Next week begins with the Holy Grail of virtual whisky tasting, a Macallan tasting with the London Whisky Club on 20th January. The intention of the tasting is to establish whether the current crop of expressions, such as Edition 5 and 6, or the Triple Cask, live up to the hype of the older releases. With so many Macallan bottles unopened, this is a good opportunity to establish whether or not the liquid inside is incredible or iron pyrite.
The weekend then begins with six tastings scheduled for Friday night, mostly in celebration of the life of the Ploughman Poet, Robert Burns. Birmingham Whisky Club will be holding a Balvenie Burns night, hosted by Alwynne from Balvenie and including five wonderful Balvenie drops and a Scottish hamper of haggis crisps, shortbread and an Irn Bru cocktail. Whisky-Online are continuing the Burns theme, hosting a Burns night with Doug McIvor from BBR. There are 8 drams on offer, culminating in a special mystery dram at the end of the evening. Lastly, SWAG will be hosting a Burns night supper, with poetry readings, a discussion on the Bard himself, and a lot of whisky. It should be a cracking night.
Of all the events occurring on Friday, East Coast Whisky have the most impressive drams. There were 14 spaces left at last check, and some of the drams on offer are a Bunnahabhain 27 from 1989, Glenlossie 24 and a Braes of Glenlivet 16 from 1979. As usual, the drams are special and likely the only time you will be able to try them.
The Good Spirits Company are also hosting an Irish whiskey tasting, with six mystery drams on offer, and The Little Whisky Company are hosting an excellent Dalmore tasting, but tickets are unfortunately sold out.
Finally, The Spirits Embassy are hosting a Duncan Taylor tasting that is excellent value for money. For £20, there are 5 cask strength samples on offer from their Dimensions range, including a 22 year old Blair Athol. The Duncan Taylor brand ambassador will be on hand to run through the drams. I will hopefully see some of you there!