in London on 28-29 September 2019 Whiskey Show London 2019 I attended the whiskey fair. In this article, I will talk about my Whiskey Show London impressions and the whiskeys I tasted at the fair. Most importantly, if you consider attending the Whiskey Show in the coming years, I will share my humble advice.


Before moving on to my impressions of the Whiskey Show London 2019, I would like to briefly share some information about this organization.

Briefly Whiskey Show London 2019; 

This year's theme of Whiskey Show, which is held with a different theme every year “Journey of the Cask” it happened. I did a lot of research on it this year. “Barrel & Ripening” It was a pleasant coincidence to come across this topic here as well.

The Whiskey ExchangeThere were more than 600 different whiskeys from different countries at Whiskey Show London 2019 organized by . In addition to hundreds of whiskey producers, there were also expressions of independent bottlers at the fair.

This year as last year "Greek" took its place in the fair as an alternative drink to whiskey. I recently opened on veviski.com. “Whiskey Alternative” I have included the rums that I was curious about in the whiskeys I will taste to enrich the portion.

For more detailed information about Whiskey Show London you may take a look at my article. .


Before Whiskey Show London 2019;

In order to spend the Whiskey Show in the most efficient way and not to miss the expressions I wanted to taste, it was imperative that I do a preliminary study before London. For this reason, I determined the expressions that I would like to prioritize from the list announced before the fair.

Of course, this was not easy to do because there were many whiskeys on the list that I had not tried or tried before but wanted to brush up on my notes. As a result I was able to make a list of about 50 expressions.

A little advice: If you are going to attend the Whiskey Show or a different tasting, I would definitely recommend that you review the tasting list and determine your priorities.

I attended Whiskey Show London 2019 for one day. It was not easy to fit a list of 50 expressions in one day. When we add workshops, chatting with friends attending the fair, taking photos and taking tasting notes, I can say that time flies very quickly…

Here, I would like to answer a question that I come across a lot on social media: “How can you drink so much whiskey in a row?”

I prefer to taste whiskey rather than "drink" it. To be more specific, I drink enough to understand the character of a whiskey and pour the rest. While doing this, I drink at most 1cl, which is often enough even half of it. Most importantly, I drink a lot of water during the tasting.

In this way, I can taste all the whiskeys that I am curious about, take my notes in a healthy way, do not have any health problems, and towards the end of the fair “unfortunately” I stay away from the bad cases that I frequently see.


My Whiskey Show London 2019 notes;

Whiskey Show London opened its doors at 11.30 on Sunday. I expected a queue at the entrance, but frankly I didn't expect this much. My friends who participated in the previous years also stated that there were not so many queues from the previous years. Fortunately, the queue moved fast and I was able to enter in about 15-20 minutes.

It was a surprise to meet friends from Turkey as soon as you entered. I think there was a record Turkish participant this year. After the short chat, I quickly skimmed my to-do list and started browsing the stands.

I had the opportunity to taste at Whiskey Show London 2019. expressions as follows:

  1. Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19
  2. Balblair 18
  3. Balcones Texas Rye 100 Proof
  4. Balvenie 12 The Sweet Toast of American Oak
  5. Balvenie Doublewood 17
  6. Balvenie Portwood 21
  7. Balvenie Single Barrel 12
  8. Balvenie Tun 1858 Batch 5
  9. Caol Ila Exclusive Bottling 54.7
  10. Clynelish Select Reserve Cask Strength
  11. Compass Box Affinity
  12. Compass Box Circle
  13. Compass Box Flaming Heart
  14. Compass Box Spaniard
  15. Dalmore King Alexander III
  16. Darkness Sherry Cask 8
  17. Diplomatico Distillery Collection No.3
  18. Glenfarclas 21
  19. Glenfarclas 30
  20. Glenfiddich 21 Reserva Rum Cask Finish
  21. Glenfiddich Fire and Cane
  22. Glenfiddich Grand Cru
  23. Koval Single Barrel
  24. Laphroaig Lore
  25. Laphroaig Triple Wood
  26. Lot No. 40 Rye
  27. Macallan Edition No.5
  28. Macallan Estate
  29. Macallan Rare Cask Batch No.3 2018 Release
  30. Macallan Sherry Oak Cask 12
  31. Mackmyra AI
  32. Mackmyra Vintersol
  33. Michters Single Barrel Straight Rye
  34. Michters Single Barrel Straight Rye 10
  35. Milk & Honey Young Single Malt Aged Spirit
  36. Milk & Honey Single Cask Sherry Cask Finish
  37. Mount Gay Black Barrel
  38. Mount Gay Master Blender Collection
  39. Nikka Coffey Malt
  40. Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20
  41. Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23
  42. Redbreast 15
  43. redbreast 21
  44. Redbreast 25
  45. Talisker 41 Bodega
  46. Teeling 12 Revival Vol.5
  47. Teeling Single Pot Still 09.2019
  48. The English Single Malt
  49. WhistlePig Straight Rye 10
  50. WhistlePig Straight Rye 15

I will share the notes of the whiskeys I tasted at the Whiskey Show in detail in the coming days. This is my sharing “My Tasting Notes” or “My Tasting Notes from A to Z” You can follow the titles. In this article, I will share the prominent whiskeys that I have tasted.

A little advice: When you say a glass in one hand, a camera in the other and a crowd on the other, it is not easy to write a tasting note during the fair. Therefore the last The Whiskey Show: Old & Rare 2019I recorded it as a sound recording instead of writing it as I did in . For this Evernote I am using the app.


Highlights:

Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19, which is the first year branded whiskey that Ardbeg added to its portfolio after many years, is a tuba beast with a 46.2 alcohol rating. It was a nice combination of fruity, peat and black pepper flavors. Compared to other Ardbeg expressions, Traigh Bhan 19 was an expression that I enjoyed, although I couldn't write it very high on the list.

Talisker 41 Bodega: I especially piqued my interest in Talisker. InstagramThose who follow me know. Because of this curiosity, I am very excited to taste different Talisker expressions.

Talisker 41 Bodega was also one of the whiskeys that excited me the most at the Whiskey Show. And this special expression is Diageo's Global brand representative. Colin DunnIt was a special pleasure for me to be presented by the hand of .

Talisker 41, which is finished in Manzanilla Sherry barrels after being matured in American oak barrels, reflects the sooty and salty character of the brand that we are accustomed to, but it is an expression in which the oak and sherry character are much more pronounced. Definitely a very special whiskey, but Talisker 18 still my favourite!

It is worth remembering: “Aged whiskey does not mean better whiskey!

redbreast: Like Talisker, Redbreast is a brand that has a special place for me among Irish whiskeys. At the Whiskey Show, I had the opportunity to try 3 different years of Redbreast side-by-side: 15, 21, and 25. Out of the three, 21 was definitely my favourite. Extremely aromatic, full-bodied and rich.

Balvenie: One of the 2 stands I spent the most time at Whiskey Show London was Balvenie (the other is Compass Box). I tasted 5 different Balvenie here. Among them, I can say that I love the Doublewood 17, Tun 1858 Batch 5 and The Sweet Toast of American Oak expressions.

Especially Balvenie Tun 1858 Batch 5… Produced by marrying David Steward in specially selected barrels, this is a wonderful whiskey with elegant caramel, vanilla and sherry flavors on the nose, syrupy on the palate, plenty of pepper, honey and molasses. I hope to meet you again soon...

Laphroaig: Laphroaig is not a brand I consume a lot. When I want to drink smoked whiskey, my priority is different brands. But I really liked the PX and Quarter Cask expressions of the latest brand. For this reason, I added 2 Laphroaigs to my list at this fair.

Laphroaig Lore is an expression released in 2016 by the brand that I have wanted to try for a long time. Produced by mixing barrels of different types and ages, Lore is a highly layered and rich whiskey. It really does justice to the phrase “The Richest of the Rich” on it. It offers a different flavor in each layer. Burnt, peaty, but also fruity, sweet and spicy.

Macallan: I had the opportunity to taste very special expressions at the Macallan booth. I would like to thank Hazer, Macallan Turkey Representative, for his interest and relevance.

Although I have tasted special whiskeys like Edition No.5 and Rare Cask Batch No.3 2018 Release here, my favorite is Macallan Sherry Cask 12 I can say it is. It is an excellent whiskey in terms of price-performance.

One of the highly anticipated whiskeys of the Whiskey Show Macallan Edition No.5 On the other hand, although it is a great whiskey, when we compare it with the other members of the series, I can say that it did not meet the expectations. I'm sure many people at the fair will agree with my comment.

Compass Box: It is a brand whose popularity has been increasing in many markets in recent years, including our country, and that I follow closely. I tried 4 different expressions of the Compass Box at the fair and I think each one is worth explaining at length. But flaming heart and The SpaniardI can say that I adore it.

Teeling: Teeling is one of my favorite Irish brands, along with Redbreast, as it was the first distillery I visited. (To my article describing my trip to the distillery from this link You can take a look.)

At this stand, my favorite whiskey is 12 years old, matured in Cognac and Brandy barrels. Teeling 12 Revival Vol.5 it happened. A great whiskey with plenty of fruit, cinnamon, almond and vanilla flavors.

Glenfiddich: Thanks to Gürkan Gümüş, the Turkey Representative of the brand, I can say that I had a great time at the Glenfiddich booth. Since I was going to visit the distillery after the Whiskey Show, I listened carefully to what Gürkan had to say.

Undoubtedly, the most striking expression at the Glenfiddich booth is the newly released Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 it happened. The expression, which is finished in French Cuvée barrels after maturing in American and European oak barrels, has a very fruity and soft character.

American and Rye (Rye) Whiskeys: I have reserved a lot of space for American and Rye whiskeys on my Whiskey Show list. The reason for this is my increasing interest especially in Rye whiskeys and it is a bit difficult to reach different American brands in Turkey…

If in this category WhistlePig Straight Rye 15 and Lot No. 40 Rye have been my favourites.

Mackmyra and Milk & Honey: 2 interesting brands that I can not pass without mentioning. Mackmyra is a Swedish whiskey brand, Milk & Honey is an Israeli whiskey brand.

Produced by Mackmyra with the help of artificial intelligence Mackmyra AI It was one of the whiskeys that I was most curious about, because with this work, they broke new ground not only in whiskey but also in the entire alcoholic beverage world.

As for my comment on this whiskey, I can say that robots still need our help to make whiskey… The "Master Blender: Artificial Intelligence" detail on the AI bottle is very interesting!

Milk & Honey's drink, which, due to its age, cannot yet call it whiskey. Milk & Honey Young Single Malt Aged SpiritThe smell is engraved in my memory as an interesting experience. Despite being young, I found it really successful.

Rum: I left the Rums on my list for the last 15 minutes of the fair, so I couldn't taste as much as I wanted. However, I had the opportunity to grab some awesome bottles like the Diplomatico Distillery Collection No.3 and the Mount Gay Master Blender Collection. Especially Diplomatico Distillery Collection No.3 Might be the best rom I've ever had. Extremely aromatic and balanced.


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2 Responses

  1. Derya YILMAZ

    I found your page by accident, great congratulations. Since I was a visiting scholar in Cambridge, England for a year, I decided to start tasting while I was in the homeland of whiskey. But I found your page while researching whiskeys I've never had before. Actually, I prefer dry whiskey, vodka, and if possible dry raki. It's like the plain strong coffee I drink every day... There's really a lot of choice, do you have a top 10 or top 20 list? otherwise I have to go to the store with the name of 50 whiskeys. I know whiskey tastes different, but maybe a top 10 list in certain categories would not be bad.

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    • & Whiskey

      I'm so glad you discovered my page, I hope you enjoy following it. 🙂 There is a section on my page just for you: MY WHISKEY TASTE NOTES FROM A TO Z… Here you can browse the ratings and tasting notes by category-brand-country. Of course, the scores here should not be your only measure, as you said, everyone's taste is different... 🙂 https://veviski.com/viski-tadim-notlarim/

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