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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Wednesday, July 15 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Science of Distillation & Art of Maturation

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In this advanced course, Master Distiller Dave Pickerell joins Brad Boswell of Independent Stave for a true Master Class on the art and chemistry of distillation and barrel aging. Many past Tales seminars have been primers for these topics, but this unique presentation is a scientific view of the life of a drop of whiskey, from grain to glass. Travel alongside a rye grain from the day it enters the distillation process until the perfect moment it pours into your favorite craft libations. Side-by-side with the experts of the field, explore the importance of a masterful mash bill, the resurgence of rye, and innovative aging. To drive the lesson home, enjoy a guided tasting of WhistlePig's flagship 100/100 Straight Rye and The Boss Hog, plus a legendary recent release from the brand, focusing on the masterful maturation process of cross-cask aging.

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Dave Pickerell

Master Distiller, WhistlePig Rye Whiskey
WhistlePig and Hillrock Estate Distilleries’ Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, a luminary in the world of whiskey, is one of the nation’s preeminent distillers. Before joining WhistlePig, and Hillrock Estate Distillery, Pickerell spent 14 years as Master Distiller for Maker's Mark in Loretto, Kentucky.   He has since joined the WhistlePig team to launch what he regards as his magnum opus: WhistlePig 100% Straight Rye Whiskey... Read More →

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Brad Boswell

President, Independent Stave Company
Brad Boswell is fourth-generation in a barrel making family. He received his cooper training starting at an early age of 9. Brad worked every summer at the family-owned barrel company while growing up in Lebanon, Missouri. Brad was named President of the company in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from University of Missouri and graduated with honors. A member of Young Presidents’ Organization since 2005, Brad... Read More →

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Entrepreneur Raj P. Bhakta founded WhistlePig in 2010 with a single goal in mind: creating the world’s finest rye whiskeys. In service of this vision, Bhakta spent his life’s savings on a 500-acre farm in Shoreham, VT – the brand’s home, headquarters and future distillery.With the help of one of the whiskey world’s leading lights, former Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, they set about bringing 100% rye whiskey back to its... Read More →

Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130