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Friday, July 17 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Greatest Whisk(e)y Category Is…

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You know you have a favorite whiskey category, whether that's Bourbon, Rye, Scotch or Tennessee. So, prove it. Get out the vote! In this panel, whiskey experts will debate the merits of their category election-style, moderated by bar owner and Washington, D.C.-insider Derek Brown. Georgie Bell from Mortlach will stump for Scotch, Charlie Nelson from Greenbrier Distillery (whose three times great grandfather invented the category) will proclaim the merits of Tennessee Whiskey, J.P. Fetherston from Southern Efficiency will cheer for the hometown hero, Bourbon, and Chad Robinson from Catoctin Creek Rye Whiskey will tell why Rye. Along the way, we'll share what makes each category truly unique and taste a range of excellent whiskies. Expect raucous exchanges and plenty of mud slinging.The audience will have the final say by voting for the winner.

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Georgie Bell

Mortlach Global Brand Ambassador, Diageo
As the Global Brand Ambassador for Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky - a 190 year secret from the heart of Speyside - Georgie spends around 9 months of the year travelling the world, introducing whisky lovers to this award winning scotch. A BSc in Distillation, a background in... Read More →
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JP Fetherston

Head Bartender, Columbia Room
JP Fetherston runs the acclaimed cocktail bar Columbia Room in Washington D.C. in its new location that re-opened in February 2016. JP was named one of the Best New Mixologists of 2016 by Food & Wine magazine. Prior to Columbia Room, JP was a bar manager and bartender at Southern... Read More →
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Charlie Nelson

Owner, Nelsons Green Brier Distillery
Charlie Nelson is the namesake of his triple-great grandfather, Charles Nelson, a German immigrant whose drive and ingenuity built the most productive distillery in Tennessee -- until Prohibition shut it down. Now, with his brother Andy, Charlie is bringing back the legendary Tennessee... Read More →
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Chad Robinson

Global Brand Ambassador, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company
Chad Robinson is the global brand ambassador of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, VA. Catoctin Creek's award-winning spirits include Roundstone Rye, Watershed Gin and 1757 Virginia Brandy. Our Roundstone Rye is made from 100% organic rye grain, our Watershed Gin is... Read More →

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Nicknamed "The Beast of Dufftown" for it's rich, thick & muscular distillery character arising from its unique 2.81 distillation process, Mortlach was the first legal distillery in Dufftown, the heart of Speyside, founded in 1823. For decades it has been adored by whisky enthusiasts... Read More →

Friday July 17, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom South at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130