Ancient, distinct and varied - there are many reasons whisky should be celebrated.
With the start of May comes the return of Whisky Month, giving visitors and locals a chance to raise a glass and enjoy the perfect blend of unique flavours and character famed the world over.
Tours and tastings are a good fit for the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, presenting the perfect opportunity to take in Scotland’s wonderful architecture, fascinating distilleries and the innovations the whisky industry has to offer.
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival raised the curtain on Whisky Month with five fun-filled days in the heart of our national drink’s spiritual home. There were over 500 events on the bill, from tours to food pairing, canoe trips on the River Spey and hikes up the region’s very own whisky mountain, Ben Rinnes.
What’s on offer this month?
The 5th edition of this festival will be held at Stirling Highland Hotel, the home of Stirling’s only specialist whisky retailer.
Two Tasting Classes will take place led by an industry ambassador and the event will launch whiskies including Scotland’s first craft-distilled whisky.
World Whisky Day, 21 May, worldwide
World Whisky Day is all about trying new things, and what better an incentive than an invitation to get involved in a global celebration? Whisky lovers have already registered candlelit tastings in haunted vaults, boilermaker pairings in breweries, psychoanalysis via whisky and international Scottish-themed bashes.
Why not register where you’ll be raising a glass this year at worldwhiskyday.com
Combining Scotland’s most iconic exports, this tour takes you back in time to uncover Edinburgh’s hidden history whilst getting to grips with the national drink. During the evening you will enjoy five drams that have been specially selected by experts from Royal Mile Whiskies, accompanied by a sample of award-winning organic chocolate from local suppliers Chocolate Tree.
Giving visitors and locals to Edinburgh the chance to take in the sights and sounds of Canongate and Holyrood every Tuesday, throughout May. Learn about the history of the Old Town and visit three of the city’s most interesting buildings, followed by a tutored tasting of four single malt Scotch whiskies from Jeffrey st. Whisky and Tobacco.
Take in stunning architecture and stories of Glasgow’s history, industry and local character and partake in a comprehensive whisky tasting in some of the best whisky bars in the country on these fun walking tours of the city.
What whisky are you? Take the Whisky Month Quiz
Photo: World Whisky Day © D. N. Anderson