Absorb the ambience of Winton Castle whilst learning from our expert whisky (‘nose’) hosts. An ideal ice-breaker, nosing and tasting drams of our national drink ‘aqua vitae’ – the Latin for ‘water of life’ in a historic setting. Learn about world-famous Scottish single malt whiskies, and the process from malting the barley to mashing, to pot still distillation to cask, ending the process with a dram in your hand.
Whisky tasting is a popular activity for overseas visitors as well as locals. Experience a tutored whisky tasting for your corporate team building, incentive event, or stag or hen party, and learn to tell your Speysides from your Islays and our local lowland whisky, Glenkinchie. With different options your tasting may take place in our candle-lit, fifteenth century Vaulted Cellar, or perhaps outdoors in our magical Fairy Glen or stunning Walled Garden where you will find the Potting Shed hidden in the wall. Large groups can easily be catered for indoors in the castle’s glorious Drawing room.
Another option is an after-dinner, informal whisky tasting. A whisky station can be set up, stocked with several whiskies and anyone who would like to taste, can try some drams and ask questions about their characteristics and provenance.
Continue to soak up the castle atmosphere with a complimentary tour by our resident historian who will captivate you with the Castle’s enthralling history, including direct links the Setons of Winton Castle. Sir Christopher Seton, depicted in the film the Outlaw King, served Robert the Bruce and in fact married his sister Christina Bruce. Let your imagination further run wild as tales are told of the Rough Wooing when Henry VIII attacked the castle due to Mary Seton’s loyalty to Mary Queen of Scots, as her most faithful and favored Lady-in-Waiting.
Choose from a selection of Scotland’s finest single malts from the following regions, each with their own unique characteristics, from the golden sweeter honey-hues to the more powerful peaty and smoky amber malts:
Lowlands: Glenkinchie & Auchtentoshan
Speyside: Macallan, Glenfiddich, Aberlour & Balvenie
Highlands: Dalmore, Glengoyne, Glenmorangie & Oban
Islay: Laphroaig and Lagavulin
Islands: Jura & Talisker
Blend Your Own Whisky Activity – The Art of Blending
Why not enhance your whisky tasting with your own personalised blend for you to take home. We are delighted to work with the Scotch Whisky Experience who offer this exciting new event. Under the fun-filled tuition and guidance from their whisky expert you will have an immersive and interactive session resulting in your own Scotch whisky blend in a 100ml bottle for you to savour along with your very own blending certificate and a boxed souvenir.
Gin and Spirit Tastings
With the resurgence of gin’s popularity and over 70% of the UK’s gin being made in Scotland we are thrilled to work in collaboration with NB Distillery, whose London Dry Gin was voted best in the world. The tasting will include gin, distilled locally on the shores of North Berwick, near Edinburgh along with other interesting combinations distilled in nearby Edinburgh
Opt to try some canapes for a sensory food-pairing sensation made from local ingredients with a NB Distillery twist such as ‘Venison with Juniper cream’ and ‘Cheddar with Bloody Mary Chutney’!
For more information on our bespoke tastings and tours please contact the Winton Castle Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Whisky tasting at Winton Castle.