Whiskies of the World in Houston 2016

Masterclasses for Whiskies of the World Houston 2016

Masterclasses are 45 minutes. Arrive five minutes early to claim your seat if you pre-registered.

4:00 pm (Classroom A)

Brendan McCarron (Glenmorangie and Ardbeg)
Brendan McCarron joined The Glenmorangie Company as Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks in June 2014. His resume includes management positions at Oban, Lagavulin, Caol Illa, Port Ellen and Roseisle distilleries. At Glenmorangie, Brendan works closely with the Distillery Managers to ensure that the quality of spirit produced at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg is consistent and sufficient stocks are laid down to develop future expressions of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. Brendan works in the Whisky Creation Team alongside Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation and Whisky Stocks.

5:10 pm (Classroom A)

Jonathan Wingo (Balvenie)
As more and more distilleries explore the process of double maturation, the variety and possibilities seem endless.  We will discuss the building blocks of the choices: differences in wood types, the left behind liquid, and length of time.  The Balvenie pioneered what has now become this widely used technique called “finishing.”  Jonathan Wingo will lead a discussion and tasting on how different attributes of double maturation interact with distillery characteristics.

4:00pm (Classroom B)

David Perkins (High West Distillery)
David Perkins is the Proprietor of High West Distillery. He will talk about some “why’s” behind High West and a glimpse into High West’s journey from silly idea to attempting to become a full-fledged distilling business with a big dream. David will share the stories behind High West and answer the questions: Why Utah? How the products came to be. Why blend? Why build a distillery in Utah’s mountains? Why do you want to sign up for this seminar? You will taste High West’s core range and some yet to be released products made on High West’s new Forsyths pot at the world’s only distillery dude ranch.

5:10pm (Classroom B)

Jen Farrel II (Tullamore DEW)
Jen is a private Brand Ambassador who will be hosting the event that includes an interactive Tullamore Dew range tasting and a detailed look into the life of Daniel E. Williams. At the end of each class, consumers will have sampled at least three marques, including Tullamore Dew Original, Tullamore Dew 12yo, and Tullamore Dew 15 Trilogy.

6:20 pm (Cigar Patio)

Serious Cigars Houston featuring Oliva Cigar
There is a fine art to pairing exceptional cigars and whiskies. With its vanilla, caramel, oak and spice notes, whisky proves a perfect companion to smokes of medium and dark wrapper varieties. Join cigar pairing seminar and panel discussion to highlight the marriage between smoke and whisky. Featuring multiple cigars paired with a bourbon and a malt.