Whisky Tasting (WINCHESTER)
In our everlasting mission to educate and expand palates, we at Hampshire Wine School also host informal whisky tasting events. Our knowledgeable and friendly whisky tasting tutor, Kevin White, focuses on providing the juicy details you really want to know, hopefully shedding light on the jargon that can so easily confuse. Besides, can you think of a better way to spend an evening? ;-)
Our Whisky Tastings provide step-by-step instruction in how to get the most from tasting single malt whisky. Wherever you live in Hampshire, you can get together, relax and indulge with Hampshire Wine School and like-minded students of all ages.
Scotch whisky or the uisge beatha, the water of life, is a wonderful spirit with a charasmatic and absorbing past. The lengths and methods a distiller pursues incorporating the long-maturation periods (10, 12, 15, 18 years old etc) define whisky, especially single malt whisky, as a high and wonderful quality product. Some spirits have few flavour compounds (e.g. vodkas), others gain flavour from their distillation period (e.g. Cognacs) whilst others will gain additional flavour from maturation in oak casks. Malt Whisky gains flavour from both the distillation method and maturation producing a fabulously complex and flavoursome drink. Truly one of a kind.
But it's not a simple as that. There is detailed variation throughout regional Scotland, from the fruity and elegant Speyside, to the peaty and smoky Islay and from the delicate Lowlands to the robust and spicy Highlands. Then there's Ireland, America, France, Canada and Japan (oh yes!).
"Just wanted to say what a fantastic evening I had at a recent whisky tasting evening run by yourselves! My daughter bought it for me as a birthday present and I wasn't sure what to expect but Kevin was a superb host. My wife and I felt relaxed from the start and he kept the evening flowing along with his knowledge and witticisms. I learnt a lot and now look at whisky in a whole different way. I would recommend this experience without hesitation to anyone and hopefully somebody will buy it for me again!!! Thank you Kevin, I'm still practising!" (Simon Criswick, 2017)
If you would like to host your own private tasting or would like to bring a corporate group to a stunning function room then we also offer a number of set packages and bespoke tastings. Full details can be found on our corporate/private pages. Call Cecile Bergart on 07969-113382 for more information and quotes.
Places remaining: 4
Course Date/Time: Sat 28th Oct 2017 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Mercure Wessex Hotel, Paternoster Row, Winchester, SO23 9LQ