Alan Anderson Whisky For Dafties


“One of the most popular acts at the festival” Galway Independent

“side splittingly hilarious… amazing, right on the edge, irreverent – just what Whisky needs” Dominic Roskrow of World Whisky Review

Alan Anderson is passionate about whiskey. He wanted to call his show Whisky for Dummies but got sued by the publishers of self-same books. Nonetheless he persisted with a slight name change but the premise is the same. You get to sample some fine malty, peaty beverages whilst Alan fills you in on the history, methodology and lore of this great drink. It’s a hilarious hour of educational drinking. Wine tasting is fir poofters.

This is the real (15 year old single malt cask aged) Mcoy.

‘Mercifully, Anderson isn’t just some Scotsman who wants to get drunk with you, he’s a passionate whisky enthusiast who absolutely needs his audience to learn about the magical amber liquid’.**** Adelaide Advertiser.

A very funny and genuinely informative show ****. – ThreeWeeks
Creative, fun, light hearted way to learn about whisky. – The Scotsman

Commonwealth Games and Edinburgh Fringe

2014-08-03 11.03.03-2Whisky Comedian Alan Anderson has been a bit busy doing cycling and triathlon commentary and punditry at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Here’s a wee bit STV wrote about it.

If you want to see his comedy whisky tasting show this month then come to The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket, Edinburgh 10.05pm during the fringe. Last night’s opening night was sold out. Half the audience were Brewing and Distilling students from Heriot Watt Uni. It was fun. Most shows are now close to sell out so buy your tickets fast.

In the mean time get out on your bike. Alan will be doing the event announcing at this weekends Tour of The Borders (Sun 10th) and also enjoying a dram at Aberdour’s Haughcross Cyclocross event (Fri 7th).

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Whisky for the Giro

2014-05-07 16.34.38Tomorrow, Thursday 8th May 2014, the Giro d’Italia rolls into Belfast for the start of the 2nd biggest cycle race in the world.

Whisky Comedian and cycling commentator Alan Anderson is hosting a Giro themed whisky tasting at Hudson’s Bar, Gresham St, Belfast. 8pm £10.

The full list of whiskies to be tasted is:


Aberfeldy 12 yo 40%
Arran Amarone cask 50%
Edradour Barolo cask 11yo 58.3%
Gordon & Macphail Caol Ila Sassicaia cask 18yo 45%
Springbank Gaja Barolo cask 9yo 54.7%
Puni Alba Marsala cask 43%


Plus Michael Morris is getting something unusual from Bushmills.

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As you can see there is an Italian whisky, an Irish whiskey, 4 Scotch whiskies aged or finished in Italian wine casks and one Scotch with a very special connection to a Giro D’Italia rider.

Bushmills, the UK’s oldest distillery, is on the route of Stage 2 from Belfast around the Antrim Coast past the Giant’s Causeway then back to Belfast.

Italy’s Puni Distillery is only 5 miles from the famous Passo Stelvio which the peleton will climb on Stage 16.

Aberfeldy, the backbone of Dewars, has a very special connection with the UK’s greatest ever climber.

Springbank is the closest Scottish distillery to the Giro route.

Every drop of Arran whisky leaves the island by ferry, from which you can look down the Firth of Clyde to Northern Ireland. Similar with Caol Ila from Islay.

Aberfeldy & Edradour overlook the route of the UK’s biggest cycle sportive – Etape Caledonia.

Have I grasped enough straws to make connections between the whiskies and the Giro d’Italia?


Italian Whiskey for Belfast

On Thursday 8th May, in celebration of the Giro D’italia start in Belfast, cycling commentator and Whisky Comedian Alan Anderson is hosting a very special tasting forBelfast Whisky Club at Hudson’s Bar in the city centre.

Dram number one arrived today, Puni Alba which is distilled just 5km from Italy’s iconic Stelvio Pass, up which the riders will race.

It looks lovely.


In Italian Alba means dawn. It is also the Gaelic word for Scotland.  How apt!


Whisky Chat Show for Glasgow’s Homecoming Whisky Festival and World Whisky Day

Scotch Broth events match food and whisky on a molecular level.

Happily, there is less than a month to go before the Homecoming Whisky Month pops its cork.

If malt whisky makes your mouth water then the 5pm Dining blog suggests you cast an eye over the four whisky dinners taking place at Arisaig in Glasgow’s Merchant Square during May.

With over a hundred single malts on offer, the contemporary Scottish restaurant has always been a haven for whisky lovers.

To celebrate Homecoming Whisky Month, the restaurant is hosting four entertaining and informative dinners with Scotland’s national drink at the heart of each evening.

Sensory whisky journey

The first event takes place on Friday 9th May with Scotch Broth events taking guests on a sensory journey through the world of whisky.

Called the Malts and Molecules Whisky Dinner, the evening promises to be a fun look at the science of whisky tasting.

As well as sensory experiments, the event will feature a four course dinner with each dish matched to selected whiskies on a molecular level.

Scotch and wry

On Friday 16th May and World Whisky Day on Saturday 17th of May, comic Alan Anderson will be entertaining guests at Arisaig with a live version of his acclaimed, online, Whisky Comedian chat show.

Featuring a tongue-in-cheek but informative interview with top whisky industry professionals, Alan aims to get to the heart of Scotland’s greatest export over a delicious three course dinner.

Alan’s irreverent but loving approach to whisky has had audiences crying with laughter from Adelaide to Islay. Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, Annie Mac, Madness and the Top Gear team are among the fans that have enjoyed his whisky tasting comedy.

The Whisky Comedian Alan Anderson contemplates another dram.

Tall tales with Simply Whisky

On Friday 30th May, Simply Whisky will be looking at the stories behind Scotch; its provenance and the craftsmanship needed to create this fascinating drink.

With the aid of several drams, Simon Roser and Franchi Ferla will explain the mysteries of tasting whisky; test guests on their knowledge of the whisky regions and toast the amber liquid’s unique heritage.

All events start at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets all cost £55.

Simply Whisky like to look smart when dramming it up.


Whisky For The Giro D’Italia

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Cycling’s Giro D’Italia will start from Belfast this year. On Stage 2 the riders will cycle past the UK’s oldest whisky / whiskey distillery Old Bushmills

The night before they set off cycling daft Whisky Comedian Alan Anderson will be hosting a special Giro D’Italia inspired whisky tasting for the whisky club at Hudson’s Belfast.

The lovely people at the new Italian whisky distillery Puni are sending over two bottles of their single malt. We have no idea whether it tastes any good, but their bottles look lovely and better than that… HOW GORGEOUS is their distillery building?

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Italy’s Puni Whisky Distillery. Possibly the most amazing distillery building in the world.

Situated in the Italian Dolomites, Puni distillery is just 5 miles from the Giro’s toughest and most iconic climb Stelvio Pass.


There will be 6 whiskies to be tasted including, something special from Old Bushmills, something in honour of Ireland’s Giro winner Stephen Roche and hopefully something unique from the Isle of Man home of sprint king Mark Cavendish.

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Whisky A Day

Doing a wee Google search I stumbled across this youtube from the shows at Fringe World, Perth, Western Australia.

I’d forgotten about this chap. But what a story he has. He’s drinking a different whisky every day and writing about them at and Facebook .

365 drams in 365 days…thankfully it’s not a leap year.

So what exactly is Whisky a Day? Over the course of 2014, I am attempting to try 365 different whiskies over 365 days. Thankfully it’s not a leap year.

I’m probably one of the only people who made a new year’s resolution to drink MORE than last year.

The idea behind Whisky a Day is not just about trying a bunch of new whiskies or providing a convenient excuse to explain my boozey ways, but it is an attempt to further my understanding and appreciation of this fine spirit, a voyage of self-discovery if you will. Plus it’s about having a hell of a lot of fun, laughs and meeting some interesting characters along the way who also like to enjoy a dram.

My aim is to keep things pretty light hearted and not take things (or myself) too seriously. I’ll be posting some tasting notes for each whisky I try, plus through the year I plan to have a few interesting whisky-related shenanigans.

Read more about his time at Whisky For Dafties at

Singapore Whiskey For Dafties

The lovely people from Magners are flying Whisky Comedian Alan Anderson out to Singapore to perform at the Singapore Comedy Festival 23rd – 26th April 2014

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Shows take place at 9pm in The Victorian London Pub 26/27 Boat Quay, Singapore 049817, Singapore   (Singapore River)

Tickets cost $25 and afterwards your ticket entitles you to stay in the venue and enjoy the Best of British Comedy show.

Here’s what Australia’s Heckler magazine recently wrote about the Whisky Comedian

After over three years touring his show Whisky for Dafties (Dummies), Scottish comedian and whisk(e)y enthusiastAlan Anderson is back with the next lesson on the world of distilled malts and grains. The hour sees the comedian introduce the intimate assembly to four differing drams of whisk(e)y, noting the difference and encouraging audience members to share their opinions.

It is a welcome relief that Anderson really does know his stuff. When he wanders off on a tangent about his favourite single malts from around the world it is clear that Alan’s passion for this poison knows few limits (except for the 60 minute time slot). Anderson uses the time he has to build on the knowledge of participants, gauging the individual level of experience which can vary greatly from absolute novice to seasoned taster – which is no mean feat. His irreverent approach makes the podcast show very accessible to anyone with little to a good amount of whiskey experience. However, it is clear that he had much more knowledge to share and perhaps a Whisky for the Advanced show is in order for next year – if so, sign me up!

It’s an absolutely fantastic way to kick-off (or continue) a night of drinking. Out of respect to the artist please leave all Christmas cakes and Johnny Walker Reds at the door.