My May Whisky Wishlist

thewhiskylady - 2015-05-01

3 French (non whisky) distilleries you need to visit

thewhiskylady - 2015-05-04

Back to school : 2 academies to enhance your whisky knowledge

thewhiskylady - 2015-05-03

1. The Irish Whiskey Academy – Ireland – Enthusiast package 2 days – €1199


“Whether you’re a whiskey expert, budding enthusiast or new to the world of whiskey, a visit to the Irish Whiskey Academy is guaranteed to be a memorable and informative experience. The Enthusiast Academy (other packages available) is 2 a day offering during which we’ll show you how whiskey is crafted from grain to glass.

From the moment you arrive at the Academy our team will take care of your every need- arranging all your local transfers, five star accommodation, meals, drinks and gifts. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the distillery team and and see how they spend their days crafting Irish whiskey.

 Programme Details :

Day One

  • Overview of Raw Materials
  • Brewing and Fermentation
  • Pot Distillation
  • Lunch
  • Continuous Distillation
  • Maturation

Day Two

  • Blending Exercise
  • Bottling
  • Live Cooperage Demonstration
  • Lunch
  • Distillery Site Visits
  • Whiskey Tastings with one of our Production Masters

Also included:

  • 5* Hotel Accommodation
  • Hosted evening in one of Midleton’s premium restaurants
  • Lunch on both days
  • Presentation of a bespoke Irish Whiskey Academy Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey and Certificate of Attendance”


2. Springbank Whisky School – Scotland – 5 days – £1100

“During the summer months, our whisky school students will work under the expert supervision of our production team for a period of 5 days at Springbank Distillery.

As we are the only Scottish distillery to undertake 100% of whisky production on one site, you’ll participate in each and every step of the process, being hands on in everything from floor malting and distilling, to filling casks and bottling the finished product. There truly is no better experience for whisky lovers who are keen to learn the process of making Scotland’s famous liquid.

During your week with us, you’ll also be joined by whisky legend and Head Master Frank McHardy, who has over 50 years experience in the whisky industry. He will offer you expert tuition to prepare you for a test you will sit the end of the week, which will be followed by a presentation and buffet lunch on the Friday afternoon.

Accommodation will be provided in the local area, as well as a light lunch every day in our Tasting Room.

In 2015 our Springbank Whisky School will take place weekly, Monday through Friday, from Monday 18th May until Friday 3rd July inclusive.



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