Insights & Trends

New World Whisky Summit

The 90-minute inaugural New World Whisky Summit took place is September 2020 and brought together experts from around the globe to discuss the exciting, dynamic New World whisky category. Moderated by whisky expert and journalist Becky Paskin, the panel explored this rapidly developing category, how it's defined and what the future looks like.


Andy Gemmell, Owner, The Gate, Glasgow 

Dr Ivan Saldana, Founder, Abasolo whiskey  

David Vitale, Founder, Starward whisky 

 Dawn Davies, Head Buyer, Whisky Exchange 

 Frank Lampen, CEO and Founder, Distill Ventures

Some of the topics we cover in the session are:

-What is New World Whisky? 

-Who is the modern whisky consumer and what are they looking for? 

-Can 'Old World' whiskey become a 'New World' by being disruptive and innovative? 

-How can producers and retailers work together to the benefit of these new consumers? 

-What brands and regions are producing the most exciting spirits at the moment?

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