Distilleries offering virtual whisky tastings

More and more distilleries are seeing online whisky tastings and tours as one way of delivering personalised experiences for single malt enthusiasts. There has been some impetus given to online tours and tastings during the pandemic as it’s a way for distilleries to keep in contact with customers. A number of distilleries have conducted whisky tastings as part of virtual online whisky festivals and shows.

The format may vary slightly but essentially you can contact the distillery, book a tasting time and samples will be delivered to your door although this depends on where the distillery ships to.

A tour guide or distillery ambassador will talk you through your drams and hopefully enrich the experience with stories and information about the distillery.

These online whisky tastings are often very good value as groups tend to be limited in number of participants and the whiskies sent out to you often include more expensive, rarer drams. Combine that with the expertise of your host and they are definitely experiences worth considering.

  • Glengoyne Distillery
  • Glasgow Distillery
  • Isle of Raasay Distillery
  • Holyrood Distillery
  • Bunnahabhain Distillery

Glengoyne Distillery Online Tasting

Glengoyne launched its online tasting in June 2020. It’s an hour long experience with a distillery representative. The tasting includes 10, 12 and 18 year old 5cl samples plus a mystery dram. The cost of the zoom whisky tasting is £35 which also includes a Glencairn nosing glass.

These make great gifts for those who enjoy whisky. Glengoyne also offer more tailor made experiences for those celebrating a virtual occasion.

Glasgow Distillery Virtual Tasting

Glasgow Distillery offer a weekly online whisky tasting hosted by their brand ambassador Camilo. The format is a  whisky tasting combined with the history of Glasgow Distillery Company and its whiskies as  This whisky tasting experience costs £35.

The tasting includes 3cl samples of five whiskies. These include Glasgow 1770 expressions: The Original, Peated Release No.1 and Triple Distilled Release No.1. An online tasting exclusive is also included.

Isle of Raasay Distillery Virtual Whisky Tasting

This innovative distillery offers a virtual whisky tasting which includes 6 cask strength samples. The two hour tasting and interactive discussion costs from £40 and includes the ideas behind their six stage maturation process.

Holyrood Distillery Online Whisky Tasting & Tour

Holyrood distillery in Edinburgh is another distiller taking the zoom route. They offer a 90 minute tasting experience which includes a tour of Holyrood. The tasting pack includes 4 whiskies, 2 Glencairn glasses and a bottle opener. The cost is £65 and ideal for two people.

Bunnahabhain Distillery Online Whisky Tastings

Islay whisky making region is known for its peated whisky, however, Bunnahabhain Distillery mainly produces unpeated single malts. It also happens to be where Botanist Gin comes from. Virtual Whisky tastings are available on significant Scottish days including Burn’s night.

As with any holiday, planning is key to making the most of your trip. Whisky Tour planning tools on whiskytourer.com include an interactive Scottish Distillery Map and a route guide. There are also more information articles to browse.

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