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.

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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)

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.

Blended and blending

A belated Happy New Year to you all! In our first tasting of 2018, we’re going to mix it up a bit, and show you how to revive the 19th century fashion for home whisky blending.

To get you in the spirit, we’ll begin with the finished product – three distinctive, ready-blended whiskies. We’ll then start over, and you’ll be given three single malts as ingredients to make your own blends.

The finished blends:

  • Edinburgh Whisky Ltd’s The Surgeons Ball – a blend of peaty Highlands
  • Wemyss Treacle Chest – a combination of two Highland single malts, and Dave Broom’s “affordable dram of the year”
  • James Eadie’s Brand X – a blend of a dozen whiskies based on a 160 year old recipe

The single malt starting points:

  • Clynelish 14yo
  • Glenlivet 10yo Signatory #900254 – from a first-fill sherry butt
  • SMWS 2.98 “Frothy cappuccino” – a 13yo Glenlivet

This fun and playful tasting will be on Thursday 8th February 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. Tickets are £20 per person, in cash on the night.

Reserve your place when bookings open (booking link)

Winter warmers

As the year draws to a chilly end, join us for some warming winter whiskies. Our final event of 2017 will be a blind tasting, and we’ve chosen some really interesting bottles.

The tasting will be on Thursday 7th 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. Our last tasting of the year is always a more decadent affair, and the tickets are priced accordingly at £30.

This tasting is now at capacity, but you can still sign up to the waiting list…

Reserve your place when bookings open (booking link)

Smoke and Fire

From the fire, rebirth. Each whisky at our bonfire-inspired tasting is either young or newly released. And all are bathed in smoke – some salty, some sweet…

  • Wolfburn Morven. Launched only a few weeks ago, this is a lightly peated single malt from a distillery founded in 2013.
  • Ailsa Bay. This is the first official release from the new distillery of the same name. Unusually for a Lowland whisky, it’s peated.
  • The English Whisky Company Chapter 15. This heavily peated single malt was made from local barley before being matured in bourbon casks for five years.
  • Chichibu The Peated. Another young and fresh peaty whisky, this is bottled at cask strength. Chichibu is the only Japanese distillery to use local peat.
  • Caol Ila 7yo 2009. This young, single cask whisky was bottled by Hunter Laing for its Old Malt Cask range.
  • Balvenie Peat Week 2002. Balvenie only produces peated whisky for one week each year, and this 14yo inaugural expression from 2002 has only just been released.

The tasting will be on Thursday 9th 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.