MacDeffe wrote:I really think its a very small minority that would attend a whisky festival to collect samples, correct me if I am wrong
Free pours removes a lot of barriers and is a time saver, and its great when the crowd is well behaved
(I did swop and pass on loads of samples with friends, so got away with plenty. Bought plenty of miniatures as well)
Malt-Teaser wrote:I know that general concepts seem to be totally different between the UK and mainland Europe, but I still don't personally favour a "one price to include all samples". As we have spoken before on here, if I attend a festival it is to get as many new (to me) samples to try as possible, which means I am more than prepared to pay for them, so allow the stall holders to sell their drams / measures which again will bypass any problems with folk who may wish to then pour them into their own sample bottles.
I can understand why organisors and stall-holders may be a wee bit perturbed by someone paying a 15-20 GBP entry fee, then coming away with perhaps 30 samples for this price.
Including the samples in the price helped the show run more smoothly, it was really busy and cutting out vouchers or money helped, I never saw anyone pour them in to sample bottles.
If you want to try as many samples as possible just ask for a smaller pour or drink less, most of the 30yo + drams were around 5ml and standard Whiskies up to 35ml, at the end of the day it's up to the stall holders and they were more than happy to provide them, I managed to try loads prob in the high 20's.
JethroTull wrote:Great event Mark.
Fine location and length of event.
The only quibble, something you have no control over, is that Diageo and Chivas just brought along bog standard stuff but then that meant I went to the smaller fry to sample their wares.
Would be handy if I could buy direct from the table but, if I can't, I'll try and pick up my favourites at a later date.
Jimmy321 wrote:Instead of having a shop rent the bar area could the exhibitors not leave stock in that area and someone sells it so people can buy what they have tried at the show and come to some agreement on a percentage of the sales.
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