Master Distiller – Brown Forman
The masterclass will be based on the Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select range and the creation of its four whiskeys (Bourbon, Rye, Malt and Wheat).
About Chris Morris:
Chris Morris was made Brown-Forman’s Master Distiller and responsible for Woodford Reserve 15 years ago. The man behind this innovative, premium quality Bourbon, he has come to be regarded as an iconic figure in the world of American whiskey.
Europe Director – Loch Lomond Group
To really understand whisky’s flavour profile, you need to go back to the beginning of the production process. The Loch Lomond distillery has an innovative approach, with different types of still used at the distillation stage, creating a unique, diverse aromatic palette that reveals exceptional whiskies with very distinct characters.
About David Lind:
Starting his career in Glenmorangie David has worked for several whisky companies in a variety of different roles across the world whilst living in Europe, Asia and the USA. Working with the Loch Lomond Group for the last 3 years during their exciting growth phase and international expansion. David presents a rounded perspective of the whisky world and his tasting sessions tryo to link the production process with the whiskies themselves for an interesting and entertaining session.
Master Blender – Jura
Gregg Glass will be explaining the effect of the various types of oak used in the production of Seven Wood whisky: different trees, variations in the fineness of their grain, and knowledge of the source forests give Seven Wood its highly complex flavor.
About Gregg Glass:
Gregg Glass began his career at the age of 18, deciding to devote his life to whisky. Over the years, his passion remained undimmed as he studied various mashing, distillation and blending techniques. After ten years’ experience, Gregg joined Whyte & Mackay in 2016 as Master Blender and Whisky Maker of the JURA whiskies, among others.
Master Distiller – Aberlour
To mark his first visit to Whisky Live Paris, Graeme Cruickshank, the Aberlour distillery’s Master Distiller, will be offering a tasting of three whiskies that represent Abelour’s classic style. Over the course of tasting these whiskies, he will explain the key role that nature plays in the flavour of this single malt and in the style of this small Speyside distillery.
About Graeme Cruickshank:
His experience at the Chivas Brothers distilleries has led him to become a respected figure in the world of scotch whisky and his exceptional expertise was recognized in 2018 with the award of the title Best Master Distiller at the International Whisky Competition. Loyal to the spirit of Aberlour, Graeme is committed to ensuring that the artisanal nature of this Speyside distillery continues long into the future.
Master Blender – Compass Box
Compass Box founder John Glaser will present Myths & Legends, three new whiskies which reveal how blending influences the whole Scotch whisky world.
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. Since then he has moved his modest laboratory to a spacious loft in Chiswick Studios, still in the heart of London.
Owner – Elixir Distillers
Showcasing the diversity of Scotland’s whiskies from the full Single Malts of Scotland range: Single Cask series, the Director’s Special collection, the Marriage of Casks and the all-new Reserve Casks.
About Sukhinder Singh:
Après avoir fondé The Whisky Exchange en 1999 avec son frère Rajbir, la passion de Sukhinder pour le whisky a rapidement évolué vers le sourcing et la mise en bouteille de ses propres fûts. The Single Malts of Scotland était sa toute première série de single malts, suivie par d’autres marques telles que Port Askaig et Elements of Islay. En 2017, la branche d’embouteillage indépendante de l’entreprise a été renommée Elixir Distillers. Sukhinder fut nommé Maître du Quaich en 2018 et reçut le trophée Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky Industry décerné par l’IWSC la même année.
Description: The world has become obsessed with peaty whisky, but what lies behind the smoke? What is peat terroir, how is it used, what effects does it give, can other materials be used to make a new generation of smoky drams?
About Dave Broom:
A Whisky Magazine contributor and Glaswegian Whisky Advocate now based in the South of England, Dave Broom has, for more than twenty years, carried out research in the world of spirits, first of course in whisky but then also in gin and rum, both the subject of his most recent creations. He is a literary authority for enthusiasts and trade professionals alike and has received prizes on four occasions at the Glenfiddich Awards.
Ambassador – Gordon & MacPhail
Since its launch by George Urquhart in 1968, the Connoisseurs Choice range has counted over two-thousand bottlings from around a hundred different distilleries. This range still sits at the heart of the Gordon & MacPhail portfolio today
About Steven Cameron:
Franco-Scottish and a great whisky enthusiast, Steven began his career as a consultant at La Maison du Whisky. Since then he has joined the Scottish independent bottler Gordon & Macphail and now represents them throughout Europe.
Director – Distillerie Mars
While Mars Whisky, owning 2 distilleries and 3 aging cellars, started aging experiment in 2013 across Japan, actually Mars started its whisky experience 70 years ago. Overcoming the Ice age of Japanese whisky, Master Blender Hajime Kunai brings special tasting to share the different profiles from the 3 sites.
About Hajime Kunai:
Hajime Kunai becamed the Winery manager at Mars Yamanashi Winery in 1984. From senior manager of Mars Yamanashi Winery and Mars Shinshu Distillery in 2005 to general manager in 2009; he finally assumes the office of director at Hombo Shuzo Co. Ltd. He has been certified Whisky Expert by the Japan Whisky Research Centre, Sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association and Oenologist by the Wine Technology Research Association.
Ambassador – Highland Park
Founded in 1798, Highland Park is the most northerly distillery in Scotland. Shaped by Orkney and by the Vikings who settled here over 1,000 years ago, the distillery offers unique, delicate and elegantly peated whiskies.
About Martin Markvardsen:
Martin Markvardsen is Global Senior Brand Ambassador for Highland Park, been working for the brand for 14 years and responsibly for the training and education of his fellow ambassadors. He travels the world 200 days of the year spreading the gospel of Highland Park.
CEO & Distiller – Smooth Ambler
All about Rye Grain and the difficulties of working with rye grain in the cooking/mashing process along the advantages in the finished spirit. The group will taste a variety of new make from low-rye bourbon to rye whiskey and then taste those same spirits as aged distillate.
About John Little:
A native North Carolinian, John began his career in distilling in 2008 as the inception for the business that would become Smooth Ambler Spirits first began to take flight. With him at the helm, what began as small craft distiller with a limited, regional reach has flourished into one of the most respected small production distilleries in the U.S., winning coveted awards as well as intense public praise. As CEO and Head Distiller, John continues to lead the Smooth Ambler team with passion, determination, straight-shooting, and an ever-vigilant eye toward quality of spirits and quality of life.
Owner – Fettercairn
Stewart Walker, Fettercairn’s Master Distiller, presents a new range of whiskies from Fettercairn, characterized by exceptional smoothness thanks to their unique distillation process.
About Stewart Walker:
Stewart Walker began working in the distillery in his hometown of Fettercairn in 1990 as a warehouseman; today he is the manager. His knowledge of the science of barrels and distillation has thus been patiently acquired over the years. Distillery manager since 2015, he is the driving force behind this new range.
Co-founder & Master Distiller – Westland Distillery
Matt Hofmann, co-founder of Westland Distillery, will speak about making a single malt whiskey that is truly evocative of the Pacific Northwest region of North America, and not a copy of Scottish whisky. He will explore how this commitment to provenance is expressed through Westland’s raw ingredients and ultimately in the flavor profile of their whiskeys.
About Matthew Hoffman:
Matt Hofmann is the Co-Founder and Master Distiller of Westland Distillery in Seattle, Washington. He is also one of the founding members of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission which seeks to establish, protect and promote the category of American single malt whiskey across the globe. In 2015 Matt became just the second distiller ever named as a Rising Star by StarChefs magazine and was also recognized by Forbes as one of America’s 30 under 30 tastemakers. In 2016, he was honored as one of Wine Enthusiasts 40 under 40 and in 2018 he received the American Master Distiller of the Year award by Whisky Magazine.
Master Distiller – Kingsbarns
Distillery Manager, Peter Holroyd, shares the journey leading up to the release of the first single malt from one of the Lowlands newest Scotch distilleries. Peter will introduce the new make spirit and explain the distillery’s characteristics and production methods. The tasting will continue with “Dream to Dram”, which was only released in January 2019. The last dram in the masterclass line-up is being launched at Whisky Live Paris and will be revealed at the masterclass.
About Peter Holroyd:
Peter Holroyd has been at the helm of distillation since the construction stages at Kingsbarns, sharing his passion for whisky and turning the Kingsbarns dream into a reality with the Wemyss family. A native of Glasgow, Peter graduated from the Heriot Watt Brewing and Distilling Course in Edinburgh, working in a number of small breweries before joining the Kingsbarns Team in his first whisky role over 5 years ago.
Master Blender – Plantation
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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.
Owners – Arhumatic
Description: Clémence and Thierry will share their knowledge and values, and introduce us to the raw ingredients used in their macerated rums.
About Thierry and Clémence Ogez:
Clémence and Thierry, dedicated professionals and lovers of fruit, vegetables, and fine deli products for over 15 years, have successfully harnessed their expertise in high-quality fresh fruit. Initially macerating rum for their own personal use, today they have become true “master blenders”.
Marketing & Commercial Director – Longueteau
Description: Trough 2 tastings, François de Longueteau will talk about terroir and environment during the production of important agricultural rum.
About François Longueteau:
The eldest son of Francois Longueteau, and fourth generation distillery director. After studying sales and marketing, he first cut his teeth at IMPEC Guadeloupe, which represents LVMH’s wine and spirits brands in Guadeloupe, before joining the Mars group in Orléans, and finally joining the distillery’s sales and marketing team in 2011. Alongside his father and brother (Nicolas), Francois has gradually taken charge of the warehouse and the distillery’s entire finishing process.
Sales manager – Worthy Park
Come join Zan as he walks you through the nearly 350 years of Worthy Park, Jamaican’s oldest currently operating estate. From cane to molasses to distillation to blending, aging and bottling learn about what makes this family owned and operated, 100% Jamaican estate special.
About Alexander Kong:
Alexander “Zan” Kong, Export Sales Manager for Worthy Park Estate: returning to his roots in Jamaica, Zan started with Worthy Park to run the export department and spread the gospel and educate the masses of 100% pot-still Jamaican rum around the world.
Owner and founder – Mhoba Rum
Presentation An introduction to MHOBA Rum, South Africa’s first single estate sugarcane rum by owner and founder, Robert Greaves.
About Robert Greaves:
After school Robert left the farm to study mechanical engineering. He pursued a few business opportunities, but returned to the farm during the 2007-2008 economic crisis. Sugar refinery was just not an option with the mill on his doorstep, and he was forced to think of a more creative and unique way of adding value to their crop. The idea of developing a craft rum distillery sprung to mind after a holiday in Mauritius, but it wasn’t until 2013 that saw his first drop of white rum drip out of his self-made stills.
For the first time ever, a comparative tasting between two couple of Jamaican rums made by the same distillery and aged for the same amount of time, one in the distillery and the other in Liverpool – De gustibus non est disputandum
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.