I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has provided a solid foundation for future study and learning. Although you may initially think that it is quite expensive as the course continues you realise it is worth every penny (cent!). I would highly recommend the course even for those people who may not want to set up a distillery but want to learn more about whisky and make informed decisions with their future choices or investments.
The exposure to the whole process from spirit run to bottle. The information provided in the book was invaluable and will provide a great reference point – demystifying the ATO side was great – always a hurdle -filling in forms! The people involved in the course made it very enjoyable and knowing that they are there for future support is priceless. – Frances, Student from February 2020
The course was fun, informative, thorough and confidence building. I feel that it’s given me a good standing for starting my own distillery and has certainly demystified the ATO application (a major concern for me and once of the major reasons for coming on the course). It was probably one of the best 3 days I’ve spent and greatest value for money I’ve ever received. Mark was excellent and put up with all my questions. I enjoyed having the smaller group. – Samantha, Student from February 2019
I had an enjoyable experience doing the distillers course and found the material invaluable. It was well delivered and had the right level of instructional and practical content. The staff were wonderful and the ‘industry’ day visiting Knapp Lewer, Tas cooperage, last Rites and Belgrove distillery was excellent. Mr Nick was always engaging and a very good presenter.
The course has not only helped with getting an ATO manufactures licence, it also helped formalise the type of distillery and product I wish to produce. – Mr Wareing, Student from July 2019
My experience with the Distillery school was incredible. More than what I could have imagined or asked for. Mr Nick is a great teacher and a wealth of knowledge. His knowledge of the whisky industry is truly remarkable. And was comfortable asking him any questions I had. All the team at Old Kempton Distillery were friendly and welcoming. And would highly recommend the course to anyone. – Mark, Student from August 2019
I picked the Old Kempton Distillery School training because it offered a broad range of learning opportunities, from setting up a distillery to better understanding the distilling process and craft. It also offered hands-on experience with a distiller, which was an extremely important aspect for me given I was new to the industry. When researching opportunities for additional training this was also a unique offering which I had not been able to find elsewhere.
This training offered so much more than I was expecting, and there were many highlights just to name a few: Access to experienced people in the industry that were only to happy to share their knowledge and experience. The hands on experience to be able to work with Matt the Old Kempton Distiller who was only too happy to answer questions and share his knowledge. Coverage of the broader aspects of setting up your own distillery, the traps and broader considerations. The networking and long lasting relationships I was able to form. The ongoing help and assistance from the Old Kempton team beyond the initial training. I have been in regular contact with Erin who we are extremely grateful to for the advice and assistance that she has provided us in our journey to set up our distillery. – Tash, Student from November 2020
Thanks so much to you and the team for making me (and the other students) so welcome during the course. And the BIGGEST thanks to Mr Nick, of course, for his generosity and enthusiasm in sharing his vast knowledge with us. Amazing! It really was a fabulous course. I certainly have a new-found appreciation of the wonders of whisky, and I’m just bubbling with ideas that I can’t wait to start tinkering with. – Katri Hilden, Student from October 2021