2017 Louisville Master Classes

6:15 pm Four Roses, Room A

Handcrafting Limited Edition Bourbons: Mingling Recipes and Ages for the Perfect Pour

Hosted by: Brent Elliott

Master Distiller

$10.00 Must also purchase General Admission or VIP Ticket.

Guests will learn how Four Roses approaches the mingling of Limited Edition Bourbons; specifically, the 2017 Al Young 50th Anniversary Small Batch Limited Edition Bourbon releasing in June.  Master Distiller, Brent Elliott will educate guests on the four unique recipes included in the release and how the characteristics of each recipe and age enhance the final product.   Samples of each recipe as well as the final product will be sampled:

  • Al Young 50th Anniversary 2017 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon
  • OBSF Recipe – 12 years (only available here)
  • OBSK Recipe – 15 years (only available here)
  • OBSV Recipe – 23 years (only available here)
  • OESV – 13 years (only available here)

7:30 pm The Story of Whisky Room A

The Story of Whisky

Hosted by: Robin Robinson

$10.00 Must also purchase General Admission or VIP Ticket.

“…its 50 minutes of bad stand-up comedy punctuated by drinking”

In this hybrid one-man show and whiskey tasting, whiskey educator Robin Robinson takes us through the entire story of whisk(e)y in one rapid-fire, crazy narrative that brings in the history of distillation, invading armies, monks and alchemists, farmers and taxmen, Scottish lords and Appalachian hillbillies.  Whisk(e)y is more than the sum of its parts and Robinson dares you to come along for the ride of your life.  Hold on to your (gl)asses!


  • Knappogue Castle 12yr
  • Aberlour Abunad’h
  • Compass Box Spice Tree
  • Lot 40 Canadian Rye
  • Elijah Craig Small Batch
  • Iwai Traditional
  • Amrut Fusion

6:30 pm Smooth Ambler Whiskeys, Room B

Smooth Ambler Whiskeys, Today and Moving Forward

Hosted by: John Foster

Director of Sales

$10.00 Must also purchase General Admission or VIP Ticket.

Smooth Ambler’s John Foster will taste through and discuss the distillery’s four current offerings in addition to reviewing the current and future plans for Smooth Ambler.


  • Old Scout American Whiskey
  • Smooth Ambler Contradiction
  • Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Smooth Ambler Wheated Bourbon

2016 Los Angeles Master Classes

6:45pm The Glenlivet Room A

What’s in an age? Exploring the rise of NAS whiskies

Hosted by: Rick Edwards

Master of Scotch

Are you ageist? Join Master of Scotch Rick Edwards for an analysis of Non-Age Statement (NAS) Whisky where you’ll reassess the sometimes-deceptive reputation of age through a close look at the entire maturation process, including the inuence of a cask’s wood type and its preparation. This is a prime opportunity to reconsider how you measure a single malt, regardless of region.
Let your palate alone be the judge of these NAS Scotch whiskies:

  • The Glenlivet The Founder’s Reserve
  • The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Cask Finish
  • The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso
  • Aberlour A’bunadh

7:15pm Teeling Whiskey Room B

Teeling Whiskey: Wild about Wood

Hosted by: Aidan McNally

Brand Ambassador – Southern California

This class will showcase the Teeling Whiskey Company’s unique cask maturation techniques and taste 5 delicious whiskies, 2 of which are not yet available in the United States. Participants will also be brought through the history of Irish whiskey and given an overview of the current boom in the category both in the US and around the world. Hosted by Aidan McNally, Teeling Whisky Brand Ambassador, Southern California.

  • Teeling Small Batch
  • Teeling Single Grain
  • Teeling Single Malt
  • Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt
  • Teeling Distillery Single Cask

Aidan McNally


Aidan McNally – Brand Ambassador – Southern California
Teeling Whiskey

Aidan McNally is the Teeling Whiskey Company’s Brand Ambassador from right here in Southern California. He is a passionate and knowledgeable individual who has worked in all aspects of the Irish whiskey industry educating customers on the long history of the spirit, its current booming popularity and its exciting future.

He has done this from behind the bar in several locations throughout Ireland and through his time at the Irish Whiskey Museum & in his role in Irish Whiskey Tours, where he brought people through Dublin city’s rich whiskey history.

In addition to the trinity of Teeling whiskey’s available throughout the US, Aidan also brings with him a bottle of the Teeling 24 year old, the oldest Irish single malt to ever be commercially available in the United States and a distillery exclusive single cask bottling, only available from the visitor center in the new Teeling Distillery in Dublin. Exciting stuff indeed!

Rick Edwards


Rick Edwards – Master of Scotch
The Glenlivet

An Iowa native, Rick Edwards spent six years in the U.S. Army before moving into the spirits world, where he recently was named the 2015 Icons of Whisky Ambassador of the Year.

The Master of Scotch for Los Angeles, Colorado and Arizona is traces his roots back to the country that produces his spirit, and he’s a member of the Scottish American Whisky Society and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Edwards isn’t just a bartender, he’s played one on TV. He’s had recurring roles behind the bar on shows like The Young and the Restless and Melrose Place. When he’s not representing the world’s number one single malt, you can find him in the park with his three dogs, Farrah, Gibson and Milo.


2016 Louisville Author’s Row

[za_team_member member_img=”13536″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Fred Minnick” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/fred-minnick/” member_position=”Author, Speaker, & Photographer” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/fred.minnick/?fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/FredMinnick” member_desc=”Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch and Irish Whiskey as well as Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker. Minnick writes about whiskey for Covey Rise, Whisky Advocate, and Whisky magazines.”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13537″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Bernie Lubbers” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/bernie-lubbers/” member_position=”Whiskey Professor – Brand Ambassador at Heaven Hill Distilleries” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/bernie.lubbers.3″ member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/bernielubbers” member_desc=”In his role as American Whiskey Brand Ambassador, Bernie Lubbers further enhances the ascending profile of the Heaven Hill American Whiskey Collection among both consumers and trade. In addition, he educates these parties on history, production, laws and standards of the products in the Heaven Hill American Whiskey family.”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13538″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Chuck Cowdery” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/chuck-cowdery/” member_position=”Writer, Author” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/chuck.cowdery?fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/charleskcowdery” member_desc=”Charles K. Cowdery is an internationally renowned whiskey writer, specializing
in American whiskey. He is a Kentucky Colonel (Patton, 206) and a member of
the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame (2009). He is the author of Bourbon,
Strange: Surprising Stories of American Whiskey (2014), “]
[za_team_member member_img=”13539″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Edward Lee” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/edward-lee/” member_position=”Chef, Author” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097868933&fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/chefedwardlee” member_desc=”Chef Edward Lee is the chef/owner of 610 Magnolia, The Wine Studio & MilkWood in Louisville, KY and the culinary director for Succotash in Maryland. He has received multiple finalist nominations for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Southeast. “]
[za_team_member member_img=”13540″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Michael Veach” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/michael-veach/” member_position=”Author” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/michael.veach.90?fref=nf” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/bourbonveach” member_desc=”Michael R. Veach is one of the foremost authorities on all things Bourbon. He is a recognized author whose articles are featured in numerous publications. Veach published the now-widely acclaimed book Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage in 2013. He recently released his second book, The Bourbon Tasting Notebook, co-authored with a respected colleague.”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13541″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”twitter” member_name=”Susan Reigler” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/susan-reigler/” member_position=”Author” member_social_1_link=”https://twitter.com/SReigler” member_desc=”Award-winning writer and Louisville native Susan Reigler is the author of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide (adopted as a textbook for the University of Kentucky’s Bourbon Tourism course), Kentucky Sweet & Savory: Finding the Artisan Foods and Beverages of the Bluegrass State, and is co-author of The Bourbon Tasting Notebook”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13542″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Davin de Kergommeaux” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/davin-de-kergommeaux/” member_position=”Author” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/davin.dekergommeaux?fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/DavindeK” member_desc=”Davin de Kergommeaux is the author of the award-winning book, Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, the definitive guide to Canadian whisky. An independent whisky expert, de Kergommeaux has been writing about, talking about, and teaching about whisky for nearly twenty years. His book presents first-hand knowledge of every significant Canadian distillery, past and present, based on site visits,”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13543″ link_target=”_blank” member_social_1=”facebook” member_social_2=”twitter” member_name=”Molly Wellmann” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/molly-wellmann/” member_position=”Mixologist, Entrepreneur, and Author ” member_social_1_link=”https://www.facebook.com/mollywellmann?fref=ts” member_social_2_link=”https://twitter.com/myrtlesbar” member_desc=”Molly Wellmann, a self-taught mixologist, entrepreneur, and author from Cincinnati, Ohio, has immersed herself in the knowledge of craft and classic cocktails and fine spirits, and together with her partners, co-owns and operates, Wellmann’s Brands.”]
[za_team_member member_img=”13544″ link_target=”_blank” member_name=”Chet Zoeller” member_link=”http://www.whiskyliveusa.com/chet-zoeller/” member_position=”Author” member_desc=”Chester “Chet” Zoeller was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1941. He was raised in the shadow of Churchill Downs and lived within a few short blocks of many of the largest distilleries of the day; the Yellowstone, Seagram’s, Hill & Hill, and Stitzel-Weller distilleries were all within smelling distance.”]

Chet Zoeller


Chester “Chet” Zoeller was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1941. He was raised in the shadow of Churchill Downs and lived within a few short blocks of many of the largest distilleries of the day; the Yellowstone, Seagram’s, Hill & Hill, and Stitzel-Weller distilleries were all within smelling distance.

Mr. Zoeller attended the University of Kentucky before earning his undergraduate degree from

Western Kentucky University and his law degree from the University of Louisville. He practiced law for a number of years in Louisville before purchasing and operating a telecommunications firm in Savannah, Georgia. After he returned to Louisville, in 1997 he established the McLain & Kyne Distillery Company with his son, Trey. They produced several brands of bourbon—Jefferson’s, Jefferson’s Reserve, and Jefferson’s Rye.

Interested in the history of the whiskey business in Kentucky, Mr. Zoeller began researching the subject, which led to his writing Bourbon in Kentucky: A History of Distilleries in Kentucky, originally published in 2009. He has since updated and revised the book twice. His second book, Kentucky Bourbon Barons, introduces readers to the giants in the industry during the golden years of distilling.

Mr. Zoeller travels the country giving talks on the history of bourbon and Kentucky’s distilleries.