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.