mrbump wrote:I must say I was very dissapointed with Whisky Live Glasgow this year, there were so few companies and very little on offer. The voucher system was also a joke, 8 vouchers per person which gave me 8 drams (10cl) under 13yo or 4 drams over 13yo. I could have bought extra vouchers but at £1 each this would make the cost of a standard whisky (at 25ml) £2.50 or anything over 13yo £5!!! This was the worst value whisky event I have ever attended and there will be no way i will attend in the future.
I'm not quite sure which stands you were visiting but most weren't taking the vouchers. In fact, it was a novelty to find a stand that would take what we had left at the end to get rid of them.
Here's my take on the day (Saturday):
Well, this was probably the most pedestrian and uninspired whisky event I have been to this year. Where were Bunnahabhain? Where were Bruichladdich? Where were Glenlivet and Glenfiddich and any independant bottlers? I'll tell you where - not at this event. That set alarm bells ringing from the start...
The hall was half-empty and it showed. Had Nick not come along and mentioned to me that there were tickets left for the Ardmore/Laphroaig face-off I would've had a pretty miserable time wandering round and round and round trying to find something worth trying. This was £26 (plus booking fee) plus £13 for the masterclass. Not exactly value for money, some might say (including me).
Don't get me wrong - there were plenty of whiskies there to try, and we definitely had a go at as many as we could, but still we were left struggling to find anything worth shouting about. Even Diageo decided to be somewhere else. And for goodness sake will someone not give Richard Patterson a microphone...I still have ringing in my ears...
So I lost my Whisky Live virginity today...and I can't say it's something I will remember for the rest of my life. Far from it, I will probably be trying to forget about it pretty quick.
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