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.



Single Malt Whisky Tasting Experience in Sheffield

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Join us at our favourite venue in Sheffield, Picture House Social for our Single Malt Whisky Tasting Experience. This exclusive whisky tasting in Sheffield will be hosted by myself, David Wood.

Whisky Tasting in Sheffield

The whisky tasting will take place at 6pm on Saturday 8th September at Picture House Social, Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. Picture House Social is a great venue with an awesome cocktail bar. There is also a pizza bar serving delicious pizzas and there is are table tennis tables so you can ping pong the night away after the whisky tasting!

During the tasting I will present six quality single malt whiskies from around Scotland. I’ll talk all about the history of Scotch and how it is made.

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Here are the topics we will cover during the tasting:

  • The history of Scotch whisky
  • Nosing, tasting and comparing different spirits
  • The importance of glassware
  • Water, ice, coca cola and other controversial subjects!
  • Categories of whisky including the definition of single malt whisky
  • The whisky producing regions of Scotland
  • Barley malting process and peat
  • Mashing and fermentation
  • Distilling and the importance of copper and spirit cut
  • Maturation and wood policy
  • Ages statements vs no age statements
  • Scotch whisky brands
  • The Scotch whisky boom and new distilleries
  • Whisky and food matching

Whisky Tasting in Sheffield Tickets

Tickets for this exclusive whisky tasting are available here:



Private Whisky Tastings in Nottingham

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We host whisky tastings in Nottingham and all over the UK. Whether you would like a whisky tasting at your celebration for you and your guests or in conjunction with your corporate event, each of our tastings are bespoke to our clients requirements. Our whisky tastings and gin tastings are perfect for stag parties and hen dos, we’d love to host one for you.

Nottingham Private Whisky Tastings

Nobody in Nottingham can offer such authentic whisky tastings as we do. We’ve worked in the whisky industry for many years. David 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. He’s lucky enough to have been given the responsibility of choosing whisky for limited edition bottlings and before moving to Islay regularly bottled his own single casks.

Our competitors hosting whisky tastings in Nottingham 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 guests in Nottingham, we’ll be bringing Scotland to you.

Corporate Whisky Tastings in Nottingham

We specialise in hosting whisky tastings for any occasion whether it be a private party, a business reception or a corporate event. We can host a whisky tasting for your employees or clients in Nottingham or anywhere else in the UK. We also host private gin tastings in Nottingham.

Our whisky tastings in Nottingham are bespoke to every clients needs. Sometimes we host whisky dinners for clients in Nottingham, 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.


Whisky Tastings In Sheffield

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Private Whisky Tasting in Sheffield

We host private whisky tastings in Sheffield and anywhere in the UK. Whether you are looking for a whisky tasting at home, at your office, in your holiday rental for a special occasion for maybe for a birthday or a stag party, contact us today to discuss a bespoke whisky tasting 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!

Whisky Tasting Venue in Sheffield

As well as private whisky tastings in Sheffield, we regularly hosted ticketed events at awesome venues like Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road. If you are looking for a venue where your tasting in Sheffield can be hosted, Picture House Social has a huge cocktail bar, pizza bar and even ping pong and so makes the perfect venue for your get together. This venue also has a private cinema where our tastings usually take place.

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.

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What Are Our Whisky Tastings Like

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 hosts David and Leonie Wood have worked in the whisky industry for many years, recently working at Lagavulin, Caol Ila and Kilchoman distilleries on the Isle of Islay. More recently, David was distillery manager at Caol Ila Distillery. Our 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, we have worked at the coal face of whisky production making us ideal and extremely knowledgeable hosts 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.

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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 take 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 will talk about the history of Scotch whisky and how whisky is made before dinner and then will introduce each whisky before each course. We’ll explain why we have paired each whisky to each course before guests enjoy their dram with the food.

Contact Us About Your Whisky Tasting

If you are thinking about having a whisky tasting in Sheffield, 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 in Sheffield. Please click here to send an email and we will be back to you as soon as possible.



Brighton Whisky Tasting Masterclass

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Forthcoming Whisky Tasting Events in Brighton

Our next scheduled whisky tasting masterclass in Brighton will be at The Southern Belle on Saturday 9th June 2018. Guests will enjoy 6 stunning whiskies from around Scotland and the 2 hour tutored tasting will be hosted by former Caol Ila Distillery Manager, David Wood.

This fun and informative whisky tasting is the perfect opportunity to learn all about the history of Scotch whisky and how the UK’s number 1 food export makes the special journey from field to table.

Buy A Ticket For Our Next Whisky Tasting in Brighton

You can buy a ticket for our whisky tasting at The Southern Belle in Hove on 9th June 2018 by clicking the link below.

Buy a ticket for our next whisky tasting in Brighton here!

Brighton Whisky Tastings

Our Recent Single Malt Whisky Tasting in Brighton @ The Belle

25 lucky Brighton folk enjoyed a very special whisky tasting at The Southern Belle in Waterloo Street, Hove, a fantastic pub with a wonderful range of real ales, craft gins, vodkas and of course great single malt whisky all served by a fantastic team of people.

You can stay at The Belle, the rooms are of a really high standard but great value too, some even have sea views! Sunday lunches at the pub have become quite famous across Brighton so if you thinking of trying it out, give the lovely people at The Belle a call to book!

Whisky Masterclass Brighton

Jayne the owner of The Southern Belle very kindly allowed us to use the dining room for our tasting. I presented a flight of 6 tasty whiskies without letting our guests know what each whisky was before they tasted it. Quite often at my whisky tasting masterclasses, I like the guests to do the work and to try to evaluate the special spirits in front of them before I reveal their true identities.

What is Involved in a Whisky Tasting?

I can talk about whisky forever. I have to make sure that I keep to an agenda or else the poor guests would be listening to me until midnight. Usually, as well as tasting 6 awesome whiskies, and as well as having the opportunity to get answers to as many questions about whisky as they like, guests can expect to learn about the following:

  • The definition of single malt whisky
  • Other whisky definitions
  • Ideal glassware
  • Personal preference: Water / Ice / and other controversial subjects!
  • How to taste
  • History of whisky production in the United Kingdom
  • How whisky makes the journey from field to table
  • The whisky boom
  • The future of single malt whisky

Whisky Tastings for Your Christmas Party in Brighton

If you are looking for a special event for your office Christmas party, or for your corporate event in Brighton, please give me a call and we can tailor make a whisky tasting or a gin tasting to fit your needs. If you have any questions at all please call David on 07875 405 980.

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The Set List For Our Whisky Tasting @ The Southern Belle

Craigellachie 2008 / 8 year old bottled by Signatory 43% matured in two bourbon barrels

‘Ayrshire’ Single Grain 1998 / 18 years old bottled by Signatory

Kilchoman Machir Bay, Islay Single Malt, 46%

‘Burnside’ 20 year old bottled by Chorlton Whisky, 51.7% – the favourite dram of the evening

Bunnahabhain Stiuireadair Islay Single Malt Whisky, 46.3%

‘Bealach Ruadh’ 8 year old bottled by Chorlton Whisky, Islay Single Malt, 58%

We’ll be in Brighton next month, this time I’m definitely going to make it to Nowhere Man for some lovely pancakes!