Chris, Disney Cruise Member Leading the Whiskey Tasting | Pic: R. Ocampo

Chris, Disney Cruise Member Leading the Whiskey Tasting | Pic: R. Ocampo

Disney Cruise Line has no shortage of amenities for adults and children alike, and now you can add Disney Cruise whiskey tasting to the list. Whiskey tasting aboard the Disney Cruise Line is educational, informative and not to mention a ton of fun.

Disney Cruise Whiskey Tasting

On the first day of the cruise, we read in the Navigator that whiskey, vodka, margarita, tequila, wine and bourbon tastings were available. With an agenda filled with so many activities for the kids, I thought it would be a nice way to end the day – a nightcap of bourbon, scotch and other whiskeys. The cost is $25 per person, a bargain considering what you get to taste.

The whiskey tasting was set for 10 p.m. and the only day we could do it coincided with the fireworks show. Lucky for us, we did not have to sacrifice one for the other. Chris, the bartender at Cove Cafe and our wonderful host for the tasting, encouraged us to take a little break between sipping to view the firework show right outside of Disney Wonder’s Deck 9 balcony.


Disney's Wonder, Disney Cruise Whiskey Tasting | Pic: R. Ocampo

Disney’s Wonder, a ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet | Pic: R. Ocampo

An English Bartender, with Whiskey Knowledge

Chris led the tasting with some great insight and background on whiskey. He tailors the information based on the attendees’ experience with the spirit. The flow of the tasting – both the educational component and the actual whiskey – was smooth. The tasting felt a bit luxurious due to the personal attention.

The opening question was a bit of a trick question. He asked us if we knew when and how whiskey first started. That was the perfect opportunity for the show-offs to bloat about their knowledge of whiskey. Luckily, no one took the bait because correct answer is that no one really knows when it started.

Disney Cruise Whiskey Tasting

The whiskeys he chose for our sampling pleasure were:

  • Glenfiddich Cask Collection (Scotch)
  • Connemara (Irish whiskey)
  • Blanton’s (Bourbon)
  • Glenmorangie Signet (Scotch)
Whiskey Tasting on Disney Cruise Line | Pic: R. Ocampo

Whiskey Tasting on Disney Cruise Line | Pic: R. Ocampo

One of those may stick out to the connoisseur readers – the Glenmorangie Signet bottle can set you back about $200 dollars, or $25 a pour at certain establishments. I suspect that our party was rather small, which was probably the reason he treated us with the extra goodness!

I have tried Glenfiddich and Glenmorangie brands in the past but not the exact one we tasted so in that sense they were all new to me. My least favorite of the bunch was the Connemara, an Irish whiskey. I’ve never been a fan of peat, so a whisky (notice the Scottish spelling without the “e”) like Ardbeg has never been at the top of my list, or anywhere on my list for that matter. Peaty, smokey whiskeys just don’t do it for me. Connemara was of that flavor so it feel down my list and I wasn’t even able to finish it. If you like peat, then you will certainly like this complex Irish whiskey.

Blanton’s is a bourbon. I found this one to be one of my new-found favorites. Each bottle, as I learned from Chris, has a different letter on the bottle top. Collectors save them to showcase just how much bourbon they really drink. As mentioned, we were spoiled with the Signet collection of Blanton’s gave it an extra boost due to its premium standing.

Whiskey Tasting Verdict

I highly recommend spending some adult time aboard a Disney Cruise doing a tasting of your choice. Why not learn a bit about your go-to drink, have some fun and get treated like the wannabe connoisseur trapped inside each of us.

For other must-see recommendations aboard the Disney Wonder, view TaraMetBlog’s great article on VIP tips.

Tip: Book the tasting early to be safe and make sure you show up a few minutes early to take advantage of all the time. If you’re not done with all your drinks, you can ask for a to go cup to take them to your stateroom to enjoy them at a later time.

Whiskey Tasting Disney Cruise

Whiskey Tasting Disney Cruise