We’ve known for years that Peat-Head Peter has a fireman’s Heart of Smoke, but now he and Finn MacDonnell have got some Tales of Islay to complete the cut! Having returned from a pilgrimage east, on June 30th last year our good ex-president and Finn MacDonnell will be presenting a full spread of phenolic treasures from Scotland’s most infamously smoky island. For those unfamiliar with the style, the small Hebridean island of Islay has been considered the heart of smoky, iodine tinted, phenol-forward malts virtually since the middle ages and continues to hold an almost cult like standing in the hearts of single malt drinkers to this day. For those who are familiar with the style, rest assured that these won’t be your typical Illeachs either. Once a year at the end of May, Islay throws itself a good old-fashioned ceilidh oiled with music, dance, Gàidhlig lessons, dining and specially seasoned masterpieces from each of its proud distilleries. Last May, Peter and Finn set out to collect as many of these once-off bottlings as possible to share with our membership and the two of them will walk us through the wonders of the bottles they’ve returned with. So don't miss out on what we’re confident will stand as one of the finest scotch tastings our society has ever run as we toast the achievements of our old Celtic cousins with the finest cuts from their legendary casks.
To start 2017 on a high note, new President Sarah Finney will present the first tasting with a selection of top notch Bourbons to delight your palate! A longtime lover of good Bourbon, she hopes to show you how diverse and complex the spirit can be. Don't miss out on the chance to shock your tastebuds and minds with a pleasant treat from across the pond.