The Panel of Whiskey Experts

Interactive Tasting and Discussion
Thursday, March 26, 2015 ~ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Michael's on East Ballroom ~ 1212 South East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

Join eight master distillers and professional brand ambassadors as they share and discuss their favorite spirits.  $45, includes sixteen whiskey samples and Michael's wonderful hors d'oevres and appetizers. Seating is limited to 45 guests; please reserve your seat early.  
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The Panel:

Randy AdamsRandolph Adams

Brand Ambassador

Spent the last twenty summers touring, learning, and working 42 different whisky distilleries in the Highland/Islands of Scotland with strong emphasis on The Macallan Single Malt Whisky.

Jeff ArnettJeff Arnett

Jack Daniels
Master Distiller

Jeff Arnett was named the seventh Master Distiller of the Jack Daniel Distillery in 2008. His supervision of the entire whiskey-making process of milling, yeasting, fermentation, distillation, charcoal mellowing and maturation ensures the world's top-selling whiskey label is both in constant supply and true to Jack's guiding belief that "Every day we make it, we'll make it the best we can."

Rachael EwingRachel Ewing

Ardbeg, Glenmorangie
Brand Ambassador

Rachael holds an expert level certificate in the Sales and Service of Scotch Whisky from the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center in Edinburgh as well as a certificate from the Filson Bourbon Academy. She has led classes and tastings independently since 2012, and is one of only two women in the U.S. to call herself a "Scotch Sommelier."

Joshua HattonJoshua Hatton

Jewish Whisky Company
President & Co-Founder

A true whisky aficionado, and always in search of the "perfect cask," Jewish Whisky Company's Joshua Hatton brings to the table an ability to inspire and get people excited about whisky. With deep industry knowledge and a reputation for understanding and prospecting the best whisky, Joshua has nurtured the perfect personality to succeed in this endeavor.

Gary KeimachGary Keimach

Gordon & MacPhail
Senior Vice President

Received the honor, 'Keeper of the Quaich' in Scotland in April 2013 in recognition for his contributions to the Scotch Whisky industry.

Wes HendersonWes Henderson

Angel's Envy
Chief Innovation Officer

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. Mr. Henderson was also President and CEO of Conecuh Ridge Distillery, a storied craft whiskey, and Division President of a subsidiary of Tyco International.

Philip PepperdinePhilip Pepperdine

Brand Ambassador

Philip has worked in the hospitality industry for over 16 years and was trained by Sasha Petrosky on classic cocktails at Milk & Honey and The Randolph at Broome.

Todd RichmanTodd Richman

Master of Whisky

In July 2013, Todd was honored with the prestigious award of Best American Brand Ambassador of the year at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards for his work with the Sidney Frank Importing portfolio.


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Whiskey Obsession Seminar Classes

Friday, March 27, 2015


First Session, 8:00pm to 8:45 pm

Class 1: Jack Daniel’s Academy with Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller.

Class 2: Highland, Island, and Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Brand Ambassador.

Class 3: Focus on Double Wood Maturation with Todd Richman, Diageo Master of Whisky.


Second Session, 9:15 pm to 10:00 pm

Class 4: Wine and Whiskey Aroma Master Class with Kim Lahiri, Aroma Nosing Academy, Scotland.

Class 5: Angel’s Envy with Wes Henderson, Master Ambassador and Chief Innovation Officer.

Class 6: Cigar and Whisky Pairing with Glenfiddich Ambassador Struan Grant Ralph and C&C Dram Club Cigars Founder Joe Chiusano.

Guests are reminded that this event is for appreciation, not intoxication. Obviously impaired guests will not be allowed to remain at the event. All guests who consume alcohol are encouraged to have a designated driver. Whiskey Obsession does not tolerate drinking and driving. Take your friends and take a cab.