Here's a quick pub fact: the word 'whisky' derives from the old Scottish Gaelic word uisge, which means 'water of life' – but if you want to learn more about why, you'll have to head down to the Telegraph Whisky Experience in central London this 3-4 December.

Why? Because the event's team of renowned whisky experts know loads more about the enigmatic brown liquor than us at foodism, and they'll all be on hand at the event to run demos, masterclasses and tutored tastings that'll expand your knowledge of one of the world's best-loved (and most-drank) spirits.

The key info

The Telegraph Whisky Experience runs from 3-4 December 2018, with tickets from £75 for a standard ticket, and £90 for the Masterclass Experience Upgrade, which also includes a mini-masterclass with one of the event's experts.

Get 20% off

Readers get 20% off tickets, too. All you need to do is use the code WHISKYFOODISM when booking.

Buy your ticket here

Get two drams for free

Pay with a Mastercard for the exclusive opportunity to sample two under-the-counter drams on the day. This comes at no additional cost to your ticket.

Whether you're a total novice or a complete connoisseur, the Telegraph Whisky Experience is the event for you: a luxury, whisky-specific tasting event quite unlike any other, it sees the hundreds of spirit lovers descend on the salubrious surrounds of One Whitehall Place across two days, trying a bevy of different (and often rare) whiskies that are tough to find anywhere else. And with more than 100 different pours available for sampling at this year's event, it really isn't one to be missed if you like a dram or two.

So what does the ticket include? Access to those 100 whiskies for a start, including premium producers like James Eadie, Eden Mill, Bruichladdich, Redbreast, Kavalan and many more. Then there's a luxury goodie bag, a delicious two-course meal and a complimentary welcome drink on arrival. To upgrade your experience, buy a Masterclass ticket, which also includes a mini-masterclass of your choice. So whether you want to learn about Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey with Redbreast, explore the secrets behind Glenmorangie and Ardbeg or learn how to mix whisky with Fever-Tree, the choice is yours.

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