Rascal + Thorn


Rascal + Thorn culinary trips and experiences bring together the food industry and its admirers.  Meet with chefs outside of their kitchens and learn how they use the local ingredients or cultures to influence their cuisine.


Whether it is whisky, cocktails or wine, Rascal + Thorn provides expert, in-depth experiences across the globe.  From whisky tours to cocktail workshops and weekends, our expert guides provide a premium time.

Highlighted Trips.

West Coast Scotland Whisky Tour: September 7-15, 2024
West Coast Scotland Whisky Tour: September 7-15, 2024

Join Holly Seidewand on a very special, intimate group trip to the West Coast of Scotland. Limited to only 4-6 guests, this tour goes up and down the West Coast and Islands of Scotland.

Japanese Whisky Tour: March 26 - April 7, 2025
Japanese Whisky Tour: March 26 - April 7, 2025

A very special trip to Japan! Both Holly and Charles will lead this tour which includes Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Chichibu. 12 nights of pure Japanese excitement.

Orkney Islands and Northern Highlands Scotland Whisky Tour: May 31 - June 8 , 2025
Orkney Islands and Northern Highlands Scotland Whisky Tour: May 31 - June 8 , 2025

Join Holly Seidewand on a very special, intimate group trip to the Orkney Islands and Northern Highlands of Scotland. Limited to only 4-6 guests. An incredible journey!

Future Trips To Be Announced!
Future Trips To Be Announced!

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John Sconzo

Originally from New York City and an Italian-American family to whom food was of utmost importance, John’s passion for food and wine goes back a long time.  As an early online writer and photographer of chefs and their craft, John has developed a deep relationship with the food industry.

It is this love of travel and food that makes John a great host on our culinary journeys and experiences.

Charles Grabitzky

Growing up in San Francisco and living abroad in both Mexico and Turkey has given Charles a global personality and a love for travel.  Providing a great experience for his guests and seeing how travel can change people’s lives is his ultimate goal.

Whisky is his passion and over the last 10 years he has focused on leading niche whiskey tours to Scotland, Ireland, Japan and the U.S. He is co-owner of First Fill Spirits in Saratoga Springs, NY, a boutique whisky shop unlike any other in the Northeast. He started the Saratoga Whiskey Club in Upstate New York in 2015: Saratoga Whiskey Club

Holly Seidewand

Holly became a single malt enthusiast during her time working in retail store design in New York City. Not finding an education that was fitting to further her knowledge of whisky, she created her own study program by visiting over 130 distilleries throughout the world to interview producers, evaluate whiskies, and learn everything she could about the industry.

Holly lives in Saratoga Springs, NY and owns and operates her own boutique whisky shop called First Fill Spirits. She has always had an affinity for the History of Scotch and Irish Whiskey and can’t wait to share a dram with everyone! You can follow her whisky journey on her blog and on Instagram @herwhiskylove. We are super excited to have Holly on our team leading tours!

Our @rascalandthorn Water of Life Collaboration Tour continued to Glenglassaugh Distillery. Such great hospitality by Stewart Buchanan, Global Brand Ambassador. A visit to the Sandend Beach, full Distillery Tour and a fabulous tasting and feast to end with. What a great afternoon! The Sandend tasted like the beach!
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We started our 2nd @rascalandthorn Collaboration Whisky Tour with @wateroflifefilm with a visitor to Tormore Distillery in the Speyside Region of Scotland. It was really an incredible visit to the distillery with one of their Senior Distillery Managers, George, who took us through everything in detail. Then off to barrel making, hands on, and a trip to the water source for more drams! And to sample from the spring. A great way to kick off our 2nd Tour with @weedrambigman.
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Our private, small group tour of Copenhagen, Denmark and areas nearby is now over, but what a fun, beautiful and delicious tour it was!

Let us do a bespoke, private, small group tour for you! 

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We are thrilled to feature the Tequilas of @tequilaherraduramx at tonight’s Guest Chef dinner with @oswaldo.oliva.rico of Mexico City’s @lorea @alelirooftop @antesala.cdmx and @supertyrano at the spectacular @deermountaininn in the Catskills. Tickets available til 3pm or sold out, whichever comes first.
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