Whisky 24 Hours (Saturday 18th May)

Whisky 24 Hours Saturday 18th May

Virtual

On Saturday 18 May 2024, The Whisky Exchange is raising a dram and live streaming non-stop from The Whisky Exchange HQ for 24 hours.

The 24-hour broadcast will be co-hosted by The Whisky Exchange’s very own buying director Dawn Davies MW and our brand ambassador Billy Abbott alongside special guest co-host Ortis Deley – founder of Glassmates and a TV presenter known for The Gadget Show, among many others – bringing you 24 hours of non-stop whisky fun, wherever you are in the world.

You can keep up with the action across the 24 hours on Facebook and YouTube, diving into talks and tastings from guest speakers across the globe. Whether you're a novice, geek or a fun-seeking whisky drinker somewhere between the two, there will be a session for you, from panels on big topics in the world of whisky to guest appearances from producers, bartenders, whisky club members and more. Plus, you can order specially curated Whisky 24 Hours tasting packs and take part in our schedule of global guided tastings.

Talks With Tasting Packs // View The Full Schedule 

SCOTLAND & IRELAND: CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO

With Emma Walker, Ian Palmer and Peter Mulryan

11:15-12:15 BST // 18 May 2024

Both Scotland and Ireland have rich histories of producing whisky, each with its own distinct character and traditions. This tasting set celebrates the producers that are reviving old traditions, creating their own and challenging the status quo, with whiskies from Inchdairnie, Blackwater and Johnnie Walker.

  • Johnnie Walker High Rye 
  • Lagavulin 15yo Jazz Festival 
  • Inchdairnie Prinlaws Collection: Oats
  • Inchdairnie Ryelaw Single Grain
  • Blackwater Manifesto Mix
  • Blackwater Spicebag Rye

EUROPE: MOVE OVER BARLEY

With Frédéric Revol, Loig Le Lay and Patrick van Zuidam

12:30-13:45 BST // 18 May 2024

This tasting set explores the grains that are taking over European whisky and looks at why producers are moving away from barley. Enjoy rye whiskies from the Netherlands and field-to-bottle drams from France.

  • Hautes Glaces Episteme R18P23 Yellow Square Malted Rye Whisky
  • Hautes Glaces Episteme R18P23B Yellow Circle Malted Rye Whisky
  • Eddu Silver
  • Eddu Brocéliande 
  • Zuidam Millstone 100 Rye Whisky
  • Zuidam Millstone 92 Rye Whisky

ISLAND POWER: SMALL BUT MIGHTY

With Georgie Crawford, Adam Hannett and Martin Markvardsen

15:30-16:45 BST // 18 May 2024

From Islay to Orkney, Scotland’s islands have been capturing the hearts of whisky fans around the world for years. They may be small, but these islands have big personalities that are reflected in the whiskies they make.

  • Highland Park 18 Year Old
  • Highland Park 21 Year Old
  • Port Charlotte Islay Barley
  • Bruichladdich Islay Barley 
  • Elements of Islay Cask Edit
  • Lagavulin 12 Year Old, Special Releases 2015

THE HEART OF THE BLEND

With Pete Allison and Roy Duff

18:30-19:45 BST // 18 May 2024

This tasting set explores distilleries whose whiskies disappear into blends, but should be loved for their own characters as well. The backbone of some of Scotland’s most popular blended whiskies, these single malts are full of flavour and hard-to-find, from Mannochmore and Roseisle, to Glenlossie and beyond.

  • Mannochmore 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna
  • Roseisle 12 Year Old Special Releases 2023
  • Balmenach 2011 12 Year Old Berry Bros & Rudd
  • Miltonduff 17 Year Old Art of Whisky Fermenting
  • Glenlossie 2010 10 Year Old Single Malts of Scotland
  • Tormore 2008 12 Year Old Distillery Reserve Collection

AMERICA: THE BIG, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

With Drew Mayville, Andrea Wilson and Miles Monroe

20:00-21:15 BST // 18 May 2024

Explore some of the many styles of whiskey made in America and discover why it's won over so many hearts, even as it continues to evolve and grow. With whiskies from Michter’s, Buffalo Trace, Westward and more, this Perfect Measure tasting set is full of big bold flavours that will leave you falling in love.

  • Michter's US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye
  • Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Barrel Strength Rye 2023 Release
  • George T Stagg 2008, 15 Year Old 
  • Buffalo Trace Experimental Peated Malt
  • Westward American Single Malt Pinot Noir Cask
  • Westward Cask Strength American Single Malt Whiskey 

THE SCIENCE OF DISTILLATION

With Brendan McCarron and guests

21:30-22:45 BST // 18 May 2024 

With different types of still, varied fermentation methods and more, there are many ways to make whisky and create a distinct character. Including whiskies from Loch Lomon, Springbank, Glen Grant and more, this tasting set celebrates the science – and art – of distillation.

  • Loch Lomond Distillery Edition #4, 7 Year Old
  • Inchmurrin 12 Year Old
  • Mortlach 16 Year Old
  • Springbank 10 Year Old
  • Auchentoshan 18 Year Old
  • Glen Grant 18 Year Old 

OLD & RARE AROUND THE WORLD

With Jason Vaswani and Sukhinder Singh

23:00-00:15 BST // 18-19 May 2024

This Perfect Measure tasting set includes a selection of hard-to-find whiskies from the last few decades. Enjoy bourbon bottled in the 1970s, single malt from the 1980s, rare Japanese whisky and more. Please Note - this pack contains 6 x 1cl perfect measures. 

  • Four Roses 6 Year Old, Bot.1970s
  • I W Harper Gold Medal, Bot.1970s
  • Talisker 12 Year Old, Bot. 1980's 
  • Bushmills 1975, Millennium Malt
  • Hakushu 10 Year Old 

WOMEN IN WHISKY

With Sarah Jeltema (Whisky Nomad)

00:30-01:45 BST // 19 May 2024

While the whisky world may seem male-dominated, behind the scenes many of the best whiskies are created by women. In this session we’ll explore a few of them.

  • Cardrona The Falcon
  • Glenglassaugh Sandend 
  • Catoctin Creek Barrel Select Rye Madeira Finish
  • Nc'Nean 2017, Cask 17-408, Tequila Finish, TWE Exclusive 
  • Virginia Distillery Co, Courage & Conviction

WHISKY OF THE YEAR HALL OF FAME

With Dawn Davies MW, Billy Abbott and Ortis Deley

08:00-09:15 BST // 19 May 2024

Explore the Whisky of the Year Hall of Fame with this Perfect Measure tasting set. A collection of whiskies that have stolen our hearts over the years and won their place as our Whisky of the Year thanks to their style and character.

  • Kilchoman Machir Bay
  • Glenfarclas 15 Year Old
  • Michter's US*1 Unblended American Whiskey
  • Glendronach 15 Year Old Revival
  • Ledaig 18 Year Old
  • Loch Lomond 18 Year Old