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Behind CopperCairn’s Unique Whisky Experiences

Today, I’m pulling back the curtain to give you a peek into how we put together our whisky experiences and tastings here at CopperCairn HQ.


First, when it comes to whisky experiences, one size does not fit all. Each experience is as unique as the whisky we showcase. Our planning starts with understanding you, our guests. Whether you're new to the world of whisky or a seasoned connoisseur, we tailor each experience or tasting to match your passion and palate.


The People Behind the Whisky Magic

At CopperCairn, our team is the heart and soul of our work. Let me introduce you to the folks who make these unforgettable experiences possible.


Mitch Bechard - Owner and Founder

That’s me! With two decades of whisky expertise, I’m not just the founder of CopperCairn, but also your host on many of our experiences. My passion for whisky is matched only by my love for sharing it with others. Whether it’s leading you through distilleries or pouring a hidden gem dram at a scenic Speyside spot, I’m here to ensure your experience is both educational and with a load of laughs thrown in.

Mitch Bechard & Fraser Campbell of CopperCairn
Fraser (left), Mitch (right), the band shoot!

Fraser Campbell - The Creative Whisky Genius

Fraser is the mastermind behind our wild and imaginative tastings. He has a knack for creating unique pairings and out-of-the-box experiences that will surprise even the most seasoned whisky drinker. From whisky blending workshops to foraged cocktail sessions, Fraser’s creativity knows no bounds. He’s the guy who turns a great tasting into an unforgettable adventure.


Jo Bechard  - Experience Manager Extraordinaire

Joanne Bechard DJ
Joanne Bechard

Jo is the brains behind all our bespoke itineraries. She takes your passion points and crafts them into a tailor-made journey. Whether you’re into peaty monsters or sherried delights, Jo ensures your itinerary perfectly aligns with your tastes. Her attention to detail and dedication to personalisation make every CopperCairn experience unique and memorable. Oh, and she is a dab hand on the wheels of steel!


The Heart of Speyside

Speyside is the Disneyland of whisky, and we’re your whisky ambassadors to this malt mecca. We don’t just take you from distillery to distillery—we hand-pick each one based on your tastes and preferences. Love a peaty punch? We’ve got just the spot. Prefer something smooth and sherried? We know exactly where to take you. Whether it’s Glenfiddich, Macallan, or a hidden gem such as Speyburn, each distillery we visit is carefully chosen to ensure you get the best possible experience. These aren't just places where whisky is made; they are where whisky legends are born. Walking through these distilleries, you’ll breathe in the rich history and perhaps a few whisky fumes (totally legal, promise).


Beyond the Traditional

So what makes CopperCairns experiences stand out? While we love the classics, we’re also about pushing the boundaries and adding a bit of mischief to the mix.


Whisky Blending Workshops

Our blending workshops let you play master blender for a day. You’ll start by tasting different single malts and grain whiskies and mixing and matching them to create something uniquely yours. It’s a bit like playing mad scientist but with tastier results. And the best part? You get to take your blend home, complete with a custom label.


Foraged Cocktail Sessions

Whisky cocktails? Sure, they’re great. But how about a cocktail made from ingredients you’ve foraged yourself? We take you into the stunning Speyside countryside with a professional forager, where you’ll gather botanicals and herbs to create a one-of-a-kind whisky cocktail. It’s nature, it's whisky, and a lot of fun.


Hidden Gems Along the Way

Here’s a little secret: our vehicles are always packed with some of our favourite and sometimes hidden drams. As we journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Speyside, we’ll stop at unique, hidden spots where we’ll pour these exceptional whiskies. It’s our way of giving you a unique look into the whisky world, far from the typical tasting rooms. Imagine sipping a rare dram by the river Spey or in a secluded glen.


Personal Touches

What sets us apart is our dedication to making each experience personal. We get to know you, your preferences, and even your quirks. Love a particular type of cask? We’ll find it. Want to know about the history behind each sip? We’ve got stories that’ll make you feel like you’re in an old-timey whisky saga.


One-Day Itineraries or Week-Long Adventures

Whether you’re looking for a quick whisky escape or an in-depth exploration, we’ve got you covered. We can create one-day itineraries that give you a taste of Speyside’s finest or week-long adventures that take you across Scotland, immersing you in the diverse and rich world of Scottish whisky. Each adventure is tailored to ensure you experience the very best that our beautiful country has to offer.

 

The CopperCairn Community

Last, being part of a CopperCairn experience means joining a community. We keep in touch long after the experience ends, sharing updates on new whiskies, upcoming events, and general whisky banter.

We’re not just about showing you whisky; we’re about immersing you in the entire experience, one dram at a time. Whether you’re a local or visiting from afar, we can’t wait to share a wee bit of whisky magic with you.


Sláinte!


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