North Shore Whisky Club

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Single Pot Still/Malt Whisk(e)y Tasting Event 8/19/17

The North Shore Whisky Club proudly presents:
Single Pot Still/Malt Whisk(e)y Tasting Event

MELROSE FISH & GAME CLUB
(behind Mount Hood Golf Club, Melrose, MA)



Do you know your single pot whiskey's from your single malt whiskies? We will try some very different whisk(e)y styles from Ireland & Scotland!

OUR HOST - Alex Thibault (Brand Ambassador - Pernod Ricard)

Alex will discuss the history and future of the misunderstood category of single pot still whiskey and also review some exceptional single malt scotches!
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(SPONSORED BY: North Shore Whisky Club) - SEATS WILL BE LIMITED
$20/pp cash at the door OR $25/pp online with a credit card

RSVP REQUIRED! To sign up & pay cash at the door please send an

Purchase tickets online at: www.northshorewhiskyclub.com
& click the event link on our "Future Events" calendar


Monday, June 19, 2017

Single Malt Tasting with Josh Hatton - RECAP:

Our 5th whisky tasting at the Melrose Fish & Game Club was one hell of a great time! The final count for attendees was 49 which is certainly among our top attended events if not the top attended.

We had some regulars and some new folks who heard about us through various online resources such as Melrose Patch & Eventbrite.

We cannot thank Joshua Hatton of Single Cask Nation & ImpEx Beverage enough for spending the time to thoroughly present all of these unique (not to mention powerful) whiskies. His presentation style is so great and he really speaks to all levels of enthusiasts while providing sound whisky knowledge (so nothing like me & Darren...).

The selections - tasting mat:
#4 was a bit of a surprise but ended up being a 19 year old Ben Nevis from a great independent bottler called Chapter 7. There was only enough of this for each attendee to get 1/4 oz. pour so there would be no "go backs" once it was gone. Splendid indeed.

Line up

#1 Single Cask Nation - Glen Rothes 8 y.o. 56.7% ABV

#2 Tamdhu 10 y.o. 43% ABV

#3 Tamdhu 13 y.o. Batch Strength 58.8% ABV

#4 Chapter 7 - Ben Nevis 19 y.o. 56.2% ABV

#5 Single Cask Nation - Girvan (single grain) 10 y.o. 56.7% ABV

#6 Single Cask Nation - Ben Nevis 20 y.o. 55.6% ABV

#7 Single Cask Nation - Ardmore 8 y.o. (Laphroaig cask) 56.7% ABV

#8 Kilchoman Original Cask Strength 58.3% ABV

Pre-pours

We are definitely finding it easier to pre-pour all selections for these events as it seems to roll much smoother from selection to selection. Josh unfortunately was delayed in traffic so once he arrived we went to work delivering each whisky to the attendees (shout out to Debi & Sheila for the help they provided as well!)

Further proof that #4 was scarce

Josh Hatton ladies & gentlemen!








Even his shoes say "Single Cask Nation"

The man did everything but juggle for cryin-out-loud!

*Personal highlight*
'How whisky is made' demo with actual people (as opposed to fake ones...)

Cheese/crackers, pretzels & waters were provided at the start and we took a break in between selections 3 & 4 to enjoy some smoked salmon, dip, crackers and a hot appetizer which was flawlessly executed by our favorite Fish & Game bar-fly Lenny (Lenny picture to follow). Pictures of the food are not available because frankly it didn't hang around long enough to be photographed.




The room was almost at capacity for this type of event!

Many thanks to all who came out and at the start to Memorial Day weekend no less!





Those poor girls were stuck with these mugs all night...

Special thanks (& gift dram) to Joe & Bobby on perfect attendance through 5 events!

Huge thank you to Tammy who we had make a dessert that paired with our final selection!

What a great combination of whisky, education & snacks. Thanks to all who came out and made this event a complete success. Until the next one!

Chag, Josh & Darren

...Oh, and (as promised) one last thank you to Lenny who cooked the hot apps to golden perfection and delivered them at the optimum time all while in the midst of a heated poker game! He asked for some recognition "and a flattering picture" so here you go Len...

Lenny the Master Chef

Slainte!
George & Darren
NSWC

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Single Malt Tasting with Joshua Hatton:

PRESENTS A SINGLE MALT WHISKY TASTING EVENT
FRIDAY MAY 26TH 2017
7-9PM
AT THE MELROSE FISH & GAME CLUB
(near Mt. Hood Golf Course, Melrose, MA)

We will taste some great expressions from the ImpEx Beverages Group and Single Cask Nation - exploring a diverse selection of single malt whiskies from their portfolios.

OUR HOST - Joshua Hatton
(Regional Sales Executive, ImpEx Beverages/President & CEO of Single Cask Nation)

Joshua is a true whisky aficionado who brings an ability to inspire & get people excited about whisky! ImpEx Beverages has an impressive array of single malts in their portfolio including the highly acclaimed Kilchoman distillery from Islay, Tamdhu, Independent bottlers Exclusive Malts & Cheiftain's along with unique offerings like Isle of Skye & Smokehead
(as well as perhaps even some Single Cask Nation bottles!)

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Light appetizers & spring water will also be provided
SEATS WILL BE LIMITED $20/pp
(price also includes a commemorative whisky glass)

To sign up, please send us an e-mail to: EVENT SOLD OUT! PLEASE E-MAIL US IF YOU WANT TO BE PUT ON THE WAIT LIST.

Directions to the Melrose Fish & Game Club can be found at

Saturday, April 22, 2017

MIT Endicott House Whisky Dinner Re-Cap:

Man-o'-man what a time we had at the 7th annual MIT Endicott House Whisky Dinner held on 4/7/17 in Dedham, MA.

Darren and I have attended all but one of these and they just keep getting better and better. We must thank Mike Fitzgerald who is the Operations Manager at Endicott House. Such a great partner in planning and execution! His staff took care of all the details which allowed for a first class event of epic proportions.


Endicott House is a mansion which was endowed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a long time ago. The original owner originally offered the house to Harvard University who would only accept if a $1,000,000 monetary endowment accompanied the house. Put off by this request, he went down the road to MIT and they gladly accepted with no monetary requirement. There's a lesson in that story somewhere - like "don't be greedy jerks when someone is trying to give you a mansion" or something like that. You can read more about the history of the house here if you're so inclined but the point is, this is a pretty awesome place to have a whisk(e)y dinner.

 Bagpiper (he didn't look that blurry in real life, FYI)
P.S. If he came to the after party it would have been a different story...

Darren's brother Tom at left, Darren at right and the bagpiper is the one in the middle... with the kilt...

The bagpiper was playing as people arrived to the house and following the whisky tasting presentations he played us into the dining room - such a great addition to the evening. He also played after dinner to say 'goodbye' (how else would a bagpiper say goodbye?).

The theme of the evening was "Whiskies Around the World" and the line up was as follows:
We started in Scotland
Selection #1 - Craigellachie 13 year old - single malt Scotch

with Patrick (NSWC) presenting

Patrick

Moving on, we traveled to France for our next offering
Selection #2 - Brenne - French single malt

with Shaun (NSWC) presenting

Shaun

Next we got exotic on everyone and landed in India
Selection #3 - Amrut Fusion - Indian single malt

with George/Chag (NSWC) presenting

Chag gets 2 pictures because he's writing this re-cap, lay off...

Moving further east we landed in Taiwan for our next malt
Selection #4 - Kavalan King Car - Taiwanese single malt

with Darren (NSWC) presenting

Darren working the mic (Chag in the background hehe!)

From Taiwan if you head south over the Philippines & Indonesia
you will come to our next presented product
Selection #5 - Sullivan's Cove - Tasmanian single malt

Patrick did double duty on the presentation for this one

at left Patrick, the aforementioned (& incomparable) Mike Fitzgerald & Darren at right

For our last taste of whisky (prior to dinner) we traveled back to the good old USA but with a twist!
Selection #6 - Jefferson's Ocean "Bourbon" Aged at Sea

with Tom Murphy presenting!

Tom's not an actual member of the NSWC he's from NJ and comes up for this event every year.
He and Mike Fitzgerald are great friends and for that reason (in addition to being a good cat) he gets 2 pictures...

Here are a few more pictures prior to dinner...
 Mike waxing poetic

 Darren selling the Amrut hard!


Chag with the Sullivan's Cove


Tom, Patrick, Shaun & Darren

Prior to dinner we took a "presenters photo" with the bottles we spoke on!
L-R Shaun, Patrick, Darren, George, Mike, Tom Murphy (back) & not sure of the gentleman's name front right


We all repaired to the dining room (We didn't even know it was broken! - love that joke) and were treated to an outstanding choice of entrée from Eddie the Endicott House Master Chef.
Rib Eye Steak, Roasted Lamb Shank or Teriyaki Tuna all of it fantastic.

All that was left was a final toast and the after party!

Final Toast
Selection #7 - The Macallan Rare Cask - single malt Scotch


We started in Scotland's Speyside region with Craigellachie, went "around the world"
and finished across the street at The Macallan!

Now the after party!

Slainte!

Too many to name!

Some old tyme-y portraits and taxidermy never hurt anyone! Well y-know...






We wrapped up late and luckily no one was driving! This year's event, of its 7 year run, had the largest crowd 80 people! Our sincerest thanks again to Mike Fitzgerald for his graciousness, generosity and having us be apart of such a stellar event! We look forward to another great one next year!

All of our pictures have been uploaded to the North Shore Whisky Club's Facebook site for those who want to have a peek over there - Hey, give us a 'like' while you're over there!

Until the next event!
George & Darren
NSWC