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Like more than a few good things in life, my whisky passion started with a dram, a dram of whisky on my wedding day. It was nothing fancy mind, just an aptly named “Founders Reserve”.  From there I dived deep into the whisky ocean, and went - like a lot of you I imagine - on a wonderful journey of discovery.  A journey not just of taste, places, and special moments in time...but of whisky people and their stories.

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East Coast Whisky x Thompson Bros Whisky Weekender @ The Dornoch Castle Hotel - 1st/3rd November 2024

The Whisky Weekender 1st - 3rd November 2024

A very special weekend event has been arranged for you all, deep in the Scottish Highlands. Following on from our succesful partnership bottling of Glen Garioch 1988, the Thompson Brothers are hosting us at the Dornoch Castle Hotel, their legendary whisky venue. This is a proper whisky residential, not your usual 4 hour whisky show!! Expect special drams and surprises. Now read on for all the details...

1st of November 2024

The Feast & BYOB - At 6 pm we welcome you to the Dornoch Castle Whisky Bar to begin the evening with a social meet-and-greet and BYOB. A family-style feast will be served in the hotel restaurant at 7 pm. BYOB will continue during the meal and into the evening...

2nd of November 2024

The Secret Tasting - We invite you to gather at the Castle Whisky Bar at 7.45 pm for the main event, this tasting has been curated by Phil & Simon Thompson & Frederick Maitland (ECW). They will present eight whiskies in pairs. Each pair will have one whisky selected individually by the Thompsons and Fred! The whiskies will be presented blind and the Thompsons and Fred will not be aware of each other's selection until the 2nd of November, although an adjudicator will ensure we do not select the same bottles! This promises to be a unique tasting event and an entertaining evening! The evening will continue after the tasting in the Castle Whisky Bar!

3rd of November 2024

Breakfast will be served from the hotel restaurant from 8-10 am. Complimentary late check-out is available until noon to allow everyone to recover from the tastings!

The Details

What does the price include? 

Bed & Breakfast at Dornoch Castle Hotel for two nights.

The feast meal & BYOB on the 1st of November.

The ECW x DCH tasting on the 2nd of November.

20% Discount on all whisky by the measure in the Dornoch Castle Bar.

10% Discount* on off-sales from Thompson Bros Bottle Shop/Dornoch Castle (off-sales discount excludes Dornoch Single Malt).

Option to purchase one Dornoch Single Cask Single Malt Whisky on check-out (one per attendee).

What does it cost? 

£525 based on one person in a standard garden room.

£900 based on two people in a standard garden twin or double-bedroom Room.

Supplements: £20 per room per night for a Superior Castle room, £50 per room per night for a Castle Deluxe room.

Extend your stay on the 31st of October or the 3rd of November: £100 per room per night based on a standard garden room, whisky discounts will continue to apply... 10% on Off-sales & 20% on Whisky by the measure (the above supplements will apply to Superior or Deluxe rooms).

What is the price breakdown? 

£100 per room per night - £25 per room per night supplement for a second person (applicable on the 1st/2nd only).

£75 per person for the Feast meal (1st of November) £250 per person for the ECW x DCH whisky tasting which includes 8 x 1.5cl measures.

How do I book? 

Bookings are made via the Dornoch Castle Hotel website and reservations will require a £100 deposit per person. To reserve the weekend please enter the code eastcoast when booking. This will open up the weekend and also give first refusal to the 31/10 and 3/11 if you wish to extend the weekend. A further £100 per person will be required in July, with the remaining balance due at check-out of Dornoch Castle Hotel in November.

GET BOOKED IN NOW!!! - spaces are already getting filled.

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