Whisky Tastings

The world of whisky is complex and varied and one of the easiest way to get to know it is to come along to one of our regular whisky tastings. Our tastings vary from distillery focused evening, food pairings, vintage selections, world whiskies and many more. These are fun educational and social events where everyone is welcome. We conduct tastings the length and breath of the country on request, they are targeted at people who have a genuine interest in tasting - if your are organizing/hosting an event and would like to discuss your requirements please do get in touch with us.

Our tastings are incredibly popular so if you do see an event coming up that interest you, it does pay to book up early to avoid disappointment.


Upcoming tastings.....


Final tasting of 2018 - Elements of Islay

We are delighted to announce that our final tasting of 2018 (and our annual Islay evening) will take place in early December and feature an all new line up from the independent bottling series, 'Elements of Islay',  which is about to land with our next shipment.

This range which is bottled by Elixir Distillers features single malt whisky from various Islay distilleries, all presented in their trademark apothecary style bottles, featuring their 'Elemental Islay' symbol. Each bottling is either single cask or small batches of between 5 and 20 selected casks, which are approved and signed off by well known authorities on whisky such as Charles Maclean, Oliver Chilton and Dominic Roskrow.

We are very excited to bring you a stellar line up featuring an array of our favourite distilleries from this iconic whisky isle. We hope you will join us to cap off the year in true Ileach style!

WHEN: Friday the 7th of December
WHERE: The Howff, 834 Colombo Street, Christchurch
PRICE: $70, $66 for Guild Members (Light supper included)


Scotch Malt Whisky Society Tastings

We are expecting our latest outturn of SMWS bottlings to reach our shores in just a few short weeks and we are delighted to be bringing some of these brand new single cask releases to our main centres for our final tastings of the year. The line ups will include an array of regional selections, including a bacon filled beauty from the North East Highlands, a chocolate kiss from Speyside and a puff of smoked scallops from Islay.

Please do remember that these tastings are for non-members and members alike so if you have a friend that is interested in finding out a bit more about The Society or is just looking for an evening of great drams, please do encourage them to come along.


WHERE: The Jefferson Bar, 7 Fort Lane, Auckland
WHEN: Tuesday 20th November, 7pm
PRICE: $63 for members ($68 for non-members)


WHERE: The Howff, 834 Colombo Street, Christchurch
WHEN: Thursday 22nd November, 7pm
PRICE: $63 for members ($68 for non-members)