Bruichladdich takes #transparency to a new, digital level.

The lads at ‘Laddie have taken a massive step towards true transparency in the whisky world. News this afternoon from Phil Voget of E Snell, SA distributors of Bruichladdich, was the announcement that Bruichladdich have taken a major step forward in their transparency campaign.

Bruichladdich now offer access to the digital recipe of all Port Charlotte Scottish Barley bottlings. Information is accessed and displayed in the same way as the previously published Classic Laddie digital recipes. Phil said, “It’s quite amazing – I just inputted the batch code from a bottle of Port Charlotte I have in the office, and found the exact casks, vintages and barley provenance. Nice bit of extra info!”

The editors at have received an open letter (below) from Bruichladdich CEO Simon Coughlin that outlines the Laddie stance on transparency within the Scotch whisky industry.

Transparency and NAS are issues that are divisive amongst lovers of whisky around the world. Whatever your views, we hope that you will take part in the debate in a constructive way. We look forward to a chat over a dram!


Open letter from House of Bruichladdich CEO Simon Coughlin to



We have been greatly encouraged by your interest in and support for greater transparency in the Scotch whisky industry.

Bruichladdich were proud pioneers of the NAS concept in whisky, but we recognise that our increasingly knowledgeable client base appreciates clear information about the age of every component we use to create our multi-vintage cuvees.

In April 2016 we therefore introduced a ‘Classic Laddie Recipe’ on our website. Interested clients can simply enter the five digit batch code printed on every bottle of The Classic Laddie to find the particular composition of casks used in each unique vatting.

We are pleased to be able to announce that we have now extended this programme to our heavily peated Port Charlotte Scottish Barley.  Exactly the same system applies – there is a field provided on the appropriate product page into which the client can input the batch code and reveal the recipe.  Once again, this can be expected to vary from vatting to vatting.

We are confident that, by introducing this greater transparency, we continue to comply with both the spirit and the letter of the relevant EU legislation (Regulation 12.3 of the Spirit Drinks Regulation No 110/2008), the fundamental purpose of which is to protect the interests of the consumer.

We believe the following quote from the regulation supports our position: “The measures applicable to the spirit drinks sector should contribute to the attainment of a high level of consumer protection, the prevention of deceptive practices and the attainment of market transparency and fair competition. By doing so, the measures should safeguard the reputation which Community spirit drinks have achieved in the Community and on the world market by continuing to take into account the traditional practices used in the production of spirit drinks as well as increased demand for consumer protection and information.”

We appreciate your continued attention to this issue which we too believe is of fundamental importance in preserving the integrity of Scotch whisky.

Best regards,

Simon Coughlin

CEO Bruichladdich





Yes, it was a great launch. You can read the PR release below. I’d like to share my thoughts about the whisky and the launch. You see, I love whisky and I am 49 years old. I confess that the music was a bit lost on me but most people there enjoyed the whisky and were dancing like there was no tomorrow!

There seems to be a pattern developing with Distell events, where guests arrive at a venue and are greeted by great drinks and spectacular surroundings. After the initial introductions, another part of the venue opens up to reveal something even more special: better drinks and wow, whoever does the designs for these events is a genius! The pattern works very well and the reaction of the guests is always special to observe.


Let’s chat about the whisky. The Scottish Leader range is well priced and offers a lot more malts in the blends than whiskies in that price bracket. The Signature is one of my daily favourites and is extremely complex. With the launch of the 12-year-old, the brand has introducing a whisky with a 12-year-old age statement but is accessible to those new to whisky, or wanting to delve slowly into the plus 10-year-old age bracket. The whisky is light and easy to drink, perfect for our warm South African climate. It is not as complex as some of the other whiskies in the same age bracket, but it was not designed to be. It was created for a particular market and is perfectly suited to it. Quite often we may feel like a dram with an age statement but don’t want to be overwhelmed.

I think the whisky will do well in the South African market and encourage people looking to get into older whiskies to give this a try.

A final word on the food – Dish Food and Andrea Foulkes -world class, again.



The who’s who of Jozi attended the awe-inspiring #NewLeaderLaunch of Scottish Leader’s limited release 12-year-old blended Scotch whisky, new to the South African market.

Held at 1 Fox in Newtown, the event featured popular South African comedian Trevor Gumbi as MC, donning a kilt! And none other than the fabulous Thando Thabethe of 5FM’s The Thando Thabooty Show as DJ.

On arrival, guests enjoyed refreshing Scottish Leader cocktails, and delicious canapés served by unseen waitrons through artfully constructed holes in a tasting wall.

There were also a few other surprises in store: on arrival guests were given a random number, enabling them to participate in a fun and interactive game dubbed #TheLeaderHunt. Clues relating to Scottish Leader and its new luxuriously rich 12-year-old blend were scattered around the event space, forming part of the decor. As Gumbi explained the format of the game, guests joined their respective groups, indicated by the number they received on arrival at the venue.

Each group then had to search for and solve a clue relating to their group number, tweet the answer using #TheLeaderHunt, and tagging Scottish Leader. A live feed of all Twitter interaction was shown on two screens, with a separate large screen featuring an image puzzle. Each clue solved revealed a part of the on-screen image puzzle, ultimately revealing the new Scottish Leader 12-year-old bottle. Completion of the full image activated the big screen to split apart, with clever animation, lights and smoke adding to the drama, and providing guests access to the next part of the evening.

Guests were then treated to a formal tasting of Scottish Leader 12-year-old, presented by South Africa’s ‘Mr Whisky’, Pierre Meintjes. He is a Master of the Quaich, one of only 160 in the world. This title is bestowed only on those recognised for their outstanding service and loyalty to the Scotch whisky industry.

Tasty tapas were served after the tasting, from two “live” food stations, prepared by the talented chefs of Dish Food & Social. Delicious whisky cocktails were also on offer, as well as Scottish Leader Signature, enjoyed any way guests chose to.

The final act for the night, also a surprise, was a sublime performance by the super talented Kyle Deutsch, a 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards winner, and well-known producer Sketchy Bongo. At one point, they were even joined on-stage by rapper Big Star Johnson to deliver an unforgettable last act for the evening.

Famous street-style and fashion photographer, Cedric Nzaka of Everyday People Stories, captured striking images of guests dressed to the nines. To view his work, follow him on Instagram (@EveryDayPeopleStories).

Find out more about Scottish Leader by visiting its new website:

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Join the conversation using: #NewLeaderLaunch #NewPerspective

SOUTH AFRICAN BRANDY – A rising star in the spirits world.

November was a month packed with Whisky events and December, the month when my home, Cape Town, becomes party central, will see a focus on other spirits and general lifestyle. First up is a media release from Manley Communication. We are very privileged in live in a country where we produce premium spirits that compete with – and beat -the best in the world.


Two stalwarts of South Africa’s world-champion brandy industry were the biggest winners at this year’s Veritas Wine and Brandy Awards. Distell and KWV scooped the lion’s share of five Double Gold and 13 Gold medals conferred on Friday night at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Among the last major competitions for the year, the Veritas achievements for brandies underline a milestone year for the industry. For one, 2016 will always be remembered as the year South Africans were crowned makers of the best brandy and cognac at the world’s two major competitions for spirits – the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) and International Spirits Challenge (ISC).
“The South African brandy industry is not only a major contributor to our economy, but has now again demonstrated its excellence as a global contender,” says SA Brandy Foundation director Christelle Reade-Jahn. “While Veritas is very much a South African event, the international calibre of its judging panels speaks volumes about the global appeal of local brandies and these latest achievers in particular.”
The brandy assessment panel this year was headed by Cape Wine Master Dr Winifred Bowman and included Cognac cellar master Denis Lahouratate. “This is the second year I chaired the panel and, with the exception of the international judge, the first where it consisted entirely of Cape Wine Masters,” says Dr Bowman.“It is always very pleasing when the results are consistent with international and other competitions, bearing in mind that the judging panel is not always the same. This of course means quality and class shines through every time.”
A total of 39 brandies competed at the Veritas Awards this year and underwent scrupulous blind assessment. All but one received medals.
The medal tally among potstill entries comprised five Double Golds, 13 Golds, nine Silvers and three Bronzes; and, in the standard brandy category: three Golds, one Silver and four Bronzes.
The potstill brandy medal winners were:
Double Gold: Flight of the Fish Eagle Natural, KWV Alambic 15Y, Richelieu 10YO Vintage, Van Ryn’s 12YO Vintage and Van Ryn’s 15 YO Fine Cask Reserve.
Gold: Backsberg Sydney Back Aged 10Y, Boplaas 12Y, Collison’s White Gold, Joseph Barry XO, KWV 10Y, KWV 12Y Barrel Select, Laborie Alambic, Ladismith 8Y, Oude Meester Reserve 12Y, Oude Meester Souverein 18Y, Van Ryn’s 10YO Vintage, Van Ryn’s 20Y Collectors Reserve and Windmeul Kelder Reserve VSOP.
The Standard brandy gold medal winners were: Klipdrift Export Limited Edition, Klipdrift Premium, Oude Meester VSOB Liqueur.

These latest achievements again showcase the level of quality of South African brandy, which is underpinned by some of the most stringent legislation in the world. Unlike many international versions, local brandy must be distilled twice in copper potstills and aged for a minimum of three years in oak casks. Legislation allows for three styles of brandy: potstill, vintage and blended, and brandies across all three feature regularly in the top echelons of local and international competitions.
Brandy was incorporated as a category at Veritas in 2010 in recognition of the unique 350-year South African heritage wine and brandy share as products of the grape. The competition itself is South Africa’s most highly esteemed indicator of quality in market ready wines and brandies.
Members of the public have the opportunity to experience these champion brandies when the Veritas Awards tastings of Double Gold and Gold medal wine and brandy winners are held in South Africa’s major cities over coming weeks.
For more information, contact Danie Pretorius, General Manager: SA Brandy Foundation via e-mail or visit Keep up to date with developments in SA brandy and follow on twitter @BrandyRocksSA.
For press assistance contact Lise Manley of Manley Communications on 0861 MANLEY (626 539), email or visit the Press Room of Manley Communications at



On November 16, the global premium spirits business and independent family distiller, William Grant & Sons, was honoured with the Distiller of the Year’ title, the highest honour bestowed by the highly influential International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). The Company was awarded a further prestigious accolade at the glittering event in London – ‘Scotch Producer of the Year’.

In the individual expression honours, The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 YO won the Single Malt Scotch 15 Years Old and Under Trophy. The judges also recognised Glenfiddich 21YO, Glenfiddich 14 YO Bourbon Barrel Reserve, The Balvenie Thirty and Glenfiddich 40 YO with each receiving a ‘gold outstanding’ medal.

Edward Snell & Co, Marketing Manager, Richard Brodrick commented saying: “William Grant & Sons has been awarded this title six times, proving that year after year they produce world class quality spirits. This is an incredible achievement and is testament to the skill, expertise and dedication of the distillery. They have impeccably maintained the quality of their liquid and in some cases on brands well over a century old. We’re honoured to have these variants in our country, allowing our market to share the goodness of the William Grant & Sons whiskies.”

The Company won 20 gold medals for Glenfiddich, The Balvenie and Grant’s, winning 60 medals overall.

The IWSC is now in its 47th year and is one of the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. The competition is founded on a rigorous and independent judging process and for this year’s competition, it received entries from nearly 90 countries worldwide.


Gold Outstanding           The Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo

Glenfiddich 21yo



Distiller of the Year: William Grant & Sons

Scotch Producer of the Year: William Grant & Sons

Single Malt Scotch Whisky – 15 Years And Under Trophy 2016: The Balvenie DoubleWood 12yo


Gold                                     Glenfiddich Bourbon 14yo

The Balvenie Thirty

Glenfiddich 40yo

                                      House of Hazelwood 25yo

House of Hazelwood 21yo

The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 12 yo

The Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 15yo

The Balvenie Doublewood 17yo

Glenfiddich Rare Oak 25yo

Grant’s Ale Cask Reserve

Grant’s Select Cask

Monkey Shoulder

The Balvenie Forty

Glenfiddich 30yo

Glenfiddich Malt Master

Glenfiddich Cask Collection Reserve Cask

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Res 19yo

Glenfiddich Cask Collection Vintage Cask


Silver Outstanding                   Tullamore Dew 18yo


Drambuie 15yo

Girvan Patent Still 30yo

House of Hazelwood 18yo

Girvan Patent Still 25yo

Girvan Patent Still 28yo

Hendrick’s Gin

The Balvenie Single Barrel Traditional Oak 25yo

Grant’s Family Reserve

Glenfiddich 12yo

Glenfiddich Rich Oak

Glenfiddich 15yo

Glenfiddich 18yo

Grant’s 25yo

Glenfiddich Excellence 26yo

Glenfiddich Distillery Edition 15yo

The Balvenie Portwood 21yo

The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14yo

Glenfiddich The Original

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Madeira Cask

Glenfiddich Cask Selection, Select Cask

Hudson Baby Bourbon

Hudson Manhattan Rye

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon


Silver                            Sailor Jerry Rum

Gibsons Finest Rare 12yo

Three Barrels XO 15yo


Milagro Special Reserve Reposado

Tullamore Dew Trilogy 15yo

Tullamore Dew

Clan Macgregor

Girvan Patent Still No.4 apps

Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength

Grant’s Elementary Oxygen

Grant’s Elementary Carbon

Grant’s 8yo

Grant’s Sherry Cask Reserve

Grant’s Signature

Grant’s Voyager

Grant’s 18yo

Glenfiddich Age of Discovery Red Wine Cask



Bronze                                Gibsons Finest Sterling

Three Barrels VSOP

Woods 100


Milagro Reposado

Milagro Silver

Milagro Special Reserve Silver

Milagro Special Reserve Anejo


An open letter to @realDonaldTrump about Judge Masipa and the moron comment. #OscarTrial

Worth another look at this – Open letter to #Trump

Waterfront Whisky

Dear Mr Trump

In the early ’90s I read your first book, “The Art of the Deal” and was impressed by your skill in business, or rather, how you described your expertise. Its been entertaining following your career over the years. I watched a few episodes of “The Apprentice” and was amused at the way you engaged with the competitors. It takes a big ego and thick skin to hold yourself out as the greatest business expert on the planet, while your companies were subjected to bankruptcy reorganization. Not once, not twice, but four times. Shit happens, and when it does, perhaps humility is a good alternative to arrogance.

I don’t have a hassle with anyone making mistakes – I’ve been there, done that, often. But I do have some difficulty with you calling Judge Masipa a moron. At best you have a superficial view of the law in South…

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Whisky lovers, its that time of the year again when Sandton becomes the home of whisky. Here is the packed with information newsletter from the Whisky Live people.

See you there!



With such a brilliant line-up, it’s little wonder that tickets to this year’s Whisky Live Festival at the Sandton Convention Centre from 9 – 11 November are selling fast! If you want to taste from over 200 whiskies on offer at the world’s largest whisky Festival, best you get your tickets online ASAP!

Buy Tickets
Read on for a round-up of what you can expect at #WhiskyLive2016:
Get the full schedule and details about MASTER CLASSES and where to find them
LOCH LOMOND & GLEN SCOTIA debut at Whisky Live
Get the low-down on the Independent Bottler’s Challenge whiskies at this year’s show as we reveal the FULL IBC LIST
And then the FULL LIST OF WHISKIES for sampling!
Read up about the Festive Season Gifting on offer at NORMAN GOODFELLOWS at Whisky Live
FESTIVAL HACKS – what not to miss and how to get the most from the show
Enter our competition to WIN Whisky Live Festival tickets and see who the lucky winners were in October


In the world of whisky innovation, South Africa is currently at the forefront. Join Africa’s only master distiller Andy Watts, named Rest of the World Master Distiller at Whisky Magazine’s 2016 Icons of Whisky Awards, as he takes you on a journey to taste a World’s First Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Finish Whisky, a sneak preview of the Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt Vintage 2006 to only be released next year, a taste of the sold-out Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt Vintage 2005 launched a few months ago, the World’s Best Grain Whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and the World’s Best Blended Whisky, Three Ships 5 Year Old Premium Select as awarded at the World Whiskies Awards held in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Wed 9 Nov @ 18h00 in Committee Room 4, Thurs 10 Nov @ 19h45 in Committee Room 5 & Fri 11 Nov @ 21h00 in Committee Room 4

A fine blend is more than the sum of its parts says Lukasz Dynowiak of Hankey Bannister. Discover the heritage behind one of the legendary blends that shaped what Scotch whisky is today and journey through a dazzling range of flavour compositions and ages – from young and fresh to old, lush and incredibly elegant. The class includes Hankey Bannister Original, 12 Year Old, 21 Year Old, Hankey Bannister Heritage and Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old!

Wed 9 Nov @ 18h15 in Committee Room 5

John Quinn, Global Brand Ambassador for Tullamore DEW, will offer the opportunity to blend your own whiskey using whiskeys straight from the cask: the same whiskeys used to create the world renowned Tullamore DEW blend! He will also offer some small batch whiskeys unavailable on the local SA market. Whiskeys to be tasted include: Tullamore DEW Original, Single Malt, Single Pot Still, Single Grain, 14 Year Old Single Malt and Tullamore DEW 12 Year Old Special.

Wed 9 Nov @ 19h45 in Committee Room 5, Thurs 10 Nov @ 21h00 in Committee Room 4 and Fri 11 Nov @ 18h15 in Committee Room 5

Welcome to the world of artisanal whiskies – Strathisla, Longmorn and Aberlour – with Mark Backhouse, Head of Brand Education at Pernod-Ricard. The Master Class includes the most internationally awarded single malt whisky of all time, every distiller’s second favourite single malt and the single malt from the oldest working distillery in Scotland today. Visitors will be treated to Strathisla 12 Year Old, Longmorn 16 Year Old and Aberlour 12 Year Old, 12 Year Old Cask Strength, 16 Year Old and 18 Year Old!

Wed 9 Nov @ 21h00, Thurs 10 Nov @ 18h00 and Fri 11 Nov @ 19h30, all in Committee Room 4

Discover the latest innovation from Glenfiddich – The Experimental Series, presented by Brand Ambassador Thami Banda. The World’s Most Awarded Single Malt brings you a range of Ground-Breaking Malt whiskies born from collaboration, including the Glenfiddich IPA and Glenfiddich Project XX.

Wed 9 Nov @ 21h15 and Thurs 10 Nov @ 18h15 both in Committee Room 5

Edgar Mntungwa and Nkululeko Maseko take guests on an insightful journey into the world of wood. Guests will learn how The Macallan sources its precious sherry casks and the intense passion and dedication to this central task in crating whisky flavour and character. Covering The Macallan 12, 15 and 18 Year Old Fine Oak as well as The Macallan Rare Cask. HINT: the last 2 aren’t available in the Tasting Hall!

Wed 9 Nov 2016 @ 19h30 in Committee Room 4 & Thurs 10 Nov @ 21h15 in Committee Room 5 & Friday 11 Nov @ 18h00 in Committee Room 4

None other than South Africa’s “Mr Whisky”, Pierre Meintjes, will be presenting Bunnahabhain luxury single malt master class. Meintjes has been involved with Scotch whiskies for more than 40 years and is one of just 159 Masters of the Quaich in the world. Bunnahabhain 12, 18 and 25 Year old, all regular award-winners, will be included in this exclusive tasting. There is very limited stock of the 25 Year Old available and Meintjes is a fabulous presenter, making this a class not to be missed!

Thurs 10 Nov @ 19h30 in Committee Room 4

Listen to Lukasz Dynowiak, Global Brand Ambassador for Old Pulteney, tell the story of this Maritime Malt. Since 1826 on the wind-beaten Caithness coast Pulteney – one of the northernmost Scottish distilleries – has produced The Maritime Malt, whisky with a sense of provenance like no other. Discover how the sea has shaped the spirit, learn about the history of this fascinating distillery and its artisanal production process while savouring a range of award-winning single malts. The class will cover Old Pulteney 12, 17, 21 and 25 Year Old as well as Old Pulteney Stroma Malt Liqueur.

Fri 11 Nov @ 19h45 Committee Room 5

Donald Colville was born and brought up in Scotland’s historic whisky capital, Campbeltown on the west coast of Scotland. There his family enjoyed deep roots in whisky distilling, mainly through the operating of Dalintober distillery, a supplier to the Johnnie Walker blends and once owned by Donald’s great-grandfather.

Donald will present Singleton, Cardhu, Lagavulin and Talisker.

Fri 11 Nov @ 21h15 Committee Room 5


A Whisky Live SA first, Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia – both newly launched in SA – will be at Whisky Live this year, presented by none other than Scott Dickson, Loch Lomond’s Marketing Manager all the way from the Distillery.

Taste an exceptional family of distinctive Whiskies, distilled in iconic Scottish locations… Yes, Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia have made their long-awaited arrival in SA! And you have the rare opportunity to taste it before you buy it at Whisky Live!

We thought you’d enjoy a few quick facts to brush up in time for 9 November when doors open:

  1. Loch Lomond marks the boundary between the Lowlands and the Highlands of Scotland. This area has been at the heart of the whisky industry for centuries. Sadly though, at least nine distilleries around the loch have been lost over the years, leaving Loch Lomond Distillers to maintain a proud local tradition into the 21st century.
  2. At the time the Grain distillery at Loch Lomond opened in 1994, it was the only distillery in Scotland producing both Grain and Malt whisky. It also operates a unique set-up of three sets of stills producing many different malt styles as well as Single Grain made exclusively with malted barley.
  3. Loch Lomond is in Alexandria, and the brand new stills allow for production of fine single malts and grain whisky in the same premises.
  4. Glen Scotia is situated in Campbeltown. Towards the southern end of the Mull of Kintyre, Campbeltown is an isolated, distinctive place and it’s classified as a separate region, quite apart from the Highland, Speyside, Lowland and Islay whiskies which are perhaps better known today.
  5. The Mull of Kintyre peninsula is known, of course, for ‘mist rolling in from the sea’, and Campbeltown whiskies are characterised by a distinctive, salty tang.
  6. Distilling was probably going on in Kintyre for centuries, but the written legal history begins in 1609 with the granting of a licence to produce ‘aqua vitae’ to a John Boyel of Kelburn.
  7. Campbeltown went from 28 distilleries to only three distilleries remaining today.
  8. Glen Scotia, is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland.


Every year Whisky Live in SA liaises with Whisky Live in the UK to make sure that there’s a great selection of Whiskies that were entered into the Independent Bottlers’ Challenge (IBC). The IBC tastes the very best whiskies produced by independent bottlers; a select band of private whisky businesses that select and bottle some of the most diverse whiskies available. With six regional categories, and three age ranges, the Challenge concentrates on the exceptional single malts offered by the independent bottling sector.

The stand is always manned by 2 independent whisky experts who aren’t aligned with any one specific brand like Keeper of the Quaich, Mike Orrey, the team from Wild About Whisky or the guys from Whisky Rebellion. And every year the stand buzzes with whisky nuts looking for something new, special and surprising. The IBC stand never disappoints. Here’s the full list of what will be on offer, but note that each night a selection is chosen and it isn’t all available every night.


And then the list of whiskies for tasting at whisky Live with the stands that you can find them at:

Jameson Original
Jameson Caskmates
Jameson Select Reserve

Chivas Regal 12 Year Old
Chivas Extra
Chivas Regal 18 Year Old

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill
The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso
The Glenlivet Cipher Experience

Redbreast 12 Year Old
Redbreast 15 Year Old
Redbreast 21 Year Old
Yellow Spot
Green Spot
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
Jameson Cooper’s Croze
Jameson Blender’s Dog
Jameson Distiller’s Safe

Aberlour 12 Year Old
Aberlour 16 Year Old
Aberlour 18 Year Old
Aberlour A’Bunadh

Powers John’s Lane Gold Label Signature
Powers John’s Lane Gold Label Reserve

Glenmorangie Original
Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Lasanta
Glenmorangie 12 Year Old Quinta Ruban

Tullamore D.E.W Original
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year Old
Tullamore D.E.W 15 Year Old Trilogy
Tullamore D.E.W Phoenix

Monkey Shoulder Original

Ardbeg 10 Year Old

Glen Grant The Major’s Reserve
Glen Grant 10 Year Old

Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Solera
Glenfiddich 18 Year old
Glenfiddich 21 Year Old
Glenfiddich 26 Year Old
Glenfiddich Rich Oak
Glenfiddich Distillery Edition

The Balvenie 12 Year Old
The Balvenie 14 Year Old
The Balvenie 17 Year Old

Wild Turkey Straight Kentucky Bourbon

Bushmill’s Original
Bushmill’s Black Bush

Grant’s Family Reserve
Grant’s Select Reserve

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old
Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old

Scottish Leader Original
Scottish Leader 12 Year Old
Scottish Leader Signature

Black Bottle

Three Ships Select
Three Ships 5 Year Old
Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish
Three Ships Single Malt

Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength
Glenfarclas 12 Year Old
Glenfarclas Year Old
Glenfarclas 21 Year Old
Glenfarclas 25 Year Old
Shetland Reel Batch Number 1
Kilchoman Machir Bay
Kilchoman Sanaig
Kilchoman PX Single Cask
Kilchoman 100% Islay
Wolfburn Northland
Wolfburn Aurora
Wemyss Malts The Hive
Wemyss Malts Spice King
Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney

Johnnie Walker Black Label
Johnnie Walker Green Label
Johnnie Walker Gold Label
Johnnie Walker Platinum
Johnnie Walker Blue Label

The Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old
The Singleton of Dufftown Tailfire


Bulleit Bourbon

The Macallan 12 Year Old Fine Oak
The Macallan 15 Year Old Fine Oak
The Macallan Sienna

Highland Park 12 Year Old
Highland Park Dark Origins
Highland Park 18 Year Old

The Famous Grouse
The Famous Grouse 12 Year Old
The Famous Grouse Smoky Black

Jura 10 Year Old
Jura Superstition
Jura Prophecy
Dalmore 12 Year Old
Dalmore Cigar Malt
Dalmore 18 Year Old
Glayva Liqueur
Glenbrynth 3 Year Old
Glenbrynth 12 Year Old
Glenbrynth 21 Year Old
Glenbrynth Single Malt Double Matured

Hankey Bannister Original
Hankey Bannister 12 Year Old
Hankey Bannister 21 Year Old
Old Pulteney 12 Year Old
Old Pulteney 17 Year Old
Old Pulteney 21 Year Old
Old Pulteney Stroma Liqueur
AnCnoc 12 Year Old
AnCnoc 18 Year Old
AnCnoc 24 Year Old
Speyburn Bradan Orach
Speyburn 10 Year Old

Tamdhu 10 Year Old
Tamdhu Batch Strength
Tomatin Legacy
Tomatin 12 Year Old
Tomatin Cu Bocan
Smokehead Rock Edition
Atholl Brose Whisky Liqueur

High Commissioner
Loch Lomond Reserve Blend
Loch Lomond Grain
Loch Lomond Signature Blend
Loch Lomond Original Malt
Glen Scotia Double Cask
Glen Scotia 15 Year Old

Strathisla 12 Year Old
Longmorn 16 Year Old
Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Finish Whisky
Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt Vintage 2006
Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt Vintage 2005
Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old
Bunnahabhain 25 Year Old
Tullamore DEW Single Pot Still
Tullamore DEW Single Grain
Tullamore DEW 14 Year Old Single Malt
Tullamore DEW 12 Year Old Special
Cask Strength 1 (Tullamore DEW)
Cask Strength 2 (Tullamore DEW)
Cask Strength 3 (Tullamore DEW)
Cask Strength 4 (Tullamore DEW)
The Macallan 18 Year Old Fine Oak
The Macallan Rare Cask
Glenfiddich IPA
Glenfiddich Project XX
Donald Colville’s class 2
Donald Colville’s class 1

And then there are the extra special ‘under the counter’ whiskies for those who really, really know their stuff. Those who approach the Whisky Masters with the respect they deserve. Those who seem worthy of the greatest, most secret drams…


So last month we covered all the seriously sensational investment whiskies that are going to be at Whisky Live. This month, we are covering the really good deals on delicious whiskies that won’t break the bank.

Purchase Any Bunnahabhain and receive a laptop bag. Limited stock.

Purchase any Johnnie Walker and receive a free ice bucket. Limited stock.

Get any bottle of Glenfiddich purchased at Whisky Live Festival engraved (how’s this for a Festive gift of note!)

Be entered into a draw to win a bottle of Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old worth R22,000, for every bottle of Hankey Bannister that you buy.

Purchase a bottle of Black Bottle Scotch Whisky and stand a chance to win a R1000 voucher from Handstyle Tattoos in Melville each night of the Festival!


Buy your tickets online
Tickets bought through are discounted by R20 – R30 on the door price. Also, we are experiencing record ticket sales this year and will most likely sell out… So please, please, please buy online to avoid disappointment.

Here’s a breakdown of General Access ticket prices online vs. at the door

Wednesday R220 online and R240 at the door
Thursday R250 online and R280 at the door
Friday R250 online and R280 at the door

Master classes R140 online and R150 at the door (limited to 70 tickets per night in total!)

Get there early
Visitors who arrive between 17h00 and 18h00 will be allowed access to a range of Lifestyle stands, the Deli and Norman Goodfellows who are offering early bird specials and people to help carry your purchases to your car! Make the most of it and sample beautiful fragrances from Michael Kors and Zegna; have a post-work, pre-Festival pick-me-up coffee from Micasa Coffee; consider the different tailored suits on offer from Tailor Me; take your time looking at the elegant timepieces from Tag Heuer and Chopard and stop by the Deli for a meal substantial enough to keep you satisfied but not so heavy that it ruins your whisky appetite and palate!

Don’t miss the Lindt Excellence stand or Arturo Fuente Cigars
We’re willing to bet that it’s tough to find a better pairing than Lindt Excellence with The Glenlivet. If you want to check our thinking, then stop by the Lindt Excellence stand where you can try the pairing yourself under the guidance of their delightful chocolatiers. And on your way out, stop off at Arturo Fuente Cigars so that you can end your night with the quiet style and air of sophistication leant by a quality, premium cigar paired with (what else?) Whisky.

Use your Festival Passport
Pick one up at the door on your way in – to map your route around the Tasting Hall so that you don’t accidentally miss a stand. It’s over 5 000 square meters of great personalities, delicious drams for tasting and a general good vibe – use your passport to keep you on track!

Get 5 additional tasting vouchers

  • Download Whizzky Whisky Scanner App on iOS or Android before you arrive or on the night.
  • On the night of the event, open the app and complete the short questionnaire that will pop up on your screen
  • Take your phone to one of the promoter ladies at the Festival, show her your ‘questionnaire complete’ screen and she will load the vouchers onto your card.
  • Smile as you taste more whiskies than those who haven’t downloaded the app!

Use the app to scan bottles and capture tasting notes
Scan bottles for more info. Capture your tasting notes and keep them private or leave them for others to read public. Before you hit the Festival, start your own whisky club on the app so that the whiskies you taste, make notes on, rate and record as your favourites and add to your collection are shared with your club members.

Added Bonus: the next morning when you’re sad the show is over, use the app to keep up with the latest news and trends in the whisky world!

Exchange your voucher card for a 2017 SA Whisky Handbook
Keep your voucher card so that you can exchange it for a 2017 SA Whisky Handbook on your way out. No card, no Handbook. The Handbooks retail for R75 each and your card – like Cinderella’s carriage at midnight – becomes only a worthless piece of plastic at 22h00 each night. And just a heads up: returning your card is also the right thing to do as the cards actually remain the property of Ticketpros (as per the Ts and Cs on your ticket).

Don’t even think about drinking and driving
There really is no excuse. None at all. Book an Uber. Bring a friend along and buy him/her a Designated Driver ticket – it’s only R150 and includes a Consol Mineral Water but no tasting vouchers so that you can be driven home safely even if your friend’s been enjoying the vibe (without enjoying the whisky) with you all evening. Book a taxi. Book 1 For the Road: they’re even there in person at the Festival so there’s no excuse – even if you’re not a subscriber. Phone a friend. Just do not drive once you’ve been tasting.


To WIN one of three sets of double tickets to Whisky Live Festival opening night on 9 November, simply join the event on Facebook and tag a few friends in a comment on the event page or tweet and #whiskyliveSA. The winners will be drawn on 8 November and notified on Facebook/ Twitter depending on where they’re drawn from.



Media release from Truman & Orange

1-Nov, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa – Following the success of Innis & Gunn Oak-Aged range in South Africa the brewer is about to extend its presence in the country with Innis & Gunn Lager.


Branching off from the core range of oak-aged beers, renowned for their distinctive toffee and vanilla character, Innis & Gunn Lager (4.6% ABV) is a beautifully crafted Helles-style lager that uses native British ingredients with some Innis & Gunn flourishes. Launched in its home market Scotland in 2013, Innis & Gunn Lager has proven to be one of the fastest growing craft beers in the UK.

Rowan Leibbrandt, Partner at Truman & Orange, exclusive distributor of Innis & Gunn in Sub-Saharan Africa comments: “Innis & Gunn oak-aged beers are known to be complex and big-flavour beers. We’re often asked by Innis & Gunn fans for a sessionable Lager, and we felt it was time to give it to them!”

Unsurprisingly, given Innis & Gunn’s award-winning approach to beer-making, Innis & Gunn Lager is made using a unique recipe and innovative techniques to deliver the fresh, crisp character of Lager alongside the flavoursome taste profile Innis & Gunn beers are famous for. A key feature of Innis & Gunn Lager is the addition of naked golden oats – specially grown without husks so more flavour can be extracted during brewing.

Dougal Sharp, Innis & Gunn Founder and Master Brewer comments: “I wanted to give our consumers a refreshing but flavourful lager that would deliver a really rewarding taste experience in the same way they’ve grown to expect through our oak-aged beers. This recipe uniquely uses Golden Naked Oats for a subtle nuttiness and rich mouthfeel, lager malt and large quantities of Super Styrian and Styrian Goldings hops for bitterness and aroma. We also use our own yeast and a specially designed programme of liquor treatments to enhance the characteristics we get from the malt and oats.”

Innis & Gunn Lager will be available across the country in all good quality liquor and craft beers stores, in 330 ml bottles, and will cost around R26-28/ bottle.


Colour: pale gold

Nose: lemon zest, macadamia nuts, sweet biscuit malt

Palate: crisp Helles style. Soft, aromatic hops and rich nuttiness from the oats

Finish: smooth and refreshing