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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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Tuesday, July 14
 

10:30am

Un Vero Aperitivo Italiano- Mancino Vermouth
Join world-renowned Italian bartender, Giancarlo Mancino, and discover his exceptional vermouth. He will discuss why he created this stunning range of unique, yet classic, aperitifs. Learn all about the man, the process, and the inspiration behind arguably the most interesting line of new products to reach US shores in a long time. Mancino Vermouth Secco, Mancino Vermouth Bianco Ambrato, and Mancino Vermouth Rosso Amaranto are redefining what is possible in this category.

Please join us in what will be a memorable First Sip at Tales and an opportunity to learn from a master bartender how the most innovative bars and restaurants around the world are integrating these products into their programs.

Personalities
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Giancarlo Mancino

Founder, Mancino Vermouth
Giancarlo Mancino is one of the most talented and best bartenders ever to come out of Italy . A charming host and a master of vintage cocktails He is also the founder of Mancino Vermouth. Based between Hong Kong and Europe running a Bar and Beverage International Consultancy Company... Read More →
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Lars Fasel

Owner, Fasel Shenstone
Lars Fasel is the founder and owner of Fasel Shenstone. Fasel Shenstone was established in 2013 and began importing and managing multiple vermouth producers from Europe. Expanding quickly, their portfolio has garnered the attention of major restaurants, bars, hotels, and retail... Read More →
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Leith Shenstone

Owner, Fasel Shenstone
I am an importer of aperitifs, digestifs, and other fine European traditions. We go out into the world to find great quality and authentic products that deserve to be here in the US, and that merit the attention of people committed to the craft of bar owning, managing or tending... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday July 14, 2015 10:30am - 1:30pm
Royal Ballrooms A & B at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

12:00pm

Suite Silencio by Mezcal El Silencio

If you are doing Tales of the Cocktail right… running from event to event, imbibing endless spirit-ful tastings, and enjoying all-hours craziness in the sizzling New Orleans heat… we bet you’re a bit frazzled and fatigued.

Come escape the mayhem in the cool, quiet Penthouse retreat of Suite Silencio. 

Greeted by a beautiful enchantress, sit and sip a refreshing Mezcal El Silencio signature cocktail of Mezcal Espadin, honeydew melon, coconut water, lemon juice and basil crystals in the zenned-out oasis surrounding you.  Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the peaceful Silence while you ponder the question…. “where would I like it?”  Then, pamper yourself with 10 heavenly minutes of a calming chair massage. You’ll leave refreshed, revived and ready to re-load.  

Daily appointments available Wednesday-Saturday: 10:30am to 3:30pm(reserve appointments at www.mezcalelsilencio.com/ss.html or walk-ins welcome).

Join us and #ShareTheSilence



Tuesday July 14, 2015 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Ernest Hemingway Suite at the Hotel Monteleone 2014 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

2:00pm

Celebrate Bastille Day with Lillet! presented by Lillet

Join Lillet in the Monteleone lobby as we celebrate France's Bastille Day! Happily falling on the same date as check-in begins, Lillet welcomes you with festive libations and bites celebrating La Fête nationale, the kick-off of Tales of the Cocktail®, and the quintessential aperitif! A lobby favorite last year, join us at the Lillet cart for tried and true classics as well as our most beloved originals, showcasing the refreshing summer flavors of Lillet Blanc and Rose.


Sponsors

Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

2:30pm

A Unique Sipping Experience- Riazul Anejo Tequila presented by Terlato Artisan Spirits
Riazul was founded in the desert Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico on land that was handed down from generation to generation for more than 200 years. The unique terroir, with its virgin volcanic soils and the area’s harshest micro climate, produces Blue Agave unlike anywhere else in Jalisco. That is where Inaki Orozco, the founder of Riazul, hand-planted his Blue Agave shoots with the permission of his family’s elders.

After two distillations, Riazul Anejo is aged for two years in Cognac barrels. It displays subtle hints of Agave, driven by delicate flavors of honey, vanilla, dried fruits, and spices.  

Kick off Tales of the Cocktail® with a complimentary sample of Riazul Anejo at registration and find out why Business Insider named it the #1 Tequila in the world.

Personalities
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Inaki Orozco

Riazul Imports
Iñaki Orozco is founder, president, and CEO of Riazul Imports, a tequila company that is 200 years in the making. The 620 acres of land in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, where his blue agave is grown, was handed down in his family from his great-great grandmother. She was awarded... Read More →

Sponsors
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Terlato Artisan Spirits

Terlato Artisan Spirits offers an exclusive collection of hand-crafted premium spirits from around the world.


Tuesday July 14, 2015 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Royal Ballrooms A & B at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

5:00pm

Mig Fuel Poolside Party Launch presented by Phenix Brands

For years Mig Fuel has been in development and this year, it is complete and… it launches at Tales! Kick off the week with us, Phenix Brands, as we debut our newest creation that is sure to take the world by storm! Mig Fuel is a high octane 90 proof shooter that has no other comparison on the market.

We have been known to throw one hell of a party and this year is no different, join Ray “Godfather” Edwards and the Master Bar Czar’s as we take over the pool at the Monteleone and transform it to the biggest, baddest training facility for new recruits to the Mig Fuel Brand.

No further explanation is needed. Shots will be flowing, Music will be blasting, and no party is complete without the “Mig-ettes” our very own Russian models! Grab that SPF cause this is 90 Proof!

Personalities
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Ray Edwards

Founder / CEO, Phenix Brands
Founder and CEO of Phenix Brands, LLC. Our brands include STILETTO Vodka (aka: SHPILKA Vodka), LONDON Vodka, SAMOGON, MIG Fuel (90 Proof Shooter) and LL Kinanhan's Irish Whiskey (The preferred whiskey of Jerry Thomas 1862) Showman, bartender, consumer and friend to many but not a... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday July 14, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Pool at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Wednesday, July 15
 

9:00am

Good Morning Tales Bar presented by William Grant & Sons

Eye opener you say? Traditionally a morning drink huh? Those that started their day with a cocktail were said to be smart, sophisticated, the types that got things done? Ok.

So here you have it the GOOD MORNING TALES OF THE COCKTAIL® bar presented by William Grant & Sons in the Hotel Monteleone each morning, Wednesday through Saturday.

Try bite sized Reyka infused tomatoes on Wednesday, breakfast Martinis and cucumber eye masks with Hendrick’s on Friday and a little bit of everything else in between.

The eclectic Ambassadors of William Grant & Sons will be tending bar and waking you up each day at Tales of the Cocktail® – come by and see us.

Personalities
avatar for Camille Austin "La Loba"

Camille Austin "La Loba"

US Ambassador / La Loba, Mezcal Montelobos
Camille Austin, also known as “La Loba”, is the dynamic Montelobos Mezcal United States Brand Ambassador with a distinctive style. Camille’s mission as the Montelobos Ambassador is to honor the Oaxacan heritage and culture by sharing the art of agave in cocktails and the tradition... Read More →
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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A... Read More →
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Dean Callan

Global Brand Ambassador, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
Dean Callan started his career as a bartender on the Gold Coast of Australia, having been told in an interview that “Your bar certificates aren’t any good here, we only hire bartenders with experience” his reply was “I’ll work for free until I’m better than your worst... Read More →
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Han Shan

Hudson Whiskey Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
Before turning his love of Hudson Whiskey into a vocation, this autodidactic polymath traveled the world as an environmental and human rights campaigner, film and video producer, painter, photographer, storyteller, and bon vivant. With an abiding love for the history and enjoyment... Read More →
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Jaime Salas

US Ambassador, Milagro Tequila
Combining passion, charisma and originality with an unrivalled knowledge and reverence for the art of tequila, Milagro Ambassador Jaime Salas is the perfect embodiment of modern day Mexico. Having grown up dividing his time between the creative freedom of San Francisco and Mexico’s... Read More →
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JP De Loera

Milagro Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
avatar for Mark Stoddard

Mark Stoddard

Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Trevor Schneider

Reyka Vodka US, William Grant & Sons

Sponsors
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William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons


Wednesday July 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

Kick Start Coffee Bar presented by Orleans Coffee Exchange
With your action-packed Tales of the Cocktail® schedule, it’s important to get off to a fresh start every morning. Well, the Kick Start Coffee Bar has you covered. Stop by for a complimentary coffee, café au lait, espresso or any other caffeinated beverage of your choice expertly crafted by our friends at Orleans Coffee Exchange. Grab a cup and get on your way to whatever your day at Tales of the Cocktail® has in store.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Bulleit Family Affair presented by Bulleit Bourbon

Join Tom Bulleit, Hollis Bulleit and the Masters of Whiskey for a celebration of family, friends and our home state of Kentucky. Start your Tales week off right by catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, sharing stories and drinking rousing Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye cocktails created by some of Bulleit’s longstanding “partners in chemistry.”


Speakers
avatar for Erick Castro

Erick Castro

Beverage Director, Possessed by Spirits
Erick Castro initially built his cocktail empire at San Francisco's Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch by searching for obscure recipes, methods and ingredients that originated prior to Prohibition. The bartending behemoth has created unique beverage programs that have earned a place... Read More →

Personalities
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Adam Geissler

Account Manager, Hawthorn Beverage Group
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Carla Rivera

Lead mixologist, Hakkasan
Carla Rivera, 34, an up and coming mixologist and Miami native is bringing her passion for cocktails to Hakkasan at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Rivera honed her skills as a craft bartender and beverage manager at various bars in Tampa, Florida, after going abroad to Cyprus and Turkey... Read More →
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Chris Bostick

Half Step
Originally from Austin, Texas, Chris Bostick began his career behind the bar slinging cans of beer and margaritas over 15 years ago. He initially started in the industry in what he calls “the old fashioned way,” by washing dishes and bussing tables in high school, which led to... Read More →
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Dominic Venegas

Barman, NoMad Hotel
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Hollis Bulleit

World Ambassador Bulleit, Bulleit
If you hear a loud melodic laugh from across the room (somewhere in between a cackle and a roar) then you have just heard Hollis Bulleit. If you scan the room and see a bewitching bearcat Top Hat bobbing about then you have almost seen Hollis Bulleit (she's a bit of a hobbit and quite... Read More →
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Josh Durr

Founder, Hawthorn Beverage Group
It all started in Lawrenceburg, KY home of some of the best Bourbon distilleries in the world, and where Josh grew up. He has been immersed in spirit culture since he was very young, a large portion of his family still works in some capacity for the distilleries in Lawrencerburg... Read More →
avatar for Tina Ross

Tina Ross

Bartender, Harvard & Stone
I'm little and fast as hell.

Sponsors

Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Savory & Botanical Breakfast with Boiron Fruit Purees and presented by AlambiQ

Please join us as we kick off another exciting year on Wednesday, June 15th from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm inside the Orleans Room located at the Hotel Monteleone and sponsored by Boiron Fruit Purees.

Rejuvenate with AlambiQ as they pour you delicious morning style refresher cocktails paired-off with breakfast bites to get your day and week started.

Join us as we pick-off fresh herbs/botanicals and blend, shake, and pour a rejuvenating concoction with your favorite Boiron Fruit and/or Vegetable Flavor.

Brands: Boiron Fruit Purees & Vegetables, The Botanist Gin, Mount Gay Black Barrel, Cointreau, and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.

Personalities
avatar for Freddy Diaz

Freddy Diaz

Owner/Co-Founder/Partner, AlambiQ/Collectif 1806/Boiron Freres
-Owner at AlambiQ Inc - Miami, Florida - Bar Entrepreneurship, Cocktail & Bar Consultancy, Drink Development, Spirit Education & Training, and Cocktail Event Catering - Established 2009 - www.alambiQ.com -Co-Founder and Thirsty Revivalist at Collectif 1806 - Miami, Florida - www.collectif1806.com -Partner... Read More →
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Nathan Burdette

Thirsty Revivalist, Collectif 1806
Northern California & Pacific Northwest Ambassador for Remy-Cointreau USA
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Philip Khandehrish

Bartender, AlambiQ
I was born in Iran but also have Greek and Assyrian heritage. I came to America when I was 5 and moved to Miami when I was 7. In the last 30 years, in Miami, I have seen and been a part of its beatiful growth. Aside from working at AlambiQ I also run a bar in the Setai Hotel in... Read More →
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TJ Palmieri

Bartender, Madrina\'s
TJ has stood behind every different kind of bar imaginable before finding his way into the cocktail world nearly a decade ago. He was the bar manager for Dragonfly Restaurants before moving on to helm the award winning 2nd Street Speakeasy and is now hard at work opening Madrina's... Read More →

Sponsors
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AlambIQ

Since AlambiQ was founded in 2009 our vision has remained consistent. The return of our clientele and long lasting partnerships is the proof of our success. We have the touch of “passion” in what we deliver and have pride in our exemplary results. We help revolutionize the industry... Read More →
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Boiron Fruit Purees

The global leader in frozen fruit and vegetable purees and coulis with more than 12,000 tons of products sold each year in 70 countries, Les vergers Boiron's expertise goes back more than 40 years.Strict selection of the best raw materials, controlled assembly techniques inherited... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Texas Breakfast: Lone Star Friends & Flavors presented by Tipsy Texan

They say “everything is bigger in Texas” and that’s especially true when it comes to the bold flavors of our food and cocktails. Thanks to culinary influences and tastemakers from around the world, Texas bars have come a long way from the Mexican Martini. From the bayous to the big city, from the plains to the ports, it's never been a better time to be drinking (and eating) in Texas.

For the fourth consecutive year, the movers and shakers of the Lone Star state come together to serve up a Texas-sized helping of hospitality at Tales of the Cocktail® and will help showcase the vibrant culinary talents that have made Texas the “third coast” of American cocktails.

Sponsors

Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Vieux Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

The Mixing Room
The spirits may get most of the attention, but no cocktail is complete without the help of a number of other ingredients. At Tales of the Cocktail® 2015, we’re giving those ingredients the attention they deserve.

The Mixing Room is a comprehensive collection of mixers, bitters, garnishes and other craft cocktail ingredients made by artisans from around the country. Be a part of this special tasting room as we talk to the makers, sample their wares and enjoy these innovative products.

Sponsors
avatar for Mess Hall Cocktail Co.

Mess Hall Cocktail Co.

Mess Hall Cocktail Cherries are a new cocktail cherry specifically made for the high quality of craft cocktails that are being stirred, shaken, and poured across the globe. We preserve our cherries by hand, with demerara sugar, a splash of bourbon, and the smallest notes of black... Read More →
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Tippleman's

Tippleman's is a line of "Not Quite Simple Syrups" designed for bartenders to easily introduce more complex flavor characteristics into cocktails. Each bar syrup is handcrafted with a unique attention to the ingredients. Made in rather small batches, the finest quality ingredients... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

The First Sip- Westland Boulevardier presented by Anchor Distilling
The 13th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® starts right here. Before heading off to drink in all that this year’s festival has to offer, stop by registration to pick up your goodies, shop The Market at Tales and enjoy a Westland Boulevardier as your first Tales of the Cocktail® cocktail.

Personalities
avatar for Emerson Lamb

Emerson Lamb

President, Westland Distillery
Emerson Lamb is president and co-founder of Westland Distillery. Started in 2009 with the goal of putting the state of Washington on the map as a world class place to make single malt whiskey, today Westland is the largest such distillery in the United States. As a family business... Read More →
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John Troia

Co-Founder, Tempus Fugit
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Matteo Luxardo

Export Manager, Luxardo S.p.A.
Born in 1974, grew up in the country side till the age of 10 where I have discovered the beauty of being wild, a feeling that have never left me. Graduated from high school as a graphic designer have tried the world of university studying Japanese and Chinese, I have tried hardly... Read More →
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Peter Schaf

Co-Founder, Tempus Fugit
Since 2001, Peter Schaf has been actively re-creating historic protocols, co-developing, consulting and/or distilling over 25 different European absinthe brands, in distilleries located in France, Switzerland, Italy and the UK, along with having been a co-owner of the historic Distillerie... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Anchor Distilling Company

Anchor Distilling Company

Named the 2015 Icons of Whisky Importer of the Year by Whisky Magazine, Anchor Distilling Company aims to provide the bridge between discerning buyers and world's finest spirits. A privately owned distiller and importer, Anchor boasts an artisanal portfolio with over 400 specialty... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 1:30pm
Royal Ballrooms A & B at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Suite Silencio by Mezcal El Silencio

If you are doing Tales of the Cocktail right… running from event to event, imbibing endless spirit-ful tastings, and enjoying all-hours craziness in the sizzling New Orleans heat… we bet you’re a bit frazzled and fatigued.

Come escape the mayhem in the cool, quiet Penthouse retreat of Suite Silencio. 

Greeted by a beautiful enchantress, sit and sip a refreshing Mezcal El Silencio signature cocktail of Mezcal Espadin, honeydew melon, coconut water, lemon juice and basil crystals in the zenned-out oasis surrounding you.  Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the peaceful Silence while you ponder the question…. “where would I like it?”  Then, pamper yourself with 10 heavenly minutes of a calming chair massage. You’ll leave refreshed, revived and ready to re-load.  

Daily appointments available Wednesday-Saturday: 10:30am to 3:30pm(reserve appointments at www.mezcalelsilencio.com/ss.html or walk-ins welcome).

Join us and #ShareTheSilence



Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 3:30pm
Ernest Hemingway Suite at the Hotel Monteleone 2014 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

Belvedere Presents: 'Fed Up, The Movie' presented by Belvedere Vodka
'Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn't want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat (and DRINK) forever...'

Join Belvedere Vodka and Drink, Eat, Live as we explore the how to make 'better' cocktails by reducing our reliance on sugar, while not missing out on the sweet stuff. Movie snacks and drinks will be provided.

Personalities
avatar for Ali Dedianko

Ali Dedianko

InsideBelve.  Ali Dedianko is a Baltimore native but moved to NYC in 2003 to attend New York University. While she majored in European Studies and minored in Russian Language, she has always had a true passion for spirits. After 7 years behind the bar, working everywhere from speakeasies... Read More →
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Amanda Victoria

Senior National Ambassador, Belvedere, Moet Hennessy USA
Amanda Victoria is a recognized leader in the global spirits industry as the face of elegant drinking and a revivalist of the modern day aperitif category. Amanda got her start bartending at a handful of the world’s best contemporary cocktail bars in New York City including PDT... Read More →
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Claire Smith-Warner

Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology, Belvedere Vodka
Claire Smith-Warner is Head of Spirit Creation at Belvedere Vodka and has been working with alcohol in its various forms for over 15 years. Committed to discovering new ways to drink ‘better’, Claire has developed a range of sugar free and 100% fresh fruit flavoured vodkas for... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA

11:00am

The London Nº1 Gin Presents: 'A Little Bit of London'
Making its first standout appearance at Tales of the Cocktail®, The London No.1 Gin is fast becoming a recognizable addition to back bars around the world and taking the industry by storm. Creating a fully immersive experience from the quintessential British spirit, allow us to transport you to a little piece of London where you can enjoy our tasty tipples in their proper place.

Receiving Gold Medals from the L.A. International Spirits Competition and Silver at the Wine and Spirits Tasting Competition in 2014, The London No.1 Gin has proven it’s loved by both critics and consumers alike.

The London No.1 Tasting Room will be featuring interesting and innovative cocktails prepared and served by our team of Spirits Ambassadors… we’ll even be giving away customised London No.1 goodie bags to help you on your merry way, ensuring you get the most out of your Tales of the Cocktail® 2015 experience.

Personalities
avatar for Celia Schoonraad

Celia Schoonraad

International Spirits Manager, Gonzalez Byass
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Peter Allison

International Spirits Manager, Gonzalez Byass

Sponsors
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London No. 1 Gin

The London Nº1 marks a return to the heyday of gin production, valuing the traditions and legacy of a London Dry style distillate, using herbs and spices that were synonymous with the city’s busy trading ports during the 18th and 19th centuries. A sublime spirit with a captivating... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Evangeline A & B at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130

2:30pm

Rhum Barbancourt Tiki Takeover presented by Rhum Barbancourt
Craft cocktails calling your name? Look no further than the Rhum Barbancourt Tiki Takeover at The Corner Bar!

Come by and taste why Rhum Barbancourt has been creating perfection for over 150 years with our tiki-inspired menu featuring several Rhum Barbancourt expressions. We’ll be showcasing Cesar’s Punch, the original Rhum Barbancourt tiki cocktail, made with Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star, as well as some other tropical treasures you won’t want to miss. 

Join us in a toast to tradition with glasses that are always half full. Cheers!

Personalities
avatar for Zach Lynch

Zach Lynch

Bar Manager, The Ice Plant
After tending bar in Orlando for a little over ten years in different formats from fine dining to microbrews and craft cocktails I helped found the Central Florida Chapter of the USBG. When working a booth at Rum Renaissance met the owners of the Ice Plant and St Augustine Distillery... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Rhum Barbancourt

Rhum Barbancourt

Over 150 years ago, Dupre Barbancourt created the perfect recipe for pure Haitian sugar cane rhum. By using a double distillation process and Limousin oak barrel aging normally used for the most exquisite cognac, the Rhum Barbancourt tradition has stood the test of time. Barbancourt's... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

2:30pm

The First Sip- Mezcal Margarita presented by Mezcal Amarás

The 13th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® starts right here. Before heading off to drink in all that this year’s festival has to offer, stop by registration to pick up your goodies, shop The Market at Tales and enjoy a Mezcal Amarás Margarita as your first Tales of the Cocktail® cocktail.


Personalities
avatar for Alex Mermillod

Alex Mermillod

Export Manager, Mezcal Amarás
Alex joined Mezcal Amores (MEZCAL AMARAS in US) as Export manager in August 2013, bringing to the team a mixture of marketing, management and expertise of the spirit industry with the intention to show to the world the complexity of spirits transmitting to people his passion for it... Read More →
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Luis Nino de Riviera

GM, Mezcal Amarás
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Santiago Suarez

Founder, Mezcal Amarás
Santiago is the Founder and CEO of Mezcal Amaras, After graduating from college as an Industrial Engineer major from Universidad Iberoamericana in 2009, he chose to do his Social Service in Oaxaca, restructuring an association that sponsored children in need aiding and supervising... Read More →
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Sofia Acosta Rascon

US Brand Ambassador, Mezcal Amarás

Sponsors
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Mezcal Amarás

Mezcal Amarás is a project made with love, focusing on providing high-quality, artisanal mezcal while at the same time applying the Mezcal Amarás Philosophy. These beliefs consist of working only with sustainably cultivated agaves, managing fair trade and redistributing a part of... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Royal Ballrooms A & B at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

California Craft presented by Ascendant Spirits
Stephen Gertman, the Master Distiller for Ascendant Spirits, and one of hottest bartenders in Los Angeles, Jeremy Lake, will be hosting a tasting of Ascendant Spirits' portfolio of products. Included in the tasting will be Ascendant's 4 whiskies, vodkas, and previews of its upcoming new releases. Stephen will be able to answer questions in detail as to how each product is made, and Jeremy will be discussing and demonstrating cocktail applications for the spirits.

Ascendant Spirits, located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, is one of the premiere California Craft distilleries. Ascendant is best known for their award winning Breaker Bourbon and unique American Star Vodkas.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Don Pancho: The “Godfather of Rum” presented by Terlato Artisan Spirits
Don Pancho Orígenes Master Blender Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez knows what it takes to make a super-premium, aged Cuban-style rum quite possibly better than anyone else in the world. And that is what he will share with his guests at this tasting.

Recognized as one of the most experienced and respected rum blenders in the world, Don Pancho was instrumental in modernizing Cuba’s rum industry in the 1970s and was the master blender for Havana Club until the government sold it in the 1990s. After receiving permission to leave Cuba after the sale, he relocated to Panama and discovered a neglected distillery in the Herrera region of Panama, which he built into the Las Cabras Distillery.

Don Pancho, will share his remarkable experience and razor-sharp vision of what it takes to make superlative aged rum. Taste both the 8 Year Old and 18 Year Old Don Pancho Origenes’ expressions – both set the bar high for rum in terms of maturity, quality and taste.

Learn what true age dating means and the distinct variables that go into making rum in the Cuban style.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the 76 year-old “Godfather of Rum.”

Personalities
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Don Pancho

Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez began his career in Cuba in the early 60’s working with his father, a wine and spirits merchant. After earning a degree in microbiology, he decided to pursue his passion for creating great rums. In the 1970s as Director of the Cuban Beverage... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Terlato Artisan Spirits

Terlato Artisan Spirits

Terlato Artisan Spirits offers an exclusive collection of hand-crafted premium spirits from around the world.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Return of the Long Drink presented by Q Drinks
Refreshing, easy to make, popular, and profitable; highballs are back, in a big way. Mules as well as Gin and Tonics are in the midst of a thriving renaissance, while original long drinks are taking over cocktail menus around the globe. Q Drinks, St George Spirits, Hauz Alpenz, and others will present creative new ways to serve and enjoy highballs. Alongside tasting long drinks from bartenders all over the country, you will also have the opportunity to create your own recipes, culminating in a cocktail competition that could win you fame and fortune.

Plus, it's hot out there and you deserve a long, thirst quenching beverage.

Personalities
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Andie Ferman

Brand Ambassador, St. George Spirits
Since joining St. George Spirits in 2006, Andie Ferman has been an instrumental part of the distillery's operations—overseeing the tasting room and educational tours, leading spirits seminars, and representing St. George at tasting events across the country as the distillery's national... Read More →
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Eric Seed

Principal, Haus Alpenz LLC
Eric Seed is the Founder and Principal of Haus Alpenz, an importer, distributor and brand manager for a wide range of wines and spirits. Established in 2005, Haus Alpenz is recognized for reviving a number of historic and important classic drinks components such as Creme de Violette... Read More →
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Jordan Silbert

Founder, Q Drinks
Jordan is the founder of Q Drinks. He started the company in his kitchen after a night drinking good gin with great friends and bad tonic water. Today, Q Drinks makes 8 different flavors of spectacular cocktail sodas: Q Tonic, Q Ginger Beer, Q Ginger (ale), Q Club, Q Kola, Q Sparkling... Read More →

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Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Vieux Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Taste of Cascade Hollow presented by George Dickel Tennessee Whisky
At George Dickel, we take our time. We do things the right way. It’s our craft; it’s our pride; and it may be the finest whisky you’ll ever have the good luck to sip. Come spend a little time with us this Tales. Meet some of the great folks behind the brand, sample our award-winning whiskies, and maybe even try out one of our hand-crafted cocktails featuring Dickel No. 12 and Dickel Rye. We’ll also have plenty of fine Tennessee-inspired snacks.

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George Dickel Tennessee Whisky

George Dickel is a superior, smooth sipping Tennessee Whisky because we make it by hand and value quality above all else – making it perfect for sipping on the rocks or enjoying in delicious cocktails.Tucked away in a small town outside of Nashville, Cascade Hollow has been the... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:30pm

Anchored in San Francisco presented by Anchor Distilling

The Bay Area has been the birthplace to many well-known cocktails including the Martinez, Pisco Punch, the Mai Tai, and the Boothby Cocktail.

Join Bay Area native, Anchor Distilling Company, and old school San Francisco bartenders Borys Saciuk, Ryan Fitzgerald, Dominic Venegas, and Jon Santer who will be sampling these Bay Area originals alongside new school bartenders from the Bay Shaher Misif, Morgan Schick, Kevin Diedrich, and David Ruis who will be sampling their unique riffs on the originals.

Between cocktails explore the Anchor portfolio through neat product tastings guided by the producers themselves, including BarSol Pisco, Luxardo, Mezcal Amaras, Tempus Fugit, Westland Distillery, and more.

Personalities
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Dominic Venegas

Barman, NoMad Hotel
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Jon Santer

Owner/Operator, Prizefighter
Jon Santer has been in the spirits industry for the past 15 years. Between 2006 - 08 he was the only person to be a part of the opening teams at: Bourbon & Branch, Beretta, and Heavenʼs Dog. From 2007-2009 he served as President of the San Francisco Chapter of the United States Bartenderʼs... 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 →

Sponsors
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Anchor Distilling Company

Named the 2015 Icons of Whisky Importer of the Year by Whisky Magazine, Anchor Distilling Company aims to provide the bridge between discerning buyers and world's finest spirits. A privately owned distiller and importer, Anchor boasts an artisanal portfolio with over 400 specialty... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Evangeline A & B at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:30pm

Uncle Val’s Gin “Story of a Bartender” presented by Uncle Val’s Gin and Kirk and Sweeney Rum

Uncle Val’s Gin and our small craft spirits company, based in Sonoma, California, are on our maiden trip to "Tales.” NOLA in July? We say, of course and we are bringing with us the winners of our “Story of a Bartender” contest. For months we have interviewed bartenders from across the country, finding out what has inspired them, even irritates them and especially what drives them in their professional and quite personal journey behind the bar.  Meet the winning few, whose stories stood out above all others and check out their story in our tasting room - while they sling cocktails made with our hand-crafted gin. Share and imbibe in cocktails, swag and bits of charcuterie, while mingling with members of our small company. We’ve found that an auspicious bartender’s professional journey, and therefore their story, is invariably dotted with passion, ingenuity, desire and even coincidence. All of our craft spirits, each the result of a distinct journey, are similarly dotted with those dynamic qualities that make each unique. Don’t miss your chance to taste our entire line-up: Uncle Val’s Gin, Kirk and Sweeney Rum, Bib and Tucker Bourbon and Masterson’s Whiskey. Share your story, and we’ll share ours – over a cocktail, of course.


Personalities
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August Sebastiani

35 Maple Street Spirits & TOG Wines
A fourth-generation member of one of California’s oldest wine families, August Sebastiani is the president of The Other Guys (TOG) wine company, as well as 35 Maple Street Spirits, both based in Sonoma, California. A native of Sonoma, after growing up locally, Aug went on to earn... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA

5:00pm

Redemption Rocks Rye Pool Tasting by Bardstown Barrel Selections, Inc.

Redemption Rye invites you to attend our annual Tales Kick off party on the roof of the Monteleone by the pool.

Featured will be a vertical tasting of Redemption Rye from rye fresh off the still to 17 years old barrel aged rye. Experience how rye develops and matures in the barrel.

We'll also have our friends from around the country showcasing some signature Redemption cocktails. We'll also feature the sounds of local rock band or two for your listening enjoyment.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Pool at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Thursday, July 16
 

9:00am

Good Morning Tales Bar presented by William Grant & Sons

Eye opener you say? Traditionally a morning drink huh? Those that started their day with a cocktail were said to be smart, sophisticated, the types that got things done? Ok.

So here you have it the GOOD MORNING TALES OF THE COCKTAIL® bar presented by William Grant & Sons in the Hotel Monteleone each morning, Wednesday through Saturday.

Try bite sized Reyka infused tomatoes on Wednesday, breakfast Martinis and cucumber eye masks with Hendrick’s on Friday and a little bit of everything else in between.

The eclectic Ambassadors of William Grant & Sons will be tending bar and waking you up each day at Tales of the Cocktail® – come by and see us.

Personalities
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Camille Austin "La Loba"

US Ambassador / La Loba, Mezcal Montelobos
Camille Austin, also known as “La Loba”, is the dynamic Montelobos Mezcal United States Brand Ambassador with a distinctive style. Camille’s mission as the Montelobos Ambassador is to honor the Oaxacan heritage and culture by sharing the art of agave in cocktails and the tradition... Read More →
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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A... Read More →
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Dean Callan

Global Brand Ambassador, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
Dean Callan started his career as a bartender on the Gold Coast of Australia, having been told in an interview that “Your bar certificates aren’t any good here, we only hire bartenders with experience” his reply was “I’ll work for free until I’m better than your worst... Read More →
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Han Shan

Hudson Whiskey Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
Before turning his love of Hudson Whiskey into a vocation, this autodidactic polymath traveled the world as an environmental and human rights campaigner, film and video producer, painter, photographer, storyteller, and bon vivant. With an abiding love for the history and enjoyment... Read More →
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Jaime Salas

US Ambassador, Milagro Tequila
Combining passion, charisma and originality with an unrivalled knowledge and reverence for the art of tequila, Milagro Ambassador Jaime Salas is the perfect embodiment of modern day Mexico. Having grown up dividing his time between the creative freedom of San Francisco and Mexico’s... Read More →
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JP De Loera

Milagro Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Mark Stoddard

Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Trevor Schneider

Reyka Vodka US, William Grant & Sons

Sponsors
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William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons


Thursday July 16, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

Kick Start Coffee Bar presented by Orleans Coffee Exchange
With your action-packed Tales of the Cocktail® schedule, it’s important to get off to a fresh start every morning. Well, the Kick Start Coffee Bar has you covered. Stop by for a complimentary coffee, café au lait, espresso or any other caffeinated beverage of your choice expertly crafted by our friends at Orleans Coffee Exchange. Grab a cup and get on your way to whatever your day at Tales of the Cocktail® has in store.


Thursday July 16, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

Mind, Body & Spirits

Mind–Body-Spirit(s) is dedicated to educating bar industry professionals about health, wellness and personal success. Via physical and energetic movement, captivating seminars and industry testimonials, attendees will learn how to better-cope with daily demands, for improved work/life balance.

Through the generous support of bar industry sponsors who support health & wellness initiatives, we are able to provide these complementary events to industry professionals, on a first come, first served basis.

Benefits of applied Mind-Body-Spirits seminars include:

1. Stress reduction; increased mindfulness

2. Happier, more positive & centered constitution

3. Happier employees give better customer service

4. Happier employees make better tips

5. Customers receiving better service will likely spend more money

6. Increased employee engagement results in higher productivity.

7. Higher employee morale=greater staff cohesiveness for team building

8. Healthier employees=fewer sick days.

9. Reduced industry burnout

10. Bottom line is, healthier and happier employees make your company more efficient and profitable!


Thursday July 16, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Vieux Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

The Perfect Rise & Shine Smoothie Bar presented by The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley
With the long days and even longer nights in store for you at Tales of the Cocktail®, it’s important to start your day with The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley’s Smoothie Bar. Stop by every morning to select from three signature smoothies created by The Liquid Muse, Natalie Bovis, then make it your own with rejuvenating add-ons such as protein powder, chia seeds, coconut juice and more. It’s the perfect start to what will be five perfect days at Tales of the Cocktail® 2015.

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Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

Since 1988, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley has indulged the culinary passions of chefs, mixologists and food enthusiasts with products that provide ultimate fresh fruit flavor without the peeling, dicing and simmering required for making purées from scratch.The company offers... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Flor de Caña Tasting Room presented by William Grant & Sons USA

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. Bordering Honduras to the South and Costa Rica to the North, Nicaragua’s land is a volcanic, the air is humid and the conditions to produce rum: perfect!

Come taste the range of Flor de Caña rums, from Nicaragua, presented neat as well as in delicious cocktails created by some of the best and most exciting bartenders of our generation:

Each cocktail station will represent one aspect of Flor de Caña’s production and heritage to ensure that you leave this Tasting Room knowing more about Flor de Caña than you did when you entered. Calling all bartenders – come and learn!

Nutritious Central American inspired breakfast bites will be served and infectiously rhythmic music played.

Personalities
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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A... Read More →
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Julie Reiner

Owner, Clover Club
Julie Reiner has been elevating the cocktail scene in NYC for fifteen years, most notably with the opening of the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu Club (2005), and Brooklyn’s Clover Club (2008). As co-owner and beverage director of the Flatiron Lounge, Reiner drew much of her inspiration... Read More →

Sponsors
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Flor de Caña

Slow aged rum from Nicaragua
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William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons


Thursday July 16, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Sandeman Pleasure Reinvented presented by Sandeman Port
Pop in for a dose of pleasure and indulge your senses. Savor innovative and modern Sandeman Port Cocktails prepared and demonstrated for you by celebrity Mixologist Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru. George Sandeman, Grand Marshall of the 2014 Mardi Gras Krewe of Cork Parade, will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about all things Sandeman or just for a friendly chat. Next, spoil yourself with a mini massage and taste the ambrosial and sinful hand made chocolates created for you by a celebrated New Orleans Chocolatier. On your way out, giggle with your friends in the Sandeman Don photo booth. Don't miss this opportunity to experience a truly unique tasting room.

Personalities
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George Sandeman

Sandeman
George Sandeman is Board Member with responsibility for Public Relations and Institutional Representation of Sogrape Vinhos, Portugal's leading family-owned fine wine company.George Thomas David Sandeman was born in London, in September 1953, and was brought up in England and Spain... Read More →
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Jonathan Pogash

President/Owner, The Cocktail Guru
I am a father of 2, a husband to 1, and a mixer of drinks Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru,” is an educator and cocktail consultant for restaurants and beverage brands. With offices in New England and NYC, Jonathan's signature cocktails can be seen and enjoyed in many of North... Read More →

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Sandeman Port

Sandeman Port


Thursday July 16, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

The Versatility of Liquore Strega in the Cocktail Era presented by Liquore Strega

Liquore Strega is proud to offer a unique tasting experience for the first time at The Tales of the Cocktail®.

The famous Italian mixologist Matteo Zed along with the winner of the 1st Liquore Strega cocktail competition will demonstrate the versatility of Liquore Strega in the cocktail era.

Liquore Strega’s story started in 1860 in the south of Italy in the town of Benevento.

Giuseppe Alberti and his apothecary father revised an ancient recipe for a herbal liqueur that according to legend was brewed by witches in the area and used as love potion; this is how it got its name: Liquore Strega “Witch Liqueur”.

Liquore Strega is distilled from a mixture of 70 different kinds of botanicals from Europe, Central America and from Orient. Among the ingredients are: cinnamon from Ceylon, Juniper from the Italian Appennino and mint that grows wild on the river banks around Benevento. Its characteristic golden colour is given by distilled saffron extract. The maturing in oak barrels enhances the bouquet.

The recipe for this liqueur is a closely guarded secret within the Alberti family. It has been handed down through five generations always from father to son. Liquore Strega is truly an Italian Icon.

Personalities
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Daniele Taccone

Export Manager, Strega Alberti Benevento SpA
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Matteo Zed

Global Brand Ambassador, Strega Alberti
Matteo Zed has been so far one of the best and most known European barmen and organizator of Bar Cultural Events by his Company 'Eventi Bar'. He was in charge of several popular and elegant bars in Italy as Settembrini Cafe ', Riva Nord and the Little Jumbo. He was one of the protagonists... Read More →
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Mattia Cilia

Head Bartender, Capofaro - Malvasia&Resort
I started to work behind the bar when I was 14 as a Barista. Then I decided to travelled around Italy and part of Europe to increase my Bartender's skills. One of my best experience as a Bartender was in London at Milk&Honey last year. At the moment in Sicily I opened a Bartenders... Read More →
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Tatiana Columbus

Marketing Manager, Shaw-Ross International Importers
Started my career in the wine & liquor industry 20 years ago at Shaw-ross International Importers. Happy to represent brands such as Strega in the US market and many other domestic and international brands in Shaw-Ross brand portfolio.

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Thursday July 16, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Eat, Drink and Be Wild with Our All Natural Crafted Cocktails and Hors d'Oeuvres presented by Gubba Rum and Wild Hibiscus Flower Co.
WILD HIBISCUS FLOWER CO and Jocelyn Etherington (Co-owner / Director) from Australia will be returning to TOTC to demonstrate the versatility of their product range in beautifully crafted cocktails designed by their talented mixologist and bartender team, Anthony DeSerio (Award winning bartender/consultant and former president/current member USBG CT chapter) and Igor Zukowiec (Founder of ALCHEMIQ cocktails • hors d'oeuvres • events). This year, we are joining forces with GUBBA RUM (www.gubbarum.com) and owner, Steve Gubb from MA and using both their exceptionally smooth organic rums in our feature cocktails. Gubba Silver is infused with real coconut and Gubba Gold is infused with real vanilla. Both are pure cane spirits. The flavor profiles and the all natural ingredients pair very well with Wild Hibiscus products.

We will be featuring none other than our original ruby-red Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup as well as our latest innovative Flower Extracts, including b’Lure (www.b-Lure.com). b’Lure is our all-natural blue color syrup – highly concentrated with the pigment we extract from the exotic butterfly pea flower. When citrus is added it magically changes from bright blue to a divine purple or pink – offering a little extra theatre for cocktails with many possibilities including molecular mixology, foams, bright blue ice that melts into purple and two-part cocktails combined during presentation for a fun color change before drinking.

Our bar will adorn an extra touch of class and creative direction, courtesy of ALCHEMIQ (www.alchemiq.com), a truly unique catering & cocktail company out of NYC with a passion for all things natural, delicious and memorable – just like our flowers! ALCHEMIQ will work its magic with some of our flower products in collaboration with the wonderful Chef Randy and Team at Hotel Monteleone to bring to you some amazing foods to try with your cocktails.

Come and see our whole range of premium, hand-made products from Australia including our three latest Flower Extracts that can be used just like a bitters from a dropper bottle – b’Lure, Hibiscus and Bulgarian Rose (www.wildhibiscus.com). Sip on some craft cocktails and sample Gubba Rum, returning for its third year at Tales. Gubba Rum, so good and so smooth, you can drink it straight or just over ice.

We look forward to serving you and saying hello to our industry friends, new and old.

Personalities
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Anthony DeSerio

Bartender Consultant, Independant/Freelance
Ask me anything you like. I look forward to meeting all of you! Cheers
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Igor Zukowiec

Founder, ALCHEMIQ Catering
I'm a NYC based caterer, bar consultant & beverage stylist for photography. Catering: www.ALCHEMIQ.com Consulting & Styling Portfolio: www.TALKINGCOCKTAILS.com Social: @alchemiq
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Jocelyn Etherington

Co-Owner / Director, Wild Hibiscus Flower Company
Company Co-Owner / Director of Wild Hibiscus Flower Company. I love to visit United States with our Wild Hibiscus Flower products and see how they are being used in the most creative ways. Looking forward to seeing the cocktail industry at its best at TOTC and serving you some great... Read More →
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Steven Gubb

Owner / President, Paradise Imports, LLC
Paradise Imports, LLC is the supplier of Gubba Gold Rum & Gubba Silver Rum. Gubba rum is currently distributed in MA, and we are working on expanding distribution to FL, NV, CO and LA. Gubba Gold & Gubba Silver are both 70 proof, pure cane rums, organic, and as we say in Boston... Read More →

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Thursday July 16, 2015 10:30am - 1:30pm
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Montenegro’s Twisted ‘Tails presented by Amaro Montenegro

Witness Amaro Montenegro’s incredible versatility in a series of mesmerizing performances. There will be twists of both the human and cocktail variety, showing Montenegro’s ultimate flexibility to those who attend. Space is limited, unlike our flavor, so reserve a spot while you can. This is an experience you’ll have to see, and taste, to believe.

Click to reserve your spot! 


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Amaro Montenegro

More than 130 years in the making, Amaro Montenegro is shaking up the bar scene one drink at a time. With its rich legacy and intriguing taste, it’s the name on the lips of the most inspired Mixologists and the liquid on the lips of every cocktails lover in the know.


Thursday July 16, 2015 10:30am - 3:30pm
Capote Suite at the Hotel Monteleone

10:30am

Suite Silencio by Mezcal El Silencio

If you are doing Tales of the Cocktail right… running from event to event, imbibing endless spirit-ful tastings, and enjoying all-hours craziness in the sizzling New Orleans heat… we bet you’re a bit frazzled and fatigued.

Come escape the mayhem in the cool, quiet Penthouse retreat of Suite Silencio. 

Greeted by a beautiful enchantress, sit and sip a refreshing Mezcal El Silencio signature cocktail of Mezcal Espadin, honeydew melon, coconut water, lemon juice and basil crystals in the zenned-out oasis surrounding you.  Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the peaceful Silence while you ponder the question…. “where would I like it?”  Then, pamper yourself with 10 heavenly minutes of a calming chair massage. You’ll leave refreshed, revived and ready to re-load.  

Daily appointments available Wednesday-Saturday: 10:30am to 3:30pm(reserve appointments at www.mezcalelsilencio.com/ss.html or walk-ins welcome).

Join us and #ShareTheSilence



Thursday July 16, 2015 10:30am - 3:30pm
Ernest Hemingway Suite at the Hotel Monteleone 2014 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

Indie Spirits That Rock - IV presented by Distilled Events

Like a traveling medicine show these smaller brands travel from town to town extolling the virtues of their elixirs.

Join us at this walk around tasting featuring an eclectic collection of small spirits entrepreneurs including distillers, importers and private label bottlers. Join them as they share their spirits and their passion for the spirits business. Taste wonderful spirits and mixers from around the country and the world and meet the people who are driven to succeed against all odds in this highly competitive business.

Musical backdrop once again provided by our man from Boston, Brother Cleve. Musician/bartender BC will present music for the spirits of independents — indie music to drink indie spirits by, informed and inspired by their styles, flavors and homelands.

Brands Include:

Avua Cachaca, Balcones Distilling, Corsair Artisan, Crafts and Estate, HPS Epicurean, Jmizu Shochu, Lyon Distilling, Mezcales de Leyenda, New Holland Brew, Novo Fogo, Redemption Rye, Rhum Clement, Square One Organic Spirits, Tuthilltown, Whitle Pig & more!


Personalities
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Brother Cleve

Ambassador of the Cocktail Nation
Bartending since 1987, also work as musician, DJ, producer, bar consultant. Spread the cocktail gospel in the 90's as keyboardist with loungecore act Combustible Edison (SubPop). Old drunk.

Sponsors

Thursday July 16, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA

11:00am

The GREAT British Tasting Room presented by William Grant & Sons and UK Trade & Investment

The British are coming! And we are celebrating all that is GREAT from Britain in the USA.

For decades, Britons famous and otherwise have enjoyed a close relationship with tippling, from the Dickensian punches to the now infamous Martini preferences of agent 007.

Come and learn the British contribution to cocktail culture with a timeline fact checked by cocktail historian David Wondrich.

Join us for cocktails, Royal Garden Party style with Hendrick’s Gin.

Experience a Single Malt Tasting fit for a Queen with The Balvenie and Glenfiddich and stick around for some good old fashioned British cheekiness from Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky alongside some wonderful British cheese and other treats too, served by Charlotte Voisey and the Ambassadors of William Grant & Sons.

The drinks will be GREAT, join us to ensure the company is too.

Personalities
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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A... Read More →
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David Allardice

Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
DL

David Laird

The Balvenie Ambassador, William Grant And Sons
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David Piper

Global Ambassador, Hendrick's Gin
I'm an adventurer in the world of reality and the world of imagination, and the world of great bars, where they all come together. The fuel for my trips everywhere tends to be a Hendrick's Dry Martini. The realms of magic and poetry and humour and nonsense and love are all available... Read More →
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Dean Callan

Global Brand Ambassador, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
Dean Callan started his career as a bartender on the Gold Coast of Australia, having been told in an interview that “Your bar certificates aren’t any good here, we only hire bartenders with experience” his reply was “I’ll work for free until I’m better than your worst... Read More →
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Jonathan Wingo

The Balvenie Ambassador, William Grant and Sons
Whisky-huggin, Scotch-talkin Texan. Looking after the Balvenie throughout the heart of the USA.
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Lorne Cousin

Balvenie Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
From his highland roots in Scotland’s legendary Campbeltown – an area steeped in whisky tradition – Balvenie Brand Ambassador and renaissance man Lorne Cousin brings a wealth of craftsmanship and skill, and a lifetime’s worth of unexpected experiences, to his role with the... Read More →
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Mark Stoddard

Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Struan Grant Ralph

Glenfiddich Ambassador, William Grant and Sons
Struan Grant Ralph the Glenfiddich Ambassador for the USA hails from Speyside, the spiritual home of Scottish Single Malt and from his first jobs working in distilleries to his current role with Glenfiddich, he has a lifelong passion and knowledge of whisky from grain to glass. This... Read More →

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Thursday July 16, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Evangeline A & B at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130

2:00pm

Coffee in the Afternoon presented by Orleans Coffee Exchange

An afternoon coffee is a tradition around the world, from Rome to New Orleans and everywhere in between. At Tales of the Cocktail®, we’re celebrating the afternoon pick me up.

Stop by Thursday through Saturday afternoon for your own complimentary coffee, café au lait, espresso or any other caffeinated beverage of your choice expertly crafted by our friends at Orleans Coffee Exchange.

It’s the perfect time to take a break and meet some fellow Tales of the Cocktail® attendees or you can just grab a coffee and get on with your day. With all the nightly events on tap this week, we’re sure an afternoon recharge will serve you well.


Thursday July 16, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lobby Phone Bank at the Hotel Monteleone

2:30pm

Langley’s No. 8 Distilled London Gin- The Quintessential Gin & Tonic presented by Terlato Artisan Spirits
Langley’s No. 8 is a celebration of tradition and quality. Langley’s Distillery has been hand-crafting small batch, award-winning gins, using only traditional methods, since 1920.  

Distilled in an old English-made copper pot still nicknamed Connie, our master distiller uses only 100% English wheat for the base spirit and a secret blend of eight botanicals. Dialing in the ABV to exactly 41.7%, the result is a perfectly balanced gin of classic taste, ideal for the quintessential Gin & Tonic and other bespoke cocktails.

Stop by The Corner Bar in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone for a complimentary sample and discover one of England’s hottest brands now on American bars: Langley's No. 8.

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Mark Dawkins

Mark Dawkins, with two decades of experience in the drinks industry, co-founded Charter Brands Ltd in 2011. He and business partner Mark Crump worked with Master Distiller Rob Dorsett at the Langley Distillery in the UK to create Langley’s No.8. Made in small batches from 100% English... Read More →

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Terlato Artisan Spirits

Terlato Artisan Spirits offers an exclusive collection of hand-crafted premium spirits from around the world.


Thursday July 16, 2015 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Italian Icons with Distillerie Branca presented by Distillerie Branca

In this tasting room presented by Distillerie Branca, participants will have an opportunity to explore the most well known Italian Icons – all while learning more about the spirit and soul of the iconic producer, Distillerie Branca. Best known for its eponymous Fernet-Branca, this family owned distillery has been shaping the culture of global drinking since 1845.

From cocktails to food, the immersion into La Dolce Vita will be one of the highlights of your Tales of the Cocktail experience.


Thursday July 16, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Lucid Absinthe Keeps it Réel presented by Lucid Absinthe
What’s in your Absinthe? Once a main ingredient in many classic cocktails and a staple among bartenders, the Absinthe category today is challenged by myths, misinformation and lots of wannabes. The finest original Absinthes were – and should always be – artisanally-crafted, completely natural distillations and infusions of whole herbs. That is how it was crafted in 19th century France, and it is how it is done today at Lucid® Absinthe Supérieure.

Join Ted Breaux, Master Distiller as he serves up cocktails with a Lucid Absinthe twist. Guests will also be among the first to sample new cocktails created just for the brand.

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Ted Breaux

T.A. “Ted” Breaux is a professional scientist who has dedicated more than twenty years of research toward resolving the scientific and historical mysteries associated with absinthe. His quest for the unadulterated truth has taken him across the globe in search of obscure, overlooked... Read More →

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Thursday July 16, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Spirits of Michigan Tasting presented by Two James Spirits
We welcome you to come taste the small batch spirits offered by a collection of craft distilleries from the across the beautiful state of Michigan. Crafted from the agricultural abundance provided by the wilds of Michigan, award winning spirits from the following distilleries will be flowing: Two James Spirits (Detroit, MI), Journeyman Distillery (Three Oaks, MI), New Holland Artisan Spirits (Holland, MI) and Valentine Distilling Co. (Ferndale, MI). Our good friend, McClary Bros., will also be in attendance mixing up our spirits with a wide selection of locally sourced drinking vinegars. Come taste a wide variety of gin, barrel reserve gin, bourbon, rye whiskey, whiskey, liqueurs and absinthe and experience The Spirit of Michigan. Cheers!

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Andy Mohr

Partner, Two James Spirits
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Josh McClary

Senior Elixir Clerk, Josh
My company makes old-timey Drinking Vinegars. Talk to me about shrubs.

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Two James Spirits

Two James Spirits is proud to be the first licensed distillery in the city of Detroit since prohibition. At Two James, our passion lies in creating small, handcrafted batches of premium spirit, using locally sourced ingredients that highlight Michigan's agricultural abundance and... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

The Unexpected Taste of Patrón XO Cafe presented by The Patrón Spirits Company
Patrón XO Cafe is an extraordinary blend of ultra-premium Patrón Silver tequila and the pure, natural essence of fine coffee, and Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa marries the smooth, dry taste of Patrón XO Cafe with the decadence of rich Criollo chocolate. The newest addition to the Patrón XO Cafe family, Patrón XO Cafe Incendio, is an intense, fiery hot chile chocolate liqueur that combines the spicy, distinctive flavor of Mexican árbol chile with the rich essence of fine chocolate, brought together with the smooth taste of Patrón Silver tequila. In inventive cocktails, over ice, or even as a shot, visit the Patrón XO Cafe tasting room to experience and enjoy the unexpectedly delicious taste of all three Patrón XO Cafe liqueurs.



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Thursday July 16, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Vieux Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:30pm

Defining the Ultimate Pisco Punch presented by Trade Commission of Peru in Miami
Ever wonder what type of pisco in Duncan Nicol’s Pisco Punch inspired Rudyard Kipling to describe the cocktail as being “compounded of cherub’s wings and the glory of a tropical dawn, the red clouds of sunset and the fragments of lost epics by dead masters”? Well, this is your chance to try variations on this long-forgotten cocktail that ruled supreme in San Francisco during the Gold Rush era. Pisco had long had a history at the Bank Exchange Saloon as San Francisco at the time depended heavily on supplies from the ships that navigated the trade route from South America to the shores of San Francisco.

Duncan Nicol gained worldwide fame due to his precious Pisco Punch and the many accolades it collected from famous writers including Mark Twain. Such praise made Nicol quite guarded about his recipe so all that was ever learned was that the cocktail called for Pisco, pineapple, lime and sugar. Unfortunately, Prohibition closed the doors of the Bank Exchange and Nicol died shortly afterwards, taking his exact recipe to the grave.

This has led historians to hypothesize what details of the ingredients in particular led to a concoction that was said to make “a gnat fight like an elephant.” At our tasting room you’ll have a chance to taste different expressions of the Pisco Punch made with Piscos representing all 3 of Peru’s Pisco styles and showcasing various aromatic and non-aromatic grapes.

Personalities
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Brother Cleve

Ambassador of the Cocktail Nation
Bartending since 1987, also work as musician, DJ, producer, bar consultant. Spread the cocktail gospel in the 90's as keyboardist with loungecore act Combustible Edison (SubPop). Old drunk.
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Diego Loret de Mola

Born and raised in Lima Peru, Diego moved to USA in 1985. He is a successful professional with over 25 years of experience in international and domestic markets.  Although he spent his first 10 years in the financial industry, trading non-ferrous metals worldwide, he found his true... Read More →
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Francesco Lafranconi

Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator, Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada
One of the world’s foremost mixologist, Francesco Lafranconi is the Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. Francesco’s personal appeal has made him a hit with his A-list celebrity clientele, world-class corporate clients... Read More →
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Guillermo Toro-Lira

Researcher & Author
Educated as an electronics engineer, worked for over 20 years in Silicon Valley, California. Now happily retired and a cocktail and wine historian for more than ten years. His areas of interest are the history of Pisco and its cocktails and the early XVI century vineyards of the Americas... Read More →
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Jim Kearns

Head Bartender and Partner, The Happiest Hour
Jim Kearns is head bartender and partner at The Happiest Hour, a new bi-level drinking and dining destination in New York’s Greenwich Village that salutes America’s sexiest decades. He is responsible for developing and executing a beverage program at the highest level and ensuring... Read More →
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Johnny Schuler

Master Distiller, Pisco Portón
Johnny Schuler is Pisco Portón’s Master Distiller and one of the foremost pisco authorities in the world. Having dedicated much of his life to setting the standards for excellence in the pisco industy, Johnny Schuler has revitalized interest in Peru’s native spirit. As Master... Read More →
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Lizzie Asher

President, Macchu Pisco
Pisco evangelist and partner-in-crime to Melanie Asher, Peru's most successful woman pisco distiller.
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Melanie Asher

Distiller and Master Blender, Macchu Pisco
How does an investment banker on Wall Street become the world’s first female pisco distiller? For Melanie Asher—the Peruvian Embassy’s 2013 “Peruvian Woman of the Year in the U.S. in Business” and founder of Macchu Pisco—it comes down to family: collaboration with and encouragement from her sister, Lizzie, the company’s President; the support of her mother and late father; and the mantra of her 99-year-old grandmother that a nip of pisco every night is what has kept her young. “My grandmother still tastes every blend of our ultra-premium line, La Diablada, before we officially bottle it,” says Melanie, who founded Macchu Pisco in 2004... Read More →
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Naomi Levy

Bar Manager, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
At the age of 17 Naomi Levy began her career at a Ruby Tuesday in Maryland. Although starting as a server, she was “hooked by the pace and rhythm of restaurant service and drawn to the drama and challenges of the bar.” Over the next few years, she continued to learn and grow... Read More →
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Roberto Melendez

Bar Manager, Country Club Lima Hotel
Roberto Melendez de La Cruz is the bar manager of the traditional English Bar at the Country Club Hotel located in Lima, Peru which opened on February 8th 1927. Melendez has 27 years of experience as a barman in 5-star hotels and is the son of one of the renowned barmen of the great... Read More →
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Tony Abou-Ganim

The Modern Mixologist
Tony Abou-Ganim is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and more. Abou-Ganim is the author of The Modern... Read More →

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Thursday July 16, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Evangeline A & B at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:30pm

Discover Anise presented by Distilleria Varnelli
Anise has a long, rich history yet much remains to be discovered. Some consider Anise invariably sweet; others imagine it as a somewhat old-fashioned (if iconic) touchstone of the traditional Mediterranean. Both of these descriptions are too simple: it is time to explore the modernity and versatility of Anise.

Distilleria Varnelli is proud to offer a unique tasting experience, exploring Anise’s full range of possibilities, through an interactive Tasting Room starring the internationally decorated Varnelli Anice Secco, Gold Medal awarded in 1950 as “the best Italian dry anise.”

Your hostess, Orietta Maria Varnelli, along with Robin Goodfellow from the Toronto's hot Bar Raval will demonstrate the flexibility of Varnelli Anice Secco through neat tasting, as the key ingredient in an authentic Caffè Corretto and in innovative cocktails and unconventional pairings.

This Tasting Room promises to be informative, delicious, and fun – look for a surprising experience by Brooklyn’s L’Albero dei Gelati. Come and enjoy a taste of Italian sophistication and see why Varnelli Anice Secco is uniquely different. 

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Alessandro Trezza

Owners, Albero dei gelati Brooklyn Nyc
Alessandro and Monia, partners in both business and life, are the owners of Albero Dei Gelati, a family-run business founded in 1985 near Milan, Italy. After expanding to 3 locations, the craft gelato makers celebrated the opening of a new location in Brooklyn, NY in 2013 in the neighborhood... Read More →
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Orietta Maria Varnelli

CEO / Export Manager, Distilleria Varnelli
Orietta Maria Varnelli is part of a very long and prestigious Italian story in the spirits industry: Distilleria Varnelli, based on the slopes of Monti Sibillini in the Marche region. With her mother Elda and two sisters, she leads the family business started in 1868 from a brilliant... Read More →
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Robin Goodfellow

Co-Owner, Bar Raval
Robin Goodfellow is a part owner of the newly opened and much hyped Bar Raval in Toronto. He is a born-and-raised Toronto native who has been bartending for 12 years and has won countless Bartending competitions (which he doesn't care about, but might add 'street cred'). He has a... Read More →
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Salvatore Tafuri

Salvatore Tafuri was born in Sicily (Italy) and his sunny region clearly inspires his enoyable approach to life. He earned his certification in bartending with the Associazione Italiana Barmen e Soci Sostenitori (A.I.B.E.S.) before specializing in bar management consulting and cocktail... Read More →

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Distilleria Varnelli

Distilleria Varnelli has been producing spirits since 1868 in the Marche region of Italy, in a pleasant inland area on the slopes of Monti Sibillini. The business started by the founder Girolamo Varnelli, a keen herbalist who applied his knowledge and skills to create an elixir with... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA

5:00pm

The Bar of Hyperbolic Fabrications presented by Hendrick's Gin
Creativity, imagination, and telling tall tales: who is the biggest prevaricator in the bar world? And who has the most sensitive nose for a dirty lie? Can you keep a poker face and convince our top-secret special guest judges that you really did once own Errol Flynn’s secret Masonic-engraved silver shaker but lost it when Mossad raided your apartment? Can you work out if Jim Ryan is telling porkie pies? Beat the lie detector! Win prizes which are literally out of this world! Test your fiction-stirring abilities or stand back and judge others, whilst enjoying cocktails made from extremely rare ingredients like Condensed Fairies’ Farts.

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David Piper

Global Ambassador, Hendrick's Gin
I'm an adventurer in the world of reality and the world of imagination, and the world of great bars, where they all come together. The fuel for my trips everywhere tends to be a Hendrick's Dry Martini. The realms of magic and poetry and humour and nonsense and love are all available... Read More →
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Mark Stoddard

Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons

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Thursday July 16, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Pool at the Royal Sonesta

5:00pm

The London Nº1 Gin Pool Party presented by Gonzalez Byass
The London No.1 Gin provides a delicious and unique flavour profile and is an exciting and innovative standout brand. We love the finer things in life, so come along and join us for the heartiest of happy hours as we wind down the afternoon and gear up for the evening with some refreshing Gin & Tonics. Relax and unwind poolside or take a break from the sweltering heat and dip your toes while our DJ puts you in the mood for the long night ahead. Have your picture taken with one of our stunning London No.1 girls or Pete…he’s alright, we guess.

Bring: Anything Blue

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Celia Schoonraad

International Spirits Manager, Gonzalez Byass
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Peter Allison

International Spirits Manager, Gonzalez Byass

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London No. 1 Gin

The London Nº1 marks a return to the heyday of gin production, valuing the traditions and legacy of a London Dry style distillate, using herbs and spices that were synonymous with the city’s busy trading ports during the 18th and 19th centuries. A sublime spirit with a captivating... Read More →


Thursday July 16, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Pool at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Friday, July 17
 

9:00am

Good Morning Tales Bar presented by William Grant & Sons

Eye opener you say? Traditionally a morning drink huh? Those that started their day with a cocktail were said to be smart, sophisticated, the types that got things done? Ok.

So here you have it the GOOD MORNING TALES OF THE COCKTAIL® bar presented by William Grant & Sons in the Hotel Monteleone each morning, Wednesday through Saturday.

Try bite sized Reyka infused tomatoes on Wednesday, breakfast Martinis and cucumber eye masks with Hendrick’s on Friday and a little bit of everything else in between.

The eclectic Ambassadors of William Grant & Sons will be tending bar and waking you up each day at Tales of the Cocktail® – come by and see us.

Personalities
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Camille Austin "La Loba"

US Ambassador / La Loba, Mezcal Montelobos
Camille Austin, also known as “La Loba”, is the dynamic Montelobos Mezcal United States Brand Ambassador with a distinctive style. Camille’s mission as the Montelobos Ambassador is to honor the Oaxacan heritage and culture by sharing the art of agave in cocktails and the tradition... Read More →
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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A... Read More →
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Dean Callan

Global Brand Ambassador, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
Dean Callan started his career as a bartender on the Gold Coast of Australia, having been told in an interview that “Your bar certificates aren’t any good here, we only hire bartenders with experience” his reply was “I’ll work for free until I’m better than your worst... Read More →
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Han Shan

Hudson Whiskey Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
Before turning his love of Hudson Whiskey into a vocation, this autodidactic polymath traveled the world as an environmental and human rights campaigner, film and video producer, painter, photographer, storyteller, and bon vivant. With an abiding love for the history and enjoyment... Read More →
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Jaime Salas

US Ambassador, Milagro Tequila
Combining passion, charisma and originality with an unrivalled knowledge and reverence for the art of tequila, Milagro Ambassador Jaime Salas is the perfect embodiment of modern day Mexico. Having grown up dividing his time between the creative freedom of San Francisco and Mexico’s... Read More →
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JP De Loera

Milagro Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Mark Stoddard

Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Trevor Schneider

Reyka Vodka US, William Grant & Sons

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William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons


Friday July 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

Kick Start Coffee Bar presented by Orleans Coffee Exchange
With your action-packed Tales of the Cocktail® schedule, it’s important to get off to a fresh start every morning. Well, the Kick Start Coffee Bar has you covered. Stop by for a complimentary coffee, café au lait, espresso or any other caffeinated beverage of your choice expertly crafted by our friends at Orleans Coffee Exchange. Grab a cup and get on your way to whatever your day at Tales of the Cocktail® has in store.


Friday July 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

Mind, Body & Spirits

Mind–Body-Spirit(s) is dedicated to educating bar industry professionals about health, wellness and personal success. Via physical and energetic movement, captivating seminars and industry testimonials, attendees will learn how to better-cope with daily demands, for improved work/life balance.

Through the generous support of bar industry sponsors who support health & wellness initiatives, we are able to provide these complementary events to industry professionals, on a first come, first served basis.

Benefits of applied Mind-Body-Spirits seminars include:

1. Stress reduction; increased mindfulness

2. Happier, more positive & centered constitution

3. Happier employees give better customer service

4. Happier employees make better tips

5. Customers receiving better service will likely spend more money

6. Increased employee engagement results in higher productivity.

7. Higher employee morale=greater staff cohesiveness for team building

8. Healthier employees=fewer sick days.

9. Reduced industry burnout

10. Bottom line is, healthier and happier employees make your company more efficient and profitable!


Friday July 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Vieux Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

The Perfect Rise & Shine Smoothie Bar presented by The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley
With the long days and even longer nights in store for you at Tales of the Cocktail®, it’s important to start your day with The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley’s Smoothie Bar. Stop by every morning to select from three signature smoothies created by The Liquid Muse, Natalie Bovis, then make it your own with rejuvenating add-ons such as protein powder, chia seeds, coconut juice and more. It’s the perfect start to what will be five perfect days at Tales of the Cocktail® 2015.

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Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

Since 1988, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley has indulged the culinary passions of chefs, mixologists and food enthusiasts with products that provide ultimate fresh fruit flavor without the peeling, dicing and simmering required for making purées from scratch.The company offers... Read More →


Friday July 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Deep Eddy Vodka 'Cocktail Carnival' presented by Deep Eddy Vodka

Lights, camera…Cocktail Carnival! Don’t expect tiptoe-ing elephants or flying trapezes, but if you’re into swing dancers, pin-up girls, vodka infused cotton candy and snow cones, carnival food and classic cocktails, you’ll be in good hands. On Friday July 17th, wake up, grab a coffee and join us at the Royal C&D of the Hotel Monteleone from 10:30am-12:30pm for a tasting event unlike any other.

We at Deep Eddy Vodka are all about flavorful people, experiences, and of course cocktails.  Join us as we showcase our line of handcrafted 10 times distilled, American vodkas amidst some outstanding performers and company. Mix and mingle with the folks behind the Deep Eddy brand as we imbibe in a vintage Carnival experience.

* Cocktails to look forward to:  Lavender Lemonade, Hibiscus Tea Punch, Ruby Red Greyhound + more. * 


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Friday July 17, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Select Casks: Rye Cask Finish presented by Johnnie Walker

John Walker began blending whiskies in the 1800s and Johnnie Walker still experiments with creating unique Scotch Whisky blends every day.

Join Diageo’s Masters of Whisky as we unveil Johnnie Walker Select Casks: Rye Cask Finish at Tales of the Cocktail®, 2015. Be among the first to try this new blend, which marries the flavor profile of North American Whiskey with the smoothness of Scotch Whisky.

This is your opportunity the deconstruct Johnnie Walker’s newest innovation through interactive learning – taste it, learn about its maturation process as well as the impact wood finishes have on developing flavors in whisky. Each station is a unique experience that will educate and entertain you at the same time.


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Friday July 17, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Unlock A Legend presented by Larceny Bourbon
Larceny Bourbon is a growing force in the cocktail world. Rooted in the legacy of the original wheated Bourbon, Old Fitzgerald. One of the foremost wheated Bourbons in the US, take home from Tales of the Cocktail® a Larceny Bourbon grain bottle. Fill the grains according to the proper percentages of wheat, corn and malted barley for a unique display or backbar piece that features the Larceny Wheated Bourbon mashbill. Explore the mystery and mythology surrounding John E. Fitzgerald and the act that established a legendary Bourbon.

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Bernie Lubbers

The Whiskey Professor, Heaven Hill Brands
Known as The Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers is the Global Whiskey Ambassador for the family owned and operated Heaven Hill located in Bardstown and Louisville, KY; the largest American owned bourbon company, and holders of 25% of the world's aging bourbon. He hosts the popular... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Domaine de Canton: A Romance of Flavors presented by Domaine de Canton

Enjoy cocktails straight from a Vietnamese market. Domaine de Canton is handcrafted using Baby Ginger, Cognac Tahitian Vanilla and Prevencal Honey. The Corner Bar at Hotel Monteleone will be transformed into a market with specialty ingredients featured in cocktails developed by Heaven Hill National Brand Educator Lynn House.

Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur is inspired by the French tradition in which sweet and fresh elixirs are fortified by fine eau de vie and cognac. Domaine de Canton is the world's first and only ultra-premium ginger liqueur.

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Lynn House

National Brand Educator, Heaven Hill Brands
Lynn House is the National Brand Educator for Heaven Hill Brands, covering the premium liqueur portfolio. Lynn has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As National Brand Educator, she is in charge of PAMA and Domaine de Canton’s innovative outreach program designed... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 10:30am - 1:30pm
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Montenegro’s Twisted ‘Tails presented by Amaro Montenegro

Witness Amaro Montenegro’s incredible versatility in a series of mesmerizing performances. There will be twists of both the human and cocktail variety, showing Montenegro’s ultimate flexibility to those who attend. Space is limited, unlike our flavor, so reserve a spot while you can. This is an experience you’ll have to see, and taste, to believe.

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Amaro Montenegro

More than 130 years in the making, Amaro Montenegro is shaking up the bar scene one drink at a time. With its rich legacy and intriguing taste, it’s the name on the lips of the most inspired Mixologists and the liquid on the lips of every cocktails lover in the know.


Friday July 17, 2015 10:30am - 3:30pm
Capote Suite at the Hotel Monteleone

10:30am

Suite Silencio by Mezcal El Silencio

If you are doing Tales of the Cocktail right… running from event to event, imbibing endless spirit-ful tastings, and enjoying all-hours craziness in the sizzling New Orleans heat… we bet you’re a bit frazzled and fatigued.

Come escape the mayhem in the cool, quiet Penthouse retreat of Suite Silencio. 

Greeted by a beautiful enchantress, sit and sip a refreshing Mezcal El Silencio signature cocktail of Mezcal Espadin, honeydew melon, coconut water, lemon juice and basil crystals in the zenned-out oasis surrounding you.  Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the peaceful Silence while you ponder the question…. “where would I like it?”  Then, pamper yourself with 10 heavenly minutes of a calming chair massage. You’ll leave refreshed, revived and ready to re-load.  

Daily appointments available Wednesday-Saturday: 10:30am to 3:30pm(reserve appointments at www.mezcalelsilencio.com/ss.html or walk-ins welcome).

Join us and #ShareTheSilence



Friday July 17, 2015 10:30am - 3:30pm
Ernest Hemingway Suite at the Hotel Monteleone 2014 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

Belvedere Presents: ‘FED UP, The Movie’ presented by Belvedere Vodka
'Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn't want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat (and DRINK) forever...'

Join Belvedere Vodka and Drink, Eat, Live as we explore the how to make 'better' cocktails by reducing our reliance on sugar, while not missing out on the sweet stuff. Movie snacks and drinks will be provided.

Personalities
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Ali Dedianko

InsideBelve.  Ali Dedianko is a Baltimore native but moved to NYC in 2003 to attend New York University. While she majored in European Studies and minored in Russian Language, she has always had a true passion for spirits. After 7 years behind the bar, working everywhere from speakeasies... Read More →
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Amanda Victoria

Senior National Ambassador, Belvedere, Moet Hennessy USA
Amanda Victoria is a recognized leader in the global spirits industry as the face of elegant drinking and a revivalist of the modern day aperitif category. Amanda got her start bartending at a handful of the world’s best contemporary cocktail bars in New York City including PDT... Read More →
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Claire Smith-Warner

Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology, Belvedere Vodka
Claire Smith-Warner is Head of Spirit Creation at Belvedere Vodka and has been working with alcohol in its various forms for over 15 years. Committed to discovering new ways to drink ‘better’, Claire has developed a range of sugar free and 100% fresh fruit flavoured vodkas for... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA

11:00am

The GREAT British Tasting Room presented by William Grant & Sons and UK Trade & Investment

The British are coming! And we are celebrating all that is GREAT from Britain in the USA.

For decades, Britons famous and otherwise have enjoyed a close relationship with tippling, from the Dickensian punches to the now infamous Martini preferences of agent 007.

Come and learn the British contribution to cocktail culture with a timeline fact checked by cocktail historian David Wondrich.

Join us for cocktails, Royal Garden Party style with Hendrick’s Gin.

Experience a Single Malt Tasting fit for a Queen with The Balvenie and Glenfiddich and stick around for some good old fashioned British cheekiness from Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky alongside some wonderful British cheese and other treats too, served by Charlotte Voisey and the Ambassadors of William Grant & Sons.

The drinks will be GREAT, join us to ensure the company is too.

Personalities
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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A... Read More →
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David Allardice

Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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David Laird

The Balvenie Ambassador, William Grant And Sons
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David Piper

Global Ambassador, Hendrick's Gin
I'm an adventurer in the world of reality and the world of imagination, and the world of great bars, where they all come together. The fuel for my trips everywhere tends to be a Hendrick's Dry Martini. The realms of magic and poetry and humour and nonsense and love are all available... Read More →
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Dean Callan

Global Brand Ambassador, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
Dean Callan started his career as a bartender on the Gold Coast of Australia, having been told in an interview that “Your bar certificates aren’t any good here, we only hire bartenders with experience” his reply was “I’ll work for free until I’m better than your worst... Read More →
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Jonathan Wingo

The Balvenie Ambassador, William Grant and Sons
Whisky-huggin, Scotch-talkin Texan. Looking after the Balvenie throughout the heart of the USA.
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Lorne Cousin

Balvenie Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
From his highland roots in Scotland’s legendary Campbeltown – an area steeped in whisky tradition – Balvenie Brand Ambassador and renaissance man Lorne Cousin brings a wealth of craftsmanship and skill, and a lifetime’s worth of unexpected experiences, to his role with the... Read More →
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Mark Stoddard

Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Struan Grant Ralph

Glenfiddich Ambassador, William Grant and Sons
Struan Grant Ralph the Glenfiddich Ambassador for the USA hails from Speyside, the spiritual home of Scottish Single Malt and from his first jobs working in distilleries to his current role with Glenfiddich, he has a lifelong passion and knowledge of whisky from grain to glass. This... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Evangeline A & B at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130

11:30am

The First Sip presented by Sazerac

Before you head off to all the events on your schedule, we want to welcome you to Tales of the Cocktail® with some local flavor. After picking up your goodies at registration and shopping The Market at Tales, stick around for a celebratory first cocktail that could only come from New Orleans—The Praline Daiquiri courtesy of the Sazerac Company. It’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend at Tales of the Cocktail® 2015.


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Friday July 17, 2015 11:30am - 2:30pm
Royal Ballrooms A & B at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

2:00pm

Coffee in the Afternoon presented by Orleans Coffee Exchange

An afternoon coffee is a tradition around the world, from Rome to New Orleans and everywhere in between. At Tales of the Cocktail®, we’re celebrating the afternoon pick me up.

Stop by Thursday through Saturday afternoon for your own complimentary coffee, café au lait, espresso or any other caffeinated beverage of your choice expertly crafted by our friends at Orleans Coffee Exchange.

It’s the perfect time to take a break and meet some fellow Tales of the Cocktail® attendees or you can just grab a coffee and get on with your day. With all the nightly events on tap this week, we’re sure an afternoon recharge will serve you well.


Friday July 17, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lobby Phone Bank at the Hotel Monteleone

2:30pm

Domaine de Canton: A Romance of Flavors presented by Domaine de Canton

Enjoy cocktails straight from a Vietnamese market. Domaine de Canton is handcrafted using Baby Ginger, Cognac Tahitian Vanilla and Prevencal Honey. The Corner Bar at Hotel Monteleone will be transformed into a market with specialty ingredients featured in cocktails developed by Heaven Hill National Brand Educator Lynn House.

Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur is inspired by the French tradition in which sweet and fresh elixirs are fortified by fine eau de vie and cognac. Domaine de Canton is the world's first and only ultra-premium ginger liqueur.

Personalities
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Lynn House

National Brand Educator, Heaven Hill Brands
Lynn House is the National Brand Educator for Heaven Hill Brands, covering the premium liqueur portfolio. Lynn has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As National Brand Educator, she is in charge of PAMA and Domaine de Canton’s innovative outreach program designed... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

2015 Broker's Bowler Cup Championship presented by Broker's Gin
The 2015 Annual Broker's Bowler Cup Championship is the culmination of a national mixology competition which challenges the country's best bartenders to mix up original cocktails using Broker's Gin. Presented by The Tasting Panel Magazine and now in its third year, The Broker's Bowler Cup competition pits four regional finalists against each other to see who will earn the title of Broker's Bowler Cup Champion. Earlier this year, contestants from across the country submitted their best custom creations. The top four cocktails were selected and their creators have been flown to Tales of the Cocktail® to show off their skills before guests at the Broker's Tasting Room.

Always a Tales favorite, the Broker's Bowler Cup Championship invites guests to sample each custom cocktail and cast a vote for their favorite creation. The crowd favorite wins! In addition, each guest will receive their own signature Bowler Hat -- a distinguished characteristic of an English gentleman and a key brand icon, to wear during the mix-off, while they chat with the creators of Broker’s Gin – Martin and Andy Dawson.

Personalities
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Andy Dawson

Co-Founder, Director, Broker's Gin
Andy Dawson's talent lies in taking creative ideas and making them a reality. His past experience working as a senior executive in the oil industry is a major benefit for Broker's when it comes to operations and implementation.As the financial wizard of Broker's Gin Limited, Andy... Read More →
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Martin Dawson

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Broker's Gin
Perhaps it was a lifetime of traveling the world and exposure to new ideas that inspired Martin Dawson to try something different or maybe after working in the corporate world he was ready for a change.Whatever the case, Martin and his brother Andy saw an opportunity in the market... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Prairie Organic Spirits Interactive Tasting Experience presented by Prairie Organic Spirits
Prairie Organic Spirits will bring their “seed to glass” brand philosophy to life via an interactive tasting experience. An extension of a co-op garden initiative to be unveiled later this year in New York City, mixologists will craft specialty cocktails using fresh, organic herbs and Prairie Organic Spirits. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to sip one-of-a-kind drinks while learning about Prairie’s commitment to sustainable and organic farming, the distilling process and Midwest roots.


Friday July 17, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

St. George Spirits Showcase presented by St. George Spirits
Established in 1982, California’s St. George Spirits is a true American original—deemed “iconic” by Spirit Journal and “best craft distillery in America” by Thrillist. Over three decades at the vanguard of the American craft spirits revolution, St. George has become one of the most prolific and innovative craft distilleries in the nation.

This showcase is a chance to meet St. George Spirits master distiller Lance Winters, distiller Dave Smith, brand ambassador Andie Ferman, and the rest of the St. George crew—plus the opportunity to taste a wide variety of spirits from the distillery's portfolio. 

The distillery's core line of spirits (including its three new vodkas) will be available for sampling neat at spirit evaluation stations and in original cocktails from the most creative bartenders from around the country.
Come taste the lineup from America's original craft distillery and meet the people behind the scenes!

Personalities
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Andie Ferman

Brand Ambassador, St. George Spirits
Since joining St. George Spirits in 2006, Andie Ferman has been an instrumental part of the distillery's operations—overseeing the tasting room and educational tours, leading spirits seminars, and representing St. George at tasting events across the country as the distillery's national... Read More →
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Dave Smith

Distiller and Blender, St. George Spirits
After stints as a teacher and in winemaking, Dave Smith joined St. George Spirits in 2005 upon realizing that he was spending a healthy portion of his salary on alcohol. Over the last nine years, Dave has become an accomplished distiller with experience across St. George’s entire... Read More →
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Lance Winters

Master Distiller, St. George Spirits
Master distiller Lance Winters is the creative force behind St. George Spirits, known for his “penchant for gleefully shunning the spirits world's conventions” (Esquire) and respected for having “a passion for his craft only equaled by his explosive imagination” (The Bold... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Taste and Experience Pyrat Rums presented by The Patrón Spirits Company
Join us in the Pyrat Rum Tasting Room to explore and experience your path to Enlightenment. We’ll be featuring several Pyrat cocktails, prepared and served by talented bartenders from across the globe, and of course, sample neat, our versatile and sophisticated Pyrat XO Reserve and Pyrat Cask 162 Rums. Handcrafted, ultra-premium Pyrat Rums - which take their name from the spelling of the old English word “pirate” - are blended and hand bottled in the Caribbean. Production of Pyrat Rums adheres to very unique and traditional blending and aging specifications, resulting in an elegant and distinctive luxury spirit. Pyrat Rums are a precise blend of carefully selected barrel aged rums, sourced from throughout the Caribbean.

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Friday July 17, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Vieux Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:30pm

The Great British Gin Invasion presented by Prestige Wine & Spirits Group
Prestige Wine & Spirits present “The Great British Gin Invasion” by Quintessential Brands, the most highly regarded gin specialist with G&J Distillers in their portfolio which has been distilling quality British gin since 1761 and is the world’s 2nd largest gin producer. 

There have only been 7 master distillers in the 250+ year old history of G&J, guaranteeing consistency and expertise in crafting a benchmark London Dry Gin. Today Joanne Moore is the 7th Master Distiller at G&J and is the first female gin master distiller in the world.

So come explore Greenall's the "Original London Dry Gin, Bloom the "Floral" London Dry Gin, and new to the US Opihr the "Spiced" London Dry Gin, from the Quintessential Brands portfolio all carefully crafted by Joanne Moore.


Friday July 17, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Evangeline A & B at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130

5:00pm

Orange is the New Black Pool Party presented by Angostura Bitters
Escape to the Hotel Monteleone rooftop pool and celebrate your freedom at Angostura's Orange is the New Black Pool Party. Treat yourself to our "Taystee" Angostura Orange Bitters food & cocktails while enjoying the sights & sounds of our annual pool party.

Personalities
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David Delaney Jr.

National Brand Ambassador, House of Angostura
Since being crowned the overall winner of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge in 2012, David Delaney Jr. has been traveling the country and actively spreading the rich history and versatility of the House of Angostura's portfolio. While many know Delaney as a brand ambassador... Read More →

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Friday July 17, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Pool at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
 
Saturday, July 18
 

9:00am

Good Morning Tales Bar presented by William Grant & Sons

Eye opener you say? Traditionally a morning drink huh? Those that started their day with a cocktail were said to be smart, sophisticated, the types that got things done? Ok.

So here you have it the GOOD MORNING TALES OF THE COCKTAIL® bar presented by William Grant & Sons in the Hotel Monteleone each morning, Wednesday through Saturday.

Try bite sized Reyka infused tomatoes on Wednesday, breakfast Martinis and cucumber eye masks with Hendrick’s on Friday and a little bit of everything else in between.

The eclectic Ambassadors of William Grant & Sons will be tending bar and waking you up each day at Tales of the Cocktail® – come by and see us.

Personalities
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Camille Austin "La Loba"

US Ambassador / La Loba, Mezcal Montelobos
Camille Austin, also known as “La Loba”, is the dynamic Montelobos Mezcal United States Brand Ambassador with a distinctive style. Camille’s mission as the Montelobos Ambassador is to honor the Oaxacan heritage and culture by sharing the art of agave in cocktails and the tradition... Read More →
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Charlotte Voisey

Director of Advocacy, William Grant & Sons
Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard recognition, regular TV appearances including a trip to London to cover the Royal Wedding with CBS News make for exciting times for British born mixologist Charlotte Voisey.A... Read More →
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Dean Callan

Global Brand Ambassador, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
Dean Callan started his career as a bartender on the Gold Coast of Australia, having been told in an interview that “Your bar certificates aren’t any good here, we only hire bartenders with experience” his reply was “I’ll work for free until I’m better than your worst... Read More →
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Han Shan

Hudson Whiskey Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
Before turning his love of Hudson Whiskey into a vocation, this autodidactic polymath traveled the world as an environmental and human rights campaigner, film and video producer, painter, photographer, storyteller, and bon vivant. With an abiding love for the history and enjoyment... Read More →
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Jaime Salas

US Ambassador, Milagro Tequila
Combining passion, charisma and originality with an unrivalled knowledge and reverence for the art of tequila, Milagro Ambassador Jaime Salas is the perfect embodiment of modern day Mexico. Having grown up dividing his time between the creative freedom of San Francisco and Mexico’s... Read More →
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JP De Loera

Milagro Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Mark Stoddard

Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons
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Trevor Schneider

Reyka Vodka US, William Grant & Sons

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William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons


Saturday July 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

Kick Start Coffee Bar presented by Orleans Coffee Exchange
With your action-packed Tales of the Cocktail® schedule, it’s important to get off to a fresh start every morning. Well, the Kick Start Coffee Bar has you covered. Stop by for a complimentary coffee, café au lait, espresso or any other caffeinated beverage of your choice expertly crafted by our friends at Orleans Coffee Exchange. Grab a cup and get on your way to whatever your day at Tales of the Cocktail® has in store.


Saturday July 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

Mind, Body & Spirits

Mind–Body-Spirit(s) is dedicated to educating bar industry professionals about health, wellness and personal success. Via physical and energetic movement, captivating seminars and industry testimonials, attendees will learn how to better-cope with daily demands, for improved work/life balance.

Through the generous support of bar industry sponsors who support health & wellness initiatives, we are able to provide these complementary events to industry professionals, on a first come, first served basis.

Benefits of applied Mind-Body-Spirits seminars include:

1. Stress reduction; increased mindfulness

2. Happier, more positive & centered constitution

3. Happier employees give better customer service

4. Happier employees make better tips

5. Customers receiving better service will likely spend more money

6. Increased employee engagement results in higher productivity.

7. Higher employee morale=greater staff cohesiveness for team building

8. Healthier employees=fewer sick days.

9. Reduced industry burnout

10. Bottom line is, healthier and happier employees make your company more efficient and profitable!


Saturday July 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Vieux Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

9:00am

The Perfect Rise & Shine Smoothie Bar presented by The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley
With the long days and even longer nights in store for you at Tales of the Cocktail®, it’s important to start your day with The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley’s Smoothie Bar. Stop by every morning to select from three signature smoothies created by The Liquid Muse, Natalie Bovis, then make it your own with rejuvenating add-ons such as protein powder, chia seeds, coconut juice and more. It’s the perfect start to what will be five perfect days at Tales of the Cocktail® 2015.

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Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

Since 1988, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley has indulged the culinary passions of chefs, mixologists and food enthusiasts with products that provide ultimate fresh fruit flavor without the peeling, dicing and simmering required for making purées from scratch.The company offers... Read More →


Saturday July 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

House of Angostura presented by Angostura
Experience the exotic flavors of the Caribbean at the House of Angostura. Enjoy our award winning rums, allow our iconic bitters to tantalize your palette in both food & cocktails and try the latest edition to the House - Amaro di Angostura.

Personalities
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Daniyel Jones

Brand Ambassador, House Of Angostura
Daniyel Jones is the Portfolio Brand Ambassador for the House Of Angostura, traveling the world sharing the beauty of Angostura Aromatic Bitters, Rums and Amaro Di Angostura. ​ The 2013 Champion of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge, he continues to demonstrate his passion... Read More →
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David Delaney Jr.

National Brand Ambassador, House of Angostura
Since being crowned the overall winner of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge in 2012, David Delaney Jr. has been traveling the country and actively spreading the rich history and versatility of the House of Angostura's portfolio. While many know Delaney as a brand ambassador... Read More →

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House of Angostura

The House of Angostura®
Capitalizing on its heritage as the world's most well-known maker of aromatic bitters, the House of Angostura® has catapulted into the 21st century with an exquisite range of rums, the magnificent Amaro di Angostura® and of course, ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters and ANGOSTURA® orange... Read More →


Saturday July 18, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Make It Your Own Presented by Everclear®

FOR THE COCKTAIL CRAFTSMEN. Those who refute the easy way out, preferring to create rather than replicate. Favoring mason jars over the mass produced, and believing everything tastes better when garnished with a little elbow grease.

For the makers of all levels, we’re curators. Inspiring a new avenue of taste. With plenty of room for embellishment, experimentation and whatever else you’d like to bring to the table. Graduate from mixer to maker.

For the first time ever, Everclear® will be hosting a tasting room, unlike any other. The Make It Your Own Tasting Room presented by Everclear®, will feature our Head Mixologist Ted Kilgore of Planter's House in St. Louis, Missouri. Ted will be hand-crafting innovative liqueurs and bitters from scratch and creating cocktails sure to please. And of course, we will be serving tasty brunch time treats and listening to some tunes while we inspire you to Make It Your Own.

For more information visit: www.makeityourown.com

Personalities
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Ted Kilgore

Ted Kilgore is a 17 year veteran of the bar and spirits world. Passing the B.A.R. with BAR Ready certification in 2007, Ted went on to manage beverage programs at the internationally recognized Taste by Niche. 2013 brought the opening of Planter's House in St. Louis, where he is proprietor... Read More →

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Saturday July 18, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Taste the Revolution! presented by American Craft Spirits Association
The American Craft Spirits Association presents a horizontal tasting from a dozen of the nation's leading craft spirits producers, conducted by the pioneers who are bringing the revolution to you - the distillery owners themselves. Meet the risk-takers who are reshaping the cocktail industry through quality and passion, one small batch at a time. Learn more about their unique stories. Enjoy their outstanding spirits.

Participating Distilleries:
Garrison Brothers, Texas with Dan Garrison
Corsair Distillery, Tennessee with Jason Ingram and Austin Reese
House Spirits Distillery, Oregon with Thomas Mooney
Montanya Distillers, Colorado with Karen Hoskins
Prichard’s Distillery, Tennessee with Phil Prichard
Tenn South Distillery, Tennessee with Clayton Cutler
Black Dirt Distillery, New York with Jeremy Kidde
Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, Tennessee with Andy Nelson and Charlie Nelson
Balcones Distilling, Texas 

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Balcones Distilling

In only its seventh year in business, Balcones has gone on to acquire over 145 accolades and awards from respected judges, panels and competitions around the globe, cementing its position as one of the most highly regarded craft whisky distilleries in the world. Balcones Distillery... Read More →
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Black Dirt Distillery

BLACK DIRT takes its name from the dark, fertile soil left by an ancient glacial lake that once covered thousands of acres in upstate New York.Today, the rich ebony soil grows the corn for the distillery’s bourbons, and the apples for the brandy are sourced locally throughout... Read More →
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Corsair Artisan Distillery

If it has been done before we are not interested in doing it. Imitation is suicide. Creativity is free. Innovate or die. Our goal is to make spirits the world has never seen before. 
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Garrison Brothers Texas Bourbon

Garrison Brothers Distillery, based in Hye, Texas, makes the finest tasting, highest quality straight bourbon whiskey in America. We are the first legal whiskey distillery in Texas history and have been producing authentic straight bourbon from scratch, by hand since 2007. We NEVER... Read More →
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House Spirits Distillery

Founded in 2004 by Christian Krogstad, House Spirits Distillery is a leader of America’s craft distilling resurgence and the anchor of Portland, Oregon’s famed Distillery Row.  The company’s award-winning products include Aviation American Gin, Westward Oregon Straight Malt... Read More →
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Montanya Distillers

Montanya Distillers is an American craft distillery making rum in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of Colorado. We use Louisiana-grown, non-GMO unrefined raw cane from a family farm and mill in Belle Rose, LA. Our rum is distilled, proofed and bottled using 100% mountain spring water... Read More →
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Nelson's Greenbrier Distillery

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery is the rebirth of what was Tennessee’s largest distillery pre-prohibition. Charlie and Andy Nelson have revived brands such as Belle Meade Bourbon, and Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey which their triple great grandfather made famous. Come meet the... Read More →
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Prichards Distillery

At Prichard's Distillery we love what we do and believe it shows in our product. Our fine spirits are an accurate recreation of America’s first distilled beverages. Our rums, made from sweet American molasses from the plantations of Louisiana, and our whiskeys are not unlike those... Read More →
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Tenn South

Always respecting tradition, heritage and history in what we do and how we do it, Tenn South uses local grains and waters to distill singular spirits using our 500 gallon copper pot still. We’re especially proud of  what makes “Clayton James Tennessee Whiskey” unlike any other... Read More →

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Saturday July 18, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Hot Day, Cool Start with Gosling’s and Pallini presented by Gosling's Rum & Pallini Limoncello

Who says you can’t have dessert first? From 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Pallini’s 3-layered boozy popsicles may be the best hair of the dog ever created, but hey, we’re bias…we’ll let you decide.

From 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, beat the heat with Gosling’s frozen version of the classic Dark ‘N Stormy. So refreshing, So Unique!

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Pallini S.p.A.

Pallini Limoncello is a brand of traditional Italian lemon-flavored liqueur known as limoncello. It is produced in Italy by Pallini S.p.A. a family-owned and operated beverage company based in Rome, Italy. It is 26% alcohol by volume, 52 proof. The limoncello was introduced in 1999... Read More →


Saturday July 18, 2015 10:30am - 1:30pm
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

10:30am

Suite Silencio by Mezcal El Silencio

If you are doing Tales of the Cocktail right… running from event to event, imbibing endless spirit-ful tastings, and enjoying all-hours craziness in the sizzling New Orleans heat… we bet you’re a bit frazzled and fatigued.

Come escape the mayhem in the cool, quiet Penthouse retreat of Suite Silencio. 

Greeted by a beautiful enchantress, sit and sip a refreshing Mezcal El Silencio signature cocktail of Mezcal Espadin, honeydew melon, coconut water, lemon juice and basil crystals in the zenned-out oasis surrounding you.  Relax, close your eyes and enjoy the peaceful Silence while you ponder the question…. “where would I like it?”  Then, pamper yourself with 10 heavenly minutes of a calming chair massage. You’ll leave refreshed, revived and ready to re-load.  

Daily appointments available Wednesday-Saturday: 10:30am to 3:30pm(reserve appointments at www.mezcalelsilencio.com/ss.html or walk-ins welcome).

Join us and #ShareTheSilence



Saturday July 18, 2015 10:30am - 3:30pm
Ernest Hemingway Suite at the Hotel Monteleone 2014 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

Midori Farmer's Market - Mix Fresh, Taste Fresh presented by Midori

An interactive space where people can experience Midori paired to the perfect environment of a fresh food Farmers Market. A vibrant space that is filled with the sights, sounds, colours and flavours of a typical Farmers Market full of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, prepared food, games and music.

In addition, Midori is planning a give back program, “Buy Fruit 4 Change” – Midori will donate leftover fruit to a food driven charity in New Orleans.

Personalities
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Manuel Terron

Manuel Terron (host of television’s “Mixing with the Best”), an authority and leading voice of Australian bartending is a seasoned professional that has worked in the industry for over 25 years creating award winning drinks and tending bars in Barcelona, New York and throughout... Read More →

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Midori

Midori is THE original melon liqueur and the perfect choice for sharing moments with friends. Noticed first for its great color – Midori means green in Japanese – the melon-flavored liqueur owes its global appeal to its premium quality and fun musk melon flavor that can be enjoyed... Read More →


Saturday July 18, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Evangeline A & B at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130

11:00am

Spirits and The Stories They Tell Part 1: A Treasure Saved presented by Tia Maria
Tia Maria Dark Liquor takes you on a storytelling experience dating back to the mid-17th century on the island of Jamaica. Learn how a family’s secret recipe was kept alive and passed down from generation to generation. Our guides will then take you on a sensory experience involving a neat tasting discovering all of the unique ingredients that compose Tia Maria. Finally enjoy Tia Maria libations prepared with the latest cocktail trends in mind.

Personalities
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Paul Sevigny

Director of Brand Ambassadors/Education & Outreach, Disaronno International
Formerly behind the bar at the Florida Room in the iconic Delano Hotel in Miami Beach, Paul is currently the US Director of Brand Ambassador for Disaronno International. With over 15 years of experienced in the hospitality industry, Paul has consulted on beverage programs for high... Read More →

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Saturday July 18, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA

2:00pm

Coffee in the Afternoon presented by Orleans Coffee Exchange

An afternoon coffee is a tradition around the world, from Rome to New Orleans and everywhere in between. At Tales of the Cocktail®, we’re celebrating the afternoon pick me up.

Stop by Thursday through Saturday afternoon for your own complimentary coffee, café au lait, espresso or any other caffeinated beverage of your choice expertly crafted by our friends at Orleans Coffee Exchange.

It’s the perfect time to take a break and meet some fellow Tales of the Cocktail® attendees or you can just grab a coffee and get on with your day. With all the nightly events on tap this week, we’re sure an afternoon recharge will serve you well.


Saturday July 18, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lobby Phone Bank at the Hotel Monteleone

2:30pm

Pikesville Rye Whiskey: A Classic Reemerges presented by Heaven Hill Whiskies
Prohibition shuttered most of the once-booming Maryland Rye industry. Pikesville, produced since the 1890’s, reemerged after Prohibition and became the lone brand to keep this style of Rye alive. Now produced in Kentucky from extra-aged barrels stored in prime warehouse locations, Heaven Hill has reclaimed the past with the rich and spicy notes of Pikesville.

Enjoy the new six year old, 110 proof Pikesville Rye Whiskey for the first time at the Corner Bar of the Hotel Monteleone.

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Bernie Lubbers

The Whiskey Professor, Heaven Hill Brands
Known as The Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers is the Global Whiskey Ambassador for the family owned and operated Heaven Hill located in Bardstown and Louisville, KY; the largest American owned bourbon company, and holders of 25% of the world's aging bourbon. He hosts the popular... Read More →

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Saturday July 18, 2015 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Lobby of the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Drink Lab: Phenix Brands Creative Station presented by Phenix Brands
You've heard the rumors, you’ve seen the pictures and lived the stories... and they are all true! If you missed it before... This year you NEED to attend the Phenix Brands Tasting Room Drink Lab featuring the Phenix Brands portfolio...London Vodka, Samogon, Stiletto Vodka and our newcomers launching at Tales this Year; LL Kinahan's Irish Whiskey and the highly anticipated MIG Fuel!

Come join us in the Revolution Against Boring Cocktails!

Make a drink, drink a drink, don a Russian hat, crack open a coconut, dance like no one is watching and be in epic pictures taken by Jacqui and Michael Segura aka: Klik & Flash! You will meet Ray "Godfather” Edwards, Joshua “ DOC” Johnson and the Master Bar Czars crew along with monkeys, oh yes there will be monkeys! Come and hang out with Marat Sadarov, Vladimir Zhuraliev, many of the amazing Bartender Brothers, Ryan Maybee, Berto Santoro, Tim Rabior, Brock Schulte, Scot Mattox and a true cast of characters on the final day of tales. There will be real live Russian bartenders there and it gets cray-cray in a good way. Last year they were finding coconuts for days in places that well….coconuts shouldn’t oughta be???

If you have been to one before, we know you won't miss it...and if you do?? You are only cheating yourself out of what will surely be one of the most talked about events at Tales. Come wind down the week with us and help us fan the flames of the revolution against boring cocktails!!! Davai Vipiem!!!

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Ray Edwards

Founder / CEO, Phenix Brands
Founder and CEO of Phenix Brands, LLC. Our brands include STILETTO Vodka (aka: SHPILKA Vodka), LONDON Vodka, SAMOGON, MIG Fuel (90 Proof Shooter) and LL Kinanhan's Irish Whiskey (The preferred whiskey of Jerry Thomas 1862) Showman, bartender, consumer and friend to many but not a... Read More →
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Ryan Maybee

Co-Founder, J. Rieger & Co.
Cocktails, bartending, entrepreneurship, branding
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Scot Mattox

Owner, El Guapo Bitters
US Marine, Founder and CEO of El Guapo Bitters, Bartender. Scot originally created a line of bitters for use at a local bar he was managing in the French Quarter of New Orleans. With mounting pressure from Ann Tuennerman at Tales of the Cocktail, other friends, and fellow local bartenders... Read More →

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Saturday July 18, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Royal Ballrooms C & D at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Plantation Pineapple Rum Rides Into Town presented by Plantation Pineapple
Last year at Tales, Plantation introduced 600 bottles of Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy - the first pineapple artisanal spiced rum ever made by the inimitable Plantation Master Blender and Maison Ferrand proprietor Alexandre Gabriel and his spirits partner in crime, David Wondrich. It was meant to be a one-off, just a very special experiment. But it couldn’t be contained. The outcry! The demand! The pleas! From bartenders, trade, everyone who tasted it…made Alexandre rethink it all. This year we are happy to announce that Pineapple Rum will be made at the estate on a bigger scale with all the attention required to ensure quality at the highest standards! Join us to discover Plantation Pineapple Rum while dancing and drinking with us all things pineapple. Reverend Stiggins’ cocktails will be flowing as will the tropical food and enchanting island music.

And if you missed us last year and are wondering what Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum is…in 19th century England, pineapple rum was a sipping spirit par excellence but like many good things from the past, it fell out of use. Mr. Gabriel and Mr. Wondrich decided to fix this and revive this forgotten nectar. It is named after Rev. Stiggins, a character in Charles Dickens’ immortal Pickwick Papers, whose favorite drink was pineapple rum.

Plantation Pineapple will be joined by some of its lovely siblings like 3 Star White, Original Dark, Barbados 5 Year Old and a selection of the Plantation Vintages.

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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 →
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David Wondrich

Senior Resident Fellow, North Gowanus Institute for Cranial Distempers
David Wondrich is widely hailed as the world’s foremost authority on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. The longtime Drinks Correspondent for Esquire magazine, Dr. Wondrich (he has a PhD in Comparative Literature) is a five-time... Read More →

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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 →


Saturday July 18, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

Tales of the CRAFT presented by The Liquid Projects
In old naval yards and underneath bridges, in pre-war warehouses and nestled in scenic countrysides, an American movement is growing and exciting back bars across the world. Whether it’s heirloom, locally-sourced grains, imaginative recipes, radical aging concepts, or just a throwback to classical distilling methods, craft distillers are pushing the envelope in the spirits industry. With literally hundreds of distilleries now operating within the US, innovation is advancing at a startling pace. This trend, although thriving, is still young and burgeoning. While the segment will continue to develop and find its niche, some cutting-edge brands are already making waves in the industry with inventive new products that have captured the attention of bartenders, writers and critics everywhere.

The Liquid Projects is proud to bring together some of American craft distilling’s finest veterans, along with the fresh spirit of new, up-and-coming distillers, for an exclusive tasting event. Enjoy a diverse selection of craft-made spirits from around the country and meet the people behind the brands that are creating a stir in the world of small batch, artisanal distilling.

Participating distilleries: Balcones Distilling, Corsair Distillery, Glencairn Glass, Middle West Spirits, New Holland Brew, Treaty Oak Distilling, Tuthilltown Spirits, Smooth Ambler Spirits, Westland Distillery and more.

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Corsair Artisan Distillery

If it has been done before we are not interested in doing it. Imitation is suicide. Creativity is free. Innovate or die. Our goal is to make spirits the world has never seen before. 
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jennifer massolo

Founder, The Liquid Projects
The education of artisanal spirits & beers.
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Montanya Distillers

Montanya Distillers is an American craft distillery making rum in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of Colorado. We use Louisiana-grown, non-GMO unrefined raw cane from a family farm and mill in Belle Rose, LA. Our rum is distilled, proofed and bottled using 100% mountain spring water... Read More →
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New Holland Artisan Spirits

After over a decade of craft-brewing, distilling was a natural extension for us. As perpetual students of fermentation, the art of creating alcohol, the next step of distilling into a more pure state, came easy. We coax flavor all the way from the brewhouse through our Prohibition-era... Read More →
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Robert Likarish

Co-Founder, Ironroot Republic Distilling

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Saturday July 18, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:00pm

The Espaniola Standard presented by Emilio Lustau

Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Palo Cortado, Oloroso, Cream, East India, Pedro Ximénez, Moscatel- the styles and varieties of Sherry, the celebrated fortified wine from Jerez, Spain, provide an endless palette of flavors and nuances, such as dryness, acidity, depth and richness to mixed drinks, punches and cocktails. Once a pre-Prohibition barkeep's staple, its renaissance has reintroduced beverage professionals to not only its standalone identity as a versatile table wine, but as an essential ingredient in any bartender's repertoire.

Please join Emilio Lustau Brand Ambassador Araceli Gascón Varo, to taste a full lineup of Lustau Sherries, to introduce the different styles and bottlings of one of Spain's most celebrated Sherry houses, as well as learn the basics of Sherry production. From the Solera system to the mysterious and essential existence of Flor, to the terroir of the Bodega, attendees will learn- and taste- why this is a fortified wine unlike any other. Guests will have a chance to taste classic cocktails such as the: Sherry Cobbler, Adonis and Bamboo and modern-day creations ("new classics") such as the East India Negroni, Alimony and Rye Witch crafted by cocktail luminaries from around the country.

In addition there will be an opportunity to learn about another unique Spanish spirit from the iconic producers of Lustau: Caballero, a brandy-based liqueur crafted from a 185 year-old Spanish family recipe & legacy. Made from all-natural ingredients such as oranges from Andalucia, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, from Caballero USA National Brand Director, Elan Klebanow.

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Lustau

A huge range of exceptional Sherry wines, vermouth and brandies, endorsed by outstanding ratings and medals in international competitions confirms Lustau as the benchmark of quality when talking about Sherry. In 2012 Lustau was the Spanish winery to take most international awards... Read More →


Saturday July 18, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Vieux Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

3:30pm

Spirits and The Stories They Tell Part 2 : A Gesture of Kindness presented by Disaronno
Disaronno Originale takes you on a historical journey of a spirit born during the renaissance period. The story of the painter, his muse, and the fragrant liquor brought to life by the Reina family for the last 500 years. Our guides will then take you on a sensory experience on the key ingredients that give Disaronno it's unique flavor profile. Then enjoy Disaronno cocktails showing the versatility of the brand in modern mixology.

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Paul Sevigny

Director of Brand Ambassadors/Education & Outreach, Disaronno International
Formerly behind the bar at the Florida Room in the iconic Delano Hotel in Miami Beach, Paul is currently the US Director of Brand Ambassador for Disaronno International. With over 15 years of experienced in the hospitality industry, Paul has consulted on beverage programs for high... Read More →

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Saturday July 18, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA

3:30pm

There’s AMAZING Inside Florida Citrus! presented by Florida Department of Citrus
Join the Florida Department of Citrus and renowned mixologist Tad Carducci of Tippling Bros. for a tour through Florida’s amazing citrus groves. Inspired by the land of citrus and sunshine, we will shake up a handful of cocktails made with 100% Florida Orange Juice and 100% Florida Grapefruit Juice, paired with artisanal spirits from the Classic and Vintage portfolio. Tad and company will offer simple, easy to craft cocktails, perfect for home entertaining or behind the bar, with an intriguing twist or two, of course!

During this fun and informal, walk-around session, Florida Citrus representatives will be on hand to give attendees a taste of a ‘day in the life’ of a farmer and what it means to work with the most fertile soil and perfect conditions to bring you some of the most delicious citrus juices in the world.

 


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Tad Carducci

Tad Carducci is a lifelong bartender, award-winning mixologist and general bon vivant, with twenty-five years experience in the hospitality industry. He is one half of the dynamic duo known as the Tippling Bros., a New York based beverage consultancy dedicated to "spirituous advisement... Read More →

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Saturday July 18, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Evangeline A & B at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130