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:

 

 

Whisky Tastings

Would you like a whisky tasting at your office or a whisky tasting at home? We host private whisky tastings for corporate events and for private parties anywhere in the UK.

Private Whisky Tastings

Our whisky tastings are different to those hosted by our competitors. Our whisky 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. When we host your whisky tasting we’ll present to you whiskies that we love.

What to Expect From Our Private Whisky Tastings

  • Hosted by either 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 whisky production
  • 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.

 

 

Private Corporate Whisky Tasting Glasgow

Bunnahabhain Warehouse Tour

We regularly host corporate whisky tasting masterclasses for businesses and their clients throughout the UK. We would love to host an exclusive whisky tasting masterclass for your corporate event or business function in Glasgow.

Private Whisky Tastings in Glasgow

We regularly host exclusive corporate whisky tastings in Glasgow, in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. Wherever you are in Glasgow, we’ll come to your venue to host the whisky tasting. We provide everything you need to make your whisky tasting in Glasgow a success, we provide all the glassware, the tasting notes and of course the whisky!

Authentic Whisky Masterclasses in Glasgow

Nobody in Glasgow can offer such authentic whisky tastings as we do. I was distillery manager at one of the largest malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, the mighty Caol Ila Distillery on the windswept and beautiful Isle of Islay. I’m lucky enough to have been given the responsibility of choosing whisky for limited edition bottlings and before moving to Islay regularly bottled my own single casks. Its a difficult job but someone has to do it!

Our competitors who host whisky tastings in Glasgow are brand ambassadors or sales representatives and whilst their events are engaging, they cannot offer the authenticity that we do, given our experience at the coal face of whisky production.

When we host a whisky tasting for your clients in Glasgow you can be sure that they’ll be enjoying a truly authentic whisky experience.

Corporate Whisky Tastings in Glasgow

We specialise in providing whisky tastings for any occasion whether it be at a party, a business reception or a corporate event. We can host a whisky tasting for you in Glasgow or anywhere else in Scotland. We also host private gin tastings in Glasgow.  Our whisky tasting events in Glasgow are bespoke to our clients needs. We host whisky dinners for for corporate events in Glasgow, we work closely with the chef to ensure that each course is perfectly paired with each whisky.  If you would like further information about our private tastings or if you would like to check availability, please complete the form below and we will reply to you very quickly.

 

Our Whisky Tastings

Our tastings are fun and informative, they are suitable for the newcomer to the wonderful world of single malt whisky and for the seasoned enthusiast.

Whisky Tasting

Regional Whisky Tasting

Our regional whisky tastings are an imbibing journey around the whisky producing regions of Scotland. Guests enjoy a whisky from the regions of Highlands, Speyside, Lowlands, Islands, Campbeltown and Islay. During this tasting we demonstrate the diversity in whisky profiles produced by many distilleries in Scotland.

As part of the regional malt whisky tasting, guests will learn how single malt whisky makes the special journey from field to table. We often takes guests on a virtual distillery tour so that we can offer an in-depth explanation about the whisky making process.

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Islay Whisky Tasting

We have lived on Islay and still work on this beautiful island. There are no less than 8 iconic malt whisky distilleries in production on Islay at the moment with a 9th, Ardnahoe Distillery being built right now and rumours of more in planning process. Islay distilleries produce an incredible array of whisky profiles from rich and sweet drams to smokey, medicinal, phenolic, big peaty monsters. There is a dram for everyone on Islay, the whisky isn’t all about the peat. Given our experience at the coal face of whisky production on Islay, we offer a real insight in to what it is like to live and work on the island and an in-depth look at each distillery and the whiskies made there.

This tasting is a must for anyone who is thinking about visiting the magic Isle of Islay. Like all of our tastings it is fun and informative and suitable for the newcomer to single malt whisky and for the seasoned enthusiast.

Rare Whisky Tasting

Our rare whisky tastings showcase whiskies that are hard to find. They may be drams from distilleries that no longer exist, they might be extremely rare distillery only bottlings or limited editions. Often drams in our rare whisky tastings are from single cask bottlings most of which are bottled at natural cask strength.

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Whisky Dinner

If you are planning a dinner for your guests we can match each course with the perfect dram. Usually we talk about the history of Scotch whisky and how whisky is made before dinner and then will introduce each whisky before each course. We will explain why we have paired that whisky to that particular course before guests enjoy their dram with the food.

Contact Us About Your Whisky Tasting

If you are thinking about having a whisky tasting at your party, business meeting or corporate event, please call David on 07875 405 980 and he will answer all your questions, recommend a package and discuss costs with you.

Get in touch with us today if you would like us to host a very special whisky tasting at your event.

Slainte

David

 

Reserve Your Tickets For David Wood’s Masterclasses at The Islay Whisky Festival 2018!

Stag party whisky tastings

Islay Single Malt Whisky Masterclasses With David Wood at The Islay Whisky Festival 2018

I can’t wait to be back on Islay in May 2018 for the greatest whisky show on Earth where I will once again be hosting a series of exclusive Islay single malt whisky masterclasses. 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.

Reserve Your Tickets For The Masterclasses Here

Tickets for our Islay Malt Whisky Masterclasses are available here, please click the links below to reserve your tickets:

Malt Whisky Masterclass – 2.30pm session 28/05/18 – Gaelic College Bowmore

Malt Whisky Masterclass – 6.30pm session 28/05/18 – Gaelic College Bowmore – SORRY THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT

Malt Whisky Masterclass – 6-30pm session 29/05/70 – Islay Studios Bridgend Square

Whisky Tasting

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Islay Whisky Festival 2018

The 2018 Islay Whisky Festival is set to begin on Friday 25th May and run for just over a week until Saturday 2nd 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!

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Guided Islay Whisky Festival Distilleries Experience

Are you looking for accommodation during the Islay Festival 2018? We are offering 8 lucky guests the opportunity of joining us on our week long Guided Islay Distilleries Experience beginning on Saturday 26th May. This is an exclusive opportunity for up to 8 people to enjoy the ultimate Islay experience hosted by myself David Wood, former Caol Ila Distillery Manager?

Whats included in the Guided Islay Distilleries Experience at Islay Whisky Festival 2018?

  • Luxury accommodation for up to 8 guests in a very large traditional farmhouse on one of the largest sporting estates on Islay with mountain views and roaring fires
  • All food during the week including a three course meal each evening
  • All transport whilst on Islay
  • A full itinerary of distillery tours and tastings
  • An industry expert as your host

The all inclusive price per head is £2365 which we think offers tremendous value for what is a very special experience.

If you are interested in joining us on this whisky trip of a lifetime, please contact us here

The Islay Whisky Festival 2018 Distillery Events

There are currently 8 distilleries on Islay, and soon to be 9 once the new Ardnahoe Distillery is built. 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, 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 2018!

Slainte and happy drams!

David

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Islay Whisky Tours

Private Whisky Tastings

Ardbeg Tour

We host private whisky tastings anywhere in the UK. Whether you are looking for a whisky tasting at home or in your holiday rental for a special occasion for maybe for a birthday or a stag do, call us today to discuss an event. We worked for many years at the coal face of whisky production on the Isle of Islay in Scotland so our tastings are authentic as well as fun!

Whether you’d like a whisky tasting at your birthday celebration, at your corporate event or even for your stag do, call David on 07875 405 980 for more information or fill in the contact form below and we’ll get back to you very quickly.

 

Whisky Tastings

We host whisky tasting events and masterclasses all over the UK and can arrange a private tasting for any group size at your home, party venue or business address. Our whisky tastings take many formats from regional whisky tastings to rare whisky tastings and we also host whisky dinners.

Your host David Wood has worked in the whisky industry for many years, recently he worked at both Lagavulin and Caol Ila distilleries on the Isle of Islay and more recently was distillery manager at Caol Ila Distillery. David’s tastings are as authentic as can be. Whilst most whisky tastings are hosted by sales reps or brand ambassadors or even people who have never visited a malt whisky distillery, David has worked at the coal face of whisky production making an ideal and extremely knowledgeable host for your guests.

Our tastings are fun and informative, they are suitable for the newcomer to the wonderful world of single malt whisky and for the seasoned enthusiast.

Whisky Tasting

Regional Whisky Tasting

Our regional whisky tastings are an imbibing journey around the whisky producing regions of Scotland. Guests enjoy a whisky from the regions of Highlands, Speyside, Lowlands, Islands, Campbeltown and Islay. During this tasting David demonstrates the diversity in whisky profiles produced by many distilleries in Scotland.

As part of the regional malt whisky tasting, guests will learn how single malt whisky makes the special journey from field to table. David often takes guests on a virtual distillery tour so that he can offer an in-depth explanation about the whisky making process.

whisky tasting

Islay Whisky Tasting

We have lived on Islay and still work on this beautiful island. There are no less than 8 iconic malt whisky distilleries in production on Islay at the moment with a 9th, Ardnahoe Distillery being built right now and rumours of more in planning process. Islay distilleries produce an incredible array of whisky profiles from rich and sweet drams to smokey, medicinal, phenolic, big peaty monsters. There is a dram for everyone on Islay, the whisky isn’t all about the peat. Given our experience at the coal face of whisky production on Islay, we offer a real insight in to what it is like to live and work on the island and an in-depth look at each distillery and the whiskies made there.

This tasting is a must for anyone who is thinking about visiting the magic Isle of Islay. Like all of our tastings it is fun and informative and suitable for the newcomer to single malt whisky and for the seasoned enthusiast.

Rare Whisky Tasting

Our rare whisky tastings showcase whiskies that are hard to find. They may be drams from distilleries that no longer exist, they might be extremely rare distillery only bottlings or limited editions. Often drams in our rare whisky tastings are from single cask bottlings most of which are bottled at natural cask strength.

Feis Ile 2018

Whisky Dinner

If you are planning a dinner for your guests we can match each course with the perfect dram. Usually David will talk about the history of Scotch whisky and how whisky is made before dinner and then will introduce each whisky before each course. David will explain why he has paired that whisky to that particular course before guests enjoy their dram with the food.

Contact Us About Your Whisky Tasting

If you are thinking about having a whisky tasting at your party, business meeting or corporate event, please call David on 07875 405 980 and he will answer all your questions, recommend a package and discuss costs with you.

Get in touch with us today if you would like us to host a very special whisky tasting at your event. Please click here to send an email and we will be back to you as soon as possible.

Slainte

David