Whisky Show is arguably the most famous and popular whisky event of the year. It is UK’s finest and largest whisky festival, bringing distillers and whisky lovers from all over the world together at Old Billingsgate in the heart of London for a truly spectacular food and whisky experience. Visitors will have the chance to sample more than 600 expressions, try different cocktails and food pairings, a delicious whisky theme meal and many others things during the show.
One of the most popular feature of the show is Dream Drams where visitors get the chance to sample ultra premium and rare expressions. Every year the show offers some fantastic sampling opportunities in the Dream Dram event. Visitors get one token with their entrance ticket. Additional tokens can be purchased from the venue for £10 per token to be spent for the samplings.
Following is some of Dream Drams announced for the 2016 Show. Of course the availability of them will depend on the demand so if you have a favorite bottle, make sure to arrive early so you don’t miss it…
Launched in 2014, this impressive whisky was laid down in the 1950s and matured in a single sherry butt – it sells for more than £14,000 per bottle.
The second release of Glenmorangie Pride, this 1978 vintage saw five casks of 19-year-old whisky moved to ex-Bordeaux wine casks from a first-growth producer.
ARDBEG 1976 – ISLAY FESTIVAL 2004
Cask 2398 was a sherry butt from the legendary 1976 batch. this rare Ardbeg was bottled for the Feis Ile in 2004.
LITTLEMILL 25Y 2015 PRIVATE CELLAR EDITION
Despite the distillery closing in 1994, owners Loch Lomond have been releasing some of the now-mature stocks every year. Aged in a combination of ten American and European oak casks.
PORT ELLEN 1978 20Y RARE MALTS
One of the stellar PE Rare Malts releases that catapulted this obscure distillery to fame in the late 1990s. A legendary bottling.
A rare early Signatory bottling of Ardbeg from the early 1990s. This is from a batch of just four casks, and was bottled at eighteen years old.
A highly thought of 30 year old from Balvenie that netted a Gold Medal at the 2010 International Spirits Challenge and a 90 points from Serge Valentin on Whisky fun.
The oldest release in Benriach’s 13th batch of single-cask releases, this peated whisky was distilled in 1975 and aged in a sherry butt for 40 years.
Matured initially in American white oak before maturating in sherry butts and first fill bourbon casks. These are then married together in bourbon barrels before finishing in Tawny Port pipes.
A limited-edition release from Highland stalwart Dalmore, created by master blender Richard Paterson in his 50th year of working in the whisky industry.
This Glenfiddich has spent at least 30 years in Spanish Oloroso and American bourbon oak casks.
A richly coloured 40-year-old Glenglassaugh finished in a Massandra Madeira puncheon. Distilled on 218 June 1975, cask 2180 yielded 588 bottles at 43.9% in September 2015.
The blend includes some 1967 and 1970 sherried Highland whiskies combined with Lowland grain.
Kininvie the first drops’ is one of the first casks filled at the distillery on July 4th 1990, and one of only three casks hand selected by Brian Kinsman for this special release.
A 2014 release, Old Pulteney’s 35 Year Old is a combination of ex-bourbon American oak and ex-sherry Spanish oak casks, resulting in a rich and indulgent whisky.
Batch two of Tomatin’s 36 Year Old has been aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and first-fill ex-oloroso-sherry casks. This is malt-led with notes of cloves, cardamom and vanilla.