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WhiskyBrother’s The Only Whisky Show Is Back for Its Second Year!

The Only Whisky Show

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since Whisky Brother’s inaugural The Only Whisky Show. As a whisky lover, the event just worked perfectly for me…

The focus was squarely on the whiskies themselves. Each stand was uniform in size and appearance, meaning that the whiskies were the star attractions, not the elaborate sets and props seen at other whisky events both locally and abroad. Each whisky stood shoulder to shoulder and was judged on its own merits.

This year guarantees to repeat the same winning formula: 200+ whiskies, an intimate venue with a strict limit on 450 heads per night, staffed by knowledgeable people in the form of whisky industry veterans, brand ambassadors and the like.

A Chat With Whisky Brother founder, Marc Pendlebury

WTF: You’re back for another year Marc, was it an easy decision to make?

MP: Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last year, it was an easy decision to make. There is no point putting on the show if it isn’t well-received (i.e. we aren’t going to do it just for the sake of doing it), but thankfully we were really happy with our inaugural show and so were the attendees and exhibitors, so we’re doing it all again this year!

WTF: What did you learn from last year’s event?

MP: We learnt there is definitely demand for a smaller, more intimate and focused whisky show within the local whisky scene. It doesn’t come as too much of a suprise, but you can’t be overly sure and there is a risk it won’t be well attendended.

I also learned I could have a mild heart-attack for 3 hours and survive fine without seeing a doctor! lol. The first few hours of the first day were rather stressful as everything was finally coming together for the first time. Well worth it though and look forward to doing it again! 🙂

The Only Whisky Show Brand Stands

WTF: Was there a “crowd favourite” dram from last year? For me it would have been the yet-to-be-bottled Bain’s 16yo

The unbottled Bains was definitely a major hit, as was the Three Ships single malt cask sample Andy poured in his masterclasses (WTF: It’s an absolute beaut! Was 17yo, heading towards being bottled at 21yo!). Apart from those two the WhiskyBrother Highland Park Single Cask also had the crowd talking. The great thing about whisky, and such a show, is that different people had different highlights!

WTF: Are you doing anything differently this year?

MP: The short answer is NO, and that’s by design. The “winning formula” for the show is to keep it simple and focused, and we are doing the same again this year. There are obviously new whiskies being exhibited and new Copper Coupon Drams, and we are very excited and honoured to have some whisky guests attending from outside Joburg/South Africa.

Other than that we have had to change venue since the previous venue is no longer available, we will have more food options to make getting food easier.

The Only Whisky Show Masterclass

WTF: Can you tell us about the masterclasses you have lined up?

MP: I’m still finalising the details but we will have an incredible line-up of masterclasses from the following: Midleton Single Pot Still, Balblair and anCnoc, Wolburn, Kavalan and Bain’s masterclass tastings. All of which will be presented by individuals who cannot be matched anywhere for their knowledge of and involvement with these brands! This includes: Michael Cowman (Midleton Prestige Irish Whiskey ambassador), Lukasz Dynowiak (Global Brand Ambassador for anCnoc, Old Pulteney, Balblair and Speyburn), Harry Tayler (one of the owners and founders of Wolfburn), Sherry Tsai (from Kavalan) and of course our very own local whisky legend, Andy Watts.

Some words from Michael Cowman on his masterclass: “I think it’s probably the best Irish Whiskey line up ever seen on the continent of Africa. The Dreamcask on its own is worth the price of admission, personally I’ve never been so excited to share a whiskey with an audience.

The selection is intended to showcase the variety of brands and expressions that are available from Midleton, from brands with massive history that have been in existence since the 1830’s like Green spot, to newer brands such as Method and Madness, designed to showcase the more adventurous side of the distillery.

It should be an amazing night and an amazing show!”

Some words from Lukasz Dynowiak on his masterclasses: “At the masterclass in Johannesburg we’ll be comparing two Northern Highland distilleries – Balblair and Pulteney. They are geographically close but the styles are very different. I’ll talk you through the differences and crucially we’ll try to do a bit of detective work and drill down into where exactly the flavours are coming from.

The youngest dram we’ll be looking at is 17 years old so this is a very serious, very high value line-up. Both Balblair Vintages are new and being showcased for the first time in South Africa. And if that’s still not enough, we’ll be throwing in something I consider to be the pinnacle of whisky blending to luxuriate in at the end. Can’t wait, see you there!”

(WTF: For a full breakdown on the masterclasses and their time slots, check out this page on WhiskyBrother.)

The Only Whisky Show Attendees

WTF: Where to from here? Go bigger? Or have shows in other cities?

MP: Definitely not bigger, and for now, no plans to go to other cities. For this type of show, bigger is not better. More and cooler whiskies is better, so that will be my primary focus when arranging the show. I really like the size, it’s busy but manageable without being chaotic, and attendees have the necessary environment to talk/engage/share/learn about what they are drinking.

As for other cities, it’s a tempting idea, and in time I would love to take the show on the road, but I’d rather further establish and cement the Joburg one first over the next few years, and then only would I look to expand.

WTF: What are your top 3 drams (so far) for the 2018 show?

MP: Always a difficult question because we have so many great brands participating. I am very excited about upcoming WhiskyBrother exclusives that we’ve selected and which will be available for tasting at the show, including one which we did specifically for the show! Other than those the Speyburn 15yo, Ben Nevis 21yo by Single & Single and the Armorik Triagoz (French) based on my current mood 🙂

WTF: Thanks for your time Marc. Here’s to enjoying a dram together at the show!

MP: Cheers Mark, see you at the show!

2018 The Only Whisky Show – The Whisky List

This is why you’re here after all? To see what is going to be on offer right? The Whisky Brother team already have over 200 whiskies lined up for the 2018 show. There are some Copper Coupon (cc) drams as they call them: special whiskies that require a special token to taste. You get 3 of these coupons when entering, but can purchase more should you need to. As always, make sure you single out the whiskies you want to taste and get to them early in the evening – they finish fast!

Here is the list (correct at the time of publishing):

Scotch Whisky
Aberlour Aberlour 12yo
Aberlour 16yo
Aberlour 18yo
Aberlour A’bunadh
anCnoc anCnoc 12yo
anCnoc 18yo
anCnoc 24 (cc)
anCnoc Peated Single Cask (cc)
Ardbeg Ardbeg 10yo
Ardbeg An Oa
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Ardbeg Uigeadail
Ardbeg Perpetuum (cc)
Arran Arran Amarone Finish
Arran 10yo
Arran 14yo
Arran 18yo
Arran The Bothy Batch 2 (cc)
Auchentoshan Auchentoshan American Oak
Auchentoshan 12yo
Auchentoshan Three Wood
Ben Nevis Ben Nevis 21yo Single & Single (cc)
BenRiach BenRiach Birnie Moss
BenRiach 10yo
BenRiach 10yo Curiositas
BenRiach 12yo Sherry Wood
Bowmore Bowmore Small Batch
Bowmore 12yo
Bowmore 15yo
Bruichladdich Bruichladdich Classic Laddie
Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1 (cc)
Octomore 7.1
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley
Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01 (cc)
Bunnahabhain Bunnahabhain Ceobanach
Bunnahabhain 12yo
Bunnahabhain 18yo
Bunnahabhain 25yo (cc)
Compass Box Compass Box Great King St. Artist’s Blend
Compass Box Great King St. Glasgow Blend
Compass Box Peat Oak Cross
Compass Box Peat Monster
Compass Box Spice Tree
Compass Box Hedonism
Compass Box No Name (cc)
Dalmore Dalmore 12yo
Dalmore Cigar Malt
Dalmore 15yo
Dalmore 18yo
Dalmore King Alexander (cc)
Dewar’s Dewar’s 12yo
Dewar’s 15yo
Aultmore 12yo
Aultmore 18yo
Craigallachie 13yo
Douglas Laing (Remarkable Malts) Epicurean Lowland blended malt
Rock Oyster Islands blended malt
Scallywag Speyside blended malt
Big Peat Christmas Edition Islay blended malt
Glenbrynth Glenbrynth Double Matured
Glenbrynth 12yo
Glenbrynth 21yo
Glenbrynth 30yo (cc)
GlenDronach GlenDronach Peated
GlenDronach 12yo
GlenDronach 18yo
Glenfarclas Glenfarclas 105
Glenfarclas 12yo
Glenfarclas 17yo
Glenfarclas 21yo
Glenfarclas 25yo (cc)
Glenglassaugh Glenglassaugh Torfa
Glenglassaugh Revival
Glenglassaugh Evolution
Glenglassaugh Port Wood Finish (cc)
Glengoyne Glengoyne 10yo
Glengoyne Batch Strength
Glen Grant Glen Grant Founder’s Reserve
Glen Grant 10yo
Glen Grant 12yo
Gen Grant 18yo (cc)
Glenlivet Glenlivet Nadura Peated Cask
Glenlivet Nadura Sherry Cask
Glenlivet Nadura First-fill Bourbon Cask
Glenlivet 18yo
Glenlivet Code (cc)
Glenmorangie Glenmorangie Original
Glenmorangie Lasanta
Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Glenmorangie Spios (cc)
Glen Scotia Glen Scotia Double Cask
Glen Scotia 15yo
Glen Scotia Victoriana
Glen Scotia 25yo (The Whisky Agency) (cc)
Highland Park Highland Park 10yo
Highland Park 12yo
Highland Park 18yo
Highland Park Valkyrie
Highland Park WhiskyBrother Single Cask (cc)
Jura Jura 10yo
Jura Prophecy
Jura Superstition
Jura 16yo
Jura Seven Wood (cc)
Kilchoman Kilchoman Machir Bay
Kilchoman Sanaig
Kilchoman 100% Islay
Kilchoman Loch Gorm
Kilchoman Red Wine Cask (cc)
Laphroaig Laphroaig Select
Laphroaig 10yo
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Loch Lomond Loch Lomond Single Grain
Inchmurrin 12yo
Inchmurrin Madeira Finish
Inchmurrin 18yo
Loch Lomond WhiskyBrother Single Cask (cc)
Macallan Macallan 12yo Fine Oak
Macallan 12yo Double Cask
Macallan 15yo Fine Oak
Macallan 18yo Fine Oak
Macallan Rare Cask (cc)
Shackleton Shackleton blended malt
Singleton Singleton Tailfire
Singleton of Dufftown 12yo
Singleton of Dufftown 15yo
Singleton of Dufftown 18yo
Speyburn Speyburn Bradan Orach
Speyburn 10yo
Speyburn 15yo
Springbank Springbank 10yo
Springbank 12yo Cask Strength
Springbank 15yo
Springbank 18yo
Springbank 14yo Bourbon Wood (cc)
Talisker Talisker 10yo
Talisker Dark Storm
Talisker 18yo (cc)
Tamdhu Tamdhu 12yo
Tamdhu Batch Strength
Wemyss Malts The Hive
The Spice King
The Peat Chimney
Wolfburn Wolfburn Northland
Wolfburn Aurora
Wolfburn Morven
Wolfburn No. 128 Small Batch
Wolfburn No. 270 Small Batch
Wolfburn Kylver Series No.3 (cc)
Wolfburn The Only Whisky Show Single Cask
Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Bushmills Original
Bushmills Black Bush
Bushmills 10yo
Bushmills 16yo
Bushmills 21yo (cc)
Glendalough Glendalough Double Barrel
Glendalough 7yo
Glendalough 13yo
Glendalough Triple Barrel
Glendalough TBC (cc)
Midleton Green Spot
Yellow Spot
John Powers Signature Reserve
John Powers 12yo John’s Lane
Method and Madness Single Malt (cc)
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy (cc)
Redbreast 12yo
Teeling Teeling Small Batch
Teeling Single Grain
Teeling Single Malt
West Cork West Cork 10yo
West Cork 12yo Rum Finish
Pogues
American Whisky
Four Roses Four Roses Single Barrel
Heaven Hill Evan Williams Single Barrel 2010
Elijah Craig Small Batch
Maker’s Mark Maker’s Mark
Maker’s Mark 46
Woodford Reserve Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Woodford Reserve WhiskyBrother Exclusive
South African Whisky
James Sedgwick Bains Single Grain
Three Ships 10yo
Private Barrel Co. 6yo (cc)
Boplaas Boplaas Brandy Cask Finish
Taiwanese Whisky
Kavalan Kavalan Classic
Kavalan Concertmaster
Kavalan King Car
Kavalan Podium
Kavalan Solist Bourbon Cask
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask
Kavalan Solist Port Cask
Kavalan Solist Vinho Cask
Kavalan Sherry Oak (cc)
World Whisky
Armorik (French) Armorik Classic
Armorik Sherry
Armorik Double Maturation
Armorik Triagoz
Cotswold (English) Cotswold Single Malt
Paul John Paul John Bold
Paul John Brilliance
Paul John Edited
Paul John Select Cask Classic
Paul John Select Cask Peated

For full details on The Only Whisky Show, head on over to the WhiskyBrother website.

As always, make sure you drink responsibly and have a safe way to get home. Don’t drink and drive folks.

Looking forward to sharing a dram with you all.

Sláinte!

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