February Tasting Schedule

February 6, 2016
Nick Taylor

I truly love scotch and whiskey tastings. I enjoy talking about whiskey. I find our presenters fascinating and full of really intriguing history and facts about whiskey. I adore sampling new and interesting whiskeys, rare and old whiskeys, funky whiskeys, high-proof whiskeys and every one in between. But most of all I love our audience. The people who come to our tastings for the first time don’t know what to expect. We have people who come from Hudson New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire to taste and discuss whiskey and to enjoy each other’s company. I would guess we have some of the best presenters, a lot of the best whiskey and a really knowledgeable team but I will state outright: we have the best attendees.

February we are going a little nuts and hosting one phenomenal tasting after another.

Our February Schedule

Rare Whiskey Night

 February 9, 7pm – Main St. Waltham Culinary Center

Twice a month we are going to host a sampling, seminar and class discussion where we pour one or two bottles of very rare scotch or whiskey. The goal of these events is to give you an opportunity to sample something extremely difficult to come by that would be otherwise prohibitively expensive to taste. We will also sample some regularly available whiskey to compare and to use as reference points.

The first event will feature:

  • Jim Beam Black
  • Knob Creek Rye
  • High West Son of Bourye
  • Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
  • Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project
  • Willett 25yr Rye

Pappy Van Winkle 13yr Rye is considered old… How about a stunning 25yr from Willett? Should be fun.

Tickets are $30 dollars each. Click here to purchase tickets:

http://www.gordonswine.com/rare-whiskey-night-020916-114590

Whiskey Wednesday with The Macallan

February 10, 5 – 7pm – Downtown Crossing

When you are on top of the world everyone likes to take pot shots at you. Truthfully, I have ridiculed The Macallan as prices have risen (in particular the 18yr) in the past, because it upsets me that such a great product has become inaccessible to many people. That said The Macallan is the king of scotch for a reason. The Macallan makes whisky of stunning quality. Many whisky competitions have banned The Macallan because it simply isn’t a fair fight. The distillery has maintained the highest standard of excellence for decades, raising the bar for every distillery around the world. Without The Macallan distilleries would not have developed such intense focus on the quality of wood and casks used to make whisky. Thumbing one’s nose at The Macallan for being the best for so long is like thumbing one’s nose at Tom Brady for being the best for so long and ignoring how much he has improved the game… That’s right I went there.

So if you love Tom Brady, come to Whisky Wednesdays and taste why The Macallan is The Macallan.

Per usual Whisky Wednesday will be hosted by Ken Gordon and myself with the help of The Macallan Ambassador, Sammy Karachi from 5-7pm. We would love to have you and please bring guests.

No need to RSVP. No worries if you’re late.

Very High End Benromach Tasting

February 11, 7pm – Main St. Waltham Culinary Center

Chris Riesbeck is back. If you were unfortunate enough to miss Chris Riesbeck last time he was here don’t miss out this time. Chris is one of the single best presenters of whisky in the world. He is the Global Ambassador for Benromach and Gordon & MacPhail, the world’s youngest Keeper of the Quaich, Whiskey Magazine’s 2015 Ambassador of the Year and my favorite authority on whisky.

Additionally, we are going to open an epic lineup of scotches including:

  • The 10yr Benromach
  • The new Benromach Sassicaia Finish
  • The award-winning Benromach Imperial
  • The Benromach 15yr
  • The now discontinued Benromach 30yr
  • The very old and rare 1976 Benromach 36yr

This will be a spectacular tasting.

Tickets are $50 dollars each. To reserve your seats click here:

http://www.gordonswine.com/benromach-seminar-with-chris-riesbeck-021116-114591

Arran Seminar

 February 16, 7pm – Main St. Waltham Culinary Center

On Tuesday February 16, Josh Hatton from Impex will bring his extensive knowledge base and a slew of Arran Whiskies for you to try.

Josh is a serious veteran of the scotch and whiskey industry. He also is a hilarious and engaging presenter of whisky.

This event will feature a young island distillery that was founded two decades ago (so really quite young) and is just coming into its own. Its recent releases have been of the highest quality. The Arran distillery is a wonderful addition to the Hebrides.

We will sample:

  • Arran 10yr
  • The brand new Arran Bothy Quarter Cask
  • The Lovely Arran 12yr Cask Strength
  • One of my favorite Arran expressions: The Sauternes Cask
  • The Arran 14yr
  • The Machrie Moor
  • A little something special… Shhhh it’s a surprise!

The tasting is free but you must reserve your seat. Click here:

http://www.gordonswine.com/arran-seminar-with-josh-hatton-021616-114592

Whiskey Wednesday with Nick & Kenny

February 17, 5-7pm – Downtown Crossing

 On this particular Whisky Wednesday Ken Gordon and I will pull some whiskies we are hot on and something special from our personal collections. This will be a fun chance to see what we really like and to talk whiskey with the Gordon’s scotch and whiskey team. We would love to have you and please bring guests.

No need to RSVP. No worries if you’re late.

Glenmorangie Dinner with Dr. Bill Lumsden

 February 19, 630pm – The W Boston

In case you are unfamiliar with Dr. Bill Lumsden, he is probably the most famous master distiller in the world… He is the master distiller for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. He is responsible for some of the most innovative experiments in the industry. He sent whisky to space. He created the 19-year-old virgin oak Ealanta and he created the Glenmorangie Signet. He is also a riot, easily one of the best whisky presenters I have ever seen and he is a full-scale scotch legend.

Right now we are in the midst of the great Single Malt Renaissance. Single malt scotch is not only experiencing a revival, but it is in the midst of the biggest boom in its existence. And I do not exaggerate when I tell you Dr. Bill Lumsden is the spearhead of this boom.

The full dinner will be hosted at The W Boston on Friday February 19. Tickets will include a full dinner, a signed bottle of signet and a presentation and sampling of the following whiskies led by Dr. Bill Lumsden:

  • 10yr Glenmorangie Original
  • Glenmorangie Lasanta
  • Glenmorangie Tusail
  • Glenmorangie 18yr
  • Glenmorangie Milsean (the new 2016 Private Edition)
  • Glenmorangie Signet

Tickets are $200 a seat. You can buy reserve your seat here:

http://www.gordonswine.com/glenmorangie-dinner-with-bill-lumsden-021916-114593