While homebrewing is becoming more trendy than ever (and trust me I know what I’m talking about… My partner has recently turned an entire room in our appartment as some sort of Beer Lab… That’s also how I realised hops smelled a bit like weed and my neighbours may be wondering what we’re doing down there…), you may want to up your game and try your hand at DIY whisky. Unfortunately, there’s nothing really legal about distilling alcohol at home in many countries… But you may not be able to distill, doesn’t mean you can’t blend your very own nectar, so let’s have a look at the options you can consider!
Operated by Drew Nicolson and Andy Davidson with the aid of Master of Malt John Lamond, this Scotland-based outfit lets anyone in the free-drinking world make his own blended whisky. The company has stocks of seven whiskies (some are single malts, some aren’t, and none are revealed by name), which you mix and match to develop your own customized blend, 10 ml at a time. (read more)
Master of Malt Blending Kit
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at blending your own whisky, you’ll love this. Famous whisky retailers of Master of Malt have created a whisky blending kit, which contains everything you’ll need to go about making your own whisky. Once you’ve perfected your blend using the whiskies provided, visit their Blend Your Own Whisky page, and input the exact quantities of each whisky you used. You’ll then be able to name your whisky, and even buy a bottle of it!
“Blend Your Own” sessions at the The Scotch Whisky Experience
The highly anticipated ‘Blend Your Own’ activity is now available at award-winning attraction The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh! This interactive session not only unlocks the mysteries of Scotch whisky, but allows your group to put their knowledge into action, as well as take home the results! Following a whisky tasting and viewing of the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, under the guidance of a whisky expert, each guest creates their own unique blend in a 100ml bottle which can be taken home, along with their ‘blending certificate’.
Whisky Blending Tour – Glenturret Distillery
Discover if you have the skills to be a Master Blender with Glenturret whisky Blending Experience. Enjoy an in-depth tour of the distillery followed by a guided nosing and tasting session in their specially built sample room within the warehouses. Your knowledgeable host will then test your sensory skills with the Malt Challenge and guide you in the art of blending your very own whisky.
This experience includes a tasting of four Glenturret single malts and the opportunity to sample a range of whiskies whilst creating your own blend. Receive 100ml unique blend and certificate to take home!
Many other distilleries offer the same kind of experience: Copperworks Distilling, Segwick Distillery (South Africa), Archie Rose Distilling (Australia) or The Glenfiddich Distillery to name but a few.
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