#FindYourEscape: What not to miss at Whisky & Spirits Live

2017-11-06 19:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Well-know for showcasing the widest selection of whiskey under one roof and following global trends, the world’s largest whiskey festival is back and celebrating its 15th year by adding a range of other premium spirits for tasting.

Taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Whisky & Spirits Live will now include gin and vodka – to the impressive line-up of almost 300 whiskies.

The event's trademark broad selection of Whiskies and new launches in SA is as impressive as ever and there are a number of whiskey experts - local and international - converging on the SCC to help you savour every sip.

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Here's what you can expect: 

The launch promises to be offering a full overview of all exhibitors, who you can expect to meet at the stands and in the master classes and the array of spirits available to sip in the next newsletter.

Meet malt master:

Global Ambassadors, Distillery Founders and Managers and Master Distillers from Scotland, Ireland, France, the UK and South Africa.


In one of Diageo’s extremely rare, limited edition Special Releases for 2017, available for purchase at Norman Goodfellows at the event.


Once-off, small batch bottles of whisky shipped in from the United Kingdom that were entered into the Independent Bottler’s Challenge (IBC).
The French-produced Amorik Single Malt Whisky, making its debut at Whisky & Spirits Live.
A range of premium gins, from Stretton’s and Wixworth to lesser-known craft gins like Grey Hawk (produced in Mpumalanga); Ginifer in its distinct, black bottle; Durban’s very own, Blind Tiger; Whitley Neill and more.
Don’t miss Bathtub Gin presented by bartender extraordinaire, Lee Peare, Ableforth’s Brand Ambassador from Kent in the UK.


Diageo’s World Class Mixology Sessions. Make cocktails with Ketel One Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Bulleit Bourbon, Cardhu Single Malt Whisky, Ron Zacapa rum and Tanqueray no. 10 Gin.

The quirky world of John Dewar’s and Sons Fine Whisky Emporium where John Dewar’s love of chickens and whisky combine to produce an extraordinary result.

A range of punchy Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon such as Blanton’s, 1792 Small Batch and Eagle Rare Single Barrel; Taiwanese Kavalan Single Malt; the Islay flavours of Jura; the light Speyside, Glen Grant; the Irish smoothness of Bushmill’s and The Pogues; beautiful blends like Hankey Bannister and many more.

Event info

Where: Sandton Convention Centre

When: 08 - 10 November

Cost: Tickets start at R240 each from www.ticketpros.co.za and include 16 tasting vouchers, a bottle of Consol Glass Still Water and a tasting glass.

Contact: Email info@whiskylive.co.za / 010 900 2025

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