Inspiring Whisky Experiences

Tailor-made Tutored Tastings

“The Dram Queen tastings are one of the Best Whisky Tasting Experiences you can have in Scotland!”

California based food and wine critic, Jim White,

Engaging, enjoyable and memorable experiences bring Scotch whisky to life and enhance your enjoyment of it.

Passionate about Scotch whisky, Ann Miller, The Dram Queen, shares fascinating tastings to increase your understanding of the many different facets of Scotland’s iconic spirit and enhance your appreciation of every dram.

Drawing on over 30 years working in the Scotch whisky industry, where her responsibilities included delivering in-depth training on all aspects of whisky and a wide range of brands in many countries of the world, Ann offers these insights to whisky enthusiasts visiting Speyside.

Tasting experiences take place in Ann’s Dram Room in the heart of Speyside. All tastings are illustrated with up to six tasting samples and illustrate themes like age, region, style, cask selection etc. Sessions last one and a half hours to allow time for questions and the exchange of ideas.

Here are some current themes:

Dram Queen Whisky Courses

Scotch whisky de-mystified

This entertaining experience will help you navigate the often-confusing world of whisky and includes a tutored tasting of 6 samples of different types of Scotch whisky.

  • Discover the differences between malt and blended Scotch whiskies
  • Explore Scotland’s malt whisky producing regions, discovering what distinguishes them from one another
  • Taste samples matured in various types of oak casks and explore the often confusing world of "finishes"
  • Appreciate the mysteries of whisky maturation
  • Understand the terminology used by "whisky experts"

“…the Dram Queen knows everything you ever wanted to know about whisky but were afraid to ask.”

California based food and wine critic, Jim White,

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What makes Speyside so special?

Discover how much Speyside’s identity draws on its history as well as the sense of place. An interactive tasting and discussion exploring Speyside, the area of Scotland with the greatest concentration of malt whisky distilleries.

Includes a tutored tasting of 6 samples of malt whiskies from Speyside.

  • Speyside's geographical boundaries are now officially recognised but there are many variations between drams.
  • Gain an insight into the fascinating contribution history has made to Speyside's development.
  • The region’s drams were considered, “fruity, floral, rich” but now distilleries offer a diverse range of flavours.
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Virtual tour of Scotch whisky regions with the Dram Queen.

Explore Scotland one dram at a time.

In this tasting experience you will discover many of the differences which distinguish Scotland’s malt whisky producing regions from one another. Learn to navigate the different styles of these regions during a tutored tasting of 6 samples of malt whiskies, which will include one from each of them.

An entertaining and informative experience which also explores recent developments are adding to the rich diversity of malt whiskies the length and breadth of Scotland.

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Speyside’s whisky history

This tutored tasting experience includes 6 samples which bring to life key moments in Speyside’s story:

  • The struggles of the illicit distillers and smugglers during the 1700's and early 1800's as they overcame adversity to distil the water of life despite the best endeavours of the authorities.
  • The impact of the Excise Act 1823 which permitted legal distillation for the first time in what is now Speyside.
  • The arrival of the railways in the mid-19th century transformed the distillation of single malt in Speyside. Many new distilleries were established close to the railways which brought coal to fire their stills and created new routes to markets in Scotland and around the world, far beyond the hitherto isolated region.
  • Some recent developments as Speyside's whisky industry continues to adapt.
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Would you like more ideas? 

Ann welcomes the opportunity to explore more Scotch whisky experiences and share her wealth of knowledge over some drams. Please get in touch for more ideas or with your own suggestions. An entertaining and informative experience awaits!

Ann always welcomes the opportunity to create exclusive tailor-made experiences, so please use the contact form to get in touch to discuss what interests you.

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The theme of each course will vary from time to time and will tempt you to return to discover more.
Please contact Ann to discuss any specific requests you would like to feature during your bespoke whisky experience.

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