Last month, virtual whisky tastings reached their zenith. Heavyweights like The Whiskey Exchange and Cadenhead’s hosted their flagship events online, with The Whisky Show hosting countless excellent events and the much anticipated Cadenhead’s Virtual Whisky Week knocking it out of the park. November, on the other hand, appears to be the calm before the storm, with December already providing some huge tastings. As a result, we get to showcase some of the less heralded but equally incredible tastings, as well as the usual big hitters, starting with next week’s events.
Next Wednesday, the first big tasting of the week occurs with London Whisky Club holding their Sullivan’s Cove tasting. These are rarely on shelves in the UK, with the Tasmanian Distillery at the forefront of Southern Hemisphere whiskies. The tasting will provide the opportunity to try their Double Cask, Single Cask Brandy and Vodka, which is technically their new make spirit.
Thursday will see Royal Mile Whiskies hosting their Berry Brothers and Rudd tasting. There are five drams on offer, with the Williamson 2012 and Ardmore 2009 two of the standouts. There will also be a mystery dram, and the event will be hosted by BBR experts Ronnie Cox and Johnny McMillan.
Friday provides a great a few options, with tastings from The Wee Dram, Whisky-Online, East Coast Whisky and L Mulligan. The Wee Dram are hosting their Dalmore and Fettercairn tasting, which is now sold out. East Coast Whisky are also holding an incredible event, an Ardmore Vertical tasting. There are nine drams on offer, ranging from 9 years old to twent six years old, all from independent bottlers.
Whisky-Online are holding their Gordon & McPhail Tasting, hosted by Stephen Ranking and Luke Todd-Wood. There are 8 drams on offer, with standouts such as the Highland Park 2006 13 year old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength and the Dalmore 2005 13-Year-Old Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength.
L Mulligan have been hosting some incredible tastings lately, with some rave reviews from attendees in Ireland. This should be no different, with their World Whiskey Tasting. They have thought outside the box with this one, with six drams including France’s Kornog Roc'h Hir and Holland’s Zuidam Millstone 5 Year Old Lightly Peated. This is an opportunity to try world whiskies you may never try again.
Finally, Saturday belongs to The Dram Society, hosting the second part of their exciting Scottish Regions tasting. There are three drams on offer, covering drams from the Campbeltown, Island and Islay Scottish whisky regions. With the beginning of the lockdown, this is the best way to share drams and enjoy the craic with other whisky aficionados. Enjoy!