Programme for 2023

  • Day 1 - Monday 24 April 2023

    08:45 Assemble in the Conference Centre, Mansfield Hotel, Elgin

    09:00 Opening of School - Welcome by George McNeil, Chairman, Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

    Today’s Subjects: Barley to Wash

    09:05 Introduction to Programme and Round the Table Introductions, Alan Winchester (Whisky School’s headmaster) followed by an “Overview of the Scotch Whisky Industry” by Alan Winchester, FIBD

    09:30 Lecture 1: “Barley, Malting and Malt” with samples, Mark Kinsman, Maltster [retired], FIBD, BSc, M.Malt,

    10:30 Q&A

    10:45 Coffee/tea break

    11:00 Lecture 2: ‘’Scotch Whisky Mashing and Fermentation’’ Richard Beattie, GlenAllachie Distillery Production Director BSc, FIBD.

    12:15 Q&A

    12:30 Pre-prandial Nosing, Tasting and Judging of the SSWF Awards whiskies

    13:00 Lunch in the hotel

    14:00 Depart for visits to distilleries group split in two

    Technical Visits to one or two Distilleries – details TBC

    16:30 Return to Hotel

    17:00 Round up for the day with Alan Winchester and the Committee

    TBC Optional informal meal with some committee members TBC – NB. This cost is NOT included in the Whisky School fee

  • Day 2 - Tuesday 25 April 2023

    Today’s Subjects: Wash to New Make Spirit

    08:45 Assemble in the Conference Centre, Mansfield Hotel, Elgin

    08:50 Introduction and looking at the day ahead, Alan Winchester, School Headmaster

    09:00 Depart for visits with group split in two for both visits

    GROUP A

    09:30 Technical Visit of Workshop and Stores, Forsyth’s, Coppersmiths, Forsyth’s Staff/ D Johnston

    10:45 Depart for Speyside Cooperage

    11:00 Technical Visit to Speyside Cooperage, Andrew Russell, and Cooperage Staff.

    12:00 Return to Hotel via Forsyth’s of Rothes

    GROUP B

    09:40 Technical Visit to Speyside Cooperage, Andrew Russell, and Cooperage Staff.

    10:40 Depart for Forsyth’s of Rothes

    10:50 Technical Visit of Workshop and Stores, Forsyth’s, Coppersmiths, Forsyth’s Staff/ D Johnston

    12:10 Return to Hotel

    12:45 Lunch in the hotel

    13:45 Q&A on morning visits with the Committee

    14:00 Lecture 3. ‘’Distillation by Dr Stuart Watts BSc, Distilleries Director, Wm Grant & Son Ltd.

    a. The Scientific Principles of Distillation

    b. Batch Distillation for Scotch Malt Whisky

    c. Continuous Distillation for Scotch Grain Whisky

    15:15 Q&A

    15:30 Coffee/tea break

    15:45 Lecture 4: “The Science of Flavour in New Make Spirit Part 1” Robert Fotheringham, Global Technical Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits

    17:00 Q&A

    17:15 Round up for the day with Alan Winchester and the Committee

    17:30 – 18.15 FREE TIME

    18:15 Depart for the Dowans, Hotel, Aberlour

    18:45 Cocktail Reception & Dinner – Dress code: national dress, evening dress or smart casual

    (School Photograph will be taken in suitable location during evening).

    23:00 Depart for Elgin

  • Day 3 - Wednesday 26 April 2023

    Today’s Subjects: New Make Spirit to Scotch Whisky

    08:45 Assemble in the Conference Centre, Mansfield Hotel, Elgin

    08:50 Introduction and looking at the day ahead, Alan Winchester, School Headmaster

    09:00 Lecture 5: “The Science of Flavour in New Make Spirit Part 2”, Robert Fotheringham, Global Technical Manager, Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits with tasting samples

    10:00 Q&A

    10:15 Coffee/tea break

    10:30 Lecture 6: “Wood for Scotch Whisky Maturation, Andrew Russell, General Manager, Speyside Cooperage

    11.:15 Q&A

    11:30 Lecture 7: “Maturing and Nurturing Scotch New Make Spirit”, Graham Eunson, General Manager, Tomatin Distillery

    12:15 Q&A

    12:30 Pre-prandial Malt whisky tasting

    13:30 Lunch in the hotel

    14:30 NEW Blending Exercise with Ann Miller or another

    15:30 Round up of the day [and the entire course] by Alan Winchester and the Committee

    Presentation of Certificates

    16:15 Course ends

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