The Whisky Exchange, with their shops of spirit lovers’ dreams, is one of our favourite British brands. With stores in Fitzrovia and Covent Garden, not to mention an extensive online emporium, their shelves are stacked with delicious whiskies, fine spirits and luxury Champagnes. When it comes to anything bottles, they’re the best.
So it stands to reason that they also host the world’s best whisky show. Now in its landmark tenth year, The Whisky Show, created and run by the team behind The Whisky Exchange, is returning to London this Autumn to showcase more than 600 whiskies from around the world, as well as investigating what the future of whisky may hold.
Additionally, this year, Gentleman’s Journal has teamed up with Whisky Show to create an exclusive whisky and cigar masterclass just for our readers. Tickets are £110 and include entry to the rest of the show — so buy yours here now before it’s too late…
Hosted by Diego Lanza from the Whisky Exchange, along with cigar experts Hunters & Frankau, it will take place on Sunday 30th September and include a selection of Glengoyne whiskies and Hoyo de Monterrey cigars.
Just some of the highlights to expect from this year’s event at Old Billingsgate include Fevertree’s Perfect Pairings Bar celebrating the classic whisky highball, ScotchWhisky.com inviting you to their Future Trends Lab — including sensory deprivation room, and Dream Drams allowing you to try, at an excellent value price, old and rare whiskies.
The Whisky Exchange has bottled twelve special whiskies especially for the show – and we think three in particular, that celebrate the show’s theme of the Future of Whisky, are well worth checking out. With plenty of fruit on the nose, a 21 year old Ben Nevis 1997 is one of our favourites, while the rich peat smoke of a 12 year old Ledaig 2005 is also a treat. For real aficionados, seek out the 44 year old Invergorden 1974, with its nose of toffee, caramel and varnished oak.
This year, even rum is making an appearance as the guest spirit — albeit confined to a specially-curated ‘Rum Zone’, focusing on the styles leading the rum revolution.
Day tickets, which include a two-course lunch, one Dream Dram token and the possibility of over 600 whiskies to try, are priced at £110, with weekend tickets at £195. To become one of the 20 lucky attendees to grab a first-come, first-served ticket to the bespoke cigar and whisky pairing masterclass — just follow the link below to book a Sunday day ticket, and use the code WS-GJSun at the checkout.
The Whisky Show
Do you prefer Irish Whiskey to Scotch? We uncork our arguments here…