Whisky Seminars

Whisky Tasting

Treat Dad, yourself, or a friend to a memorable Scottish whisky tasting in honor of Father’s Day at the Highland Games on June 15. Three Seminars are planned to educate and entertain every level of whisky aficionado.  Each seminar is $40 and tickets may be purchased online through June 12 or at the main bar on site.

Hotaling & Co, returns as the Official Whisky Sponsor again this year with great expressions from Balblair, Arran, and Old Pulteney. Mariella Romano, Arran and LAGG’s Global Brand Ambassador, is coming from Scotland to introduce LAGG, a new heavily-peated distillery, from Isle of Arran Distillers. Maurice Chevalier IV, North American Brand Ambassador for Old Pulteney and Balblair, is back to debut new expressions from Balblair and Old Pulteney including an amazing Balblair Chocolate and Whisky pairing class.

Participants will enjoy 4-5 expressions at each seminar including pricey varietals upwards of $250 per bottle.  Seminars are 45-mins and will be held in Building 5 at the Fairgrounds.  All seminars will be led by Romano or Maurice Chevalier IV, Hotaling’s Brand Ambassador from CA, who attended last year, as well.

Whisky Masterclass

Seminar One – 12:00pm
Balblair: Whisky and Chocolate Pairing

Presented by Brand Ambassador Maurice Chevalier IV

Enjoy a selection of enticing Balblair Single Malt Scotches, perfectly paired with artisan chocolates. Sample Balblair 12, 15, 18 and 21 year varietals aged in American, Spanish, and ex-bourbon casks. Balblair 15 year and 18 year retail for $135 and $250 per bottle respectively.  Click here to review a detailed description for Seminar One.

Seminar Two – 2:00 pm
Arran Water

Presented by Global Brand Ambassador Mariella Romano

Explore the portfolio of new world class single malt whiskies coming from the Isle of Arran. We invite you to taste Arran and Lagg Single Malt Scotches and learn about the fascinating history and (mis)adventures of Arran’s distilling past, both illicit and licensed. Sample Arran and LAGG Single Malt Scotches that have won international acclaim: Arran Barrel Reserve; Arran Sherry Cask “The Bodega”; LAGG Kilmory and LAGG Corriecravie. Click here to review a detailed description for Seminar Two.

Seminar Three – 3:00 pm
A Toast to the Coast

Presented by Brand Ambassador Maurice Chevalier IV

Experience the Maritime Malt from Old Pulteney by delving into our distinctive production methods and coastal setting. Enjoy varietals aged 12, 15, and 18 years, plus Old Pulteney Huddart and Old Pulteney Pineau des Charentes. Click here to review a detailed description for Seminar Three.


Each seminar is $40

Tickets may be purchased at the main bar on site.


Official Whisky Sponsor

Thank you to Hotaling & Co. the Official Whisky Sponsor at the Chicago Scots 38th Annual Scottish Festival & Highland Games.