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SGWS: Arran Malt Tasting

Last night, the members and guests of the Seven Grand Whiskey Society were treated to a tasting of the current Isle of Arran range. Specifically, the 10 year old, the award-winning 14 year old, the Amarone finish, the Sauternes finish, and the Port finish, in that order.

I gave these whiskies grades in the B/B- range (Good). However, the stand outs for me were the the 14 year old and the Sauternes Cask finish, with the latter being my favorite.

On the nose, the Arran Sauternes Cask finish had hints of freshly-sliced red apples and almond jello. A bit candle waxy. Still, it’s perfume. Tasting it neat, I could see myself enjoying this much more often in the Spring time. It’s crisp and sweet. Oddly, I am reminded of glazed donuts or maple bars. The finish is medium in length, and not hot at all. Solid B. I’d buy a bottle of it.

Cheers!

PT

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The Arran Malt

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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SGWS: The Balvenie Tasting w/ Malt Master David Stewart and Sam Simmons aka Dr. Whisky

Last night, I attended a fun and educational Scotch tasting with The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart, and highly-entertaining Balvenie Global Ambassador, Dr. Whisky aka Sam Simmons (he’s got jokes!).

We tasted some fine Speyside whiskies, including The Balvenie 12 year old Double Wood (in a refreshing Seven Grand Whiskey Society Welcome Punch), the newly-released 17 year old Double Wood, the majestic 30 year old, and the crowd-pleasing Tun 1401. I found them all to be pretty delicious!

The real treat, however (at least for me anyways), was being in the presence of and listening to Mr. Stewart tell us about his 50 (!!!) year story in the whisky business. Specifically, during that time, he pioneered a bunch of stuff, most notably developing two cask maturation (the concept of first aging whisky in traditional oak casks, and then finishing it in another type of cask, like those that once contained sherry or port), being the first to apply the Solera process to single malt, and even inventing the internet. Yeah, this guy is Legend.

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LASC: 2nd Annual Port Tasting ~ 1994 Vintage Port Wine

November 24, 2012 LA Scotch Club, Past Events 1 Comment

Last week, DA hosted his annual Port wine tasting for the LA Scotch Club at the ultra-exclusive Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills.

Capped at around 18 people, it was a pretty intimate event.

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LASC: 2012 Scotch & Rocks Curling Championship of the World

Earlier this month, The LA Scotch Club descended upon the sleepy town of Panorama City to host its 2nd annual International World Cup Scotch and Rocks Curling Championship of the World.

For those that missed it, it was a fantastic event! Eight teams (named after Islay Scotch Distilleries and the Isle of Arran) fought tooth and nail for the honor to claim the Mundell Cup. All the while, Johnnie TheScot poured a lot of Bowmore whisky!

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