The world’s top 10 whisky shows

3rd March, 2014 by Amy Hopkins - This article is over multiple pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Whisky shows provide the perfect opportunity for both trade members and consumers alike to immerse themselves in one of the world’s most exciting spirits categories.

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We round-up the world’s top 10 whisky shows

From fairs on-board a luxury cruise ship and events which honour the Sabbath, to Speyside celebrations and Bourbon festivals, there are an array of whisky shows for both aficionados and novices to attend this year.

A firm fixture in the diaries of spirits fans the world-over – from the San Francisco to Moscow – whisky shows offer a range of exhibitions, seminars and masterclasses, and of course an abundance of damn good drams.

So if you’re planning which spirits events to mark on your calendar this year, then take a look at our round-up of the world’s top 10 whisky shows.

Think we’ve missed any crucial choices out? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

12 Responses to “The world’s top 10 whisky shows”

  1. Ian Buxton says:

    You’ve missed out Feis Ile – the Islay Whisky Festival. Shome mhistake shurely?

  2. steve notman says:

    Whisky Live is a franchise. Each show is run, executed and funded by the individuals in each market. They should be done on merit on each show as a result.

    We must be doing something right to attract 16,000 people in two days to WL Taipei and take some credit for strategically positioning and communicating the single malt in mainland China where no foreign drinks culture is in place!

  3. Henrik Olsen says:

    Hi, i am the organizer of Denmarks biggest whiskyevent called Whiskymessen. I know that we are only 5 mio people, but have a look at our website 😉 kind regards Henrik

  4. Kelly Jaremco says:

    Hey Guys,

    Good article, but in all honesty you have left out the number one Whisky Show in the world. The Universal Whisky Experience, known as the Nth.

    I have been going to this whisky show, since it’s first year… and every year it gets better and better. This whisky show takes place in Las Vegas every year around March/April. The whisky’s that you can taste here, are so rare… that I truly don’t know any other show of this caliber.

    Last year, they had a special event as an extra to the show, where we helicoptered to the grand canyon, and drank 50 year old Glenfiddich at the bottom of the canyon !!! How can you honestly leave out a show as amazing as this ?!?!

    Time to re-think your top 10 my friend, because the Universal Whisky Experience in Las Vegas, is the number one show in the world, in my eyes.

    Slainte,
    Kelly

  5. olivier says:

    You left out the most important one, the Limburg Whisky Fair.
    There youy can get and taste a myriad of independent bottlings, not just the usual supermarket shelves fare.

  6. In addition to missing Feis Ile and including events that have not even been held once yet (Hong Kong) among the “world’s top 10 whisky shows”, the article also leaves out one that is a favorite among whisky brand ambassadors. The Victoria Whisky Festival held each January in British Columbia sells out within one day, and offers some of the best master classes of any whisky festival. Attendance is limited to 500 tickets for the Grand Tasting, though they could easily sell five times that amount.

  7. Bob Howell says:

    Dont know how you could miss the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society’s Extravaganza

  8. Kelly says:

    Hey Mark,

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but Victoria’s whisky festival is a quaint local event…. but it doesn’t hold a candle to the Nth show in Las Vegas. I’ve been to both, and can tell you this with certainty. If you haven’t been to the Nth in Las Vegas yet, then you need to do so immediately.

    Kel

  9. Ryan Burgdorfer says:

    Westborough, MA, USA: “Go Whiskey Weekend” sponsored by Julio’s Liquors/the Loch and K(e)y Society…3 days of events, 350 expressions, 1400+ attendees. http://www.juliosliquors.com

    • Andrew Ferguson says:

      Have to agree with Mark Gillespie, the Victoria Whisky Festival in Victoria, BC, Canada should be on the list, a non for profit event run in support of local charities. It is very well run and attracts a lot of brand ambassadors. The Nth show in Las Vegas is also good, and certainly worthy of consideration. The whiskies available to sample at it are impressive but its justifiably higher registration fees mean it is not an option for everyone.

  10. Well, badly made, as you ignore completly the country where it all started. Whisky life is a mere copy of the Whiskyfair in Frankfurt, it started in the early 90′ . Ignoring Limburg is also a no go for good journalistic work.

  11. Ken says:

    All seem to be forgetting the Whisky Live Festival held in South Africa in early November each year. It has been running for 15 years (16th this year) and hosts over 10 thousand people over the 3 evenings it is run. The show is placed over 5500 sqm . This certainly qualifies in the top 10 .

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