Say cheers to online whisky tasting tonight

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With all the pubs shut, distilleries closed and visits to the islands restricted to residents only, fans of Scottish whisky could be forgiven for crying into their beer during the first ever Friday night in lockdown.

But innovative off-shore distilleries are coming up with creative solutions to bring a bit of light relief from self-isolation to worldwide whisky aficionados.

Bunnahabhain – which means ‘mouth of the river’ in Gaelic – is Islay’s most remote distillery and situated on the southernmost inner Hebridean island, on ‘the whisky coast’ of west Scotland.

Tonight the distillery will make use of modern technology to run an online ‘Whisky masterclass’ to mark no less than International Whisky Day today.

Derek Scott, the distiller’s global brand director, will share its history and craft, host a live Q&A session and guide viewers through an expert tasting of the distillery’s iconic 12-year-old and 25-year-old expressions.

While fans may not be able to enjoy a tipple themselves, they can fill a glass of their own, join in the fun on Facebook from 9pm and consider themselves part of the action.

Participants can get involved by signing up via Bunnahabhain’s Facebook page and questions can be submitted in advance for the chance to win a 25-year-old bottle of Bunnahabhain, the company said.