Discover History, Culture, Kinship and Craft

Discover Whisky, Impart Spirit

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, Islay Whisky Academy will draw you into a community with a heart and soul. A steeped passion for whisky, spread beyond Scotland, loved around the world. Develop, expand and improve your whisky knowledge through Islay Whisky Academy’s WHISKY AFFINITY© Course. Imbibe our spirit, embrace our soul. 

Volume 1: Courting the Dram

To court means to pay attention to something. It means working to develop a deeper relationship with the subject you are courting. Courting is an “old-fashioned” concept but it perfectly describes our approach to whisky in Volume 1 of WHISKY AFFINITY©

Volume 2: Alchemy of Distilling

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Our WHISKY AFFINITY© course is designed to be incredibly enjoyable to self-study (you even get a certificate!) and those who wish to take things further can purchase 1-1 Tutoring or join our Formal Qualification Programme.

Formal Qualification Programme participants can also register their interest in our exclusive Residental Diploma. This highly limited annual retreat invites a curated group of attendees from around the world to join us on Islay and visit a wonderful selection of distilleries for the experience of a lifetime. 

Find Your Kinship

At the heart of WHISKY AFFINITY© is Kinship. Making friends, not contacts. Discovering others who share a love of whisky as deep, perhaps on occasion deeper than your own. Upon purchasing a WHISKY AFFINITY© volume, you will be invited to our private social media channels and will begin global friendships that will hopefully meet one day on Islay, around a barrel of something wonderful.