Sunday, January 25, 2015

MIT Alumni Club of Boston Tasting Recap

This posting is a bit delayed and I'm laying the blame squarely on Boston for keeping me so busy with tons of activities, whisky-related and otherwise...

Ok, here's the recap. Thirty-five attendees. Eight whiskies. Many new friends. One excellent evening.

This event on December 10th, 2014 was my first MIT Club of Boston tasting since we returned to Boston, and it did not disappoint.

We had Dave Catania from Burke Distributing and Brad Jarvis, the Whisky Professor, pouring the following:
  • Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt
  • Campbeltown Loch
  • Big Peat Christmas Edition
  • Old Malt Cask Auchroisk 18 Year Single Malt
  • Old Malt Cask Aultmore 21 Year Single Malt
  • Springbank 10 Year Single Malt
  • Springbank 15 Year Single Malt
  • Springbank 18 Year Single Malt
Dave and Brad also surprised us by bringing Coole Swan, a very tasty Irish cream liqueur.

From what I heard from attendees at and after the event, the Springbank 15 was the winner for the evening. I reviewed the Springbank 15 back in 2010 (here's the review), but I think I enjoyed it more at the event than when I had it over four years ago. Its flavor is so dark and's just something you don't really find in other scotches of similar age.

My personal favorite was the Campbeltown Loch. It's Springbank but it's only about $30-40 and you still get that Springbank character coming through. Such a great value.

The event was held at Ministry of Supply, which is an MIT startup that's bringing NASA-based technology to menswear. Below are some pictures from the event!

Attendees enjoying scotch at Ministry of Supply. The whisky was so good it even blew that one guy's head clean off.

Me with Bikram Singh from Norfolk Wine & Spirits and Brad Jarvis, the Whisky Professor.

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