Whisky Classified Seminars 

Seminar Abstract



Forthcoming Events

Whisky Live Leiden
Masterclasses with Whisky Classified
David Wishart (left) with Hans Offringa and Michael Jackson

Discover the range of flavours of single malt whiskies at this talk and tasting by David Wishart during the Dutch Whisky Festival, Leiden.  In addition to describing Whisky Classified, with seven fine malts to taste, David will introduce "Whisky Analyst", a computer system for profiling and classifying whiskies, with an extended directory of 200 aged malts, special expressions and special wood finishes.
Further information
13 - 15 November, 2009
Tutored tastings sponsored by Aberlour, An Cnoc, Ardmore, Balblair, Balvenie, Benromach, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Connemara, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Laphroaig, Old Pulteney, Scapa, Strathisla, Tomintoul and Tyrconnell (subject to revision).

The Heritage of Scotch Whisky
Monks, Surgeon-Barbers and Royals

David Wishart recalls the heritage of Scotland's national drink, with an illustrated tour of whisky through the ages, beginning in 1495 at Stirling Castle. David Wishart is author of "Whisky Classified" and co-author of Whiskey and Philosophy, published 2008.

Monday 12th April, 2010
The Alec Cairncross Memorial Dinner
Scottish Economic Society Conference
James IV of Scotland

David's Tutored Tasting will feature fine malt whiskies from Glenfarclas, Glengoyne, Tullibardine, Old Pulteney and Laphroaig (prov).

Other forthcoming events include:

Royal Statistical Society, Sheffield: January 2010 tba

Previous Events

"Whisky Classified: Choosing Single Malt Whiskies by Flavour" was launched at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Edinburgh on Thursday 11th July 2002.  The tutored tasting that followed featured Aberlour, Bunnahabhain, Highland Park, Laphroaig, Macallan and Old Pulteney single malt whiskies.  In addition, a Whisky Classified Cooler was served.  The launch was covered by BBC Reporting Scotland and by several radio programmes and newspaper reports.

For those who were unable to travel to Edinburgh, a second launch was held in London on Monday 29th July 2002.  It was hosted by Berry Bros & Rudd, in their atmospheric 18th century shop at 3 St. James's Street, SW1.  The tutored tasting featured the Edrington malts - Bunnahabhain, Glengoyne, Glenrothes, Glenturret, Highland Park and Macallan.  A special tasting of Glenrothes 1979, the distillery's centenary malt, was also included.

Our largest presentation was at the Royal Statistical Society's international conference 2002, hosted by the University of Plymouth.  About 100 delegates attended the plenary presentation in the scientific programme, and about 200 came to the tasting that preceded the conference dinner.

Another major event was the German Classification Society's conference in Cottbus, near Berlin.  This was attended by 220 delegates, of which around 120 attended the plenary session on Whisky Classified, followed by a tutored tasting and the conference dinner.

We have also presented at the Dutch, German, Swedish, Swiss, Speyside and Islay Whisky Festivals, and at WhiskyFest in New York.

Our very first classification was presented in 1998 on a provisional basis at PADD '98, the 2nd International Conference on the Practical Application of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Westminster, March 1998.  This paper was also published in the Proceedings of PADD '98, pp 167-176.

It was next presented at a joint meeting of the British Classification Society and Biometric Society, held at the University of Edinburgh, April 1998.  It was also presented in 1998 at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in Edinburgh, August 1998; and a summary by Charles MacLean appeared in the Society's Summer 1998 Newsletter "The Classification of Malt Whisky".

Seminars have been given at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Napier, St. Andrews and Strathclyde; to the Royal Statistical Society in Birmingham, 2000; Edinburgh, in 2000 and 2002; Plymouth in 2002; Sheffield in 1999; and Manchester in 2003; to the British Computer Society in 2000; and at the Royal Society of Arts in Edinburgh, April 2000.

For the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2001-4, Whisky Classified was presented at the Cluny Bank Hotel, Forres, combined with a whisky-themed dinner prepared by chef Pamela van Ankeren.  Details here

At the "Best of Buchan" Festival in August 2002 we presented Whisky Classified after the Festival dinner, hosted at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre and supported by Aberdeenshire Council.

Whisky Classified was also presented to the Institute of Directors in March, 2002 with a tutored tasting that featured Ardbeg, Edradour, Glendronach, Glengoyne, Glenrothes and Highland Park.

Whisky Classified has been presented outside the United Kingdom - at CSNA 2000 the annual congress of the Classification Society of North America, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada in June 2000; at IFCS 2000 the biennial conference of the International Federation of Classification Societies, University of Namur, Belgium in July 2000; and at GfKl 2003 the 26th Annual Conference of the German Classification Society, organised jointly with the Polish Classification Society and hosted by the Brandenburg University of Cottbus near Berlin in March 2003.  At all of these conferences "Whisky Classified" was presented in the scientific programme, with a sponsored whisky tasting during the social programme.  Some pictures from Namur are here and a report has been published in the IFCS 2000 Proceedings by Springer, Berlin.  A further presentation at IFCS is being planned for IFCS 2004 in Chicago, July 2004.

Whisky Classified was presented at several seminars at WhiskyShip 2000, 2001 and 20002, the annual Swiss whisky exhibition; at Whisky 2002, the German Whisky Festival; at a meeting of Slainthe in Copenhagen, in April 2003; at the Braids Rotary Club, Edinburgh in January 2001 and June 2002; and the University of Mannheim, Germany in 2001.

It was included in the 2001 Conference of the New England Business Administration Association, hosted by Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.  Our tasting at the Conference Reception was sponsored by Cutty Sark International and Thorncroft Cordials, and featured our first presentation of the Whisky Classified Cooler .  You can download a copy of the technical paper on Whisky Classified here (20k Word document).

At each of the above meetings the presentation of Whisky Classified was accompanied by a tutored tasting of single malt whiskies generously contributed by the sponsoring distilleries, as noted below.


We wish to acknowledge with thanks the kind support for this project by the distillers and bottlers of Aberfeldy, Aberlour, An Cnoc, Ardbeg, Ardmore, Isle of Arran, Auchentoshan, Aultmore, Balblair, Balmenach, Balvenie DoubleWood, Balvenie Founders Reserve, Ben Nevis, Benriach, Benromach, Bladnoch, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Bushmills, Chivas Regal, Cutty Sark, Dalmore, Deanston, Edradour, Glenallachie, Glendronach, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich Solera Reserve, Glenfiddich Special Reserve, Glen Garioch, Glen Grant, Glengoyne, Glenlivet, Glenmorangie, Glen Moray, Glenrothes, Glen Scotia, Glenturret, Gordon & MacPhail, Highland Park, Isle of Jura, Laphroaig, Ledaig, Loch Lomond, Longmorn, Macallan, Old Fettercairn, Old Pulteney, Royal Brackla, Scapa, Signatory, Speyburn, Speyside, Springbank, Strathisla, Talisker, Tamnavulin, Tobermory, Tomatin, Tomintoul and Tullibardine.

Classification of Single Malt Whiskies ©Copyright 2000 by David Wishart, Edinburgh.