North Shore Whisky Club

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Japanese Single Malt Tasting 1/15/14:

Lost Distillery Scotch Whisky Tasting 12/21/13:

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Brix Wine Shop
105 briad street
Boston, MA 02110

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Come and enjoy a pre launch party of Gerston  Scotch Whisky and Bottle signing from the Lost Distillery Company Gerston. Plus sample Stratheden & Auchnagie Scotch whisky from The Lost Distillery Company as well. Brix Wine Shop in Boston MA. Whisky Expert Jeffrey Karlovitch- CEO of Americas & Blender  will guide you threw these Lost Whisky Legends, that have been lost to the world for almost a hundred years.In the last century, almost one hundred of...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Scotch Tasting - Wednesday October 16th:

Some members of The North Shore Whisky Club will be in attendance at Hugh O'Neill's Pub in Malden, MA this Wednesday October 16th.

The pour list is still yet unknown but I'm sure will be delectable.

The next club meeting date will be determined soon.
Until then fine gentlemen - Slainte!

Picture represents the newest additons to the inventory list.
Long live Islay!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Whisky Quote:

“Scotch whisky is made from barley and the morning dew on angel's nipples.” 
― Warren Ellis

Who am I to disagree...

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Go Sox!

Taken outside the Red Sox game recently...

Whiskey with an 'e' but what the hell.

Friday, September 20, 2013

1st Meeting In The Books!

Turns out it was a beautiful evening selected as the maiden meeting of the North Shore Whisky Club!

4 was all we could muster as schedule conflicts ultimately were working against some members.

We started with a selection that was not on the menu but one of us saw behind the bar.

Brenne Whisky which is a French single malt matured in cognac casks.

We talked about inventories and past experiences with whisky.  A bite to eat followed by an after dinner dram of Ardbeg 10 (how can you go wrong).
The next meeting will coincidentally happen during a Scotch Tasting held by our gracious hosts and home pub Hugh O'Neill's.
Attendees: Dancer, Chag, Heff & Norm

Friday, September 13, 2013

North Shore Whisky Club Inaugural Meeting:

North Shore Whisky Club Inaugural Meeting.

Hugh O'Neills Pub
45 Pleasant St.
Malden, MA 02148

September 19th, 2013, 6:30pm - 9pm

"I must go down to the sea today,
 to the lonely sea in the sky,
 and all i ask is an islay cask,
 and the friends to drink it dry.
 Slainte va"

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Completely Blind Whisky Tasting idea/poll:

Here's a crazy idea.

We here at North Shore Whisky Club are considering taking on a fun project.

A completely blind whisky tasting.

Here's the basic idea:
Sign up & pay to receive a small package at your house with 3 (3 oz.) non-discript bottles filled with 3 different whiskies (3 different whiskies, 2 drams each for a total of 6 drams).

Inside the package will be the instructions to tweet your impressions using a certain hashtag.  Once you do your tasting you can then compare your smells/tastes with everyone else who tried it on twitter.  At the end of the month (or whenever the end point is) all the impressions, notes, guesses are tallied and the big reveal is unveiled via twitter and this blog to everyone's shock/amazement.  Mmm?

If this sounds like something that might be fun please take the poll at the right hand column and let me know if you like the idea.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Kappy's Medford Scotch Tasting 6/15:

The core players here at NSWC attended Kappy's scotch tasting at their Medford, MA location.

Marketing reps from many distilleries and parent companies where on hand pouring out liquid gold of all kinds and types.

It was a well thought out and put together event and my guess is Kappy's did very well considering Father's day was the next day and there was a Bruins game that evening.

It's no secret that Kappy's is the place to shop here on the North Shore and Gino (the Manager) treats you right.  It's refreshing to speak to a knowledgeable staff who can steer you in the right direction.

Great job.

Friday, June 14, 2013


Edited for content 5/12/17:
Co-Founded by Darren McInnis & George Chagnon in June of 2013 - Following Darren's trip to Europe which included a New England Patriots game as well as a short stint in Scotland, we began looking for a whisky club to join in or around Boston, MA. When our internet search came up empty we decided to start our own and so The North Shore Whisky Club was born.

We have organically grown into a fun group that researches various tastings around the local area of which there are surprisingly many to choose from. Sharing knowledge, always learning and making connections in the industry - be it with distributor reps, liquor store managers, brand ambassadors, restaurant/bar owners or other enthusiasts. We can be found on Facebook and LinkedIn but we are far more active on Twitter at: @noshwhiskyclub and Instagram at: @northshorewhiskyclub. We have embraced and are honored to be apart of the #whiskyfabric an online community of enthusiasts from all corners of the world who share, converse and otherwise 'hob knob' about this wonderful spirt called "the water of life"!

We have about 12 members currently residing north, south & west of Boston both within and beyond the 128 belt. If you're interested in learning more about us, a simple email expressing your interest, location and a little about your experience with whisky would be a great first step to being included in the group There are no dues per se to join the club at this time. We understand with people's busy schedules not everyone can go to every event but those that do get to know each other a little bit more and are always sharing experiences with one another.

Things We Do:
Sponsored Whisky Tastings: These are events that we plan, promote, coordinate, sponsor and run at a local social club in the Melrose, MA area. They are open to the public and are promoted on our website, Twitter feed and through local community efforts. Presenting at these events are industry reps and/or ambassadors of their fine products. We've done 5 such events and each has been successful, entertaining and educational. More of these will be planned in the future!

Local Tastings/Events: We always have our eyes and ears open for tastings that might be happening in the local area. These could be at local liquor stores, hotels or larger venues (i.e. casinos or expo halls). If you're on our e-mail list, we will generally send informational e-mails if anyone's interested in attending. Some of these are private 'invite only' and fairly high end.

Recurring Whisky Dinner: Each year we help coordinate and present at MIT Endicott House's annual "Evening of Whisk(e)y" dinner. This is a wonderful evening in a spectacular mansion setting complete with a 4-star dinner, fabulous selections of whisky and an after party for those that stay on property. A must attend for any hardcore food/whisky enthusiast!

For Hire - Private Tastings: We have been approached and hired to provide whisky tastings for birthday parties, neighborhood groups, school/alumni organizations, restaurants & art galleries where we have presented various whiskies and imparted our own level of knowledge and insight. These can include all whisk(e)y types (i.e. Scotch, Irish, bourbons/American, rye, Canadian or other world whiskies).

Bottle Share Evenings: Once in a while we have been known to plan bottle share evenings where each person brings something from their cabinet to share and enjoy with each other. In a similar way, the group (after pooling their money) can select one member to shop for a unique bottle/expression that we can all try and discuss at someone's home.

What's Next:
We are always learning and we particularly enjoy introducing the spirit to new enthusiasts. We have volunteered our services with a local fundraising group as a silent auction item giving us the opportunity to hone our own style of presentation and "pay forward" what we have learned. Our long-term goal is to put together our own larger scale whisky tasting to a broader audience in a unique setting in the future.

Darren & George Co-Founders                                         

Media articles written about us/we've participated in:
Northshore Magazine - "Movers & Shakers" - October 2015 Issue
Merrimack Valley Active Life Mag/Newsletter - December 2015 Issue
#10 on The Legendary Whisky Lassie's Top 10 Most Memorable Drams of 2015!
Author Linda Peterson (a.k.a. Dram Good Whisky Lady) Interviews NSWC in March of 2016
Shout Out to NSWC from The Scotch Test Dummies Whisky Reviewers on YouTube March 2016
Listed on Florida Scotch Lover's blog under "Whisky Friends"! We're honored!! August 2016
Shout Out to NSWC from Trenny & C Whisky Reviewers on YouTube August 2016
Scotch Test Dummies LIVE SHOW with NSWC reviewing Lagavulin 8 & 16 December 2016

Sunday, June 9, 2013

North Shore Whisky Club - New Home!

Okay folks we're up and running here at blogspot!
Check here for updates and goings on in the future.  You can also follow us on Twitter @noshwhiskyclub