Now in its 11th year, the Whiskies & Spirits Conference has evolved from the World Whiskies Conference and was held in two continents for the first time this year.
The Lighthouse at Pier 61, New York, was the setting for the Whiskies & Spirits Conference North America on 24 February where delegates enjoyed presentations from a host of industry experts. The day began with an inspirational talk from Chris Bauder, General Manager and Vice President, Beam Suntory Whiskey & Cognac. This set the stage for Joseph J. Magliocco of Michter’s, Stranger & Stranger’s Ivan Bell and David Ozgo, Distilled Spirits Council to name a few. The day was moderated by Dave Sweet (Senior Vice President (North America), Whisky Magazine), Damian Riley-Smith (Managing Director, Whisky Magazine), Fred Minnick, Liza Weisstuch and Davin de Kergommeaux (Contributing Editors, Whisky Magazine) and sponsor Paul Farmer (Wade Ceramics). For a full list of speakers, click here.
During lunch, the winners of the World Whiskies Awards 2015 American categories were announced and presented and three American heroes were inducted into the Whisky Magazine Hall of fame: Al Young, Steve Beal and Bill Samuels Jr.
On 19 March, industry leaders took to the stage again at the Waldorf Hilton in London for the Europe conference. Diageo’s Dr. Nicolas Morgan began proceedings with his fascinating presentation on distrust among consumers in the whisky industry. Delegates were also treated to a bit of luxury with an insight into the world of Duty Free and Travel Retail from Erik Juul-Mortensen and later Paul Topping. Felicity Murray, Editor of TheDrinksReport.com and Rupert Wheeler, Managing Editor of Whisky Magazine, moderated the day’s events. Click here for the full list of speakers and presentation topics.
With so many spirits industry professionals under one roof, this provided the perfect setting to announce the winners of the World Drinks Awards during lunch in the Waldorf’s stunning Palm Court.
As the Whiskies & Spirits Conference continues to grow and develop, next year promises to be even bigger and better. For all the latest news, follow us on Twitter or stay tuned here on our website.
To download the presentations from the day, click here.
“Thank you for a great day - very enjoyable”
“Learnt so much - thanks for the opportunity”
“Elegant, Classy, Special Conference”
“Well done! Love how the conference is in the US”
“I'm glad I attended - lots of great content. I'll be back next year”
“I just wanted to follow up and thank you for inviting me to speak at the fantastic event you put on. We had so much fun and such a great bunch of folks. Once again thank you for the conference. Brilliant!!!!!”
“Congratulations for putting together a superb conference – both in content and class. Having attended numerous such conferences all over the world in the last two decades of my association with the Spirits Industry - arguably I would rate this one of the very best.”
“Thanks again for the hospitality. The conference was very fruitful for us – long may it continue!”