly emptied Elijah Craig Barrel Proof barrels.

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Dennis Malcolm

Dennis Malcolm

OBE - Master Distiller  |  Glen Grant
An Evening with one of Scotland’s Longest Serving Master Distillers, Dennis Malcolm
Where: Wharf Room

Dennis Malcolm began at Glen Grant Distillery in 1961 as an Apprentice Cooper. Born on the grounds of Glen Grant, it was his destiny to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps before him. Learn about this elegant Speyside Single Malt, Dennis’ journey in the creating the exceptional liquid, and taste why its Whisky Bible’s Scotch Whisky of the Year two years running. Discover Single Malt the way it should be.

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8:30 - 9:15 PM

WhiskyFest Speaker Douglas Kragel

Douglas Kragel

National Educator for North American Whiskey  |  Diageo Reserve
Blade and Bow – Solera Method Seminar
Where: Salon 1-2

Join Diageo Reserve’s National Educator on American Whiskey and native Kentuckian Doug Kragel on a unique deconstruction of Blade & Bow. Doug will lead the attendees through the production process and explain the unique “Solera System’ that’s based at Stitzel-Weller Distillery. The seminar will also boast some of the component whiskies that have never been tasted outside our blending labs at natural barrel strength. This is a one-off unique experience that can’t be missed for all fans of Bourbon!

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WhiskyFest Speaker Travis Tidwell

Travis Tidwell

Brand Ambassador  |  Glenmorangie
Glenmorangie – A tradition of Innovation for 175yrs
Where: Salon 3-4

Join Ambassador Travis Tidwell for a tasting of some of the most innovative single malts in the world. Lets raise a glass and toast the 175th Anniversary of Glenmorangie Distillery!

We will be tasting:
1. Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish 12yr old (original early 1990s bottling)
2. Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Port Wood Finish 12yr old
3. Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or Sauternes Wood Finish 12yr old
4. Glenmorangie 18yr old
5. Glenmorangie Private Edition No. 9 Spios – entirely rye cask matured
6. Glenmorangie Signet – chocolate malted barley

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WhiskyFest Speaker Matt Hofmann

Matt Hofmann

Co-Founder and Master Distiller  |  Westland Distillery
Making an Authentic Pacific Northwest Whiskey
Where: Salon 5

Exploring the ingredients and partnership that help to inform Westland Distillery’s American Single Malt Whiskey and its sense of place in the category and beyond.

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WhiskyFest Speaker Johnnie Mundell

Johnnie Mundell

Brand Ambassador  |  Suntory
Suntory, The Founding House of Japanese Whisky
Where: Salon 6
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 Johnnie Mundell will lead the conversation while guests can expect to taste a special selection of our malts and blends.

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Order by phone at 888-718-4253.
$4 service fee per ticket; $5 per ticket for telephone orders.