Port Askaig

Joining us again this month will be Mariella Romano, International Brand Ambassador at Speciality Drinks, who will be guiding us through their Port Askaig range of Islay whiskies.

The tasting is on Friday 20th January at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.

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

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Whisky away

You head though the doors, and out beyond. The snow crunches underfoot, but the coat is warm against your back. You happen across some strange characters, who offer you drinks and chocolate. You accept.

Leave behind the troubles of the year, and let us whisk you away on a journey to a land of magical spirits…

With our final tasting of the year, we hope to offer you some exciting new flavours and friendly company, before finally returning you to the night, full of happy memories. You’ll be back before you know it!

This will be a blind tasting of exquisite drams. Please feel free to bring any seasonal food you’d like to share with your table. And we’d recommend a little extra cash for the raffle!

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

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments –  this special tasting will cost £30 per person on the night.

Reserve your place now (booking link)

Laphroaig and Lagavulin

As the smoke clears and the last embers of the bonfires cool, our thoughts turn to some of our favourite drams. We know that many of you also love smokey whiskies, so we’re devoting our next tasting to two of our favourite distilleries on Islay, the home of peated whisky.

We will be running two mini “vertical” tastings – comparing three different expressions from both Laphroaig and Lagavulin – and hearing a little of the history of the two distilleries.

  • Laphroaig 10yo – the standard bottling; the base line
  • Laphroaig 15yo
  • Laphroaig 200th Anniversary Cairdeas
  • Lagavulin 16yo – the standard bottling; the base line
  • Lagavulin 200th Anniversary 8yo
  • Lagavulin 1998 Distillers Edition – double matured before being finished in Pedro Ximénez casks

The tasting will be on Thursday 17th 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 use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments –  the tasting will cost £20 per person on the night.

On reflection

This month, we’re reversing our usual pattern, and are reflecting your ideas back at you.

We’ve been looking for feedback from you, and other members, about what you’d love to drink at future tastings, and it’s illuminated some really interesting malts across the whisky spectrum.

We’ll be confirming the details of the whiskies on this web page within the next few days. In the meantime, bookings are now open…

The tasting is on Thursday 13th October at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments –  the tasting will cost £20 per person on the night.

Elements of Islay

Joining us this month will be Mariella Romano, International Brand Ambassador at Speciality Drinks, who will be guiding us through their Elements of Islay range of contemporary whiskies.

Each of the “elements” is blended from a small number of casks from a single Islay distillery. We’ll be working our way around Islay, and sampling six of the elements.

The tasting is on Thursday 15th September at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.

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

Noughts and crosses

Explore the horizontal and the vertical, with two columns of three whiskies — each the product of master distiller Stuart Harvey from Inver House. Together we’ll see where they cross over, and zero in on their differences.

On the left, we have three AnCnoc Floral and Fragrant malts:

  • AnCnoc 12yo.
  • AnCnoc 22yo.
  • AnCnoc Cutter.

And on the right, we have three Balblair Fruity and Spicy malts:

  • Balblair 2005 10yo.
  • Balblair 1999 16yo.
  • Balblair 1990 24yo.

Join us in the middle to compare and discuss.

The tasting is on Thursday 21st July at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments –  the tasting will cost £20 per person on the night.


This tasting was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 17th May but has now been rescheduled for the date above.

European Referendram

Join us for a mid-summer celebration of European whiskies. We’ll take you on a tour of some of the most interesting and diverse whiskies the Union has to offer:

  • Domaine des Hautes Glaces Les Moissons Organic Single Malt. This malt hails from the alpine region of south-eastern France, and is made from a mixture of organic barley from three harvests.
  • Mackmyra Iskristall. From the “high ice” to the “ice crystal”. This is a really cool malt from Sweden, with interesting herbal notes. Winner of Best European Single Malt at last year’s World Whiskies Awards.
  • Slyrs Bavarian Single Malt. A warmer, sweeter dram from Germany, and winner of Best European Single Malt (12 Years and Under) at last year’s World Whiskies Awards.
  • Hammerhead 23yo 1989. The name derives from the hammer mill used to mill the barley for this malt from the Czech Republic. Hammerhead won the Best Czech Single Malt Whisky at this year’s World Whiskies Awards.
  • Zuidam Millstone 100. 100% rye grain, 100% small pot still distillation, matured for 100 months in 100% new American oak barrels, then bottled at 100° proof.
  • Ardbeg Dark Cove. And finally, as the sun has set, we head to Scotland for this year’s limited edition whisky for Ardbeg Day.

Coincidentally, we hear there’s another important poll taking place this evening — don’t forget to cast your vote beforehand! Then join us to vote for your favourite whisky of the night — much easier, and with less wide-reaching consequences!

The tasting is on Thursday 23rd June at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments –  the tasting will cost £20 per person on the night.

Time and space

Let us take you on a journey through time and space.

This tasting will cover some of the key dates and events in the history of whisky. You’ll travel through the whisky landscape, pitching up in each of Dave Broom’s five flavour camps, tasting as you go, and learning more about the science behind the spirit.

We always aim to make our tastings accessible to beginners and connoisseurs alike, but we think this should be a great introduction to whisky — so if you want to persuade a friend why whisky can be as interesting to learn about as it is to taste, bring them along! We’ve reduced the ticket price to £15 to help make it more accessible.

For the more knowledgeable among you, many of these whiskies may be old friends — so to keep it interesting, this will be another blind tasting!

The tasting will take place on Thursday 28th April at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.

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

Spring forward

The warmer weather and brighter sun signal spring, and Malt’n’Copper has awoken from hibernation (thanks for bearing with us!). We’re hungry for fresh whisky and are looking forward to returning to our (newly-refurbished) home. However, we’ll be keeping our bottles well wrapped up, and you in the dark, as this will be a blind tasting.

The tasting will consist of six contrasting whiskies selected from four countries, and is so secret that only one of our team knows their true identities! You’ll be invited to guess at the origin and style of each dram, and we have a couple of prizes for the best guesses.

See you after the clocks go forward, for a laid-back evening suitable for complete newcomers and seasoned drinkers alike.

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

We use Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we use cash payments – the tasting will cost £20 per person on the night.

 

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.