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.....

Drop in for a Dram - Come raise a glass to Rabbie!

Come along and raise a glass to the great bard himself, Rabbie Burns, on the eve of his birthday. Lots of special drams were opened to see out the decade, so much so, we've got to clear some space in the cupboard before DramFest rolls around. Come along and join us for a few Friday evening drams, a bit of a yarn and you never know, Michael might even bellow out a poem or two.

The Bespoke Chef will be there too, with a few fitting treats to celebrate Scotland's most famous poet.

Where: Whisky Galore, 834 Colombo Street, Christchurch
When: Friday 24th January, 5.30pm - 7pm
Free attendance

Gunyah Garden Party

The Hororata Community Trust invites you to celebrate summer and the start of 2020 at the Gunyah Garden Party. Be immersed in the lavish gardens and timeless beauty of Gunyah Country Estate while enjoying an afternoon of tastings, gardens games, live music and high tea with friends.

The Whisky Galore team will be on-site offering both gin and whisky tastings and your ticket also includes three premium wine appreciations with Selwyn Wineries – Braided River, Loan Goat and Melton Estate, a complimentary beer or wine from the bar (drinks can be purchased as well!), a continuous high tea served from the Gunyah Kitchen, a souvenir glass to take home as well as fabulous entertainment from Christhchurch based Jazz bad The Curio Club.

There will also be a courtesy van will be operating offering rides to and from Darfield, Glentunnel, Hororata, Windwhislte and Methven.  Details will be sent to ticket holders prior to the event.

As long-time friend of the Hororata Community Trust, Whisky Galore are able to offer a discounted ticket price to the Gunyah Garden Party for just $95.00. For more information, click here.

Where: Gunyah Country Estate, Glenroy, Selwyn
When: Sunday 2nd February 2020, 1pm-6pm
Whisky Galore Ticket: $95.00


Scotch Malt Whisky Society - Christchurch

The SMWS is proud to host its very first tasting of the New Year in Christchurch. The Howff is the spiritual home of the SMWS in New Zealand, so this seems rather fitting! We’ve put together a lovely lineup to be presented by Alec Hay, he informs us that he has been working on his Scotch Brogue and has grown out his beard for the occasion. As usual, the tasting will be accompanied by a light supper after the tasting. Whether you’re an old hand or have never attended before you’re very welcome, we hope to see you there!

WHEN: Thursday 16th January, 7pm
WHERE: The Howff at Whisky Galore, 834 Colombo Street, Christchurch
PRICE: $69 for SMWS Members, $89 for Non-Members



Save the dates:

We'll be back in the New Year with a very special  tasting commemorating Rabbie Burns on Friday the 24th of January. More details will be release in 2nd week of January.