Christmas Whisky Tasting

Our final tasting of the year has never failed to be an absolute corker. We pull out all the stops to bring you the most exciting , luxurious drams we can afford. As the winter solstice rears its shadowy head again we invite you to join us in a celebration of another year passing whilst we sample a selection of fine spirits and share in some tasty treats. Please bring along a little food offering if you feel like it and don’t forget there will be a raffle too!

As this is always our most subscribed event of the year we wont actually be opening up registration until midday on Sunday 25th so everyone gets a decent chance to book a place.

Especially important for our most popular tasting of the year is that when you are registering you are commiting to coming along and paying on arrival. If you don’t show up you prevent someone else coming … and we end up out of pocket!

If you want more than one place, just reserve as many places as you need separately (this will make it much simpler if you need to cancel a place but please do give us a plenty of notice).

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Thursday 6th December at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the upstairs room of The Joker pub on Preston Circus. Please note our change of venue.

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments. Tickets are £25 per person, in cash on the night.

Reserve your place (booking link)

Autumn leaves, Winter is coming

Winter is knocking on the dunnage door. The nights are drawing in and there is a chill in the air. What better excuse to settle down with a warming dram?

Over the years we have been collecting bottles from far and wide and setting them aside for a rainy day. We’ve picked a varied selection to share with you:

SMWS 64.87 Mannochmore (1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Barrel) 12Yr old Single Cask

SMWS 5.60 Auchantoshan (1st Fill Ex-Oloroso Sherry Hogshead) 16Yr old Single Cask

TWE Black Friday 2017 Edition Sherry butt, Undisclosed distillery

Method and Madness Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey aged in french chestnut!

New Zealand 1993 / Cask #21

Cotswolds [03/2017] Single Malt

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Thursday 8th November at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the upstairs room of The Joker pub on Preston Circus. Please note our change of venue.

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments. Tickets are £25 per person, in cash on the night.

Reserve your place (booking link)

Mackmyra Tasting

Mackmyra are coming!

It’s been a long time since we first covered the famous mackmyra story at a tasting, so it gives us great pleasure to welcome Matt Wilson from the original Swedish whisky company, upstairs at the Joker on Thursday 4th of October.

First released some 12 years ago, there’s now a fascinating range to explore. All will be revealed on the night.

If you’ve not experienced Swedish oak and Swedish smoke before, and the complexity you can create from using two distilling recipes, now’s your chance!

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Thursday 4th October at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the upstairs room of The Joker pub on Preston Circus. Please note our change of venue.

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments. Tickets are £15 per person, in cash on the night.

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Can you Guess What it is Yet?

This month we will be treating your senses to a blind tasting of 6 single malts. Expect a range of whiskies from at least 3 Scottish regions.

We will be asking you to score the drams on 3 criteria. Then collaborating to agree gold, silver and bronze before revealing their identities at the end.

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Tuesday 17th July at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the upstairs room of The Joker pub on Preston Circus. Please note our change of day and venue.

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments. Tickets are £25 per person, in cash on the night.

Reserve your place when bookings open (booking link)

Bit of a Bottler Battle

In our next tasting we will be sampling six cask strength single malts, from 15 to 22 years old, from two bottlers – Whisky Broker, and Elixir Distillers (previously Speciality Drinks, trade sales for the Whisky Exchange).

Glentauchers 19yo 53.5%

Speyside 22yo 55.1%

Glenburgie 15yo 50.1%

Balblair 19yo 55.9%

Tobermory 22yo 54.2%

Miltonduff 17yo, 54.5%

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Tuesday 19th June at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the upstairs room of The Joker pub on Preston Circus. Please note our change of day and venue.

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments. Tickets are £25 per person, in cash on the night.

Reserve your place when bookings open (booking link)