Awards & Events

Whisky Live made its New York City debut

By Dominic Roskrow
Whisky Magazine is hailing its first American show as an overwhelming success and organisers are already turning their attentions to next year as the industry hailed Whisky Live New York as a total triumph.The event, ambitiously held in Central Park, attracted hundreds of New York’s jet setters, as young couples donned eveningwear and set out to sample some of Scotland’s top whisky products.The show, in Central Park’s Tavern on the Green, provided revellers with a total taste of Scotland, with a wide range of food provided by Scottish chef Joe Queen, who was flown in by VisitScotland. There were demonstrations of barrel making, and live music from internationally renowned acts such as The Peatbog Faeries, Shooglenifty and Clann an Drumma.In addition to tasting stands hosted by some of the industry’s top names were customised ‘experience’ areas including: Dewar’s, hosting a comparative tasting, pitting a selection of single malts against the Dewar's range of blended whiskies. This experience also featured a Nat Sherman cigar roller. The Glenfiddich created a live coopering display, complete with two coopers working to build barrels from start to finish. Talisker/Johnnie Walker invited guests to relax with scotch experts in the Diageo Masters’ Fireside Lounge.Classroom-style masterclasses were also held during the evening. Among those speaking were Bob Dalgarno from The Macallan, Simon Brooking from The Dalmore, Balvenie’s distillery manager Ian Miller and Spike McClure of Diageo.“We are delighted with the way the evening went,” said Damian Riley-Smith. “Everything about the evening presented Scotch whisky as it deserves to be presented. The event has given us an excellent starting point from which to build next year.”