Awards & Events

Whisky magazine live

By Marcin Miller
Whisky Magazine Live is to be launched very soon, intended to give you, the whisky enthusiast, the opportunity to taste many great whiskies. The event will also give you the chance to enjoy to speaking to the producers, blenders and distillers who create the drink that gives us all so much pleasure. In addition, the greatest whisky writers in the world will be on hand to answer your questions. Tasting room
All the major international whisky producers will be on show giving you the opportunity to sample new releases as well as revisit old favourites. Full details of exhibitors will follow in Issue 14.Masterclasses
A unique series of tutored tastings allowing you to be informed and entertained in an exclusive setting. The maximum attendance for each Masterclass is 40 people.
The venue
The Churchill Inter-Continental London on Portman Square, London W1 is the ideal venue for the UK's largest whisky event. Not only is the hotel centrally located, it also boasts a unique and sophisticated drinking, smoking and eating venue at the Churchill Bar & Cigar Divan. Specialising in whiskies, the Churchill Bar & Cigar Divan evokes the look and feel of an exclusive English club with its rich mahogany walls and comfortable leather sofas and is open until 2a.m.For readers attending the event, save 50% on accommodation at the hotel. The price of £175 per room per night includes VAT, continental breakfast, goodie bag upon arrival and a welcome drink at the Churchill Bar & Cigar Divan. The offer is subject to availability and is for single or double occupancy. For reservation, please call +44 (0) 207 486 5800 and mention Whisky Magazine.Travel arrangements
Specialist whisky tour operator, Distillery Destinations Ltd., is our official agency for travel and accommodation arrangements for Whisky Magazine Live. Run by whisky connoisseur and tutor, Caroline Dewar and whisky author, Helen Arthur, please give them a call on +44 (0)141 429 0762. Alternatively you can e-mail on CDewarComm@aol.com or helenarthur@compuserve.com for assistance.
Distillery Destinations will be offering a couple of tours for those who would like to visit Scotland before or after Whisky Magazine Live. For more details give them a call or e-mail (details as above). From mid-December find them on www.whisky-tours.com Exhibitors
The following have already confirmed their attendance;Aberfeldy Aberlour The Balvenie
Benchmark Benromach Bowmore
Buffalo Trace Burn Stewart Chivas Regal
Cragganmore Cutty Sark Dalwhinnie
Dewar's Edradour Glenfiddich
Glengoyne Glenkinchie Glenmorangie
Glenrothes Gordon & MacPhail Grant's
Lagavulin McGibbon's Provenance Murray McDavid
Oban The Old Malt Cask Scott's Selection
Speyside Talisker Van Winkle
W. L. Weller Woodford ReserveMasterclasses
Here is a unique opportunity to gain first hand experience of some of the world's finest whiskies. Each Masterclass will be hosted by a figure responsible for the production, distillation or blending of the whiskies on show.In addition to tutoring a tasting of a range of whiskies, many of which may be generally unavailable, each Masterclass will feature a question and answer session and everyone attending will receive a goodie bag.
Entry to each Masterclass is £10.Friday
Berry Bros. & Rudd Classic Malts
Woodford Reserve Aberlour
Glenmorangie Gordon & MacPhail
Buffalo Trace Van Winkle Saturday
Buffalo Trace Seagram Dewar's Glenmorangie
Berry Bros. & Rudd Speyside Distillery Murray McDavidTo book your Masterclass place(s), please e-mail office@whiskymag.com stating your preference and giving full contact details. Payment can be made by credit card. Alternatively, telephone +44(0)1603 633808 and ask for David Stirk