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!
THE BIGGEST WHISKY FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD!
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!
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
MASTER CLASSES BREAKDOWN
Wed 9 Nov @ 18h00 in Committee Room 4, Thurs 10 Nov @ 19h45 in Committee Room 5 & Fri 11 Nov @ 21h00 in Committee Room 4
Wed 9 Nov @ 18h15 in Committee Room 5
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
Wed 9 Nov @ 21h00, Thurs 10 Nov @ 18h00 and Fri 11 Nov @ 19h30, all in Committee Room 4
Wed 9 Nov @ 21h15 and Thurs 10 Nov @ 18h15 both in Committee Room 5
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
Thurs 10 Nov @ 19h30 in Committee Room 4
Fri 11 Nov @ 19h45 Committee Room 5
Donald will present Singleton, Cardhu, Lagavulin and Talisker.
Fri 11 Nov @ 21h15 Committee Room 5
LOCK LOMOND & GLEN SCOTIA AT WHISKY LIVE!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Loch Lomond is in Alexandria, and the brand new stills allow for production of fine single malts and grain whisky in the same premises.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Campbeltown went from 28 distilleries to only three distilleries remaining today.
- Glen Scotia, is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland.
INDEPENDENT BOTTLERS’ CHALLENGE
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.
THE REST OF THE WHISKIES FOR TASTING
Jameson Select Reserve
POWERS JOHN’S LANE
BAIN’S CAPE MOUNTAIN WHISKY
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 PX Single Cask
Kilchoman 100% Islay
Wemyss Malts The Hive
Wemyss Malts Spice King
Wemyss Malts Peat Chimney
HOUSE OF WALKER
THE FAMOUS GROUSE
WHYTE AND MACKAY
HANKEY BANNISTER AND OLD PULTENEY
WILD ABOUT WHISKY
LOCH LOMOND AND GLEN SCOTIA
MASTER CLASSES ONLY
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…
FESTIVAL SPECIALS AT NORMAN GOODFELLOWS
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!
7 FESTIVAL HACKS
Tickets bought through www.ticketpros.co.za 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.