Whiskey Tasting

Up until the 19th century, whiskey was spelled without an “e.” In the late 19th century, however, an “e” was added by some distillers, particularly Irish distillers (perhaps to differentiate their product from Scotch whisky). Today, all Scotch whisky is spelled without an “e” by law. In Ireland, the predominant spelling today is with an “e,” although by law it can be spelled either way (Paddy Irish Whiskey only added the “e” in the 1960's and Irish distilleries like McConnell's Distillery and Waterford Distillery currently spell it without the “e”).

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

Whiskies are meant to be enjoyed. Some people drink whiskey with ice or cola. That is okay for drinking, but not for tasting. You should taste the whiskies neat and without ice.

WHISK[E]Y BASICS

Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage made from the distillation of fermented cereal grain mash (i.e., grains soaked in hot water and left to ferment) and typically aged in wooden containers.

Whiskey was originally called “aqua vitae” in Latin (i.e., water of life). In Irish Gaelic, “water of life” is “uisce beatha” (pronounced “ish-kuh bah-hah”), and in Scottish Gaelic it is “uisge beatha” (pronounced “oosh-kih bay-ha”). It is from “uisce” / “uisge” that the modern English word “whiskey” is derived.

Scotch Whisky

In order to be considered a Scotch Whisky, it must:

Irish Whiskey

In order to be considered an Irish Whiskey, it must:

Single Malt Whisk[e]y

A single malt whisk[e]y is one produced in a single distillery using only malted barley (i.e., barley that has been allowed to germinate and then heated to stop the growth).

The Tavern's Tasting

When you present your ticket, you will be given a punch card along with a complimentary Glencairn whisky glass. Present the punch card at our pouring station to receive one, one ounce pours of each of our offered whiskies.

Unlike some festivals where you are herded in and out of the whisky tasting area, we encourage you to stay and enjoy your whiskies for as long as you like. Entertainment will be provided in the whisk[e]y tasting area over the entire weekend. The area will include information about each whiskey with the characteristics of each.

2024 Whiskies

Abelour 12yr

Rich with Citrus Character
The 12 year-old expression is a fine example of how the distinctively crisp, citrus character of Aberlour’s new distillate is deftly softened by double cask maturation. Traditional Oak and seasoned Sherry butts are both used to great effect, as the mellowed spirits within are combined to deliver a subtly balanced flavor.

Yellow Spot 12yr

The Yellow Spot Single Post Still Irish Whiskey is an extremely limited and rare edition to the Spot Whiskey lineup. This special whiskey was matured for 12 long years in three different types of oak casks: American bourbon barrels, Spanish sherry butts, and Spanish Malaga casks. The Spanish Malaga casks intensify the truly delightful tasting experience by the exotic sweet notes it contributed to the whiskey. While Green Spot is often described as tasting like green apples, Yellow Spot is more in character with juicy red apples. Sophisticated and complex in character, the inclusion of full term matured whiskey from ex Malaga casks contributes exotic characteristics to the whiskey.

Red Breast 15yr

Redbreast 15, made exclusively of Pot Still whiskeys matured in the finest oak casks for no less than 15 years. A careful balance of first fill and refill casks accentuates the spices in Redbreast’s signature full and complex flavor. Meticulously crafted in the spirit of tradition, Redbreast 15 sets the standard for depth and balance.

Talisker

Produced at the oldest distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been made by the sea since 1830, with its smell and taste instantly connecting you to its rugged maritime home. Every sip is a taste of the Isle of Skye itself, one of the most remote, windswept yet beautiful landscapes in Scotland. Talisker 10 Year Old, the stalwart of the Talisker family, is a powerful single malt whisky, with a sea-salty nose, spicy complexity, smoky sweet character and signature peppery finish: like a warm welcome from a wild sea. This single malt has a famously rich and powerful peat-smoke flavor, while the finish leaves you with a warm peppery taste at the back of the mouth. It is double distilled to create a rich, deep character embodying the maritime characteristics of a coastal whisky, and then aged for a minimum of 10 years in American oak casks.

Oban 14yr

A bright, lively Oban, retaining the fusion of highland and island styles that defines the distillery character yet skillfully blending in the vivid passions and colors of a rum cask finish. Flavors of orange peel, smoke, sea salt, and honey distinguish this full-bodied highland malt.

Lagavulin 16yr

Revered by connoisseurs and experts, Lagavulin is known as “the king of Islay”. It is an 'essential' Scotch Whisky that any connoisseur or enthusiast must have in their collection; one of the world's favorite Malt Whiskies. Aged in oak casks for at least 16 years, this much sought-after Single Malt has the massive peat-smoke flavor that's typical of southern Islay, while also offering richness and a dryness that turns it into a truly interesting dram. The Lagavulin 16 Year Old has become a benchmark Islay dram from the Lagavulin distillery.