We have a long history of running excellent whisky and fine spirit tastings. They are extremely popular and give whisky and spirit lovers the chance to meet the people responsible for making their favourite drams. Many of our tastings are whisky based, but we also cover a wide range of other drinks and spirits, including Cognac, rum, gin, vermouth and Tequila.
Our masterclasses are hosted by the biggest names in the industry, with master blenders and distillers flying in specially for the event. We also hold a monthly barrel-top tasting at our shop where we show some lesser-known, leftfield spirits. Below is a list of favourite tastings from 2016.
Diageo Special Releases Masterclass
What better way to kick off 2016 than with whisky ambassador Colin Dunn showcasing Diageo’s 2015 Special Releases, including Dailuaine 1980, Port Ellen and Brora!
Plantation Rum Masterclass
Alexandre Gabriel, founder of Plantation, took us on a Caribbean tour with its signature spirit – rum.
Lagavulin 200th Anniversary Masterclass
2016 was Lagavulin’s 200th anniversary and we celebrated it with them by tasting its specially released 8 Year Old and a sherried 1985 21 Year Old, among others.
English Whisky Co. Masterclass
The English Whisky Co’s chief whisky maker David Fitt took us through a passionate journey of the country’s first established commercial distillery for more than 120 years.
The Whisky Show 2016
2016 brought together hundreds of the world’s most sought-after whiskies, with guests invited to taste exclusive luxury drams and meet legendary figures from the whisky world.
The Smoke Sessions Masterclass
This was an evening for smoke lovers where we discovered the similarities and differences between mezcal and peated whisky.
Ladies Night; Improvers Guide to Whisky Masterclass
Our first women-only tasting was a huge success, proving that whisky is for everyone.
Whisky of the Year Masterclass
With a shortlist of just eight whiskies, we asked the public to choose our Whisky of the Year; the winner was Kilchoman Machir Bay 2016.
Staff Picks Monthly Barrel Top
The theme of November’s end-of-month barrel-top tasting was Staff Picks. It was a fun opportunity to taste an exciting array of spirits and meet some of the people behind the scenes at The Whisky Exchange.
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