Forum – Masterclasses

Inaugurated in 2017, the Forum will see a series of 30-minute masterclasses throughout the event featuring the big names of whisky – master distillers, directors of distilleries, writers, and so on. They will share their manufacturing secrets and know-how through educational tastings. Building on the success of the first edition, the space will be expanded to accommodate a greater number of attendants. The Forum is free for all visitors of Whisky Live Paris. 

They were presents at Whisky Live Paris 2017

By : Daniel Szor

Cotswolds & Dave Broom (autor)

Theme : Cotswolds, Single Malt for 120 minutes

 

On 23 September 2017, at 12 pm GMT+1, Costwolds will officially reach 3 years of maturation and finally become a single malt. To celebrate, we take a look at the journey a whisky takes from its birth to adulthood and finally to the moment of tasting.

 

About Daniel Szor :

By leaving London for the Cotswolds with his family, Daniel Szor realized his dream of creating the Cotswolds distillery. After 30 years working in the world of finance, this whisky lover restored the reputation of English whiskies

Theme :  Discover the Dalmore Port Vintages trilogy

 

For Whisky Live, Richard Paterson is delighted to be exclusively unveiling the Dalmore Port Vintages trilogy.

“In the world of wine, every vintage tells its own story. But with The Dalmore Port Vintages, vintages and finishes in the finest casks of port aged at the Graham port house… well, in this case we’re talking about true classics, unforgettable expressions!” (Richard Paterson)

 

 

About Richard Paterson :

Considered to be one of the greatest whisky producers of his generation, Richard Paterson is admired for the passion, creativity and wisdom he puts into creating his whiskys.

His five decades of experience in the industry have made Richard the distillery’s creative genius, continuing the incredible tradition of whisky production and maturation first begun by the Mackenzie family.

By :  Richard Paterson

Master Blender – Jura & Dalmore

By : Jan Beckers

Global Malt Ambassador – Douglas Laing

Theme : ROCK OYSTER DECONSTRUCTION

 

Discover Rock Oyster and the elements that make up this Island Malt Whisky. Jan will introduce different editions of Rock Oyster as well as the Single Malts that are used to create this Island Malt Whisky.

 

About Jan Beckers  :

When Douglas Laing’s Global Malt Ambassador, Jan Beckers, isn’t travelling around the globe hosting Whisky tastings, he assists Fred and Cara Laing in Glasgow with the selection of casks for their Exceptional Single Cask range and creation of new vattings for the Remarkable Regional Malts.

Theme : DISCOVERY OF SUNTORY’S KNOW-HOW

 

The Suntory Masterclass will center on the expertise of Japanese whisky’s founding distillery. It offers an opportunity to discover the very first grain whisky produced by the company’s third distillery, Chita, and to rediscover the art of blending with Hibiki, the luxury product of three Suntory distilleries.

 

About Yuko Nonaka  :

Yuko shares her life between Japan where she is born and grown until she’s 20 years old, and Paris, where she is living today. Two cultures have been building here for 24 years. She has been representing Suntory’s premium brands in France as a brand ambassador for 10 years.

By : Yuko Nonaka

Brand Ambassador – Suntory

By : François  Piriou

Whisky Expert of the Golden Promise Whisky Bar

Theme :  Why the whiskies of the sixties and seventies are collectors ?

 

Spirits are probably the only food and drink products that can be kept indefinitely. This enables the Golden Promise Whisky Bar to offer hundreds of whiskies from times gone by. For Whisky Live Paris, François Piriu, the Golden Promise’s in-house specialist, will talk to us about the golden age of whisky, with tastings to help illustrate this special era.

 

About François Piriou  :

Born in Concarneau, Brittany, 29, sommelier consultancy training, lived in Tokyo for 3 years, then trained by Jean Marc, Salvatore and Marlène at LMDW.

Theme : My Whisky Live’s favorites

 

Serge Valentin will present his favorites from Whisky Live Paris 2017. A superb selection to discover and taste!

 

About Serge Valentin :

With over 10,000 tasting notes, the Whiskyfun blog is a genuine institution for whisky lovers. Serge Valentin, who updates the blog almost every day, is part of the very closed fellowship of the Malt Maniacs.

By : Serge Valentin

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By : Luca Gargano

Maison Velier

Theme : Futuro Prossimo Venturo

 

About Luca Gargano  :

Luca Gargano, an intrepid explorer of spirits and a true lover of life is a rare character indeed. With a true passion for high-quality products, he is best known for his knowledge and expertise in rum: he works tirelessly to discover new styles of rum, such as traditional Clairin in Haiti, to continually bring rum enthusiasts new and updated experiences.

Theme : Whithout transparency, there is no trust

 

When it comes to whisky, we believe that a deeper understanding of what goes into the bottle leads to a greater enjoyment of what’s in your glass.  In the face of an ever-growing interest in what we’re consuming, whisky producers remain limited in their ability to share full details of their blends.  Will this lack of transparency lead to a loss of trust by consumers of Blended Scotch Whisky?

 

About John Glaser  :

Before discovering the world of whisky in 1994 John Glaser worked in the wine industry. Six years spent with the spirits giant Diageo would then lead him to develop a real passion for whisky and a new way of thinking about blending.

To bring this to life he decided in 2000 to stand on his own two feet, designing his first blend in his kitchen. He then set himself up in the basement of a hairdresser’s in the centre of London.

Since then he has moved his modest laboratory to a spacious loft in Chiswick Studios, still in the heart of London.

By : John Glaser

Whisky Maker – Compass Box & Dave Brom (autor)

By : Ewan Henderson

Global Brand Ambassador – The Lost Distillery Company

Theme : BACK TO LIFE: SCOTCH WHISKY LEGENDS REBORN

 

Join us for an exclusive insight to how the team restores the legacy of forgotten pioneers in Scotch. Researching archives, debating styles & blending the finest Single Malts can take one year. So today we taste the very latest release; Dalaruan from Campbeltown, 200 years after the first legal distillery in the town and Lossit on Islay on its 200-year anniversary of opening.

 

About  Ewan Henderson  :

Ewan Henderson Global Brand Ambassador for The Lost Distillery Company provides interactive tastings, transporting audiences to 19th century distillery life, often with music pairing and blindfolded taste tests.

Theme : Further potential of Coffey Stills


In-depth masterclass and tasting session featuring Nikka’s new releases, Coffey Gin &Vodka.

 

About Tadashi Sakuma  :

Starting his career at Yoichi distillery in 1982, Sakuma has since widened his experience in whisky production, aging, procurement of raw materials and quality control. In April 2012, he was appointed chief blender and manager of the blending section. He developed the idea to make white spirits using Coffey-distillate and created the formula.

By : Tadashi Sakuma

Chief Blender – Nikka & Dave Broom

By : David Stewart

Cellar Master – The Balvenie

Theme : The Balvenie “Tun” Deconstruction

 

In 2010, the Balvenie distillery launched a single malt that would seven years become an essential reference, the famous Tun 1401, a vatting of old whiskies selected and blended by the distillery’s Master Blender David Stewart. Later becoming Tun 1509, this whisky pays testament to David’s experience and expertise, who, after 55 years in the industry, today offers us a breakdown of this famous whisky with malts from the 70s, 80s and 90s!

 

About David Stewart  :

David C. Stewart joined the Balvenie distillery in 1962 at just 17. Today he is quite simply the most experienced master blender still in the industry. This reserved and humble man has selected casks for each bottling from the Balvenie distillery for more than 55 years, using only his nose.

Recently awarded an MBE, David Stewart truly is a legendary figure.

Theme : Let’s find out about the Chichibu distillery

 

Yumi Yoshikawa will talk about whisky production at Chichibu Distillery, using one of the 2009 casks (Bourbon Barrel, Cask No. 423) as an example, which very well exemplifies the character of Chichibu.

 

About Yumi Yoshikawa  :

Yumi was previously a bartender at Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, before moving to New York in 2008. In 2011, while in Scotland, Yumi became involved in whisky making, as a caskman at Bruichladdich, as well as working as a bartender at Highlander Inn, Craigellachie, Since returning to Japan, she has been the Global Brand Ambassador for Chichibu Distillery.

By : Yumi Yoshikawa

Global Brand Ambassador, Chichibu Distillery, JAPAN

By : Alexandre Gabriel

Maison Ferrand

Theme : How to understand the aromatic elements of the rum and its origins

 

About Alexandre Gabriel   :

In 2012, Alexandre Gabriel was elected Rum World Best Master Blender and received the prestigious Golden Barrel Award. He shares with us a few insights from his vast knowledge and expertise in the world of cognac and rum.

Masterclasses Forum Whisky Mag

by : David Boileau

Cognac Ambassador – BNIC

Theme : Exploring the aromatic profil of Cognac

 

With four samples, we offer you an introductory journey to Cognac’s various families of aroma. A white eau-de-vie, a VS Cognac, a VSOP cognac and an EXTRA cognac offer you the opportunity to discover the olfactory universe of this internationally renowned eau-de-vie.

 

About David Boileau  :

A native of Cognac, David Boileau has worked as an ambassador for the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (National Inter-Professional Cognac Office – BNIC) for around ten years. His comprehensive knowledge of the subject takes him to the four corners of the Earth to cultivate the Cognac Culture. He never misses a chance to spread the secrets of this exceptional spirit to as many people as possible through the educational tastings he organises.

Theme : Between cask and spirit – different ways of achieving the perfect balance of taste influences

 

Fine single malt whisky tends to strike the perfect balance between the character of the spirit and the influence of the cask. Using some delicious examples we explain how modern wood management and changing consumer expectations shape the evolution of the final taste.

 

About Lukasz Dynowiak :

Lukasz Dynowiak’s contagious passion for Scottish distilling and his refreshingly demystifying approach to fine spirits has over the years made him one of the most recognisable whisky experts. In 2015 Lukasz was appointed Global Brand Ambassador at International Beverage, taking on a unique role with one of the most revered producers of fine spirits in the world.

By : Lukasz Dynowiak

Brand Ambassador – International Beverage

By : John Glaser

Whisky Maker – Compass Box

Theme : Whithout transparency, there is no trust

 

When it comes to whisky, we believe that a deeper understanding of what goes into the bottle leads to a greater enjoyment of what’s in your glass.  In the face of an ever-growing interest in what we’re consuming, whisky producers remain limited in their ability to share full details of their blends.  Will this lack of transparency lead to a loss of trust by consumers of Blended Scotch Whisky?

 

A propos de John Glaser  :

Before discovering the world of whisky in 1994 John Glaser worked in the wine industry. Six years spent with the spirits giant Diageo would then lead him to develop a real passion for whisky and a new way of thinking about blending.

To bring this to life he decided in 2000 to stand on his own two feet, designing his first blend in his kitchen.

He then set himself up in the basement of a hairdresser’s in the centre of London. Since then he has moved his modest laboratory to a spacious loft in Chiswick Studios, still in the heart of London.

Theme : Amrut and Indian whisky

 

A journey through the history of Indian whisky and a look back at the emergence of Amrut, India’s first brand of single malt whisky.

 

About Pramod Kashyap:

Pramod, Deputy Managing Director of Amrut Distilleries, Head of the European market.

By : Pramod Kashyap

Brand Ambassador – Amrut

By : Dennis Malcolm

Master Distiller – Glen Grant

Theme : Dennis Malcolm, serving Glen grant and Speyside for over 50 years.

 

Find out how, over 50 years, he has made his mark on the new Glen Grants (Glen Grant 12 year old and Glen Grant 18 year old, released in 2016), whilst respecting the aromatic profile and tradition of this iconic Speyside distillery.

 

About Dennis Malcolm :

Dennis Malcolm, a master distiller with over 55 years of experience at the Glen Grant distillery was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2016 for his services to the single malt industry and the community of Speyside.

Theme : Neisson and the organic : Utopia or reality

 

About Gregory Vernant :

By: Gregory Vernant

Owner – Neisson

Par : Steven Cameron

Gordon & MacPhail

Theme : The wood Makes the whisky

 

Established in 1895 in Elgin, Gordon & MacPhail is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland. This forum will highlight the particular approach of this family business who for four generations has carefully matched spirit with oak. This interaction is the key point in the maturation process, where oak cradles spirit until it is ready to be released as Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

 

About Steven Cameron :

Half French, half Scottish and a real whisky buff, Steven started his career as a customer advisor at La Maison Du Whisky. Since then he has joined Scottish independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail where he looks after several European markets.

Theme : We believe in our terroir

Join Allan Logan, Buirchladdich’s director of the production, as he discusses transparency, provenance and his commitment to Islay’s terroir. Allan will exclusively preview new releases direct from the warehouse.

 

About Allan Logan :

Allan Logan represents the 4th generation of his family to create whisky on Islay. He follows the footsteps of his father and grandfather who were in the Laphroaig distillery, and those of his great-grandfather who also worked for Bruichladdich.

Par : Allan Logan

Chief distiller  – Bruichladdich

MASTERCLASSES  – COCKTAIL STREET

By :  Sharla Ault et Alberto Sinibaldi

Ambassadrice & Bartender – Nardini

Theme : Aperitivo : From the Medicine cabinet to the bar stool.

The aperitivo trend has taken off like a rocket. We explore how the botanicals in aperitivos were used as medicine. How is the spritz perceived by bartenders? And how does the aperitivo fit in the world of cocktails?

 

About Sharla Ault :

Sharla Ault, born in Detroit, USA has lived in Italy for over half her life. Drinks and hospitality are her twin passions, and she has contributed articles for La Cucina Italiana, Condé Nast Traveller, Bar Chick and others. She has been the PR liason for the Nardini Distillery for 11 years and helped coordinate the publishing of The Grappa Handbook, highlighting new ways to utilize Nardini’s range of products in mixed drinks. The aperitivo is an integral part of her life in the Veneto region.

Theme : Protecting Mezcal’s Ancient Process in a New Age.

 

Bienvenido to a tasting that truly encompasses the many species of Maguey, with a complete compendium to comprehend the ancient artisanal processes of harvesting, fermenting and distilling traditional Mezcal. This seminar will also help you to embrace the ritual use and spiritual significance of Mezcal in the native culture, and will feature an introduction to the amazing palenqueros that have handed this sacred process down from generation to generation, for centuries.

 

About Steven Olson :

 

Steven Olson acts as Global Mezcal Advocate, aka maguey geek, and is a partner in Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal. After decades of traveling the world teaching, lecturing, and writing about wine, beer, spirits, sake, and virtually any other beverage under the sun, he now has the honor of devoting his energy and efforts of spreading the gospel to of Mezcal.

Par : Steven Olson

Brand ambassador – Del Maguey

Par : Kaoru Iida

Brand Ambassador – Dassai

Theme : The Sake

 

Horizontal tasting of Dassai sake drawing on various levels of rice polishing to explore the world of Dassai, the cream of premium sake.

 

About Kaoru Iida :

Specialist sake sommelier and Director of Dassai France.