Unsung Heroes: Whiskey Blenders, Bottlers and Negociants
Making whiskey is the easy part; making a consistent (and delicious!) product batch after batch is almost impossibly difficult! Pondering the thousands of permutations introduced from aging, blending, vatting, mingling and proofing is enough to make your head swim. Some of the most renowned brands in the world have built their reputation on their blending skills alone: some buy white whiskey and barrel it themselves, others select cherry barrels of different ages and provenances and mingle them, while still others source delicious aged whiskeys and finish it in a variety of barrels. Whatever the method, the final product wouldn’t be what it is without these experts of selection and blending. Hear from some of the key players in the business including: Dave Pickerell, unimpeachable expert on American whisky and Master Distiller at WhistlePig; Raj Sabharwal, sole importer of Blackadder, a line of extremely limited merchant bottled whiskey that has been hand-selected by Robin Tucek, and Cadenhead, the oldest independent bottler of whiskey in Scotland; and Spencer McMinn, master distiller at GrandTen Distilling in Boston, MA.
This is a tasting class, expect to taste a selection of whiskeys.