WhiskyFest offers the opportunity to taste from a selection of more than 250 whiskies from around the world; many of them rare and exclusive. Attend free seminars conducted by distillery managers and master blenders.
The WhiskyFest ticket price includes access to the grand tasting and all seminars, a commemorative Glencairn crystal nosing glass, event program, a buffet available all evening along with coffee, tea, water and soft drinks.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis 55 Fourth Street San Francisco, CA 94103
Friday, October 7, 2011 Regular admission: $135 | VIP admission: $185
7:00- 7:45 pm
Salon 1/2 Simon Brooking, Malt Master Ambassador, Laphroaig Laphroaig Mixology Contest Mixology contest with local members of the US Bartenders Guild showcasing the mixabillty of Laphroaig. With Simon Brooking judging.
Salon 3/4 Johnnie Mundell, The Glenrothes, Ambassador Vintage Single Malt Whisky Why maturity matters, not age, when selecting whisky. Taste through different vintages of The Glenrothes to see first-hand the influence of spirit and oak.
Salon 5/6 Willie Tait, Master Distiller, Isle of Jura The Spirit of Jura Explore the history of the island and its people with one of Jura’s favorite sons.
Nob Hill A/B Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, The Glenmorangie Company The Glenmorangie Academy. Dr. Bill Lumsden – Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation – for a journey through the unseen extra steps Glenmorangie goes to create Scotland’s favorite single malt whisky.
7:45- 8:30 pm
Salon 10/11 Parker Beam, Master Distiller, Heaven Hill Dilleries, Inc. The Spirit of Cooperation—the Making of Parker’s Heritage Collection Cognac Finished Bourbon Join 6th generation Heaven Hill Master Distiller Parker Beam and legendary Master Cognac Blender Alain Royer of the Renaud-Cointreau Group as they explore the origins and development of the newest 2011 Parker’s Heritage Collection release—a 10-year-old Bourbon finished for 6 months in Limousin Oak Cognac casks. Learn how the selection of whiskey and barrel was made, how Parker and Alain see the results, and be among the first to taste this exciting new bottling. Vive longtemps la revolution!
Salon 12/13 Mitch Bechard, The Glenfiddich Ambassador Gable Erenzo, The Hudson Ambassador From Dufftown to Tuthhilltown, a Journey with Glenfiddich and Hudson Join us for a comparative tasting between Single Malt Scotch and American Whiskey. In particular, the Glenfiddich story compared to the Hudson story.
Salon 14/15 Neyah White, Brand Ambassador, Yamazaki and Hibiki Japanese Whiskies The Art of Japanese Whisky Join San Francisco’s own Yamazaki Brand Ambassador Neyah White as he leads a tasting of the components and varied expressions of the Suntory family of Japanese Whiskies. We will not just discuss the spirit itself and how it is produced, but the values that govern the decision making these award winning whiskies distinctly ‘Japanese’.
Nob Hill C/D Bernie Lubbers, Whiskey Professor, Beam Global What’s the Small in the Batch? And Other Whisky Myths/Legends and Lore Join Whiskey Professor Bernie Lubbers for a presentation you are sure to enjoy.
8:30- 9:15 pm
Salon 3/4 Steve Beal, Senior Master of Whisky, Keeper of the Quaich, The Classic Malts The Classic Malts Experience The Classic Malts Experience uses the expansive knowledge of the Diageo Masters of Whisky to educate scotch enthusiasts on a sampling of the Classic Malts Distiller’s Editions. This multimedia, multi sensory seminar takes you through the history, production process, regionality and most important the flavor profiles of this vast selection of Single Malt Scotches. You will leave the seminar with an increased confidence to order your new favorite Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Salon 5/6 Martin Daraz, Brand Ambassador, Highland Park Last Call with Martin Daraz End your WhiskyFest San Francisco on a high note; come and sample “the best spirit in the world” with Martin Daraz, native Scotsman and Brand Ambassador for the Highland Park Distillery in the USA. We will be nosing and tasting five expressions from Highland Park 12 year old all the way up to Highland Park 30 year old.
Nob Hill A/B Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, The Glenmorangie Company Releasing the Peat with Ardbeg Enter the world of Ardbeg wizardry with Dr. Bill Lumsden – Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation. Dark, mysterious and peaty spells will be released from the Ardbeg cauldron, distilled into potions and matured into deep peaty magic. So sit a spell and join our tangled web… and discover the dark dangerous secrets of Islay’s peatiest malt whisky.