Whisky Masterclasses

The Masterclasses for 2024 will be made available shortly.

The 2023 Masterclass offering is listed below.

An Introduction to Whisky

Experience the sensory world of whisky and discover your personal style and flavour profile preference. Starting 4.30pm on Friday the 15th September at The Studio @ Old Village Lodge, 69 Voortrekker, McGregor

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Whisky Masterclasses

Loch Lomond Masterclass

Loch Lomond Scottish Whisky, presented by Karino, starting 4.30pm on Friday the 15th September at The Blend, 46 Voortrekker, McGregor

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Dunville's Irish Whiskey Masterclass

Dunville’s Irish Whiskey, presented by Truman & Orange, starting 6.30 pm Friday the 15th September at 51 on Voortrekker, McGregor

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GlenDronach & Benriach Masterclass

GlenDronach & Benriach Scottish Whiskies, presented by The Really Great Brand Company, starting 6.30pm Friday the 15th September at Caritas, Temonos Retreat, Corner of Bree and Voortrekker, McGregor

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Chivas Regal Masterclass

Chivas Regal presented by Pernod Ricard, starting 6.30pm Friday the 15th September at The Blend, 46 Voortrekker, McGregor

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A Whisky Masterclass is an immersive experience that delves into the world of whisky, providing participants with in-depth knowledge about the spirit’s history, production and tasting techniques. Led by a knowledgeable whisky expert, our Whisky Masterclasses offer a unique opportunity to learn about the intricacies of the revered “Water of Life”, including:

Whisky, its origins, and its significance in various cultures.

The whisky-making process, such as the selection and preparation of grains, malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation, maturation, and bottling.

Insights into the art of whisky appreciation, discussing the factors that influence a whisky’s quality, uniqueness, and value. They may delve into the significance of cask types, age statements, distillery characteristics, and the impact of terroir on whisky production.

The art of whisky tasting, including the proper way to hold a glass, observe the colour and clarity, and assess the whisky’s aroma and flavours. The expert explains the significance of nosing and how to identify various scents, such as fruity, floral, spicy, smoky, or oaky notes.

Different whisky styles, including single malt, blended malt, single grain, blended whisky, and cask strength variations

A highlight of the masterclass is the guided tasting session, during which participants sample a selection of whiskies. The flight may include a range of whiskies from different regions, styles, and age statements, allowing participants to compare and contrast their flavours and appreciate their nuances.

Overall, a whisky masterclass offers enthusiasts and newcomers alike a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge, refine their tasting skills, and gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind one of the world’s most beloved spirits.