Justerini & Brooks and the ultimate whisky masterclass for aficionados


We were delighted to be invited to Mark’s Club in London for a truly special evening curated by wine and spirit merchants, Justerini & Brooks (Justerini & Brooks have supplied spirits to every successive British monarch since King George II in 1761).

Tod Bradbury and James Aiken

The company’s Head of Rare and Collectable Whiskies, Tod Bradbury, was joined by sailor, adventurer and film-maker, James Aiken, who recently single-handedly undertook a 3,264-mile solo sail across the Atlantic as an ambassador for Talisker. Together, Bradbury and Aiken brought to life an extraordinary journey of exploration and discovery as they showcased some exceptionally rare whiskies from Justerini & Brooks’ portfolio. A salty sea dog, a good glass of whisky and a really interesting talk made for a highly enjoyable evening.

James Aiken

Justerini & Brooks has just launched the ultimate whisky masterclass, called The Art of Collecting Rare Whisky – a three-part online guide taking viewers on their own voyage of discovery, and explaining how they might start a bespoke rare whisky collection. Hosted by Bradbury, viewers will be given unique insights, from what whiskies to search for, to how to store the bottles, and even the stories behind some of the best-known distilleries in Scotland. In conjunction with the three videos, the experience also includes a tasking kit with four whisky samples, from Talisker, Mortlach, Johnnie Walker and The Cally, as well as a Smythson journal to record tasting notes, featuring a tasting wheel guide to aid would-be collectors with their choices.

Tod Bradbury, Head of Rare and Collectable Whiskies at Justerini & Brooks (image courtesy of Gary Morrisroe)

Bradbury, for his part, is definitely a man to connect with. He told us that “our access is unbeatable. We can connect our clients to some of the rarest whiskies in the entire world – from lost or ghost distilleries to limited editions, rare cask finishes, and limited or single cask bottlings.”

The Art of Collecting Rare Whisky virtual masterclass from Justerini & Brooks is priced £500, and available by clicking here. Appointments for expert advice from Tod Bradbury can be booked by contacting: rarewhisky@justerinis.com.

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