About Us

The L.A. Whiskey Society was established in 2006 by ten Los Angeles friends who found they all shared an intense interest in whiskey. Since then, the Society has expanded its membership and become known to whiskey enthusiasts worldwide, though it remains a private club. 


Our concern is in keeping whiskey fun, fair, and honest. To that end, we guard our independence and integrity. No advertising is accepted for this site.


Our members include some of the top whiskey experts and most popular whiskey bloggers in the US, as well as people who work in different aspects of the whiskey business itself. We each have a specialized focus and skill set, and we work as a team to stay on top of all things whiskey -- from historic discoveries, to the spirit's manufacture, to the state of the current marketplace, to what we think tastes the best... and worst!


In addition to being a premiere venue for rare whiskey tastings, LAWS is also home to one of the best collections of rare whiskeys in the United States. The flagship of the collection is what we believe to be the oldest verifiable bottle of whiskey in the world, a bottle of Baker's Pure Rye distilled more than a decade before the Civil War.

Meetings are held in our private bar. Membership is highly selective and extremely limited. Those wishing to apply should have a very strong background in whiskey appreciation and history.




Most of our visitors use the site as a reference guide for whiskey ratings and reviews. New entries are added on a nearly daily basis. We do publish the occasional full-length article, and when we do, we recommend reading it -- it's either something important that whiskey enthusiasts need to know about, or something we find interesting and entertaining.




Inspection of pre-prohibition whiskey bottle.

The Los Angeles Whiskey Society is proud to be at the forefront of US whiskey expertise. We excel at the identification and authentication of rare whiskey. We have been consulted by the spirits specialists at all of the major US auction houses, as well as by countless private individuals and estates. We've appraised collections from San Francisco to Singapore, worth hundreds to millions. We've even helped train the specialists at some of the major auctioneers in how to estimate bottle values in their auctions, identify fakes, date labels, and so forth.


How did we gain all this knowledge? Back when we started this club, there was little information available on how to date and authenticate rare whiskeys -- particularly American whiskeys. So, we did all that research ourselves. And we did a lot of it. Eventually, we found that when we consulted with many of the existing whiskey experts we respected (and whose source material we often referred to), we'd carved a new niche for ourselves as the "go to" guys when it came to dating the difficult, ultra-vintage bottles, and identifying fakes and tampered-with bottles.


We've now evaluated thousands upon thousands of bottles, from the rarest rarities to the best fakes. Considering that we keep spotting counterfeits for sale that no one else notices -- even being sold at some top auctioneers and "reputable" dealers -- we feel that we are among the top experts on vintage whiskey authentication. 


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