Scotch Tasting Toronto And Ontario – In Person or Virtual

Scotch is produced in Scotland and there are five primary scotch whisky production regions. These regions are: Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay. Although each scotch is unique, the whisky produced in each region have some common characteristics that separate them from other regions. Our scotch tasting experience explores whisky from these various regions including their unique production methods and flavours. We can also do a virtual scotch tasting!

Our scotch classes are great to increase your knowledge and improve your tasting abilities. Also makes for a great scotch gift! We service the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario, Canada.

We offer whisky tasting events for groups or individuals, in a either self directed or live expert facilitated format. Our mobile tasting experience can come to your venue or you can come to the 180 Drinks tasting room.

There are many interrelationships between various types of liquor. For example some scotch whisky is aged first in ex-bourbon casks and then finishes its aging journey in sherry or port wine casks. We help to demystify whisky tasting by enabling participants to understand these interrelationships and learn transferable tasting skills that span various spirits.

A private tasting is great if you are looking for a fun experience to build connection, spark conversation, and learn the fundamental knowledge and skills to taste whisky. We look forward to providing an immersive, unique, and memorable tasting experience.

What We Cover During Our Scotch Classes

Tasting scotch is a multi-sensory experience. Below is an overview of how we incorporate the senses in the scotch whisky experience and the knowledge we aim to impart.

Whisky Appearance

Whisky derives most of its colour from the barrel it is stored in. To assess the colour, hold the glass up against a white background.

The next step is to assess the viscosity of the whisky. To do this you gently swirl the whisky in the glass, coating its sides thoroughly. Then wait and watch, as the liquid runs back down the side of the glass, the “legs” of the whisky. How the legs form and fall can indicate alcohol and fatty acid content, and age.

By the end of your scotch event you will know how to describe the scotch whisky appearance!

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Whisky Aroma

The next step is to assess the scotch whisky aroma. To do this you bring the glass to your nose and sniff gently (Whisky is high in alcohol and is absorbed by your nasal membranes). Once you are comfortable with the alcohol in your olfactory organs, breathe in more deeply, taking note of any specific aromas you detect.

The whiskies we select for your tasting incorporate a variety of unique aroma’s, and you will learn how to describe their aroma’s.

Whisky Taste

How you approach a tasting can dramatically impact the aromas and flavours expressed. There are three phases of whisky tasting.

  1. The intake.
  2. Pass through the mouth.
  3. The finish.

The sum of all these flavours and sensations is used to describe the taste of the whisky. By the end of your tasting you will learn how to describe the taste of whisky!

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Whisky Knowledge

During  your scotch tasting we aim to impart key whisky knowledge including a discussion of the various distilleries, production methods, interrelationships, and use in cocktails.

At the end of the tasting participants will have learned the language of scotch whisky tasting, and have a big picture perspective.

In Person And Virtual Scotch Tasting Toronto And Ontario Formats

Scotch Tasting Kit

Self Guided Scotch Whisky Tour

Our self guided tasting scotch sampler is great for a scotch tasting gift, date night, virtual happy hour, or an at home scotch tasting session for a small group.

Each self guided scotch tasting kit includes:

  • A curated selection of 5 whiskies.
  • A guide that provides instruction of how to taste, key knowledge, and an overview of each whisky including the tasting notes.
  • Options include: note card, tasting scotch glass, and food pairing.

Click the link below to learn more about our self guided world whisky or scotch whisky tasting kits. We have the best scotch sampler!

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In Person Scotch Whisky Master Class

Get ready to embark on a scotch whisky tasting journey! Our private in person master class is facilitated live by a scotch expert.

We can do a mobile scotch tasting class and travel to you, or we can host at the 180 Drinks tasting room.

The scotch whisky experience includes:

  • Tasting kit (5 to 6 samples).
  • Whisky tasting guide.
  • Options of Scotch or World Whisky.
  • Glencairn tasting glass rental (Available for purchase).
  • Bottle of water.
  • Optional chocolate and snack pairing.
  • Optional table rentals.

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Virtual Scotch Tasting or Hybrid (In-Person & Online Scotch Tasting)

Looking for a fun activity for your remote team or friends that are far away? Our virtual scotch tastings are a great option!

Our online scotch tasting is a great option for participants that are geographically distant from each other. It also is a more cost effective option than in person tasting experiences for participants and groups that are far outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

We also offer a hybrid scotch tasting event option that combines both in person and virtual experiences. This is a great option for teams that are working both in the office and remotely.

Our virtual scotch tasting kit includes the same options and everything our in-person experiences except the glencairn glass rental (Only available for purchase).

The virtual scotch tasting kits are either available for pick up at our head office or we can ship them to your guests.

Get in touch today to experience the best online whisky tasting!

The Scotch Whisky Experience Tasting Types

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Single Malt Scotch Tasting Toronto Experience

Scotch whisky is only produced in Scotland in specific regions. There are five primary scotch whisky production regions, namely: Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay. The Islands are not considered by all as a region of its own, however scotch from the Islands can be described as a milder version of Islay whisky (sort of like a hybrid between Highland and Islay whiskies).

Although each scotch is unique, the whisky produced in each region have some common characteristics that separate them from scotch from other regions. Our single malt scotch whisky tasting experience explores the various taste profiles and regions.

This single malt scotch tasting experience is for residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario.

World Whisky Tasting Experience

There are numerous interrelationships between other whiskies around the world and scotch whisky production. For example the founder of the Japanese distillery known as Yoichi, first mastered the whisky-making craft in Scotland before introducing this rich heritage to his homeland. Another example is that ex-bourbon barrels from America are often used in Scotch whisky production.

In this tasting experience we explore the various whisky interrelationships, and production methods from countries including:

  • Japanese Whisky Tasting
  • Irish Whiskey Tasting
  • Scotch Whisky Tasting
  • Canadian Whisky Tasting
  • India Whisky Experience

This experience is for residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario.

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Frequently Asked Questions

faq What Is Peat?

Peat is decomposed organic matter that is mainly derived from plant material that has matured over hundreds, or even thousands of years. For early Scottish whisky distillers, the barley was dried on peat fires. When burned, peat produces a thick, rich smoke that is absorbed into the skin of the still-damp barley. It’s this process that gives the spirit the smoky and medicinal characteristics that you can both smell and taste.

faq What are the different types of scotch whisky?

There are four different types of scotch whisky.

  1. Single Malt Whisky: This whisky only uses 100% malted barley and is made at one distillery.
  2. Single Grain Whisky: This is a mix of malted barley with other grains during distillation. These other grains could be for example wheat, rye, or corn. The “single” part means that this all takes place at one single distillery.
  3. Blended Scotch Whisky: This is a mix of one or more single malt whiskies with one or more single grain whiskies. Basically Blended Scotch = Single Malt + Single Grain.
  4. Blended Malt Whisky: This is a blend of two or more single malt whiskies from two or more distilleries.

faq How is Scotch Whisky Made?

There are six major steps to make scotch whisky.

  1. Grain Preparation

First the barley is steeped in cold water for several days to hydrate the grain endosperm (the part of the grain that has the starches needed for fermentation). This process is called “malting”. The barley is germinated for up to a week on a malting floor or in a germination box. The seeds’ cell walls begin breaking down. Enzymes and starches develop for conversion into fermentable sugars.

  1. Making The Grist

The barley’s germination is halted by air-drying or kilning it. Once dried, all grains—barley, rye, corn, and wheat—are ground into “grist” to make their starches accessible.

  1. Mashing

Increasingly hot water is flushed through the grist, normally three times, to extract its sugars. Water allows the enzymes to complete the conversion of starch into fermentable sugars. The warm, sweet liquid produced is called “wort.”

  1. Fermentation

Yeast is then added to the wort to convert its fermentable sugars into heat, carbon dioxide (CO2), and alcohol. Fermentation takes place from 48–100+ hours, depending on the distillery. The resultant beer, or “wash,” is normally 7–9% alcohol by volume (ABV).

  1. Distillation

The wash is pumped into the pot still and heated until it boils. Alcohol vaporizes from the liquid, rising into a condenser to become liquid “low wines” at around 25% ABV. The low wines go into a second still to repeat the process. The “middle cut” of this distillate becomes the final spirit.

  1. Maturation

Scotch whiskey will go through a maturation process in used oak wood casks. These used casks include ex-bourbon, ex-wine, ex-Sherry, and ex-port.

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faq Do You Do Your In Person or Virtual Scotch Tastings At The LCBO?

Sorry to disappoint you if this is what you are looking for! At this time we don’t offer an LCBO scotch tasting in Toronto or Ontario.

faq Which Areas Do You Serve For Your Scotch Tasting Toronto And Ontario Events?

For virtual scotch tasting experiences we serve all of Ontario.

For in-person private whisky tasting Toronto and Ontario experiences at your location we serve the the following cities:

  • Ajax
  • Aurora
  • Barrie
  • Brampton
  • Brant
  • Brantford
  • Burlington
  • Caledon
  • Cambridge
  • Fort Erie
  • Grimsby
  • Guelph
  • Halton Hills
  • Hamilton
  • Ingersoll
  • King City
  • Kitchener
  • Lincoln
  • London
  • Markham
  • Milton
  • Mississauga
  • Newmarket
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pelham
  • Pickering
  • Port Colborne
  • Richmond Hill
  • Schomberg
  • Catharines
  • Stratford
  • Thorold
  • Toronto (Downtown Core, East End, East York, Etobicoke, GTA, North York, North End, Old Toronto, Scarborough, West End, and York)
  • Vaughan
  • Waterloo
  • Stratford
  • Welland
  • Whitby
  • Woodbridge
  • Woodstock

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