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Master Classes at Whisky & Spirits Live 2018

By Whisky Live Staff 16-10-2018

The turnout of high-calibre Whisky connoisseurs at 2017’s Whisky & Spirits Live Festival is evidence of South Africa’s importance to the global whisky and spirits market. According to the Scotch Whisky Association, Scotch Whisky continues to be one of the most popular spirits across the globe and demand is driven from a diverse range of markets. South Africa was ranked the 9th largest export market in the world for Scotch whisky, importing £114m in 2017, equating to 52 million bottles!

This year, from 31 October to 2 November, whisky and spirits aficionados are in for a treat and will have a difficult task to choose between the Master Classes on offer at Whisky & Spirits Live.

Women in Whisky

Although traditionally whisky has been seen as a man’s drink, woman are certainly changing this perception and have been influential in pioneering the alcohol industry as early as the 1900’s.

We are thrilled to have three phenomenal woman, who are all pioneers in their own right, at this year’s festival.

Shauna Jennens, the Distillery Ambassador from The Dalmore will transport you to the Highlands of Scotland as she presents her Master Class, “Stand Apart and Make a Difference”. Discover the pure new make spirit, the deep rich sherry casks and expertise in the maturation journey that is The Dalmore, with five variants to try as part of the class.

Traveling all the way from Taiwan to present at Whisky & Spirits Live is one of Kavalan’s Brand Ambassadors Kaitlyn Tsai. The Kavalan Distillery has been pioneering the art of single malt whisky in Taiwan since 2005. It is now recognised as one of the world’s finest distilleries and was crowned global “Distiller of the Year” by IWSC last year. For this year’s Master Class, Kaitlyn will be presenting a whopping eight of their finest whiskies to taste.

Uncover the Secrets of Speyside with Global Malts Ambassador for Bacardi, Georgie Bell. Aultmore and Craigellachie have, for long, been secrets in the whisky world – two hidden away malts that before now were scarcely found. Fully immersing herself within the whisky industry, Georgie's commitment and dedication to Scotch whisky shines through. Georgie will present, as part of the five variants covered, Aultmore 21 and Craigellachie 13 in this Master Class as well as 1 Special Bottling (these expressions are only available to taste as part of this Master Class).

Peruse Blends and Malts

Discover Paul John Indian Single Malt – From Goa with Love - Presented by Master Distiller Michael D’Souza.Michael has been associated with John Distilleries for the last 23 years. He also is the Master Blender. Explore six variants of Paul John, including a 2018 Christmas Edition.

Independent Scotch whisky maker R&B Distillers will be presenting its brand new Isle of Raasay Distillery and The Tweeddale heritage for the first time in South Africa. Opened in 2017, this is the first distillery on Raasay, a remote island in the Inner Hebrides with just 160 residents. Raasay Distillery is scheduled to release its first single malt in October 2020. In the meantime, you will be able sample Raasay While We Wait, an aptly-named single malt crafted by R&B Distillers with another Highland distillery, which showcases the future peaty and fruity style of Raasay whisky. Kevin Liu, Head of Sales at Isle of Raasay will also showcase another Whisky, The Tweeddale, making its debut in South Africa.

If life is a fairy tale, why can’t whisky be too? We give you Beauty and the Beast – Ardbeg vs Glenmorangie, presented by Robert Gray, National Brand Ambassador. Like the fair maiden, Glenmorangie’s single malts are acclaimed for their incredible smoothness, richness and intriguing complexity. On the other hand, Ardbeg is heavily peated (the brute), with a turfy smoke and sea spray character predominant in most bottlings. Explore three Glenmorangie variants, two Ardbeg’s and one New Make Spirit from Glenmorangie.

Enter the Spirits Revolution

We don’t need to tell you that Gin and Rum are booming in SA! There is story behind every craft and the people who create these fine spirits.

Gin Distillation with Ginologist Gin, Presented by Master Distller, Pieter Carter and Distillery Manager Albert Van Wyk. Discover countless little secrets and tricks of the trade, many of which will be revealed by means of a systematic tasting process that will set out to show how gin is crafted. Explore their three recipes, Floral, Citrus and Spice; as well as several unique, once-off distillations to showcase the art and science behind the gin distillation process.

Master Distiller of Mhoba Rum, Robert Greaves and Andy Kiloh, the self-appointed Rum Ambassador of South Africa will be presenting an introduction to Rum by taking you on an experience of two completely different styles of rum. They will guide you in what sets the two styles apart by including four variants in their presentation.

Master Class tickets cost R160 each from, R170 at the door and classes are limited to 40 people making these sessions very intimate. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis so book online to avoid disappointment at the door. You will still require a festival ticket to visit the Whisky & Spirit stands in the Tasting Hall. These tickets are purchased in addition to the tickets to attend the festival

The Whisky Live Festival at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg is from 31 October – 2 November this year. Tickets start at R260 each from and include a bottle of Consol Still Water, 16 tasting vouchers and a tasting glass. No Under 18s. Drink Responsibly.

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