America's largest public scotch and whisk(e)y tasting club. All are welcome-and invite any of your friends who are similarly interested.
We meet all over LA at various, restaurants, venues, and homes for tastings, parties and gatherings.
On the web at: la.scotchclub.us
Let's get together and drink tasty whiskies!
I have recently relocated to Boston and was wondering if you guys knew of a scotch whisky club or society over here.
Bozkurt Bozzy Karasu:
And I moved to LA from there... :) Make sure that you visit Federal Wine and Spirits and introduce yourself to Joe Howell... One of my favorite shops in US. And also of course the one and only Ryan Malone and his shop Julio's. Ryan also runs the Loch and Key Whiskey Club that you want to be a part of (lochandkey.com/). Skinner Auctions is located in Boston and they are getting amazing lots. Joe Hyman runs their spirits department. 2 (2 days ago)
How Does Costco Sell 18 Yr Single Malt Scotch for $38?
We have some questions.
Another article by someone who knows business but not whisky. Here is why Kirkland BRANDED scotch is so cheap... it's shit. Best case scenario I have had was that it was barely worth the money. Worst case was I fed it to my dead plants and overligering houseguests. Buy at costco, just avoid their orphan barrel rescues. 1 (2 days ago)Scott Waters:
Their rum sucks but my houseguests never complain. (1 day ago)
Hey folks, there’s a new whisk(e)y club in town called Drammer’s Club out of NYC and they’ve got a mtg on Sat 3-6pm in Glendale for $50 with some interesting pours!
Here’s the description of the bottles; if you’re interested, message me and I’ll send you the exact details for tmrw!
Here is the rest of the lineup for Saturday, and we've pulled together some awesome bottles to try, a fun mix of very rare Japanese whiskies and bourbon dusties. I know some of you just joined the club and only heard about the meeting in the last few days, so don't worry, for those that aren't able to try it, we'll save a pour for you for next month's meeting. Without further ado, here's the lineup!
Hanyu Ichiro's Malt 15yo. Our headliner is exciting. As you all know, Hanyu bottles are so exceptional (and, sadly, rare) that they are cause for true celebration. This bottle was named after Ichiro Akuto, he's the 21st generation of a family involved in the production of drinks since 1625. His grandfather built the legendary Hanyu Distillery, which ceased production in 2000 and was subsequently dismantled. Happily Ichiro rescued the last 400 casks from Hanyu and began releasing them in 2004 under this label. So, we'll just have to enjoy it while we can, because when it's gone it's gone (I've only seen a few bottles popping up at online auctions in the $750 to $1000 range lately). The silver lining is that in 2007 Ichiro built the Chichibu Distillery, which is exciting in it's own right (and we actually tried a bottle at the last meeting). 46% ABV.
Suntory "Watami Founder's Choice" 12yo. The name on this one also has a story - Miki Watanabe is the owner of a chain of "Watami" restaurants -- like over 600 of them, apparently all different kinds of restaurants, and this special release was created in his honor apparently. From the online reviews I've seen, it's Yamazaki 12yo juice but with more sherry cask finish impact than your normal Yamazaki 12yo. This bottle was first released in 2008, and appears to be long gone (I see one auction site has it for sale around $500), so this will be a rare opportunity to try this special bottle. 43% ABV.
1970s Old Grand-Dad. We love dusty bourbons at Drammers Club, and this tax-stamped beauty is one I've been wanting to try for ages. The nose on bourbons from that time was so rich, it's really interesting how prominent that was back then. The labels on this indicate it was actually an Italian import bottle, and it doesn't have an age statement. 40% ABV.
1980s Old Taylor 6yo. One good bourbon dusty deserves another. This one was named in honor of Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., who owned seven different distilleries in the mid 1800s including a precursor to Buffalo Trace -- appropriate enough since Buffalo Trace bought the company from Beam in 2014. It would be fun to say this juice had been distilled at the historic "castle" Old Taylor distillery, but that seems unlikely, as I understand that had been abandoned by 1972, so I'm going to dig a bit more to see if we can figure out which distillery would have gone into this bottle. Regardless, it should be a fun pour. 43% ABV.
Widow Jane Wapsie Valley Bourbon. This is a fun addition to the lineup in part because it was made by one of our members, Vince Oleson of the celebrated Widow Jane distillery in Brooklyn. This special pot distilled release is a 375ml bottle and is one of only 360 that were released, aged at one year. It's important to distinguish this from the also much-celebrated sourced whiskey that Widow Jane sells -- this one was entirely produced by the distillery itself. Our NY chapter visited the distillery this past summer as part of our Brooklyn distillery crawl, and one thing that really became clear on that tour is that Widow Jane was distinguishing itself by breeding new varietals of corn to play with, and this was one of the results of that experiment, in this case 60% organic Wapsie Valley corn (mixed yellow and red endosperm corn), with 15% heirloom barley and 25% rye. From what I've read, we can expect popcorn notes giving way to notes of maple syrup and honey. Will be fun to try this, and if you have any questions, go ahead and send 'em in and we'll ask Vince! 45.5% ABV.
Plus of course the bottle previously announced....
1990s (we think) Four Roses - the first-ever 4R Single Barrel Release!. This was a critical, make-or-break time in the history of Four Roses. In the 90s owners Seagrams seriously considered closing the Four Roses distillery permanently in favor of simply contracting with another distillery for its bourbon production needs. It was reportedly only because of the hard work of Jim, Al and then master distiller Ova Haney to improve the quality of their product in this decade that they convinced Seagrams that Four Roses whiskey was too good to close the distillery, thus paving the way for Kirin to ultimately buy the brand and relaunch the product in the United States in 2002 (it had been pulled from the US exclusively in favor of the International markets in the 1950s so that Seagram's could focus on ...... Crown Royal (umm??). Anyway, this bottle is from that critical period just before that, and what makes this release particularly interesting is that according to the packaging this was the first time the distillery offered a single-barrel release publicly! Perhaps a sign of their growing confidence in the product? Also likely prompted in part by the successful launch by rival Elmer T. Lee of Blanton's as what I'm pretty sure was the first single barrel in 1984. 43% ABV.
That's our lineup! And again, for those just hearing about it, first welcome to the club and if you're not able to join us on short notice, let us know and we'll do our best to set some of these bottles aside for you to try at the next meeting. And if you're thinking of coming, please be sure to RSVP!
And as I mentioned before, we're always looking to add a few good whiskey folks to the club, so if you want to invite someone, please let us know!
A little video to show the outdoor, and now only smoking area at the Macallan Lounge.
Turns out this was a better venue than indoors. The volume gets pretty loud when the lounge singer starts performing
I hadn't tasted the Macallan 18 in quite some time. I was grossly disappointed. Sulfer was the first impression. Thank goodness I didn't have to pay for it.
Alright, I guess I'm going to do this years roll call. Who's going tomorrow?
There will be 3 of us 1 (5 days ago)Trevor Zeff:
I’ll be there 2 (5 days ago)Dick Smokefield:
The girlfriend and I will be there. Can't wait 2 (4 days ago)
Wednesday, November 15th, join Gabrielle Shayne of The Whisky Sisters, Doug McIvor of Berry Bros. & Rudd and the Los Angeles Scotch Club for a tasting of 13 newly released single cask, single malt Scotch whiskies from The John Milroy Selection. To purchase tickets, click here! shopjohnmilroyselection.com/events/john-milroy-selection-los-angeles-tasting-ticket/
Super cool. Any ideas of which distilleries? (1 week ago)Andrew Smith:
Post pictures! (5 days ago)Marshall Naiman:
I'd be there if not in Hawaii. (5 days ago)Brian Fortman:
Fun event. Good crowd. Nice variety! 2 (5 days ago)
Dramming at the Mecca with a 99 Fundy
John Milroy tasting with LA Scotch Club. Favorites were: the 16 year Benrinnes, 29 year Bunnahabhain, 9 year Glenlossie, and 24 year Glen Garioch!