Vic Cameron
Tatsuya Minagawa

Whisky Academy Masters

Join us for an unforgettable week learning with six masters of the art of whisky making.
Tatsuya Minagawa
Visit one of Scotland's most famous Whisky Bars and chat with the owner about selecting, sourcing and selling some of the best collections in Scotland. .

The Highlander Inn sits in the centre of the Malt Whisky universe' in Craigellachie, Speyside and is world-renowned for it's amazing collection range single cask malts. The owner Tatsuya Minagawa has been a barman all his life, with the exception of a 3 year stint as Brand Ambassador for the Japanese Whisky brand Suntory. Tat's wealth of knowledge will showcase what makes a great destination whisky bar and serve 3 specially chosen drams as he discusses all things whisky with our group.
Tatsuya Minagawa
Vic Cameron
The science behind the Barley talking directly to the master of the malt.

Vic is a man who needs little introduction in whisky circles due to his 23 years at Diageo, working in both malting and distilling roles, he is the perfect man to take us through the Malting process in great detail. Now running his own whisky consultancy, Discerning of Spirits, Vic is still fully immersed in the whisky industry, passing his knowledge, passion and infectious character onto our academy. Vic's charisma and experience make him a wonderful addition to our already star studded line up of Whisky masters at the Highland Whisky Academy.
Vic Cameron
Vic Cameron
The science behind the Barley talking directly to the master of the malt.

Vic is a man who needs little introduction in whisky circles due to his 23 years at Diageo, working in both malting and distilling roles, he is the perfect man to take us through the Malting process in great detail. Now running his own whisky consultancy, Discerning of Spirits, Vic is still fully immersed in the whisky industry, passing his knowledge, passion and infectious character onto our academy. Vic's charisma and experience make him a wonderful addition to our already star studded line up of Whisky masters at the Highland Whisky Academy.
Knockdhu Distillery
masters of their craft
Learn and experience the complexities, romance, history and science of Scotland's national drink in the company of our six guest speakers.
'The Whisky Doc' Dr Paul McLaughlin
Nosing and Tasting - A highly skilled and in-depth look at our senses and how you can enhance your own experience of whisky.

The Whisky Doc, Paul McLaughlin has dedicated his time to learning and tutoring his fellow Canadians about the world of Whisky. A respected and regular attendee to Scottish shores in search of more knowledge, Paul is also a good friend of ours, having shared many a whisky tale and Whisky Ambassador course together. A dentist by profession, The Whisky Docs speciality is in nosing and tasting and how to hone your own capabilities. The Whisky Doc will teach you how to bring your olfactory senses to life.
Dr Paul McLaughlin
Annie Manson
Our Sherry sommelier will be on hand to guide you through a stunning array of Sherry from Jerez.

Annie Manson, from Annie B's Spanish Kitchen was born and bred in the area and a direct descendant of John and Alexander Manson, founders of the Glen Garioch distillery. Although Annie was born with whisky coursing through her veins her speciality though is now Sherry. Our Sherry Sommellier now hosts tours in her home region of Jerez, and Annie will be with us to talk about one of Scotch Whiskies favourite partners. Annie's expert gudiance will showcase some of Spain's finest sherries and Bodegas, their production methods and flavours.
Annie Manson
Annie Manson
Our Sherry sommelier will be on hand to guide you through a stunning array of Sherry from Jerez.

Annie Manson, from Annie B's Spanish Kitchen was born and bred in the area and a direct descendant of John and Alexander Manson, founders of the Glen Garioch distillery. Although Annie was born with whisky coursing through her veins her speciality though is now Sherry. Our Sherry Sommellier now hosts tours in her home region of Jerez, and Annie will be with us to talk about one of Scotch Whiskies favourite partners. Annie's expert gudiance will showcase some of Spain's finest sherries and Bodegas, their production methods and flavours.
Andrew Smith
One of the most famous Independent bottlers will take you through the world of independent bottling and its place in the market.

Andrew Smith is a well known and respected member of the whisky world. Having worked in one of Scotlands finest Whisky hotels, Andrew has now setup his own distillery and independent bottling brand - Little Brown Dog. Andrew has worked as a whisky consultant on numerous new builds will be guiding you through his experience of setting up a distillery from scratch and building it into a successful business.
Andrew Smith
Peter Mackay
'The Whisky Scholar', Peter Mackay will take you through how to expertly present the perfect tasting for your friends, colleagues and fellow whisky enthusiasts.

Peter is a well renowned and hugely popular member of the industry, with a family steeped in whisky folklore. 'The Whisky Scholar' will teach you how to present a tasting, using his vast experience travelling the world as part of the Morrison & Mackay Independent bottling company. Now taking his first solo steps into the whisky industry, Peter is a true encyclopaedia of knowledge of the spirit, teaching, lecturing and presenting tastings at a host of global festivals.
Peter Mackay
Peter Mackay
'The Whisky Scholar', Peter Mackay will take you through how to expertly present the perfect tasting for your friends, colleagues and fellow whisky enthusiasts.

Peter is a well renowned and hugely popular member of the industry, with a family steeped in whisky folklore. 'The Whisky Scholar' will teach you how to present a tasting, using his vast experience travelling the world as part of the Morrison & Mackay Independent bottling company. Now taking his first solo steps into the whisky industry, Peter is a true encyclopaedia of knowledge of the spirit, teaching, lecturing and presenting tastings at a host of global festivals.
Glen Garioch DISTILLERY
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