A fun exercise, thoroughly enjoyed by all nationalities, male and female, young and old - and you don't have to be a whiskey lover to appreciate it!

Whiskey Island has completed Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Infection Prevention Control for Tourism Businesses’ course. We have signed up to the COVID-19 Safety Charter and have completed a comprehensive COVID-19 hygiene and safety control training course. 

Given the flexibility of our tastings, we can facilitate current social distancing guidelines in our setup i.e. 2 meter gaps between each tasting. We adhere to the safety measures of the venues in which we conduct our tastings and we machine wash all our glassware, pourers, water dispensers, tasting mats and trays in 65 degree Celsius temperatures.


NEW – Virtual Whiskey Tastings. Available for booking now! Private for groups of all sizes. We send the whiskey to your guests in advance. 



The ideal event enhancement! We conduct fun comparison tastings privately, at gatherings all over the country. We cater for any number of people, from multi-generational families visiting Ireland, to large-scale corporate events! Contact us today and we will design a tasting just for you. The below are off-the-shelf options. Important note! – we serve samples only, not full measures! We support the responsible service and consumption of alcohol.

1. Flagship Comparative Whiskey Tasting (minimum 50 guests – no max)

  • For big numbers our Flagship Comparative Whiskey Tasting is ideal. It includes a tutored tasting of 3 whiskeys; an Irish, a Scotch and a Bourbon. We explain the process of making Irish whiskey by use of props, and how the process differs in Scotland and the US. We reward all tasters with certificates acknowledging their new status as qualified Irish whiskey tasters – signed by your Whiskey Island Tutor to make it all legal!

2. All Ireland Comparative Whiskey Tasting (minimum 10 – max 50 guests)

  • Our Extended Comparative Whiskey Tasting starts with a tasting of 4 premium Irish Whiskeys – one from each province of Ireland. We’ll give you the background on each brand, some world famous brands that your guests will know, and there are some new craft whiskeys that they will not have seen before. Once we’ve made our way through the Irish whiskeys, we ask tasters to select their favourite and then they can use this to compare with a premium Scotch and Bourbon. Includes diplomas and a special signature Whiskey Island cocktail to start. Guests can enjoy the cocktail while we do our introduction.

3. Top-shelf Comparative Whiskey Tasting (minimum 10 – max 50 guests)

  • Our Top-shelf Comparative Whiskey Tasting works the same way as above, but we use superior whiskeys. We choose appropriately based on where we are conducting the tasting. A typical line up will include; Pearse Lyons 12 YO Single Malt, Redbreast 12 YO Single Pot Still, Drumshanbo Single Pot Still, Bushmills 16 YO Single Malt. Diplomas and signature Whiskey Island cocktail included.

4. Super High-end Whiskey Tasting (minimum 1 – max 10 guests)

  • Right now, we have some very rare whiskeys in our collections... some Midleton Very Rare from down through the 80s and 90s, Bushmills that was distilled in 1975, some rare Teeling Whiskey and some lovely aged pot still whiskeys. We can do a very special ultra premium tasting using our rare Irish whiskeys and comparing with a top-shelf Bourbon and a 22 year old Scotch.



NEW! Irish craft gin has an important role to play in the overall whiskey story. It is important to pay tribute to it! And so , we have put together The Irish Gin Story – Tutored Gin Sampling Experience. We introduce you to four delicious gins, hand-picked from distilleries across the four corners of Ireland. We also compare to two top international premium gin brands. Contact us for more information. 

Shortcross gin

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