One of the most talked-about masterclasses from the 2015 Whisky Show was Three Legends of Whisky, bringing together three of the best-known Scottish whisky blenders for an afternoon of stories, toasts and fantastic drams. This year, we have looked further afield and assembled three experienced whisky makers, well known for their hands-on experience of producing spirit.
Each of the masters will be selecting three whiskies for the class:
a current whisky they have created
a whisky that they consider to be a masterpiece
a whisky that they have created specially for this class.
Alan Winchester is a veteran whisky maker, with more than 40 years of working in distilleries. During that time, he has been involved in every part of production, from mashing and brewing to warehousing, distilling and blending. One of the most respected whisky makers in Scotland, he is now master distiller for The Glenlivet. He's a busy man, but after years of trying, we've finally managed to get Alan to The Whisky Show.
Dr Bill Lumsden is a biochemist with a PhD in microbial physiology. He has been working in the industry since the mid-1980s, but became well known to whisky fans after becoming Glenmorangie distillery manager in 1995. He is now responsible for all of the spirit produced at Ardbeg and Glenmorangie as well as being the curator of both ranges.
Shinji Fukuyo is the chief blender for Suntory, who he joined in 1984. A graduate of Heriot-Watt university in Edinburgh, he has also created whiskies for Bowmore, Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan. He now leads the Suntory blending team, overseeing production of Yamazaki, Hakushu, Chita and Hibiki.
Whisky writer Dave Broom will host the tasting, which promises to offer a fantastic insight into the world of whisky making.
Nine whiskies and three master makers with more than 100 years of experience between them.