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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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23 May Posted by in Review, Tasting Notes | 1 comment

Ardbeg Day

Ardbeg Day

Ardbeg is having a bit of an event on June 2 that they are calling ‘Ardbeg Day’. It’s big and worldwide, although the distillery itself will be the epicenter of the party. Little satellite parties such as the 16 spread throughout the United States will surely be awash in peated spirit. To celebrate the occasion, […]

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22 May Posted by in Events | Comments

Gnac Night

Gnac Night

Cognac? Armagnac? But aren’t we all about Whisky?  Yes, but we also focus on learning, and an important part of knowing about whisky is knowing what distinguishes it from other fine spirits.  On May 25th the LA Scotch Club will travel down the Chunnel from Scotland to France to explore HIGH END Cognac and Armagnac… […]

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24 Apr Posted by in General, Tasting Notes | Comments

Great Buys for New Scotch

Great Buys for New Scotch

One of my quests in life is not only to find great whisky but to find good whisky deals. Of course there are the classics, like the $32 (£20) Laphroaig I get down the street, but there are some new players too. I’ve found three bottles that have piqued my interest in the last few […]

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29 Mar Posted by in General, Interview | Comments

Charbay – The American Hop Whiskey

Charbay – The American Hop Whiskey

Perched nearly 2000 feet above Napa, a little distillery nicknamed “Still on the Hill” has been quietly making some of the best whiskey in America. Charbay is a name that doesn’t get tossed around a lot, unless you’re Californian and pay top dollar for quality drinks. It’s run by the Karakasevic family, which is on […]

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22 Feb Posted by in Events | Comments

The Nth Universal Experience – Interviews from Both Sides of the Luxury Event

The Nth Universal Experience – Interviews from Both Sides of the Luxury Event

There’s a little something happening in Las Vegas on March 2nd and 3rd that you should know about.  There won’t be chips, tokens, cards, humorless dealers, obnoxious lines, or bikini optional pools.  There will however be some world class whisky, and I don’t say that lightly, because I know world class whisky (I know it […]

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20 Feb Posted by in Tasting Notes | 2 comments

“The Audacity of Note” or “How I Will Review Whisky” – Whisky Notes Part 4

“The Audacity of Note” or “How I Will Review Whisky” – Whisky Notes Part 4

I’ll be doing a lot of reviews on Whisky.com so you’ll need to know where I stand. As I said before, there are a lot of rating systems out there, and I have to choose one. The System We’ll be using the A-F rating system here, and just like school, C is average, without merit […]

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24 Jan Posted by in Tasting Notes | Comments

How to Write Tasting Notes – Whisky Notes Part 3

How to Write Tasting Notes – Whisky Notes Part 3

Thanks for listening to me whine and moan for parts 1 and 2 about other peoples’ notes. Now we get to the good part where I stick my neck out and say how I think notes should be done and this is especially important because I need to lay down the groundwork for how I’ll […]

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