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Wednesday, July 20 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lock, Stock and Six Smoking Barrels

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Wood finishes have become a popular way to add another dimension of flavour to whisky, but just how much do you know about the process? It’s not as simple as you’d think. Join Becky Paskin, editor of Scotchwhisky.com, Balvenie’s Jonathan Wingo, Angel’s Envy’s Wes Henderson and Teeling Whiskey Company’s Kevin Hurley for an exploration of extraordinary whisky cask finishes from Scotland, Ireland and the USA. You’ll be given the opportunity to sample six fascinating whiskies finished in various casks from within the panel’s own warehouses, including some that are unavailable in the United States. Discover how finishing has become a standard practice in Scotland and even influenced innovation in the USA, as well as the science behind precisely how different casks and their previous contents affect a whisky’s flavour. Find out which barrels are the finest for finishing, and which ones distillers avoid; which casks bring out the best of Scotch but the worst in Bourbon; and the legal reasons why Irish whiskey can use casks the Scots can’t. Prepare to geek out with wood in a way you’ve never done before!

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Becky Paskin

Editor, Scotchwhisky.com
Becky Paskin is Editor of exciting new digital magazine Scotchwhisky.com, the world’s most authoritative online guide to Scotch whisky. Established in October 2015 with seasoned booze writers Dave Broom and Richard Woodard also at the helm, the website has been warmly welcomed by... Read More →

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Wes Henderson

Co-Founder/Chief Innovation Officer, Louisville Distilling Company and Angel’s Envy Bourbon
Mr. Henderson presides over every aspect of the company’s production, operations, and innovation. Before the opportunity to partner with his father to create Angel’s Envy, he served as president and COO of Master Distiller Select, providing consultancy services to craft distillers... Read More →
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Kevin Hurley

Global Brand Ambassador, Teeling Whiskey Company
As Global Brand Ambassador for Teeling Whiskey Company, Kevin is responsible for the overall promotion of the brand through education of the Teeling portfolio of multi award-winning Irish Whiskeys. As a veteran of the drinks industry in Ireland for over 15 years, Kevin brings... Read More →
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Jonathan Wingo

The Balvenie Ambassador, William Grant and Sons
Whisky-huggin, Scotch-talkin Texan. Looking after the Balvenie throughout the heart of the USA.


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