Whisky Magazine Issue 63
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The greatest shows on earth. We provide an overview of Whisky Live in London and Tokyo
The historic city of London, birthplace of a nation, bathed in the most glorious sunshine, was the backdrop for this year's Whisky Live event.
The world's premier whisky tasting show, held in the Royal Horticultural Halls, was packed with enthusiasts eager to sample the latest and greatest offerings from a wealth of distillers and whisky companies.
Highlights of the show included several companies releasing new expressions giving the malt lover an opportunity to try the latest bottlings before they hit the shelves.
These included The Glenlivet 25 Years Old, Longmorn 16, Benromach Sassicaia wood finish, Ardbeg's Airigh Nam Beist and the new Balblair vintages.
These new releases were put through their paces by whisky star and renowned author, Dave Broom, French Whisky Magazine editor Martine Nouet and Whisky Magazine's consultant editor Dominic Roskrow in a series of live tastings.
The stage was turned into a cocktail bar as top international barmen from LABartenders created some refreshing and sophisticated whisky cocktails using the innovative AnCnoc shaken-up into delicious tipples. The increasing popularity in blended whisky cocktails was reflected with the crowd's appreciation of the mixologists' art.
Richard Paterson was his usual showmanlike self as he presented a blending competition live on stage. Members of the audience got the chance to join Richard and Dave Broom in competing to create the best blend in a mere nine minutes.
This year's tutored tastings had pl...