The Science of Whisky: Scottish Hebrides Tall Ship Cruise
From £2399 per person
Deposit 25%. Final balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Discover the whisky lover’s dream cruise where you go deep into the science of how whisky is made and how different processes and stimuli affect its flavours.
A whisky lover’s dream cruise where you go deep into the science of how whisky is made and how different processes and stimuli affect its flavours, whilst touring distilleries on the islands of Islay and Jura.
10 - 17 September 2023 - 8 days - Expert: Professor Barry Smith
24 September - 01 October 2023 - 8 days - Expert: TBC
Exclusive talks, tours and tastings at distilleries and maltings.
Accompanied by sensory scientist Professor Barry Smith or Billy Abbot
7 nights on a very comfortable sailing ship.
Onboard evening talks and tasting experiences.
Visiting charming coastal towns.
Exploring the stunning Hebridean scenery.
In partnership with: NEW SCIENTIST DISCOVERY TOURS
A whisky lover’s dream cruise taking you deep into the science of how whisky is made and how different processes and stimuli affect its flavours, while touring renowned distilleries on the islands of Islay and Jura.
You will, of course, be sampling whisky, but in a science-led way that gives you an extensive understanding of how its compounds engage your senses, as well as allowing you to get the utmost enjoyment from your dram. You will explore whisky’s complexity and variety via a programme of sensory experiences delivered by an accompanying expert.
Our two cruises will be accompanied by Professor Barry Smith (10 September), a founding director of University of London’s Centre for the Study of the Senses, who has also written and broadcast extensively on whisky or Billy Abbott (24 September), whisky ambassador, judge and trainer who is the author of the Philosophy of Whisky.
You will visit distilleries such as Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Lagavulin, Ardnahoe, Bunnahabhain and Jura, while enjoying exclusive tours, talks and tastings from the industry experts including distillery managers and master distillers. Here you will experience both the traditions of distilling and learn about the new practices being introduced. Many of the drams you taste will be direct from the cask or from exclusive bottlings – the really good stuff. In addition, you will enjoy tasting other favourites from our sensory experts.
Alongside this deep immersion into the world of whisky, you will be sailing between areas of outstanding natural beauty and visiting idyllic harbour towns. You should also get chances to spot marine life including whales, sharks and dolphins.
The cruise is aboard a comfortable and characterful 1903 tall ship with a professional sailing crew. Sit back or get as involved with crew life as you like. You can even learn to navigate, trim and set the sails, and helm the ship if you want.
You’re on island time, relax, let the winds take you as you are slowly seduced by the whisky and the sailing.