Words by: Jane Ryan
Each year, kick-starting the immersive eight days of London Cocktail Week, the Whisky Show opens its doors and brings the best of that spirit from around the world straight to the heart of London.
This year, 2014, there's more going on than ever before. From tastings to seminars, and the all important dream drams, there's something for every whisky lover.
The Dalmore Trinitas 64 was launched in 2010 and was at the time the most expensive bottle of whisky ever released, priced at £100,000. With only three bottles produced, it was also exceptionally rare, containing Dalmore whisky aged for at least 64 years. All three bottles have now been sold.
The Whisky Show have one 10ml vial of the whisky to give away to a lucky Whisky Show ticket holder, drawn at random during the show.
Over the weekend there will be:
Dave Broom - Spirits writer & Educator
Ian Buxton - Whisky writer
Stef Holt - El Dorado Rum Ambassador
Annabel Meikle - Whisky Training and entertainment specialist
Colin Dunn - Diageo Whisky ambassador
Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison - Caskstrength.net
Martine Nouet - Food and Whisky expert
Ryan Chetiyawardana - Award winning bartender
...and many more, hosting a variety of masterclasses and seminars for guests to attend.
Each year The Whiskey Show strives to have some of the best whisky in the world available to sample in exchange of Dream Dram tokens and this year is no different. Dream drams are worth £500 upwards and the list is continually being updated as and when these are confirmed. Every guest will receive one Dream Dram token and can purchase additional tokens for £10 each.
There will be classes on Port Finished Whiskies, Dave Broom's new book and a music and whisky tasting with Neil and Joel
Tickets are soon to go on sale (Friday 12th) for our final Sunday masterclass - "I did it my way: The History of the Independent Bottler" hosted by Dave Broom.
Tickets are still available to the Whisky & Rum class, 'Whisky Legend's with Ian Buxton' and Whisky & Chocolate, hosted by Colin Dunn (Diageo) and Sam Smallman from Rococo Chocolates.
Trade masterclasses will feature the new releases from Bruichladdich of Port Charlotte and Octomore Islay Barley and a Macallan masterclass alongside talks (and tastings) from Ryan Cheti about 'The Drinking Power of Blends' and an introduction to Whisky by Colin Dunn. These are all free for the Trade to attend and they can register on the day to attend.
Trade registration can be found here.