Mystery malts were the theme at meeting 70. Muirhead's Silver Seal 12yr was the runaway favorite of the evening, over Alexander Murray's Bon Accord and Glen Parker.
join us tonight for meeting 69, as we taste Sheep Dip, isle of Skye 8yr, and Scapa 16yr!
Everyone seemed to enjoy our themes for meetings 66 and 67- things we like and things we hate about DIAGEO. All whiskies were very well received. Join us on August 9th for meeting 68- whiskies from the highlands.
The benefit for team Drew worked out quite well, netting over $600. Special thanks to the generosity of Dwyer's Pub owner Greg Stenis.
Meetings 66 and 67 will focus on things we like and hate about Diageo.
June meeting is june 14th, and the next is July 12th.
Benefit for Drew
Drew Beiter is a 4th grader at Starpoint school who has been diagnosed with Lukemia. We are holding a whisk(e)y tasting benefit for Drew and family.
On Tuesday, June 2nd, at 7pm you can sample 5 whiskies (a bourbon, a rye, a Canadian whisky, and Irish whiskey, and a Scotch whisky), eat 10 wings, and get a pint of beer for $30. Also, you'll get a better than 50% chance of winning a door prize!
The tasting will be upstairs at Dwyer's Pub, 65 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a ticket.
Join us for meeting #64 on April 19th. We will be tasting three distilleries we have never had in our 5 plus years of the club!
Here's wishing club stalwart Becky Smith-Davis a happy birthday! Stay young Becky!
Meeting #63 has come and gone. Tomintoul Peaty Tang was the most popular choice in our selection of Speyside whiskies.
The UK government has cut excise duty on spirits by 2%. It is the first cut in duty on spirits in 20 years and only the 4th time it's fallen in a century.
it's official! (among us scotch clubbers, anyway) The old version Black Bottle
kicks the new one right square in the ass! The most preferred whisky of meeting #62 however, was by far and away, Glenlivet Nadurra 16yr old. Join us for meeting #63, for some Speyside whiskies.
Pernod Ricard has announced it will be dropping their iconic 12yr old in some markets and introducing a NAS "Founder's Reserve".
meeting 61 introduced us to some new whiskies including Craigellichie 13yr and Tomatin 14 yr tawny port finish. Join us Feb 22, for Black Bottle: old vs new- you decide!
We will be sure to remember the events at Pearl Harbor at tonight's Christmas party. Next meeting is January 25th
Meeting 59 will be Nov 9th. Theme: Campeltown
Meeting 58 is on October 5th. Be there or be square.
Meeting #57 will take place on September 14th. We will start on the west coast of the mainland and head north to Orkney, seeing some sites and distilleries along the way!
Meeting 56 was indeed stellar, many thanks to Frank Biskupek for
his expertise (and his Glenlivet 21!).
Frank Biskupek, a brand ambassador who represents, Glenlivet and Aberlour, will be guest hosting tonight's meeting. It's gonna be a good one!
Other countries make good whiskies too! Attendees will blindly taste some at meeting #55.
Join us June 22nd for scotches that are new to the market.
Our next meeting is May 18th. It is our dinner and a movie meeting. Reservations via email required.
Join us for meeting 51 on April 27th. Theme: Women in whisky. We'll be tasting scotches from Laphroaig, Cardhu, and Glen Garioch.
Kudos to club member Kim Boulden for organizing a wonderful tasting at Epic Restaurant and Lounge. The scotches were great, and the food was incredible. When she organizes the next one there, I'll highly encourage all to attend. It was a great night in a real nice setting.
Don't forget- Spirit of Toronto tickets go on sale march 24th. Also meeting #51 will be on March 30th. Theme: Going, going, gone...we'll enjoy 3 single malts that are limited or darn-near extinct.
Join us this Sunday, Feb 23rd, as we taste two single malts along side a single grain scotch whisky.
An educational meeting last night as we learned how Laphroig and Compass Box Spice Tree relate to Maker's Mark 46 bourbon. Spice Tree proved to be the most popular dram of the evening.
"Yesterday, December 7th, 1941...A date which will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan"- Franklin D. Roosevelt. DPSC proudly acknowledges our heroes in uniform at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th, 1941.
An absolute packed house last night for the all-you-can eat and all-you-can-handle scotch drinking session for our annual Christmas party...also, cheers to us. We have now been at this for 4 wonderful years and we're still growing! See you all again for meeting #49, January 26th.
Fan favorite Old Pulteney was all of our drams of meeting 48- the Navigator, the 12yr, and the 17yr. The 12 yr cemented its status as a powerhouse by being the most popular dram of the evening.
Another stellar lesson in independent bottlings: Finlaggan from the Vintage Malt Whisky Company, Jura from Signatory, and Wemyss Spice King. Next meeting is Nov 10th. Xmas meeting is Dec. 1st.
A trip to the lowlands was in order for meeting #45, and they didn't disappoint. Auchentoshan Classic, Glenkinchie 12yr, and Littlemill 20yr from Hart Brothers were all well received. Join us on October 20th for meeting #46. Our theme is independent bottlers.
As expected, The Balvenie 17yr Doublewood was the star of the evening as we tasted whiskies from the portfolio of William Grant & Sons. Also tasted were the Glenfiddich 15 and Monkey Shoulder. Special thanks to Erik and Shane Gustafson, owners of A Gust of Sun
winery in Cambria for being our guests and sharing many interesting details of their business. Join us September 15th for a trip around the lowlands!
August 12th- Hopefully all current members who attended the "Wine is for boys, port is for men, scotch is for heroes" gathering enjoyed themselves. Next meeting is August 18th. Theme: the scotches of William Grant and Sons.
July 1st- All whiskies were appreciated. On to meeting 43, set for July 28th. Theme: What's the difference between a single malt, a blended malt, and a blended scotch whisky.
June 24th- Meeting #42 promises to be an educational one. Our theme is one that is a very hot topic in the industry these days: No-age-statement whiskies. Join us June 30th, 7:30 pm.
June 17th- Let's take time today to remember co-founder and pal, the late, great Dave Larson. He would have turned 57 today.
April 29th- Meeting #41 will be our annual May "dinner and a movie" where we take in a film with Scottish flavor, as we eat a meal paired with scotches. Reservations for the meal will be required via email. The meeting will be May 19th.
April 22nd- A blind tasting was in order for meeting #40. Attendees re asked to concentrate heavily on the nose, mouthfeel, taste, and finish of what they were tasting. Scotches tasted were: Tomintoul with a peaty tang, Glen Kirk 8yr, and Glengoyne 10yr.
March 11th- Glenfarclas 105, was by far the preferred dram of the evening in meeting #39. We also learned the origin of common prefixes and suffixes to some distillery names...Meeting #40 will be April 21st.
February 11th- Meeting #38 had great drams all the way around from Talisker, Jura, and Arran as we turned our attention to islands that have only one distillery. Meeting #39 will be March 10th.
February 10th- Meeting #38 will be held on February 24th.
January 28th- Meeting #37 saw another round of Burns/Stewart scotches with Ledaig 10 yr narrowly topping Deanston Virgin Oak for the fave tipple of the night.
December 17th- Meeting #37 will be January 27th.
December 7th- DPSC never forgets the American heroism at Pearl Harbor.
December 3rd- As always., the X-mas meeting was a hoot! Good food, great scotches. See ya in January!
November 26th- The "new and improved" Bunnahabhain 12 yr proved to be more popular by a 2 to 1 margin vs. the old. Meeting #35 discussed how Burns-Stewart revamped their lineup, unchill filtering their whiskies and upping the ABV. Meeting #36 is our annual Christmas party and it will take place Dec. 2nd.
November 5th- Meeting #34 may well have been the best of the year! Many thanks to Highland Park ambassador Marc Laverdiere for making the trek from Toronto to teach us a few things about a fabulous distillery! Meeting #35 will be Nov 18th.
...Tonight's meeting was great, and I'll pass the recap on soon enough, but I'd like to let anyone who wasn't there know that club member Tony Jakiel lost his fight with cancer and passed away this past Friday. Due to his battle, he wasn't able to attend any of the the recent meetings, so hopefully you had the chance to meet him while he was here.
I met Tony when the club had a tent at the Scottish festival, and Tony signed up to be on the club's email list. After that, he was a regular member. To say he was a scotch enthusiast was an understatement; the man had part ownership of 5 casks currently maturing at Springbank distillery, which sadly, he won't be here to taste the finished product. His knowledge and enthusiasm were a boon to the club.
Not all of you got the chance to sit and have a conversation with him. I realize that if person A sits at a table on one side of the room for 6 months, and person B sits on the other, then you're paths may not even cross while you're at the club. Being the club president though, I get the opportunity to talk with and learn things about each of you. And I can tell you that Tony struck me as a geniune man with such a great passion for the dram. If one thing is for certain, it's that he will be missed.
October 8th- Meeting #34 will be Sunday, October 21st. Be there or be super-square.
September 25th- Meeting 33 was a smash hit. It may have had something to with pairing great whiskies with great chocolates. The Bowmore Legend paired with a sea salt laden chocolate was the overwhelming favorite match of the evening.
August 27th- Dalmore 12yr was the fave scotch of the evening at meeting #32, but all three scotches were generally agreed upon to be quite tasty! Meeting #33 is September 23rd.
August 12th- Meeting #32 is scheduled for Sunday, August 26th. Theme: The Saladin Box.
August 11th- The Amherst Museum's Scottish festival will be Saturday August 18th.
July 30th- Meeting # 31 was a blind whisky tasting. We quizzed attendees on Bowmore Legend, Tomatin 12, and just for fun, we slipped a foreigner in there- Bastille whisky from France (nice dram, btw).
June 25th- Finally, after a postponement, meeting #30 takes place, and Aberlour 12yr was the favorite of the evening.
June 6th- DPSC proudly remembers the American, Canadian, and free French troops who took the beaches of Normandy 68 years ago today.
June 2nd- Join us for meeting #30 as we taste whiskies finished in wine casks. The meeting will be June 10th. James Castellani, owner of Lockport's Wine and Liquor Outlet, will join us to lend his wine expertise and more.
May 21st- Meeting #29 was our annual dinner a movie. Scotches were paired with each food item as we watched the film "Saving Grace". Favorite pairing of the evening: Speyburn 10yr matched with Queen's Jubilees (a tooth pick skewered combo of red grapes, mild peppers, and cheese, with a drizzle of honey).
April 23rd- Meeting #28 is in the books, and I'd like to thank Ethan Cox of Community Beer Works for being our guest. Isle of Jura 16yr was the runaway choice of scotch for the evening.
April 2nd- Meeting #28 will be April 22nd. Theme: The George Orwell connection. Ethan Cox, President and co-founder of Buffalo's newest brewery, Community Brew Works, will be our special guest.
March 30th- The trusted, sturdy Glenmorangie 10yr was the overwhelming fave dram of meeting #27. We also tasted Glenkinchie 20yr, and Glen Breton 10yr (from Nova Scotia). A hearty thanks to Mike Schopp of WGR 550 for being our guest.
March 27th- Happy World Whisky Day!
March 5th- Join us for meeting #27 on March 25th. Mike Schopp of WGR 550's "Schopp and the Bulldog" will be our guest for the evening.
March 1st- Well, Ron couldn't make it, but his scotches did- all 63 combined years of them! All scotches were 21 years old. The Cragganmore, Glen Spey, and Rosebank were all marvelous, with Glen Spey getting the most popular nod of the evening. Thank you, Ron K!!!
January 24th- Meeting #26 is February 26th...Ron Kowalski of Empire Beverage Distributors will be on hand to run us through some of the scotches in his portfolio.
January 16th- Shackleton's whisky (MacKinlay's Highland) was the fave scotch of the evening. Possibly, though, the real story may have been the attention given to the Deanston Virgin Oak. Nice complexity for something that is: A)somewhat experimental, B) young, and C) quite inexpensive. Kudos to Deanston, this was a great surprise to almost everyone.
January 8th- FINALLY....Shackleton's whisky is here and we'll be tasting it at meeting #25, January 15th.
December 12th- The X-mas party was great, and the selection of scotches even greater! I'm happy that so many could attend, it was a great end to the year!
December 7th- "Yesterday, December 7th, 1941...A date which will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan"- Franklin D. Roosevelt. DPSC proudly acknowledges our heroes in uniform at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7th, 1941.
November 15th- Thanks to all who attended meeting #23, including author Dan Murphy, who shared stories of intrigue and the fun he had while researching his book Nickel City Drafts: A History of Drinking in Buffalo, New York. Top dram of the evening was Lagavulin 12 yr.
November 2nd- The x-mas sign up sheet is now going around. Please get it on it. Last year will be tough to beat, but we'll give it a whirl!
October 25th- A top time lastnight! Many thanks to Ross Hendry for making the drive from Toronto to share some insider knowledge on Glenrothes whisky. And, as an added bonus, Ross has agreed to come back next fall for another visit.
September 28th- Remember, meeting 22 is on MONDAY, Oct. 24th.
September 20th- Meeting #21 featured Glenfiddich 12, Macallan15, and Springbank 10. Our theme was the fall of direct-fired stills. Congrats to Steph Pierce (50/50 winner), and to Joe Badding and Diane Johnson (our newest members).
August 24th- Another Scottish festival gone by, and another fun time. It's always fun to meet people who like scotch. Special thanks to member Geoff Boulden for helping to man the DPSC stand. If you signed up to the email list while at the festival, you should have recieved an email today. If you didn't get one, it's because we could not read your chicken scratch. Come to the next meeting on Sep 18th, and see what we friendly bunch of folks are about!
August 19th- Amherst Scottish festival tomorrow! See ya there!
August 19th- Top time last night at the Third Thursday Club in Rochester. Club members Paul Manly, Eric Cochrane, and myself enjoyed some Glendullan 12, Talisker 10, 18, and distillers edition, along with Clynelish 14. Yum. And to top it off, I enjoyed the lovely Highland Park 12yr at Havana Moes, a Rochester cigar bar. Top time, indeed.
August 8th- After meeting #20, I think we can all agree that independent bottlers provide a valuable service to the industry. Gordon & MacPhail's Miltonduff 10yr old was a treat and McClelland's Islay got some respect. The almost unanimous choice of the evening however, was Signatory's Longmorn 18yr old- just a thing of beauty. Congrats to Deb Barbour, this month's 50/50 winner.
July 20th- A reminder- Amherst Scottish festival is Aug 20, and kids are free!
July 12th- it will always be a "vatted" malt in my mind. Anyway, after meeting #19, we all know our differences between our single malts, blended malts, and blended whiskies. Our blended malt (vatted), Sheep Dip, was the runaway favorite of the evening.
June 17th- DPSC fondly remembers our pal Dave Larson, who would have turned 55 today. Still miss him.
June 13th- Meeting #18 has come and gone. Thanks to Jamie Castellani, owner of Wine and Liquor Outlet, for guest speaking. The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14yr was the fave of the night. Meeting #19 is July 10th.
June 13th- Happy Bithday to my Victoria! "Tori the Terrible" turns 4 today. I love you, brat.
June 6th- DPSC does not forget the sacrifice made 67 years ago today on the beaches of Normandy, France.
May 17th- Meeting #17 has past, and it was superb. Our second annual whisky/dinner pairing was quite an enjoyment, to say the least, as it was set to the film "Whisky Galore"' Meeting #18 will be Sunday June 12th.
May 14th- The Spirit of Toronto was a blast. Meeting John Glaser, founder of Compass Box whiskies and Willie Tait, master distiller at Isle of Jura, were two big highlights of the evening.
April 11- Meeting #16 is in the books. Old Pulteney 17 was our most popular scotch of the evening, followed closely by Ardbeg 10. Meeting #18 is May 15th.
March 13- A reminder- Spirit of Toronto tickets go on sale April 4th.
March 7- In my humble opinion, our scotches featured in meeting #15 were our best 1-2-3 punch in the (relatively short) history of our club. Lagavulin 16, then Talisker 10, followed up by Highland Park 15. Stalwarts all the way around. Congrats to Kevin H. and Tony P. on their new memberships. Thanks to all who were there for joining in tribute to the late Allie O'Grady. It's great to be able to do anything to help ease a friend's loss.
February 21- Meeting #14 is history. Congrats to Sarah H., Chris E., and Ryan B. on becoming members. Whiskies tasted: Aberlour 16, Deanston 12, and Auchentoshan 12.
January 25- Remember the Kilchoman we officially tasted at the x-mas (party) meeting? It's been reviewed today on my favorite whisky blog:
Give it a double click and see if you agree agree with the comments of the editor of Malt Advocate magazine.
January 17- Meeting #13 featured a vertical tasting of Glenfarclas with the 25 yr being the runaway favorite of the evening, although the 10 and 12 yr were given a few nods as well. It was the most well-attended meeting in club history, too. Special thanks to the Larson family for joining us. It was a pleasant surprise that made our evening even better.
January 10- Meeting reminder. Meeting #13 is Sunday, Jan 16th, 7:30pm
January 1st, 2011- Happy New Year! As good as last year was, I'm confident we can have even more fun this year! We'll be kicking the new year off on Jan 16th with an address to the haggis, and a tribute to an old pal. Cheers!
December 7- "A date that will live in infamy" - Franklin D. Roosevelt. Dwyer's Pub Scotch Club proudly remembers the events at Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941.
It's with a very, very heavy heart that I'm typing this. Our fellow member, treasurer, co-founder, and dear friend Dave Larson suffered a massive stroke on thursday night and passed away friday evening.
I was lucky enough to know Dave for a year and a half, and never once did i get the impression he was anything but a genuine, stand up guy. To say i'm shocked is an understatement.
I was going to type a recap for the last meeting, but in light of this, it's just hard to talk about what a great time we had. But I will tell you, among the 15-20 scotches we had that night, the attendees' most favorite of the evening was the Ardbeg Supernova. That's a hundred dollar bottle of scotch that belonged to Dave, and he let anyone who wanted to try it have some. Just a great guy.
Dave leaves behind a wife and two kids. Please put them in your thoughts.
LARSON - David J. December 10, 2010, after a stroke, of Lockport, NY, loving husband of Bonnie; father of Eric and Rachel; brother of Donna (Daniel) Kane, Debbie (Craig) Wyrebek and Daniel (Audra) Larson; son of Marie and the late Donald; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Monday 4-7 at the LESTER H. WEDEKINDT INC., FUNERAL HOME, 3290 Delaware Ave. Funeral services will be held in Bristol, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Royalton Airport Assoc.
Published in the Buffalo News on December 12, 2010
December 6- We've made it! One straight year of meetings, and it's really been a blast. Last night's meeting was one to remember, combining it with an x-mas party. We had more scotch than we could drink and more food than we could eat! A perfect way to end a great year. I feel very honored by all the people who take the time to enjoy this club. A special thanks to Bob McNeill, president of the Third Thursday Club in Rochester for making the trek to North Tonawanda.
Now let's have a great many more years to come!
November 15- Meeting #10- Old Pulteney 12 narrows out Caol Ila 12 and Clynelish 14, 9-7-7.
November 8- November is maritime malt time! Join us on Sunday, Nov 14 at 7:30pm upstairs at Dwyer's Pub.
What's meant by a "maritime malt"? Is it a malt you can only drink on a boat? Of course not, that would be dumb. Come to the meeting and find out!
October 22- A special thanks to Bob McNeill and his friends from the Third Thursday Club in Rochester, NY. They showed us a top time last night as we took a little road trip to join them in their monthly tasting event. We tasted Bunnahabhain 12, Caol Ila 12, and Lagavulin 16. It was nicely done, and we gained knowledge on these drams as well. Well worth the drive!
October 12- Thanks to those who attended and sorry to all those that could not be there. Meeting #10 was a real gem, and a slight surprise with the Scapa 16 edging out the Highland Park 12 as fave scotch of the evening....
October 7- Meeting time! Sunday, October 10th, upstairs at Dwyer's Pub at 7:30pm. Theme: getting to know Orkney.
September 27- Starting today there is sure to be an entertaining week's worth of blogging at:
September 21- Congratulations to D.J. Weed. She is the winner of a $20 Dwyer's Pub gift certificate, chosen at random from the list of people who signed up for info on the club at the Scottish festival.
September 20- Meeting number 9 is in the books. Most popular whisky was Tomatin 12yr. Congrats to new member Mike Peters.
September 15- Meeting reminder- this Sunday at 7:30 at Dwyer's Pub (upstairs).
September 14- Checkout the live Laphroaig tasting from Spain. You can watch it here: http://www.laphroaig.com/index.asp?ReturnUrl=%2Fhome%2Easp on Thursday, Sep. 23, at 2:00pm eastern.
August 24- All emails of the last meeting's recap have been sent to all who signed up at the scottish festival. If you signed up and haven't received an email, it's because there were several of your addresses where I couldn't make out the handwriting. Feel free to email your address to: email@example.com -Keith S.
August 23- It's a ways away yet, but the date has been set for the 2011 Spirit of Toronto, and it's May 14, 2011.
August 22- Our showing at the Scottish festival was a blast! I really enjoyed it and the chance to have conversations with other scotch tipplers was awesome. Someone once said "People who like scotch like people who like scotch". That was very evident here from meeting the gent who has a 1/12 share of 5 casks currently maturing at Springbank to meeting Bob McNeill, key member of the Third Thursday Club in Rochester, and to meeting all in between, it was a great afternoon.- Keith S.
August 10- Next meeting is August 15th- see event calander for details.
July 27- Club member Paul Manly has just unearthed a Glen Kirk 8yr. old whisky while cleaning his basement. We both know there is no Glen Kirk distillery, so a little research was in order. There is a Majestic Distillers in Maryland that once opened a branch in Scotland so they could add scotch to their portfolio. That closed in '74, so we know this bottle has been in Paul's basement for awhile. This could be a rare treat, and Paul is more than willing to share this bottle with the entire club. Sounds like something cool to add to the x-mas/December meeting. All in all, pretty cool considering Paul doesn't remember how he acquired this bottle in the first place!
July 25- Join us at the Scottish festival at the Amherst Museum on Aug. 21st!
We plan on educating the masses on the role terroir plays in the taste profile of scotch, and we'll look to recruit some new members. Be sure to check out musical acts Harpbeat, Step in Time, and Carol Farrar.
July 18- Meeting #7 in the books! Glen Grant 10 yr was the most popular whisky of the evening. 18 people in attendance, including 10 out of 15 members.