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Issue 127 - Ask The Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 127
April 2015


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I am searching for a three-five day whisky school/whisky class during which I could learn more about the whisky making process from grain to glass. Can you recommend any courses in Scotland or the United States?
H Fratean

Although online whisky classes and tutored tasting classes are flourishing, for an authentic, hands-on experience you really need to get yourself to a distillery. Currently, I would highly recommend the three day Glenlivet Whisky School or the five day Springbank Whisky School in Scotland. Another option to consider for 2016 is the Spirit of Speyside Whisky School held over three days around the festival. Places are very limited and it can get booked up quickly, so plan this one well in advance to avoid disappointment. There is the superb Irish Whiskey Academy offering a high quality experience that you should consider. Go for the two day Enthusiast's Package – it really is one of the best around. In the US, there are two day classes offered by the 45th Parallel Distillery in New Richmond, WI, by the Mississippi River Distilling Co. in Le Claire, IO, and many others are available. It's a great way to take your whisky learning to the next level.

I have had a bottle of White Heather whisky for over 20 years, which my father owned before me. I am thinking about gifting it to my neighbour who is turning 100 years old and it would be nice to tell her how old it is. She has never smoked and still enjoys a glass of red wine or whisky every evening. She is an i...

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