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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Saturday, July 18 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Around the World in 80 Staves

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Do you consider yourself a lover and connoisseur of aged spirits? Some say the best whisk(e)ys are the ones old enough to drink themselves. Whatever you fancy, may it be agave based or from a picturesque chateau in Cognac, the wood of the barrel defines much of the character. We will take a look at the obvious indicators like char level, dressing, and age. In addition we will analyze the many factors at play from the tannin and lactones reacting with the distillate to the speed of oxidation impacted by both pressure and temperature. The aging process is not just about time. Each barrel has a life, a lineage, and a story to tell. Some barrels have been shipped around the world and stored in the harshest of winters or enjoyed the tropical delights. If only barrels had passports to log their great journeys and guide us through their storied past and present!

In this session we will take your palate for a trip as we taste through expressions of neutral grain distillate that have been aged in all corners of the world. We invite you to compare and contrast to see how climate comes into play. Learn how to take this into your own bars and mimic the forces of nature on barrel-aged cocktails. Upon completion of this seminar you will have a keen understanding of exactly how coconut, chocolate, toffee or cherry notes develop!

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Jaymee Mandeville

Senior Portfolio Ambassador - Bacardi USA West, Team Enterprises
This West Coast native started off behind Hollywood's starlit nightclubs slinging at a high volume pace. As with many Angelenos, Jaymee had quite a few career aspirations and worked for well known motion picture studios, talent agencies and as a fashion stylist for top magazines... Read More →

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Rob Crabtree

Beverage Director, Goode Company
Rob is a former coastal engineer, who successfully engineered a career change to pursue his passion for food and beverage. He has worked behind multiple bars over the years and was one of the opening bartenders of Half Step in Austin, TX. Rob's passion for agave spirits is well known... Read More →
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Kevin Diedrich

Kevin Diedrich brings a deep appreciation for Bay Area cocktail culture to his position as bar manager of BDK Restaurant & Bar. Growing up in Northern Virginia, Diedrich first began his hospitality career in 2002 as bartender at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. before assuming... Read More →
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Oscar Garza

Senior Research Scientist, Bacardi-Martini Product Development
Oscar is a Senior Research Scientist at Bacardi-Martini Product Development.  He is an expert, 22 years of experience, with analytical instrumentation; such as, Gas and Liquid Chromatographs, Mass Spectrometers, UV-Visible Spectroscopy, Wets and other techniques pertaining to the... Read More →

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Bacardi USA


Saturday July 18, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am CDT
La Nouvelle Orleans West at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130