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Two of the greatest shows on earth.We provide an overview ofWhisky Live in Glasgow and Paris.
The grandeur of Glasgow bathed in the most glorious sunshine was the backdrop for this year’s Whisky Live event.The world’s premier whisky tasting show, held in George Square, was packed with enthusiasts eager to sample the latest and greatest offerings from a wealth of distillers and whisky companies.More than 2,700 visitors got the chance to taste the finest drams on the market, including a sample of the entrants from Whisky Magazine’s ‘Independent Bottler’s Challenge’.Several companies released new expressions at the show, giving the malt lover an opportunity to try the latest bottlings before they hit the shelves.These included Glenfiddich’s Toasted Oak Reserve, Old Pulteney’s 15 year old and Benromach Tokaji wood.These new releases were put through their paces by whisky star and renowned author, Dave Broom and French Whisky Magazine editor Martine Nouet in a series of live head to head tastings.The stage was turned into a cocktail bar as top international barmen from LA Bartenders created some refreshing and the flamboyant and passionate Richard Paterson talk about some of the rarest whiskies from Whyte and Mackay, followed by the equally effervescent Ronnie Cox enthusing about the delights of The Glenrothes range and its wood policy.To finish off the masterclasses Graham Eunson, distillery manager at Glenmorangie, helped people create their own perfect dram with a selection of special cask drawn samples.For the first time Isle of Arran Brewery were at the show to hand out samples of its cracking beers, another great Scottish export and a wonderful accompaniment to a dram.Another addition to the show was Cherizena coffee, whose wonderful aromas wafted through the event.A great selection of food was also on offer to stave off the hunger pangs.Meanwhile in Paris Whisky Live attracted record crowds of enthusiasts and beginners.Following hot on the heels of last year’s runaway success, which was completely sold out, attracting more than 1,800 private visitors and 1,200 professionals, the 2006 event was expanded accordingly.This year, the exceptional show was spread out across three days, For the third year in a row, the prestigious Palais Brongniart - Bourse de Paris spotlighted the leading producer countries: Scotland, Ireland, United States, Japan, France, Wales and India, amongst the many companies and exhibitors.La Maison du Whisky and Whisky Magazine again rose to the challenge of bringing together more than fifty distilleries and as many exclusive single casks, specially selected for the occasion.La Maison du Whisky celebrated itsfiftieth anniversary during the Whisky Live fair. The release of the 2007 Collection catalogue was also scheduled for this occasion.One great stand that was marked on everyone’s visiting cards was Giuseppe Begnoni – the famous Italian collector – who brought 150 of his 40,000 bottles collection to exhibit.He sold about 200 drams in all ranging from ?4 to ?40 euros.Preparations are already underway for next year’s events, which promise to raise the bar yet again and bring the greatest celebration of whisky in the world back to Scotland and Paris.See you there sophisticated whisky cocktails using the innovative AnCnoc and Dewar’s shaken-up into delicious tipples.The increasing growth in blended whisky cocktails was reflected with the crowd’s appreciation of the mixologists’ art.The spectacular live coopering displays from Glenfiddich were not to be missed as the strong cooper men handled the hammering of the huge, beast like barrels with such admirable precision.The producer’s magnificent two tonne still dominated one end of the marquee, and the Glenfiddich team was on hand to answer questions about this copper giant.This year’s tutored tastings had plenty to challenge the enthusiast and entice the new comer in to exploring the whisky world further.The first day of classes offered a look at the history behind Old Pulteney, what goes into making Highland Park 18 year old, and the chance to sample some of the rare vintage expressions from Glen Grant.Saturday’s classes kicked off following Dave Broom with a walk through the woods, looking at the effect of different oaks on whisky.There was also the opportunity to catch