Well, we like gin and we like whisky, but which is best? There’s only one way to find out… That’s right, an educational tasting session with some respected experts on these iconic spirits. And no, it’s not a contest, just a chance to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the distiller’s art.
Today’s Big Deal from Into The Blue offers a choice of whisky or gin tasting sessions in the comfortable and stylish environment of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. It’s a great opportunity to sample the many variations of these fine spirits, learn a little about the history and distillation process and emerge with a greater understanding of the complexities of your favourite tipple.
The Big Deal option one is for one person to enjoy a gin tasting experience, lasting around 90 minutes.
Option two is for one person to enjoy a whisky tasting experience, lasting around 90 minutes.
The gin tasting session begins with an entertaining presentation on the history of gin and how best to enjoy it. Gin has become very fashionable in recent years and numerous artisan distillers have emerged to reinvigorate the gin market.
Guests will taste four or more gin cocktails, and learn about the use of different botanicals to create a wide variety of tastes and experiences.
The whisky tasting sessions are independent of any distillery, allowing a broad and representative selection of Scotland’s national drink. Single malts available for tasting are selected from smaller, artisan producers, such as Glen Grant or Port Ellen.
Before the tasting commences, there is an informative talk on the history of whisky, and some expert advice on the best way to serve a fine malt.
At least one whisky from each of the four main producing areas will be available for tasting. Sip your dram and allow it to sit on the tongue, letting it coat the sides of your mouth, until the flavours emerge.
Both tasting sessions involve groups of up to 25 people. There is a minimum age of 18 for this offer.
Testimonials from the website of the tasting organisers have plenty of positive comments, including these recent contributions:
‘We all thought that the presentation was excellent, a perfect balance between fun and informative, and we really enjoyed putting the theory into practice afterwards with the single malts provided.’
‘I never knew gin could taste so good and had so many flavours, a brilliant evening.’
Educate your palate
This Big Deal gin or whisky tasting experience from Into The Blue is a great chance to learn more about the subtleties and distinctive flavours of your favourite spirits. It’s also the chance to broaden your tastes and discover new brands.
It would make an ideal gift for the whisky or gin aficionado in your family and an enjoyable learning experience for anybody with an interest in the distillers’ genius.