North Shore Whisky Club

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Single Malt Tasting with Joshua Hatton:

(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!)


Light appetizers & spring water will also be provided
(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


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

with Shaun (NSWC) presenting


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!


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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NSWC's Next Single Malt Whisky Tasting Event! 5/26/17 | 7-9pm

Join us for our next single malt whisky tasting event hosted by the fabulous Joshua Hatton!

Send us an e-mail to sign up before it sells out!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

MIT Endicott House Annual Whisky Tasting Dinner 4/7/17:

NSWC will be once again helping to present some fabulous whiskies at their annual whisky tasting dinner to be held on Friday, April 7, 2017. This year's theme "A Journey Around The World"!

See the flyer below for details and sign up by going to their website and calling 617-253-5211, email: to reserve your spot(s):

It's always one of the highlights of our year and we will re-cap the event after it happens.
George & Darren

Friday, March 17, 2017

NSWC Suffolk Alumni Whisk(e)y Tasting Re-Cap:

We are so grateful for all the relationships we've made along our 'whisky journey' and events like the one we were lucky enough to host last night for the Suffolk University Alumni, continue to further that gratefulness.

Darren and I are proud Suffolk University alums and were delighted to be even a small part of a wonderful and well balanced evening in a truly remarkable setting right in the middle of historic downtown Boston.

Sargent Hall (left), Suffolk University, Downtown Boston

Special thanks to Kate Evans who chaired the event and Joe Delisi who heads up the Alumni Board.

This was to be a blind tasting which is always fun. It eliminates any preconceived notions for anyone who is already a whisky drinker and lets everyone be very open and honest as to what they might be (or not be) smelling and tasting.

The Tasting Mat

3 rounds with 2 whiskies each - round 1 (USA), round 2 (World), round 3 (Scottish). We revealed the selections after each round so as not to keep everyone in suspense until the very end (just the kinda guys we are).

Thanks to all who helped us set up the room!

The space they provided us was spectacular with views outside the huge windows of Boston's golden domed State House, the historic and beautiful Park Street Church (same church in the 1st picture above) as well as the (also historic) Granary Burying Ground at which there are a number of probably historic people that were buried a long long time ago (is it obvious I did zero research on that...?)

But it's the people that made the event a success.

After an introduction from Kate we were off and running explaining our experience at Suffolk and how the North Shore Whisky Club got started.

State House photo bomb!

Round 1 reveal!
Bourbon & Rye

Between rounds 1 & 2 Dean Toyoda spoke to all in attendance about the innovation initiatives taking place at Suffolk (our opinion is that she is a very smart person and Suffolk is lucky to have her). We're out on a limb, I know...

Round 2 Reveal!
Irish & Indian

Between rounds 2 & 3 Gabriella introduced the 'Innovative Crowd Funding' course at Suffolk and showed a video from a local television news broadcast which highlighted 2 successful students who are in the process of launching their respective companies.

Jaime Manning & James Testa

Jaime Manning who has been on Shark Tank and will be launching his new delivery accepting business in the near future & James Testa who is launching his company next month called Warm UP Protein Coffee! Truly inspiring to see such young, personable and dedicated students boldly reaching for their dreams. Suffolk should be well proud indeed.

Round 3 Reveal!
Highland Park & Laphroaig

After round 3 Joe Delisi thanked everyone for attending/participating while reminding everyone of the importance of staying connected and supporting Suffolk programs and events. He then encourages everyone to give to the Annual Fund to help support the school in general and help continue the traditions that have been so thoughtfully looked after since the university's inception.

Joe Delisi
(Good call asking for the money after the crowd is loaded up with great whisky!)

North Shore Whisky Club Co-Founders Darren & George
with Kate Evans (Kate's the one in the middle ha!)

We want to finally (and again) express our heartfelt thanks for being included in this wonderful event and we hope to see you all next year!
George & Darren