Held over three full days, the Whisky School examines all aspects of whisky making including malting, mashing, brewing, distilling and maturation with fascinating in-depth lectures and a series of behind the scenes visits so pupils get a real understanding and experience of malt whisky making in Speyside. The lectures will be presented by speakers of international standard, all from within the Whisky Distilling Industry and the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. The Whisky School is aimed at whisky enthusiasts who wish to learn more on the technical aspects of the creation of malt whisky and is held prior to the Festival. All pupils will depart with a Diploma.
The School is limited to a small and exclusive group and the programme is designed so that personal attention can be given. All the lecturers and site managers are happy to share their passion for malt whiskies with you and answer all questions. The lectures will take place in the inspiring surroundings of Knockando Distillery Conference Centre.
There are only 16 places available annually. To book a place on the 2017 School click here. For further information or to register your interest in future Schools please contact the Festival team here.
What Whisky School Graduates have said...
This is an excellent programme for anyone who is interested in learning more about the industry and how whisky is made. It is a good balance between class room learning and technical visits to sites which are not generally accessible to the public. The industry guest speakers are leaders in their field and the information is delivered in a way that is easy to understand without being too complicated. You also get to taste lots of great whiskies, most of which you will never get to try unless you are on the programme. This school is great value for money and I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone considering attending. Graeme Dempster, 2017 Graduate
The Whisky School and all connected activities were a fantastic experience. The organisers did a magnificent job in putting together a world class event and also making me feel welcome as a visitor to Scotland and a student. Fred Archer, 2012 Graduate
I found the presentations very informative and excellent. The guest speakers were very knowledgable in their respective fields and very approachable during and after the presentations were given. Kelly Forbes, 2012 Graduate
This programme offers an excellent balance of classroom instruction and technical visits. The material presented is comprehensive without being overwhelming. Trenton McLaren, 2013 Graduate
This School was an amazing experience and gave a great amount of information. I loved my time meeting new people who share a common interest. Jarred van de Mortel, 2013 Graduate
The School is in a class of it's own, you have no peers. The information we gained and the way it was presented was first class. To share in your passion was an honour. I thank you for doing this especially knowing the fact that it is all on a volunteer basis. Frank & Jacqueline Scott, 2013 Graduates