September is long gone, the leaves are changing colour and I’m having to dig out all my jumpers again. Welcome October and it’s many joys. One being the best whisky event around – The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show. It’s been moved to a bigger venue, there are more drams than ever before and it’s run by Andy Milne, one of my accomplices at university (just ask me at the show and I’ll tell you some stories!)
I can’t even get my mind round the amount of whiskies available over the weekend. Everything from Douglas Laing, Compass Box and Wemyss to distilleries such as The Balvenie, Kilchoman and The English Whisky Company. Not to forget a number of show bottlings from The Whisky Exchange itself; 16yo Laphroaig, 2002 Bruichladdich, 9y0 Ledaig, 22yo Irish whisky and a 21yo Rosebank). The full list of drams are here if you want to start planning.
Don’t forget the Dream Drams over the weekend. You get one free token and they are £10 to buy after that. One token could get you a 30yo Caol Ila, 1952 Glen Grant or a 1980’s 21yo Springbank. With two or three tokens you could find yourself sipping on a 1980’s Karuizawa or a 1965 Macallan. If you want to try a Glenfarclas distilled in 1956 or an Auchentoshan distilled in 1966, then you will need three or four tokens. I would keep an eye out for the Springbank 25yo Cask sample, Brora 35yo, Compass Box Flaming Heart and all of the show bottlings!
To check out all the Dream drams, have a look here.
If you are going, then have an incredible time. Look out for me… I’m the short guy looking like a kid in a sweet shop. If you’re not going, then start planning next year.