Malts and Molecules

This year’s Glasgow Science Festival is packed with tasty ways to explore science. On the festival’s opening night on 5th June, Malts and Molecules will serve up an array of molecular-paired canapés, taste experiments, delicious drams and molecular cocktails to guests in The Corinthian. We spoke to Ewan Henderson who’s leading the event, in collaboration with scientists from Glasgow Polyomics.


Who are you and what do you do?

Ewan Henderson of Scotch Broth Events, we create sensory food & drink experiences with molecular whisky pairings to make events more memorable. Interests include anything molecular, volatile, distilled, cutting edge, techie stuff and artisans.

What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

Glasgow is my hometown and after speaking at other science festivals I thought it was time to bring my science event home. We’re the first to bring together the avant-garde, science, Scotch, tech and Scottish produce into one big sensory broth!

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Glasgow is gearing up to welcome the world. What’s your top tip for visitors?

Top tip for visitors would be to go local and seek out one of our great whisky bars, Glasgow is the epicentre of the Scotch whisky industry don’t you know. Or if you have time take a local distillery tour like Auchentoshan or Glengoyne.

Favourite Scottish food and drink?

My favourite food has to be Scottish seafood especially shellfish, try some smoked mussels from Kintyre and a glass of Scotch whisky of course!

Impress us with your favourite science fact. Or joke.

I always forget jokes, so how about this; lignins in oak used to make barrels are made of the same molecules as lignins in grape stalks – the grape & the grain has a natural link.

Join Ewan and friends for the full Malts and Molecules experience on Thursday 5th June, 7-9pm at The Corinthian. Tickets are £40 and available online.


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