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

 

 

 

Tasting #42: Wine not?

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A very special treat is prepared for those brave enough to leave the cold showers, lakes or air conditioned offices during these scorching days. In July we will discover yet another avenue of whisky flavors, a method which while fairly recent is already quite a widespread phenomenon: Secondary maturation – finishing the whisky in a barrel previously used for wine instead of the typical bourbon or sherry cask.

Join us for yet another exotic adventure and find out how various wines can influence the taste of the water of life and maybe even find your new favorite wine finish whisky.

We tasted:

Glen Moray 10 Years Chardonnay
Arran The Sauternes Cask Finish
Deanston 9yo Bordeaux wine cask
Caol Ila 2003 (bottled 2015) Moscatel Cask Finish – Distillers Edition
Longrow 11yo Cabernet Franc Casks (heavily peated)

When: Thursday, 11 July. 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!

Tasting #41: Young and cheerful

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In June, we’ll put some truths and myths to test. Is older whisky necessarily better? As Ronnie Corbett once said, “it is true that whisky improves with age. The older I get, the more I like it.” Whisky changes with age, losing the taste of the stills, acquiring the flavour and character from the cask and the distillery with every passing year. But there’s a charm and cheerfulness to be discovered in younger bottles, so in June, we’ll give the young a chance. To make the competition fair, we’ll limit ourselves to whiskies from one region that share more or less the same climate conditions and therefore mature at the same pace (you guessed right, we’ll be tasting Scotch).

We hope you can join us for some exquisite young, cheerful drams!

We tasted:

Edradour Ballechin 8 Year Old Double Malt Double Cask
Wolfburn No270 Small Batch, 3yo
Kilkerran 8 Years – Cask Strength
Caol Ila 8 Years Cask Strength Collection 20th Anniversary Whisky
Octomore 07.1

When: Thursday, 20 June. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm.

Where: 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 #40: Bourbon vs. Scotch

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One has to be made from at least 51 % of corn, the other one has to be distilled from 100% malted barley. One has to be matured in fresh American white oak casks, the other is usually matured in used casks. They both have cults of faithful drinkers. Which side will you take? Come and find out together with us at our May tasting, where we’ll explore the difference between Kentucky straight bourbon and Scotch single malt. Whether you consider yourself a bourbon drinker, or get more thrill from Scotch (or both), we guarantee drams that will make you appreciate both.

We hope you can join us at the battle of the old continent versus the land over the pond!

We tasted:

  • Glenfarclas 12yo
  • Jim Beam 12 yo Signature Craft
  • Arran The Bothy Quarter Cask Batch 3
  • Rare Eagle 10yr
  • Four Roses Small Batch 2018 Limited Edition 130th Anniversary 54.2%

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

Where: 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 #39: Big not only in Japan

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Dear international malt aficionados,

It is the time of the year again to explore whiskies beyond the Scottish border – we will be travelling in spirit to Japan, exploring the trends and traditions of the local whisky production that, despite being minuscule compared to other significant markets, offers an ample variety of tastes and styles.

Join us on this exotic adventure and find out why the Japanese whiskies continue to gather both fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

We tasted:

Nikka 12 yo
Yoichi Single Malt
Nikka Date
Kirin Fuji Sanroku
Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve

When: Thursday, 11 April. We will start the tasting at 7.30 pm. Feel free to join us from 6.30 pm for some delicious food from the hands of the Scandale chefs.

Where: 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!