I just received this from Riannon Walsh, Proprietor of celticmalts.com. I highly recommend this affair to anyone who enjoys good whiskey and the company of large numbers of interesting people.
On the surface, this may look to be an elite gathering of the legions of the malt horror, but last year I spoke and drank with Parker Beam, Jimmy Russell, Elmer T. Lee, Julian, Trey Zoeller, and many others. Well worth the time and money it takes to do it. --JB

Hello Everyone:

If you are newly signed on to our list, this is the first
e-newsletter for the 2003 WHISKIES OF THE WORLD EXPO and the CELTICMALTS.com site. Welcome! You will receive this newsletter once monthly between now and March 22, 2003, the next WoW Expo date.

Annual SUMMER-10% OFF TICKET SALE is underway and will continue until August 30th, 2002.
PLAN AHEAD & SAVE: For all information and purchasing details go to:

For information about the exciting
(trade and media only)

The 2003 WoW Expo promises another great night of superior spirits, world famous speakers, a jubilant crowd and all our special features and activities :

This year’s upgrades focus on layout, spacing, better food service with much bigger plates!!...substantial seating areas and an earlier start to the Speaker’s Forum to accommodate everyone who wants to see their favorites, including food and travel topics as related to the world of whisky! Details about all this are up being filled in on the site beginning now and continuing over the next few months. And don’t miss the updated articles in THE CELTIC SPIRIT JOURNAL…our unique on-line whisky magazine. Check in often-

. ****And, OF COURSE..…quite a few new and fascinating spirits will be joining in this year along with all your familiar favorites and many new bottlings from the great distilleries and independents .***

For those of you who have been truly bitten by the whisky bug, we are now offering a customized cask purchasing/bottling service of exemplary Scottish and Irish single malts in a wide range of distilleries,age and pricing.
Send us an email asking about the CELTICMALTS CASK COLLECTION CLUB and we will send you a monthly listing of new offerings and details. These carefully selected bespoke casks are a very personal way to enjoy the absolute finest whiskies out there. Very soon, we will have a fully detailed ‘brochure’ up on the web site for you. Go solo or join in with a group of friends and purchase your own cask, custom bottled and handled to your specifications. For the novice, we can happily coach you every step of the way! Or, if you know what you want and are too impatient to wait for our monthly selections? Just email and tell us what you’d like to find or ask for our advice…we’ll do all the work—you have all the dramming fun and pleasure!
With your cask purchase, you’ll receive 6 free tickets to the 2003 Expo and an invitation for 6 to the Trade Expo as well.

And lastly: before you go clicking through to buy your 10% off tickets….if you have plans to visit Scotland, our good friend Ian Hallam, previously the brewer and distillery manager, respectively, at Laphroaig and Glencadam, has left distilling to become proprietor of an incredible Speyside manor, ARDCONNEL B&B! Along with his wife Antoinette, a trained chef, Ian will be hosting superior accommodation, conducting private distillery tours and ‘at home’ whisky tastings and offering his guests all the wonders of the area….mountain walking, pony trekking, golf,fishing and….Riannon’s favorite….falconry!!! Ian and Antoinette take possession of the inn next week, so email or phone them now for bookings. With your confirmed booking of 3 nights for a stay before January 1, 2003, we are offering 2 FREE EXPO 2003 TICKETS! When you book in, mention this to Ian and ask him to send us your holiday dates and contact information. Go to:


We’ll be back with another e-letter in about a month. Meantime, check the site often as we are just adding on all the new 2003 Expo details and things will be changing almost daily. And get your tickets while they are available at discount:

Cheers and have a great summer!