Scotland – A Coastal Whisky Trek

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Written by Charles Grabitzky

I have been leading whisky groups to Scotland since 2015. For me, it’s all about learning the nuances at each distillery that make the spirit so different from place to place. I have been to a lot of distilleries now in Scotland, just over 30 so far, but there has been one area that keeps eluding me.

Charles on the island of Arran in Scotland

Charles on the island of Arran in Scotland

In August of 2019, I will be leading a small group on a very special coastal whisky trek. This trip will focus on the outlying islands and distilleries located on the northern and western coasts. This is a very unique tour that encompasses a lot of ground, but some of the most beautiful areas in Scotland.

Starting in Inverness for one night, the group heads straight to the Orkney Islands for two nights. Here we will visit the Highland Park and Scapa distilleries. The group will then travel down the West Coast of Scotland with two nights on the island of Skye. The island of Skye is known for its beauty and it is here that we will explore the island’s nature and its great distillery Talisker. From there the group ferries to the island of Mull for one night and visits the Tobermory distillery.

The tour ends with one night in the fishing town of Oban and the last night in the town of Campbeltown. Here we visit Oban, Springbank and Glen Scotia distilleries.

This trip will take place in remote areas of Scotland where there will be moderate daytime hiking excursions and other historical visits. This will be an active trip, but one full of beauty, mystery and some great whisky!



This is a true dream trip for myself in Scotland, one that I have been thinking about for a long time. It should be a great tour. You should join me! More information can be found here: Coastal Whisky Tour of Scotland 2019

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!

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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.

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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.