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Tuesday Talks

Spirits Over Spirits

Tuesday, 1st September 2020. 7.30pm until 9.00pm.


Our Tuesday Talks Autumn Season premieres with a spirited conversation. Professor Lance Butler (future Chair of the ACD Centre) and Charlie Maclean (Master of the Quaich) discuss whisky and paranormal experiences over a dram… or three.
The format of this ‘talk’ is slightly different. Lance will offer a live introduction before the pre-recorded film is streamed to you. For a taste of what’s in store, please watch the short video above. Next week, the usual format of live talk followed by a forum will resume.
To celebrate the launch of the Autumn programme, we offer the first instalment for the price of a dram. We look forward to welcoming you all. Slàinte!
If you would like to purchase the full recording please click the button below.

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About the Speakers

Charlie MacLean

Scotland’s Leading Whisky Expert

Charles MacLean is a writer whose special subject is Scotch whisky, about which he has published ten books to date, including the standard work on whisky brands, Scotch Whisky and the leading book on its subject, Malt Whisky, both of which were short-listed for Glenfiddich Awards.

Whisky: A Liquid History, published by Cassell in 2003 was named Wine and Spirit Book of the Year (2005) by the James Beard Foundation of New York. MacLean’s Whisky Miscellany followed in 2004, expanded in 2006 as Whisky Tales; in 2008 he was Managing Editor of Dorling Kindersley’s Eyewitness Companion to Whisky, and in 2009 their World Whiskies. Whiskypedia was published in June 2009.

He was trained in ‘the sensory evaluation of potable spirits’ by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute in 1992 and has presented numerous tastings and talks in the U.K. and abroad for whisky companies, corporations, universities and clubs, and on radio and TV. He is a member of the Judging Panel (Spirits) of the International Wines & Spirits Competition, and was runner-up as ‘Communicator of the Year’ in the 2003 IWSC Awards.

Read more on Charlie’s website here.

Professor Lance Butler

Future Chair of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre

Lance Butler taught literature, literary theory and stylistics at the Universities of Stirling in the UK, and Pau in France before retiring to Edinburgh recently. He is the author of books on Samuel Beckett and Philosophy, on Thomas Hardy, on the Victorian Loss of Faith and on Stylistics. 

Since discovering the Scientific and Medical Network in the 1980s he has been researching the question of ‘life after death’ and what is known about the possibility of the Survival of Consciousness beyond our final moments.

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