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Ukraine Charity Tasting

Shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, my friend Felipe Schrieberg – award-winning whisky writer and presenter, annoyingly good musician, and all round good chap – dropped me a line and asked if I wanted to co-host a tasting in aid of the refugees currently pouring over the border between Ukraine and Poland. I, of course, said yes.

Felipe lives in Gdansk and I have Polish roots, so when it came to supporting folks from Ukraine, donating to Polish charity Polish Humanitarian Aid‘s Ukrainian project made perfect sense.

Ukraine Charity Tasting

The tasting will be taking place on Monday 28 March 2022 at 7pm UK time, and we’ll be virtually tasting our way through six drams, all streamed on Facebook:

  • Lakes Distillery The One Sherry
  • Glenturret 12 Year Old
  • Compass Box Spice Tree
  • Glen Scotia Victoriana
  • Jura Seven Wood
  • Royal Brackla 18 Year Old

It’ll be an evening of Felipe and I talking whisky, talking rubbish and generally putting on a fun show for anyone tuning in to watch us. Felipe is very much the consummate showman, with years of fronting The Blueswater and a pandemic of sold-out online tastings proving that he knows what he’s doing, and I can talk a bit, so it should all work…

The folks at The Dram Team have sample packs so you can taste along, featuring 25ml bottles of the first five whiskies and 10ml of the Royal Brackla. Unfortunately, the packs are only available for delivery to the UK, but if you just want to watch along it’ll be up on Facebook for everyone and we do have an optional donation/watching ticket if you want to contribute.

Packs sales end on 21 March 2022 – to give them time to arrive – so jump in now if you want to join in. And if you can’t make it but still want to give some money, click through and pick up a watch along/donate ticket.


The tasting was great and included some great guests from the distilleries – we raised £2,500. If you’d like to donate to PAH’s Ukraine appeal, you can do so on their website.

If you’d like to watch the tasting, you can find it on YouTube or below:

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