Sept Tasting Tickets are Now on Sale

Sept 2015 Tasting Flyer JpgWell that took longer than I thought it would. After a too-long hiatus, public tastings are back. Hope you are still thirsty.

Tickets are now on sale for our Sept Tasting – Whisk(e)y from Around the World. Please join Kelly McCarthy, Brand Manager from Anchor Distilling, as she takes us through six whiskies from 3 countries on 3 continents. We’ll taste 2 whiskies from Glenrothes in Scotland, 2 whiskies from Kavalan in Taiwan and 2 whiskies from Westland in America. If you haven’t had these whiskies – you are in for a treat.

The tasting will be held at New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Tuesday Sept 15th at 7:30. We’ll have light appetizers catered for the evening (we are trying a new caterer, so let us know what you think). Tickets are available today at Bottles Fine Wine and are $30 each. We’ll have our usual post-tasting raffle to benefit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, an organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans – so bring your cash because we’ll be raffling off a bottle of something, as well as a few other goodies.

BTW, I want to thank everyone who has asked if tastings are still happening and if everything is okay. This year I’ve donated several charity tastings as fundraisers, and also hosted multiple private tastings so I’ve still been holding events, just not public ones. I hadn’t planned on taking such a long break – it sort of just happened. Going forward we’ll be shifting to a more periodic tasting model instead of trying to do one every month.

I hope to see you at the tasting. -t

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Dec 16th Tasting Tickets on Sale Now!

Dec 2014 Flyer JpgIt’s the holiday season, and we all know every holiday is better with Whisky.

Our next tasting will be a Bourbon tasting at New Harvest Coffee and Spirits, Tuesday Dec 16th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.

We will be tasting Bourbons from Brown-Forman. It will be moderated by Don Jean, Market Manager for Brown-Forman. Don is an accomplished raconteur with numerous stories from his 30+ years in the Bourbon industry.

We’ll be tasting three bourbons from Old Forester and three bourbons from Woodford Reserve. One of the bourbons, Old Forester 1870, has only been released in a few markets and isn’t scheduled to be released in Rhode Island until November 2015. We’ll also be tasting a limited edition bourbon – The Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 2014 Pinot Noir Finish Bourbon.

The Theme is Bourbons of Brown-Forman and the whiskies will be:

  • Old Forester Bourbon, 86 Proof
  • Old Forester Signature Bourbon, 100 Proof
  • Old Forester 1870 Bourbon
  • Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon
  • Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 2014 Pinot Noir Finish Bourbon

Tickets for the tasting are $25 and are available today at Bottles Fine Wine. Buy your tickets without delay because this one should sell out, given how popular Bourbons are right now.  We’ll have our usual post-tasting raffle to benefit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, an organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans – so bring your cash because we’ll be raffling off a bottle or two of something special, as well as a few other goodies. Hope to see you there. -t

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Oct 23rd Tasting Tickets on Sale Now

Oct 2014 Flyer JpgWhisky Season is finally here, although as I’ve said before, it’s always whisky season at my house.

Our next tasting will be a tasting of Bottled in Bond whiskies from Heaven Hill Distillery at New Harvest Coffee and Spirits Thursday October 23rd from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. (note the day change)

It will be moderated by Bernie Lubbers, Heaven Hill Distilleries Whiskey Ambassador and Whiskey Professor. Bernie is not only a whisky ambassador, he is also an author and will have copies of his book; Bourbon Whisky: Our Native Spirit, available for purchase and signing.

The tasting will cover what exactly is a Bottled in Bond whiskey, why the Bottled in Bond act of 1897 is still important to you and more importantly we’ll taste some really good whiskies. Bernie is a great presenter, and even if you are familiar with these whiskies you’ll definitely learn something new and have fun doing it.

 The Theme is Stay Bonded and the whiskies will be:

  • Mellow Corn, Bottled in Bond Straight Corn Whiskey – 100 Proof
  • Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond Bourbon – 100 Proof (now discontinued, this is from my collection)
  • Evan Williams Bottled in Bond Bourbon – 100 Proof
  • Old Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond Bourbon – 100 Proof (now discontinued, this is from my collection)
  • Rittenhouse Rye – Bottled in Bond – 100 Proof
  • Henry McKenna Bottled in Bond Bourbon 10 Year Old – 100 proof

Tickets for the tasting are $25 and are available today at Bottles Fine Wine. Buy your tickets without delay because this one should sell out, given how popular Bourbons and Ryes are right now.  We’ll have our usual post-tasting raffle to benefit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, an organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans – so bring your cash because we’ll be raffling off a bottle or two of something special, as well as a few other goodies. Hope to see you there – t

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Sept 23rd Whisky Tasting Tickets on Sale Now

Sept 2014 Flyer JpgIt’s nice to see that Summer’s hot weather has finally arrived, just in time for Fall. Which means it’s Whisky season (although to be fair every season is Whisky season.)

I’m pleased to announce that our next tasting will be Tuesday Sept 23rd at New Harvest Coffee & Spirits in the historic Arcade building. We will be tasting and learning about the whiskies from Single Cask Nation and the Jewish Whisky Company. It will be moderated by Single Cask Nation founder, Joshua Hatton.

If you are a serious whisky fan you’ve probably read Joshua’s blog – Jewmalt – or heard about the famous Whisky Jewbilee, which he founded in NY.  Regardless, you are definitely in for a treat because Joshua not only knows a lot about whisky, more importantly he knows how to pick a good cask of whisky.

We’ll be tasting 6 whiskies – 2 from Scotland and 4 from the US. All the whiskies are cask strength whiskies bottled from single casks chosen specifically by Joshua and the team from Single Cask Nation. This is a rare opportunity to taste these whiskies before they are sold out.

The lineup:

  • 18 Year Old Glen Elgin Bourbon cask- 54.9% ABV –
  • 7  Year Old Glen Moray Fino Sherry Cask- 58.8% ABV –
  • 2 Year Old Westland American Single Malt (with heavily peated Scottish barley) – 60.0% ABV
  • 11 Year Old MGP/LDI Light Whiskey – 66.3% ABV –
  • 13 Year Old MGP/LDI Light Whiskey – 55.8% ABV –
  • 2 Year Old Catoctin Creek Rye – 61.55% ABV

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased today at Bottles Fine Wine, and don’t delay because our tastings typically sell out very quickly. As usual we’ll hold our post tasting raffle to benefit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island – an organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans. Hope to see you there. -t

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June 24th Island Whisky Tasting Tickets On Sale

June 2014 Flyer jpgWarm weather and sunshine are enough to make a person think that Summer might actually soon be here.

And Summer means Island Time can’t be far away. Can you think of a better way to get ready for Island Time than an Island Whisky Tasting?

Tickets are now on sale for our Island Whisky Tasting June 24th at New Harvest Coffee and Spirits in the historic Arcade building. It will be moderated by Adam Maur, Northeast District Manager, ImpEx Beverages. We’ll feature whiskies from the the Isle of Skye, Isle of Arran and Isle of Islay.

While Islay may be the best known of the Scottish Isles, Arran and Skye deserve serious consideration as well. Especially the whiskies they produce.

Our lineup for the evening:

  • Isle of Skye 8 Year
  • Isle of Arran 10 Year
  • Isle of Arran Amarone Cask Finish
  • Smokehead
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay 2013
  • Kilchoman Loch Gorm

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased today at Bottles Fine Wine, and don’t delay because our tastings are selling out quicker than ever. As usual we’ll hold our post tasting raffle to benefit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island – an organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans. Hope to see you there. -t

 

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