One complaint though. The pre-event publicity mentioned a (direct quote from Issue 38 of Whisky Magazine):- "goodie bag packed full of miniatures......"
To me, the expression "packed full of miniatures" implies that there will be a fair few. However, mine contained just two - a Talisker 10yo and a Dewars 12yo.
Perhaps, next year's publicity could be a little more accurate - so that people aren't disappointed.
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Meeting the stars, trying stuff you would never try again. Fantastic stuff.
OK Minitures were exactly overflowing, but thats like saying a Brand New Ferriari, top of range is crap because the stereo only goes up to a Volume of No7 when your own crappie Mondeo goes up to 8.
Great egvent, great people!
As to the "Goodie Bag", I think that there are two real options.
The first is to drop it altogether, saving the organisers time and effort. I don't suppose for a moment that it would impact on ticket sales.
The second is to make it worthwhile taking away. Last time that I went to "Whisky Live" (2001 or maybe 2002), my Goodie Bag was heaving with miniatures and all sorts of memorabilia.
We'll either drop goodie bags altogether (and find something else to entice you with) or have to ensure they are worth the billing.
The trouble is that at the first Whisky Live it was all rather new and there were fewer visitors. So all the distillers saw minis as a great promotional oportunity (that's what they are for anyway).
However, as the event grows (and there are more of them), there is understandably a greater reticence amongst distillers.
Thanks for the kind words about the event itself and look forward to seeing you next year!
I must agree on all what Eelbrook said.
I was at the event for the 4 th time ,from day one.
I'll try and make it to the 5th and even the 1st scottish one.
I must say the event developed very well and it's great to see so many industry people there.
I again persuade some friends to fly in on Saturday not to miss the event and yhey had a great time,They were slightly dissapointed to get there Goodie bags as Eelbrook.
Even i was, the past few years where very good and was a great extra for a lot of people to make this even t truely a great event.
Now i got my goodie bag on Friday, and was a little surrprissed to find a bottle of beer and only a Dewars minature.
The next day it was 'packed' with 2 minatures and a bottle of beer and water, strange.
We even had to ask for the whiskymag copy as it wasn't standerd in there.
Now i'll get my subscription copy probably in about three weeks anyway but for the non-subscribers it missed it's goal.
Maybe you shpuld talk to the exhibitors because there were lots of promo's availible at the stands, so some did get a lot and some (novice) didn't get anything.
I'm not there to get stuff fot myself but i always try to get more people to the event and into whisky drinking/enjoying so it would be nice if those people got what it's all about.
The faces i come across every year will take care of their own ,i guess allthough i'm not surethat helps the event aswell.
Good luck with the next event and the improving of getting the magizine ontime at the faithful subscribers
The event and magizine looks like their slipping the outstanding quality because of the succes
never had a goodie bag before.
But I only go to events to meet friends from abroad, have some masterclasses and get acquainted with the people from the industry. Yeah, almost forgot, and also to taste some interesting whiskies!
So if you don't visit masterclasses, you have 12 hours to sample more than you can wish for. I even saw people sitting around wishing they tasted not as much as they actually did .
Checking out the next day, it turned out that the lady from the hotel likes whisky, enjoying Jack Daniels and the Grouse in her pub.
Then it's great to have a goodie bag: we left her a half dozen or so miniatures, so she might appreciate her first steps in the world of single malts.
But for most visitors, I guess there is not so much added value.
The advance publicity not only commented on the expectation of lots of goodies but also that Glasgow was to be a premier event. Given the absence of some exhibitors (as attedned in London), not quite up to the mark[quote][/quote]
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