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16 Jun Posted by in Events, Scotch | Comments

Peatin’ Meetin’ V

Peatin’ Meetin’ V

Begun in 2009 as LA Scotch Clubs backyard BBQ and celebration of all things peated, Peatin’ Meetin’ has grown into what is likely the world’s largest tasting of purely peated whiskies. Known especially through Islay’s scotch, peated whisky is smoky and earthy.  With its bold flavors, it isn’t for the timid, but peated whiskies are […]

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19 Apr Posted by in Review | Comments

WHO’S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU?

WHO’S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU?

A schism in the whisky community is showing. It’s a play on the same battle that has been waging since Sumerians first haggled over goats… sellers vs. buyers, and the gloves are coming off.  On the seller side are the distillers, importers, auction houses, and yes book and magazine publishers.  On the buyer side are […]

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29 Dec Posted by in Events, Scotch | 1 comment

LA Scotch Club Celebrates With Laphroaig 40, bottle 1929

LA Scotch Club Celebrates With Laphroaig 40, bottle 1929

On December 2nd, 2012 the LA Scotch Club gathered in Pasadena to share in a solemn ritual: the complete and utter annihilation of Laphroaig 40, bottle 1929. May it rest in peace (in my belly.) Alas, one more prized bottle has been robbed of the opportunity to rot on the top shelf of a collector’s […]

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20 Dec Posted by in Holiday | Comments

Christmas Cheer and Laphroaig

Christmas Cheer and Laphroaig

You’re a Mean One, Whisky Grinch You’re a mean one, Whisky Grinch You’re from a rotten cask Your liver’s fully flooded and Your heart’s an empty flask Whisky Grinch! You’re a Japanese run Bowmore distilled in the ’80s Loaded with soap! You’re a blotto, Whisky Grinch You’re hammered, sloshed, and pissed You threw bottles at […]

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05 Nov Posted by in General, Scotch | 2 comments

Smart Shopper/Dumb Shopper

Smart Shopper/Dumb Shopper

I saw a funny thing the other day. Or perhaps it was a scary thing: the Bonham’s auction results. I’m not going to beat up on Bonham’s this time, but the high bidders are going to take a hit. Scotch, and more recently, American whiskey prices are climbing for some reasons that are legitimate, and […]

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26 Oct Posted by in Events | Comments

WhiskyFest Jumps the Shark – San Francisco

WhiskyFest Jumps the Shark – San Francisco

“Whiskyfest, San Francisco… we were lovers once.”  She made my heart palpitate.  The skies opened and the sun yada yada yada.  I remember years ago, dashing toward the best tables while trying to preserve a shred of dignity.  It was a Halloween for whisky geeks and there were so many more king-sized butterfingers than crappy […]

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11 Sep Posted by in Review, Scotch, Tasting Notes | Comments

Ardbeg Galileo – Space Meets Whisky

Ardbeg Galileo – Space Meets Whisky

The Ardbeg Galileo release is a celebration Ardbeg’s ‘space maturation’ joint experiment with an American space research company . They say that anyhow. This whisky is a marriage of marsala and bourbon casks to keep up the theme of experimentation. Ardbeg admits the research isn’t directly related to the spirit, and marsala also has a […]

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17 Jul Posted by in Events | Comments

Peatin’ Meetin’ IV

Peatin’ Meetin’ IV

Peatin’ Meetin’ 2012 is creeping around the corner. With the addition of a few sponsors, we’ve got about 80 bottles. The latest news is that Pedro Shanahan (as seen on Last Call with Carson Daly) of 7Grand has agreed to do bartend our whisky cocktails. We’ll have LA’s best making us Ardbeg Juleps and Blood […]

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18 Jun Posted by in General | Comments

Bonhams Auction Embraces Datieness

Bonhams Auction Embraces Datieness

Mr. Herz, You recently criticized Bonhams Auction for dating what is likely a 1938 Ardbeg as ‘Circa 1900’. Sir, that was unfair. Modern thinking has evolved quite a bit since you left school, and you clearly have been out of the loop. Think about it: nowadays men can wear a dress and use the women’s […]

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07 Jun Posted by in Events | Comments

Peetin Meetin 2012

Peetin Meetin 2012

Peetin Meetin 2012

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