The expected attendance is upwards of 10 000 people, making the Whisky Live Festival in Sandton the world’s largest event of its kind for the thirteenth year running.
Keepers of the Quaich, Master Distillers and Global Ambassadors will share tales of the history and heritage of whisky while helping visitors get the most from each dram that they sample at the stands.
Aside from 15 whisky tasting vouchers, all visitors will receive a passport to the World of Whisky which will help inform their journey through the tasting hall. Scotland offers firm favourites like The Glenlivet – don’t miss their Dram Room – Glenmorangie and Glenfiddich as well as lesser-known bottlings from Checkers Private Barrel Company – think Loch Lomond Single Grain and Glen Scotia Double Cask. From Islay to Speyside, there is something for every palate.
Newcomers to the whisky category need not feel intimidated: the Brandhouse Flavour Sensorium will ask a few questions and from here visitors will be expertly directed to choose whiskies to taste from the Vibrant, Bold, Rich or Fresh flavour profiles within the extensive Brandhouse range.
Expect modern innovation from Scottish Leader coupled with whisky experts like Keeper of the Quaich and Brian Glass, who will be on hand to dispense whisky and age-old wisdom.
Ireland will offer a beautiful array of Irish Potstills that are new to the Festival: Green Spot, Yellow Spot, Redbreast and Powers John’s Lane. Tullamore DEW further bolsters the Irish range, while visitors will once again be treated to Jameson’s ever-popular nightclub.
American whiskey lovers will be pleased to taste the newly-launched Bulleit Bourbon, while the full range of Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve will be on offer.
Whisky Live Festival also features a section dedicated to World Whiskies Award-winning whiskies including: Kavalan, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, Three Ships, the World Whiskies Awards stand and the Independent Bottlers’ Challenge stand.
Specialist hour-long Master Classes, at R150 per visitor, will be hosted within the main event this year and each participant will receive a headset. The impressive line-up includes Rob Allanson, Global Ambassador for Grant’s presenting a Whisky Live-exclusive tasting of Grant’s 18-Year Old; Master of the Quaich, Pierre Meintjes, presenting Bunnahabain; Master Distiller of Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, Andy Watts, letting us in on some secrets; and Ian Chang, Master Distiller of World’s Best Whisky Award-winning Kavalan presenting the range, to name a few. There are only 70 seats per session and tickets can be booked on the Whisky Live Festival or Ticketpro’s websites.
VIP ticketholders will have exclusive access to the Lounge from 17h00 daily. Aside from delectable Deli Table treats and the opportunity to network among like-minded individuals while regaining Festival stamina, VIP ticketholders will also have access to a Whisky Connoisseur’s Bar where a different whisky expert will be available every half hour throughout the evening to sample something special to whomever is interested.
Pre-purchased Tasting Hall tickets from www.ticketpros.co.za or www.whiskylivefestival.co.za cost R210 on Wednesday 11 November and R225 on Thursday 12 November and Friday 13 November. Tickets at the door will cost R230 for Wednesday 11 November and R250 for Thursday 12 November and Friday 13 November.
All ticket prices include a complimentary tasting glass, a 500ml bottle of Valpré Spring Water, 15 tasting vouchers and a 2016 SA Whisky Handbook.
Guests who download WHIZZKY, Whisky Live’s interactive app to be launched at the Festival, will be rewarded with five additional tasting vouchers and if they continue to answer a few simple questions about their whisky choices, they will receive a further five tasting vouchers. Further value includes a goodie bag handed to every person who returns their voucher card on leaving the Festival.