Ian MacMillan, one of Scotland's top distillers, is flying to Johannesburg to present the Bunnahabhain single malt range on the first night of the 2014 FNB Whisky Live Festiva,l which is happening at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 12 to 14 November.
MacMillan, a whisky veteran of more than 40 years, will also give festival-goers a chance to taste one of his latest innovations, a Bunnahabhain single malt that has been aged in red wine casks. Exclusive to duty-free markets, this small single-malt batch has been named Eirigh na Greine (pronounced Ae-ree ne gray-nyuh and meaning Morning Sky in Gaelic) and features whiskies of various ages. "Maturation in red wine casks has imparted rich aromas and flavours of fruit, with very attractive sweet and spicy notes, making this a very interesting and appealing offering for whisky enthusiasts," says Taygan Govinden, marketing manager of the Bunnahabhain range in South Africa.
Bunnahabhain, founded in 1881, is pronounced Bū-na-ha-venn and means mouth of the river in Scots Gaelic, referring to the Margadale River that flows close by the distillery on the Isle of Islay, close to the west coast of Scotland.
MacMillan will also present a workshop in Committee Room 5 at 18:15 to 19:15 on Wednesday, 12 November. Two more Bunnahabhain workshops are scheduled for 13 and 14 November, with the former taking place at 19:45 to 20:45 in Committee Room 5, and the latter at 18:00 to 19:00 in Committee Room 4. These sessions will be presented by South Africa's "Mr Whisky", Pierre Meintjes. He has also been involved with Scotch whiskies for more than 40 years and is one of just 159 Masters of the Quaich in the world. Conferred by the Keepers of the Quaich, the title is bestowed only on the very few, who are recognised for their outstanding commitment to the Scotch whisky industry.
MacMillan and Meintjes will offer workshop participants insight into the world of whisky by explaining whisky jargon in simple everyday language, while carefully guiding participants in the tasting of Bunnahabhain single malts on offer.
Tickets for the workshops cost R120 a head, and can be pre-booked at www.whiskylivefestival.co.za.