Ever wondered about the botanicals in your gin, or how Scotch whisky is made? Learn more about your favourite tipple with our tasting workshops. Our interactive sessions are designed for groups of four guests and upwards, hosted in one of our venues or, for a surcharge, at a location of your choosing. Utilise all your senses as you learn about fermentation, distillation and maturation, nosing and tasting our selection of wines and spirits. Already know your way around Scotland’s whiskies? How about bourbon or Japanese whisky? Our tasting academy delivers a knowledgeable and interactive session that will open your eyes to new aromas and flavours.

For tastings calendar, please visit www.drinkaberdeen.com and check out the events page. Gift vouchers are available to buy in person from Rye & Soda or by emailing tastings@10dollarshake.com.

For group tastings of 8+, please contact us for a tailored quote.

Download Tasting Academy brochure here.

American Whiskey :: The Sazerac Co

Begin your journey with the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep, before exploring five different styles of American whiskey, including White Dog, Rye & Bourbon. Learn about the history of Kentucky’s whiskey-making industry and its close ties to Louisiana’s carnival town, New Orleans, whilst indulging in one of the most popular whiskey categories in the world.

90 mins | £35pp
Tasting: Mint Julep | Buffalo Trace White Dog | Sazerac Rye 6yr | Buffalo Trace | Eagle Rare 10yr | Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch Bourbon

Gin :: Hayman’s Family Gin Distillers & Fever Tree Mixers

Currently enjoying a resurgence in both popularity and number of brands on the market, gin is no longer a mother’s ruin. Learn about the colourful history of gin, from its humble Dutch beginnings to today’s London Dry benchmark standard, tasting five different styles of gin from oak-rested to navy strength, along with a number of Fever Tree tonics, including Light and Mediterranean. Welcome drink is a Hayman’s Sloe Gin & Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic.

90 mins | £25pp
Tasting: Hayman’s Sloe Gin & Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic | Hayman’s Family Reserve | Hayman’s Old Tom | Hayman’s London Dry | Hayman’s Royal Dock Navy Strength | Hayman’s Gin Liqueur

Scotch Whisky #1 :: Diageo ‘Classic Malts’

The greatest whiskies in the world are arguably produced right here in Scotland. Explore five classic malts from around Scotland, comparing the geographical styles from the Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside and Islay, witnessing the differences between an island/coastal malt and a mainland, a bourbon cask or a sherry finish, or a peated with an un-peated. The session kicks off with a Perfect Manhattan, created using Johnnie Walker Black Label plus dry and sweet sherries.

90 mins | £25pp (add cheese £7.50pp)
Tasting: Perfect Manhattan | Glenkinchie 10yr | Cragganmore 12yr | Oban 14yr | Talisker 10yr | Caol Ila 12yr

Scotch Whisky #2 :: Diageo ‘Classic Malts’ :: Distillers Edition

The Master Distiller/Blender has one of the most challenging roles in the distillery, utilising years of distilling and sensory training to produce both the key expressions in a distillery’s portfolio, as well as a number of limited editions and single casks. The success of a brand is not only down to the marketing, but the abilities of this key individual. We’ve selected 5 of the best Distillers Editions from the Diageo Classic Malts range for this enhanced tasting experience. Begin the session with a Johnnie Walker Green Label & Walnut Bitters Old-Fashioned.

90 mins | £45pp (add cheese £7.50pp)
Tasting: JW Green Label Old Fashioned | Glenkinchie DE | Cragganmore DE | Dalwhinnie DE | Talisker DE | Lagavulin DE

Scotch Whisky #3 :: Fine & Rare Malts :: Blind Tasting

We delve into our archives of single malts and collectables to put together a tasting of some of the most stunning drams ever produced. From single barrels and cask strength, to silent distilleries and limited bottlings, you won’t be disappointed with the line-up. Due to the rarity of some of these, you will blind taste each malt, we can only name the line-up on the day.

120 mins | £60pp (add cheese £7.50pp)

Whiskies of the World :: Japan :: Nikka

One of the fastest growing categories of whisky is produced in the land of the rising sun. Nikka has emerged as one of the most highly-rated producers in the whisky world, producing a stunning range of both single malt and blended whiskies. Begin with a Mizuwari, a Japanese high ball drink, before exploring the finest drams this multiple award-winning producer has to offer.

90 mins | £35pp (add sushi £7.50pp)
Tasting: Nikka Mizuwari | Nikka Blended Whisky | Coffey Grain | Coffey Malt | Pure Malt Black | Nikka From The Barrel


Introduction to Wine | Begin your journey into the fantastic world of wine as we tutor you through four popular styles of wine, starting with an aperitif-style sparkling wine, then followed by two white wines, a rose and two reds.

90 mins | £25pp (add cheese £7.50pp)



Champagne | Explore the aristocrat of sparkling wines with a tutored tasting of a Non-Vintage, Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir, a Rose and a Demi-Sec. Your host will guide you through food pairings suggestions, local knowledge of the beautiful region of Champagne and a timeline through history from Roman excavations of the caves and their use during World War II to the legend of Dom Perignon and his exploding bottles. Each tasting includes 5 x 75cl bottles of Champagne.

90 mins | £295 (per group of 8 – 10 guests)

All tastings are available for groups of 4 or more persons. For group tastings of 12+, please contact tastings@10dollarshake.com for a tailored quote. Download Tasting Academy brochure here

Terms & Conditions

  • All tastings require 100% advance payment to confirm the reservation and date. Payment can be by BACS, within the venue or with gift vouchers (for the specific venue only).
  • By booking a tasting with us, you benefit from a 10% discount off your food and drink bill, only redeemable on the day of your tasting. You can choose to dine at either The Tippling House or Rye & Soda, regardless of which venue you are having your tasting in. You will also receive a 10% off voucher for the Rye & Soda bottle shop, to be redeemed within 14 days.
  • We will endeavour to reserve your tasting at the venue of your choice, however due to a number of factors, including other pre-booked guests and certain days/times of the week, it may be necessary to hold your tasting at an alternative venue.
  • Cancellations with minimum 28 days advance notice will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations up to 14 days before the tasting will receive a 50% refund, whilst cancellations less than 14 days before will not be eligible for a refund.
  • The minimum numbers for a tasting is 4. During peak times, tastings with less than 8 guests may be joined by other groups who have booked the same spirit or wine tasting. (*Champagne tastings are excluded from this and are exclusively for your group only.)