Whisky Live Paris 2018 is a unique and privileged occasion to meet professionals from the industry, brought together for the largest whisky and spirits tasting event in Europe.
Now an unmissable date in the calendar, almost 160 exhibitors from the world of whiskies and spirits are expected to attend again this year.
For its 15th edition, Whisky Live Paris will open its doors to a world of bespoke tastings.
Offering a unique experience with the new releases and exclusives presented this year, one full day will be entirely dedicated to you!
Cognac Ambassador – BNIC
10:00 am – 10:45 am
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.
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.
11:00 am – 11:45 am
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.
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.
Brand Ambassador – International Beverage
Whisky Maker – Compass Box
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
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?
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.
Brand Ambassador – Amrut
Master Distiller – Glen Grant
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
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.
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.
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Owner – Neisson
Gordon & MacPhail
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
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.
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.
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
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.
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.
Chief distiller – Bruichladdich
Ambassadrice & Bartender – Nardini
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
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?
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.
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
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.
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.
Brand ambassador – Del Maguey
Brand Ambassador – Dassai
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Horizontal tasting of Dassai sake drawing on various levels of rice polishing to explore the world of Dassai, the cream of premium sake.
Specialist sake sommelier and Director of Dassai France.