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At the end of September I was invited to the media launch of the Whisky and Spirits Live show.  I was met at the door with cocktails made by Julian Short who won the South African leg of Diageo’s World Class bartending competition.  What a start to a launch!  

It is that time of the year again.  Nearly time for the largest whisky festival in the world.  Whisky and Spirits Live opens its doors from 8 – 10 November 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre.  Respected for showcasing the widest selection of whisky under one roof, this year it will be even bigger.  The Show is adding a range of other premium spirits for tasting – including gin and vodka.  There is an impressive line-up of almost 300 whiskies already and now some wonderful Gin and Vodka too! 

Some of the great whisky that will be available include Amorik from France, Kilchoman, Dalmore, Blanton’s,  Sazerac Rye, Eagle Rare Single Barrel  as well as Kavalan Single Malt from Taiwan; the smoky Islay flavours of Jura; the light, gentle flavours of Glen Grant from Speyside; the Irish smoothness of Bushmill’s and The Pogues and  beautiful blends like Hankey Bannister.  Just to name a few. 

Now in its 15th year, Whisky and Spirits Live also has an amazing lineup of Global Ambassadors and Malt Masters for special Master Classes. 

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Just some of the Whisky and Spirits Live Master classes include:

– Global Ambassador, John Quinn, presenting ultra-smooth, triple-distilled Irish Whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W

– Harry Tyler, Co-Founder of Wolfburn Distillery in Thurso, Scotland

– Africa’s only Master Distiller, the much-loved and innovative Andy Watts of Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and Three Ships.  (My personal favourite as I can’t wait to see him again)

– David Roussier, Managing Director and Owner of Amorik Single Malt producer’s Distillerie Warenghem in France.

– Robin Bignal, Distillery Manager of Kilchoman Distillery on Islay, Scotland smokiest region.

– Global Ambassador for Diageo’s Reserve Brands, Donald Colville of Campbeltown, Scotland, presenting a bespoke colloquium on Diageo’s 2017 Special Release limited edition whisky range.

– Shauna Jennens, Distillery Ambassador and Head of The Dalmore Visitor Experience at the brand’s home in Alness, Scotland.

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Other Spirits represented at Whisky and Spirits Live

In terms of other spirits, the representation is just as impressive.  There will be award winning gins from around South Africa including the wonderful Ginifer from Angel Heart Distilleries.  Also on the list is big brands like Stretton’s and Wixworth to lesser-known craft gins like Grey Hawk (produced in Mpumalanga); Durban’s very own Blind Tiger and Whitley Neill.  In terms of other spirits, Kettle One Vodka and Ron Zacapa rum will be represented.  Also Bathtub Gin all the way from Kent, United Kingdom.    

A big variety of whisky and gins will again be available for purchase at Norman Goodfellows during the event. The show starts at 18:00.  Tickets start from R240.00 each and include 16 tasting vouchers, a bottle of Consol Glass Still Water and a tasting glass.  Tickets are ALREADY available from TicketPro and selling FAST!   What are you waiting for? 

What evening will I be seeing YOU at the show?