Private Corporate Whisky Tasting Experience!

A Very Special Whisky Tasting in Sheffield

I hosted a very special whisky tasting at the Tankersley Manor Hotel and Spa near Sheffield at the weekend. This booking was one of those that was postponed due to Covid 19. It was lovely to be asked to host the whisky tasting as it is the third that I have hosted for this company already. It is nice to know that they enjoy my tastings so much!

Whisky Dinner

My customer had invited their guests from all around the world to attend a multi day training session, I had been asked to host the whisky tasting at their dinner on the last night of the course. I served two of the whiskies with dessert and with the cheese boards. I decided to serve Auchentoshan 12 year old Lowland single malt whisky from the banks of the river Clyde in Glasgow. There was a lovely selection of cheeses on the table and I recommended that guests enjoy the lovely sherry matured Bunnahabhain 12 year old single malt whisky from the North East shores of the Isle of Islay in the Southern Hebrides where I spent a number of years living and working.

The Whisky

After the Auchentoshan 12 year old single malt whisky and the Bunnahabhain we tasted another 4 whiskies.

I regularly show Talisker 10 year old single malt whisky from the Isle of Skye. I love to give my guests Talisker to try as to me it is one of the best whiskies from Scotland for portraying it’s provenance, placeless and for speaking about terroir. I was lucky enough to live on the Isle of Skye for a while and even just the nose of Talisker reminds me of walking back from the pub in Portree on a Saturday night and experiencing the smell of peat reek coming from the croft kitchens.

Following Talisker I served Caol Ila 12 year old single malt whisky from the Isle of Islay. Caol Ila was the first whisky that when I tasted it didn’t simply taste of whisky. It wasn’t until I tasted Caol Ila in the old Earl Grey Inn on the Ashbourne Road in my home town of Leek in Staffordshire that my whisky journey really began. I loved Caol Ila so much that I started to visit the Isle of Islay regularly. Cutting a very long story short I then became the Distillery Manager at Caol Ila Distillery, making the equivalent of 18 million bottles of my favourite whisky every year. Some journey for a whisky enthusiast!

Following the Caol Ila I then served a new edition from Ardbeg Distillery on Islay, the fantastic Ardbeg Wee Beastie, a full bodied and heavily peated single malt whisky. The tasting concluded with one of my own single cask single malt whiskies, a Fraoch Mòinteach single cask single malt whisky distilled in 2003 at Bunnahabhain Distillery and bottled at the cask strength of 53.5% abv.

Would You Like a Private Single Malt Whisky Tasting?

If you are interested in having a single malt whisky tasting experience at your home, or at the office please do get in touch with me. Please call me (David) on 07875 405 980, or complete the contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Book a Whisky Tasting Experience!

Whisky Tastings

Would you like a whisky tasting at your office or a whisky tasting at home? I host private whisky tastings for corporate events and for private parties anywhere in the UK. Whether you are in London or Manchester, Glasgow or Edinburgh, I will come to you to host your exclusive and bespoke single malt whisky tasting experience.

Private Whisky Tastings

My whisky tastings are different to those hosted by my competitors. My whisky tasting experiences are authentic. I’ve lived and worked at the coal face of spirit distilling. I have managed iconic malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, so when I talk to you about whisky, it is with passion and experience. I will not try to sell you anything other than beautiful Scotland and the wonderful gift to the world, Scotch whisky.

I don’t work for any brands, I’m not a sales representatives and I’m not a brand ambassador but what I very much am is incredibly passionate about good single malt Scotch whisky. When I host your whisky tasting for you I will present to you whiskies that I love.

Whisky and Chocolate Tasting Experience

I also host whisky and chocolate pairing tasting experience. This is a great way to introduce people who think they don’t like whisky to whisky! We use luxurious handmade chocolates procured from The Highland Chocolatier in Grandtully, Pitlochry in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

What to Expect From Our Private Whisky Tasting Experiences

  • Hosted by by myself David Wood former Caol Ila Distillery Manager and whisky bottler
  • A tasting of at least six single malt whiskies from around Scotland
  • You’ll hear about the history of the Scotch whisky industry
  • A look into how whisky makes the incredible journey from field to table
  • How to taste whisky and choosing glassware
  • A fun and factual event exploring Scotch whiskies whilst avoiding the usual anecdotes

Enquire About A Whisky Tasting

If you would like more information about our private whisky tastings, or if you would like a quote or to book us for your private whisky event, please don’t hesitate to call David on 07875 405 980 or complete the contact form below and we will get back to you very quickly.

It’s So Good To Be Back….

I’m absolutely delighted to have finally made our Guided Speyside Distilleries Experience happen!

Due to covid, the last couple of years has been a test to say the least for Distilled Events, indeed if it wasn’t for one of my best whisky customers, Sean Ruffell of Organic North Wholesalers, suggesting that we launch Moorland Veg box my tasting and tours company would not exist.

Without the very, very hard work done by Leonie Wood, especially when she’s a pair of hands down when I’m gallivanting north of the border I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of this, so thanks to Leonie for everything she does that allows me the time to do what I do.

Our group of ten guests from the UK, US and Norway had an amazing time in Speyside and the Highlands. We put together an itinerary of 15 distillery visits including tours and tastings at no less than 12 distilleries. Guests enjoyed beautiful meals at Burgie House and enjoyed coach travel supplied by Mayne’s Coaches, our driver Alfie ensuring our guests were looked after and arrived on time at each distillery experience.

I’d like to thank Bob Krizek for asking me to arrange this trip nearly 3 years ago, after 2 postponements due to covid and after having to find new accommodation at the last minute after a major fire at the house we had originally booked, I’m so glad we finally delivered the experience for Bob and his guests.

We had tastings and tours at:

Benriach Distillery

Glen Garioch Distillery

Blair Athol Distillery

Aberfeldy Distillery

Glendronach Distillery

Glenfarclas Distillery

Glenallachie Distillery

Balvenie Distillery

Wolfburn Distillery

Pulteney Distillery

Benromach Distillery

Glenmorangie Distillery (thanks Eddie Them for giving us such a great afternoon!).

We put together a team of helpers and suppliers that made for a magical trip for our guests. Thanks goes to Alfie and Mayne’s Coaches of Buckie for the fantastic coach service, to Maeve & Fiona from the Annoying Little Jobs Company for your housekeeping service, to the team at Burgie House for letting us stay in your fantastic, cosy, (but incredibly large!) property, to the incredible Anne Barns-Graham for the lovely food, laughs and wine drinking solidarity and to Justina Dailydytė of My Scottish Diary who helped to deliver what was a totally magical experience for our guests, capturing some wonderful pics for us all to treasure, and joining in with the wine solidarity (I can’t thank you enough for all your help Justina and it was great that you were able to join us).

Between us we absolutely smashed it and my heartfelt thanks goes to you all for making it such a memorable experience, for helping me to get Distilled Events back on it’s feet again and for helping me be….well…me again.

We’ve already arranged the dates for our next Guided Speyside Distilleries Experience. This will be a 7 night experience commencing Monday 3rd April 2023 at Burgie House, Forres. If you would like to join us please contact me on 07875 405 980 or send an email via the contact page.

Our Guided Distillery Experiences include your accommodation, all meals prepared by our chef, a full itinerary of distillery tours and tastings, transport to and from all distillery experiences, and myself as your host throughout.

You would be welcome to join us in Scotland!



Gin Tasting For Your Hen Party!

Gin tasting

Gin Tastings!

Wherever you are in the UK we would love to host a gin tasting for you. Whatever the occasion, whether it be a hen party, birthday celebration or just getting together (at last!), our gin tastings are the perfect way to have fun!

During our fun gin tastings we present 6 classic gin and tonics, each served with garnishes as suggested by the distiller of each spirit.

We like to present gins that have been made by skilled distillers who are passionate about what they do and who love their products.

Our Gin Tastings

Here is what you can expect at one of our gin tastings:

  • Six classic G&Ts
  • All glassware, ice, tonic and garnishes
  • Hear about the history of gin
  • Learn how gin makes the journey from field to table
  • An insight in to gin classifications
  • David Wood as host

Contact Us

We are now taking bookings for our gin tastings for 2021 and 2022. If you would like more information about what is involved, about how much our gin tastings cost or to check availability for our gin tastings, please complete the form below and we will get back to you very quickly

You could also give David a call on 07875 405 980, he would love to hear from you.

Gin Tastings For Your Hen Party In The Peak District in 2021!

Peak District Gin

Hen Party Gin Tastings in the Peak District National Park!


We love to host gin tastings for hen parties! We also host gin tastings for private parties and at corporate events. We host gin tastings for hen parties and corporate events at venues within the Peak District and all over the UK. Often our tastings take place in large self catering holiday houses.

Gin Tastings Anywhere in the UK!

During our exclusive gin tastings guests taste 6 gins neat before preparing the perfect serve gin & tonic with garnishes as suggested by the distillers. Our tastings are fun and informative and are enjoyed by those both new to the wonderful world of gin and by seasoned enthusiasts!

We provide everything needed to ensure that your guests will thoroughly enjoy the tasting:

  • A range of wonderful gins including craft gins
  • Garnishes for each gin and tonic as recommended by the distiller
  • Tonics to accompany the gin
  • All glassware
  • Tasting notes
  • An industry expert to host the tasting

We specially select the gins that we present at our tastings very carefully. We present authentic gins that we believe have been made properly by passionate distillers who have integrity, knowledge and skill. Above all we present gins that we enjoy and that truly speak of their provenance and placeness due to careful selection of botanicals by the distillers.

Gin Tastings

Gin Tastings For Hen Parties

As well as our regular scheduled gin tasting events around the UK, we arrange private gin tastings for private parties, stag parties, hen parties, corporate events and for special birthdays. We can host a private tasting for you and your guests in your home.

Please contact us here if you would like more information or to book us for a private tasting event. Alternatively please call David on 07875 405 980.

To enquire about a gin tasting anywhere in the UK, please call David on the number above or complete and submit the form below and we will get back to you very quickly.

Accommodation For Hen Parties

We can host your gin tasting wherever you are in the UK, whether in your holiday accommodation or in your own home. We regularly hold gin tastings in the Lake District and the Peak District in large self catering houses. Here are two recommendations for accommodation providers who we work with regularly, please click on the link for more info:

Party Houses UK

Peak Venues