Islay Whisky Festival 2020 With Distilled Events

Whisky Tasting Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2020

Once again I will be hosting Single Malt Whisky Masterclasses on Islay during the Islay Whisky Festival 2020. This is an exclusive opportunity to attend a tasting featuring drams from the different distilleries on Islay hosted by a former Caol Ila distillery manager.

I have no links to any distilleries so my tastings give guests an unbiased look in to the distilling industry on Islay. We’ll be tasting some awesome drams, both proprietary bottlings and independently bottled drams.

Dates and times for our Single Malt Whisky Masterclasses on Islay during the 2020 Islay Whisky Festival will be posted here in the near future so please watch this space!

If you would like to enquire about attending one of our exclusive tastings at the Islay Whisky Festival 2020, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Islay Whisky Festival 2020

The 2020 Islay Whisky Festival is set to begin on Friday 22nd May and run for just over a week until Saturday 30th May. Just like last year, we will be hosting a number of whisky masterclasses. Our tasting events on Islay are very special because we show whiskies from each of the distilleries as we are not tied to any of them. Our tasting events are therefore biased to one thing, Islay whiskies!

Join Our Events at The Islay Whisky Festival 2020

If you would like to express an interest in attending one of our events at the Islay Whisky Festival 2020, please fill in the contact form above and we will reserve your tickets and contact you for payment as soon as they are released.

Islay Festival Accommodation Available – On Our All Inclusive Week Long Guided Islay Distilleries Experience – Sorry this experience is now sold out – Join us in 2021!

We will be hosting an exclusive, week long guided Islay distilleries experience commencing Saturday 23rd May 2020. We are working closely with one of the largest sporting estates on the island to offer the Ultimate Islay Experience for up to 8 very lucky guests who are looking for the very best of what Islay has to offer during the greatest whisky festival in the world.

Whats Included In The Ultimate Islay Whisky Festival Experience?

  • Luxury traditional farmhouse accommodation with stunning Islay mountain views and roaring fires
  • All food specially prepared for guests including a three course evening meal each day
  • All transport to and from distillery events and transfers to and from the ferry or plane
  • A full itinerary of distillery tours and tastings
  • Myself David Wood, former Caol Ila Distillery Manager as your host for the week
  • The opportunity to fish for wild brown trout on the loch adjacent to the house
  • Deer stalking as an optional extra

Exclusive Islay Whisky Festival Accommodation

Our guests will be staying in a very large traditional sporting estate house for the entire week. The house is very well equipped and has plenty of space so as to ensure that all guests have privacy. There are spectacular views across Islay from both the library and the dining room, the perfect rooms to relax and have a dram whilst looking for golden eagle and sea eagle which are regularly spotted nearby.

Islay Whisky Festival 2020 Distillery Events

There are currently 9 distilleries on Islay, and soon to be 10 once the new Port Ellen Distillery is in operation. There is also a distillery on Jura, the neighbouring island, Jura Distillery. The other distilleries which will be holding special events throughout the week are Ardbeg, Ardnahoe, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Kilchoman, Laphroaig and Jura.

The distillery events programmes tend to be released a couple of months before the whisky festival commences. Once published, you will be able to book tickets for events at each distillery, but be sure to keep an eye out as they book up very quickly!

We hope to see you at one of our tasting events at the Islay Whisky Festival 2020!

Slainte and happy drams!

David

Stag Party Whisky Tastings

Stag party whisky tastings

Planning the perfect stag party or more often than not, a stag do that lasts an entire weekend, isn’t the easiest of things to do. You are tasked with filling a huge amount of activities for the stag and his guests to enjoy. We host whisky tastings for stag parties whether in a private residence or at the self catering property you have hired for the special weekend!

Private Whisky Tasting For Your Stag Party

Let us arrange a fun and informative whisky tasting for your very special stag party wherever the venue in the United Kingdom. During the tasting your guests will taste 6 awesome single malt whiskies from around Scotland. We’ll talk your stag party guests through the history of Scotch whisky and how it makes the incredible journey from field to table.

The whiskies that we present are drams that you are less likely to see on the supermarket shelves. There will be guests amongst your stag party who think they don’t like whisky, don’t worry, we will try our very best to change their minds!

Stag Party Whisky Tasting Host

When you book us to host a stag party whisky tasting you can be sure of an authentic whisky tasting experience. We have worked in every aspect of the whisky distilling industry from managing production of iconic whiskies from the Isle of Islay to bottling and retailing our own single malt whiskies.

Most other companies offering whisky tastings haven’t the experience that we have. We are not brand ambassadors, we are not tied to any brand, we simply show the whiskies that we love. Our tastings are fun and above all authentic!

Contact Us!

For more info about our private whisky tastings please see below. If you would like to contact us or to check availability or to book, please call David on 07875 405 980 or complete the form below and we’ll be back to you quickly.

Bunnahabhain Warehouse Tour

What Is Involved In a Stag Party Whisky Tasting?

When you arrange a whisky tasting for your stag party with us we will liaise with you to ensure that the event is designed to fit around your other activities, and that the tasting commences at a time convenient to you. That might be before dinner, with dinner (we can pair the whiskies with each course), or as after dinner entertainment.

We bring all of the whisky, the glassware, tasting notes, all we need you to provide us with is some space to conduct the tasting. Some times we use a projector and screen to show a virtual distillery tour, a dining room is great for this.

We have worked with whisky for 25 years, we’ve produced it, bottled it, marketed it, retailed it and presented it. Our tastings are therefore very authentic as well as being good fun.

Looking for Accommodation for a Stag Party?

We host whisky and gin tastings throughout the UK and can travel to any location. We regularly host tasting events in holiday lets and self catering properties. If you are looking for a large holiday rental for your stag party or for your hen do, please click on the links below, we regularly host tastings in properties marketed by Partyhouses Uk. Please click the image below for more info.

 

Party Houses – Big Houses for  Your Special Occasion, Holiday or Business Event

Large Accomodation Stag Party Hen Party

To contact us for more information about our tastings or to enquire about availability for a tasting, please complete the form above and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope to see you at your stag party soon!

David

PS we host gin tastings for stag parties too!!

 

Stag Party Whisky Tastings

Stag party whisky tastings

Planning the perfect stag party or more often than not, a stag do that lasts an entire weekend, isn’t the easiest of things to do. You are tasked with filling a huge amount of activities for the stag and his guests to enjoy. We host whisky tastings for stag parties whether in a private residence or at the self catering property you have hired for the special weekend!

Fancy a Whisky Tasting For Your Stag Party in 2019?

Let us arrange a fun and informative whisky tasting for your very special stag party wherever the venue in the United Kingdom in 2019. During the tasting your guests will taste 6 awesome single malt whiskies from around Scotland. I’ll talk your stag party guests through the history of Scotch whisky and how it makes the incredible journey from field to table.

The whiskies that we present are drams that you are less likely to see on the supermarket shelves. There will be guests amongst your stag party who think they don’t like whisky, don’t worry, we will try our very best to change their minds!

Stag Party Whisky Tasting Host

When you book us to host a stag party whisky tasting you can be sure of an authentic whisky tasting experience. I used to be distillery manager of one of the largest whisky distilleries in Scotland, the mighty Caol Ila Distillery on Islay. Most other companies offering whisky tastings haven’t the experience that we have. We are not brand ambassadors, we are not tied to any brand, we simply show the whiskies that we love. Our tastings are fun and above all authentic!

Contact Us!

For more info about our private whisky tastings please see below. If you would like to contact us or to check availability or to book, please call David on 07875 405 980 or complete the form below and we’ll be back to you quickly.

Bunnahabhain Warehouse Tour

What Is Involved In a Stag Party Whisky Tasting?

When you arrange a whisky tasting for your stag party with us we will liaise with you to ensure that the event is designed to fit around your other activities, and that the tasting commences at a time convenient to you. That might be before dinner, with dinner (I can pair the whiskies with each course), or as after dinner entertainment.

I bring all of the whisky, the glassware, tasting notes, all I need you to provide me with is some space to conduct the tasting. Some times I’ll use a projector and screen to show a virtual distillery tour, a dining room is great for this.

I’ve worked with whisky for 20 years, I’ve produced it, bottled it, marketed it, retailed it and presented it. For years I worked at the coal face of whisky production on the Isle of Islay in the Hebrides where I was Brand Home Manager at Lagavulin Distillery before becoming Distillery Manager at the largest distillery on Islay, the mighty Caol Ila. My tastings are therefore very authentic as well as being good fun.

Looking for Accommodation for a Stag Party in 2019?

We host whisky and gin tastings throughout the UK and can travel to any location. We regularly host tasting events in holiday lets and self catering properties. If you are looking for a large holiday rental for your stag party or for your hen do, please click on the links below, we regularly host tastings in properties marketed by Partyhouses Uk. Please click the image below for more info.

 

Party Houses – Big Houses for  Your Special Occasion, Holiday or Business Event

Large Accomodation Stag Party Hen Party

To contact us for more information about our tastings or to enquire about availability for a tasting, please complete the form above and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope to see you at your stag party soon!

David

PS we host gin tastings for stag parties too!!

 

Peak District Stag Party Whisky Tastings

whisky tasting

Planning the perfect stag party or more often than not, a stag do that lasts an entire weekend, isn’t the easiest of things to do. You are tasked with filling a huge amount of activities for the stag and his guests to enjoy. We host whisky tastings for stag parties whether in a private residence or at the self catering property you have hired for the special weekend!

Fancy a Whisky Tasting For Your Stag Party in 2019?

Let us arrange a fun and informative whisky tasting for your very special stag do in the Peak District in 2019. During the tasting your guests will taste 6 awesome single malt whiskies from around Scotland. I’ll talk your stag party guests through the history of Scotch whisky and how it makes the incredible journey from field to table.

The whiskies that we present are drams that you are less likely to see on the supermarket shelves. There will be guests amongst your stag party who think they don’t like whisky, don’t worry, we will try our very best to change their minds!

Contact Us!

For more info about our private whisky tastings please see below. If you would like to contact us or to check availability or to book, please call David on 07875 405 980 or complete the form below and we’ll be back to you quickly.

Bunnahabhain Warehouse Tour

What Is Involved In a Stag Party Whisky Tasting?

When you arrange a whisky tasting for your stag party with us we will liaise with you to ensure that the event is designed to fit around your other activities, and that the tasting commences at a time convenient to you. That might be before dinner, with dinner (I can pair the whiskies with each course), or as after dinner entertainment.

I bring all of the whisky, the glassware, tasting notes, all I need you to provide me with is some space to conduct the tasting. Some times I’ll use a projector and screen to show a virtual distillery tour, a dining room is great for this.

I’ve worked with whisky for 20 years, I’ve produced it, bottled it, marketed it, retailed it and presented it. For years I worked at the coal face of whisky production on the Isle of Islay in the Hebrides where I was Brand Home Manager at Lagavulin Distillery before becoming Distillery Manager at the largest distillery on Islay, the mighty Caol Ila. My tastings are therefore very authentic as well as being good fun.

Looking for Peak District Accommodation in 2019?

We host whisky and gin tastings throughout the UK and can travel to any location. We regularly host tasting events in holiday lets and self catering properties. If you are looking for a large holiday rental for your stag party or for your hen do, please click on the links below, we regularly host tastings in properties marketed by these companies:

Peak Venues – Large Group Self Catering Accommodation in the UK

Large Accommodation Stag party hen party

Party Houses – Big Houses for  Your Special Occasion, Holiday or Business Event

Large Accomodation Stag Party Hen Party

To contact us for more information about our tastings or to enquire about availability for a tasting, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope to see you at your stag party soon!

David

PS we host gin tastings for stag parties too!!

 

Whisky Tasting in Glasgow

Whisky Tasting Glasgow

It was our pleasure to host a whisky tasting for 100 delegates at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow this week. This informal whisky tasting took place on the opening evening of a three day conference as delegates arrived from all over the world.

Private Whisky Tasting in Glasgow

During the whisky tasting, delegates were able to taste seven single malt whiskies from across the whisky producing regions of Scotland. Whilst enjoying this whisky tasting in the heart of Glasgow, guests were encouraged to explore through the range of whiskies that we were presenting in a specific order. We had chosen the single malt whiskies by their flavour profiles. Whisky number one was light and fruity, each whisky thereafter increased in complexity, weight of flavour, mouthfeel and phenols. Whisky number seven was a full strength, 100 proof heavily peated whisky from the Isle of Islay.

 

Glasgow Corporate Tasting – The Whiskies

1. Auchentoshan 12 year old Lowland single malt whisky 40%abv

Given that the whisky tasting was taking place in Glasgow, we thought it appropriate to open the tasting with The Glasgow Malt – Auchentoshan. One of the only distilleries to triple distill, this is an incredibly light spirit. For the 12 year old expression, this Auchentoshan has been matured in both American Oak and European oak and presents sweet barley, vanilla and rich fruits on the palate and has a very long finish.

2. Glendronach 12 year old Highland single malt whisky 43%abv

Our next choice of whisky was the delightful Glendronach 12 year old from the Highlands. Glendronach Distillery is famed for the almost exclusive use of ex sherry casks for maturation. This is somewhat of a rarity these days as a continuous supply of quality sherry casks are hard to find as sherry consumption has declined. On the palate there is plentiful chocolate, marmalade and raisins. Once again the finish is long with smoky toffee and caramel.

 

3. Benriach 10 year old Speyside single malt whisky 40%abv

It was time to introduce a little peat smoke by way of the lovely Benriach 10 year old AKA ‘Curiositas’. Benriach, situated just a few miles South of Elgin produces a range of stunning whisky expressions, some peated, some unpeated. We feel that this whisky is the perfect introduction to the world of smoky drams. On the palate this is a sweet, malty dram with hints of peat smoke. The finish is dry with hints of beeswax and fennel.

4. Benriach 12 year old sherry matured Speyside single malt whisky 46%abv

The perfect dram to show just what a diverse range of whiskies Benriach Distillery produces. This whisky has been exclusively matured in European oak sherry casks. It has also been bottled at the slightly higher strength of 46% with no chill filtration which promotes a wonderful mouthfeel and flavour experience on the palate, where you will find Christmas spices, vanilla, figs and blackcurrant followed by a sweet finish with a touch of ginger developing.

 

5. Talisker 10 year old Isle of Skye single malt whisky 45.8%abv

We simply love Talisker which is why we often include it in our tastings. I lived on the Isle of Skye for a while and when I taste it, it always reminds me of early evening walks through Portree with the peat reek rising from the chimneys of the croft kitchens. Talisker 10 year old is becoming increasingly hard to find as it gives way to other ‘no age statement’ expressions in the range become more prevalent. On the palate the key flavours are reminiscent of bonfire smoke, brine, black pepper but also red fruits. The finish is incredibly long with fading peat smoke and fruit.

6. Bunnahabhain 12 year old Islay single malt whisky 46.3%abv

Bunnahabhain is a whisky and distillery close to my heart and I always present it in tastings wherever possible. This whisky is a great introduction to the whiskies of Islay. It isn’t about peat smoke like many of nearby neighbours but it is about rich sweetness and a full bodied mouthfeel with plentiful Christmas spice, in fact I always describe it as Christmas Day in a bottle!

7. Port Askaig 100 proof Islay single malt whisky 57%abv

This mystery malt comes from another distillery very close to my heart. We left this one until the end not just because of the high alcohol content but also because this is the most phenolic dram of the flight of whiskies that we presented on the evening. Before the hydrometer was invented in the early 19th century, there was no way of testing for ABV, all you could do was to test whether it was under proof or over proof, by mixing the spirit with gunpowder. Upon attempting to ignite the gunpowder, if it ignited then that showed that the spirit was overproof, if it didn’t then it was under proof. We now know that the gunpowder ignites when mixed with spirit over the strength of 57.12%abv – hence the name and strength of this wonderfully smoky, full bodied whisky, a truly classic Islay dram!

Enquire About A Whisky Tasting

If you are interested in finding out more about having us arrange a whisky tasting for your private event, business meeting or conference in Glasgow, Edinburgh or anywhere else in the United Kingdom (or further afield!), please complete the form below and we will be back to you as soon as possible: