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2017 Whisky and Spirits Live – The Whisky List and Exhibitor Guide

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A few days back I revealed the list of Independent Bottler’s Challenge whiskies that would be available at the 2017 Whisky and Spirits Live Festival in Johannesburg from 8 – 10 November, and now I can share the rest of the whiskies that will be available at the show. Not only that, but the number of tokens required to try each dram. But wait, there’s more! I’ll give you a bit of info about the exhibitors and make my suggestions as to what you might like trying at each stand (look for the whiskies highlighted in red). That means you can plan out your evening’s dramming in advance. Nice hey?

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

There is a rumour going around that the easy drinking Bain’s original is to be joined on the stand by its older sister, the beautiful 15 year old! I’ve been hassling Distell for a long time now, demanding/asking/pleading that they bottle and release the 15yo onto the market. It is an absolutely spectacular single grain whisky and I hope it does make an appearance at the show. If you don’t see it on display at the stand, tell them that the Whisky Tasting Fellowship sent you and said you should ask for a taste of their “under the counter dram”. Taste it and fall in love!

Bain’s 5 YO (1)

Three Ships Whisky

The strong standard lineup is joined by another gorgeous 15yo, the Pinotage Cask Finish. Andy Watts has produced another belter of a dram. For more details, read my launch notes here. At 4 tokens, it is one of the pricier drams you’ll taste at the show, but worth every cent!

Three Ships Select (1)
Three Ships 5YO (1)
Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish (1)
Three Ships 10YO Single Malt (2)
Three Ships 15YO Pinotage Cask Finish (4)

Whisky Academy

Whisky Academy have pulled out all the stops this year, bringing over not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 international guests to the show! Harry Tayler, Wolfburn’s co-founder, will be pouring the distillery’s new Wolfburn Morven. Try some French whisky from Amorik, graciously being shared by David Roussier who has popped over from the distillery for the show. Finally, Robin Bignal, distillery manager at Kilchoman will be in attendance to walk you through their brilliant line up. Kilchoman are producing probably the finest whiskies on Islay at present. Love ’em!

Glenfarclas 105 (3)
Glenfarclas 12 (2)
Glenfarclas 17 (3)
Glenfarclas 21 (4)
Wolfburn Northland (2)
Wolfburn Aurora (2)
Wolfburn Morven (2)
Armorik Classic (2)
Armorik Double Maturation (2)
Armorik Sherry Cask (2)
Wemyss The Hive (2)
Wemyss Spice King (2)
Wemyss Peat Chimney (2)
Kilchoman Machir Bay (3)
Kilchoman Sanaig (3)
Kilchoman Loch Gorm (3)
Kilchoman 100% Islay (3)
Kilchoman 2009 Vintage (3)
Kilchoman Red Wine Cask Matured (3)


Andrew Sweeney from Glendalough Irish whiskey will be sharing several of their variants, including the Triple Barrel which just scooped the Irish Single Grain Whiskey award for its Tripple Barrel expression at the Irish Whiskey Awards.

Glendalough Double Barrel (2)
Glendalough Triple Barrel (WL Exclusive) (2)
Glendalough 7 Years (2)
Glendalough 13 Years (3)

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond and Glen Scotia are very close to my heart after having spent some time at both distilleries last year. The quality of the spirit is superb, garnering a lot of praise from whisky lovers around the world, and rightly so. Muzi Mathe will be on hand to share these beauts with you. Whatever you choose from their lineup, you’ll enjoy. I’m going for some Inchmurrin this time around.

Loch Lomond Single Grain (1)
Loch Lomond Signature (1)
Loch Lomond Original (1)
Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 12yo (2)
Loch Lomond Inchmurrin Madeira Wood Finish (2)
Loch Lomond Inchmurrin 18yo (3)
Glen Scotia Double Cask (2)
Glen Scotia 15yo (2)
Glen Scotia Victorianna (3)


Probably my second most favourite Islay distillery at present, just because they’re doing some amazing stuff with their casks. Sadly, we won’t have any of those on hand at the show, but don’t be too disappointed, because the core range is still fantastic. The 18yo is luscious and will win you over.

Bunnahabhain 12 YO (2)
Bunnahabhain 18 YO (3)
Bunnahabhain25 YO (4)


Unleash the peat! At two tokens each, I would opt for the Uigeadail. For me, it’s the holy trinity of peat, sherry cask and cask strength. One of my favourites!
Ardbeg 10 Years Old (2)
Ardbeg Uigeadail (2)


Glenmorangie The Original (2)
Glenmorangie Lasanta (2)
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (2)
Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or (2)

The Glenlivet/Single Malts

Pernod Ricard have brought all their whiskies to the show this year, which is great for all of us! The Nadurras are worth a punt as are the Aberlour range. My pick if I could only have one dram at this stand would be the A’Bunadh – a high ABV sherry bomb!

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve (2)
The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill (3)
The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso (3)
The Glenlivet Nadurra Peated (3)
The Glenlivet 12 YO (2)
The Glenlivet 15 YO (3)
The Glenlivet 18 YO (3)
The Glenlivet 21 YO (4)
The Guardian’s Chapter (3)
Aberlour 12 (2)
Aberlour 16 (3)
Aberlour 18 (3)
Aberlour A’Bunadh (3)

Glen Grant

The consummate gentleman, Bernard Gutman, will be winning over new and seasoned whisky drinkers at the Glen Grant stand through a mix of great story telling and delightful whiskies. You’ll find yourself back at his stand later in the evening, just for the good company.

Glen Grant The Majors Reserve (1)
Glen Grant 10 Year Old (2)
Glen Grant 12 Year Old (2)


Jura 10YO (2)
Jura Superstition (2)
Jura Prophecy (2)

The Dalmore

The Dalmore’s Shauna Jennens, hailing from Scotland, will be sharing her love for Dalmore with show attendees. Have a taste of the Shackleton whisky too, worth two tokens for sure.

Dalmore 12YO (2)
Dalmore Cigar Malt (3)
Dalmore 15 YO (3)
Dalmore 18 YO (3)
Glayva Liquer (2)
Shackleton (2)


Another year of Whisky Live, and another opportunity to catch up with Donald Colville, Diageo’s Reserve Brands global ambassador who in addition to sharing information on Singleton and Johnnie Walker, will be discussing the 2017 Diageo Special Releases. This collection showcases a range of 10 stellar whiskies from iconic distilleries like Port Ellen, Brora, Lagavulin and more. It also features the first blended malt in the range, the Collectivum XXVIII, as well as a 52 year old Port Dundas.

Singleton 12 Yr Old (2)
Singleton 15 Yr Old (2)
Singleton 18 Yr Old (3)

Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker Red Label (1)
Johnnie Walker Red Label Cocktail (2)
Johnnie Walker Black Label (2)
Johnnie Walker Blue Label (4)

International Beverage

Hankey Bannister Original (1)
Hankey Bannister 12 YO (2)
Hankey Bannister 21 YO (4)
Old Pulteney 12 YO (2)
Stroma Liqueur (2)
anCnoc 12 YO (2)
anCnoc 18 YO (3)
anCnoc 24 YO (4)
Balblair 1989 (4)
Balblair 1990 (4)
Balblair 2003 (3)
Speyburn 10 YO (2)
Speyburn Bradan Orach (2)

Pot Stills

Pay Irish Pot Stills of Middleton’s global ambassador Michael Cowsman a visit at the Pot Stills stand and taste some brilliant pot still whiskey. You really can’t go wrong with any of these lovely Irish whiskeys. Powers John’s Lane just scooped the Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey at the Irish Whiskey Awards, so be sure to try it.

Yellow Spot (2)
Green Spot (2)
Powers John’s Lane (3)
Powers Gold (2)
Powers Signature (2)
Red Breast 12 (2)

Tullamore D.E.W

John Quinn, global ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W is back for another year of great craic and triple-distilled goodness. I’m planning on attending his masterclass so that I get to try some of the cask samples he’s bringing across!

Tullamore D.E.W Original (1)
Tullamore D.E.W 12 YO (2)
Tullamore D.E.W 14 YO (2)
Tullamore D.E.W 15 YO (2)

Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Bushmills Original (1)
Bushmills Black Bush (2)

Jameson Caskmates

Jamie Dwyer is visiting us from Ireland to discuss all things Jameson. Head on over to the Jameson stand for a chat and a dram.

Jameson Caskmates (2)

The Pogues

The Pogues Irish Whiskey (2)
West Cork Irish Whiskey Single Malt (2)
West Cork Irish Whiskey Blend (1)


The folks at Kavalan like visiting us and sharing their whiskies! Sherry Tsai will be flying out from Taiwan to share Kavalan’s story and several of their whiskies.

Kavalan Classic Single Malt (3)
Kavalan Concertmaster Port Cask Finish (3)
Kavalan Podium (3)
King Car Conductor (3)
Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask (4)
Kavalan Solist Bourbon Cask (4)
Kavalan Solist Port Cask (4)
Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Cask (4)


Aultmore 18 (3)
Aultmore 12 (2)
Dewar’s 15 (2)
Dewar’s 12 (1)

Black Bottle

Black Bottle (1)
Black Bottle Cocktail (1)


Glenbrynth 3YO (1)
Glenbrynth Single Malt (1)
Glenbrynth 12 YO (2)
Glenbrynth 21YO (3)

Scottish Leader

Scottish Leader Original (1)
Scottish Leader Signature (1)
Scottish Leader 12YO (2)

Buffalo Trace

We lack a diverse range of bourbons in SA, so it’s good to have Buffalo Trace back in the country after their absence. Mosey on up to the stand, put on a strong southern drawl and ask “How y’all doin’?” and then ask for a pour of any one of these fine bourbons.

Blanton’s Single Barrel (2)
Blanton’s Gold Edition (2)
1792 Small Batch (2)
Sazerac Rye (2)
Eagle Rare Single Barrel (2)
W.L. Weller (2)
Buffalo Trace (2)

In addition to all the whiskies, there will be around 40 different gins, vodka and cocktails on offer too – the “Spirits” part of Whisky and Spirits Live.

2017 Whisky & Spirits Live Details

Whisky & Spirits Live is at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 8 – 10 November this year. Tickets start at R240 each from and include 16 tasting vouchers, a bottle of Consol Glass Still Water and a tasting glass. Meet global and local whisky experts at experiential stands and taste from over 200 whiskies – including many new releases – and a range of premium gins all under one roof. Master Class tickets sold separately. VIP tickets available.

Have a great time at the show, and try and go on more than one night if you can – there are just so many whiskies to discover and enjoy. I’ll see you there.



  1. Julian Julian
    October 23, 2018    

    Hi Mark,

    This guide proved invaluable last year! Your effort is much appreciated.
    Will you be compiling a similar guide for next weeks affair?


    • Mark H Mark H
      October 23, 2018    

      Hi Julian, I’m hoping to have something up soon. Just waiting for the organizers to finalize the list for me. Glad the guide is of help to you!

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