Interested in whisky, enjoy drinking whisky, but have always wanted to learn more about the process itself? Have that special someone who's looking for a unique and immersive experience?
Whittaker's Distillery is now offering a 1/2 day whisky making experience. Work side by side with our distillers, and learn what it takes to turn three basic ingredients, water, barley and yeast, into what will eventually become a fantastic single malt whisky. The experience primarily involves the first phase of making whisky, completing what many in the industry believe is the most important part of the whisky making experience, the mash. As part of the experience, you'll be involved in all aspects of this important first phase of whisky making:
Adding the malted and milled grain into the mash tun
Control all aspects of the "mashing in", to include temperature, rake speed, settling the bed, etc along with the impacts that each has on the final product
Pumping out and cooling the wort and filling the fermentation tank
Activating and pitching the yeast into the wort
Taking the requisite readings to validate the yield and learning what these all mean and why they are important to the distiller
Cleaning out the spent grain from the mash tun and preparing for the following mash
*In some cases, you may get the chance to fill a barrel with new make spirit
The team will take you into the barrel warehouse to discuss the various methods of barrel storage, ageing and cask repair, along with an overview of the importance of the cask itself and the influence it has on the final product.
The team will discuss both the wash and spirit distillation process to give you the full end to end process of whisky making.
You'll also be given a full tour of the facility which includes an overview of the gin and vodka distillation as well as the bottling, and labelling that is also done on site.
At the end of what we know will be a memorable experience, enjoy a complimentary sample of one of our award winning gins or vodka and get to know the distillers and ask any further questions. In addition, you'll be presented with a certificate denoting you as an honorary distiller that is not only hand signed by one of our distilling team but will also include the cask number of the cask that will contain the new make spirit that is distilled from your mash, along with a branded Whittakers t-shirt.
£75 for 5 hours, including G&T, T shirt, mashing with one of the distilling team.
Each session is for 1 or 2 people maximum and sessions will be held on a Thursday or Friday.