DramFest 2018's visiting experts

Over the coming months we will share with you the international guests and experts who are joining us for DramFest.

We are delighted to announce the following guests will be joining us in 2018:


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Dave Broom - Whisky Author (Scotland)

Dave Broom is one of the worlds most accomplished and award-winning whisky writers, with over 15 years as a writer for The Whisky Magazine and a contributing author to many other whisky publications around the world. His many books showcase Dave's deep passion, knowledge and expertise for whisky from all corners of the globe. We are extremely proud to have Dave join us for the weekend DramFest 2018.

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Hon. Alex Bruce (MQ), Adelphi Distillery Ltd. (Scotland)

The Hon. Alex Bruce, Master of the Quaich is the managing director of Adelphi, one of Scotland's premier independent bottlers, as well as the Ardnamurchan distillery.

Alex is one of the world's most respected whisky personalities and long time supporter and friend of the New Zealand whisky scene. Alex's iconic single cask and small batch selections will be on offer, along with news of the continuing exciting work taking place at the Ardnamurchan distillery on the remote west coast peninsula in Scotland.

David Allen, Springbank Distillery (Scotland)

The Springbank distillery in Campbeltown is one of Scotland's only family owned, independent distilleries. Situated at the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre, Springbank produces a distinctive and eclectic style of single malt.

David Allen returns to us from Campbeltown once again to share the history behind the three different whiskies made at Springbank.

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Ashok Chokalingam, Amrut Distillery (India)

Ashok Chokalingam is one of the most charismatic and entertaining characters of DramFest and we are pleased to announce that he is bounding back to Christchurch once again for the 2018 event to showcase the whisky made at India's most famous distillery, Amrut.

Amrut was India's first single malt whisky, and since its introduction it has become one of the most talked about 'world whiskies', garnering awards and accolades since its first release in 2004.

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Anthony & Kathy Wills, Kilchoman Distillery (Scotland)

The Kilchoman distillery was founded by Anthony and Kathy Wills on the Isle of Islay in 2005, and since its first single malt release 3 years later, it has become one of the stalwarts of the Soctch whisky industry.

Kilchoman's traditional barley-to-bottle approach to whisky is unique, taking place at Rockside farm, making it the only distillery of its kind in Scotland.

For one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland, they have a big story to share, and as ever a warm welcome awaits the Wills family and their whisky.

Many more special guests will be announced in the coming months...