My regular readers know that I am passionate about whisky, uisge-beatha, the water of life. I love drinking it, talking about is and writing about it. I have a wee dram of The Macallan close by as I tell about you about Whisky Live Brisbane which will showcase a large selection of quality whiskies and spirits which you can sample.
At Whisky Live and Fine Spirits you will discover many top-drawer brands, from Scotland and around the world. There will be lots for all tastes to experience. Additionally, there will be a selection of fine foods and nibblies to graze on while tasting. If you love what you taste, you can purchase a bottle or two from the Whisky Live Shop to take home. Of course. this event will be popular with all whisky (and whiskey) lovers. But it is also designed to appeal to the cognac, gin, vodka, rum and other spirits lovers too. So that's probably you and all your friends taken care of, in style. The event will present whiskies and spirits by brand, with experts on hand to answer all your questions and impart specialist knowledge as you taste these premium whiskies and spirits. You'll go home and be able to discuss whisky like an expert.
The Water of Life (image by May Cross)
The Rare and Old Bar will have a fine selection of rare and old whiskies. These are expensive and/or difficult to find bottles, such as older bottles of Islay and Speyside whiskies. A wee sample of these rarities may be bought on the day to allow you to try these special expressions at an affordable price. You can taste a whisky from a closed distillery perhaps or a limited release from a previous distilling era. They promise to have a good range with prices from $18. Please note that whiskies at the Rare and Old Bar are not included in the ticket price.
Whisky Galore (image by May Cross)
The CBD location at the lovely Hilton Brisbane, 190 Elizabeth Street, means that you can go into the city by public transport and leave the car at home. You can also get a special room rate at the Hilton if you want to stay over, with or without breakfast. Please note that this event is strictly for adults over 18. A word of warning as whisky is a high-alcohol drink: liquor licensing laws state that any intoxicated person must be removed from the event, so please don't become intoxicated.
Aberfeldy in a Kilt (image by May Cross)
Session Times: There are three separate sessions you can choose from, each one being three and a half hours, so plenty of time to taste lots of different whiskies and/or spirits:
1. Friday 29th June from 6:00 pm to 9.30 pm. 2. Saturday 30th June from 12:00 noon to 3.30 pm. 3. Saturday 30th June from 5:00 pm 8.30 pm.
Highland Park Rebus Edition (image by May Cross)
Tickets: The cost of each session is $110 per person. Your ticket entitles you to experience all the whiskies for sampling at the whisky stands and an assortment of food to graze while tasting. A commemorative whisky glass is supplied for you to keep. Every time you use it at home, it will remind you of this special occasion. There will be a Tasting Guide available, both at the event and online, before the event for you to download to get more out of your tastings. The guide lists all the whiskies and spirits for sampling and gives flavour profiles, so you can select your preferred expressions and plan the order you would like to taste them. You also will be given a bag to keep everything in for easy hands-free drinking, Your tickets will be emailed to you to print straight after your purchase.
Limited Edition Aberlour (image by May Cross)
A ticket to Whisky Live and Fine Spirits would be a great pressie but to make the gift more special for the whisky lover in your life, you can add a special dram, from the Rare and Old Bar, You can buy a gift voucher to cover the cost of their choice of special whisky or whiskies. The voucher will be posted it in an attractive folder ready to give. For further details and to purchase your tickets click here.
Quaich or Cup of Friendship A Quaich is a Scottish, shallow, circular drinking cup with two handles or lugs. Traditionally it was made from wood, but can also be made from stone or horn, and more recently from metals such as pewter and silver. The "cup of friendship" has been used for centuries to offer a welcoming dram of whisky at clan gatherings and family occasions as well as to greet friends and visitors. The two lugs make the Quaich an ideal cup for sharing and incorporates trust between the giver and the receiver who could be friends, family, lovers or even strangers. A Quaich should always be offered so that the receiver can hold both lugs, making it impossible for the drinker to use any weapons. The Quaich is used in many ceremonial events: at weddings, it is a symbol of the shared love between the bride and groom; at Christenings, it is used to drink to the health of the wean (baby) and should always be present at Burns Suppers. Cheers!