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Issue 79 - Boom time

Whisky Magazine Issue 79
April 2009


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Boom time

A huge palm tree,immaculate croquet lawns,magnificent setting and impressive whiskies… we review Whisky Live London.

The world's premier whisky tasting show, Whisky Live visited London for the ninth time recently and sales boomed – in fact the Saturday sold out completely.

Held for the first time in the sumptuous setting of the Hurlingham Club, visitors were eager to learn about the secrets of the water of life at the only whisky show of its kind in the capital and to experience the fantastic new features at the show.

The Whisky Live stage was bursting with excitement as the top international barmen from Salt Bar showed off their skills and made stunning cocktails,while the traditional skills of the cooper were put on display with the sounds of hammering resounding off the walls.

Elsewhere in the show, the recently named ‘Distiller of the Year' (BenRiach Distillery) and ‘Brand Innovator of the Year' (Glenmorangie) in the Global Icons of Whisky awards,were proudly showing off their wares and, visitors got the chance to explore the delights of the Far East with Suntory and Nikka both displaying their whiskies.

In the masterclass rooms, visitors got the chance to take a more in depth look at the world of the dram hosted by an array of some of the most knowledgeable people in the whisky producing world.

Kicking off the sessions was Diageo's Colin Dunn taking visitors to the wonderful Isle of Skye and an in depth look at look at Talisker.

Then taking to the floor was Whisky Magazine's own Dave Broom as he unraveled the mysteries of what ‘sherried whisky' actually means.

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