The Best Whisky Month Events 2015

The Best Whisky Month Events

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A good dram is never far away this May, with tours, festivals and tastings

Not content to devote one mere day to honour the wonders of whisky, the entire of May has been christened Whisky Month. We’ve rounded up the best tastings, tours, festivals and events to celebrate the national tipple. Slàinte.

To get a taste for the water of life, A D Rattray Whisky Experience and Whisky Shop host informal introductions to the spirit each Thursday, at which you can learn the essentials of nosing and tasting. Food event pioneers Jelly & Gin return with a new multi-sensory event Create: Eat: Whisky to explore the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Noise, light and aroma will transport you and your whisky cocktail to a mountain top or a roaring fire. As part of Festival of Museums you can enjoy a cultured tipple at Whisky Tasting at the Museum. Perth’s own ‘Whisky Auctioneer’ leads a tasting of Perthshire whiskies, and explains the area’s whisky production heritage with the aid of related objects from the museum’s collection.

There is an array of festivals devoted to ‘guid auld Scotch drink’. In Edinburgh the Whisky Stramash promises 'mystery, entertainment, comicality and madcap pioneering', and a lineup featuring Bunnahabhain, Ledaig, Aberfeldy and the debuts of Craigellachie and Aultmore. The main festival takes place in Surgeons Hall, with an evening of whisky cocktails at a secret location on the Friday. The Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival offers a whole Saturday of drams from all five whisky regions as well as a chance to increase your knowledge with masterclasses. Islay, the most famous island in the world of whisky with eight active distilleries for a population of just over 3000, hosts the Islay Festival of Music and Malt. The nine-day festival, now in its 31st year, is held at venues across the island and features distillery tours, plenty of live music and even Gaelic lessons for those wanting to embrace local culture.

Evening celebrations include Blair Bowman Whisky Dinner and Drams, a chance to hear from the creator of World Whisky Day himself. In 2012, Bowman founded an initiative where people across the globe would host and attend events celebrating Scotland’s national drink. The campaign went viral and the brand was sold earlier this year. Here Bowman recounts his story and pairs his favorite drams with food prepared at the Tipping House. Meanwhile, in Edinburgh, Botanics Late: The Hive and The Still focuses on two of Scotland’s national products, whisky and honey. There’s entertainment, plus interactive activities and demonstrations from scientists, chefs and producers.

For those who like their liquor after a jolly constitutional, Edinburgh Expert: Whisky Walk offers a jaunt around Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Canongate and Holyrood, followed by a tutored tasting at Jeffrey Street Whisky and Tobacco. As part of TradFest you can join a Whisky and Tales Tour to hear traditional Scottish stories, and listen to folk music on a tour of Edinburgh’s taverns. And if you find yourself by the castle, the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile is open seven days a week to cater to all your whisky needs.

Whisky Month runs Fri 1 May–Sun 31 May with World Whisky Day celebrated on Sat 16 May.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Islay Festival of Music and Malt

The Islay Festival (or 'Fèis Ìle' as it's called in Gaelic) celebrates 36 years in 2020. The fest offers distillery tours, live music, a food fair, golf and bowling competitions and even Gaelic lessons for those who want to embrace the culture.

Various venues: Isle of Islay, Isle Of Islay

Fri 27 May 2022

Times vary

Sat 28 May 2022

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Sun 29 May 2022

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…and 6 more dates until 4 Jun 2022

The Whisky Stramash

The Whisky Stramash offers you a chance to enjoy drams and scotches from these parts and across the world in fresh and innovative ways.

An Evening with the Blenders

Chat to world-renowned whisky experts and judges of the whisky element of the International Spirits Challenge, then enjoy a tutored tasting and Q&A session.

Spirit of Stirling Whisky Festival

The festival returns with even more whiskies on offer for the nationwide Whisky Month celebration, offering drams from all the whisky regions along with masterclasses. In 2016 the festival returns by popular demand to the Albert Halls venue, and to celebrate its fifth birthday, tickets are at the original 2012 price.


A multi-sensory whisky adventure that explores the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Devised by food and art enthusiasts Jelly & Gin.

An Introduction to Whisky Tasting

Drop in and learn all about nosing, tasting and what not with this informal introduction to whisky.

Botanics Late: The Hive & The Still

A late night knees-up at the Botanics, focusing on two of the things that make Scotland great – no, not Irn Bru and deep fried Mars bars: whisky and honey. There's entertainment, chefs, scientists, demonstrations and interactive activities to get stuck into, plus you'll probably get to eat and drink a fair amount.

Whisky Tasting at the Museum

This unique whisky tasting will be led by the whisky experts of Perth’s own ‘Whisky Auctioneer.’ The event offers the chance to sample some delicious Perthshire whiskies, discover more about the area’s world-famous whisky production heritage and explore related objects in the museum’s collection. Booking essential.

Edinburgh Tour and Scotch Whisky Tasting

A walk around Edinburgh's Royal Mile, followed by a tutored tasting of four single malt Scotch whiskies with the connoisseurs from Jeffrey Street Whisky and Tobacco.

Blair Bowman (Founder, World Whisky Day) | Whisky Dinner & Drams

In 2012, Blair Bowman, a Hispanic Studies undergraduate at Aberdeen University, founded an initiative called World Whisky Day, where on the 3rd Saturday of every May, tens of thousands of people across the world would organise and attend events celebrating Scotland’s national drink. The campaign went viral and Blair…

Whisky & Tales Tour

Enjoy a selection of Edinburgh’s Finest Taverns, hear a wonderful array of Traditional Scottish Stories about Whisky, History and the magic of Scotland’s Lands & People, and listen to some excellent Scottish Folk Music on this traditional Ceilidh style tour.