Malt n Copper Xmas party 2019

New Rescheduled Date : Thursday 12th December

It’s that time of year where we pull out all the stoppers and celebrate the end of the year with some of the finest whisky we can get our hands on.

We’ve got an Unpeated Islay (heritage variety barley) a couple of rather special single casks. A Highland, a Speyside and an Irish Whiskey.

This will be our Xmas party so you may also want to bring along a little extra cash to take part in the raffle. Also feel free to bring along some delicious snacks so we can share some food whilst enjoying the following 6 drams.

Bruichladdich: Bere Barley 2010

Glenmorangie: Allta

Dailuaine: 1997 22yo Signatory (cask strength)

Deanston: 2008 11yo Signatory (cask strength)

Aird Mhor: 9yo (cask strength)

JJ Corry: The Gael (Irish Whiskey)

We will be hosting this event at our home venue again. So, two things to remember:

• the tasting will be at the same address as before No.1a (NOT No.1 who had quite a few visitors last time). The house is located in the far left hand corner of the close (Up the garden steps).

• If you fancy a beer while you settle in, please bring some (and some snacks if you like).

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).

Please only reserve a place if you genuinely intend to come – our tastings usually sell out, and if you don’t show up you prevent someone else coming … and we end up out of pocket!

The tasting will be held at Spam’s house , 1a Major Close, Hollingdean. BN1 7EE. Its the house in the far left corner of the close. Walk up the garden steps to the black front door and ring the bell.

15 min walk from London Road train station

5 min walk from Waverley Crescent bus stop (No.50, 50U, 91). Walk down the hill and turn right onto Horton Rd. Major close will be on your right.

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Thursday 12th December at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) at Spam’s house 1a Major Close, BN1 7EE. 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)

On your marks…….

OK teams, welcome back to another blind tasting. All will be revealed at the end. But first…

We’ve put together a range of six whiskies of various flavour profiles and prices. We’ll be asking you to agree scores for each, and looking at how the judging process can compare the perfect simplicity of a Bruichladdich or a Caol Ila with the complexity of, say, a classic sherry aged malt.

We’ll talk about the art and science of whisky judging and scoring, different types of assessment, and a day in the life of a top whisky judge.

May the force be with you.

After last months success we’ve decided to stay at our more cosy home venue. So, two things to remember:

• the tasting will be at the same address as before No.1a (NOT No.1 who had quite a few visitors last time). The house is located in the far left hand corner of the close (Up the garden steps).

• If you fancy a beer while you settle in, please bring some.

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).

Please only reserve a place if you genuinely intend to come – our tastings usually sell out, and if you don’t show up you prevent someone else coming … and we end up out of pocket!

The tasting will be held at Spam’s house , 1a Major Close, Hollingdean. BN1 7EE. Its the house in the far left corner of the close. Walk up the garden steps to the black front door and ring the bell.

15 min walk from London Road train station

5 min walk from Waverley Crescent bus stop (No.50, 50U, 91). Walk down the hill and turn right onto Horton Rd. Major close will be on your right.

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Thursday 7th November at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) at Spam’s house 1a Major Close, BN1 7EE. 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 £20 per person, in cash on the night.

Reserve your place (booking link)

So – we’re back!

Summer has been and gone, and it’s time to get together, renew old acquaintances, and catch up with stuff over a dram or few.

This tasting has been long in gestation. Over the last few years we’ve collected three pairs of whiskies, matching those from almost thirty years old (& sadly no longer available) with one from the same distillery that you can buy today.

We’re not going to tell you what they are yet, but if I said that Tamnavulin, Glenfiddich and Dalwhinnie were involved, that would be a big clue. And when did you last give those a second thought? The time has come, and you’ll kick yourself…

This time we’re at home, not in the usual pub. So, two things to remember:

• If you fancy a beer while you settle in, please bring some.

• For this trial, we’ve limited the numbers slightly, and as ever, its first come first served.

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).

Please only reserve a place if you genuinely intend to come – our tastings usually sell out, and if you don’t show up you prevent someone else coming … and we end up out of pocket!

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Thursday 3rd October at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) at Spam’s house 1a Major Close, BN1 7EE. 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 £20 per person, in cash on the night.

Reserve your place (booking link)

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.

Reserve your place (booking link)

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)

The Way of Japanese Whisky

Join award-winning author and whisky expert, Dave Broom, for a talk and tasting featuring some of the best Japanese whiskies on the market. Dave’s new book “The Way of Whisky: A Journey Around Japanese Whisky” describes his journey around the flourishing whisky scene in Japan and the fascinating philosophy behind it. The book recently won the John Avery Award at the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards for 2017.

Dave will have hardback copies of his book for sale at the discounted price of £30 (RRP £40). It would be helpful if you could indicate in advance whether you’d like a copy by choosing the appropriate ticket type when reserving your place(s). Tickets are £50 including the book, and £20 without – both in cash on the night (as per our usual booking system).

This event will take place on Thursday 29th March at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the upstairs room of The Joker pub on Preston Circus.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is arguably the most innovative and progressive distillery in Scotland. With their unique mix of three types of still (including hybrid pots with mini columns on top), barley peated to three different levels, and three kinds of yeast, they make 13 different distillates. These can go into bottles as a nutty Inchmurrin, a smoky Inchmoan, or fruity Loch Lomond. Whether it’s the grain whisky made using 100% malted barley, or the use of expensive wine yeasts, the range is an education in itself, and this creativity and flexibility is an almost Japanese approach to home-grown Scotch.

But don’t take it from us, hear it direct from our fantastic presenter, Ibon Mendiguren — Brand Ambassador for Loch Lomond, Glen Scotia and Littlemill.

This friendly and informative tasting will be on Thursday 15th March 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 £20 per person, in cash on the night.