The Whisky Live Showroom comes to Pretoria CBD for the first time!
The Whisky Live Showroom, South Africa’s premier boutique whisky tasting experience,
will take place at 012 Central in Pretoria on 14 and 15 May 2015. This intimate showcase
of more than 80 expressions of whisky will give fans of the dram the opportunity to sample
some of the most premium and intriguing whisky expressions yet seen in South Africa.
We have chosen 012 Central as the ideal venue for the first Whisky Live Showroom in
Pretoria because it is in the heart of Tshwane’s urban renewal programme,” says Emily
Stockden, COO of Whisky Live Festival. “It’s an edgy, exciting new venue that will offer
Showroom visitors an unequalled tasting experience, giving them the opportunity to
sample their favourite dram – or try a new one – in a brand new city hotspot that reflects
the versatile contemporary nature of the water of life.
“012 Central is located on one the city’s most historic streets, surrounded by iconic
buildings like the State Theatre, the Reserve Bank and the Union Buildings. It’s also home
to people who are smooth and sophisticated – just like whisky drinkers!” says Jeffrey
Wapnick, Managing Director at City Property. “The space is industrial yet chic, with a
trendy look and feel, and is only one example of the amazing new spaces being developed
in the Pretoria CBD. The CBD is fast becoming a vibrant city centre and we are excited to
share all the new developments with guests at the Whisky Live Showroom.”
Familiar favourites from the House of Walker, Chivas Regal, The Glenlivet, The Balvenie
and Glenfiddich will be available for tasting at the Pretoria Whisky Live Showroom, among
others. Glenbrynth, a newcomer to the Showroom experience, will present six expressions,
including its 40 year old single malt. A selection of peated whiskies is also newly available
at the showroom including favourites from Laphroaig and Bowmore. Other expressions
available for tasting include Glenrothes, The Macallan, Bunnahabhain, Glenmorangie,
Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Tomatin and Smokehead.
Not only will the various whiskies be available for tasting, several brands will offer special
deals at the event. Kavalan is offering a 10% discount on orders placed at the Showroom,
while on-the-spot payment for Kavalan will yield a free miniature to take home. Those
purchasing more than two bottles of this Taiwanese whisky will take home a free 200ml
bottle, putting this award-winning expression at their fingertips (and taste buds) straight
Even though the Whisky Live Showroom is all about whisky, the event will introduce Innis
& Gunn craft beers to the Pretoria market. These beers are brewed at low temperatures
using bespoke ale malts, and are matured in casks previously used for aging Kentucky
bourbon – thus bringing the worlds of whisky and beer together in a delicious, refreshing
Tickets include a bottle of Valprè spring water, a long-time partner of the Whisky Live
Showroom. As a premium spring water with a naturally sweet taste, Valprè is the perfect
companion to enjoy with fine whisky. Its mineral composition enhances the whisky taste
profile and overall drinking experience.
Twisp Electronic Cigarettes, The Cigar Club and Prestige Cosmetics are participating in the
Whisky Live Showroom too, giving visitors a broader lifestyle experience while they are
enjoying the spirit of the evening with family, friends or business associates.
Tickets to the Whisky Live Showroom cost R170 each on www.whiskylivefestival.co.za and
include a complimentary tasting glass, a bottle of Valpré spring water, and 15 tasting
vouchers. The first 500 visitors through the doors each night will receive a free copy of
the 2015 Whisky Handbook, and those registering for the Whisky Live Fan Club at the
event will receive an extra five tasting vouchers, or R20 cash back on their ticket price.
There are limited tickets available for the event, and whisky lovers are encouraged to book
their tickets online in advance to make sure that they don’t miss out.
The Whisky Live Showroom promotes responsible drinking. No persons under the age of
18 years will be allowed into the Showrooms. Designated driver tickets are available with
a bottle of Valpré Spring water for R105.