Have a wee dram at the whisky expo

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Say­ing Marc Pendle­bury loves whisky is an un­der­state­ment.

So into the spirit of things was he that he opened Johannesburg’s first and only spe­cial­ity whisky store, WhiskyBrother, in Hyde Park a few years back.

He has even been in­ducted as a Keeper of the Quaich in Scot­land, a by-in­vi­ta­tion-only in­ter­na­tional so­ci­ety group that recog­nises those who have shown out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to Scotch whisky.

Now, Pendle­bury is bring­ing a one-of-a-kind whisky event to Johannesburg. Called The Only Whisky Show, it will give vis­i­tors the chance to taste a whop­ping 200 whiskies, in­clud­ing some rare brands.

“The show is for whisky die-hards who are in­ter­ested in learn­ing about the con­tents of their glasses and the his­tory, peo­ple, places and flavours that make whisky such an in­cred­i­ble drink,” says Pendle­bury.

This will not be your av­er­age expo. There are only 400 tick­ets avail­able each night to keep it ex­clu­sive, and guests will get the rare op­por­tu­nity to taste limited edi­tion brands such as an anCnoc 24 year old, Ard­beg Auriverdes, BenRi­ach 20 year old and Bruich­lad­dich Black Art, as well as the Amer­i­can bour­bon Old Weller An­tique 107, Saz­erac Rye, Ja­panese Ya­mazaki 12 year old and the Ir­ish sin­gle pot still whiskey, Red­breast 21 year old.

In ad­di­tion to these va­ri­eties, three mas­ter­classes will be held on both nights for an ad­di­tional fee of R200. These will of­fer “a pri­vate, tu­tored tast­ing by ex­pe­ri­enced whisky pre­sen­ters”. The pre­sen­ters in­clude Andy Watts and Kavalan brand rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tai­wan. If you’re more than just a ca­sual drinker and are keen to start learn­ing about the in-depth in­tri­ca­cies that go into cre­at­ing this golden spirit, this re­ally is the only whisky show for you. – Grethe Kemp

The Only Whisky Show takes place on July 27 and 28 at The Tin Fac­tory in Kramerville. Tick­ets cost R450 and can be bought on the web­site theon­ly­whiskyshow.com. The ticket in­cludes a crys­tal whisky tast­ing glass, ac­cess to taste the large se­lec­tion of whiskies and three cop­per coupons for three tast­ings of the rarer, very limited edi­tion whiskies.

SPIR­ITED Marc Pendle­bury is the owner of WhiskyBrother in Hyde Park SHOW­STOP­PERS

Limited edi­tion brands are on of­fer at the show for tast­ing

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