Summer Bourbon Tasting June 21st – Tickets On Sale Now

June2016ScreenshotSummer and Bourbon. What a perfect combination. Long days, hazy sunshine, slow breezes, sitting on a porch with a glass of bourbon, sharing stories and laughter with family and friends. Recalling old memories and making new ones. What could be better?

Well, WhiskyRI doesn’t have the porch and isn’t your family, and hopefully we can be friends. We do have bourbon though, and that’s a good thing. Not just any bourbon however. Bourbons that are made for Summer – because I think most of us can agree that Summer is simply better with Bourbon.

And so we are kicking off Summer with a Summer Bourbon Tasting. We’ll taste six whiskies that go with Summer, we’ll share a few stories, hopefully have a few laughs and maybe even make some few friends. Whether you are new to Bourbon or already have old favorites we’ll reexamine some forgotten brands and hopefully help you discover some new ones.

The tasting will be held at New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Tuesday June 21st at 7:30. We’ll have light appetizers catered for the evening (catering by Easy Entertaining). 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.

If you are looking for the perfect Father’s Day present – why don’t you buy two tickets and bring your dad, or if you are the father, why don’t you treat yourself and bring a friend. You’ll make a dad happy, learn a few things, taste some bourbon and make new memories. What could be better?

Don’t delay buying your tickets, this one should sell out pretty quickly.  It’ll be a fun night and the perfect way to start Summer. Hope to see you there. -t

 

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Dec 15th Tasting Tickets on Sale

Dec 2015 Flyer JpgThanksgiving is over which means we are now officially running the holiday gauntlet. And no holiday is complete without Whisky.

Tickets are now on sale for our December 15th Tasting – A New England Distiller’s Panel and Tasting, featuring Mad River Distilling, Bully Boy Distilling and Rhode Island’s own Sons of Liberty Spirits. New England is having a renaissance in Whisky Distilling right now – and these three distilleries are leading the revolution.

We’ll have the founders and distiller’s from each distillery – we’ll taste their whiskies and listen to their stories while enjoying some good food. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about how each distiller makes their whisky and how they are different.

The tasting will be held at New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Tuesday Dec 15th at 7:30. We’ll have light appetizers catered for the evening (our new caterer is Easy Entertaining and everyone seemed to enjoy them at our last tasting). 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.

Tasting tickets are the perfect early gift for that special someone, or that coworker you can’t figure out what to buy for. They always fit perfectly and you don’t have to worry about them being re-gifted next year.

Don’t delay buying your tickets, the tasting is only two weeks away – and you don’t want to miss this one. It’ll be a fun night and the perfect way to kick off the holiday party season. Hope to see you there. -t

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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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