November Charity Tasting – huge success!

A quick update on our November charity tasting – it was a huge success. Many thanks to all who came.

In the end, we had about 35 whiskies on the table to taste, from single cask SMWS bottlings and distillery exclusive releases to hard to find treats and strange things from overseas.

All of the money from the tickets (after PayPal fees were taken off and a bit of cash from the coffers was kicked in to make it a round number) has gone out to our November charities of choice – a total of £600!

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Raasay and Borders – It’ll be ready soon…

When almost the first thing that comes out of a whisky tasting host’s mouth is ‘We haven’t built a distillery yet but we hope to start making whisky soon’, then you know you’re in for something a little different. That’s what happened at our second June Squad session – ‘It’ll be ready soon’, with Chris Hoban from R&B Distillers.

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Agave Squad!

While the name may suggest otherwise, Whisky Squad isn’t only about whisky. Granted, we do drink a lot of the stuff, but we also like to occasionally slip off piste and look at what other beverages the world has to offer.

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Whisky Squad for June!

Time has passed a bit faster than expected this month, so we’re a little late getting June’s sessions on sale – never fear, they’ll soon be here…

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 24 June at 1pm

Your choices for June are:

Whisky Squad #130 – Around the world, around the world

World Map Dark

You asked, so you will receive – an evening of whisky from around the world.

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Whisky Squad #131 – R&B Distillers: it’ll be ready soon

R&B Distillers

Some people decided to build a distillery. R&B Distillers is going to build two…

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April – a month of birthdays and nice whisky

This April, Whisky Squad turns six, and we’ll be celebrating with a laid back month of great whisky and fierce rivalry:

Whisky Squad #126 – The Sixth Birthday Session

6th BirthdayThree Whisky Squad organisers, two whiskies each and a blind tasting to decided which is best – it’s our sixth birthday session.

Come along and help us decide which Squadlateer knows the Squad’s tastes the best…

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Whisky Squad #127 – Nice Whisky

Nice WhiskyFor this session, we’re stripping things back to basics, and are simply having an evening of nice whisky.

We’ll have six drams, all chosen due to them being tasty. No frills and lots of good whisky.

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Tickets go on sale on Friday 18 March at 1pm. You can find our booking rules here.

March Whisky Squad sessions on sale on Friday 19 February at 1pm

Our March email has gone out to the mailing list, but for those of you who like websites, here’s what’s coming:

Whisky Squad #124 – Billy’s birthday bash

Billy HaarSquad minion Billy has yet another birthday rapidly approaching – it’s almost as if they happen every year. He’ll have a selection of some drams to share in honour of the occasion, with a variety of tasty treats old and new.

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Whisky Squad #125 – It’s all gone green

shamrocksThis year, our regular second March Whisky Squad session falls upon 17 March, St Patrick’s Day itself. That sounds like the perfect excuse for an Irish Whiskey tasting, and minions Billy and Elise have selected some suitable bottlings for us to try.

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Tickets go on sale on Friday 19 February at 1pm. You can find a our booking rules here.

The only cure for an arctic blast – Whisky Squad!

Finally the weather is turning cold and we can use the temperature as an excuse to drink some whisky.

Our February Whisky Squad sessions go on sale on Thursday 14 January at 3pm, and here’s the line-up:

Whisky Squad #122 – Springtime in Italy
4 February 2016, The Ship

Join Whisky.Auction showrunner and genuine Italian Enrico Gaddoni for an evening of Scotch whisky that has escaped to Italy, only to be dragged back to the UK for our delectation.

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Whisky Squad #123 – Milroy’s: The Return
16 February 2016, Milroy’s of Soho

Iconic whisky shop Milroy’s of Soho has been reborn – no longer ‘just’ a whisky shop, it now has a pair of bars and even more great whisky than ever before. We’ll be taking the place over for an evening to try some of their tasty drams.

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Tis the season…

December is but a short throw away and we’ve got a pair of sessions to end the year.

Whisky Squad #119 – 10×10

Ten whiskies, a mix of old and new – it’s time to kill some bottles and try some drams.

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Whisky Squad #120 – Happy Seasonmas!

It’s that time again – Whisky Squad’s Christmas session. Bring a bottle to share with the gang and support Shelter.

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Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 18 November at 11am.

We’ll have more sessions in the new year – stay tuned…

It’s October. Whisky Squad Time.

It’s been a busy few months, and thanks to work, travel, illness and weddings (congrats to Joel and Kirsty!) there’s only one Whisky Squad in October. Don’t worry, though – it’s going to be excellent…

Whisky Squad #116 – Bang for your Buck II

Strangely, we’d not done a great-valued whisky session since Whisky Squad #44 – it’s long enough ago that Billy even wrote it up on his blog. In the past three years we’ve learned a lot about whisky and some fantastic new drams have been released, so it’s time to go back – Bang for your Buck II.

We’ve been seeking out the best-value whiskies and will present them at the session. Expect the unexpected and a line-up of very tasty drams.

Bookings open on Monday 28 September at 11am.

Island Hopping with Elise

One of the problems with running two tasting sessions a month is coming up with new ideas. We’re now at least 109 Whisky Squads down – our numbering is not necessarily as accurate as we might like, but we’re fairly certain that’s the minimum – and have done close to 100 unique sessions. Fortunately, Elise, the newest member of the so-called ‘management team’ has a bunch of ideas, and our first June session was one of hers – Island Hopping.

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