Simply Whisky pride themselves on the high quality of their events and their attention to detail. Some of our recent events and the kind words our clients and Whisky Library club members have had to say are listed below.
|Tasting event for 1100 people as part of the annual First.org conference which brought computer security professionals from 60 countries to Edinburgh, Scotland. Guests were able to relax while trying and learning about different whiskies from Glenfiddich, Arran and Johnnie Walker. We partnered with retailer Royal Mile Whiskies to enable guests to buy the whiskies they enjoyed the most to take home as gifts for themselves and others.|
|Simply Whisky hosted Facebook's Burns Night celebration for 200 staff at their offices in London with a whisky tasting of specially chosen Scottish and English whiskies, our unique Burns Idol game involving audience participation, a lively Address to a Haggis following by traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing with our bagpiper and ceilidh band musicians.|
|Simply Whisky was hired to support the launch of the Cartier 2018 Santos collection. Created in 1904, the Santos de Cartier wristwatch was the product of experimentation between two visionaries and friends, Louis Cartier and Alberto Santos-Dumont. Louis Cartier granted the wish of his friend, a famous Brazilian aviator: to be able to tell the time while flying. This was the birth of one of the first ever wristwatches! We celebrated with a lovely selection of whiskies.|
|Whisky training for several nationalities of bartenders and waiting staff aboard luxury cruise liner in the Mediterranean Sea, covering what whisky is, how it is made, why whiskies taste different, how to taste whisky, when to enjoy it in a cocktail and how to inspire customers to step outside their comfort zone, upselling new whiskies and flavours.|
|Tasting for the South Africa national cricket team in collaboration with Standard bank and Burberry. The gents and their partners were treated to a whisky from their home country, Bain's Cape Mountain (2013 World's Best Grain at the World Whiskies Awards) along with a selection of Scottish single malts.|
|Evening of entertainment in celebration of the MIPI Alliance 15th birthday party/annual get together in Glasgow, Scotland at the famous Old Fruitmarket. Simply Whisky hosted 130 guests who enjoyed traditional scottish bagpipe music as they arrived, live music and witty banter throughout the evening by The Whisky Band, a scottish whisky station where they could explore a variety of different whisk(e)y tastes, an educational whisky cocktail 'highball' station enabling them to create their own concoctions with different whiskies and garnishes, a heritage station staffed by our expert on topics from tartan, golf, scottish food and drink through to shipbuilding, engineering, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, and our unique interactive games station featuring 'whisky archery', 'pinpoint the distillery', 'whisky aroma' and 'play your drams right' tasting experiences. Many thanks to the team at the Old Fruitmarket for their assistance with catering!|
|Post-dinner whisky tasting for charity Impetus-PEF at The Dorchester hotel in London for over 400 senior leaders from the private equity and financial services sector. Our specially selected whiskies were from Craigellachie, Port Askaig, Talisker, Aberlour and Royal Brackla.|
|Tailored whisky tasting as part of Hoare's annual Burns Night Celebration at their offices in Fleet Street in central London, featuring a 200th anniversary special edition of Lagavulin, the new Oban Little Bay (originally a travel retail exclusive and now part of Oban's core range), Grant's Distillery only edition (a limited edition of a classic) and Kavalan's Classic Single Malt (a belter from the company that won World’s Best Single Malt for their Solist Vinho Barrique in 2015 at the World Whiskies Awards).|
|Networking event for the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association in London's May Fair hotel which brought together 80 of the UK's financial leaders. Simply Whisky hosted two tasting areas sponsored by private bank Investec and law firm RPC showcasing whiskies from The Balvenie, The Glenrothes, and Laphroaig, and an LBV port from Taylor's, all matched with specially selected cheeses, chocolates and chutney's. Second event for the BVCA as part of their flagship annual event at London's Hilton Park Lane hotel for 300 guests who enjoyed whiskies from America, Japan, Taiwan and Scotland, all paired with specially selected chocolates, and served from a customised tasting station.|
|Simply Whisky Fight Night - Brawl at the Bridge - in association with The Whisky Exchange. The evening opened with two specially created whisky cocktails based on Douglas Laing's Scallywag and Rock Oyster blended malts. The action then moved to the ring. With Richard 'The Nose' Paterson of Whyte & Mackay out due to trickery (re-analysis of Tussle In The Townhall footage revealed 'The Nose' used his nose to unfair advantage in the final arm wrestle) Sam 'The Doctor' Simmons of The Balvenie stayed on as challenger. Meeting him glass to glass, glove to glove, Dr Bill 'The Bruiser' Lumsden of Glenmorangie promises to skelp young Sam's face with whiskies.|
|Blind tasting of celtic malt whiskies from France, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for Monte Carlo Whisky Society members, guests and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, at the Hermitage hotel in Monte Carlo. Those with the best performing senses were invited to Walk The Whisky Trail.|
|Four whisky tastings for Burberry at their menswear stores in Knightsbridge and Bond Street, London. The first in support of a book launch by city banker Alex Buchanan with a brief to select Scottish, Indian and Japanese whiskies to match specially prepared fish, meat and vegetable based canapes. Delectable! The second was in collaboration with men's fashion and style magazine GQ for which we profiled an American bourbon, a single pot still Irish whiskey and a classic Scottish speyside single malt. Fun! The third was for VIP customers who were tantalised with whiskies carefully paired for enjoyment with handmade ginger nut, lemon confit and passion fruit truffles. Delicious! The fourth showcased the personalisation of taste and tailoring as the event was in parternship with Brummell magazine. Stylish!|
|Simply Whisky were chosen to help organise and run an auction in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to raise funds for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation whose purpose is to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable development. The auction consisted of art, rare whiskies, one off yachting and dining experiences, and a signed jacket worn by H.S.H. on his recent trip to the scottish island of Islay. Live music after the auction was provided by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.|
|President's Day (Washington's birthday) themed tasting of American Whiskies for Walkers and their client Goldman Sachs at the famed Middle Temple Hall in central London. Whiskies were chosen to showcase the effect different grains corn, wheat, rye and barley have on whisky flavours.|
|Customised tasting for ThermoFisher Scientific 135m above London aboard the London Eye. Many in attendance had never had whisky before and it was our pleasure to help them discover a new passion! Whiskies included a classic Johnnie Walker Black, the Aberfeldy 18, Master of Malt's famed Darkness, Elixir's Port Askaig 8 and a mystery blend!|
|Tasting for clients of luxury furnishings designer and manufacturer Soane Britain at their London showroom. Whiskies were specially selected to celebrate craftmanship and all that is great about Britain.|
|Whisky tasting for staff of mobile health start-up medopad at their offices in central London featuring whiskies from Ireland, Scotland, England, America and Japan.|
|Burns' Night Extravaganza for 75 guests at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings: an evening of fabulous food washed down with whisky and words. Guests were welcomed with live scottish music, rousing bagpipes and delicious whisky cocktails prepared by experts Jim Wrigley and Jamie Forbes, before enjoying a whirlwind celebration of the life and work of Robert Burns during which whiskies from The Glenrothes, Highland Park, Macallan, Laphroaig and Auchentoshan were paired with traditional scottish dishes prepared by michelin star chef Adam Gray. Entertainment included a very lively Address to a Haggis, Burns Idol, and the Toast to the Lassies followed by an unsurpassable reply! Invited back to host five more Burns' Night Extravaganzas, in partnership with a variety of whisky brands, also providing the bagpiper and ceilidh band for the evening's entertainment and what can only be described as (when all is said and done) 'the best Burns Night in London!'|
|Simply Whisky provided whisky tasting entertainment for senior staff of the iGATE Corporation, along with Lord Paddy Ashdown, at The Grove hotel in London and for a second time with racing driver Damon Hill at The Dolder Grand hotel in Switzerland. Whiskies were specially selected to suit the locations and to be enjoyed by those in attendance who had come together from all corners of the World.|
|Simon and Franchi of Simply Whisky delivered a St Andrew's gala banquet haggis address to H.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, and invited guests at the Hermitage hotel in Monte Carlo. Simon was also drumming in The Balvenie Band who provided the musical entertainment.|
|Two whisky tasting events for legal firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP for their holiday party on the top floor of London skyscraper The Gherkin, and then in the palatial Banqueting House in Whitehall. Featured whiskies were from England, Canada, America and Scotland, responding to the brief for an international line-up.|
|In-house whisky tasting event for 50 staff of global investment management group, BlackRock. Whiskies included Ballantine's, Balvenie, Old Pulteney, Dalmore, Littlemill and Ardbeg. Tastes were heightened with liquorice chocolates from Baruzzo and a specially selected parmesan cheese. Proud to be invited back to peform a follow up tasting in which we drove palate's wild with our combination of whiskies from Hibiki, Stranahan's, Compass Box, Chivas Regal and a special single grain bottling from That Boutique'y Whisky Company.|
|Simply Whisky returned to The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show to perform a masterclass which took guests back in time to the 80s to enjoy a reinvention of Bruce Forsyth's 'Play Your Cards Right' but with drams of whisky to be won by spinning our Simply Whisky Wonder Wheel. Entertainment also included tasting notes by text message, and the opportunity to 'take back the angel share' by shooting down helium balloons full of whisky with a bow and arrow. Read the Whisky Show highlights here.|
|A sneak preview event for invited media showcasing Simply Whisky's Wonder World which can be experienced at The Whisky Exchange's 2013 Whisky Show. Read the preview highlights here courtesy of the Evening Standard online.|
|Informal whisky tasting at the Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club in Stratford Upon Avon for aluminium company Alcoa Fastening Systems. Conference delegates from France, Italy, Germany and the UK had the chance to unwind, network and dram the night away as we presented whiskies from various corners of the World.|
|Chemistry lab themed Elements of Islay whisky tasting for The Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis, London Bridge. Attendees donned lab coats, protective headware and shoe covers before entering the tasting room where they were participated in chemistry experiments designed to help them discover what really drives their love of whisky. The experience involved a smoke machine, a whisky vaporiser, Franchi's magic flavour dropper, sweeties, a salt based cheese match and a review of the benefits of ellagic acid. A fantastic review of the tasting is here.|
|Personalised tasting experience for a group of 150 digital media professionals on behalf of advertising technology company OpenX. Simply Whisky supplied branded OpenX whisky glassware and a branded portable bar around which their clients could network whilst being introduced to three different styles of whisky by our whisky experts.|
|After dinner wedding whisky tasting for lovely bride Saskia and groom Stuart, and their 90 guests in the Old Hall at Queen's College, Cambridge University. Whiskies ranged from the sweet to the fruity to the smokey, with the experience comprising fun facts and toasts before culminating in a rousing rendition of Burns poem Scotch Drink.|
|Whisky masterclass for a group of 60 at Whisky Live Cyprus in association with agents and distributors Vassos Eliades Ltd and The Balvenie.|
|Simon of Simply Whisky drums in The Whisky Band who were hired to play 1960s Motown hits in a seaside breezy style aboard William Grant Life President, Charles Gordon's (RIP) yacht Cinderella IV as part of the celebrations taking place during the Duty Free and Travel Retail World Exhibition in Cannes, France.|
|Two mini-masterclasses at The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show in which guests were gently introduced to blended, single grain and single malt whiskies before being taken on a sensory special effects based journey into Space for a blind tasting that culminated in a strip tease and the appearance of members of the Star Trek cast.|
|In home whisky tasting birthday celebration for a group of 20 friends with their own whisky club. The whiskies selected were a combination of Irish and Japanese blends followed by Scottish single malts, topped off with a cigar pairing.|
|Masters of ceremony at a wedding in rural Cambridgeshire. The special day included an entertaining after dinner 'surprise' whisky appreciation performance for 90 guests who were then invited to pursue their newfound passion at a whisky tasting station comprising 14 different blends and single malt whiskies. Cheese and chocolate wowed palates, customised tasting handouts educated minds, a ceilidh band swung hips, and the evening culminated in a firework display. Never have so many non-whisky drinkers enjoyed drinking whisky!|
|Private introduction to whisky for 100 VIP guests in the Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament, London.|
|Simply Whisky assisted Tilaknagar Industries with the launch of their new Seven Islands Vintage single malt whisky in London's Mint Leaf restaurant, designing and delivering a fun and factual tasting format for the 200 invited guests to experience based on the whisky's brand story and marketing message.|
|Simply Whisky was invited to host a series of whisky tasting events for journalists in various Central London screening theatres in support of publicising the movie 'The Angels Share'
Watch the movie trailer here
|Private whisky tasting with branded whisky glassware for 40 senior financial services executives on behalf of Thomson Reuters in London's Gauthier Soho restaurant.|
|Whisky tasting event for delegates of the UKSG conference at Glasgow's SECC Exhibition Centre. Visitors to the Swets stand witnessed declamations of Burns, teleportation to the Isle of Islay and brilliant facts about whisky, it’s production and character all the while enjoying whiskies scientifically paired with cheese and chocolate. A fun whisky quiz to test the mettle topped off a great tasting.|
|Simply Whisky Fight Night - Danger in the Chamber - in association with The Balvenie. Sam 'The Dr' Simmons engaged Simon 'The Reverend' Roser in three rounds of heavyweight dramming as fists and facts were thrown to help guests decide the best tasting drams of the evening. Balvenie's Doublewood, Peated Cask 17 and Portwood 21 were pitted against the Aberlour 12, Highland Park 18 and Hibiki 17. It was close, but Dr Sam of Balvenie snatched victory and the belt in a combative arm wrestle. This isn't over!
Read all about the evening here
|Sold out Burns Night celebration for over 200 guests, consumer and trade, for Vinopolis London in association with The Whisky Exchange. The evening included loud and lively bagpipes and drums, a welcome cocktail courtesty of Chivas, a four course banquet of traditional Scottish fare, five whiskies matched with each course (including the coffee), the address to the haggis, an immortal memory, a visit from an Angel, a live link up to a concert at Glasgow's Barrowlands, Simply Whisky's inimitable Burns Idol competition, a prize giving and a ceilidh band to bring the merriment to a classic close.
Read all about the evening here
|In home whisky tasting and cocktail birthday celebration. Invitees were treated to a range of single malts which were then re-imagined in cocktails created on the night by Simply Whisky's mixologist. A choice of tunes heightended the sensory experience followed by dancing and a trip aboard the unique Simply Whisky Transportation Device.|
|Tasting evening for Citi bank to introduce staff to the wonders of whisky from each of the Scottish regions. Simply Whisky sourced and selected the venue, canapes and designed whisky tasting placemats while also presenting a series of fun facts and distillation science for the full appreciation of the water of life.|
|After dinner single malt whisky tasting and networking event at the prestigious Circolo Bonania Club in Bologna, Italy for F&L, the European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum. Delegates from over 90 companies were in attendance representing 15 different European nationalities.|
|Simply Whisky Cocktail Extravaganza in collaboration with Stuart Fritz of LAB Bar (London Academy of Bartenders), Colin Dunn, Global Brand Ambassador for Diageo and Erik Lorincz, head bartender of the Savoy Hotel's American Bar. The sold out event featured three sensational single malt whiskies to taste first neat and then in a cocktail. The evening culminated in the ultimate flavour sensation as we created a cocktail containing the World’s oldest whisky, the Mortlach 70 Year Old / 1938.|
|Annual evening of whisky based entertainment in Gothenburg, Sweden. The tasting included whisky that has been in the bottle for over 100 years, the unique Simply Whisky Lowland Transportation Device, Sir Ernest Shackleton's Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland malt, a Japanese taiko drumming performance, whisky from lost distillery St Magdalane, a rock'n'roll band, the whisky lottery and an auction that raised 1300 SEK for a local children's charity.|
|In store whisky tasting event for designer clothing brand Core Spirit at their flagship store on New Bond Street, London in celebration of the 2011 Vogue Fashion Night Out. Visitors enjoyed the spectacle of live models in the windows, an in-store catwalk, pro make-up artists and hair stylists, and a contemporary introduction to whisky…who says whisky is an old man's drink?|
|Five customised whisky tasting events for delegates of the COUP conference at St Andrews University. Visitors to the VWR UK stand were treated to a laboratory style tasting with beakers and test tubes of fruity, sweet, salty and smokey whiskies paired with cheese and chocolate for a flavour sensation. A mock putting green re-created the final hole of The Old Course.
Three customised whisky tasting events for delegates of the UK Bioscience Forum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. Visitors to the VWR UK stand experienced an introduction to whisky like no other with limited edition bottlings to test preconceptions about the age and alcoholic volume of whisky. Pairings with Ecuadorian chocolate and blue cheese presented an interesting taste sensation.
|Whisky based entertainment for media and customers at a press launch Genuine PR produced for Howie Nicholsby of 21st Century Kilts in London to launch his new ready to wear collection and website. Assisted with marketing campaign for the client through the use of our own channels.|
|Whisky tasting event for The Whisky Exchange at Vinopolis, London Bridge featuring 7 sensational whiskies (a selection of grain, malt and bourbon from Scotland, Japan and the US), rocking bagpipes and drums, multimedia presentation, party poppers, a visit from a Reverend, and a chocolate pairing with a heavily sherried Macallan.|
|Tailored evening of corporate entertainment for global staff of biotechnology company United Therapeutics encompassing a bagpipe welcome, whisky tasting, whisky quiz and Scottish dinner for which specific whiskies were selected to match the main course and dessert.|
|3 x Burns Supper Celebration with drums, pipes and celidh dancing in the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens, then at Shakespeare's Globe, and then at The Century Club for e-learning and corporate identity specialists Front Page Design.|
|Simply Whisky bagpipe and drum musical performance for guests.|
|The Simply Whisky team returned to Sweden for a 3rd year in a row to host our biggest event yet, a whisky cocktail masterclass and whisky tasting in Gothenburg's unique Skansen Lejonet castle. Skal!|
|Customised whisky tasting event to the rousing sound of live bagpipes for JCDecaux Airport, the World's leading airport advertising company, in central London venue.
|Very special Simply Whisky Library Club event for our valued members - Are Simply Whisky and Iberica London the 1st to successfully match Spanish Tapas with Scottish Single Malt Whisky?
|Supplied expert knowledge and rousing anecdotes for a whisky tasting networking event for over 120 members of the China-Britain Business Council in top central London venue. 3 separate whisky flights were prepared to cater for a variety of tastes.
|Private whisky tasting masterclass for a group interested in the effect the wood finish has on the taste of whisky. The whiskies featured were matured in american white oak ex-bourbon, spanish oak ex-sherry oloroso and limousin french oak ex-cognac casks.|
|6 x masters of ceremony for Albannach restaurant and whisky bar for their Burns Supper Celebration in Trafalgar Square, London, hosting 100-140 people each time. Entertainment included a passionate address to the haggis, readings of 'To A Mouse' and 'Tam O Shanter', live renditions of Burns songs 'Scots Wha Hae' and 'Red Red Rose', a drum and pipe band, Burns Idol and celidh dancing.|
|Special Burns Supper Celebration for Dinner Dates and their 40 guests in central London restaurant.|
|Whisky tasting and learning experience in London art gallery for 1 lucky auction winner and 4 guests in support of Borderline - charity for homeless Scots in London.|
|Launch night of the Simply Whisky Library Club in secret central London location known only to members.|
|Top quality evening of Scottish Entertainment in Gothenburg's unique Skansen Lejonet castle featuring 3 course feast, live pipes and drums, connoisseur's whisky range and whirlwind traditional ceilidh dancing.|
|Whisky Cocktail Masterclass in partnership with Monkey Shoulder whisky to celebrate Banking Technology magazine's 25th Birthday party in the tropical surrounding of London's Barbican conservatory.|
|Private whisky tasting event for publishing company Informa in the surrounds of a contemporary Scottish art exhibition in London off Trafalgar Square.|
|Special tasting of rare first release whisky in Gothenburg, Sweden for panel of 30 local businesses.|
|Tasting experience for the band MGMT (Management) at London Kentish Town Forum after showparty.|
|Whisky tasting experience in Soho's Groucho Club for London's top financial journalists (including BBC and FT).|
|Promotional event for Scottish Enterprise in Glasgow, Scotland during the NAPF conference - leading voice of workplace pensions in the UK.|
|Bagpipe performance and haggis address for a lovely Italian Scots family who were celebrating a special occasion at the Killarney Park Hotel in Ireland. Our congratulations to Executive Head Chef Heiko Riebandt for making from scratch the best haggis we have ever tasted!|
|Simon of Simply Whisky was delighted to drum in The Whisky Band who were hired to play in New York at The Balvenie Rare Craft Roadshow, an event celebrating craftsmanship in America.|
A pre-Wedding whisky tasting for a German couple and their 70 guests in St Andrews, Scotland.
The sweetest sound of all is praise, here are some kind words from our valued clients and Whisky Library club members.
|"The event went great, everyone was super happy and loved the whisky tasting! It’s been great working with you Simon, and Franchi! Hopefully it’s not the last event we will be working on together!"
Senior Project Manager, Pacific World
|"Huge thanks to you both for helping us last night – you were a huge success and a great asset to the event!!
We hope to work with you again soon!"
|"Thanks again for everything - the experience will be remembered well. All in all, a really great night. We heard many positive comments about the banter and mash-ups from The Whisky Band. The piper was well received, the games were fun and the whisky tasting and mixing was good - clearly a hit! Thanks again for everything and the extra efforts to make it a memorable evening."
|"Our event needed an added extra element so we hired Simply Whisky and I’m glad we did! The guys are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the whisky they provide and make the whole experience a lot of fun. Everyone at our event loved having them there and I would be happy to welcome them back anytime."
|"The Simply Whisky team was a big hit in our office. Our guide was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable. Some of our employees were not big fans of whisky but thoroughly enjoyed the tasting and learning about the history as well as what foods to pair with what whiskies. The company was professional and friendly from beginning to end, having given us a heads up on what to expect and were timely when it came to sending and receiving the glasses and conducting the tastings. They took care of all of the details. We highly recommend!"
Head Of People and Culture, Blockchain
|"Simon and Franchi were fantastic at providing the whisky tasting at our Burns Night celebration last night! I have had positive feedback pouring in from clients and hosts alike. Not only do they clearly know their stuff, but they made a huge effort to tailor which whisky to taste to the individual based on their likes/dislikes etc. This was a really nice touch and something that we haven’t had before in previous whisky tastings and put Simon and Franchi a head above the rest! We will certainly be using them again next year! Highly recommended."
C. Hoare & Co
|"A huge thank you again! Our whisky tasting was really great! The team really enjoyed both your expertise on whisky and greatly enjoyed the scotch tasting and choice of scotch you prepared for our group…Really appreciate all you both did to make the night really special for our team and especially appreciate your flexibility on the time."
Beth Ann Foro
|"Simon and Franchi, it was great to work with you and thank you for your professional and helpful service. Guests loved it."
"A big thank you for your service at last week’s Gala Dinner. Again I found your service very helpful, professional, personable and effortless on my behalf."
British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association
|"A huge thank you to Simon and Franchi of Simply Whisky for supplying us with the much needed celtic contingent at our Burns Night Extravaganza. These two are the walking definition of Scottish hospitality and worked their sporrans off, with a well informed and lively whisky masterclass before compering our Burns Supper. Their Selkirk Grace was wonderful and the Ode to a Haggis passionately and hilariously delivered, while their Burns Factor poetry competition had the audience in rapturous applause. They didn't take a moment to themselves, constantly checking in and entertaining individual tables when not commanding the floor. They were a sheer delight to work with from start to finish; a rare combination of absolute professionalism, mixed with a generous slug of good humour and a sprinkling of roguery."
Bourne & Hollingsworth Group
|"Thank you so so so much for a fantastic evening last night! We had fantastic feedback from our clients and the rest of the team who could not stop talking about what a fun evening it was!"
PR and Marketing Manager, Soane Britain
|"Well done for a great job."
Managing Director, Riviera Organisation, World-Class Events
|"MANY thanks for doing a great job on Monday night – the feedback has been really good."
|"Simon and Franchi rip up the rulebook with a wild-eyed, gleeful anarchic joy, and one can’t help but be swept along. Everything they do is different, even when it’s the same. Simply Whisky events are exciting, it’s that simple."
Whisky Blogger / Web Content Editor, The Whisky Exchange
|"After a long day of presentations, Simply Whisky was just what our delegates needed to unwind and socialise with one another. The guys both informed and entertained the delegates, who stayed longer than they intended just to ensure they didn’t miss out on tasting the exceptional whisky that was available! A big thank you to all those involved!"
Marketing Director EMEA, OpenX
|"Thank you so much for making our special day especially special. Like the whisky you expertly navigated us through, our wedding day was a complex mix of flavours. We had laughter, tears and even some education. Your charismatic contribution served to accentuate and punctuate each of those flavours, and combined them into something our guests are still buzzing about. The water of life, indeed. Cheers."
|"Everyone loved the whisky tasting and the connoisseurs! They were a hit!"
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
|"Thanks for the great introduction to whisky drinking and for your very valuable help at Whisky Live."
Brand Manager, Vassos Eliades Ltd
|"Thank you both for hosting the classes for us. I have had so much positive feedback!"
Events Organiser, The Whisky Show
|"Simon and Franchi of Simply Whisky provided a bespoke whisky tasting experience for a corporate event at The May Fair Hotel. With a selection of whisky and port they also included cheese, chutney and chocolate pairings. Both Simon and Franchi were helpful and friendly and my client raved about the high level of service. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the interactive tasting experience and I most definitely will be using Simply Whisky in the future!"
Event Manager at Mango Pie
|"I contacted Simply Whisky to provide a private tasting event for a surprise birthday party for my husband. Simon and Franchi were fantastic! So helpful, accommodating and they provided the most entertaining evening! My husband and his friends thoroughly enjoyed themselves with the perfect selection of whiskies, interesting facts and fun experiences. The cigar to complement the whisky was the 'cherry on the top'! Thank you for a most memorable evening. I highly recommend Simply Whisky for an event!"
|"Once again thank you for helping to make the evening a success."
Managing Director, Mondo Visione
|"Simply Whisky presented a tasting session at our stand at a conference and exhibition in Glasgow. Simon and Franchi were fab and thoroughly entertained the crowd around our stand for an hour about the joys of whisky and how it can complement cheese and chocolate. Simply Whisky were the talk of the whole conference and a complete hit – causing other exhibitors to be green with envy! We had declamations of Burns, teleportation to the Isle of Islay and of course brilliant facts about whisky, it’s production and character. Not to be missed!!"
Marketing Communications Manager, Swets
|"Enthralling, engaging and utterly entertaining about sums up the Burns Night experience enjoyed by our guests courtesy of Simply Whisky. Their hilarious and dynamic delivery of the Burns Night traditions (plus a few not so traditional features) delighted a packed hall of over 200 guests who were only too willing to be led on a raucous journey of whiskies and enthusiastic recitals. Simon and Franchi created an evening’s entertainment that will be difficult to surpass in the years to come. In fact, the humour, energy and dedication to having a ‘dram good time’ is just too addictive so I have already pencilled them in for next year!"
Head of Events, Vinopolis
|"Thanks for organising a great tasting last night - it was very enjoyable, entertaining and informative - I really enjoyed it."
"Thanks for a great evening gents, lots of good feedback from our members already on what a great evening they had."
James Small and Hugh Stirling
|"We hired Simply Whisky to do a whisky tasting for members of a major european transport forum and were delighted with their amusing and entertaining event which complemented our gala dinner perfectly."
Audrey Macnab, Secretariat
The European Freight and Logistics Leaders Forum
|"The guys from Simply Whisky certainly caused a stir at our stand and there was a severe case of other exhibitors being envious of the crowd we were attracting. Both Simon and Franchi were great at attracting the crowds, having fun and giving our customers a really great memorable experience- Thanks!"
Dr Becky Nuttell, Business Development Manager
|"Simply Whisky provided a fun atmosphere and entertained media and customers throughout a programmed event we produced in London for Howie Nicholsby of 21st Century Kilts to launch his new ready to wear collection and website. They worked flawlessly with us and the team at the venue, bringing a unique experience and lively atmosphere to the process, and also worked proactively as an integrated part of the wider marketing campaign for our client through their own channels offering huge added value."
Chris Hunt, Director
"Simon and Franchi were fantastic, filling the room with all the drums and drama you could want from a tour through the world of whisky. They easily dispelled the notion of whisky as an old man's drink with a rock 'n roll sensibility that bordered on punk at times, and incited a religious fervour in the room with their enthusiasm and knowledge. These boys are dangerous (in a good way)."
"I attended the whisky tasting at Vinopolis and would just like to say what a great whisky tasting experience it was. Perfectly pitched in terms of audience, very funny and educational, plus some great whiskies. Hopefully, you’ll be at Vinopolis again later this year in which case I’ll be there"
|"Simon and Franchi know how to put on a great show. They know how to pitch and pace the proceedings perfectly. They know how to create a sense of gleeful drama. They know how to perform with passion. In short, they know their Burns—and they do him proud. Slainté!"
Felicity Johnson, Director
Front Page Design
|"Simon and Franchi really made our client evening a huge success. Their knowledge is exceptional, and their enthusiasm infectious. Our guests warmed to them immediately and thoroughly enjoyed themselves as a result – even the ones who professed to be non-whisky drinkers! A great blend of education and entertainment. I would recommend them to anyone."
Steve Cox, Marketing Director
|"We used Simply Whisky to provide a whisky tasting theme for an informal business networking event organised for UK and Chinese business members of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC). Over 150 guests from business and government attended and were treated throughout the evening to expert knowledge and rousing anecdotes from Simply Whisky’s qualified connoisseurs.
As knowledgeable as they were entertaining, Simon and Franchi helped create a fantastic atmosphere that added a unique and memorable dimension to the event. Guests, regardless of their own whisky knowledge, found them highly amusing and easily accessible. I would strongly recommend anyone wanting to add an alternative and charismatic theme to any event to try out the boys at Simply Whisky!"
Henry Bott, Business Development Executive
China-Britain Business Council
|"Simon and Franchi are a truly entertaining duo who filled the evening with laughter, stories and of course, our glasses! They are both very professional throughout the tasting and impressively attentive to our needs and sensitivities. The whisky selection was well suited and we had the opportunity to taste some of the finest whiskies imaginable. We pass our gratitude and would certainly have them back."
Votive Communications Ltd
|“It was a really entertaining presentation by you and your partner.”
Editor, bmi Voyager
|“Thanks for an enjoyable and entertaining evening. My colleagues and I had a great time sampling such fine Scottish whisky, finding out about the drink itself and listening to your poetry reading.”
International editor, IR magazine
|"Just a note of thanks to all involved in last nights event - the organisation, venue and content was spot on. Thanks again.”
Director of business growth and learning, Scottish Enterprise
|"It was one of the best ideas to have Simply Whisky host their cocktail master class at our party. The experience enhanced our event tremendously and helped to make the evening more memorable than just the usual "drinks and canapes". The audience participation in mixing cocktails went down well with our guests and the feedback has been great. Thanks for helping to make our party a huge success and for convincing me that whisky is not just for old men!”
Head of Events and Awards, Informa/Banking Technology Magazine
|Thanks for such a great evening, Evan and I really enjoyed ourselves!
Kylie and Evan
Whisky Library Club Members
Nice work, really had a great time!! Really!!
Whisky Library Club Member
|We all had a most wonderful evening in your company and under your expert tutelage. We all learnt a lot but more importantly you gave us a most convivial and entertaining evening with an excellent range of malts and super toasts and recitations! It was just brilliant!|
|Our Burns Night was fantastic! Thank you once again!|
Events Manager, Albannach
|Simon and Franchie .... My God! what a team,|
they're a double act, ... but not one as you've seen.
they're as bookends, ... with knowledge.. so vast,
one, charms the audience, ... the other ... just ask!!
They're funny, they're naughty, they're knowledgeable too,
Franchi charms all the girls, whilst Simon knows a thing or two!!
They will, enhance, your event, there's no doubt of that,
Ignore this profile, then you must be a P - - - -,
I am a customer, and one, overawed,
their knowledge, their professionalism, you can afford,
this pair of bookends, one so quick to the chase, the other so solid, so
knowledge based, with good presentation, professional whizz, they teach it as whisky ... they teach it as is.
my village, came, to my family event,
2 hospitalized, how silly they drank to extent.
No!, Simon and Franchi, their desire true,
is to bring the joy of whisky, to me and to you.
Many who came said. "I don’t like the stuff"
but Simon so carefully nurtured their wrath,
and soon they were saying "It can be so good,
so lovely and gentle and misunderstood.
So, these boys know whisky, and they love it too,
Let them come forward and share it with you.
Simply Whisky Client