Thursday, 7th June at 8pm in the Clare College MCR Bar
Friday, 18th May at 8pm in the Parish Hall of Little St Mary’s Church (Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1QG)
Friday, 4th May at 8pm in the Parish Hall of Little St Mary’s Church (Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1QG)
Greetings, and welcome to the summer term of tastings!
Our first tasting will be hosted by a guest for a change! We’re very lucky to have had Billy Abbott offer to host a tasting for us, the brand ambassador for the Whisky Exchange’s line of exclusive bottlings! The Whisky Exchange are one of the UK’s largest online retailers for all things whisky, rum, gin, brandy etc and have had many exclusive bottlings over the years that you could only purchase from them. We get most of the whisky for our tastings from the Whisky Exchange, so getting to sample a range of their hand picked casks, as well as one of their most recent releases that sold out instantly, should be an absolute treat!
We’ll be looking forward to seeing you all at 20:00 on the 4th of May in the Parish Hall of LITTLE SAINT MARY’s rather than our usual venue of Selwyn College.
See you all then!
Friday, 9th March at 8pm in the Tower Room at Selwyn College
Whisky prices have a wide range, with our usual tastings taking bottles from different price ranges to keep our ticket prices low. With this tasting, the whiskies we’ve chosen are all in the range of £100 or more, with some special bottles being chosen by our committee. Each bottle will be selected and presented by a different member of our Committee to give a varied and very exclusive line-up. At our normal tastings, we generally have a single bottle of whisky that retails for about £100. At the Premium Tasting, every whisky will cost around £100. It will be an amazing night of extremely fine whisky.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, 24th November at 8pm in the Walters Room at Selwyn College
The Christmas Tasting is our yearly excuse to fill your glasses with plenty of holiday cheer. With plenty of whisky doing their best impression of Christmas cake, this is one not to miss for the sherry bomb lover.
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.
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.