With the tastings coming thick and fast, here is a roundup of next week’s highlights.
Cadenhead’s are undoubtedly the big news next week, hosting their virtual festival with some exceptional tastings. From Monday to Friday, each night will focus on one brand, with tastings from Hazelburn, Kilkerran, Longrow, Cadenhead’s and Springbank. There were also exclusive bottlings available for each tasting, such as the Springbank 26 Year Old Virtual Open Day bottling.
Various whisky clubs throughout the UK and Ireland will also be hosting some fascinating tastings. Waterford Whiskey Society will host their Walsh whiskey tasting on Tuesday, London Whisky Club will host their Chichibu tasting on Wednesday and SWAG will host their Uncle Nearest tasting with brand ambassador Matt Neal on Friday.
There are also excellent tastings from indie bottlers and distilleries. Isle of Raasey will hold their exceptional tasting on Friday, discussing the maturation of their forthcoming signature single malt released in 2021. The combination of Rye whiskey, Chinkapin Oak and Bordeaux red wine casks should make for a fascinating spirit. Great Drams will also host their Archive Tasting on the same night, tasting some of their most successful releases, including two that are no longer available.
Possibly the highlight of the week may be the North Star Tasting, with the inimitable Ralfy, available from the Good Spirits Co. All proceeds will be generously donated to MacMillan Cancer support, so it should be a great night for a wonderful cause.
Lastly, to get into the spirit of Halloween, L Mulligan will host their Spooky tasting on Friday, with whiskies such as Auchentoshan Blood Oak and Wolfburn Movren, as well as a sample of Mozart Pumpkin Spice Liqueur. With these tastings, and a few others happening next week, be wary of the Halloween spirits (terrible, I know!).