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LASC: Tree Dramming 2013

One of the better events that the LA Scotch Club holds every year is Tree Dramming. Really, it’s a camping trip that gives us a chance to escape the smoggy city, kick back and relax in the wilderness with friends and premium (!!!) scotch.


This year, we originally planned to stay in the Sequoia National Forest, but due to the U.S. government furlough which closed all national parks (a blessing in disguise for us), we detoured, discovered, and hung out at the Moses Gulch campground in the Mountain Home State Forest. This place proved to be freaking awesome. It had all of the same amenities of Sequoia (big trees, fire pits, and threats of dangerous bears) but with less people.

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LASC: Members Only Kill Bottle Night – March 2013

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  • Balcones Brimstone. 53%
  • Black Bottle 10 yr. 43%
  • Bruichladdich 9 yr. Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 23.72: A big, eye-watering slap. Refill Butt. 66.4%
  • Caol Ila 10 yr. Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 53.157: Paint your own picture. Refill Hogshead. 58%
  • Dailuaine 27 yr. Chieftain’s. Distilled 11/83. Bottled 7/11. Hogshead. 54.3%
  • English Whisky Co. Chapter 11 Heavily Peated. Distilled 3/08. Bottled 6/11. 46%
  • Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky. 40%.
  • Finlaggan Old Reserve. 40%
  • Glenmorangie 12 yr, Madeira Wood Finish. 43%
  • Inchmurrin 10 yr. 43%
  • Islay Whisky. Specialty Drinks Ltd. 51.5%
  • Kilchoman 2006 Vintage Release. 46%
  • Kirkland Signature Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 20yr. Sherry Finish. 40%
  • Laphroaig 1998, The Ultimate. Distilled 9/22/98. Bottled 8/12/11. 13 yr. Refill Butt. 61.5%
  • Linkwood 36 yr. The Whisky Exchange Co. 10 year Anniversary. Distilled 1973. Bourbon. 49.7%
  • Littlemill 21 yr. Faultline. Distilled 1990. Bottled 2011. Ex Bourbon. 57.1%
  • Longmorn 10 yr. Signatory Vintage. Distilled 2/18/02. Bottled 9/10/12. Hogshead. 46%
  • Macallan 15 yr. Kirkland Signature. Alexander Murry & Co. Sherry Finish. 40%
  • Macallan 18 yr. 1987. 43%
  • Monkey Shoulder, Batch 27. 43%
  • Mortlach 1992. Signatory Vintage. Distilled 3/6/92. Bottled 8/13/08. 16 yr. Hogshead. 43%
  • Oban 14 yr. 43%
  • Old Charter Proprietor’s Reserve. 13 yr. 45%
  • Pulteney 16 yr. Whisky Galore Rare Aged. Distilled 1989. Bottled 2005. 46%
  • Tormore 12yr. Gordon and MacPhail Reserve. Distilled 1997. Bottled 2009. 1st Fill Bourbon. 43%
  • Trader Joe’s Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 10 yr. 10 yr. 40%

LASC: K&L Exclusive Single Cask Tasting 1

In late February, the LA Scotch Club held its annual tasting of the year’s K&L exclusive bottlings of single malt scotch. For 2013, we were treated to eight outstanding whiskys, including a 42 year old Glenfarclas!

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Like last year, David Othenin-Girard, one of the K&L guys who selected the casks, was on hand to provide the educational portion of the night. He shared with us some adventure stories and backstories of each of the bottles, and even threw in some industry gossip. Fun!

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LASC: Burns Supper 2013 with Highland Park

On what would be the 254th birthday of poet Robbie Burns, the LA Scotch Club held its infamous Burns Supper in Pasadena, CA. Overall, it was a pretty festive event. There were a lot of people in attendance – about 70.  A bit over subscribed, if you ask me.  Ah, well. We made do and accommodated and liquored up all of the party revelers.

Anyways, in addition to regular dinner (I had this huge cut of prime rib. Delicious.), we flew in some (pretty good!) haggis to eat, drank Highland Park scotch (12 yr, 15 yr, 18 yr, 25 yr, 30 yr, Thor, and  a special 1977 Bicentenary), listened to the stories of the always funny brand ambassador Martin Daraz, performed an abbreviated version of the Burns Supper ceremony, and put on a drunken poetry contest.

It was all fun times. I can’t wait for next year!



Lamb, etc (Where we got the haggis)
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LASC: Laphroaig Vertical

This past weekend, the LA Scotch Club hosted a spectacular tasting with Laphroaig in Pasadena, California.

For 28 LASC members and guests, there was, for consumption, every bottle in Laphroaig’s current range, including the standard 10 year old, Batch 003 of the 10 year old Cask Strength, the Quarter Cask, the 18 year old, the 25 year old, the Triple Wood, and even the highly covetable PX Cask. If you’re counting, that’s already seven expressions – a complete tasting by any standard…

…just not LASC standards. Proving once again his awesomeness, El Jefe Andy, arranged for us to taste an additional five bottlings that are either discontinued, sold out, or nearly impossible to get. Specifically, we were treated to the celebratory 2012 Càirdeas Origin, the 15 year old, the 21 year old Cask Strength, the 30 year old, and the *drum roll*** legendary 40 year old. Truly, to have all of these bottles in one place and be able to drink them was, for me at least, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

To guide us through the night, the Protector of the Peat himself, Brandon Bartlett, was on hand with his photo album slideshow to make us feel that much closer to Islay.

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