Posted on Friday, Oct 29, 2010 at 02:06 PM
No. There is not. But there were so many whisky events in California this October -- WhiskyFest and Whisky Live in particular -- that I (Adam) couldn't schedule a meeting this month. Ah, what a "problem."
Kudos especially to John Hansell for pulling off another spectacular evening in San Francisco. And special thanks to lohssanami and mikeymad for the great hospitality afterwards.
Posted on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 08:12 PM
This September, LAWS tasting meetings officially resumed with a rematch: Chris and I (Adam) stepped into the ring and again duked it out to see who could choose the best bottles from their collections for a blind tasting meeting.
Leading the charge was a 27-year-old Port Ellen, bottled for the Japanese market.
(As usual, ratings/reviews will appear as members motivate).
Posted on Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 08:48 PM
Ardbeg. What else is there to say? Folks seem to love it or hate it. For those of us who fall into the "love" category, we pulled a handful of distillery bottlings from our personal stashes and stuck them in a meeting. But since they were somewhat random choices, we were in a quandary as to how to structure the tasting.
Solution? Pass the buck! Tim Puett, the mastermind behind The Ardbeg Project -- and newest member of the Malt Maniacs -- came into L.A. to join the fun. And he courteously brought a sampling of his own collection to quaff as well! (Thanks Tim, HLH!) Not that we came up with any better way to structure the meeting because of this, but Tim's being there added enough legitimacy that we felt we did justice to this grand distillery.
The lineup was as follows, ratings/notes will appear as members enter them:
LAWS is now on summer hiatus, the next tasting meeting will be in September.
(Members: For those who weren't here, we did the "lotto" drawing for the Reserves Spring Cleaning bottles, a list of who got what will be on the Message Board. Also note that when we regroup in September I expect the Duke to come up with some sort of make-up activity that truly provides "suspense and excitement," as this one was more like a LAWS near-death-experience.)
Posted on Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010 at 07:50 AM
In celebration of our favorite online whisky retailer, The Whisky Exchange, we put together a lineup of TWE's recent 10th Anniversary bottlings. We had a feeling these were gonna be "don't miss" whiskies, and we were right! (Wow, we must be smart). The semi-blind tasting included:
(Ratings and notes will appear as members enter them...)
Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 06:44 PM
I've received some harassment from the guys for not posting a writeup on our annual Las Vegas trip earlier this month. Okay, here's the short version:
Ardbeg Provenance: Destroyed and destroyer.
Glenlivet 1964: Fantastic for breakfast.
Karuizawa 1967: Excellent but overshadowed.
Bowmore 1971: Whoopsie.
Reserves: Cherry-picked and decimated.
SW Steakhouse: Good time, excellent service, food subpar.
Tomala Papa: TOMALA PAPA!!
There, that oughta clear things up.