North Shore Whisky Club

Monday, December 19, 2016


The North Shore Whisky Club presents our next tasting event & first of 2017!

Join us on Friday, January 20th, 2017 from 7-9pm
at the Melrose Fish & Game Club located just through the parking lot of the Mount Hood Golf Club, Melrose, MA

We will be tasting some fabulous expressions from the iconic island of Islay off the west coast of Scotland - exploring a diverse selection of single malt whiskies from Bruichladdich distillery.

OUR HOST - Thomas Carrara, Bruichladdich's Local Brand Specialist will take us through unique whiskies from this innovative and storied distillery!

All the distillery's whiskies are sold as single malts and we will have variations of unpeated as well as peated expressions - in fact, Octomore (depicted above), is the peatiest whisky in the world!

Light hors d'oeuvres & spring water will also be provided between tastings.

($20/pp - includes commemorative glass)

To sign up, please send an e-mail to:

We appreciate your support and please also follow us on:

George & Darren

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Scotch Test Dummies & NSWC Live Show Reviewing Lagavulin 8 & 16:

Many thanks to the Scotch Test Dummies, Scott and Bart for including us in their Live Show format!
We had a blast and enjoyed every moment.

Click below to watch the show:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

North Shore Whisky Club - Live with The Scotch Test Dummies!

Ladies & Gentlemen & kids of all ages (21 & older...)!

We are excited to announce that George 'Chag' & Darren will be on the next Scotch Test Dummies 'live feed' show taking place on Sunday, December 4th at 3pm ET (2pm CT)! They are our favorite Denver Broncos fans...

Um... yeah,
So moving on...

We will be sampling, discussing and otherwise 'hob-knobbing' about the new Lagavulin 8 YO whilst comparing it to its 16 year old brother. Should be a fun time, we hope you can tune in!

Go to their YouTube channel to see it live - here: Scotch Test Dummies YouTube Channel

As an added bonus you will also get live updates on the Rams vs. Patriots AND Broncos vs. Jaguars
Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Chag & Darren

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Whisky Tastings Upcoming Nov/Dec 2016:

For your information - below is a listing of some good upcoming local whisky tastings in and around the Boston, MA area.

Saturday - Nov. 5th - Julio's Liquors - Westborough, MA - 'Whisky Roadshow' (2-4pm)
140 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, MA 01581

Thursday - Nov. 10th - Total Wine - Everett, MA - Whisky Seminar (6:30-8:30pm)

Thursday - Nov. 17th - Taj Hotel - Boston, MA - Whisky Extravaganza (7-9pm)

Saturday - Dec. 3rd - Kappy's Liquors - Medford, MA - Holiday Scotch Tasting (2-5pm)
10 Revere Beach Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155
George & Darren

Friday, October 14, 2016

World Whisky Tasting & Cigar Pairing RE-CAP:

So our world whisky tasting & cigar pairing evening was held on Friday, September 23rd 2016 and I'm just getting to write the re-cap now so ya know, busy...

This was our 3rd such tasting and we certainly had the best turnout with regard to attendance. Our first tasting at the Melrose Fish & Game yielded about 35 or so attendees, our 2nd one attracted about 28 and this one was sold out at 50 people! Well maybe 45 because of a few no shows the night of but hey, whatyagonnado-amIright?

We were very excited to have Raj Sabharwal of Glass Revolution Imports and Dave Catania of Burke Distributing
Darren, Raj, Whisky, Dave & George

And speaking of whisky we went with Raj's great idea to conduct this tasting blind for the guests. This proved to be a really effective way to present these selections. Did someone say selections?

#1 Stalk & Barrel Malt (Canada)
#2 Vicomte Single Malt (France)
#3 Blackadder Drop of Irish Cask Strength (Ireland)
#4 Amrut Single Malt (India)
#5 Sullivan's Cove Double Barrel (Australia)
#6 Amrut Fusion Single Malt (India)
#7 English Whiskey Peated Cask Strength (England)

7 single malts and not a one from Scotland! Truly awesome stuff.

Yeah, so we're big shots now - ya know - we make our own tasting mats etcetera...

In addition to the whisky we also had John McAuley who owns The Smoke Shop up in Middleton, MA and he had a wide selection of cigars for everyone to peruse during and in between the selections.
Wally & John from The Smoke Shop!

We really appreciate them spending the time to join us and to help educate us on some of those fabulous s(h)mokes!

Here are some other random photos that were taken of the presentation and some of the great folks we had there!

At one point Raj broke into song! (not really, he just looked like he did in this one above) 

Pretzels, water, cheese & crackers, smoked salmon with chive cream cheese on some nice crackers as well as pigs in a blanket to keep everyone somewhat nourished & hydrated... 

Raj & Kevin M. (one of our whisky brothers!) 

We hope everyone had a great time, we certainly had a blast putting it together and we hope to keep these going as long as the interest is there.

If anyone is interested in being put on our list to receive information on our next events please feel free to send us an email at:

George & Darren

Monday, August 29, 2016

Directions to the Melrose Fish & Game Club:

The easiest way to get to the Melrose Fish & Game Club is to set your GPS for Mount Hood Golf Club which is at 100 Slayton Road, Melrose, MA 02176.

Drive to the left of the Club House up Stillman Road, go through the parking lot, you will drive between 2 golf holes. At the end of this short road you will find the Melrose Fish & Game Club.

They typically ask that everyone use the top parking lot and entrance.

This graphic should also help!

George & Darren

Friday, August 26, 2016



(near Mount Hood Golf Club, Melrose, MA)

We will once again be touring the world - exploring a diverse selection of single malt whiskies from 7 different countries!


Raj Sabharwal of PVI Global Imports
Dave Catania of Burke Distributing
Raj & Dave will help us explore their wonderful products and give us an education about each!

The Smoke Shop's owner John McAuley will be on hand to briefly present and answer any questions you may have regarding cigars in general or pairing a fine cigar with a single malt whisky.
(Smoking will be allowed on the back deck just off the meeting room!)
ENTRY FEE OF $20 (CASH) will be collected upon entry.

Light hors d'oeuvres appetizers and bottled water will also be provided as well.
Fee also includes a commemorative Glencairn style whisky glass.

To sign up, please send us an e-mail to:


George & Darren

Friday, August 19, 2016

Shout Out from Trenny & C on YouTube!

We are overjoyed that Trenny & C our good friends and whisky brothers from British Columbia, Canada took the time to give the NSWC a great shout out eh?

We really appreciate it boys! Further proof that whisky people are the best people!

Keep up the great work and we'll keep watching!

---George & Darren

Friday, August 12, 2016


Flyer/pic of our most recent event happening on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 from 7-9pm at
Melrose Fish & Game Club - near Mount Hood Golf Course, Melrose, MA

To sign up please send us an e-mail at:!

Hope you can join us!
George & Darren

Monday, June 6, 2016

Whisky Tasting Events Upcoming:


Below please find a few tasting events that are coming up in and around the Boston area.
If you have any questions, please shoot us a note back.

1)  Federal Wine & Spirits, Boston, MA - tasting this Thurs.-6/9 (Gordon & MacPhail) 4:30pm or 6:00pm

2)  Annual Father's Day Tasting - Sat.-6/18 (Kappy's-Medford)- 2-5pm

3)  SAVE THE DATE - Fri.9/23/16 (7-9pm) - NSWC tasting @ Melrose Fish & Game Club with Raj Sabharwal (PVI Imports- and Dave Catania (Burke Distributors-

George & Darren

Friday, May 20, 2016

NSWC now on Instagram!

Based on an overwhelming clamoring for even more NSWC and by overwhelming I mean really none at all...

We have now expanded our digital footprint into the wonderful world of Instagram!

We can be found at the very predictable

Give us a follow!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

World Whisky Tasting w/ Kelly McCarthy - Anchor Distilling:

This past Friday evening 5/6/16 we had the pleasure of sponsoring a World Whisky Tasting at the Melrose Fish & Game Club.

This is how you get there...

Our host was Kelly McCarthy who is the Brand Development Manager for Anchor Distilling. Kelly did such a great job and really knows her stuff.

and she even got dressed up for us clowns... silly


We had just over 20 people and a great mix of men and women who joined us for the evening. But enough about all that here is the list a few pictures of the line up:

Scotland collection

From the Scotland Collection:
1 - Benriach 16 year old 46% ABV
2 - Glendronach 15 year old Revival 46% ABV
3 - Benriach 1998 vintage single cask - virgin oak matured 57.9% ABV
4 - Glenglassaugh 'Torfa' (peated) 50% ABV
5 - Blue Hanger Vatted Malt Blend 10th Edition (Berry Brothers & Rudd) 45.6% ABV

After these 5 we took a short break so folks could grab some water, cheese/crackers, pretzels, chips and to cleanse their pallet before our last (very special) Scottish selection. I'll just note here that it was our intention to have hot appetizers during this break but the oven at the Club did not want to cooperate. We did get the broiler working however the results were not ideal and by 'not ideal' I mean they kind of sucked (apologies all around)...

6 - Glenrothes 1978 vintage reserve 43% ABV

if you want this bottle you will need to hand over about one thousand US dollars...

Japan, Taiwan & USA Collection:

The Nikka is not depicted here but if you look closely it is photo bombing the
Glenrothes one above - Ha! Silly Nikka bottle...

7 - Nikka Pure Malt Blend 43% ABV (Japan)
8 - Kavalan King Car 46% ABV (Taiwan)
9 - Westland Single Malt 46% ABV (Seattle - USA)
10 - Old Portero Straight Rye 45% ABV (San Francisco - USA)

So there's you have a 10 selection whisky tasting! Our comprehensive review? They were all wonderful and some more wonderful than others. Boom...

 Fish & Game people as well as a couple of Kelly's friends

 Local folks from Melrose & Nahant

Shout out to the Linda Peterson the "DramGoodWhiskyLady" who joined us as well!

 These guys are extras from Goodfellas (not sure how that slipped in there)...

There's that Nikka Pure Malt bottle with Ben & Darren!

Many many thanks again to Kelly for bringing so many fabulous selections we will see you again at a future event I'm sure!

How we didn't take a picture with Kelly I'll never know (I blame whisky...) so here's a photo from last October when we saw her at the Twin River Casino Whisky Tasting event.

Darren - Kelly - George @ Twin River

So the news is that the Benriach and Glendronach distilleries have been sold so Kelly will not have them in her line up going forward. Do we feel special that we were the last ones that she presented those products to? Yes, yes we do.