Sherried Islays and Other Whisky Fantasies

Posted on Monday, Jul 13, 2009 at 01:00 AM

Islay whisky distilleries listed in an image with a glass of sherry and map of Scotland, pointing out the island of Islay.

At our July meeting, we sampled eight bottles from Islay, all matured in sherry casks.  We're still recovering.  The line-up included rare collectors' bottles and recent releases:


Ardbeg 1990 for Symposion International Sweden
Bruichladdich 1998 Manzanilla Cask
Bowmore 21 (1972)
Bunnahabhain 1979 Signatory
Caol Ila 1993 Murray McDavid
Lagavulin 1989 Distillers Edition
Laphroaig 1989 Old Malt Cask
Port Ellen 1982 DL Platinum Old & Rare

The Arbeg, Laphroaig, and Port Ellen were the overall favorites of the night.  Sherry cask Laphroaigs are exceptionally rare and expensive, so the recent release of this one at only $115 was serendipitous.  The Whisky Exchange sold out of them within a day, but they only had 12, so others must be out there.   

We're Still Busy and We're Still Drinking Whisky

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 1, 2009 at 10:49 PM

New ratings and reviews continue to go up multiple times a week, and our June meeting featured a broad range of Campbeltown single malts (including a rare Springbank Local Barley as well as Longrow 18 and an interesting Signatory Glen Scotia).

As we've said before, we're not really here to blog.  All the up-to-date whisky news you need is already available on great sites like "What Does John Know?"  We're not looking to be redundant.  We prefer that all the info on our site is unique to us.

Our main intention for this site is to be useful for everyone as a reference guide and online ratings "handbook." Bookmark the Main Whisky List on your iPhone and you'll find that it comes in really handy when you're making a whisky-decision in a bar or liquor store.  Drink whisky!

LAWS Vegas - Single Malts on the Las Vegas Strip!

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Girls holding whisky bottles in front of the Las Vegas sign.

This past weekend, the LA Whiskey Society traveled to Nevada for "LAWS Vegas." We stocked a spectacular penthouse suite with 100 whiskies ranging from old favorites to new gems. Suffice it to say that the weekend exceeded expectations... and that's before you include all the whisky! The most popular bottles were non-coincidentally the most legendary: Sprinbank 21 and Talisker 1981, along with LAWS's favorite, Glen Elgin 1985. We also enjoyed the much-anticipated GlenDronach 15 "Revival" as well as a powerful Laphroaig bottled exclusively for PLOWED.

The highlight of the weekend was a paired whisky dinner at the renowned and respected Las Vegas steakhouse, Craftsteak. Not only does this Tom Collicchio restaurant serve the best steaks in Las Vegas -- along with impeccable service -- they've got the biggest whisky selection as well. Currently at about 200 bottles and rising, the collection includes many true rarities as well as a lot of more-affordable, unexpected bottlings (including many independents).  So, LAWS worked with the folks at Craftsteak to create a decadent meal paired with twelve different whiskies (yes, twelve).

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