Awards & Events

Glasgow Showtime

New venue,different time of the year and some fresh new features made for another great show in Glasgow.
By Rob Allanson
The world’s premier whisky tasting show,Whisky Live visited Glasgow for the fourth time this weekend and sales boomed at more than 3,000 visitors, a 20 per cent increase on last year.Held in its great new venue, the SECC, visitors were eager to learn about the secrets of the amber nectar at the only whisky show of its kind in Scotland and to experience the fantastic, fresh, new features at the show.The Whisky Live stage was bursting with excitement as the top international barmen from LA Bartenders showed off their skills, wowing the crowd by throwing bottles through the air and making stunning cocktails using AnCnoc and Auchentoshan.Elsewhere in the show, Inver House Distillers, recently named Distiller of the Year for Scotland by Whisky Magazine,was proudly showing off its wares including Balblair,Old Pulteney and AnCnoc; and Highland Park, Orkney’s favourite whisky, held a bottle amnesty, where you could exchange a bottle of whisky for a Highland Park 12 Year Old.Glenmorangie, showcasing its sleek new look and new liquid, had a flavour gaming wheel and, ever the showman,Whyte and Mackay’s Richard Paterson could be heard periodically letting of party poppers as he took people through tastings at the Jura stand.In the masterclass rooms, visitors got the chance to take a more in depth look at some drams was hosted by an array of top whisky producers. Whisky star and renowned author,Dave Broom held two masterclasses matching whisky with some sumptuous food. Gerry Tosh, Highland Park’s ambassador embraced the crowd with open arms to fill them with knowledge of the Orkney spirit. Diageo was proudly showing of its new tasting map and the latest special releases in the Classic Malts Collection and AnCnoc held a journey through its whiskies. To top the occasion, the entries from the ‘Independent Bottlers’ Challenge’, (the only such competition to run in the world) were available to sample.These unique whiskies are a true pleasure and rare opportunity to try with so many being together at one time under one roof. So get your diary out for next year, as the show can only get bigger and better…dare you miss it?The 2008 Whisky Live Glasgow runs October 31st and November 1st.EXHIBITORS Angus Dundee
Auchentoshan
The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd
Bruichladdich
Burn Stewart
Cooley Distillery
City Inn
Diageo
Douglas Laing & Company
Drumchork Lodge
Duncan Taylor
Field Group
Glasgow Wood Recycling
GlencairnCrystal
Glen Grant
The Glenmorangie Company
The Glenrothes
Gordon & MacPhail
Hospitality Scotland
Highland Park
Ian Gray ‘Artist’
Ian MacLeod Distillers
Inver House Distillers
Isle of Arran Distillers
Laphroaig
Leith Liqueur Company
Remy Martin
Singlemalt.tv
Speyside Distillers
Suntory
Whisky Magazine
The Whisky Shop
Whyte&Mackay GUESS THE DRAM
At the Whisky Magazine stand,Editor Rob Allanson had organised a little challenge for visitors.Inspired by finding an unlabelled sample bottle of whisky,visitors got the chance to guess the dram. To make things a little easier two clues were given,that it was a propriatory bottling and it was available at the show and in the shops.Out of some 120 entries only one guess came close to the mark.And it was a very close guess indeed.The bottle was in fact Balblair 1989,and top marks go to Kenneth Graham from Crieff who guessed Balblair 1997.