The theme of this year's show is The Future of Whisky, and we've been talking to the new generation of whisky makers who are already creating the whiskies of the future. We'll be joined by Diageo's Aimée Gibson, Ardbeg and Glenmorangie's Brendan McCarron, and Whyte & Mackay's Gregg Glass - experienced whisky makers who'll each bring along three drams for us to enjoy:
- a favourite whisky of theirs
- a whisky they've created
- something created specially for the tasting
We'll have whisky writer Dave Broom on hand to keep things on track as we learn about what's next in the world of whisky.
Aimée Gibson, winner of the International Spirits Challenge Rising Star award in 2017, is blender for Diageo. She works closely with master blender Jim Beveridge and the Johnnie Walker team, specialising in innovation and creating a new generation of whiskies, including the Johnnie Walker Blenders' Batch range.
Brendan McCarron is head of maturing whisky for LVMH, owner of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. He works with Dr Bill Lumsden, the company's head of whisky creation, and was responsible for the recently released Ardbeg An Oa and second edition of Glenmorangie's much-loved Astar.
Gregg Glass is a blender and whisky maker for Whyte & Mackay. He works with master blender Richard Paterson and is training to take over when/if Richard ever retires. In the meantime, he looks after the company's blends as well as single malts from Dalmore, Jura, Tamnavulin and Fettercairn.