Yule be glad

As another year fades to black, and the nights grow long, come into the warm candlelight and lift your spirits.

For our most decadent tasting of the year, we’ve stretched our budget to bring you some extraordinary new whiskies, independent bottlings, and bottles chosen by our members. And, thanks to your feedback, we’ve held the cost of tickets at £30 (the same as last year) to make the tasting as accessible as possible.

Don’t wait for the twelve days of Christmas – enjoy these half dozen malts in a single night!

  • TWE Retro Label Irish Whiskey 22yo
  • Linkwood 25yo
  • Compass Box This Is Not Luxury Whisky
  • Compass Box Flaming Heart
  • Dalmore King Alexander III
  • Lagavullin 12yo

To make it more festive, please feel free to bring some food to share with your table … and a little extra cash for our fabulous raffle!

The tasting will be on Thursday 3rd December at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station. Tickets will be £30 on the night.


For our next tasting, we sleuth across Scotland looking for secret treasures. Come with us on our undercover journey to unearth some hidden gems.

This month’s malts are all from well-known distilleries. But the bottlers won’t tell us which ones! Join us to mull over these mouthwatering mysteries, and see if you can crack the code…

  • Isle Of Skye 21 year old.  Full-bodied, with hints of brown sugar and an elegant wisp of smoke.
  • Finlaggan Cask Strength. An intriguing mystery; the originating distillery remains a closely guarded secret.
  • The Ileach Cask Strength. A great Islay malt from an unnamed distillery which scored 97 points by Jim Murray for his Whisky Bible, and suggests it could be a whisky of the year.
  • Highland Single Malt – As We Get It. At a full-on 65.8%, this is an intense dram from a secret Highland distillery.
  • Port Askaig 15 year old. Another Islay, a light sea breeze on the nose, balanced with thick fruit and peat smoke on the palate.
  • MacPhail’s 15 year old. With their talents for bottling excellent whisky from other distilleries proven, how good are Gordon and MacPhail at making their own? Rather good, apparently, if this Speyside from a secret distillery is anything to go by!

The tasting will take place on Thursday 12th November at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.

We’re using Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we’re sticking with cash payment – the tasting will cost £20 per person on the night.