Islay has a new whisky festival in the autumn, 23-27 October 2017, and it's called Theatre of Drams. It has an entirely different concept from the spring festival as Theatre of Drams has a more educational focus. Theatre of Drams is an expansion and development of the hugely successful Whisky Course Islay hosted by Whisky for Girls (& Guys!) and participating Islay distilleries in 2015 and 2016.
Theatre of Drams Whisky Symposium/Festival offers educational and fun benefits for beginners, experts and enthusiasts alike. You can participate in a barley seminar with Islay farmers and Dr Steve Hoad of the Scottish Rural Colleges Agronomy Institute or learn secrets of Copper and stills from Speyside Copperworks. Explore the mysteries of peat, peated whisky and phenols, with Rachel MacNeill and enjoy an educational Masterclass led by Whisky Maestro Jim McEwan, formerly Bruichladdich, now building new Islay Distillery, Ardnahoe, with Hunter Laing. Learn why there is no such thing as an illicit still and there is the possibility to share a dram with distillery managers, excise men and Islay locals whilst listening to stories of old. Continue reading....
Theatre of Drams is five days whisky making knowledge imparted by distillers, barley experts, chemists, coppersmiths, coopers, brand ambassadors and more. The will be sharing the science of the past, safeguarding the Scotch of the future. There are theoretical lectures each morning which follow the linear process of whisky making - Malting, Mashing, Distillation, Maturation, Libation/Marketing/Nosing & Tasting. The afternoons offer Peat Cutting, Gaelic (& English) Distillery Tours, Whisky Tastings, Ceilidh Corner, Independent Bottlers, Independent Distillers and much more.
If you can stay all week you can sign up for the five Days Islay Whisky School package. Your hosted week includes lectures, accommodation, special educational distillery visits, dinners and other events. Proudly be presented with your Islay Whisky School Certificate at Grand Finale Whisky Dinner.
All this is happening from the 23rd to the 27th of October in Bowmore Hall Islay. For more information, tickets, contact details and the full programme please visit www.theatreofdrams.scot