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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Whisky Tastings for August


Another month, another couple of tastings. Look out, all the juicy detail are coming at ya!

Whisky Squad #112 – Capital of the Whisky World

Sometimes it’s nice to put all the wacky session themes aside and have a good old fashioned regional whisky tasting. So that’s what we’re doing! For the first time in our five year history we dedicate a session to a little town with a big history

6th August, 19:30 at The Ship, EC3R 7NB

Whisky Squad #113 – Dram, That’s Refreshing!

Other times it’s fun to tip the idea of a whisky tasting on its head and do something completely different. Sound like fun? Then check out this summery session, complete with whisky, BBQ and a bit of mixology.

Whisky Squads #112 and #113 will go on sale on Monday 21st July 2015 at 11am.

July – time for more whisky

With June drawing to a close, it’s time for another pair of Whisky Squad sessions to drag themselves into the limelight. This time, we’ll be welcoming back a friend and getting you lot to do some work for once…

Whisky Squad #110 – It’s all about the bass – 9 July

johnmccheyneRecently, the squad management gang have become slightly obsessed with how new make spirit has been made. But during some late night discussion we realised we’d been neglecting the most important bit of whisky production: the casks.

This sessions is our apology to the humble oak tree and the coopers of the world. We’ll have John McCheyne from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on hand to feed us some excellent drams and talk about wood.

Whisky Squad #111 – Punter’s choice – 23 July

puntersWe’re busy folks at Whisky Squad and putting together two whisky tastings a month takes more time and effort than you might think, especially if you’ve been to a Squad session and seen how organised we are. That changes now: you’ll be organising Squad #111.

Now, we’re not mean enough to get you all to find venues and carry glasses (although suggestions for the former and offers of the latter are always gratefully received), but we will be getting you to choose the whisky. We’ll have six whiskies on the mat, all tasted blind, all chosen by the attendees. Will your dram be chosen? Will you be able to tell if it is..?

Whisky Squads #110 and #111 will go on sale on Monday 22 June 2015 at 11am.

Whisky Tastings in June: Part 2

We said last week that the announcement of the second session for June was imminent, and now that Billy has almost recovered from his trip to the fabled whisky island of Islay, we can announce:

Whisky Squad #109 – Fast Times at Islay High

During his travels around a pleasantly rainy Islay, Billy grabbed a few bottles and tasted a few whiskies. He’s brought a few back south with him and acquired another couple, all of which will be opened to taste at June’s second session.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 3 June at 11am.

Keep an eye on your email for news of July’s sessions – we’ll have something appearing quite soon. If you’ve not signed up to our mailing list, you can do so over here.

Whisky Squad: a fine dictatorship

Who needs democracy anyway? All it does is cause elections that clash with Whisky Squad sessions.

Unfortunately, it seems that our first May tasting has fallen through due to the imminent exercising of people’s right to vote, so we’re down to a single session this month. Fortunately, it’s going to be a good’un, with Billy and Elise channeling their spirit guide: Carlos Estevez himself, Charlie Sheen.

Whisky Squad #107 – #winning#winning

There seems to be a new whisky competition appearing every week, so we thought we’d have a look at some of the lesser known gems that they flag up. We’ve got a range of excellent drams, all of which have picked up gongs at awards from around the world, and we’re not afraid to drink them.

Tickets go on sale on election day itself, 7 May, at 11am.

Buy Whisky Squad tickets early, buy Whisky Squad tickets often. See you there…

Happy Birthday to us!

On April 2nd it’ll be the 5th Birthday of the world famous WHISKY SQUAD.

For five years now we’ve been running our informal and informative whisky tastings, over 104 sessions (so far) and… well… loads of tasty & memorable drams (and some veering more towards “memorable” than “tasty”).

So we’re having a party to celebrate.

ws5bd_bannersqAnyone who’s a friend of the Squad – be it past participant, supporter, previous presenter, or had to listen to one of us babble excitedly about it at any point over the last 5 years – is welcome to attend.  Please fill out the booking form so we know how much cake to bring!

All New September Tastings for Whisky Squad

By “all new”, we mean that the whisk(e)y we have lined up for the ENTIRE MONTH is whisky that’s entirely new to us here at Whisky Squad!  We’ve only ever tasted one whisky from the Teeling Whiskey Company (so far), and the second September session speaks for itself.

Bookings open at 1pm Tuesday August 19th.

Whisky Squad #93 – In Dublin’s Fair City…

Authentic Irishman and Brand Ambassador (and general all-round top chap) Sam MacDonald shows us some of the exciting stuff that the Teeling Whiskey Company are up to.  Not to be missed!

Whisky Squad #94 – Off The Beaten Track

It’s not that we’re obsessed with statistics, or the past – but it struck us as somewhat difficult to believe that after more than 90 whisky tastings we *still* haven’t had one whisky from every distillery in Scotland!  In this session we aim to try to nudge a bit closer to that claim, sampling 6 that have somehow not yet made it into our impressive tally.