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The team behind Whisky and Gin Live have launched virtual tasting events - here's what to expect

Whisky and gin fans can now buy tickets for new virtual tastings.

Published: December 7, 2020
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Drinks fans that are missing live events can now buy tickets to Whisky Live at Home and Gin Live at Home - a series of virtual events to enjoy from the comfort of your sofa.

Whisky Live at Home

This new virtual whisky tasting experience is from the team behind the world’s largest and longest-running global whisky event brand, Whisky Live.

The virtual experience starts with a delivery of a tasting pack of 30ml whisky samples from famous Scotch whisky distilleries such as Bowmore, Bunnahabhain, The GlenDronach and The Dalmore, alongside international drams from the likes of Teeling Distillery in Ireland, Miyagikyo in Japan, and Michter’s in the USA.

As well as this, every ticket holder will also receive a hamper of gifts including a Glencairn Crystal Studio copita glass, a can of Larkfire water for whisky, Stockan’s oatcakes and copies of Whisky Magazine, American Whiskey Magazine, Gin Magazine, and the 132-page Scotch Whisky annual review.

Tickets still on sale are the wee dram experience and the full dram experience.

Full dram experience ticket holders will receive 29 30ml samples – the equivalent of around one and a quarter full-sized bottles' worth of whisky.

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The Whisky Live At Home team will also launch season one of a new web series, Whisky Live TV, with the first episodes live now.

The series includes an episode (each between 30-45 minutes) focusing on every included dram and distillery featured in the Whisky Live At Home tasting packs.

Access to stream the series on demand will be exclusive to ticket holders until 2021.

Hosted by Whisky Magazine editor Christopher Coates, guests include master blenders such as Gregg Glass of The Dalmore, distillery managers such as Sandy McIntyre of Tamdhu, and ambassadors such as Robin Couper of Glen Grant.

Speaking of the virtual event, Christopher Coates, said: “Whisky Live has been hosting whisky festivals worldwide for over 20 years, but never before have we delivered the full experience direct to whisky lovers’ homes.

"Not content to take the easy route and settle for sending out four or five drams, host a zoom call or two and call it a whisky festival, our team have pulled together to deliver what we believe to be the biggest and best home whisky tasting experience available anywhere, at any price.

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“Our tasting packs cover a huge range of whisky styles and our online web series, Whisky Live TV, has been created to complement the tasting packs and includes interviews with the great and good of the global whisky industry.”

Gin Live at Home

If you prefer a G&T to a single malt then the team have also launched Gin Live at Home.

Much like Whisky Live at Home, this virtual experience offers gin fans 11 30ml gin samples from famous brands including Cotswolds, Edinburgh Gin, The Lakes, Mermaid Gin and Metropolitan, alongside distilleries from further afield such as Aiki (Japan) and Brennevins Grova (Norway).

The pack also contains four 30ml whisky samples from Miyagikyo in Japan, Stauning in Denmark, Bowmore in Scotland, and Uncle Nearest in Tennessee, USA — the latter courtesy of partner event Whisky Live At Home.

Every ticket holder will also receive a hamper of gifts including a Glencairn Crystal Studio copita glass, a Glencairn gin goblet, a bottle of Artisan Drinks Co’s Classic London Tonic, and a copy of Gin Magazine.

Gin fans can also tune into season one of a new web series, Gin Live TV.

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The series includes an episode (each around 30 minutes in length) focusing on every included gin and distillery featured in the Gin Live At Home tasting packs.

Access to stream the series on demand will be exclusive to ticket holders until 2021.

Hosted by Gin Magazine editor Bethany Whymark, contributing editor David T Smith and regular contributor Bernadette Pamplin, guests include distillers and brand ambassadors from across the global gin scene.

Tickets for the virtual Whisky and Gin Live

There are still a very limited number of tickets available to purchase for Whisky Live At Home, which will be on sale via Eventbrite until Monday 14 December – with guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

Tickets start at £59 inc UK P&P for the Wee Dram Experience.

Gin Live At Home are on sale via Eventbrite until Monday 14 December – with guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

Tickets start at £59 including UK P&P for the Gin Live At Home Experience and go up to £74 for the Gin Live At Home + Masterclass Experience.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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