Did you miss out on coming to Dramboree 2016? That’s a massive shame – we all had a magnificent time!
What could be more fun than spending the weekend in the beautiful Scottish countryside with 50 or 60 other whisky fans, sharing drams and learning about different aspects of Scotch Whisky…
This year we were very pleased to present a headline tasting workshop on Friday night bringing together three of the UK’s most prestigious and well-regarded Independent Bottlers, who talked us through their different approaches and philosophies, with a couple of whiskies from their range to illustrate – Mark Watt from Cadenhead’s, Stephen Rankin from Gordon & MacPhail, and Rob Whitehead from Berry Brothers and Rudd.
On Saturday we visited the distilling powerhouse in Alexandria, Loch Lomond Distillers – a site not available to the general public, but whose philosophy is focussed on carefully managed blending to produce stellar whiskies. Back at the site that evening we were treated to a further two workshops: William Grant & Sons whisky specialist Alwynne Gwilt gave a tour through the rarefied Ancient Reserves portfolio, and Radio 4’s Rachel McCormack teamed up with R&B Distillers’ Chris Hoban for a Cooking With Whisky masterclass!
As if that weren’t enough, the late evenings saw a couple of bonus tastings of the unusual and memorable – “Herman’s Late Night Whisky Sermon” with Compass Box’s Herman van Broekhuizen, and the very unusual “Grey Doggin’ with Goggin” which saw Maverick Drinks Portfolio Ambassador James Goggin demonstrate taking the spirit out of whisky, then recombining it, and then investigating mixing vodka with the non-spirit component of whisky. FASCINATING!
All the while the Dramboree Dram Table was being tasated, savoured and discussed enthusiastically by all present until – sadly – it was time to pack up and go home on Sunday.
For £200 (inclusive of all meals and transport from Glasgow) it surely must be the best value, best fun whisky weekend on the UK whisky calendar!
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