Whisky Tasting # 50 – Whiskeys blessed by St Paddy on 19 March 2020 is POSTPONED

Dear WWS members and whisky aficionados,

Out of an abundance of caution and as a result of the concerns over the coronavirus we have decided to postpone Whisky Tasting # 50 – Whiskeys blessed by St. Paddy. We are very hopeful that we will be able to reschedule this event to the second half of April. We will share any such details with you as soon as the situation becomes clearer for all of us.

Whisky Tasting # 50 – Whiskeys blessed by St Paddy POSTPONED

Whisky Tasting # 50 - Whiskeys blessed by St. Paddy

POSTPONED

Dear WWS members and whisky aficionados,

For its 50th tasting the World Whisky Society invites you to sample some of the most innovative and delightful whiskeys that their motherland has to offer just in time to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.

You read that right: after much debate, mounting evidence is pointing towards Ireland as the cradle of whiskey-making. ‘Tis true: the Irish Whiskey industry went through some tough times during the 20th century. The Irish War of Independence and American Prohibition cut it off from its two main markets: the UK and the US. However, the popularity and production of Irish whiskey have soared in the past few decades. This rejuvenated industry has produced some wonderful whiskeys in recent years.

So in the spirit of St. Patrick’s join us to discover the most modern expressions of this ancient craft. We promise to regale you with many anecdotes that retrace the origins of whiskey making as well as illustrate current-day whiskey production in Ireland.

When: THURSDAY, 19 March. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm. POSTPONED

Where: Le Scandale

The participation fee is CHF 35 for non-members and CHF 25 for members. Please bring cash. Places are limited and will be given away on a first-come first-served basis! You will have the opportunity to lay your hands on one (or more) of the bottles during our customary auction at the end of the evening!

World Whisky Society reinforced after the annual assembly

The World Whisky Society Geneva held its annual assembly in January 2020. We’ve had some reinforcements in the Committee following the annual elections:

  • Alexandre Genest is taking over as President from Tamara Kajtazović
  • Tobias Bednarz is taking over as Ambassador from George Binder, who decided to retire from the committee and continue enjoying drams with us as a member
  • Dersim Heimervall is taking over as Treasurer from Christian Knebel
  • Tamara Kajtazović is taking over as Secretary from Tobias Bednarz
  • Christian Knebel is assuming a new role of Chief Historian
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Outgoing and incoming committee, January 2020

We also increased tasting fees for 5 CHF respectively for members and non-members (25 CHF for members, 35 CHF for non-members) to allow us to taste more expensive whiskies.

We’re looking forward to another exciting tasting year with you! We’re preparing some surprises to spice things up, so stay tuned.

As always, feel free to contact us for any questions and requests.

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World Whisky Society Geneva, December 2019

Whisky Tasting # 49 – Breaking down a luxury blend

Whisky Tasting # 49 - Breaking down a luxury blend IMAGEDear WWS members and whisky aficionados,

A very special treat awaits us in February: we will explore the back-story and single malt components of the Ultis blend, the heart and soul of Chivas Regal.

The Ultis is the first blended malt Scotch whisky from the House of Chivas Regal. It contains five signature single malts that the House of Chivas Regal deems to be its “most precious”. These malts were hand selected from five Speyside distilleries in honour of the five generations of Chivas Regal Master Blenders.

During this tasting participants will discover four of the five distinctive single malts that went into creating the Ultis. Participants will also taste the Ultis itself, a beautiful way to get off our high single malt horse :).

This tasting will hopefully put to rest the idea that blends are bad and malts are good. Rather, comparing scotch blends to single malts amounts to comparing apples and oranges: they are meant to achieve different tastes.

Many believe that blended scotches are enjoyable in their own right and take considerable artistry to make. This tasting offers the best test of that statement’s truthfulness :).

This tasting may also help develop our ability to discern different aromas and tastes in a blended whisky. And who knows, perhaps we will also gain some insight into the art by which a master blender creates a balanced whisky!
Details

When: Thursday, 13 February 2020 from 19:30-23:00

Where: Scandale Pizzas & Cocktails
Rue de Lausanne 24, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

From this tasting onward, the participation fee is CHF 35 for non-members and CHF 25 for members. Please bring cash. Places are limited and will be given away on a first-come first-served basis! You will have the opportunity to lay your hands on one (or more) of the bottles during our customary auction at the end of the evening!

Tasting #48: The Scottish Adventure

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Dear whisky lovers,

We wish you all the very best drams (both of whisky, and of life) in 2020. We hope you’re having a good start of the decade, but to have an even better one, join us at our January whisky tasting. We’ll go on a journey through the land of handsome cities and green hills (Lonely Planet words, not ours). We’ll walk through moss-covered woods, climb foggy peaks, and sail to the most remote islands to taste the best Scotch that Scotland has to offer.

We will start the tasting with a short, annual General Assembly to elect the new committee. If you’re interested in becoming actively engaged in organising the tastings (includes the exclusive right to choose the whiskies), let the committee know!

If you’re excited to start the year together with us, or just want to chase away the January doom and gloom, come for a dram and a hangout.

When: Thursday, 16 January. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm.

Where: Le Scandale

As always, the participation fee is CHF 30 for non-members and CHF 20 for members. Please bring cash. Places are limited and will be given away on a first-come first-served basis! You will have the opportunity to lay your hands on one (or more) of the bottles during our customary auction at the end of the evening!

Tasting #47: Man of Scandale

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Dear malt friends,

Who is the man of scandale? He has mixed cocktails for thousands of people. He has served tens of thousands of drinks. He has tasted hundreds of whiskies. Thick black beard and eyes sparkling every time he tastes a good dram of the liquid gold.

You know who we are talking about – the man of Scandale, the wonderful Scandale bar manager Loris, who shared with us the names of the five best and most unforgettable bottles of whisky he’s tasted. We are curious and excited to taste them with you! Join us for the last whisky tasting of the year to look back at all the fun moments we spent together, and create some new memories (table football after the tasting inevitable).

When: TUESDAY, 17 December. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm.

Where: Le Scandale

As always, the participation fee is CHF 30 for non-members and CHF 20 for members. Please bring cash. Places are limited and will be given away on a first-come first-served basis! You will have the opportunity to lay your hands on one (or more) of the bottles during our customary auction at the end of the evening!

Tasting #46: Never peaty enough

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Dear whisky lover,

Travel with us for a moment: imagine you’re having an evening walk in freshly fallen snow, hearing it crunch under your feet. You breathe in the cold winter air, as it cuts your bare skin, making your cheeks rosy red. You hurry inside the cosy chalet. As the wood starts to crack under the newly made fire, you pour yourself a glass of whisky, and your fingers and toes slowly defrost.

That’s how peated whisky feels. It warms up your soul like a fireplace on a cold winter night.

As we enter the colder months, come warm up with us over hearty conversations and a dram of some of the most exquisite peated whiskies.

When: Thursday, 21 November. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm.

Where: Le Scandale

As always, the participation fee is CHF 30 for non-members and CHF 20 for members. Please bring cash. Places are limited and will be given away on a first-come first-served basis! You will have the opportunity to lay your hands on one (or more) of the bottles during our customary auction at the end of the evening!

WHISKIES TASTED:

Wolfburn Northland
Balvenie 14yo Week of Peat
Bunnahabhain Toiteach
Benriach Peated cask strength
Octomore Masterclass 08.1 167 PPM 8 yo

Tasting #45: The finest of Whisky & More

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Dear whisky friends,

e1f52fd3-fd75-4706-8653-588844dd9887.jpgA year has gone by and so we had another whisky marathon this past weekend at the Whisky & More tasting salon. With more than 600 available drams to taste, we had to make some tough decisions. With our combined efforts, we gave a chance to more than 30 whiskies, and chose five best whiskies that we tasted, based on our humble opinion. We will introduce the five bottles at October’s World Whisky Society gathering.

It was a real struggle to narrow them down – join us and see for yourself if we made the right call.

When: Thursday, 17 October. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm.

Where: Le Scandale.

As always, the participation fee is CHF 30 for non-members and CHF 20 for members. Please bring cash. Places are limited and will be given away on a first-come first-served basis! You will have the opportunity to lay your hands on one (or more) of the bottles during our customary auction at the end of the evening.

Tasting #44: In 5 whiskies around the world

 

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Dear whisky lovers,

It may not exactly be a shocking surprise, but at the World Whisky Society we love Scottish single malts.  So much so that sometimes we need to remind ourselves that whisky-making is now a worldwide phenomenon, resulting in expressions that challenge any preconceptions that you may have about what the pedigree of a prime whisky should be.

This month, we’ll take you on a trip around the word to try whiskies that have been produced outside of Scotland.  Whether you already master your Scotch single malts and are ready to embark on new adventures or whether you’re only beginning your whisky journey, the five beautiful malts we’ve chosen for you this month will certainly open up your horizons.

When: Wednesday, 18 September. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm.

Where: Le Scandale.

As always, the participation fee is CHF 30 for non-members and CHF 20 for members. Please bring cash. Places are limited and will be given away on a first-come first-served basis! You will have the opportunity to lay your hands on one (or more) of the bottles during our customary auction at the end of the evening!

 

 

 

Tasting #43: Vatted malts

 

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Have you successfully upgraded your palate to appreciate single malt whiskies? (We know you have…after all, you are receiving this email). Still, haven’t you wondered what happens if you mix some good single malts? A little bit of spicy notes from this one, a little bit of sweetness from that one, maybe a hit of peat from another one? Well, people do this professionally. And no, we are not talking about regular, cheap “blended” whisky. So-called “vatted malts” only mix 100% barley-based single malt whiskies. And they can be spectacularly good!!!

As always, we made a selection for you to come to your own conclusions (and maybe spark your creativity for experimenting at home).

When: Thursday, 22 August. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm.

Where: Park La Perle du Lac (see map here). Follow Facebook event for location changes. In case of rain, find us at Scandale.

As always, the participation fee is CHF 30 for non-members and CHF 20 for members. Please bring cash. Places are limited and will be given away on a first-come first-served basis! You will have the opportunity to lay your hands on one (or more) of the bottles during our customary auction at the end of the evening!

WHISKIES TASTED:

Scallywag 13yo
Compass Box
Story of the Spaniard
Nikka Pure Malt Black
Rock Oyster 18yo
Big Peat
Feis Ile 2019 Edition