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.
#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
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!
'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
George & Darren