Direwolf wrote:My wife and I are considering going to Whisky Live Toronto. It would be our first, and are curious to know if it's worth taking the train in from Montreal?
However, from the look of the exhibitors, it doesn't seem promising. Having been to New York several times, it almost seems that Whisky Week in New York, which coincides with National Tartan Day and Whisky Live New York, which I missed by a few hours, is a lot more fun.
I guess it depends if you feel you're getting value for your money. Don't forget Spirit of Toronto is in the spring. 3 Masterclasses free of charge, no vouchers, and a very upscale venue with a good jazz band playing, all for $110 or so. If going to one or the other, I'd recommend Spirit of Toronto as much better value partly because I dilike the voucher system intensely.
As to going to this in addition to SOI, I guess it depends on why you want to go, and what you feel you'd get out of it. One of the limits for me is that the exhibitors want to push products that you can buy, so everything you try can be had at the LCBO. The problem is that there is no incentive to let people try things that are unavailable at the LCBO. I've tried everything that's a general list item at the LCBO in terms of whisky, so that cuts down on my opportunities to try and learn.
What would be really great is if exhibitors could let people taste and buy bottlings not available
at the LCBO - for example Bowmore 18, Glenmorangie Rum Finish or part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. That would boost the value of going to Whisky Live for me. Even trying something like this without buying (although a tease) would be an improvement over the existing "same ol'".