Meet the DramFest 2016 visting experts
Over the coming weeks we will be introducing the visting experts we have coming from all corners of the whisky world, including authors, distillers, producers and independent bottlers from Scotland and around the world. These are people who have incredible knowledge and experience in the industry and who are for many the real highlight of the DramFest weekend.
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 books Whisky: The Manual and The World Atlas of Whisky showcase Dave's deep passion and knowledge and expertise for whisky from all corners of the globe. We are extremely proud to have Dave join us for both days of DramFest 2016.
Hon. Alex Bruce (KQ), Adelphi Distillery Ltd. (Scotland)
The Hon. Alex Bruce, Keeper of the Quaich is the managing director of Adelphi, one of Scotland's premier independent bottlers and distillers. Alex joins us to share some of their iconic single cask and small batch selections, as well as news and information on the Ardnamurchan distillery, Adelphi's new distillery situated on a remote western peninsula in Scotland.
Dorothy Duffy (KQ), Old Pulteney distillery (Scotland)
Dorothy Duffy, a Keeper of the Quaich, has proudly served in the whisky industry for over 25 years, primarily with the owners of the Old Pulteney, Knockdhu (AnCnoc), Balblair and Speyburn distilleries. Dorothy is one of the most experienced and knowledgable visiting experts we have had at DramFest and we are very fortunate to have her coming to our event.
David Allen, Springbank Distillery (Scotland)
The Springbank distillery in Campbeltown is one of Scotland's family owned, independent distilleries. Situated at the southern tip of the Mull of Kintyre, Springbank produces a distinctive and eclectic style of single malt, and David Allen returns to us from Campbeltown once again to educate us about their unique history.
Stewart Buchanan, BenRiach & GlenDronach distilleries (Scotland)
Stewart Buchanan has worked in the production side of whisky making for x years, and since 2005 has worked with Billy Walker at the BenRiach distillery. Stewart is now the global brand ambssador for the BenRiach Distillery Company which includes BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh, and with years of experience working behind the scenes at these distilleries, he has a great insight into the what contrbiutes to the unique character of each distillery. We look forward to welcoming Stewart to his first DramFest.
Ashok Chokalingam, Amrut Distillery (India)
We're thrilled to have back one of the stars of our previous DramFest, Ashok Chokalingam from the Amrut Distillery in India. Ashok is one of the whisky worlds most captivating characters, with a seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm and knowledge for India's most award-winning single malt whisky. If you did not have the opportunity to meet Ashok at our last DramFest, we suggest you make your way to the Amrut stand this year for a chat and a dram.
Anthony & Kathy Wills, Kilchoman Distillery (Scotland)
The Kilchoman distillery on Islay celebrated its 10th birthday this year, and having just acquired the farm the distillery was built on, owners Anthony and Kathy Wills have plenty to talk about at next years event. Kilchoman first made an appearance in New Zealand at DramFest 2007, and since that time we have seen the distillery become one with a fanatical following here. 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.
Melanie Stanger, Glengyle Distillery (Scotland)
The Glengyle distillery, famed for it's Kilkerran whisky was founded in 2004 in by the Mitchell family, stalwarts of the Campbeltown region. Glengyle is set to release its first12 year old whisky in 2016, and Melanie will be here to tell us about all the facinating history of the distillery and its bright future ahead. We are thrilled to have Melanie join us as this will be New Zealand's first visit from a member of the Glengyle team.
Murray Campbell, Bruichladdich Distillery (Scotland)
Murray Campbell returns to DramFest for his second time from the Bruichladdich distillery on Islay. Working for Bruichladdich runs in Murray's family, with his uncle the legendary Duncan McGilvery being master distiller at the distillery as well. Murray is based primarily in Asia, where he spends his time travelling around the largest cities in the area spreading the word about one of Scotland's smallest distilleries.
David White, Glenmorangie & Ardbeg distilleries (Scotland)
David White started his career over 20 years ago in the American whiskey industry, based both in America and the UK, before joining the Glenmorangie Company in 2008. David is now the Internatonal Director for the company, and he comes all the way to New Zealand for the first time to proudly represent two of Scotland's legendary distilleries, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg.
Michael John, Paul John distillery (India)
Michael John is travelling all the way from the home of the Paul John distillery in Goa, India, to join us for his first DramFest. Michael has been the master distiller at Paul John since 2009, and oversees the entire production from fermentation through to blending. Michael is our first distiller to visit from India, and we look forward to discovering and learning from him about the Paul John range of single malt whiskies.