“Scotch whisky is one of Scotland’s great contributions to the good life. Like any alcoholic drink, it is capable of abuse, but the best guarantee against abuse is knowledge and discrimination… The proper drinking of Scotch whisky is more than indulgence: it is a toast to civilisation, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of man’s determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full the senses with which he has been endowed.” David Daiches, Scotch Whisky: Its Past and Present
“I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.” Humphrey Bogart’s last words.
Speyside to Islay – An adventure through Scotland takes in all of Scotland’s major regions, beginning with the light fruity whiskies of Speyside, travelling through the more spice oriented Highlands, then on to the earthy, salty complexity of Campbeltown, the eclectic range of The Islands and finishing the tour with the relentless peat-ridden sledgehammers of Islay.
Our Islay Experience shows the big peated whiskies that Islay is famous for, but also shows off the nascent focus of some distilleries on regionality. They source barley, peat and of course water locally and endeavour to highlight the difference that soils and microclimate can make to whisky.
A Highland Fling moves from the heathery, briny whisky of maritime distilleries like Clyneleash and Old Pultney, to the Sherry Bombs of the Southern Highlands, taking in some curios and rarities along the way.
Speyside – Scotch Whisky’s Heart and Soul shows the range of Scotland’s most prolific whisky producing region. From delicate orchard fruits to tropical, sweet maltiness and the glorious complexity of heavily sherried whiskies.
Once the whisky capital of the world, the isolated town of Campbeltown on the Mull of Kintyre produces some of the best whiskies in the world including the legendary Springbank. Though there are only three operating distilleries they produce a diverse range of styles, yet all arguably carry the leather and salt that are the hallmark characteristics of the region.
Island Hopping The far flung Islands of Scotland produce some of the most popular whiskies in the world. The cut of the islands is very broad. Talisker produces an explosion of smoky peat, while Higland Park shows of sherried heather at it’s best, and the upstart Arran already produces etherial and delicate spirit belying it’s relative youth.
Whiskies of the World a selection of whiskies from around the world which could include: Ireland, Japan, India, Taiwan, America and Australia. Talk to us if you want to push the focus of your tasting to a specific country or region.