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    • 30 Mar 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Wynn's Hotel

    Diagrams. Charts. Hard cold facts. At the end of the day, it all comes down to risk analysis. What might have begun (and is still usually hailed) as a romantic endeavour has more truthfully been rooted since its 20th century renaissance in the unforgiving figures of assessment and research. No room for error. Incredible results best enjoyed over ice…

     That’s right, we’re talking about the glorious history of polar exploration! On Thursday March 30th, we’ll be raising a well-analysed glass to Kildare-born explorer Ernest Shackleton with one of the chemists involved in recreating the tastes of an uncovered crate of Mickinlay’s scotch whisky from his 1907 Nimrod expedition. Ditched beside a makeshift hut and discovered a hundred years later still frozen in permafrost, Shackleton’s hooch has been carefully examined not only as a relic but also as a testament to the chemical makeup of Scotch whisky’s past.


    A leading researcher at the industry-shaping Scotch Whisky Research Institute, Gordon Steele has worked for the past two decades as a chemical analyst in authenticity assessment, maturation research, and other key branches of modern Scotch whisky’s exploratory edge. Recreating lab settings and armed with a pallet of delicious case studies, he’ll be giving us a crash course in the sensory strategies used by nosing professionals to give us an aromatic compass for our own explorations as we cover, discover, and hopefully uncover the secrets of the spirit’s compositional terrain. Ever wanted to nose like an industry professional? You’ll get no better guide than Gordon Steele, who has generously volunteered his time for this event. Early booking advised to prevent disappointment. No ice provided.

Past events

23 Feb 2017 February Dingle Tasting
23 Feb 2017 Our most beloved whiskeys
26 Jan 2017 Bourbon It Up
09 Dec 2016 Dublin: IWS Christmas Party 2016
25 Nov 2016 AGM and Presidents Tasting 2016 (on a Friday)
27 Oct 2016 Dublin Chapter: From Bow Street To Brian: Meet the Distiller of our National Drink
25 Aug 2016 Dublin Chapter: Independence In A Bottle
28 Jul 2016 Dublin Chapter: A stroll through Speyside with Gavin D Smith
30 Jun 2016 Dublin Chapter: Holy Smoke: A Fine Cut From the Malts of the Fèis Ìle
02 Jun 2016 Dublin Chapter: 2016 Marrowbone Lane Pot Still Launch
26 May 2016 Dublin Chapter: Over the Finish Line: A Long Loving Look at Whiskey and Wine
28 Apr 2016 Dublin Chapter: Navigating High End Blends
31 Mar 2016 Dublin Tasting: Bushmills Tasting
25 Feb 2016 Dublin Event: Earthly Powers
28 Jan 2016 Dublin Tasting: Charles MacLean and the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society
08 Dec 2015 Dublin: IWS Christmas Party 2015
26 Nov 2015 Dublin: IWS 2015 AGM & President's Selection
29 Oct 2015 Is Three the Magic Number? Triple Distillation in Ireland, Scotland and the USA
24 Sep 2015 Meet the Distillery: The Teeling Whiskey Company
04 Sep 2015 Tullamore & Kilbeggan Distillery Visit
26 Aug 2015 Dublin Event: Summertime, Cocktail time at KOH
30 Jul 2015 Dublin Event: New Distilleries Tasting
25 Jun 2015 Dublin Event: The American Rye Experience
06 Jun 2015 Dublin Event: Dublin Whiskey Walk
28 May 2015 Dublin Event: Revolutions in Grain & Mash
18 May 2015 Dublin Event: Live Meet the Masters in The Foundry
30 Apr 2015 Dublin Event: Whiskey & Food Pairing
26 Mar 2015 Dublin Event: An introduction to Peated Whiskey
26 Feb 2015 Dublin Event: Meet the Distiller: Cooley’s Noel Sweeney
29 Jan 2015 Dublin Event: Whiskey Recap of 2014
27 Nov 2014 Dublin Event: 2014 AGM & Presidents Selection
30 Oct 2014 Dublin Event: Meet the Distiller - The Teeling Whiskey Company
02 Oct 2014 Dublin Event: Tullamore D.E.W., the new distillery & Irish Whiskey in the US
25 Sep 2014 Dublin Event: Whiskey and Craft Beers
28 Aug 2014 Dublin Event: A Trip to the Speyside
31 Jul 2014 Dublin Event: Drink like a Dictator
09 Jul 2014 Dublin Event: Whiskey Cocktails
19 Jun 2014 Dublin Event: A very Dutch evening
29 May 2014 Dublin Event: Dominics World Tasting
24 Apr 2014 Dublin Event: A trip to the Land of the Rising Sun
27 Mar 2014 Dublin Event: Single Pot Still Evening
27 Feb 2014 Whiskey & Wine: The Craft of the Cask
30 Jan 2014 Dublin Event: Meet the Distiller Series - Midleton Masters
28 Nov 2013 Dublin Event: AGM & President's Selection
31 Oct 2013 Dublin Event: Tri-nations Face off
02 Oct 2013 Dublin Event: Exclusive Midleton Preview Evening
26 Sep 2013 Dublin Event: Celtic Whiskey Shop Selection
29 Aug 2013 Dublin Event: The Irish Distillery Tour
25 Jul 2013 Dublin Event: Whiskey and Beer
27 Jun 2013 Dublin Event: Canadian Whisky
05 Jun 2013 Dublin Event: Become a Master Whiskey Blender!
30 May 2013 Dublin Event: Bourbon and Beyond
25 Apr 2013 Dublin Event: An Evening with Dominic Roskrow
28 Mar 2013 Dublin Event: Rebreast Revival
28 Feb 2013 Dublin Event: Whiskey & Chocolate
31 Jan 2013 Dublin Event: Whiskey Journeys
29 Nov 2012 Dublin Event: AGM and President's Selection
30 Oct 2012 Dublin Event: Launch of the exclusive Society bottle
25 Oct 2012 Dublin Event: My heart's in the Highlands
27 Sep 2012 Dublin Event: A Day at the Castle
30 Aug 2012 Dublin Event: Twelve is the magic number
26 Jul 2012 Dublin Event: US Micro Distilleries
28 Jun 2012 Dublin Event: The Society's favourite Scotch
26 Jun 2012 Dublin Event: WhiskyLive
31 May 2012 Dublin Event: The Irishman
26 Apr 2012 Dublin Event: Turning Japanese
05 Apr 2012 Dublin Event: Trip to the IDL Bottling Facility and tasting at the Old Jameson Distillery
29 Mar 2012 Dublin Event: Power to the People
27 Feb 2012 Dublin Event: Whiskey & Chocolate
26 Jan 2012 Dublin Event: An Evening with Mitchell & Son
08 Dec 2011 Dublin Event: The Christmas Party
04 Nov 2011 Dublin Event: The President's Selection / AGM
27 Oct 2011 Dublin Event: Give Every Man His Dew
29 Sep 2011 Dublin Event: Battle of the Blends
21 Sep 2011 Dublin Event: Pot Still Evening with Irish Distillers
25 Aug 2011 Dublin Event: Tyrconnell: Past, Present & Future
28 Jul 2011 Dublin Event: Lowland Ladies
30 Jun 2011 Dublin Event: Beating around the Bush
26 May 2011 Dublin Event: American Rye
28 Apr 2011 Dublin Event: Past & Present
31 Mar 2011 Dublin Event: European Whiskey
24 Feb 2011 Dublin Event: Whiskey & Chocolate
27 Jan 2011 Dublin Event: Terminal 2: Judgment Day

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