International Tasting

Friday, 23rd February at 8pm in the Tower Room at Selwyn College

Whisky has been dominated by the Scotch industry for many years but in recent history, there has been a steady increase in the accolades and acclaim directed outside of Scotland, towards countries such as Japan and more recently Taiwan and India. The International Tasting seeks to expand your palates beyond Scotland and towards the rest of the world, where away from the eyes of the SWA they push the boundaries and strive to make better whisky.

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Blind Tasting

Friday, 9th February at 8pm in the Tower Room at Selwyn College

Often we can tell what to expect from a whisky given its age, its type, its providence and this gives us expectations as to what we’d expect from the whisky. Tasting the whiskies blind challenges us not to focus on all this extraneous information and instead focus solely on the flavours of the whisky. This in turn will allow us to better appreciate the subtleties of and differences between each whisky.

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Liquid Gold

Friday, 26th January at 8pm in the Tower Room at Selwyn College

Jim Murray, a controversial whisky writer whose opinions often divide the whisky community, is most well known for publishing his “Whisky Bible” annually, a tome in which he has collated all the whisky he has tried, often with creative tasting notes describing the smells and flavours of the whisky. In his “Whisky Bible”, whiskies which score above 95 are awarded the title of Liquid Gold. It is from this list of Liquid Gold awardees that this tasting is constructed.

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Crazy Casks

Friday, 10th November at 8pm in the Tower Room at Selwyn College

Whisky has to undergo a 3 year and a day aging in oak casks, under Scotch Whisky Association regulations in order to qualify as whisky. Most of this maturation is done in either bourbon or sherry casks. However, as the regulations simply say oak, this allows for any oak cask to be used. This has in the past included red wines such as Pinot Noir, dessert wines like Sauternes, virgin oak and even a herring cask in a bizarre tribute to the early days when distillers used herring casks to transport whisky. While not going to the extremes of herring, we have selected a variety of casks which are far from the usual picks of sherry and bourbon, and head towards the crazier side, where flavour combinations go wild.

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Independents Tasting

Friday, 27th October at 8pm in the Hall of Little St Mary’s Church (Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1QG)

Whisky, as an industry, is largely dominated by corporate industry giants, with 50% of the Scottish distilleries owned by five corporations alone. Without venturing into more specialised shops, it is highly unlikely you will encounter anything beyond the official bottlings. In this tasting, we offer a slice of the world of independent bottlings, whereby bottlers independent of the companies who own the distilleries, buy casks to bottle under their own label. This offers a wider variety of available flavours, as independent bottlers can take greater risks with the cask choice. This also affords a greater understanding of the distillery, as it provides a different facet of the profile of the distillery. This tasting will open your eyes and palates to the greater world beyond the official bottlings.

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A Tour of Scotland

Friday, 13th October at 8pm in the Tower Room at Selwyn College

As most whisky originates from Scotland, we’ll start off by introducing the different whisky regions within Scotland, which each have a taste profile which tends to be distinctive to the region. This will be a great introduction to whisky, and Scotch, as the varied taste profiles will inform your palate of the wide variety of flavours which whisky affords.

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Freshers’ Event

Join us this Thursday, 5th October in the Tower Room at Selwyn College for a special tasting for Freshers’ Week. For 7 £ entry on the door you will get to try 5 great whiskies. The event will run from 8 pm onwards – feel free to drop in at any point.