Whisky will once again take centre stage in the Mother City, as the annual Whisky Live showcase comes our way. The event is taking place at The Lookout (Granger Bay Boulevard, V&A Waterfront) from 14 to 16 April 2016. Expect an excitingly diverse range of tastes from the layered Black Bottle blended Scotch, with its subtle smoky flavour, to Scottish Leader, that offers a whole new perspective and single malt Bunnahabhain from Islay, loved by connoisseurs for its balanced, gentle taste profile.

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Mixology experts Owen O’Reilly and Samantha Holman will be conjuring up some delicious cocktails at the Black Bottle stand, while whisky experts Tommy Larkan and Vincent Motau will be delighting festival-goers with the sweet, smoky, rich and smooth expressions offered by Scottish Leader. Only six bottles of the 12-year-old, not available in South Africa but a top seller in Taiwan, will be available for tasting in addition to the Scottish Leader Original and Signature blends sold locally.

The new Black Bottle is an ultra-versatile blend of single malt and grain whiskies that’s back in black packaging with a revised recipe closer to the original 19th century taste created by founder Gordon Graham. When it was launched in 1879, Black Bottle came in a black bottle, but when World War I interrupted supplies, the producers switched to green. Now, more than a century later, it’s back in its original colour.

Scottish Leader has been revitalised with a new look and an enhanced recipe sees the single malt content of Scottish Leader Original increased. The new premium blend, called Scottish Leader Signature, offers Scotch lovers an enticingly complex and multifaceted experience.

whisky-live-2016Master of the Quaich, Pierre Meintjes, and industry stalwart, Brian Glass, will be sharing the exclusive, award-winning tastes of Bunnahabhain single malts. The unpeated 12-year-old will be on show, as will the equally gentle, small batch 18- and 25-year-olds. All un-chillfiltered, the trio represents a return to a traditional technique that intensifies colour, aroma and flavour, expressed as naturally as when they come out of the cask. The first 20 guests to purchase a bottle of any one of the whiskies in the range will receive a complimentary Bunnahabhain leather laptop bag.

The Whisky Live Celebrations are a smaller, boutique-style version of the Whisky Live Festival that takes place annually in Sandton. The Whisky Live Celebrations are intimate events that assemble some of the best local and international whiskies. Visitors can meet masters of the industry and learn how to make the most of each dram.

General access tickets cost R180 per person and include entry to the deli area from 18:00 and entry to the tasting hall at 18:30. All tickets include a tasting glass, a 500ml bottle of Valpré spring water and 15 tasting vouchers. There’s also a designated driver ticket option, offered at R105 per person. It includes all of the above, except for the tasting glass and tasting vouchers.

There is a limited number of tickets available for these events, and whisky lovers are encouraged to book their tickets online at www.whiskylivefestival.co.za or at www.ticketpro.co.za.

The Whisky Live Celebration promotes responsible drinking. No persons under the age of 18 will be allowed into the tasting hall. In addition to the designated driver tickets, UBER will be on hand to ensure that everyone in your party is able to have a good time.