Hall 4, SEC

Wednesday 15th March: 09.00 - 18.30

Thursday 16th March: 09.30 - 16.30


Liquid Academy Live

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The Liquid Academy Live Theatre will be curated and hosted by the Liquid Academy again this year. It will feature a number of incredible speakers and drinks related sessions, all designed to inspire the audience to embrace the latest in global drinks innovations. All attendees at the show will be given an opportunity to experience drink tastings and come away with some tips, tricks and knowledge that they can take back to their bars, restaurants and hotels.

Wednesday 15th March

11.30 - Celebrating 150 Years of the Ceylon Tea Industry: ''150 Not Out" -  Tasting the difference with single estate producers PMD Tea with MD Dananjaya Silva Ceylon. Presented by Dananjaya Silva of PMD Tea

13.00 - Gin Aromatics: Learn about new and old world gin botanicals through the art of smelling with master perfumer Kim Lahiri of Olfactico.  Science meets and greets an array of Botanicals with Brand Partners - Pickering's Gin - Rock Rose - Makar Gin - Brokers Gin - Edinburgh Gin

14.30 - You Heard it through the Grape Vine: Organic & Biodynamic wine tasting with Graham Sutherland who will be cherry picking a portfolio tasting of some incredible wines for the guests Brand Partner: Enotria Wines / Good Brother Wine Bar

15.45 - Simple Serve Sophistication: Soft drinks evolutions. Refreshing alternatives to main-stream mixers with Bon Accord - Franklyn & Sons - Clayton's Kola Tonic will being put through their creative paces by the Liquid Academy in harmony with the producers live at the show. Brand Partners: Claytons Kola Tonic – Franklyn & Sons – Bon Accord

Thursday 16th March

11.00 - Brewers Association of Scotland: With Scotland's beer industry flourishing - the Liquid Academy will be working in harmony with The Brewers Association of Scotland to showcase 6 established & craft brewers that are leading innovation in the craft beer category.

12.00 - From Grain to Cask: A Hugely unique Cask finish whisky tasting incorporating 6 different cask finished expressions from leading whisky distillers in Scotland. Presented by Barry Chalmers from Grain2Cask Brand Partners: Arran Whisky - Glengoyne - Balvenie - Tomatin – Speyside Distillers

13.15 - Spectrum of Modern Mixology Curated by the Liquid Academy alongside leading Bartender from Scotland's top bar operators.  Cateogry cocktail innovations showcased live. Brand Partners: Patron Tequila - Sailor Jerry - Techienne - Porters Gin - Buffalo Trace.

15.00 - Drinks Industry Question Time A two panel discussion tackling and debating some of the hottest topics hospitality and tourism is facing today. Chaired by SLTA Chairman Paul Waterson & Martin Duffy Chairman of Scottish Bartenders Network in collaboration with SLTN. (Special Guests to the Panel will be announced on the 1st of March) Scottish Licensed Trade Association - Scottish Bartenders Network - Scottish Licensed Trade News.


The Brewers Association of Scotland  

With Scotland's craft beer industry flourishing - the Liquid Academy's beer training team will be working in harmony with TBAS to showcase 6 established brewers that are leading innovation in the craft beer category across Scotland. The Tasting will involve different styles and expressions curated by The Beer Association of Scotland to help define key styles that bars, restaurants and hotels should be featuring n their beer menus.

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Gin Aromatics, Kim Lahiri of Olfactico  

Discover the diverse word of aromas through nosing gin botanicals; create synergies of perfection that taste delightful. Recognise those elusive nuances, transform your aroma vocabulary by naming those notes. Look into the formulations of “symphonies” in the world of gins by exploring how important the aroma profile of a gin is to the palette.
We will be nosing and tasting 5 gins specifically selected for their botanicals.

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Spectrum of Modern Mixology

Scotland Top Bar Operators & Leading Spirit Brands Unite - Head bartenders from Scotland's top bar operators will be lining up to represent a category tasting followed by Cocktail presentation for the audience at the show. Scotland brightest lights will be shining for you to take inspirations back to your bars to enlighten your guests.

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Soft Drinks Sophistication

Working in harmony with 4 unique innovative mixers - this session is designed to highlight some of the unusual and new age ingredients that are entering the soft drinks market. The audience will also here from the producers themselves and the Liquid Academy's drinks innovation team will be showcasing some common spirit mixers to highlight new perfect serves operators can try out on their bars.

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From Grain to Cask, Barry Chalmers

This session will focus on a comparative style tasting of 4 or 5 different styles of Cask finished whisky showcasing the creativity of and innovations distillers are embracing to bring unique and diverse expressions to the market.

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Celebrating 150 Years of the Ceylon Tea Industry

Single Estate Tea, Dananjaya Silva From PMD Tea
In this session you will learn about the process from plantation, to people who enjoy drinking tea everyday and the incredible difference and diversity of flavour available to the consumer and trade through a progessive tasting of 4 teas from Ceylon.

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Drinks Industry Question Time - SLTA SBN

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association together with The Scottish Bartenders Network will be bringing the biggest questions our trade is facing to the Liquid Academy Live forum and hosting two VIP panels that will be open the big debates to the industry live at the show.



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