The WhiskeySomms

The best whiskey is

the whiskey you like

The alchemists invented whiskey over a thousand years ago. Thinking they had magically extracted the spirit of laughter and happiness from beer, they drank their new beverage with religious reverence and called it, “The Water of Life.” 

All these years later, whiskey lovers still agree with that sentiment. And now, Joe and Kate Van Name, The WhiskeySomms, will unlock the secrets of this ancient beverage at your own personal guided whiskey tasting event. 

Trust me; you do not want to miss a whiskey tasting event hosted by The WhiskeySomms. And the best news of all: If you are a beginner, curious about whiskey but a little afraid to try it, Joe and Kate LOVE helping new whiskey drinkers learn the basics and ease gently into the global community of whiskey lovers.

Our Travels

Our passion goes beyond the spirit itself.  We honor those who make the whiskey that we love.  From Scotland to Ireland to Kentucky, we listen to the stories, appreciate the heritage and the land  - but mostly we like to meet the people who make whiskey. 

Recent Trips - Highland Park, Scapa, The Balvanie, Clynelish, Oban, Tobermory, Old Pulteney, Glenmorangie, Dalmore, Tomatin, Wolfburn, Balblair, Dalwhinnie, Ben Nevis, Copper Fox, Blackwater, Jameson, and Powers.

2018 Trips - Tullamore Dew, Killbeggan, Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Bruichladdich, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Kilchoman and Bowmore.

Our Tastings

You’re going on an epic journey, my happy adventurer.  Invite your closest friends to join you as you learn the history and nature of Scotch, the briny, smoky beverage of the moors and highlands of the old country. Then across the ocean to celebrate Scotland's rebellious child, American Bourbon, rich amber in color and bursting with sugar and spice. Along the way, Irish, Canadian, and Japanese spirits will be explored, contrasted, and compared. A magical experience of the senses.  Examples of tastings:

Irish Whiskey Tasting - Whiskey Facts and Irish Tales

Northern Lights Tasting

Robert Burns Night Celebration

I Spy Rye Tasting

Six Senses of Whiskey Tasting

The Derby of Whiskey Tastings

George Washington and Whiskey

The Whiskey Marketing School

The school where we learned how to share our love of whisky in a way that connects people to the history and the stories of whiskey. We study and discover the culture and the methods that have been developed over hundreds of years - so we can share it with you.

Public Events

The best way to learn about whisky and share that love is find a relaxing spot, drink whisky and talk about it! Here are some great events you can come to in the near future!

Cedar Knoll, March 18 - Irish Whiskey Tasting with Paired Dinner 

Reservations Needed

Tasting Notes

Next time you take a wee dram of Green Spot, buy a sleeve of Walker Shortbread Cookies to help highlight the traditional biscuit taste you get in Irish Whiskey.

SpiritLadies Events

The WhiskeySomms have a great regard for women who love whiskey - and those who don't yet know they love whiskey!  SpiritLadies Events are fun with whiskey tastings, whiskey inspired cocktails (no umbrellas) and great food pairings. 


We welcome 207Whisky and their experts to The WhiskeySomms! Their knowledge and love of sharing their passion for fine, rare whiskeys from around the world is unparalleled. We look forward to exciting things from you!

Please contact us at least 4 weeks before your tasting or event for planning and scheduling. Evenings and weekends only.

The WhiskeySomms