The Art of Suntory Whisky with Chief Blender Shinji Fukuyo
Executive Officer and Chief Blender | Suntory Spirits Limited | BIO
Enjoy a special Hibiki tasting seminar with Suntory Whisky Chief Blender, Shinji Fukuyo, to celebrate the brand’s 30th anniversary. Inspired by the riches of Japan’s 24 seasons and embodying the soul of Japanese craftsmanship, Hibiki is a meticulous blend of the finest select whiskies from the House of Suntory. Guests will delve into Suntory’s art of blending and will taste a variety of cask samples to showcase the complexity of Hibiki Japanese Harmony’s malt and grain whiskies from Suntory’s three distilleries.
Masters of The Cask: Glenmorangie
Global Brand Ambassador | The Glenmorangie Company | BIO
For one night only join Global Brand Ambassador, David Blackmore to blind taste through a selection of three specially selected experimental cask finishes hand picked by Dr Bill Lumsden. We will also be tasting the newly relaunched extra matured range including a side by side comparison of the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Port Finish 12 yr. and the new Glenmorangie Port Finish 14 yr. that is replacing it.
Line up: Glenmorangie Original, Glenmorangie Lasanta Sherry Finish 12 yr., Glenmorangie Cask A, Glenmorangie Cask B, Glenmorangie Cask C, Glenmorangie Port Finish 12 yr, Glenmorangie Port Finish 14 yr.
Where: Salon 1
Glengoyne and Tamdhu – Sherry Casks the Ian MacLeod Way
International Brand Ambassador | Ian MacLeod Distillers Ltd. | BIO
At Ian MacLeod Distillers, we focus on Sherry casks for Glengoyne and exclusively for Tamdhu.
We will explore a range of great drams across both of these distilleries that use our Oloroso seasoned sherry casks. Six years of preparation in Spain before the cask is filled in Scotland is imperative to give our whiskies their wonderful flavour and colour. It will be a great journey through the importance and subtlety of maturation.
Lineup: Rosebank, Glengoyne Legacy, Glengoyne 25 yr., Tamdhu 15 yr., Tamdhu Batch Strength 4, Tamdhu Single Cask
Where: Salon 4
The History of Bottled-in-Bond by Heaven Hill Distillery
Master Distiller | Heaven Hill Distillery | BIO
Global Brand Ambassador | Heaven Hill Distillery | BIO
Join Heaven Hill Distillery Master Distiller, Conor O’Driscoll and Whiskey Ambassador, Bernie Lubbers as they take you through the history of Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey. As the largest independent, family-owned distillery in America, Heaven Hill has a distinction as producing the most Bottled-in-Bond products available today. From how Bottled-in-Bond came to be, to how it almost was left to history, and now the resurrection of popularity among whiskey connoisseurs, Heaven Hill has been at the forefront of each historical moment within the category. Conor and Bernie will guide you through samples of a wide variety of Heaven Hill’s Bottled-in-Bond portfolio, and even explain why Bernie calls it the “Eagle Scout” of whiskey.
Wood Finishing Series: From Experimental to Innovation
Dipolomat NYC | Maker’s Mark | BIO
Maker’s Mark has developed a unique program designed to give whisky lovers a taste of how variations in wood can naturally enhance the distinct flavors in its bourbon. Join the Maker’s Mark team on a journey exploring innovation through wood science. You’ll be among the first to try the new Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release using a proprietary stave profile, RC6. This unique tasting will also feature whisky from the very first Maker’s Private Select, cask strength Maker’s Mark 46, and an unreleased experimental whisky.
Bourbon’s Older Brother: Rye Whiskey
President | Sagamore Spirit | BIO
Vice President of Finance and Operations | Sagamore Spirit | BIO
Director of Operations | Sagamore Spirit | BIO
Rye whiskey was distilled by America’s original risk-taking and history-making patriots. The bold spirit of choice for leaders, signers, and builders – now, it’s back.
Join Sagamore Spirit teammates, Brian Treacy, Drew Thorn and Ryan Norwood, as they lead an in-depth sensory training and tasting to pinpoint the distinctiveness of Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey as it compares to other brown spirits. The original Maryland-Style Rye is unique both in its mash bill and proofing process and the distillation team at Sagamore Spirit is reviving this innovation across all product lines. We are proud of the real American Whiskey story and its influence on our extended whiskey family. Join us for a taste and help us tell the story.
Where: Salon 3
Dewar’s: The Spirit of Discovery
National Brand Ambassador | Dewar’s | BIO
Editor | Daily Beast Half Full
Experience the Dewar’s Emporium up close with Gareth Howells – National Brand Ambassador and special guests, as they take you through the full portfolio and newest innovations.
Legent: Redefining Bourbon
American Whisk(e)y Ambassador | Beam Suntory | BIO
Legent is a bourbon, but it’s a one of a kind bourbon because it’s unlike anything that’s ever been created. It’s a collaboration between two whiskey legends – Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s seventh-generation Master Distiller, and Shinji Fukuyo, Suntory’s fifth-ever Chief Blender. Join Beam Suntory’s American Whiskey Ambassador, Tim Heuisler as he leads this special tasting and introduces you to this truly unique bourbon experience.
The Ultimate Islay Malt: Ardbeg
Global Brand Ambassador | The Glenmorangie Company | BIO
Join Global Brand Ambassador, David Blackmore as we taste some favorite Ardbegs, both old and new. We will enjoy the long gone Ardbeg Dark Cove and this year’s Ardbeg Drum, as well as the amazing Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 yr. and the explosive new Ardbeg Supernova 2019 amongst others.
Line up: Ardbeg Ten yr., Ardbeg An Oa, Ardbeg Uigeadail, Ardbeg Dark Cove, Ardbeg Drum, Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 yr., Ardbeg Supernova 2019