Whisky Tasting (SOUTHAMPTON)
In our everlasting mission to educate and expand palates, we at the Hampshire Wine School also host informal whisky tasting events at the fabulous 4-star Dolphin Hotel, right in Southampton city centre. Our knowledgeable and friendly whisky tasting tutor, Kevin White, focuses on providing the juicy details you really want to know.
Our Whisky Tastings provide step-by-step instruction in how to get the most from tasting 5 single malt whiskies. Wherever you live in Hampshire, you can get together, relax and indulge with the Hampshire Wine School and like-minded students of all ages. Besides, do you know of a better way to spend a Saturday evening? ;-)
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!).
Kevin, our resident whisky geek, will guide you through the different impact of barrel sizes and woods, aging, blending, and malting. Together you will explore how all these factors impact on the resulting flavour and, most importantly, discover for yourself which flavours you prefer. This is very much a practical tasting. Kevin believes strongly in gaining knowledge through experience, ie tasting!
These whisky tasting events are a treat for any whisky lover and make an interesting and unusual gift. Click here to purchase a gift voucher from us.
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: 10
Course Date/Time: Sat 15th Sep 2018 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Dolphin Hotel (Mercure), 34-35 High Street, Southampton SO14 2HN