Variety Night

Roll up, roll up! This month we bring you a star-studded line-up of interesting and deliciously different malts. We think you’ll be impressed with the talent we’ve collected together, so please join us for a fun-packed night.

  • Strathclyde 10 Year Old 2005 (cask 11062) – Old Particular (Douglas Laing). A rare chance to try an excellent value sherry-cask finished single grain. Sweet, spicy and fruity all at the same time. Recommended to us at the 2016 whisky show.
  • The Benriach Cask Strength, Batch 1. The inaugural release of delicious Benriach in its natural form. If you’ve not yet discovered Benriach this would be a great place to start! One of Dave Broom’s three whiskies of the year for 2016.
  • Gordon & MacPhail’s Private Collection Tormore 14 Year Old 2002. A little known distillery – and this time finished in a Côte-Rôtie wine cask! If you’re a bit sniffy about wine-finished whisky, perhaps tonight will help expand your horizons.
  • Longrow Red 13yo, 2017. Less than 100 casks of this peaty Cambeltown whisky are made each year by Springbank, and these bottles were finished in a South African Malbec cask. “A beautifully balanced mix of fruits and smoke … layers of pomegranate molasses, cherry and fig”.
  • Ardbeg An Oa. Matured in a combination of casks including Pedro Ximénez, charred virgin oak and ex-bourbon, and married in Dr. Bill Lumsden’s new “Gathering Vat”. A recent release, and the first new whisky to be added to its permanent range in almost a decade.
  • Ardbeg Kelpie. Bottled for Fèis Ìle 2017 – combining whisky matured in virgin oak casks from the Black Sea, married with regular bourbon cask matured Ardbeg. You can’t pass this by!

The tasting will be on Thursday 28th 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 £20 per person on the night.

Reserve your place now (booking link)

This tasting is now at capacity, but you can still join the waiting list!

Strong, Independent, and Single

This month, we’ll be sampling six single cask whiskies — with three pairs from different west coast island distilleries, in a variety of styles. This will be a blind tasting, so we don’t want to spoil the surprise with too much information!

The tasting will be on Thursday 20th 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.

Pick a Nikka

Ninety nine years ago, Masataka Taketsuru travelled to Scotland to study chemistry and to learn the secrets of whisky making. On returning to Japan, he founded Nikka Whisky and built his first distillery at Yoichi. Join us to find out more about his legacy, to taste some of the distillery’s world-class whiskies … and to pick your favourite dram.

  • Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt
  • Super Nikka
  • Nikka Coffey Malt
  • Nikka Coffey Grain
  • The Nikka 12yo
  • Nikka Taketsuru 17

The tasting will be on Thursday 15th 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 £25 per person on the night.


This tasting is now at capacity, and there’s already a long waiting list!

Alchemy

As the dank days of winter are transformed by the warm spring sunlight, we present a different form of magic – the subtle art of whisky blending, whereby malt and grain are expertly fused to conjure a perfectly-balanced golden dram.

Join us for an evening of premium blended whiskies, featuring…

  • Dewars 18yo, double matured
  • Ballantines 17yo
  • Chivas Regal 18yo
  • Johnnie Walker 18yo
  • Wemyss Lord Elcho 15yo
  • William Grant’s Ghosted Reserve 21yo release 2

The tasting will be on Thursday 6th 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.


A Shot in the Dark

The days are lengthening, but our society will meet under cover of darkness once more, as we endeavour to solve the intriguing puzzle set by one of our members.

Join us for an evening’s adventure to reveal the truth behind our blind tasting and unmask the killer whisky.

The tasting will be on Thursday 2nd March 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.

Solution

The whiskies tasted were:

  • GlenDronach 18
  • GlenDronach 12
  • Bunnahabhain 12
  • Bunnahabhain 18
  • Aberlour 12
  • Aberlour 18

Thanks again to Pedro for such interesting choices, and to everyone who made this such a fun evening.


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.

Eventbrite booking link

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.