What a week for those in the online whisky community. There have been superb festivals, huge announcements, and some smaller tastings that have earned rave reviews.
Of course, the big story of the week is The Whiskey Exchange’s Whisky Show 2020. Beginning on Friday, there have been non-stop tastings, talks and events. Some highlights have included the Rare and Exceptional Tasting from Diageo, the Deep Dive into Bunnahabhain’s core range and the Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery Tour.
Still to come this week are some real stand-outs. The Long Death of Blends on Tuesday at 8pm looks to be an informative talk with Dave Broom and others. On Wednesday at 6.45pm, Billy Abbott will lead a discussion entitled What’s In The Wood, speaking to Ichiro’s Malt, Westland and Whistlepig to talk about the wood they use. Irish Distillers head archivist, Carol Quinn, will lead a Q&A session on the history of Powers at 4pm on Thursday. The show will come to a close on Friday, but not before Sukhinder Singh leads us through his whisky collection at 5.30pm on Friday. The full list of events is found here.
There are some other excellent tastings occurring this week, such as White Peak’s Zoom Tasting, the Irish Whiskey Society’s Dingle tasting and The Good Spirits Company’s Whisky and Sweeties Tasting. Keep an eye out in our listings for future events hosted by these guys, you won’t regret it.
There have also been two huge announcements made recently. Firstly, Cadenhead’s have announced the schedule for their virtual festival at the end of the month, with some exceptional tastings. Each night will focus on one brand, with tastings from Hazelburn, Kilkerran, Longrow, Cadenhead’s and Springbank. There are also exclusive bottlings available for each tasting, such as the Springbank 26 Year Old Virtual Open Day bottling. This is a week not to be missed.
Lastly, Southport Whisky have announced a new Winter Festival, which promises to be as exciting as the last festival they hosted. They have brands such as Bimber, Glen Scotia, Glenfarclas and Douglas Laing on board, so it promises to be an excellent end to a great year for virtual whisky tasting.