Islay Whisky Academy offer Whisky Tours, Whisky Education Courses, bespoke Whisky Tastings, Magical Experiences for those who appreciate Islay and whisky… and wish to experience more.
Let us greet you upon arrival and take you around our beautiful island. We take you to Islay Distilleries and introduce you to the local people who make whisky. Immerse yourself in our rich heritage and island traditions. Drink high calibre Scotch malt whisky. Access rare, unique bottlings not available anywhere else. Join various distillery clubs and belong to the island.
Explore the science of distillation: Why are stills made of copper? What is the difference between French oak & American oak barrels? Learn to nose and taste – find notes and flavours of Scotch in “blind” Tastings. What does yeast contribute to spirit flavour? How does peat flavour Islay whisky? Learn all answers and more with lectures, talks and demonstrations from Islay Whisky Academy.
From Barley to Bottle – you benefit from in depth knowledge, moving seamlessly from the basics of whisky making to the most complicated. Smell burning peat smoking the barley laid out on the malt floors at Laphroaig, Bowmore and Kilchoman Distilleries. Listen to stories of whisky and smuggling, of battles and bravery. Of magic and mystery, of pipe tunes and seafaring. Walk along Machir bay, feel the waves pounding the sand as they roll in across three thousand miles of open sea. Drink in clean air, beautiful scenery, history and heritage. Enjoy the company of welcoming and friendly locals.
Relax and let all stress slip away as you savour your Islay Scotch whisky – or local Islay gin….
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