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There is no other way to put it – virtual whisky drinkers have a blockbuster week coming up. Starting on Tuesday 23rd and finishing on Sunday 28th there are seventeen whisky events taking place.


Tuesday gets the week off to a good start with a superb evening from the team at SE23 Whisky Club. They have put together a Bruichladdich evening, with six drams available from their core range and some special drams, including the 3D Peat Proposal. The next evening sees the London Whisky Club host the indie bottler Murray McDavid, sampling some of their range in what promises to be an excellent night.



Thursday then sees a whopping six events. First up is Starmore Boss with a world whisky tasting, as well as Irish Drink Shop entering the virtual whisky world with a Gelston’s tasting. SMWS will also host their monthly virtual event, and East City Whisky Club have organised an evening with Duncan Taylor brand ambassador Sam Peacock to discuss their products. Mackmyra, the ubiquitous Swedish whisky brand, will also be discussing their core range at a bargain price.


The star of Thursdays tasting events, however, is undoubtedly The Whisky Show’s Waxy Masterclass. For £200, whisky drinkers with too much money can join the illustrious line-up of Sukhinder Singh, Jonny McMillan, Angus McRaild, Billy Abbott, Lora Hemy and Serge Valentin in sampling six drams which the hosts believe represent the much sought after waxiness that comes with certain whiskies from a certain period. An incredible lineup, including an early 1970s Clynelish that Jonny describes as ‘brimming with waxy honey notes.’


Friday continues the theme of excellent events with five virtual tastings. Inverurie Whisky Shop customers will be enjoying drams from the criminally underrated Glencadam, while The Wee Dram will host their Winter Warmer event. The Good Spirits Company will be providing six drams to those who attend their American Tasting event, and the Sussex Whisky Appreciation Group will be joined by Conor Ryan from Pearse Lyons Distillery. Both events are, however, sold out. Friday also sees The Whisky Show continue, with a Longmorn Masterclass.



Saturday sees events from The Wee Dram, North East Whisky Appreciation Society, and The Whisky Show, who hold their Winter Warmer, Artful Dodger and Gordon & MacPhail events respectively. The best event of the week then takes place on Sunday. The Whisky Show’s Old and Rare week ends with an Old-Style Peat Masterclass. Peat is often misinterpreted as one-dimensional, and this event aims to showcase the variety of peat and its usage in different parts of Scotland through the ages, as well as different distilleries, many of whom had their own peat sources and operated their own floor maltings. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sample such unique drams.


At present, there are 62 online events listed on the Tastings page. There are some gems that are worth checking out!

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Following a quiet January, online whisky tastings are back with a bang, and next week is no exception. All of next week’s tastings take place on Thursday 4th or Friday 5th, with four blockbuster events on each night.



The most special tasting taking place next week is Thursday evening’s event with George Grant. The sixth-generation owner of Glenfarclas will explore five family casks from different decades, starting in the 1990’s and going all the way back to the 1950’s. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about the history of the family and the distillery, as well as try some truly exceptional drams. If you can afford it, this is not to be missed.


The Dram Team are also hosting their Rye January event on the same day. Branching out from their usual monthly subscription, they are giving whisky drinkers the chance to sample an oft-overlooked whisky style – rye. The six drams on offer are exceptional, ending with a Vermont Oak finished 15 year old Whistlepig. This is a great chance to sample some of the best rye out there.


There are two other events on Thursday. The Southport Whisky Club’s USA Tasting will be fascinating, with four US craft distillers showcasing their whiskies, but this event sold out very quickly. The other event taking place is Birmingham Whisky Club’s Tour of Scotland. With quality drams from each region, and an extremely knowledgeable host, this should be a great night to try whisky from all over Scotland and also learn more about the history and whisky culture of each region.



Friday continues the theme of great whisky events. Sussex Whisky Appreciation Group will host Mariella Romano from Arran Distillery, their global brand ambassador, with members sampling six drams and learning more about the beautiful distillery. SWAG nights are always great fun, and this should be no exception.


Speyside Distillery will also be hosting their virtual tasting live from the Snug. Led by commercial manager Paul Dempsey, the event will run through five great samples, including the heralded Fumare Cask Strength Special Edition. This should be a top night.


At the same time, Bimber will be hosting one of their rare vTasting events, and The Good Spirits Company will host their monthly virtual tasting. Both are now sold out, but look out for their future events as they are some of the best tastings out there.


Check out all of these events, as well as many more on the Tastings page.

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Next week begins with the Holy Grail of virtual whisky tasting, a Macallan tasting with the London Whisky Club on 20th January. The intention of the tasting is to establish whether the current crop of expressions, such as Edition 5 and 6, or the Triple Cask, live up to the hype of the older releases. With so many Macallan bottles unopened, this is a good opportunity to establish whether or not the liquid inside is incredible or iron pyrite.


The weekend then begins with six tastings scheduled for Friday night, mostly in celebration of the life of the Ploughman Poet, Robert Burns. Birmingham Whisky Club will be holding a Balvenie Burns night, hosted by Alwynne from Balvenie and including five wonderful Balvenie drops and a Scottish hamper of haggis crisps, shortbread and an Irn Bru cocktail. Whisky-Online are continuing the Burns theme, hosting a Burns night with Doug McIvor from BBR. There are 8 drams on offer, culminating in a special mystery dram at the end of the evening. Lastly, SWAG will be hosting a Burns night supper, with poetry readings, a discussion on the Bard himself, and a lot of whisky. It should be a cracking night.


Of all the events occurring on Friday, East Coast Whisky have the most impressive drams. There were 14 spaces left at last check, and some of the drams on offer are a Bunnahabhain 27 from 1989, Glenlossie 24 and a Braes of Glenlivet 16 from 1979. As usual, the drams are special and likely the only time you will be able to try them.


The Good Spirits Company are also hosting an Irish whiskey tasting, with six mystery drams on offer, and The Little Whisky Company are hosting an excellent Dalmore tasting, but tickets are unfortunately sold out.



Finally, The Spirits Embassy are hosting a Duncan Taylor tasting that is excellent value for money. For £20, there are 5 cask strength samples on offer from their Dimensions range, including a 22 year old Blair Athol. The Duncan Taylor brand ambassador will be on hand to run through the drams. I will hopefully see some of you there!

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