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The Bandstand Bar is famed for its extensive and unique whisky list.  With over 120 single malt whiskies to choose from, whisky enthusiasts are spoilt for choice at the Bandstand.
 Our whisky list contains a careful selection of the finest Scotch single malt whiskies in the world - including some rare malts. We have written detailed tasting notes to guide whisky enthusiasts through our selection. For whisky list and tasting notes click here
The list is categorised by REGION OF ORIGIN. We have whiskies from SPEYSIDE, HIGHLAND, ISLAY, ISLANDS and LOWLAND. Our varied range is designed to offer something to suit all tastes. Whether you have extensive knowledge of single malt whisky, or are being introduced to whisky for the first time, there will be a whisky that appeals to you.
How to Taste Whisky
Tasting whisky is very personal and each whisky is different, but there are three things to look out for:-
Aroma - swirl around your glass to slowly take in the different aromas.

Taste -   sip, roll the whisky around your mouth. Feel the flavours and taste.
Finish -  the sensation that lingers in your mouth after swallowing.
Whiskies are often described as either Smoky, Rich, Delicate or Light as shown in this whisky map. The map was designed by the Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) in consultation with industry experts to formalise the language of nosing and tasting.
At the Bandstand, we are passionate about Scotland's single malt whisky and we're keen to help others appreciate the complexity of whisky and the pleasure which can be gained from the experience of discovering a great single malt. 
We hold regular whisky nosing and tasting events.
Next event:
GLEN ORD DISTILLERY WHISKY TASTING Thursday 14 April (7 - 9pm)  An opportunity to taste and learn more about Glen Ord distillery's wonderful range of single malt whiskies.  The theme of the evening is “influence of the sherry cask” . Tasting and nosing will include Singleton of Glen Ord 12 and 18 year olds, Dailuaine Flora and Fauna 16 year old, and Mortlach Spirit of Speyside 2013 Special Release.  Contact the hotel for information about tickets.

Regular whisky tastings are led by Vic Cameron - an International Whisky Nosing Champion with 23 years experience of the whisky industry. Vic was Diageo distillery manager, maltings manager, laboratory and cereals manager. At our events, Vic shares his comprehensive knowledge of whisky “from barley to bottle and the science in between”.  If you are interested in attending any of our events, please contact us.
 Learning about Scotch is a life long passion and we are grateful for the training assistance from Vic Cameron  
We also thank Balvenie Distillery and Glenfiddich Distillery  for allowing us to benefit from private tours of their distilleries with our staff.
The Braeval Hotel is located close to many fine whisky distilleries. Many of which are open to visitors for whisky tours and we strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to visit a distillery while in the area. Benromach Distillery outside Nairn by Forres (founded 1898).  Royal Brackla Distillery – located outside Nairn on the road to Cawdor  and Tomatin Distillery south of Inverness





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