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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
 

10:00am

Chartreuse In A Bottle Part 2
Chartreuse limited release & Vintage Tasting

The recipe is a mystery to all but a handful of the the Carthusian monks responsible for creating this wonderful liqueur. Of course, we are unable to reveal the entire mystery of what goes into Chartreuse but we will be able to explore the many secrets and bountiful history of this liqueur. Chartreuse Liqueur is one of the few spirits that ages after bottling. In some cases, for the better. More and more, people are searching for older bottles of Chartreuse; searching online, in rural liquor stores, even at estate sales. We will discuss a little bit about what causes this aging process as we sip on bottles found in back of the liquor cabinets. We will also take a look at the other special Chartreuse types the monks have created. . These Chartreuse types are sold only to elite restaurateurs in France and surrounding areas. And finally, we would be remiss not to speak about the Carthusian life and what effects it has played on the liqueur itself.

Guests of this exclusive seminar will be given the chance to taste through several Chartreuse limited release types and a couple different vintages.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Master

Tim Master

Director of Spirits/Ambassador, Frederick Wildman and Sons
Director of Specialty Spirits, Frederick Wildman and Sons Tim Master has more than 18 years’ experience in the hospitality and beverage industry.  He is currently the Director of Specialty Spirits and Trade Education at Frederick Wildman and Sons, overseeing numerous brands including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Father Bill Dailey

Father Bill Dailey

Thomas More Fellow, Center for Ethics & Culture, University of Notre Dame
Rev. William R. Dailey, C.S.C., is a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross and serves at Notre Dame Law School as a Lecturer in Law. Fr. Bill earned his B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and attended Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan... Read More →
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Sean Kenyon

Bartender/Proprietor, Williams & Graham, Denver, CO
Sean Kenyon was literally born to be behind a bar. He is a third generation Barman, his Grandfather, Mother and Father have been pub owners and bartenders in New Jersey since the 1930's. Sean was raised in his family's pubs and while other kids wanted to be firemen or super heroes... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

12:30pm

Rare & Heritage Rums of Demerara
To step into our distillery is to be taken back in time when you stand next to any one of our four heritage stills that not only produced rum for centuries, but are some of the rarest stills in the world. This seminar, led by Master Distiller Shaun Caleb, will offer you the even rarer opportunity to taste aged individual marques from each of our heritage stills at cask strength. Our Edward Henry Porter is a wooden continuous Coffey still, producing rum since 1880. The double and single pot wooden Navy stills produced rum for the British Navy for centuries; the unique copper necked single-pot originated from the Versailles Estate while the double-pot is the only one of its kind left in the world and originated from the Port Mourant Estate, established in 1732. All three stills are made from Guyanese greenheart (though "Guyana" didn't exist yet!) while our fourth heritage still, the French Savalle, is a metal four-column still also dating back to an 18th century Estate, Uitvlugt. And as a special treat, we will also present our Special Reserve 25 year-old blended rum, coming back stateside for the first time in several years.

Moderators
avatar for Nalini Tiwari

Nalini Tiwari

Nalini has the dream job of marketing El Dorado Rum in the US!  She has the unique opportunity to travel across the US and work with the fascinating people who are the heart and soul of the Spirits Industry.    In her role, Nalini has created a team of local advocates for El... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Caleb

Shaun Caleb

Master Distiller, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL)
Lennox Shaun Caleb comes to the job of Master Distiller for Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) after a decade-long association with the company. Shaun excelled in Chemistry and Mathematics at Princeton University as a Cadet of DDL, completing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday July 15, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Science of Distillation & Art of Maturation
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.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Pickerell

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brad Boswell

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... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for WhistlePig

WhistlePig

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... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Thursday, July 16
 

10:00am

Rum: A Taste Of 10 Rare Single Casks
Here is a rare opportunity to experience some fine aged rums from a private collection, never before seen in the United States. Originally sourced in Caribbean casks, these select aged rums were further aged in special barrels in Europe over many years. This exclusive tasting event will be available for only twenty serious rum enthusiasts, featuring vintage rums from Guadeloupe, Belize, Guyana and Haiti, lovingly triple matured and rested in barrels from rare Sauternes, Pineau des Charentes and even Sherry casks.

Moderators
RB

Robert Burr

president, Quantum Leap Network - Robs Rum Guide
Robert publishes Robs Rum Guide and the National Rum Examiner, as well as rum reviews on the Rum Minute YouTube video channel. He is host of the Miami Rum Festival/Trade Expo and the annual Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise. Robert serves as a judge in international rum tasting competitions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alexandre Gabriel

Alexandre Gabriel

President and Owner, Maison Ferrand
Alexandre Gabriel was born and raised in France, on a farm in southern Burgundy near the medieval town of Cluny, where his grandfather taught him how to make wine and distill spirits. Twenty-five years ago Alexandre Gabriel came upon an ancient Cognac house and built it into what... Read More →
avatar for Paul McFadyen

Paul McFadyen

Brand Ambassador UK, Maison Ferrand
Paul McFadyen is co-owner of Trailer Happiness bar in Notting Hill and Brand Ambassador for Cognac Ferrand – creator of brands like Plantation Rum, Citadelle Gin and Pierre Ferrand Cognac. Paul comes from a drinks-media background beginning 20 years ago as Publisher of Flavour... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Plantation Rum

Plantation Rum

Alexandre Gabriel is a man with a singular focus from which he has not wavered in the 20 years he has been the head of esteemed Maison Ferrand. His focus and philosophy are simple – to produce special, unique spirits, gems so distinctive and revolutionary that they set the bar for... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

12:30pm

Fleeting Bubbles: Rare Champagne Tasting
Party like its 1999 with this rare opportunity to taste Champagnes no longer available outside of private collections! Taste tête de cuvées from the mid-to-late 90s along with Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs and Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs from one of the only major Champagne houses to produce these varietals as grand crus, which are not available anywhere in the U.S. Doug Frost (MS, MW) and Rob Bigelow (MS) will present a deep-dive into the world of Champagne with insight from category expert Monsieur Olivier Zorel. These esteemed panelists will discuss Champagne’s past, present, and future in an ever evolving liquid landscape.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Bigelow

Rob Bigelow

Director of Wine Education, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
As Senior Director of Wine Education and On-Premise Development, Rob Bigelow oversees all wine education programs for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. As part of his dual responsibilities he also plays a critical role in the company’s work with key stakeholders in the on-premise trade... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doug Frost

Doug Frost

Managing Partner, Beverage Alcohol Resource
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine. He was the second person in history to complete both exams and more than... Read More →
avatar for Olivier Zorel

Olivier Zorel

Area Export Manager Americas, CHAMPAGNE NICOLAS FEUILLATTE
French native Olivier Zorel brings more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the international wine business, having worked with some of the most famous brands in the industry. After completing business studies in Paris, New York, and Tokyo, Zorel began his career in... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday July 16, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Mon Rye: American's Original Whiskey
For 150 years, Pittsburgh was the Whiskey capital of America, producing the gold standard of Pre-Prohibition American Whiskey -- Monongahela Rye. By 1808, Western Pennsylvania was producing half a barrel of Monongahela Rye for every man, woman and child living in America. We’ll talk through America's pre-Bourbon Whiskey history--the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s through the emergence of the nation’s largest Pre-Prohibition brand of Whiskey--Old Overholt as well as why Rye disappeared post-Prohibition. Attendees will sample Wigle's Organic Monongahela Deep Cut Rye, Old Overholt Rye, and Beam's soon to be released rare high rye Harvest Bourbon Collection. Tasting will allow participants to compare current Ryes explore how environmental conditions and distillation methods likely contributed to Monongahela Rye’s distinct flavor.

Moderators
avatar for Meredith Grelli

Meredith Grelli

Co-Owner, Wigle Whiskey & Threadbare Cider
Meredith is Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Wigle Whiskey, the City of Pittsburgh's first distillery since Prohibition. Wigle combines Meredith's love of drink, food, history, and community development.Since opening in March 2012, Wigle Whiskey has worked to restore Western Pennsylvania’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hal B Klein

Hal B Klein

Hal B. Klein is a food and drinks writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. He is Pittsburgh Magazine's restaurant critic and food writer and a Press Club of Western PA Golden Quill awards winner for his weekly Pittsburgh City Paper drinks column "On the Rocks." Hal's work has also been heard... Read More →
avatar for Wes Shonk

Wes Shonk

Wes Shonk, Wigle Whiskey Ambassador hails from Ligonier, Pennsylvania and is responsible for education around Western Pennsylvania Whiskey history and current production for Wigle. His background is in engineering and managing whiskey bars--his passion is American whiskey past and... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday July 16, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Friday, July 17
 

10:00am

Rare Spirits Tasting: Malts of Hillrock; Finishes of WhistlePig
Exclusive tasting of some of the rarest offerings by Hillrock distillery and WhistlePig Rye Whiskey - many completely unavailable in market.

Operating out of their respective farms in New York and Vermont, with the guidance of respected industry master distiller Dave Pickerell, each company unearths only the finest and most coveted liquid to date. Hillrock will be representing exclusive malted whiskeys; WhistlePig limited rye finishes and products never released.

Featured items in this session include:

Hillrock Rare Liquids:
Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt – No Peat Smoke
Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt – 8 Hours Peat Smoke
Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt – 14 Hours Peat Smoke
Hillrock Estate Distillery Single Malt – New Peat Smoke
Hillrock Estate Distillery Solera Aged Bourbon – Extra Sherry Finish

WhistlePig Rare Liquids:
Boss Hog 2013
Boss Hog 2014: Spirit of Mortimer
Old World Series 12 Year: Sauternes Finish
Old World Series 12 Year: Madeira Finish
Old World Series 12 Year: Port Finish
Old World Series 12 Year Married Finish
Unreleased Finished Rye: Oloroso (Sherry)
Unreleased Finished Rye: Pedro Jimenez (Sherry)
Rare Never Before Tasted Rye (undisclosed name)

Moderators
avatar for Dave Pickerell

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Eddy

Danielle Eddy

Hillrock Estate Distillery
Danielle joined Hillrock in 2012 with over 12 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Prior to joining the Hillrock team, she was the Director of Public Relations at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, where she was responsible for showcasing spirits... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Hillrock Estate Distillery

Hillrock Estate Distillery

Proud to be one of the few “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world, Hillrock Estate Distillery is the first U.S. distillery since before Prohibition to traditionally floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate-grown grain. Hillrock’s whiskeys - Solera Aged... Read More →
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WhistlePig

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... Read More →


Friday July 17, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:00am

The Blinder Truth About Aging Whisky
After the success and controversy caused by last years seminar we want to bring it back bigger and better with a breakdown of where flavor comes from and why age is just a number, it doesn't tell you anything about the quality of the contents of your bottle of whisky.

It’s an age-old question: when it comes to spirits, does older mean better? This seminar will challenge even the most seasoned palates to answer that question tasting some of the rarest and unique whiskies from Diageo’s warehouses in Scotland many of these whiskies have never been tasted by anyone outside of Diageo before.

The Diageo Whisky team, including those behind of some of the most iconic single malts from Talisker and Lagavulin, will be joined again by World-renowned author Dave Broom to lead a blind tasting of whiskies with vastly varying ages from Diageo’s stocks including liquid that has never been offered to the public before.

Attendees will hear how single malts and blends have evolved since the beginning of the 20th Century through to the modern day by changes in production, through to the corks used. They will also learn how multiple flavors from different types of casks make up what we know as a single malt, as they taste the whiskies.

The panel will ask participants for their opinions of each, before the grand revealing of the names and, more importantly, their ages. Attendees will discover what their favorite whisky was, followed by an opportunity to ask questions about each.

Will the older whiskies live up to the hype? There were some real revelations last year and this year will be no exception.

Moderators
avatar for Ewan Morgan

Ewan Morgan

National Director : Diageo Masters of Whisky, Diageo
Ewan is a third generation ‘whisky man’. His father was maltings manager at Tamdhu Distillery in Speyside and later the distillery manager at Highland Park Distillery on the island of Orkney. His Grandfather was the brewer at the famed distillery Cardhu. Ewan was born in Dufftown... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Broom

Dave Broom

Dave Broom was born in Glasgow (Scotland) and has spent his working life in drink. He is chief engineer of www.scotchwhisky.com and writes for numerous international titles, including Whisky Advocate. He won Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer at the 2015 Spirited Awards. He’s written... Read More →
avatar for Gregor Cattanach

Gregor Cattanach

Master of Whisky, Director of Whisky Education, Diageo
As a boy, Gregor grew up at distilleries such as Caol Ila, Coleburn, Cragganmore andCardhu in Scotland where his father Evan worked as Master Distiller of these qualitysingle malts. This is where Gregor's apprenticeship truly began. Learning from his father issomething that he never... Read More →
avatar for Gerard Graham

Gerard Graham

Gerry Graham grew up surrounded by the origins of whiskey in his native land of Ireland.  It was inevitable that this Ulsterman would work in the world of Uisce Beatha and in his current role as Master of Whisky for Diageo  he loves nothing more than instilling his love for whisky... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Nicholas Morgan

Dr. Nicholas Morgan

Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo
Dr Nicholas Morgan Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo Dr Nicholas Morgan is Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo plc, the largest Scotch whisky producer. Nick is an acknowledged authority on the Scotch Whisky business and a frequent speaker at Whisky and Spirits events around the world... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday July 17, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Iberville Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

12:30pm

Armagnac: The Young & The Old
Whether using Armagnac to replace a bourbon base or a rum base, or coming up with an original cocktail recipe, bartenders from London to New York and San Francisco are embracing French Brandies on their cocktails menus. This long overdue trend is not likely to change. Riding that wave is Armagnac, having lived in the shadow of it’s better-funded neighbor further north, Armagnac is finally having its moment in the spotlight.

The original craft spirit, steeped in a history that dates back over 700 years and flavored by the characters that can only be found in Gascony; a sip of Armagnac recalls secret cellars, the bravery of the 3 musketeers, French berets and a character as unique as the people that pour their heart and soul into producing it.

Join May Matta-Aliah, Armagnac Ambassador, and Doug Miller, Associate Professor
of Hospitality and Service Management at The Culinary Institute of America as they walk you through the range of grape varieties used, the importance of the proprietary distillation method used in the region and the influence of the local oak used for maturation.

You will also have a chance to taste a “Blanche”, an un-aged Armagnac, along with some older blends, both pure and in cocktails, to gain a full appreciation of the history as well as the current trends shaping the current Armagnac industry today.

Speakers
avatar for May Matta-Aliah

May Matta-Aliah

NY Armagnac Ambassador, In the Grape
May Matta-Aliah has dedicated her career to making wine and spirits education accessible to everyone from curious appreciators to trade professionals. May has been working with the B.N.I.A. as their Ambassador since 2009, she has led countless presentations on Armagnac to industry... Read More →
avatar for Douglass Miller

Douglass Miller

Professor, The Culinary Institute of America
Doug Miller is an assistant professor of hospitality and service management at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. He teaches Brewed: Culture, History and Production, Spirits and Principles of Mixology and Beverage Management. The semester long classes are electives... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for B.N.I.A - Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac

B.N.I.A - Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l'Armagnac

Acknowledged for more than 40 years as the Interprofession, the Bureau National Interprofessionnel de l’Armagnac unites all of the Armagnac producers and traders, ensures the control, the monitoring and the promotion of AOC Armagnac in France and Internationally.More than just a... Read More →


Friday July 17, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Saturday, July 18
 

10:00am

Spanish Brandy: It's a Thing
There's no doubt that the Brandy category's presence on hot cocktail bar menus is on the rise with an assortment of Cognacs, Armagnacs and Calvados on many a drinks list. Yet, where does Spanish Brandy, infamous for both it's value to quality ratio while tinged with history fall into the mix?

'Spanish Brandy: It's a Thing' will offer an exploration into the general category of Brandy placing emphasis on Spanish Brandy. Leading category experts; Master Sommelier, Robert Bigelow, Torres Brandy Global Brand Manager, Michael La Terriere and Joel Cuellar of NYC's infamous Brandy Library will deep dive into the background and history of Spanish Brandy and how it differs from other Brandy's around the world.

And, attendees will be greeted to 'Spanish Brandy: It's a Thing' with a Classic Brandy Cocktail followed by an exclusive guided Torres Brandy vertical tasting featuring 10, 15, 20 and 30 year pours in addition to barrel samples and other rare offerings.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Bigelow

Rob Bigelow

Director of Wine Education, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
As Senior Director of Wine Education and On-Premise Development, Rob Bigelow oversees all wine education programs for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. As part of his dual responsibilities he also plays a critical role in the company’s work with key stakeholders in the on-premise trade... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joel Cuellar

Joel Cuellar

The Brandy Library
Joel Cuellar has been an authority on brown spirits for a decade first behind the bar at the NYC institution, The Brandy Library, and at its recently opened baby brother, Copper and Oak.Joel also teaches seminars on a regular basis and is a permanent judge on the New York International... Read More →
avatar for Michael La Terrière

Michael La Terrière

Spirits Global Manager, Miguel Torres
As Global Spirits Manager for Miguel Torres, S.A., Michael La Terrière is responsible for the development of a new Spirits Division within Miguel Torres, SA.Despite his French ancestry and surname, Michael was born and brought up in Scotland. His father worked for Justerini & Brooks... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday July 18, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

12:30pm

Clairin - Authentic Rhums of Rural Haiti
A look inside the little known and rarely understood world of rural rhum production on the island of Haiti. Beyond the large brands such as Barbancourt and Vieux Labbe, most of the rhum produced and consumed by islanders in rural Haiti follows rustic, age-old production methods in the outer regions of this unique island. Slow, natural fermentation attracts the natural yeast of each micro-region, delivering a true snapshot of local DNA -- true terroir -- followed by a gentle distillation and simple finishing to produce a delightful, fresh cane spirit of fine quality. In this intimate tasting seminar, we'll sample some of the very best examples of Clairin from Haiti, which are now gaining greater appreciation in Europe thanks to the passionate efforts of Gianluca Gargano of Velier.

Moderators
RB

Robert Burr

president, Quantum Leap Network - Robs Rum Guide
Robert publishes Robs Rum Guide and the National Rum Examiner, as well as rum reviews on the Rum Minute YouTube video channel. He is host of the Miami Rum Festival/Trade Expo and the annual Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise. Robert serves as a judge in international rum tasting competitions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ian Burrell

Ian Burrell

Host, The Rum Experience Co ltd
One of the most travelled figures within the drinks industry, the award winning “EduTainer”, has redefined the definition of an international spirits ambassador. An ex professional basketball player in the UK and international recording artist, he has now established himself as... Read More →
avatar for Gianluca Gargano

Gianluca Gargano

Luca Gargano started as a youngster to show interest for Rhum. In 1975, when he was just 20 years old, he was appointed Brand Manager for Saint James, embarking on a long season of travels across the Caribbean Islands. In 1983 he acquired control of Velier SpA -- a small wine & spirits... Read More →
avatar for Peter Holland

Peter Holland

Owner, TheFloatingRumShack.com
What should people talk to you about? Rum. Mostly rum, although I've a love for all spirits and actively looking to learn more. Keen to spread the word about the best spirit category in the world (Rum), experiencing and educating.
avatar for Alexandre Vingtier

Alexandre Vingtier

French Spirits Consultant & Author
Alexandre Vingtier is a French spirits consultant & author and judge at numerous spirits & cocktails competitions worldwide. He works with distillers, blenders, bottlers, retailers, bartenders, sommeliers, chefs and even noses, and has visited hundreds of distilleries around the world... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday July 18, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

12:30pm

The Blinder Truth About Aging Whisky
After the success and controversy caused by last years seminar we want to bring it back bigger and better with a breakdown of where flavor comes from and why age is just a number, it doesn't tell you anything about the quality of the contents of your bottle of whisky.

It’s an age-old question: when it comes to spirits, does older mean better? This seminar will challenge even the most seasoned palates to answer that question tasting some of the rarest and unique whiskies from Diageo’s warehouses in Scotland many of these whiskies have never been tasted by anyone outside of Diageo before.

The Diageo Whisky team, including those behind of some of the most iconic single malts from Talisker and Lagavulin, will be joined again by World-renowned author Dave Broom to lead a blind tasting of whiskies with vastly varying ages from Diageo’s stocks including liquid that has never been offered to the public before.

Attendees will hear how single malts and blends have evolved since the beginning of the 20th Century through to the modern day by changes in production, through to the corks used. They will also learn how multiple flavors from different types of casks make up what we know as a single malt, as they taste the whiskies.

The panel will ask participants for their opinions of each, before the grand revealing of the names and, more importantly, their ages. Attendees will discover what their favorite whisky was, followed by an opportunity to ask questions about each.

Will the older whiskies live up to the hype? There were some real revelations last year and this year will be no exception.

Moderators
avatar for Ewan Morgan

Ewan Morgan

National Director : Diageo Masters of Whisky, Diageo
Ewan is a third generation ‘whisky man’. His father was maltings manager at Tamdhu Distillery in Speyside and later the distillery manager at Highland Park Distillery on the island of Orkney. His Grandfather was the brewer at the famed distillery Cardhu. Ewan was born in Dufftown... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Broom

Dave Broom

Dave Broom was born in Glasgow (Scotland) and has spent his working life in drink. He is chief engineer of www.scotchwhisky.com and writes for numerous international titles, including Whisky Advocate. He won Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer at the 2015 Spirited Awards. He’s written... Read More →
avatar for Gregor Cattanach

Gregor Cattanach

Master of Whisky, Director of Whisky Education, Diageo
As a boy, Gregor grew up at distilleries such as Caol Ila, Coleburn, Cragganmore andCardhu in Scotland where his father Evan worked as Master Distiller of these qualitysingle malts. This is where Gregor's apprenticeship truly began. Learning from his father issomething that he never... Read More →
avatar for Gerard Graham

Gerard Graham

Gerry Graham grew up surrounded by the origins of whiskey in his native land of Ireland.  It was inevitable that this Ulsterman would work in the world of Uisce Beatha and in his current role as Master of Whisky for Diageo  he loves nothing more than instilling his love for whisky... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Nicholas Morgan

Dr. Nicholas Morgan

Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo
Dr Nicholas Morgan Head of Whisky Outreach, Diageo Dr Nicholas Morgan is Head of Whisky Outreach at Diageo plc, the largest Scotch whisky producer. Nick is an acknowledged authority on the Scotch Whisky business and a frequent speaker at Whisky and Spirits events around the world... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday July 18, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Iberville Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Fleeting Bubbles: Rare Champagne Tasting
Party like its 1999 with this rare opportunity to taste Champagnes no longer available outside of private collections! Taste tête de cuvées from the mid-to-late 90s along with Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs and Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs from one of the only major Champagne houses to produce these varietals as grand crus, which are not available anywhere in the U.S. Doug Frost (MS, MW) and Rob Bigelow (MS) will present a deep-dive into the world of Champagne with insight from category expert Monsieur Olivier Zorel. These esteemed panelists will discuss Champagne’s past, present, and future in an ever evolving liquid landscape.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Bigelow

Rob Bigelow

Director of Wine Education, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
As Senior Director of Wine Education and On-Premise Development, Rob Bigelow oversees all wine education programs for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. As part of his dual responsibilities he also plays a critical role in the company’s work with key stakeholders in the on-premise trade... Read More →

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Doug Frost

Managing Partner, Beverage Alcohol Resource
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine. He was the second person in history to complete both exams and more than... Read More →
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Olivier Zorel

Area Export Manager Americas, CHAMPAGNE NICOLAS FEUILLATTE
French native Olivier Zorel brings more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the international wine business, having worked with some of the most famous brands in the industry. After completing business studies in Paris, New York, and Tokyo, Zorel began his career in... Read More →

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Saturday July 18, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130