Abasolo El Whisky De Mexico is crafted and distilled from 100% Mexican Cacahuazintle corn, which has been cultivated and passed down for more than 200 generations by local farmers for its distinct, extraordinary flavor.
Deep, nuanced notes of roasted corn, honey, vanilla, black tea, and leather, revealed through nixtamalization, are true to our Mexican ancestral corn provenance and unlike any other whisky profile.
The village of Abergwyngregyn is home to our distillery, and sits at the foot of the majestic Rhaeadr Fawr waterfall.
Our team is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about whisky, and we all work with the same goal in mind – to create the best whiskies and spirits using the finest ingredients sourced from Wales. Aber Falls has been embraced by the local community, and is working to establish strong links and partnerships with other Welsh businesses, with the goal of improving sustainability and driving the local economy and tourism trade.
Like the other southern Islay distilleries, Ardbeg produces a heavily peated spirit, with a turfy smoke and seaspray character predominant in most bottlings. The distillery fell foul of the global whisky downturn in the late 1970s, which led to the distillery falling silent in 1981. Production resumed sporadically in 1989, but the distillery closed its doors in 1996.
However, all was not lost. In 1997 Ardbeg was taken over by Glenmorangie plc, and the past two decades have seen a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for this previously neglected distillery, and it has risen to become a cult favourite and one of the best-known producers on Islay.
Driven by a passion to create something original and truly authentic, Balcones Distilling marries centuries of distilling tradition with the bold flavors of Texas.
Balcones is synonymous with quality and innovation in the whisky industry, known for emphasizing high quality ingredients and drawing influences from all over Texas. To date, the distillery has earned over 375 national and international tasting awards and accolades for their whiskies and spirits.
Balcones distills all of their beloved spirits inside the historic Texas Fireproof Storage Company building in downtown Waco, Texas. At its heart are four of the tallest copper pot stills built by Forsyths, considered some of the best artisans in Scotland. You can now visit and tour the facility, with tastings and events held regularly, and see why Balcones is always Distilled to Appreciate. Visit www.balconesdistilling.com for more information.
The Bankhall distillery is challenging the usual expectations surrounding English whisky – and ultimately creating something which is really new and exciting. Headed up by Vince Oleson the team at Bankhall have re-imagined the traditional whisky process in the UK, drawing inspiration and ingenuity from the US.
The English Whisky movement began at the same time as the first drams were being distilled in Scotland.
The most solid evidence of distilling in England is in a book from 1887, titled “Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom”, where Alfred Barnard lists 4 distilleries that he visited in England.
The four he lists are Bristol Distillery, Bank Hall Distillery (in Liverpool) Lea Valley Distillery (in London) and Vauxhall Distillery (in Liverpool).
Producing a sweet mash bourbon style liquid every batch is started fresh, resulting in a clean profile the team can then really bring to life. We’re a young distillery having a lot of fun and really experimenting with our process. As a result, Bankhall is booming with personality, and we’re super proud of the bold and balanced profile we’ve been able to capture.
Founded by the McClelland brothers and run by the family for 121 years, Bladnoch has a long history of whisky making. However, it's more recent past has been marked by limited production and its eventual closure. In 2017, Australian entrepreneur bought the distillery and has recruited a team of whisky industry veterans to bring it back to life.
The distillery is now up and running again, and master distiller Ian MacMillan – a 40+-year veteran of the whisky industry – has been creating a range of expressions from the distillery's stocks of mature whisky. Once again, the distillery is building its reputation as Queen of the Lowlands.
With a history stretching back to the 1770s, when a distilling first took place on the site where the distillery now stands, Buffalo Trace is one of the oldest names in American whiskey.
While the eponymous whiskey is one of the world's top selling, it's the company's other whiskies that are most sought after.
The Buffalo Trace Antique collection – consisting of small batch releases from William Larue Weller, Thomas H Handy, Eagle Rare, Sazerac and George T Stagg – is one of the best known limited edition ranges in the USA and we look forward to having them available to try at the show.
Chita Single Grain Whisky first appeared on the market in 2015, after years of whisky fans asking to try Suntory's grain whisky, and it didn't disappoint. Now available around the world, it shows a very different side to Japanese whisky.
In 1972, Keizo Saji (Suntory’s second Master Blender) took a momentous step forward in pursuing Shinjiro Torii’s vision to develop diverse and truly Japanese whiskies blessed with the riches of Japanese nature and craftsmanship. On the misty, calm shores of Chita Peninsula, Keizo built a distillery dedicated to creating the highest-quality Japanese grain whisky.
By the Atlantic Ocean, on the southwestern tip of Ireland, this is the home of Clonakilty Distillery. The Scully family have farmed this coastal land for 9 successive generations.
Their mission is to create a whiskey utilising the best resources that nature has to offer, prime land, pristine water and salt sea air. The perfect ingredients for a maritime distillery.
The state-of-the-art distillery, which opened in 2019, is located at The Waterfront in the heart of Clonakilty town. It is here that Clonakilty distils the World’s best new make Single Pot Still, an accolade proudly received at last year’s World whiskey awards.
Their Atlantic Ocean warehouse, perched 200ft above the ocean on the family farm, is ideal for maturing and finishing the finest of whiskeys. This is where the magic really happens, blending, ageing, bottling and hand-labelling. With a passion for innovation Clonakilty Distillery strive to use only the best cask finishes for their whiskey and they’re current range includes NEOC, Port, Bordeaux and Cognac casks.
Daddy Rack Tennessee Straight Whiskey
A unique Tennessee Straight Small Batch Whiskey made from locally-farmed corn, sour mash fermentation and the lightly rectified copper double distillation. Filtered using the famous Lincoln County Maple Charcoal slow filtration process, before maturity in new American oak barrels with a light Char No.3.
Each small batch bottling comes from just 20 carefully selected barrels, followed by the Daddy Rack Master Blend using an original recipe, no colouring caramel or anything else is ever added. Before resting and bottling, each batch of Daddy Rack goes through a second light Maple Charcoal filtration resulting in one of the smoothest and soothing Tennessee Straight Whiskeys available.
The Shed Distillery was set up by PJ Rigney in 2014 and situated in Connacht due to the area’s wild location and water quality. Rigney has spent 30 years in the drinks industry working with brands like Bailey’s and Clontarf before setting up his own distillery, focusing on small batch Irish spirits which are all produced in house at The Shed. The whiskey that is made here is unique to Ireland – Single Pot Still Whiskey. It has similar rules to Single Malt but differs in that it must have at least 30% unmalted barley in the recipe in addition to malted barley. This adds a cereal spiciness to the whiskey and a more weighty texture. Up to 5% other cereal grains may be added and Drumshanbo uses Irish Barra oats for a unique flavour profile. After a triple-distillation, maturation is in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. Drumshanbo is bottled at 43% ABV and they do not add any caramel to colour their whisky, nor do they use chill filtration.
Starting from a shop, the Egan empire grew to include a brewery, maltings and distillery, and by the 1800s was well known for producing excellent drinks.
However, the downturn of the Irish whiskey industry in the early years of the 1900s and the War of Independence meant that over time the Egan name was lost. In 2013, family members from across the globe came together reform P&H Egan's Limited and launched their first whiskey – Egan's 10 Year Old Single malt – in 2014. More whiskies have followed, and life has been breathed back into a once-large name in the Irish whiskey world.
English Whisky Co
The Nelstrop family have a 600-year-old tradition of growing and processing grain. And although the initial idea was for a micro-distillery, customs and excise wouldn’t consider anything smaller than 1800 ltr stills (larger than some in Scotland!).
So, back in 2005, in a field they owned down by the River Thet, the footings were dug and the building work began with Andrew at the helm as the main contractor. 16 years later The English Whisky Co. is firmly established as England’s Oldest and Original whisky producer.
Andrew Nelstrop is currently the owner and relentlessly works to fulfil the distillery's main aim “My father James Nelstrop’s sole ambition was to produce the very finest single malt whisky. This is still the only goal of The English Whisky Co”
Four Roses' approach to making bourbon is very different to other American distillers.
With two mash bills and five strains of yeast, they create 10 different spirits, which after ageing are combined to create the various different releases in the distillery's award-winning range.
It's a unique approach and has led to the creation of some of America's most sought-after whiskies in recent years.
Glenmorangie has existed as a distillery since 1843 when William Matheson bought a license to make whisky on the site of a brewery located near the Tarlogie Springs in Ross-shire in the highlands of Scotland.
These days, former distillery manager Bill Lumsden is the head whisky maker, turning the spirit that he helped make into the award-winning range. Well-known for pioneering use of wine casks in maturing whisky, Glenmorangie continue to experiment, producing a small but always popular range of small-batch whiskies, pushing whisky making to its limits.
Suntorys Hibiki is Japans most famous and prestigious blend, and has played a significant role in catapulting Japanese whisky onto the global stage.
When its prestige 30 year old edition won the title of Worlds Best Blend at the inaugural World Whisky Awards in 2007 and repeated the feat in 2008, it was obvious that Japanese whisky was equal to the challenge of being a worldwide brand. Remarkably, Hibiki 21 year old went on to win the same prize in 2010 and 2011 to place beyond doubt Suntorys status in the highest echelon of blended whisky.
James Cree's Cattle Ranch Whiskey
James Cree was a Scottish whisky maker and entrepreneur who married the independent whisky bottler John Crabbie’s eldest daughter Agnes in 1853. James was the son of William Cree who together with John Crabbie bought a wine and spirit business from James Wyld in 1825 which became ‘Crabbie and Cree’ the precursor to ‘John Crabbie and Co.’
In 1888 James Cree moved with his family to New Mexico to a stretch of land along Little Creek in present-day region of Alto to look after his investment in a cattle ranch, with the ambition of breeding his beloved Scottish Angus cows, with the native Mexican cattle.
What motivated him to move his family to New Mexico leaving their country estate ‘Tusculum’ is a fascinating topic for speculation.
His ranch manager was the famous Pat Garrett an American Old West lawman, bartender and customs agent renowned for killing Billy the Kidd. He had served as the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico as well as Doña Ana County, New Mexico but was lured away from hunting rustlers with a generous offer of financial recompense.
One of the first things James did after arriving in New Mexico was to register the ‘V V’ brand to himself. The V V brand was chosen because, while simple, it was also hard to alter…the two requisites of a good cattle brand. The simplicity allowed Cree’s cowboys to quickly brand V V with four strokes of the running iron.
James E. Pepper Rye Whiskey
The Pepper family built and operated two main distilleries: first founding the site that today hosts the Woodford Reserve Distillery, and later the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington. In the late 1960s the bourbon industry hit hard times, and both the brand and distillery in Lexington were abandoned for over half a century.
In 2008 the brand was relaunched by whiskey entrepreneur Amir Peay. A decade-long campaign of thorough historical research and a collection of historic materials was used to retell the lost story of this iconic American whiskey brand and to distill new stocks of "Pepper" whiskey (visit the History Page to learn more). To initiate the relaunch of the brand, partnerships with the Lawrenceburg Distillery in Indiana and the Bardstown Bourbon Co. in Kentucky were formed. Today some of our whiskies contain whiskies distilled at those distilleries.
After a multi-year construction effort, the historic James E. Pepper Distillery which after fifty years of neglect had fallen into a terrible state of disrepair, was completely rebuilt and restored. In December 2017, the distillery once again began distilling whiskey using the same historic recipe as when it shut down in 1967. Due to the diligence of research made to re-build the distillery, it was also possible to revive its federal distillery permit for the historic distillery: DSP-KY-5, the 5th license ever issued in the state of Kentucky. Newly assigned DSP numbers are in the 20,000s.
The legendary story of James E Pepper doesn’t end there. It is also said that the Old-Fashioned cocktail was invented in honour of Colonel Pepper by a bartender at the famed Pendennis Club.
James E Pepper "1776" Straight Rye whiskey is complex and flavourful; notes of mint, cloves, eucalyptus, chocolate, & honey. Our most popular whiskey!
Established in 1801, Crabbie is one of the oldest whisky names in Scotland, indeed, Crabbie was one of the first ‘legal’ producers of Scotch Whisky. In seeking out the best, our founder John Crabbie was a true pioneer and innovator in the Scottish whisky industry.
He was one of the first to develop the idea of blending whisky to improve quality & consistency in the 1800’s when few were as forward thinking and created Crabbie’s Ginger Wine, through steeping ginger in wine.
Amongst his many achievements he also created one of the first whisky cocktails – the Whisky Mac – blending his whisky and ginger wine as well as being the creator of the ubiquitous ‘Hot Toddy’.
Not only did he blend whisky, he also distilled it and along with Andrew Usher, he co-founded North British distillery.
KURAYOSHI DISTILLERY, which produces the Matsui whisky range, is located in the town of the same name in Tottori prefecture, has been producing Japanese spirits since 1910. Sake, shochu and brandy enabled this micro-distillery to develop unique expertise combining tradition with innovation.
The distillery’s proximity to Mount Daisen means that it can draw on fresh water from this mountain’s generous snowfall. Whiskies from the Kurayoshi distillery have consistently impressed the judging panels of various international competitions and won numerous awards, those based on exacting blind tastings.
MATSUI WHISKIES are made by Matsui Shuzo at the Kurayoshi distillery. The distillery is in Tottori prefecture in the southern part of Honshu island, known for its sand dunes. The distillery’s geographic location means that it can take advantage of pure ground water from Mount Daisen. To complement the ‘The Kurayoshi Pure Malt’ and ‘The Tottori Blended’ ranges, the distillery has just launched another range of three products: ‘The Kurayoshi Single Malt’, paying tribute to Japanese culture and its ‘Ukiyo-e’ artform. Each label in the range has been carefully thought out. Katsushika Hokusai, with his ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ print series, was selected to demonstrate the power of ‘The Matsui - The Peated’ Single Malt via his famous print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’. His view of ‘Umezawa in Sagami Province’ was chosen to represent the freshness of ‘The Matsui - Mizunara cask’ Single Malt. Finally, the artist Kikukawa Eizan and one of his many portraits of women walking through a sakura meadow was selected to highlight the delicate ‘The Matsui - Sakura cask’ Single Malt.
Mackintosh Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
An honest blended malt whisky made well. Suitable for both cocktails and sipping. A gently sherried blend of single malt whiskies from Highland and Speyside. No grain whisky. No caramel. No chill filtering.
New York Distilling Company
The earliest distilleries in Brooklyn date back to the 1700’s. During Prohibition there were over 50,000 illicit stills in New York City. Since Prohibition however, the ethereal perfumes of distillation have been largely absent…until now.
Nearing it’s 10th year, the New York Distilling Company builds on this dream by establishing one of the United States’ premiere craft distilleries.
Sekforde Tailored Mixers
Ever wondered why, given the skill and craft that goes into making whisky and bourbon, we've never had a mixer tailored to match and complement these amazing spirits?
Meet Sekforde, started by Talula and born out of frustration with the lack of good mixing options for whisk(e)y.
She wanted mixers that complement and lengthen spirits rather than overpowering them. So, in her kitchen on Sekforde Street, she started from scratch and did just that. Today we have mixers to match whisk(e)y, rum, gin, vodka, tequila and mezcal.
All 100% natural and low in sugar and calories - discover the delicious new way to enjoy your favourite whiskies in a highball.
SPEY is the name given to the primary range of single malts produced at The Speyside Distillery, near the village of Kingussie (they also produce the “Beinn Dubh” single malt range). The distillery is the most southerly in the Speyside region, & is the closest in the region to the source of The River Spey.
Production commenced in 1990, having taken the founder, George Christie, over 20 years to construct. The distillery has been under its current ownership since 2012, with John Harvey McDonough as CEO. John had established his business in his adopted homeland of Taiwan, before returning to Scotland in 2012, and is the 11th generation of the Harvey distilling family.
With an annual production capacity of 600,000 litres, the distillery is small in comparison to many of its neighbours, and concentrates on single malt production. The SPEY range has developed over the years to include a variety of NAS and age statement releases, along with limited edition cask strength bottlings.
Several of SPEY releases have received awards in recent years, including a “Scotch Whisky Master” from Spirits Business Magazine & a Grand Gold medal from Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. At the annual World Whisky Awards, SPEY are three-time category winners and received their highest accolade to date this year, with a recent release being declared the “World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt”.
It uses Australian barley and is aged in apera casks (Austalian sherry). Starward’s journey started in 2004 when its founder, David Vitalie, opened a new distillery with local investors.
His mission was to produce a whisky which has a balance of tradition and innovation. Its single malt is complex with rich, sweet and spicy aromas.
The Gladstone Axe
In many ways Blended Malt Scotch represents the best of the best – Malt Whiskies selected from Scotland’s best Single Malt Distilleries – blended together so the sum is greater than the parts.
Our two expressions of The Gladstone Axe – American Oak and The Black Axe represents two distinct flavour profiles and offer a delicious, simple introduction to the plethora of flavours that exist in Scotch. Black Axe is spicy, smoky, and rich – but not overpowering like some of the “serious” Islay Whiskies – and American Oak has a soft, honey, vanilla and spicy profile that makes it a deliciously drinkable dram.
The Glasgow Distillery Company
Glasgow 1770 Single Malt Scotch Whisky is Glasgow Distillery’s signature single malt and demonstrates our commitment to authenticity and quality, realising our mission as contemporary urban distillers. Honouring the heritage of single malt distilling in Glasgow by using the date 1770, paying homage to the original foundation of Glasgow Distillery, before it’s closure in the 20th Century.
Proudly handcrafted in custom made copper pot stills, combining the finest barley and the exceptionally pure water of Loch Katrine, matured in the hand selected casks, always non-chill filtered and only ever natural in colour. The Glasgow 1770 Signature Range includes: The Original, Peated and Triple Distilled; three single malts that have proudly established themselves as Glasgow’s Single Malt.
Malt Riot is Glasgow Distillery’s blended malt whisky, telling the tale of the people of Glasgow who came together for what they believed in. Inspired by the malt riots that took place in Glasgow beginning in 1725; where the Government attempt to impose a tax on Scotland’s Malted Barley. The Scots, foreseeing an increase in the cost of whisky, beer and other daily essentials rise up in opposition.
In Glasgow, malt stores are barricaded, and the devilish excise men are chased from the city. The home of the local member of parliament, a former tax collector, is destroyed. In a bizarre twist, the MP is compensated for the damage but uses the money to purchase the Island of Islay and part of Jura. He encourages local farmers to seed surplus barley and thus ignites the legal production of Single Malt Scotch whisky on the Islands across the nation.
The Lindores Abbey Distillery
Our journey began twenty years ago with a visit from acclaimed whisky writer Michael Jackson who wrote in his book ‘Scotland and its whiskies’ “For the whisky-lover, it is a pilgrimage” he was writing of Lindores Abbey and that inspired our founder and ‘Custodian of Lindores’ Drew McKenzie Smith to establish a state of the art distillery on this sacred ground, working closely with Forsyth’s of Rothes and the late Dr Jim Swan.
We started distilling in 2017 and whilst our spirit matured we created our ‘Aqua Vitae’, a botanical spirit infusing our award-winning new make spirit with herbs foraged from the Abbey ruins and spices to create a beautiful light spirit drink. Then in 2020, our New Make Spirit was voted the best in Scotland and we were delighted when we released our first single malt earlier this year to much acclaim and to be presenting it to the whisky connoisseur’s attending Whisky Live London." style="cursor: pointer; background-image: url(https://img.youtube.com/vi//hqdefault.jpg);">
The Single Malt Collection - John Dewar & Sons
Founded in 1846 by John Dewar, John Dewar and Sons Ltd has grown from a small wine and spirits merchant in Perth, Scotland, to become a globally renowned and celebrated blended Scotch whisky brand with a collection of single malts. Every whisky in the selection offers its own unique character and taste profile.
The Whisky Exchange
Following the success of Virtual Whisky Show 2020, we’ll be incorporating a virtual element into Whisky Show 2021. During the physical show – from 1-3 October – we’ll be live streaming a range of interactive segments online to our whisky fans around the world! The virtual show will then continue to run from 4-9 October, with even more talks and tastings, as well as a few special sessions we’re still working on.
If you’re attending the physical show, then you’re already covered – your ticket includes a virtual pass!
Virtual attendees will be able to watch a variety of live sessions from Old Billingsgate and participate in online sessions. You'll be able to chat with brand ambassadors, distillers, whiskymakers and guests of the show, as well as tune into our masterclasses. Virtual attendees will also have access to the On-Demand Show Playlist, so you can catch up if you miss a live session.
There will be a range of fantastic The Perfect Measure tasting sets to buy from The Whisky Exchange, so you can taste along either live or catch-up later On-Demand. More details coming soon...
Please Note: We’ll be in touch a few days before the event with details of how to access Virtual Whisky Show and how you can get the most out of it. Tasting packs will be sold separately and will not give you access to Virtual Whisky Show on their own, so grab your virtual pass today!
Influenced by the world’s greatest winemakers, Waterford Distillery obsessively brings the same intellectual drive, methodolgy and rigour to Single Malt Whisky. Their Single Farm Origins showcase barley flavours derived from individual Irish farms, terroir by terroir, each a single malt in its own right.
They are expressions of precision and rarity. Yet, gathered together into a Cuvée, layer by layer, these component spirits will create their definitive, most complex single malt. The ultimate goal: the world’s most unique, complex and profound whisky.
Still to come are Waterford’s unconventionals - rare distillations of organic, biodynamic and heritage grains: explorations of the frontiers of flavour.
For nearly two decades, we have brought something new, different, and relevant to whiskey, and we are proud to serve as a leading voice for American Single Malt.
Westward began in 2004 –when Founder & Master Distiller Christian Krogstad –a former brewer and winemaker –had a vision: to make a distinctive American Single Malt inspired by the American Northwest and the culture, climate, and abundant natural resources that have earned the region such reverence and renown.
At the time, there were only three dozen craft distilleries in the U.S. Today, helmed by Christian and Thomas Mooney, who joined the team as Founder & CEO in 2011 to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a whiskey entrepreneur, Westward is a proud leader among more than 2,200 producers.
We are a whiskey of the elements, born from the unique culture, climate, and abundant resources of the American Northwest. Westward is matured to perfection in Oregon, where our hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters are the ideal environment to raise a world-class whiskey.
At Westward, there are no shortcuts, and therein lies the beauty. We pursue perfection by creating flavor in every step of our long, slow process.
We begin by brewing an artisanal American Ale from scratch, using locally malted barley, ale yeast, and slow, low-temperature fermentation.
We distill twice in custom low-reflux pot stills that we designed to create a robust spirit and transform our fresh, flavourful Ale into whiskey.
We mature to perfection in new, lightly charred American Oak barrels selected to accentuate the bold characteristics of our whiskey.
We mingle our barrels in small batches to achieve Westward’s signature flavour profile – balanced and bold." style="cursor: pointer; background-image: url(https://img.youtube.com/vi//hqdefault.jpg);">