Do you want to travel to Scotland and go on an awesome Whisky Tour, visiting your favourite distilleries?
Every second or third year or so, I organise a bespoke “Ultimate Whisky Tour to Scotland”, arranging VERY special visits to some of Scotland’s finest distilleries. You’ll see and taste things on this trip that you’ll NEVER get the chance to do under your own steam or with any tour.
However, the catch is that (a) the tour is only for 10 people; (b) it’s exclusively for Australian members of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and (c) it’s only held every three years.
So what do you do in the meantime? The answer is simple: Get in touch with my very good friends at Scottish Routes. Scottish Routes may not be the biggest tour company in Scotland, but IMHO, they are the best. Scottish Routes organise their own custom Whisky Tours to both Speyside and Islay all throughout the year (although particularly in the summer months) where you’ll see around Scotland; see and hear all about the history, the culture, and the characters, and – most importantly – you’ll experience some wonderful visits and tastings at some famous and very popular distilleries!
And if you’d prefer not to go on a group tour, or you’d prefer to organise your own itinerary, they’re only too happy to arrange and host your own private tour for you.
Don’t agonise over where to go or how to do it – relax and let the good folks at Scottish Routes give you a whisky holiday you’ll never forget.
Check them out at www.scottishroutes.com
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I personally host and present anywhere between 30 to 50 whisky tastings each year. Many of these are either for or on behalf of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society; others are private / corporate tastings for individuals, groups, fund raisers, client function evenings, Burns Suppers, boardroom execs, social clubs for private businesses, and other whisky clubs. I’ve been booked to host tastings for large financial institutions, legal firms, tourism/travel organisations, politicians, community groups, and so forth.
And it’s not just Scotch either…I host and present masterclasses for American whiskies, Irish whiskies, and Australian whiskies too! Want to mix and match? No problem.
The format, style, duration, budget and location can be however you like – after all, it’s YOUR event! I tailor my tastings for any format and budget, and tailor each presentation specifically for the audience involved – from first-time whisky novices to die-hard aficionados. Needless to say, every tasting is fun, informative, entertaining, and a great way to impress your friends, clients, family, work colleagues…whoever.
Drop me a line below if you’d like to explore opportunities.
The Australian site for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society: www.smws.com.au
The international launch page for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society: www.smws.com
My favourite distillery? www.glenfarclas.co.uk
Want to go on a Whisky Tour around Scotland? www.scottishroutes.com
Do you like good food, good wine, and good whisky? www.australiangourmetpages.com
Do you need a Structural/Civil Engineer? www.partridge.com.au
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Well, I can’t hide from it…..yes, I’m heavily involved with the running of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Australia.
However, that’s not what this site is about, and I do try to keep my Society activities separate from the rest of my whisky endeavours. But I felt it prudent to show my hand.
The Society brings in some of the finest single malt whisky into Australia. Yes, I know that sounds like a cheap and cheesy PR grabline…..but if you knew the work and effort we go to to ensure only the best bottlings find their way on to our shipments, you’d concur. And if you’ve tasted some of the Society’s bottlings, you’d reach the same conclusion!
In addition to making amazing single cask, cask strength, single malts available to discerning drinkers, the Society also organises and hosts tasting events all around the country.
For more information, please visit www.smws.com.au
For any Scotch Malt Whisky Society enquiries, including upcoming events, please contact the Society directly. Full details at www.smws.com.au
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So who and what is Whisky & Wisdom?
I’m a long-time whisky writer, presenter, educator, tasting host, reviewer and…well…tragic. I’m also the Cellarmaster & Director of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Australia, and it would be fair to say that much of my involvement in the whisky industry is with or via the SMWS. But that’s not what this site is about…
I wear quite a few other hats in the whisky industry and community – and I’m usually wearing more than one hat at once! I freelance as a whisky presenter/ambassador for most of the big brands; I’ve written for Whisky Magazine in the UK, Tumbler Magazine, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Unfiltered Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and numerous other printed media, plus countless online/digital publications. This website is a combination of all my whisky wisdom & activities – Opinions, Feature Articles, Wisdom, News, Reviews and Fun.
Views expressed here are entirely my own, and without my SMWS corporate tie on. You can also follow me on Twitter @whiskyandwisdom or on Instagram at whiskyandwisdom. My alter ego also tweets with the handle @SMWS_Australia for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, if you’d prefer the corporate tie done up in a windsor knot! 😉
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