whisky is by far the most complex and mysterious of all spirits. While
it is enjoyed all over the world, its history, variety and character are
still misunderstood by many.
The Evening in Detail
In AN EVENING OF SCOTCH WHISKY, New Zealand-based freelance writer and
actor Alan Knight presents a lively and entertaining show, complete with
PowerPoint presentation and numerous tastings of Scotland’s water of
The basic show starts with a detailed explanation of the history and
processes of whisky making. The ingredients and manufacturing techniques
are examined along with the differences between Single Malts, Vatted
Malts and Blends.
The samples range across the whole of Scotland, from the light and
gentle spirits of the Lowlands, to the warmth and complexity of Speyside
and the fire and fury of the West Coast and Isles.
The show runs for approximately two hours and there are ample
opportunities for questions. Guests must be of legal drinking age.
The whiskies available at each show can be varied to the client’s own
tastes. Alan will discuss this beforehand for each performance.
• Welcome and a chance to clean the palate with water or fruit juice
• A tour through Scotland’s distilling history, invoking such characters
as the illegal ‘Bothy’ operator, the dreaded Excise Man, the founding
fathers of modern whisky and even Robert Burns himself.
• A detailed look at the distilling process
• A look at the industry’s advertising efforts over the years, some
good, some bad, and some frankly hilarious.
• Time for the tasting. We begin with the gentle spirit of the Lowlands
then move on through the Highlands, Speyside, the West Coast and finally
the peaty splendour of Islay and the Western Isles.
• Introduction to blended scotch: origins and reasons for blending are
discussed along with the differences between deluxe blends and vatted
• The importance of water. The reasons for adding water to scotch are
explained along with ideas on how to ensure you add the right type next
time you pour a dram.
• Questions and discussion.