Reserve Your Tickets For David Wood’s Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2019

Caol Ila Distillery Manager

Whisky Tasting Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2019

Once again former Caol Ila Distillery Manager David Wood will be hosting exclusive Islay Single Malt Whisky Masterclasses on Islay during the Islay Whisky Festival 2019. This is an opportunity to attend a tasting featuring drams from the different distilleries on Islay hosted by a former Islay distillery manager.

David has no links to any distilleries so his tastings give guests an unbiased look in to the distilling industry across the island of Islay. During the evening guests will be tasting some awesome drams, both proprietary bottlings and independently bottled drams. Most will be small batch releases and cask strength releases.

At the Islay Whisky Festival 2019 David will be hosting two masterclasses with a maximum of 32 guests at each. Spaces are very limited so if you would like to reserve tickets please be in touch as soon as possible. Both masterclasses will take place at Islay Studios in Bridgend Square at the following dates and times:




Islay Whisky Festival 2019

The 2019 Islay Whisky Festival is set to begin on Friday 24th May and run for just over a week until Saturday 1st June. 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!

Islay Whisky Festival 2019 Distillery Events

There are currently 9 distilleries on Islay, and soon to be 10 once the new Port Ellen Distillery is commissioned in 2020. 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 2019!

Slainte and happy drams!


David Wood Islay


Peak District Stag Party Whisky Tastings

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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!


PS we host gin tastings for stag parties too!!


Whisky and Chocolate Pairing in London with William Curley

Whisky and chocolate william curley

I was delighted to be invited to co host a very special single malt whisky tasting at a large solicitors premises in London last week with the very talented patissier and chocolatier William Curley. It was a pleasure working with William in preparation for the event, especially the bit where I got to taste a lot of chocolate with a lot of great whisky!

Whisky and Chocolate Pairing

Finding perfect pairings of chocolate and whisky is great fun. At most of the whisky tastings that I host there is always a bar or two of dark chocolate being passed around, it is perfect with dark, sherry matured drams. Rather than a contrast, when pairing chocolate and whiskies it is more often similar flavours that complement one another that you are looking for. People are often surprised when I talk about pairing whisky with food, it isn’t just great with chocolate, there are drams our there that are great with cheese, great with puds and you only need to try Talisker with haggis or Caol Ila with shellfish to really to start to appreciate the versatility of Scotland’s gift to the world.

William Curley

William Curley

William’s career began when he worked as an apprentice at Gleneagles Hotel which lead him to train with some of the country’s greatest chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, and Raymond Blanc. His ambitions lead him to become the youngest Chef Patissier in the history of The Savoy Hotel.

Since opening his business over thirteen years ago, William has achieved numerous accolades including four times winner of  Britain’s Best Chocolatier by The Academy of Chocolate and a gold medal at The Culinary Olympics. In 2012 William became a member of Relais Dessert International the most prestigious association for Patissier – Chocolatiers. He also achieved the Master of Culinary Arts by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. This is the highest accolade awarded to chefs in the UK.

Our Whisky Pairings

During this very special corporate tasting, our 50 guests enjoyed 6 wonderful single malt whiskies perfectly paired with William’s exquisite chocolates. The whiskies had a wide range of flavour profiles beginning with a light style from the Lowlands of Scotland, we then brought the guests together at the close of the evening to taste a heavily peated, cask strength, single cask whisky from the Highlands.

Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky with Yuzu

A fragrant citrus infused dark chocolate ganache with flavours of lemon, grapefruit, blossom and vanilla.

Auchentoshan is a Lowland single malt whisky from Glasgow. This bottling, the 12 year old is matured in both American and European oak. There are aromas of toasted almonds and caramelised toffee and the whisky is smooth and delicate on the palate.

Deanston 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky with Muscovado Caramel

A rich, dark vanilla infused caramel, encased in Toscano 70% dark chocolate. There are flavours of molasses, butter and vanilla.

Deanston is distilled on the banks of the River Teith near Stirling in the Highlands and is matured in American oak. The nose is reminiscent of days of haymaking with flavours that are creamy sweet with honeyed spiciness, vanilla and cloves.

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Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky with Tayberry Toscano

A tayberry pate de fruits, topped with a dark fruity ganache.

This is the classic island whisky from the Isle of Skye, matured in American oak. Peat smoke and sea saltiness accompanied by red fruit and an explosion of pepper in the mouth.

London whisky tasting


Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky with Orange & Almond

A crispy base of roasted almond praline and feuillantine wafer, topped with vibrant orange infused ganache. Flavours of toasted almonds and orange zest.

Bunnahabhain (Foot of the river) is distilled in an extremely remote location on the beautiful Isle of Islay in the Hebrides. The whisky is rich and sweet with creamy vanilla and cinnamon with the faintest waft of peat smoke.


Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky with Richmond Park Honey

A smooth pure dark ganache made with Richmond Park honey. Flavours of meadow flowers and earthy woodland notes.

American oak maturation and slow distillation gives this smoky, oily, maritime whisky from the Isle of Islay gooseberry, lime and smoky flavours alongside aromas of tar and wet fishing nets. A natural choice given I was once the Distillery Manager.


Fraoch Mòinteach Edition IV Highland Single Cask Single Malt Whisky with Beurre De Sel

A punchy salted caramel, pure dark chocolate ganache. Flavours of vanilla and butterscotch, seasoned with a burst of sea salt.

Fraoch Mòinteach Edition IV by The Moorland Distiller, Highland single cask single malt whisky is a limited release straight from a bourbon barrel and bottled at 59.8%. This whisky is all about rich caramel sweetness along with masses of peat smoke.


Contact Us

We host corporate whisky tastings in London and all over the United Kingdom. If you are interested in learning more about our whisky tastings, or if you are interested in having a whisky and chocolate pairing please call David on 07875 405 980 or complete the form below and we will reply very quickly.



Peak District Stag Party Activities

Gin Tastings Peak District

If you are looking to arrange a stag party in a rural location, look no further than having your stag do in the Peak District National Park. The Peak District offers a wealth of outdoor activities for stag groups and there are plenty of large self catering houses in stunning locations to choose from. In this blog post we’ve put together a list of fun activities that can be enjoyed by your stag party guests.

Peak District Stag Party Ideas

The Peak District National Park is the perfect place to have your stag party. The scenery is breathtaking with hundreds of miles of trails to explore whether on foot or by cycling. Sitting in a Peak District pub with your friends in front of a roaring fire with a pint of real ale is the perfect way to end the day.


Shooting Activities For Your Peak District Stag Do

The Yeaveley Estate near to the beautiful market town of Ashbourne offers a range of activities for corporate groups, stag parties and hen parties. The shooting packages that the estate offers are very popular with stag groups and make a great activity for your Peak District stag do. The estate also offers a fantastic range of other activities perfect for your Peak District stag party such as fly fishing, hovercrafting, archery and game butchery courses and there is on site accommodation too if you’d like your whole Peak District stag weekend to take place in one location. There is even a pub serving good beer and food at the entrance to the estate. Check out The Yeaveley Arms website for more information.

Peak District stag activities

Peak District Stag Party Whisky Tasting

Here at Distilled Events we host whisky tastings for stag parties in the Peak District. We host whisky tastings for stag dos in large self catering houses throughout the Peak District National Park. During our stag group whisky tasting you and your guests will taste 6 wonderful single malt whiskies from around Scotland and hear all about the history of Scotch whisky and how it makes the amazing journey from field to table. To enquire about a whisky tasting for your Peak District stag party or to check availability please call David on 07875 405 980 or click here to use our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Peak District Gin Tastings

At Distilled Events we also host gin tastings. If your party is in the Peak District book us to come to you and we will host your very own gin tasting experience. At our gin tastings guests taste 6 great gins before mixing the perfect serve G&T with each with garnishes as suggested by the distillers. We supply all the gins, glassware, tonics, ice and garnishes and we also include a ‘guess the botanicals’ quiz to make sure the experience is fun as well as informative. For more information or to book a Peak District gin tasting please call David on 07875 405 980 or click here to use our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Bespoke Cycling Adventures For Peak District Stag Groups

Our friends True North Adventures offer bespoke cycling adventures, E-bike hire and cycling holidays in the Peak District.  True North Adventures guide, teach skills and offer coaching for all cycling disciplines, e-mountain bikes, mountain biking, gravel riding and road riding. They offer unique, bespoke guided cycling adventures throughout the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales and the Staffordshire Moorlands. There is also accommodation available if you would like to keep your stag party in one location in stunning surroundings. There is no better place than the Peak District for a bespoke cycling weekend for your stag party guests.

Peak District Stag Party Activities

Peak District Stag Party Paddlesports

Tittesworth Water Sports offer a wide range of outdoor activities which would make a great day out for guests on your Peak District stag party. Tittesworth reservoir is situated on the Southern edge of the Peak District National park and has stunning views across the Staffordshire Moorlands and The Roaches. There are many things to get involved in at the water sport centre. Your stag party guests could enjoy canoeing, kayaking, raft building, archery, and axe throwing in stunning surroundings. After a day on the water, no trip to Tittesworth is complete without a visit to The Lazy Trout pub for excellent food and ale.

Fly Fishing in the Peak District National Park

For small Peak District stag party groups a day out on the river or on a lake fly fishing for trout is a wonderful way to spend a day beautiful surroundings. The Peak District is one of the best areas for fly fishing in the UK. There are many rivers and lakes to choose from, whether fishing from bank or from a boat. There is also tuition available for novices and guides to help you get the most from your day on the water. Here are some links to some of our favourite places to fly fish:

The Peacock at Rowsley – The Peacock is the hub for the Haddon Estate fisheries which offers some of the finest and most extensive dry fly fishing for wild brown trout and wild rainbow trout in the country. The river Wye is famous for being the only UK river with wild rainbow trout as well as wild brown trout. Fly fishing tuition is available nearby at the Bakewell Fly Fishing Shop with Peter Arfield. Local guides are also available.

Peak district stag activites


Ladybower Fishery – If you prefer reservoir fishing Ladybower Fishery in the Upper Derwent Valley offers 13 miles of bank fishing and has 15 boats with petrol outboards for hire. The lake is stocked with both rainbow and blue trout as well as having a population of native wild brown trout.

Peak district stag activities

Peak District Stag Party accommodation

The Peak District has many large self catering holiday houses that are perfect for your Peak District Stag party. We regularly host whisky tastings for stag parties at houses that can be booked via Party Houses UK and Peak Venues. All of the houses are very well equipped, spacious and perfectly situated to get to your Peak District stag do activities.

Large Accomodation Stag Party Hen Party


Large Accommodation Stag party hen party

Contact Us

We hope you found our information about Peak District stag party activity ideas useful. If you would like more information about our whisky tastings or gin tastings, please call David on 07875 405 980 or complete the form below and we’ll get back to you very quickly.





Whisky Tastings Near You in Autumn 2018

Whisky Tasting

The air is getting cooler and the nights longer, all of a sudden it is feeling very much the time of year that lends itself to enjoying a good single malt whisky by the fire, or failing that 6 drams with us at one of our very special Single Malt Whisky Tasting Experiences at a venue near you soon!

Autumn 2018 Whisky Tastings

The diary is packed with private whisky tastings all over the UK this Autumn but we are also putting together a schedule of Single Malt Whisky Tasting Experiences for which you will be able to buy tickets for you and your whisky friends. We would love to see you at one of our whisky tastings.


Brighton – Southern Belle, Hove. 6pm Saturday 10th Nov – Click here for more info and tickets

Alton, Staffordshire The Bulls Head, 7.30pm Thurs 29th Nov – Click here for more info and tickets

Sheffield Picture House Social, 7pm Fri 30th Nov – Click here for more info and tickets

Stone, Staffordshire – Venue TBC – Thurs 13th Dec – Contact us for more info


Whisky Tastings

Our whisky tastings are different to those hosted by our competitors. Our tastings are authentic. We’ve lived and worked at the coal face of spirit distilling. We’ve managed iconic malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, so when we talk to you about whisky, it is with passion and experience. We are not trying to sell you anything other than Scotland and its gift to the world, Scotch whisky.

We don’t work for any big brands, we are not sales representatives and we are not brand ambassadors but what we are is passionate about good single malt whisky.

We regularly host both private whisky tastings and ticketed whisky tastings throughout the United Kingdom.

What to Expect From Our Whisky Tastings

  • Always hosted by either David Wood (formerly Distillery Manager at Caol Ila Distillery on Islay or Leonie Wood formerly Marketing and Visitor Centre Manager at Kilchoman Distillery on Islay)
  • 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 whisky production
  • How to taste whisky and choosing glassware
  • A fun and factual event exploring Scotch whiskies whilst avoiding the usual anecdotes

Private Whisky Tastings

Wherever you are in the UK (or further afield) we can host a private whisky tasting for you. Whether it be a whisky tasting for your corporate events or a whisky tasting for your clients or a whisky tasting for your stag party, please contact us for more information or to book.

Tastings in The Peak District

We are based in the Peak District National Park. If you are having a family gathering, a stag party or a hen party in the Peak District and you would like information about having us host either a gin tasting or whisky tasting for you in your accommodation please get in touch. We regularly host tastings in large self catering accommodation in the Peak District, including houses owned and managed by Party Houses UK and Peak Venues.

We provide everything you need for your whisky tasting or gin tasting in the Peak District, all we need from you is an area within the property where we can host the tasting.

Contact Us

To get in touch, please complete the form below and we will reply to you very quickly. Alternatively please call David on 07875 405 980.