Whisky Squad #119 – Next Week!

Our penultimate session of 2015 is next week, and there are still places left!

Our Christmas session sold out very quickly, but if you missed out on a spot, then 10×10 will keep you going until the end of the year.

We’ll be choosing ten drams from our stash – a combination of bottles from Squads gone by, things that we love and a few newbies – and tasting our way through the lot.

Not only that, but as part of our year end clear out of the Whisky Squad whisky shelf, we’ve got some bottles with a few drams left in to get rid of – they’ll be up for grabs on the night.

Wednesday 2 December
Salt Bar, nr Marble Arch


Recap: Whisky Squad #118 – A Dram for Movember

Tis the season…

December is but a short throw away and we’ve got a pair of sessions to end the year.

Whisky Squad #119 – 10×10

Ten whiskies, a mix of old and new – it’s time to kill some bottles and try some drams.

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Whisky Squad #120 – Happy Seasonmas!

It’s that time again – Whisky Squad’s Christmas session. Bring a bottle to share with the gang and support Shelter.

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Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 18 November at 11am.

We’ll have more sessions in the new year – stay tuned…

The Burning Month Of Mo!

The Burning Month of Mo. Need we say more?

Yes, probably. Here is the low down on our whisky tasting sessions in November:

Whisky Squad #117 – Burn It!

First up this month is an homage to Bonfire Night and our bemoustached gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes with an exploration of the smoky, the firey and the rebellious.

Whisky Squad #118 – A Dram For Movember

From the sublime to the ridiculous to the just plain old patchy, it’s Movember again and at Whisky Squad we take the ‘stache, the mo, the whisky-strainer very seriously. So much so that we’ve organised a Moustache and Whisky pairing in support of WS regular Mitesh who is raising money for the charity.

Bookings open on Friday 23rd October at High Noon. Hope to see you in November!

It’s October. Whisky Squad Time.

It’s been a busy few months, and thanks to work, travel, illness and weddings (congrats to Joel and Kirsty!) there’s only one Whisky Squad in October. Don’t worry, though – it’s going to be excellent…

Whisky Squad #116 – Bang for your Buck II

Strangely, we’d not done a great-valued whisky session since Whisky Squad #44 – it’s long enough ago that Billy even wrote it up on his blog. In the past three years we’ve learned a lot about whisky and some fantastic new drams have been released, so it’s time to go back – Bang for your Buck II.

We’ve been seeking out the best-value whiskies and will present them at the session. Expect the unexpected and a line-up of very tasty drams.

Bookings open on Monday 28 September at 11am.

September – The Month Of Billy

billyabbottBilly Abbott, our very own walking whisky Wikipedia, brings us a delicious double header this September. He is presenting two of our favourite formats that are sure to be a hit. Partly because they feature old whisky and sherried drams…but mostly because they are presented by Billy.

Whisky Squad #114 – Old vs New 3: Something something with a vengeance

In this third Old vs New session, we’ll again have three pairs of drams on the tasting mat, each the same whisky according to the label on the bottle, but all very different – can you guess which is which?

3rd September, 19:30 at The Red Lion, SW1Y 6PP

Whisky Squad #115 – Sherry, can you come out tonight?

In these days of austerity, hardship and greater whisky sales than ever before, fewer and fewer whiskies are matured in casks that used to hold sherry. These are the classic casks that made the great whiskies of the past, and their slow disappearance is much lamented. But not at Whisky Squad!

17th September, 19:30 at The King & Queen, W1S 6DL

Whisky Squads #114 and #115 will go on sale on Wednesday 19th August 2015 at 3pm.

Whisky Tastings for August


Another month, another couple of tastings. Look out, all the juicy detail are coming at ya!

Whisky Squad #112 – Capital of the Whisky World

Sometimes it’s nice to put all the wacky session themes aside and have a good old fashioned regional whisky tasting. So that’s what we’re doing! For the first time in our five year history we dedicate a session to a little town with a big history

6th August, 19:30 at The Ship, EC3R 7NB

Whisky Squad #113 – Dram, That’s Refreshing!

Other times it’s fun to tip the idea of a whisky tasting on its head and do something completely different. Sound like fun? Then check out this summery session, complete with whisky, BBQ and a bit of mixology.

Whisky Squads #112 and #113 will go on sale on Monday 21st July 2015 at 11am.

Island Hopping with Elise

One of the problems with running two tasting sessions a month is coming up with new ideas. We’re now at least 109 Whisky Squads down – our numbering is not necessarily as accurate as we might like, but we’re fairly certain that’s the minimum – and have done close to 100 unique sessions. Fortunately, Elise, the newest member of the so-called ‘management team’ has a bunch of ideas, and our first June session was one of hers – Island Hopping.

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July – time for more whisky

With June drawing to a close, it’s time for another pair of Whisky Squad sessions to drag themselves into the limelight. This time, we’ll be welcoming back a friend and getting you lot to do some work for once…

Whisky Squad #110 – It’s all about the bass – 9 July

johnmccheyneRecently, the squad management gang have become slightly obsessed with how new make spirit has been made. But during some late night discussion we realised we’d been neglecting the most important bit of whisky production: the casks.

This sessions is our apology to the humble oak tree and the coopers of the world. We’ll have John McCheyne from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on hand to feed us some excellent drams and talk about wood.

Whisky Squad #111 – Punter’s choice – 23 July

puntersWe’re busy folks at Whisky Squad and putting together two whisky tastings a month takes more time and effort than you might think, especially if you’ve been to a Squad session and seen how organised we are. That changes now: you’ll be organising Squad #111.

Now, we’re not mean enough to get you all to find venues and carry glasses (although suggestions for the former and offers of the latter are always gratefully received), but we will be getting you to choose the whisky. We’ll have six whiskies on the mat, all tasted blind, all chosen by the attendees. Will your dram be chosen? Will you be able to tell if it is..?

Whisky Squads #110 and #111 will go on sale on Monday 22 June 2015 at 11am.

Whisky Tastings in June: Part 2

We said last week that the announcement of the second session for June was imminent, and now that Billy has almost recovered from his trip to the fabled whisky island of Islay, we can announce:

Whisky Squad #109 – Fast Times at Islay High

During his travels around a pleasantly rainy Islay, Billy grabbed a few bottles and tasted a few whiskies. He’s brought a few back south with him and acquired another couple, all of which will be opened to taste at June’s second session.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 3 June at 11am.

Keep an eye on your email for news of July’s sessions – we’ll have something appearing quite soon. If you’ve not signed up to our mailing list, you can do so over here.