Whisky Tasting at Glen Dye

A TRULY SCOTTISH TASTING EXPERIENCE

A lady sampling whisky during a tasting session.

At the end of last week, Gillian the Glen Dye legendary postie (she wears shorts even in the dead of winter and will deliver post to Glen Dye whatever the weather, quite literally) delivered a very exciting envelope. In it were certificates from the Edinburgh Whisky Academy for Rachel, Audrey and I, confirming that we had passed our exam in the sensory appreciation of whisky.

This was proof (excuse the pun) that all the hard work we had put in during our two day whisky tasting and appreciation course had been worthwhile.

During the first week in March, we were joined at Glen Dye by Sarah Robson, Head of Events at our sister business Hawarden Estate in Wales. For two days, we closed our laptops, turned off our computers, put down our phones and opened our ears, our eyes and our tastebuds to what would be a fascinating journey into all things whisky. In the immensely capable hands of Ann from the EWA, known officially as The Dram Queen, we learned about the history of whisky, the science of distilling, the logic and engineering behind the different shapes of stills, how barley is mashed, why certain casks are used. She taught us how to appreciate the subtleties of the tastes and the aromas of different whiskies, how the landscape, the water and even the air can affect the mouthfeel of a whisky, making each single malt a truly local production. We gained so much knowledge about how to pair certain whiskies with certain foods, how adding water or ice to whisky can change its flavour for better or for worse. And we learned about law, customs and excise, and of course, spelling.

It was a fully immersive experience, fascinating and educational, and while none of us will claim to be whisky experts, we are certainly well-qualified to pass on the knowledge we gained to any of our guests at Glen Dye or Hawarden Estate who would like to learn more about whisky.

I won’t tell you any more about what we learned. If you are curious, get in touch to book a whisky tasting or whisky pairing experience with one of us. And no, you don’t have to be a whisky drinker to learn from this and have fun!

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