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Hibiki Japanese Harmony

February 5, 2016 Blended Scotch, Drinking No Comments

My buddy picked this up for me at the Duty Free store and I really enjoyed it. It’s floral and has a relatively low ABV, making it perfect to drink neat. I imagine this would go well with butter cookies.


I like what Dave Broom had to say about this: “It is approachable, gentle, complex, and long, with typical Hibiki fruitiness: strawberry, pineapple, peach, cherry blossom, balanced by delicate oak, and a palate which has a gentle roundness. It’s a master class in blending. It’s also a master class in how great NAS should be.”

LASC: Peatin’ Meetin’ 2015

For 2015, the LA Scotch Club took over Union Station to put on Peatin’ Meetin,’ one of our most popular events of the year. Close to 300 people joined us to drink peated whisky, eat peated BBQ, and have a great time.


There was a bit of drama behind the scenes. Suffice it to say that this year’s event almost did not happen and was quite a scramble to put on at the last minute. Nevertheless, with the contributions of the membership, the LA Scotch Club put on a stellar event.


A selection of the Members Only bottles. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to try most of these, as I was working the Cigar Lounge area. But given that they were all empty by the night’s end, I am sure that they were fantastic.

Next year, I plan to work less, and play more.

LASC: Balvenie Tun Deconstruction

The LA Scotch Club was treated to a special tasting with Balvenie’s Ambassador, Lorne Cousin. It was a lot of fun.


That Cask 15916 (1970, 40.9% ABV) was my favorite dram of the night.

LASC: Tree Dramming 2015

In 2015, the LA Scotch Club returned to the Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest for Tree Dramming, an event that I have been waiting for for the past year and half.


I had an incredible time in 2013, and was bummed to miss it last year; I forget the reason why I could not make it. In any case, I made up for my absence this year by doubling my camping trip to 4 days and 3 nights. Last time, we stayed at Moses Gulch, which was nice and peaceful.

This time, we took over a big portion of the Hidden Falls campground, and it far surpassed my already high expectations. We set up camp at sites 5, 6, and 7. I stayed at 6, and think I had the best spot, which overlooked the Tule River.


The sweet sound of flowing water 24 hours a day. It was exactly what I needed to help decompress and get away from city living.


On the way up the mountain, we encountered cows on the road.


Day 1. KP, FP, and I showed up before everyone else to secure and get our pick of the 8 sites. After a 4 hour drive, we did not do much except for set up our tents and make some dinner.


For this trip, I contributed a Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso, a Laphroaig 10 year old, and a couple bottles from independent bottler Berry’s – a 20 year old Bruichaladdich and a 14 year old Dailuaine.


On Day 2, we played around with slingshots, relaxed around the campsite, and awaited the arrival of a few more LA Scotch club friends.



When they arrived, they generously added to the group’s whisky collection.


On Day 3, the last of our group arrived. After everyone unpacked and set up shelter, we set off on a 3 mile hike that turned into a 7-8 mile hike! (we got lost)…..Anyways, that was quite an adventure.



In the evening, we ate some amazing tacos, made s’mores, and drank Laphroaig cider (secret recipe).

Day 4, before heading home, we revisited a few sites around the area, including The Hercules tree. We checked out a few other neighboring sites for potential future events but the consensus was that Hidden Falls is the place to be.


This time around I packed a sweet camping chair and a headlamp. Both, great investments. Next year, I plan to pick up a portable shower and tent set up, and additional big lanterns for the main tent. Can’t wait. I may have to revisit before the year is up.