Lovers of fine wine, spirits and teas are being invited to St Andrews this Easter for a series of 5 o’clock tasting sessions – to experience exceptional drinks available on the fourth floor of the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa.

Today, Tuesday 15th, is reserved for whisky tasting. Three very different malts – Glengoyne 10, Tobermory 10 and Ardbeg 10 – will be explained for their origin, aroma and taste. 

Wednesday 16th will feature wine tasting with Sommelier Remi Fischer, who oversees the resort’s extensive cellar and works with vineyards and suppliers around the world. The tasting session will cover three wines chosen for their grape variety and country of origin – a 2012 Chenin Blanc from Fairvalley, a 2012 Grand Reserve Rose from Chateau Sainte Marguerite and a 2011 Pinor Noir Las Brisas of Vina Leyda.

Remi returns to the Tasting Room on Thursday 17th with three treats from the Champagne region – a Ruinart ‘Blanc de Blancs’ a Laurent Perrier Rose and a Perrier Jouet ‘Grand Brut’. 

As the clock ticks towards the weekend, the resort and Road Hole Bar gets into the party mode with a very special Cocktail Masterclass at 5 o’clock on Friday 18th.

Gordon Shaw, Road Hole Bar Manager, explains: “We have a superb selection of cocktails served in the bar and know from our guests and visitors that we are a favourite spot on a Friday evening in St Andrews to start the weekend. The masterclass in our tasting room will showcase our staff’s own skills as well as a little on the history of cocktails and their appeal.”

Saturday 19th will see a second wine tasting, this time looking at a 2012 Viognier from MandraRossa, a 2010 Shiraz from Heartland and a 2010 Clos Dady Sauternes.

The series of sessions closes on Sunday 20th – again at 5pm – with Cognac on the menu: a Courvoisier ‘Exclusif’, a Hine ‘Cigar Reserve’ and a Remy Martin ‘Coeur De Cognac’. 

Throughout the week, the hotel is also offering a ‘Tasting Afternoon Tea’ where customers will enjoy a ‘tea journey experience’, matching three exquisite teas to each of the tea stand tiers.

Melissa Fischer, afternoon tea manager, explains: “We work very closely with PMD Tea – our Sri Lankan based supplier to assure the highest quality and source unique teas that please the most demanding palates. These include seasonal varieties, single estate teas and selected premium varieties.”

For the savoury sandwich selection, guests will experience a ‘Silver Tip’ tea, a rarity among the distinctive white teas. To accompany the scones and pancakes, Milk Oolong will be served, concluding with a Supreme Matcha Tea to be served with the sweet pastries’ selection.

David Scott, Director of Operations said that thehotel is well known for its award-winning Road Hole Restaurant and is winning a growing reputation for serving wonderful Afternoon Teas.

“Throughout the last year we have invested in our fourth floor team as well as in the promotion of our exceptional food and drink offering. As a result, we have an amazing offer that not only benefits guests who stay in the hotel but is also be enjoyed by those living closer to St Andrews,” said David.

Each session in the Tasting Room lasts approximately three-quarters of an hour. The wine and spirit tasting sessions are priced at £19.95 per person. The Champagne Tasting and Cocktail Masterclass are £29.95 per person. The Afternoon Tea experience is £30.00 per person.

Spaces are limited and can be booked in person at the hotel, by calling the reservations team on 01334 474371 or emailing


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