If you’re a true fan of whisky you might think being a master blender is a dream job! Now you too can try your hand at blending your own whisky with Three Ships Whisky’s micro-distillery at the 2016 Whisky Live Festival to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 9 to 11 November.

The innovative technology and custom-made simulation of a whisky distillery allows you to select from slightly peated to heavy peated malt, older and lighter wood grain expressions in creating the exact balance you think your palate would enjoy. If you don’t trust your own judgement then select one of the pre-select blends prepared by master distiller Andy Watts. Watch with anticipation as your whisky is blended and presented in a gift box to savour at home.

Access to the micro-distillery is granted post a visit to the Three Ships Whisky stand where you will discover the Three Ships Select, Three Ships 5 Year Old Premium Select, Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish and Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt 2005 vintage.

Andy will also present master classes showcasing the innovation of South African whiskies.

The classes will include a tasting of the World’s First Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Finish Whisky, a sneak preview of the Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt Vintage 2006 to only be released next year, a taste of the Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt Vintage 2005 launched a few months ago, the World’s Best Grain Whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky and the World’s Best Blended Whisky, Three Ships 5 Year Old Premium Select as awarded at the World Whiskies Awards held in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

The master classes will be presented on

Wednesday 9 November: 18:00 – 19:00

Thursday 10 November: 19:45 – 20:45

Friday 11 November: 21:00 – 22:00

Tickets cost R220 per person and include entry, a complimentary tasting glass, a 440ml bottle of Consol Still Water and 16 Whisky tasting vouchers. Cost for the master classes are an additional R140 online and R150 at the door.

For more information about the festival and to book your tickets visit www.whiskylive.co.za

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