With a second lockdown upon us here in England, lots of people are looking for interesting ways to celebrate birthdays, special occasions, or even just the end of the working week (even if the commute was from bed to a desk downstairs). In the world of non-stop Zoom quiz nights, it’s no wonder that we’re all starting to get a bit bored of the standard offerings. So, why not spice up your Friday night social with a virtual whisky tasting?
As we specialize in creating great whisky tasting boxes every month, and even hosting a few of our own virtual tastings, we know a fair few good whisky folk who are putting on great virtual tastings. Whether you’re looking for a casual catch up with friends, or a team building exercise for your company, here are some of the experts we think you should check out.
Pre-lockdown, Once Upon A Whisky were well known in Glasgow and Edinburgh for providing excellent whisky walking tours. Now, founder Camilo is taking his knowledge and passion for whisky online. With virtual tastings scheduled every Thursday and Friday night, you can join in the whisky fun for a great start to the weekend. Or, get in touch with the team and book your own bespoke, private tasting.
Whisky writer and World Whisky Awards judge Felipe Schrieberg has been providing virtual whisky tastings since the first lockdown, back in March. His expertise and ability to enthuse both beginners and connoisseurs alike have made his virtual whisky masterclasses highly sought after. Felipe runs public tastings 5 times a week (via DesignMyNight), but you can also book a corporate or private event as well if you want to make it a bit more exclusive.
GreatDrams has been a long time friend of The Dram Team. With a similar ethos about making whisky as accessible and easy to explore as possible, the GreatDrams blog is a whisky fan’s goldmine. Their independent whisky bottlings are all exceedingly high-quality, too. So you know you’ll be in good hands with their virtual whisky tastings. You can even create your own theme for your tastings, which is great if you want to try specific types of whisky – or just leave it up to the experts!
The SWMS are renowned in the whisky world for their whisky tasting clubs and memberships. Since lockdown, they’ve been able to open up their whisky tastings to people all over the country, who might not otherwise have been able to attend. With a vast catalogue of whisky available to them and employing some of the industry’s top whisky experts, it’s no wonder people are raving about their tastings.
Some whisky brands are also offering their own virtual tastings too, since many can’t open their distillery doors at the moment. While it might not be the same as tasting the whisky at the place it was made, it’s a brilliant way to connect with the whisky makers directly and try something new. Here are a few to check out:
Virtual whisky tastings are a great way to stay connected to people in the days of lockdowns and social distancing. If you want to start your own virtual whisky tasting group, join our whisky tasting club and get a whisky tasting delivered to your door each month. We curate out-of-the-ordinary whisky tasting boxes designed to help people explore the wide world of whisky. Grab a box and a glass each, schedule your zoom meeting, and get ready to try some incredible drams together!
We also write regular emails to our members, which is the best way to stay informed on upcoming subscription boxes and live tastings, plus loads of other must-read whisky info. You can get on the list by signing up here.