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.

 

 

The Moorland Distiller Fraoch Mointeach Edition 3

Moorland Single Cask Whisky

Searching for, selecting and bottling the highest quality single cask single malt whiskies is an incredibly exciting and rewarding thing to do. What makes it all the more enjoyable is working with  fabulous local artists like Dr Curly of Dr Curly’s Toothbrush Illustrations.

Curly’s artwork caught our eye when it was being displayed at The Earl Grey Inn in Leek, Staffordshire. Once we had made the decision to start bottling our own single cask whiskies again it wasn’t long before we were knocking on Curly’s door to see if he would be interested in helping to design the logo and label artwork for our future bottlings.

Fraoch Mointeach Whisky Label Artwork

We very much wanted our labels to be different whilst being fun and contemporary. Each label design for each of our single cask releases features the same distillery worker character completing different tasks within the distillery. (We’re looking for a name for said character so if you have any suggestions please drop us a line!).

What really makes Dr Curl’s designs so unique is the fact that he only uses a selection of toothbrushes to complete the task.

Fraoch Mointeach Edition 3

We are soon to release our third Edition of Fraoch Mointeach (The Moorland Heather). This time it is a deliciously sweet whisky that has been matured in American oak since 1996 in Highland warehouses. For the label design we decided to use a dunnage warehouse with our distillery worker character taking a sample using a valinch (cask thief) from a cask as the theme. Given that our whisky has matured for such a long time we thought it an appropriate design.

Here is the work in progress:

Queen of the moorlands whisky

queen of the moorlands whisky

The Moorland Distiller Single Cask Bottlings

Here is what to expect from our very special single cask single malt whisky bottlings:

  1. EACH WHISKY SPECIALLY SELECTED BY DAVID WOOD
  2. INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED LABELS
  3. INDIVIDUALLY SIGNED LABELS
  4. LABELS SPECIALLY DESIGNED BY DR CURLY’S ILLUSTRATIONS
  5. NO CHILL FILTRATION
  6. NO COLOURING
  7. ALWAYS NATURAL CASK STRENGTH

Fraoch Mointeach Edition 4

We’ve now sold out of Fraoch Mointeach Edition 3 but we have recently chosen the whisky for our fourth edition to be bottled and released at the beginning of November. Once again this will be a heavily peated dram for those who like their smoky whiskies. If you would like to reserve a bottle please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Slainte

David

Queen of the moorlands whisky

 

The Moorland Distiller Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

Queen of the Moorlands Whisky

We occasionally have a few very special whiskies for sale, please see below for details of our current bottlings.

Our Single Malt Whiskies

We use the experience that we have gained in whisky production, marketing and retail to occasionally release very special single malt whiskies from around Scotland. We only bottle what we like and are not necessarily looking for whiskies from big name distilleries, if it tastes great and is an interesting dram then we’ll bottle it.

The Moorland Distiller and Fraoch Mointeach

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 Mointeach’ meaning moorland heather in Gaelic.

Special Releases Currently Available

Our current bottling is Fraoch Mointeach Edition II. Bottled at a whopping 62.4%abv this is a deliciously sweet and wonderfully smokey dram from one of the oldest distilleries in the Highland region of Scotland. Each bottle is individually numbered and signed. Labels have been specially designed by Dr Curly’s Illustrations and executed with just a toothbrush. We think the labels are pretty cool. Bottles are priced at £70 each, shipping quoted on request.

Queen of the moorlands whisky

What to Expect From Our Single Cask Whiskies

  1. EACH WHISKY SPECIALLY SELECTED BY  DAVID WOOD
  2. INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED LABELS
  3. INDIVIDUALLY SIGNED LABELS
  4. LABELS SPECIALLY DESIGNED BY DR CURLY’S ILLUSTRATIONS
  5. NO CHILL FILTRATION
  6. NO COLOURING
  7. ALWAYS NATURAL CASK STRENGTH

How to Order

If you would like to order a bottle or two, please complete the form below and we will be back in touch as soon as possible. We can then give you a quote for shipping.

Islay – An Incredible Experience

Stag party whisky tastings

 

We’ve been lucky enough to live and work on the magical Hebridean Isle of Islay. After owning and managing our own busy Wine Shop in Leek, Staffordshire, and after launching our own brand of Single Malt Whisky, I was given the opportunity of managing the visitor centre experiences at Lagavulin and Caol Ila Distilleries and later of managing Caol Ila itself.

Our home was the old Exciseman’s house at Caol Ila Distillery, on summer days the view along the Sound of Islay (Caol Ila) was breathtaking, on winter days one storm followed another up the Sound. The scenery and wildlife was incredible. Seeing white tailed sea eagle, golden eagle and otter was almost a daily occurrence.

As well as my love for the breathtaking Islay scenery, the great whiskies and wonderful people, I also fell in love with the fishing. There can’t be many places in Europe or maybe even the world where the keen angler has such ease of access to so many different species of fish such as brown trout, salmon, bass and my favourite, the elsewhere ellusive sea trout.

 

The Sound of Islay

My love of Islay began in the late 1990s. There’s a fantastic pub in Leek called The Earl Grey Inn, under its current ownership it is famed for its many real and craft ales, service and friendliness. In the 90’s it was famous for its peculiar interior, its toilets, its rather eccentric clientelle and its extensive range of single malt whiskies thanks to the landlord’s enthusiasm for the product. I had only recently tasted single malts and didn’t think I liked them, I thought they all tasted the same, I thought they all tasted like whisky. Until one evening when John thrust a glass of Caol Ila 12 year old into my hand and instructed me to taste it. I will never forget that moment and it was a life changing one.

The Isle of Islay introduced herself to me through that glass of Caol Ila 12 year old. The intense, smokey aromas and flavours told me about where this incredibly complex whisky had been made, it told me about Islay, and I had to visit.

In the coming years at The Wine Shop, we began to bottle whisky, lots of it, and most of it from Islay. We bottled everything, Caol Ila, Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Bruichladdich and even Port Ellen. We were lucky enough to get the chance to bottle some incredible whiskies, and this in turn took us to Islay, exhibiting our single cask bottlings each year at the Islay Festival of Malt and Music and delivering them to shops and bars on the island so that they could be enjoyed by many visiting enthusiasts.

In June 2012, I was given the chance to work at Lagavulin and Caol Ila Distilleries and I jumped at the chance. 8 months later I was joined by Leonie and Heather, once the Wine Shop had been sold. Leonie joined Kilchoman Distillery where she managed the busy visitor centre and Heather enrolled at the local primary school with circa 25 other pupils.

Lagavulin Distillery

Caol Ila Distillery

We had an incredible time on Islay and met and worked with lots of wonderful people. The experience we had will never be forgotten and was truly life changing. As a whisky enthusiast, to end up working at the distillery where your favourite whisky is produced is absolutely Living The Dream.

Islay is the true whisky Isle and there are currently 8 working distilleries on the island with advanced plans for at least 2 more to be built in the next couple of years.

Islay is often thought of as the island that produces the heavily peated drams, but actually, it is the array of different spirit characters produced by each of the distilleries which makes it so diverse and therefore of such interest to the whisky enthusiast. Anyone who has tasted Bunnahabhain 12 year old and then compared it to Laphroaig 10 year old or Lagavulin 16 year old will understand that.

Because of my love for Islay, my tastings will always have an element of Islay bias. We are however hosting a series tasting events in the near future that feature single malt whiskies exclusively from Islay. During the tasting, as well as experiencing many whiskies from the Isle of Islay, I’ll be talking about whisky production and maturation, and give an overview of each of the distilleries on Islay. I’ll also be touching on controversial issues such as the dreaded question about water, ice and other additives!

It would be great to see you at one of our future events and to share a dram with you. Please click on the links below if you would like to find out more about our Islay Malt Whisky Tastings or to buy tickets.

Click here for our upcoming events.

 

Slainte

David