Online island whisky tasting series travels to Orkney

THE second in a series of online whisky tasting events which aims to bring island communities together and promote local businesses is making its way to the shores of Orkney this week.

Launched by ‘wild water’ brand Larkfire in April, the second Whisky & Wild tasting event will see its founder James McIntosh team up with Highland Park to deliver samples of the Orkney distillery’s 13 year old Saltire Edition 2, Ness of Brodgar’s Legacy 12 year old and Scottish Ballet 50 to local residents.

Taking place tonight (May 29) at 6.30pm, the online tasting – which is accessed through the online platform Zoom – will be hosted by founder of The Whisky Lounge, Eddie Ludlow.

McIntosh, whose first tasting event held for communities in the Outer Hebrides saw 30 locals take part, said: “We’re keen to support communities and businesses throughout Scotland and the idea for these online tastings came about as we were mulling over what we could do to help, just to raise spirits a little.

“Building on last month’s event – which was so successful, the tasting event was followed by an impromptu online ‘after party’ – we are collaborating with Highland Park, a distillery with a close affinity to one of our founders.”

Graham Bruce, visits and retail operations manager at Highland Park, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Larkfire’s online tasting event and hope that everyone will enjoy sampling some of our limited edition single malts.”