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An Evening of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Posted on 28 Nov 2013 by Glengoyne Distillery

Signalling payday and the beckoning of a new month, the last Friday of every month also marks the date for the athenaeum hotel & apartments acclaimed Whisky Socials. On August 29th, the hotel will be welcoming Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, offering guests the chance to sample drams from the award-winning malt whisky collection. In addition to offering guests some of the finest Highland whisky in the world, the athenaeum’s Whisky Social also features an exclusively prepared 5-course menu. Each course is designed by the Head Chef at the double rosette awarded restaurant with the help of Whisky Sommelier Ivo Silva to build a menu that compliments the delicate flavours of the malt.

The athenaeum’s illustrious Whisky Sommelier, one of only two in the UK, will co-host the evening with Alan Wardrop of Glengoyne Highland Single Malt, sharing with guests their knowledge of the renowned distilling and blending process that is used to create one of the most popular spirits in the world. Guests will be able to sample a different whisky to accompany each course with detailed information on each of the expressions to guide budding connoisseurs.

Founded in 1833, Glengoyne Distillery - highly regarded as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, situated in Dumgoyne near Loch Lomond - runs its stills slower that any other distillery, supporting the claim that Glengoyne genuinely is “Worth the Wait.” Unlike most other single malt whiskies, Glengoyne dries its malted barley using only warm air resulting in this extremely subtle yet complex malt, where all the delicate flavours are freely expressed. The precious spirit is then matured in hand-selected sherry oak casks which spend 6 years in preparation before reaching their exceptional quality. These casks then help to create the natural colour of each individual expression, encompassing the deep character of Glengoyne Highland Single Malt.

An intimate and inspiring evening that feels like sharing a glass of something special with friends and experts alike, the athenaeum Whisky Social takes place on the last Friday of every month. The discussion is open, knowledge shared, thoughts flow and the atmosphere is welcoming.

After the main event, guests are encouraged to adjourn in the hotel’s renowned Whisky Bar, home to one of the most extensive and impressive whisky collections in London. From craft American Bourbon to the finest exports from Japan, the bar has everything the whisky connoisseur could want. And, for whisky novices looking to learn more about this fascinating sprit, the friendly bar staff and Ivo Silva himself are always available to talk through suggestions.

Whisky Social tickets are priced at £55 per person. Ticket price includes a specialist cocktail and canapés on arrival followed by a 5-course meal with paired whisky.

For more information and to book a ticket, please contact the athenaeum hotel and apartments at or visit the website at