Thursday March 28th 2019 – Battle of the British Bottles

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March – Battle of the British Bottles

Date: Thursday March 28th 2019 @ 7.30pm

Host: BWAS Organiser – Rob Prior – @RealDramRob

Theme: Whisky from the British Isles

Location: Upstairs Function Room @ The Volley Pub, King Street

Tickets: On Sale 26th February 2019 at 9am

Notes: With the potentially impending doom of Brexit (or joyous celebration – depending on your way of looking at the world) on the way, we thought that it would be fun to host a night of whisky taken from around the British Isles.

Expect to drink Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish whiskies that will hopefully surprise, delight and change your opinions of British whisky. We will search for the common threads that feature in all the whiskies, whilst exploring the glorious differences that each countries’ expressions have to offer.

Will you be able to tell them apart? Which will be your favourite? Will you even be able to attend the event in the post Brexit apocalypse?

Thursday February 28th 2019 – Spirit Character

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February – Spirit Character

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Date: Thursday February 28th 2019 @ 7.30pm

Host: Billy Abbott – @cowfish on Twitter.

Theme: Spirit Character

Location: Upstairs Function Room @ The Volley Pub, King Street

Tickets: On Sale 27th January 2019


We are lucky to welcome the walking whisky encyclopaedia that is Billy Abbott to Bristol for February’s tasting. He is a veteran of the UK whisky scene, who works for The Whisky Exchange, tasting, talking and writing about whisky on a pretty much 24/7 basis.

He will be bringing with him six whiskies that highlight the incredible range of flavours that come from the three simple ingredients that are put together to create whisky. The whisky on show will be taken from The Whisky Exchange’s exclusive collection. These fine spirits highlight the broad range of whiskies that are available both in their amazing shops and online in their web store that boasts over 9000 whiskies and fine spirits from all around the world!

As usual the whiskies will be tasted blind, in an informal atmosphere, where experience and learning are put before the need to know everything, so whether you are whisky mad or whisky curious, you will still enjoy the evening!

Thursday January 24th 2019 – Whisky Maturation

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January – Whisky Maturation

Date: Thursday January 24th 2019 @ 7.30pm

Host: Jon Webb – @dvdbloke

Theme: Whisky Maturation

Location: Upstairs Function Room @ The Volley Pub, King Street

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Notes: When we talked about holding a session about maturity, we were unanimous in knowing exactly who we wanted to present the session. Sadly they weren’t available, so instead we have Jon Webb – @dvdbloke, who is infamous for his long standing Whisky and Science Fiction blog –

He will be hand selecting seven whiskies from his vast whisky collection to help us explore the subject of maturation. As is standard for our tasting sessions, all the whiskies will be tasted blind, so that we can experience the spirit unhindered by preconception and personal bias. Through tasting the whiskies we will be exploring the effect of cask type, age of the whisky and initial spirit character.

This promises to be a great session, so pick up your tickets ASAP.

Thursday 18th October 2018 – Islay Magic

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October – Islay Magic

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Date: Thursday 18th October 2018 at 7.30pm

Host: Rob Prior – @RealDramRob

Theme: Islay Whisky

Location: Upper Room @ The Volley Pub, King Street

Tickets: On Sale – Tuesday 18th September 2018

Notes: Rob’s love for whisky started with an island whisky and his passion blossomed when he found the peaty, salty malts of the island of Islay. For this evening, Rob will be selecting whiskies that show the diverse nature of whisky produced on the island. Prepare to be suprised at the variety of styles and delighted by the quality.

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – Christmas Countdown

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November – Christmas Countdown

Date: Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 7.30pm

Host: Chris Borrow

Theme: Sherry Finished Whiskies

Location: Upper Room @ The Volley Pub, King Street

Tickets: On Sale – Sunday 21st October 2018

Notes: Chris gets very excited about Christmas, so in November we will be preparing your tastebuds for the festive season unspeakably early with this sherried whisky session. Expect a range of sweet, fruity, nutty numbers and the chance to hear about the ageing process of whisky.

September 27th 2018 – Speyside Spectacular

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Date: Thursday 27th September 2018 at 7.30pm

Host: Jason B Standing – @JasonBStanding

Theme: Speyside Whisky

Location: Upper Room @ The Volley Pub, King Street

Notes: This is our first evening tasting event and it is going to be a really special one. Jason, one of our organising team will be dipping into his amazing collection of whisky to treat us to some special Speyside whisky treats.

For those of you that don’t know, Speyside is a relatively small area of North East Scotland located around the River Spey in Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey. Despite it’s diminutive size, it is home to over half of all the distilleries in Scotland. It is famed for creating a specific style of whiskies, which are light and grassy or sweet and rich depending on the cask type that they are finished in.

Whiskies Sampled: 


Glen Elgin Chorlton Whisky The Glenlivet Dream Drams Claxtons Glenfarclas
Twelve Year Old Miltonduff 9 YO Archive 21 YO Ladder Hills 18 Year Old Ardmore 8 Year Old 21 Year Old