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Tasting packages

Regional tasting experiences

Scotland experience - £30 per person

With this tasting you will explore Scotland’s different whisky regions with a sample from each one. From the fruity and fresh whiskies coming from along the world famous River Spey; to the salty and robust whiskies from along the shores of the Scottish Islands; across to the peat-laden Isle of Islay with its sea influences and maritime malts; to the vastness of the Scottish Highlands encompassing a landscape filled with unique and varied characteristics, down to the Scottish Lowlands with their light and floral style.

You will leave with a grasp on how the region impacts the initial delicate spirit and how it goes on to influence the final maturing whisky.

Speyside experience - £30 per person

Explore unique whiskies from the most prolific region in Scotland: Speyside. Coming from along the banks of the world famous River Spey, stretching from the Cairngorms to Spey Bay, Speyside whiskies are famed the world over for their fruity, sweet quality. Known as the “Premier Cru” of all malt whiskies and with over fifty operational distilleries in the region there is a Speyside dram to suit everyone.

Islay experience - £30 per person

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ the island of Islay is haven for whisky lovers and nature fanatics alike. We have long worked with Islay’s distilleries to independently bottle whisky from them – both peated and un-peated.

This experience offers you the chance to sample these Islay bottlings. A mix of deep smoky whiskies alongside some lighter, sweeter expressions will give you an understanding of the island’s complexity and how the character of the malt is really determined.

Highland experience - £30 per person

The vast Highlands of Scotland are home to many of its distilleries – it is after all, in terms of geography the largest region, from the Northern point of Wick down to the kingdom of Fife, through Perthshire and over to Oban in the West. Each Highland whisky has its own unique story and history. We work with many of the Highland distilleries to bottle the character of each – whether it is fruity or sweet or salty.

This tasting experience is a chance to taste the difference that geography can make.

Peated tasting experience - £30 per person

This tasting experience encompasses samples of our peated whiskies. The levels of peat vary widely across Scotland's distilleries - from the smoky shores of Islay with its abundance of unique peat to its wilder and more remote Islands each with their individual identities - to the smoky Speyside and Highland malts.

This tasting caters for the palate that appreciates peat in all its glory.

Food pairing experiences

Whisky & cheese experience - £35 per person

This experience incorporates our whiskies paired with specially selected cheeses from our famous delicatessen.

From rich, intense blues to the lightest of cheddars; from dark and smoky to creamy and crumbly, there is a whisky for every type of cheese and a cheese for every whisky.

Whisky & chocolate experience - £35 per person

We have paired up our whiskies with the finest handmade cocoa creations of hand finished Belgian chocolates from Sarrunds. We have carefully matched these luxurious chocolates to complement our selection of whiskies.

The pairings are created with the intention to bring out the best of both the whisky and the chocolate.

Great for large groups

Blind tasting experience - £30 per person

This fun experience lets you explore your senses with a selection of whiskies from across our ranges. We introduce you to aromas which you may experience everyday but we take away the luxury of sight to test your ability to pick out individual scents.

Can you smell the difference between a blend and a single malt? Can you find the cognac hidden in the mix? Is there a grain whisky lurking amongst the rest?

Get competitive with your nose to discover how finely tuned your palate is.

Gordon & MacPhail label experiences

'Cask Strength' experience - £40 per person

A whisky tasting for the connoisseur, this experience allows you an insight into our 'Cask Strength' range spanning the length of Scotland.

With editions in the range from Islay, Speyside and The Highlands at a higher ABV than standard this tasting is for those who wish to see what whisky directly from the cask has to offer.

'Rare Vintage' tasting - £60 per person

Our collection of old and exclusive whiskies is unparalleled. This unique and memorable experience allows you to sample rare and limited whiskies spanning the decades.

With a mixture of regions and ages, this tasting is like no other as it allows you to sip liquid history.

'Connoisseurs Choice' experience - £30 per person

Enjoy whiskies selected from our 'Connoisseurs Choice' range. This range encompasses whisky from all across Scotland – from Speyside across the Highlands, through Scotland’s remote islands, and down to the Lowlands.

This tasting allows you to experience whisky from some of Scotland’s lesser known distilleries alongside its more famous and noted ones.

Educational experiences

'The wood makes the whisky' experience - £45 per person

Our dedication to quality starts with the casks we use. This unique tasting experience will offer the opportunity to get insight into why the cask, and the wood it is made of, is so important to the final whisky.

Many assume the cask's previous contents to be the heaviest influence to the style of the whisky; but the type of oak and its intricacies are equally as important.

This tasting will let you compare different cask samples from some of our most exclusive editions.

Introduction to Gordon & MacPhail - £20 per person

An introductory session which will immerse you in our history and our famous and award-winning ranges. A tutored nosing & tasting of our most popular expressions.

This session will teach you the basics of getting the most from your whisky. It will incorporate the misconceptions about the addition of water and the ‘traditional way’ to drink whisky.

Back to basics - £30 per person

Learn about the history and heritage of Scotch whisky, from its roots in Ireland and journey to Scotland in the sixth century, to the colossal industry it has become in the twenty-first century. This tasting experience will also teach you the basics of production and maturation of Scotch whisky.

We employ a practical approach to our lessons and will sample a variety of whiskies from across our ranges along the way.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of £5.00 per person is required when booking, this is non-refundable.

Please note that we may change any whisky chosen at any time if unavailable.

For details please telephone 01343 545110, email retail@gordonandmacphail.com, or just pop in.