A narrative in a bottle. Welcome to a new kind of whisky or gin tasting.


Scotland, whisky and warm hospitality – wherever you are.

What could be more synonymous with Scotland than whisky?
Aromas of butterscotch, peat and heather mingle with salt, spice, and honey.
Amber, pale gold, or straw coloured, whisky transports you to Scotland with a single sip.
More than a drink, whisky is a spirit – and it’s alive in the truest sense of the word.


“Aeneas and the Away from the Ordinary team curated and delivered the perfectly balanced and engaging whisky experience. Everyone from whisky novices, through to self-confessed aficionados felt relaxed, catered for and immersed in the delights of a fine and rare whisky journey without worrying about stuffy pomp and ceremony. ”

John Brown - CEO & Co-Founder of Don't Cry Wolf

Virtual Whisky Tastings

Aeneas O’Hara, founder of Away from the Ordinary, is now hosting a wealth of virtual whisky tastings to guide you through the story captured in the spirit.

From completely exclusive, bespoke tastings for private groups, or more relaxed gatherings among new friends, Aeneas guides you through the history, legend, and lore of Scottish distilleries – and the whiskies they produce.

Informed but informal, these tastings demystify whisky.

They offer you the chance to discover well-known names for yourself, or uncover rarer gems and one-offs – all from the comfort of your own home.

These tailor-made, guided tastings can also include exquisite cheese or chocolate pairings, which help to elevate any whisky event to new heights.

For cinema lovers, the Watch with Whisky series offers a perfect evening of entertainment. Whiskies are carefully matched to iconic scenes in Scottish films in advance, providing a fully immersive movie experience to enjoy at your leisure.

For all enquiries in relation to whisky, please hit the enquiries link at the top of the page and get in touch directly.

Scottish Coastal Gin Tastings


New for 2021, Away from the Ordinary are now offering luxurious at home Scottish Coastal Gin tastings.  Participants will sample four of the most exciting and innovative gins coming out of Scotland at the moment.  The tastings will centre around the narrative and engrained culture behind each drink; offering a virtual journey around the beautiful Scottish coastline.

Tastings are led by Scottish ambassador, Michael McCuish.  Having passionately promoted Scotland and its amazing spirits for over 12 years on four different continents, Michael has built up a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm.

As with our award-winning whisky tastings, the spirit will be shipped directly to the participant’s homes ahead of the tasting.  The event itself will be held over Zoom lasting between 60 – 90 minutes.  Get in touch directly or via the website for more info.

And if you’ve discovered a thirst for whisky or gin knowledge, Away from the Ordinary also offers unique distillery trips in Scotland.

From Ballindalloch to Talisker, Lagavulin to Raasay, Away from the Ordinary can arrange whisky and gin experiences to delight and inspire all your senses.

Have a look at some sample itineraries here, and here.

Ready to discover whisky for yourself?

Whether you’d like to join one of our regular tastings, travel to Scottish distilleries, or even book a private tasting for a special event, get in touch directly with Aeneas

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Aeneas O’Hara – Highlander, Ambassador, Scotsman – is your guide as you experience the delights of Scotch whisky.

Founder of luxury travel company, Away from the Ordinary, Aeneas is passionate about the Scottish spirit, and now brings that passion and enthusiasm to people in a new way, through virtual whisky tastings. His motto is that if you’re enjoying it, you’re doing it right!

A firm believer in the importance of community, sustainability, and hospitality, Aeneas brings traditional Scottish warmth to your home through these tastings – wherever your home may be.

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