The Water of Life Film

The Water of Life is a fantastic documentary that focuses on the people who turned the stagnant whisky industry of the 1980’s into the force that we see today around the world. Greg Swartz, the Director of The Water of Life, joins Rascal + Thorn to collaborate on an unforgettable experience on Islay to revisit some of the key places and experiences from the movie.

As we journey with Greg around Glasgow and Islay, we will see the whisky industry through the lens of a Director. We are super excited to partner with Greg on this journey to Islay and on the many more trips to come.

Distillery Visits

This week-long tour is filled with special distillery visits and experiences! We start in Glasgow with the famous whisky bars and the Glasgow Distillery. Next we travel to Islay for unforgettable visits to Bruichladdich, Kilchoman, Ardnahoe and all of the other classic Islay producers. Special tastings and discussions with some of the key craftsmen that will truly bring you back to The Water of Life special moments.

We base ourselves in Bowmore for the 5 nights on Islay.

Scottish Dining

The cuisine in Scotland is fabulous. And it’s a Rascal + Thorn Tour, so we will find the best local produce to pair with some of the best whisky in the world!

From special dining in Glasgow to curated experiences on Islay, we will treat you to a fantastic week of fresh and local food. We are very excited to make this both a whisky and food inclusive experience.



  • Bruichladdich
  • Kilchoman
  • Ardnahoe
  • Glasgow Distillery
  • Bowmore
  • Lagavulin
  • Bunnahabhain
  • and others


  • Bon Accord Tasting
  • Pot Still Tasting
  • Special Distillery Experiences
  • Boat Tour with Food & Whisky Pairing
  • Barley Farm visits and lunch
  • Curated Scottish Dining
  • Many other special visits

Saturday, June 10 – Arrive to Glasgow for a 1-night stay. Welcome group dinner and whisky tasting.
Sunday, June 11 – Travel to Islay and get settled in Bowmore for 5 nights.
Monday to Friday, June 12 to 16 – Islay Visits and Experiences
Friday, June 16 – Travel to Inverary for one night
Saturday, June 17 – Back to Glasgow for our final day of Distillery and Dining experiences.
Sunday, June 18 – Departure from Scotland.

  • 8-night stay in select hotels throughout Scotland
  • Transportation within Scotland via plane, ferry and bus
  • Distillery Tours and Tastings
  • Breakfast (8), Lunches (7) and Dinners (6)
  • Historical & Cultural sights
  • All taxes
  • All tips
Not Included
  • Transportation to or from Scotland before/after tour
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks during included meals, unless noted
  • Travel Insurance

We select the best hotels for the group throughout Scotland with walking access to restaurants and local attractions.

$5695.00 per person (double occupancy), Single Supplement $1000


A deposit of $1695.00 is due to secure a place on the trip. Reservations are taken on a first-come / first-serve basis.

Single Supplement is available.  The single supplement cost is an additional $1000.

Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour.

Please contact us for a Reservation Form.

Have a question?

    Our guest chef dinner with @airick72 @willtwyatt and @lempka_gram coming up to open the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival at the beautiful @hotelsaranac is still 2 weeks away and we have already sold out both Saturday seatings! There are only a few seats still available for the Friday night seating! 

To whet your whistle even more, we are proud to say that the cocktail pairings will feature the portfolio of Chatham Imports including @michterswhiskey @sietemisterios Mezcal @farmersgin and more!

#randtguestchefseries #saranaclake #saranaclakewintercarnival
    A great event comes down to details, both large and small. We are proud to feature these beautiful cocktail napkins done for us by @mydrap_northamerica to be used for our upcoming R+T dinners with Eric Anderson, Will Wyatt and Alex Lempka to open Saranac Lake winter Carnival at the beautiful Hotel Saranac on the 3rd and 4th of February.  Tickets are sold out for the 8pm Saturday seating, but we still have a few left for the Friday night and 5PM Saturday seatings. See our profile for more information.

#randtguestchefseries #wintercarnival #details  #smalldetailsbigdifference #saranaclake @hotelsaranac @airick72 @lempka_gram @willtwyatt @misterparadisenyc @hamletandghost @barndivahealdsburg
    The holidays are upon us and it’s too late for shipping, but if you hurry, you can still purchase tickets for the grand return of the Rascal + Thorn Guest Chef Series, our first since the pandemic started. Featuring Michelin-starred chef Erik Anderson ( @airick72 ) currently at the 1Michelin star Barndiva in beautiful Healdsburg, CA in the heart of Sonoma wine country and NYC barman extraordinaire, Will Wyatt ( @willtwyatt ) of Mr. Paradise et al., these will take place at the impressively refurbished Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, NY to kick off the famously festive Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

The second Saturday seating is nearly sold out and the other two seatings aren’t far behind. We have a limited number of discounted guest rooms available with purchase @hotelsaranac  so you can make a special pre-valentine’s weekend in the heart of the Adirondacks!

The evening will open with canapés from Chef Alex Lempka ( @lempka_gram ) of Hamlet & Ghost in Saratoga Springs and a welcome beverage, followed by a 5 course dinner with a choice of alcohol-containing and alcohol free pairings. 

The photo was taken 10 years ago at the legendary The Catbird Seat in Nashville, TN, where Chef Anderson was the opening chef along with Chef Josh Habiger.

Follow the profile link to the Rascal + Thorn website for more information and a link to Tock for tickets.