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.

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!

Slainte!

David

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.

Whisky Release Update!

Single Cask Whisky

The Moorland Distiller and Fraoch Mòinteach Single Malt Whiskies

Before we moved to Islay to work at Caol Ila, Lagavulin and Kilchoman distilleries we owned a wine and whisky retail business where we grew a strong reputation for bottling single cask single malt whiskies under the Queen of the Moorlands Rare Cask label.

Now that we are bottling whiskies once more we’ve launched our new label, The Moorland Distiller ‘Fraoch Mòinteach’ meaning moorland heather in Gaelic.

Our Latest Fraoch Mòinteach Releases

Fraoch Mòinteach Edition IX Highland Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

We are very fond of our latest single cask release from the Highlands of Scotland. This incredibly citrusy single cask single malt whisky was distilled at Teaninich Distillery in 2009. Teaninich whisky is quite hard to find but it is always great.

The spirit was matured for 11 years in American oak and bottled at a cask strength of 57.8% with no chill filtration or colouring.

The flavour profile of this stunning single malt whisky is very much of citrus fruits but one of the most enjoyable aspects is that of the texture and mouthfeel that it provides.

We have just 5 of bottles of this rare single cask whisky remaining priced at £85 each. If you would like to order a bottle, please complete the form at the bottom of this page or call or text David on 07875 405 980.

Fraoch Mòinteach Edition VIII Orkney Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

One of our latest offerings is this fantastic, delicious, fruity, spicy big hitting Orkney single cask single malt whisky. There is simply loads going on in this un chill filtered dram. There is no artificial colouring here but there is plenty of vanilla, the faintest waft of heather smoke and lashings and lashings of old English spangles.

It has been bottled at a natural cask strength of 63.1%abv and was distilled at one of only two malt whisky distilleries on Orkney Mainland.

Bottles are priced at £85 each. If you would like to purchase a bottle please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page or call or text David on 07875 405 980

A FEW OF BOTTLES STILL AVAILABLE AT PRESENT

Fraoch Mòinteach Edition X Single Malt Whisky

We are working hard to arrange the next exciting release in our Fraoch Mointeach range of single cask single malt whiskies. We are confident that we will have more information very soon so please watch this space if you are interested in securing a bottle or two!

Contact Us!

If you would like more information about our whiskies, please complete the contact form below and we will be back to you as soon as possible!

And now, all the way from Orkney……

Single Cask Whisky

Fraoch Mòinteach Edition VIII Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

It is here at last! Our latest Fraoch Mòinteach Single Cask Single Malt Whisky Release! Our fantastic Fraoch Mòinteach Edition VIII was distilled at one of only two malt whisky distilleries on Mainland Orkney. It was matured for 12 years in American oak before being bottled the natural cask strength of a whopping 63.1%abv without any unnecessary artificial colouring or chill filtration.

As always the label artwork has been skilfully created by Dr Curly of Dr Curlys Toothbrush Illustraions. Curly uses just a toothbrush to paint these wonderful pictures.

Tasting Notes

Our latest offering is this fantastic, delicious, fruity, spicy big hitting Orkney single cask single malt whisky. There is simply loads going on in this magnificent dram. There is plenty of ripe citrus fruit, vanilla, the faintest waft of heather smoke and lashings and lashings of old English spangles. 

As usual we’ve contacted everyone on our customer list to take pre-orders and the remaining few bottles are now on general sale. There were 152 bottles in total, each bottle is individually numbered and signed.

Bottles are priced at £85 each. If you would like to purchase a bottle please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page or call or text David on 07875 405 980