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