Whisky course Islay has expanded and developed into “THEATRE OF DRAMS” Whisky Symposium/Festival/Event.
Dates 23 – 27 October 2017.

This is an Educational Celebration of Whisky

Book your place below & learn more Follow the link ~ THEATRE OF DRAMS Whisky Symposium


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in association with  Professor PAUL HUGHES formerly of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh


5 Islay Distilleries

5 Day Whisky Course on Islay

26 – 30 October 2015 inclusive


~  includes lectures, distilleries, accommodation & most food

Proposed Itinerary


9.00 – 13.00 Lectures focus on Kilning & Malting

Coffee Break at 11.00 – 11.15

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00-17.00 Laphroaig Distillery

19.00 Trip to Peat Bank with cutting and stacking demonstration


9.00 – 13.00 Lectures focus on Mashing and Fermentation

Coffe Break 11.00-11.15

13.00-14.00 Lunch


14.00 – 17.00 Bruichladdich Distillery ~ focus on Terroir & work with barley grown in Islay


9.00 – 13.00 Lectures focus on Distillation

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 17.00 Kilchoman Distillery ~ focus on distillation and farm scale distillery production

19.30-21.00 Optional Whisky Tasting


9.00-13.00 Lectures focus on Maturation

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00-17.00 Bowmore or Bunnahabhain Distillery Warehouse Experiences

19.30 Special Whisky Paired Dinner ~ 4 Courses.


9.00 – 13.00 Lectures focus on Marketing & Branding

11.00-11.15 Coffee Break

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Ardbeg Distillery awareness of image and branding focus and Ardbeg Committee

16.00 -17.00 Presentation of WHISKY COURSE ISLAY CERTIFICATES

17.00 End of WHISKY COURSE ISLAY 2015


Accommodation is in self catering houses in Bowmore.

All breakfast food is supplied for you to help yourselves.

Lunch is supplied for 5 days from Cafe Blasda

Coffe & Biscuits are supplied for 5 days from Cafe Blasda

Lectures are held in ICCI ~ http://en.islay-gaelic.net/ in a lovely room overlooking Loch Indaal

Travel to and from distilleries is provided each day

Peat Cutting Adventure is included

4 Course Whisky Paired Dinner is included

You can stay an extra night at the beginning or end of the course if you need to for travel at no extra cost

We can provide taxi numbers for you to arrange collection from the plane or the ferry to Bowmore

You can fly to Islay from Glasgow in 30 mins ~ http://www.flybe.com/

Or you can take the ferry from Kennacraig ~ foot passengers do not need to book ~ https://www.calmac.co.uk/

Please email : rachel@wildandmagicislay.com to book your place and for any other help or information


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