MASTER CLASSES & WHISKY EDUCATION
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The following masterclasses are what we hosted at our September 2019 Event”
THE BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE w/Keith Trusler. MC-1
Friday Sept 13th, 2019 (4:00-5:00pm).
Like a fine cocktail life’s always better when you mix things up. The same is true for a finely matured whisky. Take a journey through the history of whisky making in the Highlands of Scotland. Taste the malts from the smaller distilleries that make beautiful blended Scotches like Chivas 18 and the award-winning Ballantine’s 17 possible. From the heart of Speyside to the Orkney Islands, and the Master Blenders who have dedicated their life to the art of blended whisky. This class was uniquely created for the Banff Whisky Experience with the Blending theme in mined, to capture and captivate the true Art form behind this incredible science.
EDUCATOR BIO: A true Renaissance Man, Keith Trusler (Scotch Ambassador for Corby’s in Western Canada) brings to his role as Brand Ambassador a well-developed taste for the finer things in life, from fashion, design and culture to food, drink and travel. An educator, influencer and avowed aficionado of the culture and lifestyle surrounding all things whisky, Keith travels far and wide extolling the virtues of single-malt in a position that is perfectly suited to his thirst for adventure, creativity and entertaining. Beyond simply showcasing whisky, Keith revels in elevated dining experiences where he can indulge in and explore a wide array of flavors, combinations and cuisines that challenge convention and make people think twice about the endless pairing possibilities. Prior to joining Corby Spirit and Wine, Keith worked behind the pine at a number of restaurants, including a five-year stint as Bar Manager at award-winning Blue Water Cafe in Vancouver, and was a frequent fixture at bar competitions and exhibitions both at home and abroad.
The Greatest Story Never Told w/Dr. Don Livermore. MC-7 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (1:30-2:30pm).
Dive into the fascinating world of Canadian whisky and how it shaped this country, learning firsthand from the Mad Scientist himself on why it is the most versatile and unique whisky out there. Explore the range, embrace the versatility, and take part in this exclusive educational experience to learn more about the story of Canadian whisky in an immersive tasting of some of the classics and a preview of the upcoming special releases from the 2-time “Canadian Distillery of the year” facility Hiram Walker & Sons Limited.
EDUCATOR BIO: Dr. Don Livermore is the Master Blender of Hiram Walker & Sons Limited in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, a MSc and PhD in Brewing in Distilling with a focus on how wood interacts with whisky. Don was recently awarded Master Blender of the year and Distillery of the Year at the Canadian Whisky Awards.
THE REMARKABLE REGIONS OF SCOTLAND w/Peter Burns. MC-9 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (1:30-2:30pm).
Join Peter "Big Pete" Burns as he takes you on a virtual tour of Scotland's whisky regions courtesy of Douglas Laing & Co.'s Remarkable Regional Malts.
Pete will discuss the styles and flavour profiles of whiskies that from Speyside (Scallywag), Highlands (Timorous Beastie), Lowlands (Epicurian), Campbelltown (Gauldrons), Islay (Big Peat), and the Islands (Rock Island), including some of the history and traditions behind each region.
Those enrolled in the session will also be treated to two rare limited edition releases in addition to the entire RRM range!
SAY HELLO TO JURA - The Island you’ve probably never heard of w/Louis-Jérôme Doise. MC-10 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (3:00-4:00pm).
Jura is a small island off the west coast of Scotland that is home to 212 people and one Scotch Whisky distillery. Join Jura’s Single Malt Specialist, Louis-Jérôme Doise, to learn about what makes Jura unique and the island community it calls home. Attendees will participate in a curated beer and whisky educational session, where we will show how Jura’s flavors compliment the craft of unique local breweries from Alberta. The class will end with a very special Jura whisky.
EDUCATOR BIO: Louis-Jérôme Doise is the Single Malt Specialist in Canada for Whyte & Mackay, the company behind the world renowned and distinguished whiskies The Dalmore and Jura. With an accent that’s definitely not Scottish, he travels from Canadian cost to Canadian Coast to spread the word of these two fine unique Single Malt Distilleries, and what makes them stand out from the rest. With over 10 years of experience in the spirits industry, he’s also an aviation fanatic and will go out of his way to try a new route, a new product or a new plane!
Canadian: Crafted Differently, w/Master Blender Andres Faustinelli. MC-12 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (3:00-4:00pm).
Experience a Canadian Whisky proudly unlike any other. At BEARFACE we do things differently. Experimenting. Collaborating. Innovating. On our path to creating a Canadian whisky to be proud of. In this Master Class we will talk, taste and deconstruct BEARFACE whisky. Attendees will be among the first to taste the first batch of our bold new Limited Release, inspired by a unique Canadian Whisky making rule.
EDUCATOR BIO: Andres Faustinelli cut his teeth creating award wining whiskies, Rums and Mezcals by pushing the boundaries of taste and expression. With this passion for spirits and innovation, he was drawn to the Canadian Whisky category which offers a unique platform for innovation and doing things differently. Now the Master Blender for the newly launched, multi-award winning BEARFACE Whisky. San Francisco-based master blender Andres Faustinelli, who hails from Venezuela and Italy, has a background in rum, tequila, bourbon, and wine.
The Art of Blending - A Masterclass by Johnnie Walker w/Dante Raphael. MC-14 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (4:30-5:30pm).
Become the Master of your own scotch whisky blend in this interactive Johnnie Walker workshop. Learn about the intricate process of blending scotch whiskies and what it takes to make the world’s best-selling whisky. Work alongside a team guided by a Johnnie Walker brand ambassador to create your own Johnnie Walker Private Label blend, utilizing premium Single Malts such as Cardhu, Oban and Talisker!
EDUCATOR BIO: Dante’s never-ending thirst for knowledge serves him well as the National Reserve Consultant for Diageo Canada, traveling and educating people cross-country. From spirited dinners to trade show master classes, Dante seizes every opportunity he can to share his passion for the world of whisky.
PARK DISTILLERY: EXPLORATORY WHISKY PROJECT w/Matthew Hendriks. MC-15 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (4:30-5:30pm). *Limited seating.
In this class you will explore and taste the entire rickhouse of Park Distilleries carefully evolving whisky program. Diving into the intricacies of Canadian Craft Whisky, with one of the industries most exiting Master Distillers, Matthew Hendriks. Together you will be examining all different mash-bills from single grain varietals like rye & triticale to bourbon style mash bills. Matthew will speak to the different cooperages, cask types and their impact on aging whisky. This class will not be a basic lesson on large scale production, nor will it be an ordinary “barrel warehouse/distillery tour". Instead, you will explore a much deeper side of the process of creating thoughtful Canadian whisky. Designed exclusively for the Banff Whisky Experience and the first release of “Park Distillery: Exploratory Whisky Project”, this class will have a hands on approach using unique visual/physical aids to help engage attendees to better understand the subtle details of craft distilling. Who better to explore this incredible spirit with, than the very man who visited the farms, chose the grains, selected the wood and distilled each spirit before personally pouring every ounce this class will taste, into a barrel. If ever there was a place to ask questions about whisky, this would be it.
The extremely limited Whisky in this class will have never before been tasted anywhere in Canada or elsewhere. Join us and become one of the first people to sample these amazing Canadian spirits.