(Un)dependence day – going against the grain

Next month’s tasting was originally planned for the 4th of July, so we couldn’t resist the opportunity to theme the night around whiskies from the USA.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances we had to change the date – it’ll now be on Weds 11th July instead.
However, we still like the theme, so are sticking with it!


As the US is famous for its grain alcohol, we thought it would be interesting to compare whiskies made from different grains (rye and wheat as well as barley).
So we’ve paired four unique US spirits with two contrasting (and stunning!) grain whiskies from Scotland…



Clear Creek McCarthy’s Oregon Peated Single Malt (3yo)
A three year-old peated single malt from the pioneering micro-distillery in the hip town of Portland, Oregon. The only single (barley) malt of the evening.


Rittenhouse Straight Rye / 100 Proof
Very popular with rye aficionados. Won “World’s Best American Whiskey” at the World Whisky Awards 2010, and “Best Rye No Age Statement” at this year’s awards.


Woodford Reserve Masters: Seasoned Oak Finish
Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the fourth in Woodford’s Masters Collection, and was finished in barrels that were seasoned for a relatively long three to five years (compared to the usual three to five months!).


Bernhiem Original
Hailing from Kentucky, this is the only straight wheat American whiskey available. Won “Best Non-Bourbon No Age Statement” at the World Whiskies Awards 2012. Highly rated by renowned whisky experts Dave Broom and Michael Jackson.


Invergordon 1964: Private Cellar (45yo)
The first of our Scottish whiskies is older than many of our members! This grain whisky was distilled back in 1964 and bottled an impressive 45 years later.


SMWS G7.2 Girvan 27yo
One of only 270 bottled by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, this is a 27 year old Scottish grain whisky finished in ex-bourbon hogshead barrels.



The tasting will be on Weds 11th July at 8pm (arriving from 7:30pm) at The Lord Nelson on Trafalgar Street, Brighton.
Cost: £15 on the night.


To book a place, please use our online booking form: http://j.mp/MnC-110712