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The following masterclasses are what we hosted at our September 2019 Event”



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.


UNKNOWN PLEASURES - Whiskies of the World w/Eric Paul L Brandt. MC-2 Friday Sept 13th, 2019 (4:00-5:00pm).

A tasteful tour of the lesser known lands of whisky production; featuring the finest flavours from some of the world’s most unique distilleries. A nosing of the unknown and a tasting of the tremendous talents of those who produce the sacred spirit, the water of life, whisky from uncommon corners of the globe.

EDUCATOR BIO: Eric Paul L Brandt, aka The Whisky Detective, shares an anthropologically refined whisky knowledge with more than a decade of passionate professional experience in the premium spirits, wine and beer industry. Combining his education in ethnography, international field studies on spirits, tours and research of producers around the world; Eric Paul presents innovative tastings engaged with a contagious fervor for fine spirit!

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WE ARE ISLAY – The Progressive Hebridean Distillers of Bruichladdich w

/Reed Pettit. MC-3 Friday Sept 13th, 2019 (5:30-6:30pm).

Bruichladdich has been described as stubborn, resolute, self-sufficient, tough, hard-working, enduring, straight-talking, emotional, passionate, philosophical and engaging… Perhaps with a certain roguish quality. We believe our spirits should have character; an authenticity derived from where they are distilled, and the philosophies of those who distil them. Come take a look at the world of single malt through aqua coloured glasses.

EDUCATOR BIO: Remy Cointreau Portfolio Ambassador, and Canadian Ambassador for Bruichladdich. With over a decade in the hospitality industry, and restaurant consulting, Reed has been featured in notable publications such as GQ, and Sharp Magazine. Currently Reed travels the country to spread the word of the Progressive Hebridean Distillers, with a focus on history, terroir, production, and the future of the category. Reed believes in progressing the direction of the industry, and making a few people mad a long the way.

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THE LEGENDS OF BOURBON w/Ray Daniel. MC-4 Friday Sept 13th, 2019 (5:30-6:30pm).

Join Ray Daniel, Beam Suntory’s National Brand Ambassador for American Whiskey, as he takes you on a journey from the early days of bourbon production, through prohibition and to the modern day and beyond. This class will focus on super premium and ultra premium products from the Beam Suntory American Whiskey range including Jim Beam, Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek, Makers Mark and the brand new Legent, and will take a deep focused look at the huge differences in flavour that can be brought about by the Beam and Samuels families unique ways of maturation.

EDUCATOR BIO: Ray Daniel brings with him nearly two decades of experience behind the bar, from Europe to North American where he is currently the Beam Suntory American Whiskey National Brand Ambassador to Canada. Hailing from Ireland, he has a huge and broad range of knowledge of whiskey, and the bourbon category in particular. With a long background in competitive bartending, Ray’s escapades have landed him in competitions and as a guest speaker and lecturer throughout Canada, Mexico and the USA and appearing in publications such as Whisky Magazine and The New York Times. Jam packed with passion, humour and a massive respect for the history of Whiskey, Rays presentations have become a much sought after affair.

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- The Duncan Taylor Octave Story w/J Wheelock. MC-5 Friday Sept 13th, 2019 (7:00-8:00pm).

For upwards of 40 years the team at Duncan Taylor has experimented by maturing whiskies in smaller casks with great success and now this multiple award winning Octave series is coming to the Banff Whisky Experience. The simple premise that there is more wood interaction with whisky over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid melding of wood, air and alcohol. The Octave Collection is extensive with something for all tastes, be it a single malt, a single grain or a blended malt whisky. The Octave series will be complimented by the Rare Auld Grain Collection. This outstanding range of single grain whiskies from across the length and breadth of Scotland is bottled from single casks at cask strength. These unique whiskies are testament to the diversity and influence of individual casks, offering unrepeatable expressions from both renowned and lesser known distilleries all over Scotland. The Rare Auld Grain expressions from Duncan Taylor are considered by many as “whisky without compromise”.

EDUCATOR BIO: With 20-plus years in the industry, J. has worked with some of the top whisky brands & devoted many hours to learning about the ever-evolving world of cask-aged brown spirit. J. is also responsible for connecting his brands with people in the spirits trade, from staff at some of the country’s top bars and white table clothed-restaurants, all the way to swanky speakeasies and stalwart pubs. “Some just want the basic knowledge in order to enhance their sales abilities. Others want to get to the heart of the brands and become ambassadors in their own right. The range of what is available in Canada is the best it has ever been and we are rapidly becoming a destination for consumers and collectors alike.” It’s important to add that J. is quickly becoming Alberta’s favourite whisky rep. With a sharp tong and his hilarious personality, we are always exited to have J. as a partner!


ADVENTURES OF A WHISKY WRITER - Tales from the Whisky Trail w/Davin de Kergommeaux. MC-6 Friday Sept 13th, 2019 (7:00-8:00pm).

Has your drink ever exploded violently in the back of an ambassador’s limousine? Ever sipped jungle kava made by “certified” virgins, or wine with a cobra in the bottle? For a drinks writer that’s all in a day’s work. Join us to sample some splendid whiskies while discussing the life of the professional drinker: writing tips, the skinny on press travel, bizarre menus and exactly how you drink so much and stay sober enough to write. Journey with us through the ins and outs of drinks writing and learn why the most important ingredient in any whisky really is the story. Then learn how to find that story and tell it. This one of a kind class is about a lot more than just the whisky in your glass, but there will be plenty of that too. Join Davin de Kergommeaux, the former Contributing Editor for Whisky Magazine, contributor to Whisky Advocate,, and the author of half a dozen books. You’ll have a rollicking good time sipping great drams while you learn about the fun side and the hard work of whisky writing. Class includes a signed copy of Davin’s latest book Canadian Whisky: The New Portable Expert.

EDUCATOR BIO: Davin de Kergommeaux is an independent whisky expert, who has been writing about, talking about, and teaching about whisky for two decades. His new book, Canadian Whisky: The New Portable Edition, second edition, was published in October 2017 on the Appetite by Random House imprint. Davin is the founder and chairperson of the Canadian Whisky Awards, and publishes comprehensive notes about Canadian whiskies on His writing is featured regularly in Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate magazine and a host of lifestyle publications. In 2016 The Globe & Mail named him as one of the most influential Canadians in food and drink, and in 2018 author Lew Bryson, quoted in a New York Times feature about Canadian whisky, said “I don’t think you can overstate his (de Kergommeaux’s) significance.” He lives in Canada and writes full time. Find him on social media @Davindek.

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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.

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KAVALAN - Breaking the Myth of Age Statements w/Nico Liu. MC-8 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (1:30-2:30pm).

From the small subtropical island of Taiwan to being named the “World’s Best Single Malt Whisky”, come join us and find out how we are proving that ageing is merely a process of transformation. Let us guide you through 6 different cask types all with completely different taste profiles yet boasting that signature fruity sweetness and full body found in Kavalan Single Malt Whisky.

EDUCATOR BIO: Nico Liu has a strong background in wine and spirits, having worked in the alcohol beverage industry since 2012. She joined Kavalan Distillery in 2015 and started working as a Global Brand Ambassador, which has taken her all over the world, attending whisky shows and holding Kavalan Masterclasses and tasting events globally.

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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!

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SHELTER POINT – The award winning whiskies from an artisanal distillery w/Jacob Wiebe. MC-11 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (3:00-4:00pm).

Taking you on a Journey of Shelter Point’s growth, from the establishment in 2011, Jacob will show you how Shelter Point has grown into producing Award winning whiskies and where Shelter Point is headed in the future. In this class you will enjoy a divers, thoughtful and creative flight of whisky from one of the original Canadian craft Distilleries on Vancouver Island, BC.

EDUCATOR BIO: Jacob has been with Shelter Point since 2011 and first started working on the Farm, and the moved to Managing the farm in 2012, in 2013 he was promoted to the position of Warehouse Manager, and in 2016 was promoted to head of Sales. In 2017 after completely his first year of business school Jacob was promoted to the title of Manager of the Distillery.


Canadian: Crafted Differently, w/Master Blender Andres Faustinelli. MC-12 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (3:00-4:00pm).

*Limited Seating.

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.


A Whisky Maker’s Obsession with Sherry Cask Maturation w/Patrick van Zuidam. MC-13 Saturday Sept 14th, 2019 (4:30-5:30pm).

Join Patrick van Zuidam, owner and master distiller of Zuidam Distillers, on a deep journey into the magic of sherry cask maturation and impact and influence that different casks have on the liquid maturing inside. The class features a line up of 6 superb single malt whiskies aged up to 20 years in Pedro Ximenez, Oloroso, and Moscatel casks and, for the Banff Whisky Experience, includes a couple of surprises not to be missed!

EDUCATOR BIO: Having had the fortune to grow up in his parent’s distillery, Patrick has been distilling since he was 12 years old. Even after spending most of his childhood in his parent’s distillery he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps anyway. He loves whisky and that has been one of the focus points of the distillery. His whiskies have won over a hundred international awards. Being a little bit of a control freak he still oversees the production of the spirits himself. From the growing of the grain he uses to the barrel selection.


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.

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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.



Thursday Sept 12th, 2019” (9:30am to 4:30pm).

Location: Historic Fort Calgary, Alberta Canada (not in Banff).

We are happy to partner with the Whisky Ambassador program as a pre-festival event. This amazing workshop is now available in Canada. It is the UK’s only accredited training course about whisky. It is a fun and interactive training program designed specifically for the Licensed Trade giving staff the knowledge, skills and confidence to talk to customers about Scotland’s national drink. This leads to better customer experience and increased sales. From the experienced whisky enthusiast to those who want to learn more about Scotch whisky, ALL ARE WELCOME.

The Whisky Ambassador is a one-day program covering:

•The economic impact of whisky•How, when and where it all started•Where and how it’s made•Nosing and tasting•Mixers and cocktails•Sales and customer service•Drink less. Drink better•Other world whiskies•Practical and written exams.

ALL BANFF WHISKY EXPERIENCE TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE 15% OFF THIS WORKSHOP. Please contact me at - to receive your Discount code after you have purchased your BWE Ticket(s).