Award-winning whisky writers to host online tasting supporting Ukrainian refugees

Guests to the tasting will be ale to try six whiskies, with proceeds going to help Ukrainian refugees.

Published 4th Mar 2022
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Award-winning whisky writer Felipe Schrieberg and Whisky Exchange Drinks Ambassador Billy Abbott will be co-hosting a charity online whisky tasting supporting Ukrainian refugees who have fled from the violence in their country, to Poland.

Taking place March 28 at 7 pm, packs containing six delicious whiskies will be sent to guests’ homes by whisky subscription service The Dram Team.

Guests can then join Schrieberg and Abbott on Facebook and Youtube. All profits from the tasting will be donated to Polish Humanitarian Action, a relief organisation working with displaced Ukrainian refugees.

The tasting pack includes drams of:

  • Compass Box Spice Tree
  • Glenturret 12 Year Old
  • Jura Seven Wood
  • Lakes Distillery The ONE Sherry Limited Edition
  • Glen Scotia Victoriana
  • Royal Brackla 18 Year Old Palo Cortado Finish

Though the tasting itself is free to watch and accessible for anyone even if they don’t have a whisky pack, optional ‘viewing only’ tickets are also available to purchase, with all proceeds going to PAH as well.

Both Schrieberg and Abbott are extremely experienced tasting hosts – the former has welcomed over 3,500 people across more than 250 online tastings since April 2020 while the latter has fronted tastings at many whisky festivals both physical and virtual.

For their work, they have both won the prestigious Icons of Whisky Communicator of the Year – Rest of World award by Whisky Magazine (Schrieberg won this year’s prize, and Abbott received it in 2021).

Schrieberg, who is currently based in the Polish city of Gdansk, was inspired by the compassion shown by his adopted country when he decided to put together the tasting.

He said: “Over half of the refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine are arriving here in Poland.

“The response from Poles all over the country has been truly moving, and everyone coming here from Ukraine needs all the help they can get.

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"We’re very excited to be able to share some very tasty whiskies to support an excellent organisation doing amazing work here.”

The tasting will be hosted on Schrieberg’s Facebook and Youtube pages for his online whisky tastings – The Virtual Whisky Masterclass.

Tickets, priced at £45 are available to purchase on

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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