Some whiskies win an award. Some win many. Nikka Japanese Whisky wins A LOT. To list just two, at the 2015 International Spirits Challenge, Nikka won the Distiller Of The Year and AS WELL, Best International Blended Whisky. At this class, guests will enjoy a detailed sampling of several varieties the exciting world of Nikka. Nikka is always one of the most popular booths at Hopscotch year-in and year-out and Japanese Whisky is literally on fire at this moment - guests at this master class will find out why!
Master ClassesHopscotch Master Classes are intimate tastings of a respective product or products lead by brand and industry experts. These very enjoyable, informative, and delicious classes are some of the most popular events at Hopscotch.
|From Speyside to Orkney — SOLD OUT||MasterClass Regions: Island — SOLD OUT||The Classic Malts Masterclass — SOLD OUT|
|Bruichladdich Progressive Hebridean Distillers||Masterclass Regions: Speyside — SOLD OUT||The Glendalough Masterclass — SOLD OUT|
|From Grains To Glass Master Class — SOLD OUT||Nikka Japanese Masterclass — SOLD OUT||The Glenlivet Masterclass — SOLD OUT|
|Glencadam Masterclass||Oak and Maple, The Toasted and Charred Tale of the Whiskies of Brown-Forman||The Peat Masterclass — SOLD OUT|
|Masterclass Regions: Highlands — SOLD OUT||The Bunnahabhain Masterclass — SOLD OUT||Tomintoul Masterclass — SOLD OUT|
Nikka Japanese Masterclass
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 18:00
MasterClass Regions: Island
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 19:00
Our new "Masterclass Regions" series are private deluxe tastings featuring whiskies from a particular region. Guests will learn about the specific flavours that the region is known for and taste their way through the different distilleries located from within such region. The Island region of Scotland has famous distilleries such as Arran, Highland Park and Talisker and offers unique flavour points only found in that area. Whiskies from this region typically fall somewhere between Highland and Islay Scotch flavours.
Masterclass Regions: Highlands
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 18:00
Our new "Masterclass Regions" series are private, deluxe tastings featuring whiskies from a particular region. Guests will learn about the specific flavours that the particular region is known for and taste their way through the different distilleries from within such region. The Highland region of Scotland has many famous distilleries such as AnCnoc, Dalmore, Oban and so many others. Highland is, by far, the largest of the regions and thus the flavours from within differ greatly. Southern Highlands tend to be more spicy while the Northern parts deliver full body styles.
The Peat Masterclass
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 19:00
Within every "general population", there is always that other group of people who like something a little different. Whisky is no different and that group likes the peat. Peat is one reason why different distilleries have different characteristics in their whiskies. Peat smoke produces contains chemicals called phenols and these phenols are absorbed by the malted barley during the drying process in a kiln. The smoke that has been absorbed is then carried through the entire whisky making process and right in to your glass. Peaty whisky is special and it is about time that an entire tasting is devoted to the different flavours of different peaty whiskies. Taste your way through different distilleries and their individual peaty flavours.
Masterclass Regions: Speyside
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 20:00
Our new "Masterclass Regions" series are private, deluxe tastings featuring whiskies from a particular region. Guests will learn about the specific flavours that the particular region is known for and taste their way through the different distilleries from within such region. The Speyside region of Scotland has many famous distilleries such as The Balvenie, Glenfarclas, Mortlach and Tomintoul. Speyside is quite small but home to more than half the operating distilleries in Scotland. Speyside whisky is known as being complex while offering rich and sweet aromas.
The Glendalough Masterclass
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 21:00
Relative to the 18th and 19th century Irish distilleries, Glendalough is the new kid on the block. Each whisky produced stays true to the tradition and heritage of its Irish ancestors, which is noticed in every last drop of a Glendalough cask. During this intimate tasting, guests will sample the full line up of Glendalough Irish Whiskey and learn what makes their “Water of Life” so much different than that of their neighbours to the North.
The Classic Malts Masterclass
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 12:00
The famed Classic Malts come from some of the most distinguished distilleries in Scotland including Lagavulin, Oban, Talisker, Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie and Glenkinchie. The Classic Malts tour has opened the eyes of many, from the newest whisky adventurist to the well versed connoisseur, to the joys of whisky and ably demonstrated the differences between Scotland’s whisky regions. Join 36 year veteran, Master Distiller Mike Nicolson, as he takes you on the rich and fulfilling flavour journey of the Classic Malts, some of which he made!
From Speyside to Orkney
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 13:00
From the rolling green hills surrounding the crystal clear waters of the Spey River, to the windswept cliffs and desolate beaches of Scapa flow. This tasting will showcase two of Scotland’s finest boutique distilleries including Aberlour and the famous A’bunadh cask strength along with the much anticipated new releases from Scapa.
The Glenlivet Masterclass
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 14:00
Established by George Smith in 1824, The Glenlivet inspired a whole region, today called Speyside, which provides the world’s favorite style of Single Malt Whisky. What made The Glenlivet the definitive Single Malt as early as the 1840s is still true today, mineral rich water from Josie’s Well, tall copper pot stills and careful maturation in only the finest casks. This master class will cover the classic range from The Glenlivet as well as the newest releases from the Nadurra series.
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 15:00
Located inside the picturesque GlenlivetEstate, in the prestigious Speyside region, the award-winning Tomintoul Distillery is a champion of pure ingredients and natural environment. Tomintoul has a smooth and mellow character -“the gentle dram.” At this class, guests will enjoy a detailed sampling of the Tomintoul 10yr, Tomintoul 12yr Sherry Cask, Tomintoul 14yr Bourbon Cask and The Tomintoul Old Ballantruan 10yr – one of only a handful of Peated Malt Whiskies from the Speyside region. Please join us and explore why Tomintoul are some of the finest whiskies in the world.
Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 16:00
Established in 1825 outside the former Royal Burgh of Brechin in the Eastern Highlands, Glencadam was one of the first legal distilleries in all of Scotland.
For generations these whiskies have been made in a timeless fashion - unpeated barley, yeast and the purest highland spring water. Come explore the delicious Glencadam Origins 1825, Glencadam 10yr, Glencadam 14yr Sherry Cask and the Glencadam 15yr old. With limited production and a focus on artisan distilling, craftmanship and quality, guests will have an opportunity to learn and enjoy why the results are award-winning whiskies with elegant refined spirit and exceptional taste.
From Grains To Glass Master Class
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 12:00
Today the term “craft” has lost it’s meaning. Now commonly used by large conglomerates as an advertising tool to persuade unknowing buyers to purchase products perceived to be special, hand crafted, and made by small local producers. Unfortunately, this can be farthest from the truth. Only Hearts Spirits is very proud to present true Grain-To-Glass distilleries that make Whiskey in the tradition of quality over quantity, and highlight the “Terroir” of the grains used in the mash bills. If you don’t know the brands yet, you soon will. Google them to really lean how special this class is. Guests will enjoy Kings County Distillery Bourbon, 2Bar Spirits Bourbon, Chuckanut Bay Distillery Bourbon and Wishkah River Distillery Single Barrel Released 13 Corners American Malt Whiskey.
Bruichladdich Progressive Hebridean Distillers
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 13:00
We respect the past but don’t live in its shadow. We believe in innovation and progress, while striving to create intriguing spirit – A spirit with flawless integrity and provenance. We are curious and restless – We believe that whisky should have an authenticity derived from where it is distilled and where it is matured, from the philosophies of those who distil it. A sense of place, of terroir that speaks of the land, the barley, the water, and the human soul that gave it life. Join our team of dedicated Brand Ambassadors through a tasting of our three core ranges, three spirits with the same DNA, but different personalities. Unpeated, heavily peated, and the most heavily peated whisky in the world.
Oak and Maple, The Toasted and Charred Tale of the Whiskies of Brown-Forman
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 14:00
A curated journey through the best that 150 years of distilling expertise has to offer. Join Collingwood Brand Ambassador Alexis Green, Jack Daniel’s Brand Ambassador Gerry Jobe, and Woodford Reserve mega nerd Ryan Cheverie (self-titled) as they guide you from the maple-mellowed depth of Collingwood Canadian Whiskey, to the charcoal kissed classic flavours of Jack Daniel’s finest, and on to the finest expression of America’s native spirit; the Woodford Reserve Bourbons. There will be diversions, tangents, debates, and don’t even get us started on the whole ‘Rye’ vs ‘Canadian Whisky’, vs ‘Straight Rye’!...We might need more than 45 minutes.
The Bunnahabhain Masterclass
Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 15:00
Bunnahabhain (pronounced B-u -na-havenn) is a hidden gem among the eight distilleries on Islay. Recently named the Distillery of the Year by The San Francisco Spirits Award tasting panel, this distillery is quite distinct given the wonderfully gentle taste profile for which it is known. Come and explore “the gentle taste of Islay” with a guided tasting of Bunnahabahin.