Scotchwhisky.com is offering the chance to get to know some of the most-loved and experienced whisky heroes in an intimate, yet fast-paced speed dating session. Each presenter will bring along one exceptional, rare dram with which they hope to win your heart, though they will have just 10 minutes to put their charms to the test. With only six people at each table, it’ll be an intimate affair with time to get to know both your date and their whisky.
All proceeds from this masterclass will be donated to five charities nominated by our presenters.
Becky Paskin, editor of Scotchwhisky.com, will host the session while acting as stern timekeeper.
Five distillers. Five whiskies.
Shinji Fukuyo, master blender, Suntory
Yamazaki 25yo First Release
Blending whisky since 1992, Shinji Fukuyo has risen through the ranks at Suntory to be chief blender for the entire company. He has created more incredible whiskies than almost any other blender in the industry and has access to incredible stocks of whisky across Suntory's portfolio.
David Turner, distillery manager, Bowmore
David Turner is not only the distillery manager of Bowmore, but also a born and bred Islay native. Brought up around whisky and a life-long Bowmore fanatic, he started work at the distillery at the age of 16 and hasn't looked back. With more than two decades of whisky collecting behind him, David knows how to choose a good bottle of whisky to try.
Billy Leighton, head blender, Irish Distillers
Redbreast Dream Cask 31yo Sherry Finish
For more than 10 years Billy Leighton has led the blending team at Irish Distillers, responsible for creating Jameson, Redbreast and many other excellent whiskies. He's an expert in all aspects of whiskey production and knows loads about the history of whiskey, but most importantly he has access to some of Ireland's best casks.
George Grant, sales director, Glenfarclas
Glenfarclas 1954 Single Cask bottled for Luc Timmermans
Not only is George the sales director for one of Speyside's best-loved distilleries, he's also the fifth generation of the family who have owned it for more than 125 years. Having grown up steeped in whisky heritage, there are few people who know more about Glenfarclas or his family's whisky than George Grant.
Ian Logan, international brand ambassador, The Glenlivet
Glenburgie 1976 First-fill Bourbon Hogshead
After almost thirty years of working in the whisky industry, Ian is a familiar face to whisky lovers around the world. A regular at whisky shows and tastings from London to China, he's poured some incredible drams. We look forward to seeing what he'll be bringing to the Whisky Show.