Category Archives: Past events

If you say “Bruichladdich” 3 times in a row it sort of sounds like a trumpet fanfare

Just thought we’d share a picture of the rather attractive bottle lineup from last night’s Bruichladdich-centric tasting session, led by Billy and Jason.

laddie_lineupIf you’d like to know more about these whiskies, or indeed any of the other tastings we’ve done since we started Whisky Squad, it’s all in the Drams So Far archive.

And if you’re keen to see a list of all the Bruichladdichs we’ve tasted in total (and which sessions we tasted ‘em in), we’ve got that too!

In fact, last night’s session rockets Bruichladdich into the lead, as distillery we’ve tasted the most whisky from!

Catching up on the guest bloggage

It’s been a while since we mentioned the guest-bloggage, which is a bit of an oversight as there’s been plenty of it going on!

Doing an absolutely sterling job of writing up our January “Sippin’ Global” tasting we’ve got boozy wordsmith (that is to say, he’s a wordsmith of booze-related events – rather than any other connotation) Billy over at Billy’s Booze Blog. It’s doubly impressive, given that he presented the evening. Presenting AND taking notes simultaneously. Wow. The theme for the evening was trying whisky from various countries around the world that weren’t Scotland, Ireland, Japan, America or India.

Proving he’s the hardest working blogger in the ‘Squad, Billy’s also written up our first February tasting (“Hi, Society!“), in which we were formally introduced to the ethos and liquid joy provided by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and their high quality & diversely flavour-profiled single-cask bottlings.

Not content with just those two, Billy ALSO wrote up our 2nd February session – “The Management Present” – which can’t have been easy, because not only did he present 2 of the whiskies, but Andy’s presentation included special audio effects. 6 whiskies – 2 each selected by Billy, Jason and Andy. With an X-Factor-style voting process at the end.

Jason steps into the breach to write up the Compass Box Blending School afternoon near the end of February, with a largely nonsensory piece that nonetheless captures the essential mix of the day.

And, most recently, we’re delighted to have the writing talents of Miss Whisky chiselling into the indelible slate of the World Wide Web her take on what we tried at our first ever Irish Whiskey tasting session – somewhat cryptically called “Irish Whiskey #1“.

Finally – because we’re not all about singlemindedly glorifying the first person who gets around to writing up a tasting (although we do tend to use them as the session link on our “Drams we’ve tasted so far” pages), it was lovely in January to see relative newcomer Whisky Squaddie Mooley publish a writeup of her experience at our Movember tasting back in November.

Similarly, Billy wrote up the Irish Whiskey #1 tasting, but wasn’t quite as quick off the mark as Miss Whisky was.

So, that lot ought to keep you busy!

Whisky Squad 23 already guestblogged!

Some of this blogging about Whisky Squad sessions is happening impressively quickly – while I’ve only recently gotten around to writing up my snowboarding trip from February (and we might as well kiss the report of my trip to the USA in October 2009 goodbye), people like Pooja over at Table For One are cranking out reports within a single-figure number of hours of having left the premises!  Read here as she describes Whisky Squad #23: “The Smoking Section”.

Addendum: Billy’s also written a great blogpost about our smoky tasting, which you can read by clicking on this bit of text that you are currently reading.  It’s how the Web works.  Nice one Mr Berners-Lee.

Whisky Squad #19 guestblogged

Charly must’ve been suffering a bout of insomnia following the last Whisky Squad session – “Grain and Grape” – because her excellent blogpost on it was published the very next day!  Splendid work there.  As usual, the prize for being first guestblog out is the adulation of your peers and the prestige of being mentioned in a post here on WhiskySquad.com – as well as being linked to as the definitive account of the evening from our “The Drams So Far” archive.

In fact, the only person slacking off in the chain is me, really, because I didn’t mention that she’d blogged it until nearly a week later.  Big smacks.

(Billy also said to mention that he’d written it up, on his eponymous & Dionysian web thing)

Whisky Squad #18 guestblogged!

In what seemed like the twinkling of an eye – but was in fact a fortnight – once again Billy’s rushed to the fore with a comprehensive and excellent writeup of the goings on at our American Whiskey session as held in the first week of July.

He really does a staggeringly good job of these – I’ve still got my report from March’s Whisky Live festival sitting in my Drafts folder.  Sufficed to say that if you weren’t already jealous at having missed this session, you most likely will be after reading this post.

Japanese Whisky Squad session #2 guestblogged

With what is probably a terrifying level of accuracy, indefatigable bloggerati member Billy has recorded exactly what went on during that fateful night in the rarefied surroundings of the upstairs room at Albannach on Thursday June 23rd when Whisky Squad held Japanese session #2 (which was actually Whisky Squad #17) – guest hosted by the one & only Mr Zoran Peric:

Whisky Squad #17 – Japan Part 2 (of 2): “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time”

At least, I’ve got to take his word that that’s what happened.  I couldn’t make it.  For all I know, he’s made the whole thing up, and they didn’t drink any whisky at all – instead holding some sort of round-robin Carcasonne tournament.  That’s probably what went on.

Japanese Whisky Squad session #1 guestblogged

A pair of extremely fine accounts of our first ever Japanese whisky tasting session are up & ready for you to read – the first of which was rushed out in near-superhuman time by Alan over at The East London Drinker.  The whisky list looks to have roundly embraced the theme for the night, and reports back from various participants confirm that there are loads of fascinating things going on in the Japanese whisky industry!

Making with his usual excellent tranche of sensory reportage is the globally acclaimed Billy’s Booze Blog entry on the event.

Any night that features a 3 month old peaty maniac of a drink which evokes swear words from grown adults has got to be great.

Coming up next, we’ve got the second Japanese Whisky Squad session on June 23rd (sold out, but watch @whiskysquad on twitter for news of cancellations), and stay tuned for the bookings opening up for our American Whiskey Session on July 7th any day now…

Whisky Squad #14 guestblogged – that is to say, blogged, by one of our guests.

And just in time, for Whisky Squad session #15 takes place tomorrow night!  Huzzah!

But the crux of this post is that Billy has eloquently and accurately summed up the evening’s events nicely – with extra niceness, in fact - over on his eponymous blog.

And, as always, the list of whiskies that Whisky Squad has tackled has now similarly been updated, and is available for your viewing pleasure or to aid reminiscence, on The Drams So Far list.