Hey Bernard what’s happening with the Whisky Festival, have they forgotten about us? Ja well no fine, I say, relax, they’ll be back. In the meantime the Whisky Live Roadshow has changed a bit and the festival is now the showroom so come one, come all, for there will be whisky.
I got this PR release and am sharing the exciting news. I’ll see you there at the Glen Grant section, tantalising you (which reminds me, a young, knowledgeable whisky lover said that the Glen Grant 10 is the most seductive whisky she had ever had, and I think that is high praise indeed).
Some familiar faces of course, and if you want to know who the dude in the photo with the Balvenie is Thami Banda, the slickest dressing whisky presenter in South Africa.
So, please come along and visit – it should be pretty great!
See you there.
“New expressions on show in Cape Town at the FNB Whisky Live Showroom
A boutique-style tasting event that sets the scene for the world’s finest whiskies
The FNB Whisky Live Showroom, taking place in Cape Town from 19 – 21 June, will introduce fans of the dram to some noteworthy whiskies set to become firm favourites among local palates.
“This new, boutique-style show dedicated to one of the world’s finest and most popular spirits, builds on the successes of previous FNB Whisky Live Festivals and brings a unique whisky experience to more South Africans,” says Emily Stockden, chief operating officer of Whisky Live Festival.
“There will be a number of exciting new expressions for whisky lovers to taste and purchase, along with a broad range of well-loved and familiar favourites.”
The 1989 and 2000 expressions of Balblair will be on display, with the brand challenging the way that punters think about whisky.
“Balblair is bucking the current trend of moving away from age statements, with each product in its range not just being of a specific age, but also of a specific vintage,” says Paul laCock of Aficionados, which represents Balblair in South Africa. “This means that each product is a whisky distilled in a specific year – whereas most single malts are made up of whiskies from different years. The year of bottling Balblair is also stated on the bottle, so that the consumer can deduce its age too.”
Ian MacMillan, the master blender behind Scottish Leader, will be on hand to introduce visitors to this masterful blend of up to 30 of Scotland’s finest whiskies. Available in more than 60 countries worldwide, Scottish Leader is produced at the Deanston Distillery on the banks of the river Teith, in the historical central Scottish Highlands.
Kavalan will also be on display and is produced by the first distillery in Taiwan. The distillery is in a subtropical area, which is much hotter and more humid than conventional whisky-producing areas. The higher temperatures result in a much quicker interaction of the whisky with the wood of the barrels, leading to much quicker maturation – but the higher temperatures cause more rapid evaporation, and the greedy ‘angels’ take up to 15% of the whisky every year.
Firm favourite Johnnie Walker will be showing its full range of Red, Black, Gold, Platinum and Blue Label blends, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the different expressions in the context of its Flavour Wheel. The Wheel takes the mystery and guesswork out of tasting whisky and then explaining the experience by offering guidelines such as ‘malty,’ ‘dried fruit,’ ‘winey,’ ‘floral,’ and ‘smoky’ among others.
Black Bottle, a daringly bold blend of all the renowned single malts from Islay balanced by the finest Highland, Lowland and Speyside malt and grain whiskies, will be available for tasting. Originally blended by Gordon Graham, a tea merchant who shifted from blending teas to blending whiskies in the 19th century, Black Bottle is presented in a unique pot-still shaped bottle.
Fans of South Africa’s Three Ships whisky will be able to taste Three Ships 5 Year Old, named the World’s Best Blended Whisky in 2012 at the World Whiskies Awards. Bain’s, Cape Mountain Whisky, another South African whisky masterpiece that was named World’s Best Grain Whisky in 2013, will also be available for tasting.
A new addition to the Cape Town leg of the FNB Whisky Live Showroom roll-out, Marsh Middleton will be presenting a range from Checkers LiquorShop’s Private Barrel Company.
The FNB Whisky Live Showroom is taking place at the Southern Sun Cape Sun on 19, 20 and 21 June from 18h00 – 22h00 daily. Tickets cost R150 each at http://www.whiskylivefestival.co.za or Facebook/FNBWhiskyLiveFestival, and R170 at the door and include a complimentary tasting glass, a 2014 SA Whisky Handbook, a 500ml bottle of Valpré Spring Water and 15 whisky tasting vouchers. Further rewards are available for redemption at the show include 5 additional whisky tasting vouchers, a R200 voucher for any first-time user of Uber’s app-driven taxi services in Cape Town, R50 off any purchase of R500 or more at the on-site Whisky Live Festival Shop and a further 10% discount off purchases made through http://www.whiskyshopsa.co.za (Terms and Conditions apply).
Follow @WhiskyLiveSA on Twitter, ‘like’ the FNB Whisky Live Festival Facebook page, or check http://www.whiskylivefestival.co.za for regular updates about the events.
The FNB Whisky Live Showroom promotes responsible drinking. No persons under the age of 18 years will be allowed into the Showroom. Designated driver tickets are also available at R95 per ticket. Part of the ticket proceeds will be donated to The Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR).”