Welcome to Distilled

Caol Ila Distillery Manager

Whisky and Gin Tasting Events

We host whisky tasting and gin tasting events and masterclasses in Leek, Staffordshire and throughout the UK. We can also arrange tasting events in your own home for you and your friends or for your corporate event. If you would like to see all of our scheduled tastings and events or if you would like to purchase tickets, please click here

Private Whisky and Gin Tastings – At Home or For Corporate Events

If you are interested in us hosting a tasting for you and your friends, at a corporate event or if you would like us to train your bar or restaurant staff, please call David on 07875 405 980 or email us here.

Bespoke Islay Whisky Trips

We arrange Guided Islay Distillery Experiences for small groups of whisky enthusiasts. The experience lasts between 5 and 7 days and includes accommodation, transport and all tours, tastings and masterclasses whilst on Islay.

Click here for some more info about what our Guided Islay Distilleries Experience looks like.

Please call David if you would like to join us on a scheduled experience or if you would like us to design a bespoke trip for you. Alternatively please send us an email here.

Islay whisky tour

Industry Expertise

We have built up our experience over many years. In the 1990’s, Leonie and I worked for a large drinks retailing company where we received extensive wine and spirits training. In 2003 we had the opportunity to buy our own wine and whisky retailing business, The Wine Shop in the market town of Leek in Staffordshire.

Independent Bottling and Brand Development

In 2005, we launched our very own Single Malt Whisky and range of single cask single malt whiskies which really put the shop on the map and whisky enthusiasts from all over the world began to visit and buy from us. We began to receive exceptional reviews of our products in the media and our reputation quickly began to grow.

Lagavulin, Caol Ila and Kilchoman Distilleries

In 2012, I was approached by Diageo who asked me if I would be interested in developing and managing their Distillery Visitor Centres at Caol Ila and Lagavulin distilleries on Islay. As Caol Ila was my favourite whisky, I didn’t need to be asked twice!

Leonie moved to Islay to join me in March 2013 and was appointed as Visitor Centre and Marketing Manager for Kilchoman Distillery. In October 2013 I became Billy Stitchell’s successor as Distillery Manager at my favourite distillery, Caol Ila, a dream well and truly come true.

Whisky Festivals, Masterclasses and Events

Working for such iconic distilleries gave us both the opportunity to work at large scale drinks industry events and festivals overseas and we found ourselves travelling extensively, spreading the Islay whisky word around Europe and further afield. This experience coupled with the fact that we both worked very much at the coal face of spirit production sets us apart from our competitors.

We are not mixologists, we are not bartenders, and we are not sales representatives. We are very proud of the fact that we’ve actually distilled and been involved with producing and marketing fantastic world class products and we’ve experienced what it is like to live and to work on the world’s most famous whisky destination, the Isle of Islay.

Our events are fun, informative and above all authentic. They are suitable for all whether new to the worlds of gin and whisky, or seasoned enthusiast. We host events throughout the UK, but we are also available for private bookings and corporate events.

We will be hosting masterclasses at Feis Ile 2018, The Islay Whisky Festival. We are also planning a Guided Islay Distilleries Experience for the week of Feis Ile 2018 and also for the week after commencing Saturday 2nd June. You can find out more information about our Guided Islay Distillery Experiences here.

We very much hope to see you at one of our unique events soon!

Slainte

David

07875 405 980