Club News

September 26, 2018

WhiskyHead gave a warm Milwaukee welcome to Distell International representative Andrew Raeburn. As a visiting employee of Deanston, Andrew has extensive knowledge about this distillery and went through four offerings plus another from Bunnahabhain. Thank you for a wonderful evening Andrew!

August 29, 2018

Mary Allen and Steve represented KOVAL distillery and were welcomed guests to our meeting. They went through the lineup of KOVAL Millet, KOVAL Oat, KOVAL Rye, KOVAL Bourbon, and KOVAL Four Grain. The gift package for each member was also quite generous. Thank you!

July 21, 2018

Doug held his 6th annual summer tasting and amongst those who participated were members Harold, Kevin, Josh, Dudley, Steve, and Reuban. They tasted Glenfiddich XX #2, Fettercairn 20 year (Bottled by Signatory Vintage), Kirkland 20 year, Macallan Edition No. 4, Caol Ila 13yr Hermitage finished (Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail), Blair Athol 22 year (Bottled by Hunter Laing / Old Malt Cask line), and Miltonduff 20 year (Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail).

Tasting 2017

June 23, 2018

Wausau tastings never disappoint and WhiskyHead members Doug, Kevin, Harold, Jacquie, Ryan and Josh were in attendance. Bottles tasted included Compass Box Bounty Hunter, a single barrel Irish Malt from 1989, Grangestone 1977, Glenfarclas 40 year, Glen Keith 25 year from 1991 (Signatory), Bowmore 21 year (Old Malt Cask), Bowmore Dawn, and Springbank 17 year sherry wood. Again, thank you malt mate Ryan for generously contributing several bottles to this awesome lineup.

Tasting 2017

October 21, 2017

Another fine Wausau tasting and WhiskyHead members Doug, Kevin, Harold, Jacquie, and Ryan were in attendance. The lineup was fabulous and we tasted Glenmorangie Milsean, Whisky Agency Speyside Region 43 years 1973 - 2017, Signatory's Glenburgie 21yr from 1995, Old Malt Cask Craigellachie 21 Year Old from 1995, Highland Park 25yr, Talisker 30yr, Ardbeg 1978, and Glendronach 24yr from 1993. Thank you malt mate Ryan for generously contributing to this awesome lineup.

Tasting 2017

July 21, 2017

Doug held his 5th annual summer tasting and amongst those who participated were members Harold, Kevin, Josh, Dudley, Steve, and Chris. They tasted Strathisla 12 Yr, Michel Couvreur 12 Yr Overaged Malt Whisky, Balvenie 15yr Cask number 12094 (not shown in image), The Exclusive Malt’s 1972 Invergordon 43 year 48.2%, Glendronach 18 Year Allardice, Signatory’s 1995 Glen Keith 19 year 56.1%, and Talisker 10yr (tasted blind).

Tasting 2017

April 21, 2017

A whisky friend in Wausau invited WhiskyHead members to a tasting at a local bed and breakfast. It was an absolutely wonderful evening and we tasted Cutty Sark Tam O'Shanter 25yr, Antiquary 25yr, Glenfiddich 30yr, Signatory's Balmenach 26yr from 1988 (Cask 2805), Old Particular Linkwood 21yr distilled in 1995, John Milroy Bunnahabhain 25yr (Cask 1537), Highland Park 12yr Saint Magnus Edition 2, Highland Park 15yr Earl Magnus Edition 1, Highland Park 18yr Haakon Edition 3, and Bowmore Mashmen's Selection. Members Doug, Kevin, Harold, and Josh were in attendance.

Tasting 2017

March 31, 2017

WhiskyHead was asked to host a private tasting in Hartland, WI in honor of a 50th birthday. The group tasted Crown Royal Harvest Rye, Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch, Glenmorangie 10yr, Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or, and Wild Turkey Rye.

Tasting 2017

August 3, 2016

Jonathan Wingo from Balvenie was back in town for another tasting and WhiskyHead members were invited to welcome him back to Wisconsin. There were about 30 people in attendance and we tasted the Balvenie Double Wood 12 year, the Caribbean Cask 14 year, the Balvenie Double Wood 17 year, and the Balvenie Port Wood 21yr. Members Doug, Kevin, Harold, Ryan, Steve, Dudley, Dale, Matt, Ivor, and Stan were in attendance.

July 23, 2016

Doug held his 4th annual backyard summer tasting and amongst those who participated were members Harold, Kevin, Josh, Dudley, Jon, Dale, and Steve. They tasted Lauder's circa 1970's, Glenlivet 18yr, Signatory Glenlossie 18yr vintage 1997, Scott's 1978 Bunnahabhain 28yr 49.1%, Signatory Mortlach 18yr vintage 1997, Gordon and MacPhail Bunnahabhain 43% 8yr (tasted blind), and Signatory Caol Ila 8yr Vintage 2007.

Tasting 2016

April 27, 2016

The Door County Distillery led a tasting for us and we tasted their Door County Distillery Brandy, Gin, Barrel Finish Gin, and Single Malt Whiskey. Thank you to Ambassador Kathleen Herbst for putting together this tasting!

April 11, 2016

Members Doug and Harold were in attendance for a tasting put on by the St. Andrew's Society of Milwaukee. Kevin was a co-presenter for the theme of blending and independent bottling. Whiskies included Miltonduff 9yr, Glentauchers 10yr and Mortlach 25yr from Gordon & MacPhail, as well as North British 16yr 1997, Glen Keith 19yr 1995, and Balmenach 26yr 1988 from Signatory.

March 9, 2016

Members Austin, Harold, Kevin, and Ryan attended a Tullamore Dew tasting at County Clare. National brand ambassador Tim Herlihy showed off the Tullamore Dew range including the Original, the 12-year Special Reserve, and the 15-year Trilogy. A few lucky attendees got to try the new cask strength Phoenix.

March 4, 2016

Member Kevin presented a tasting at the Union House in Genesee Depot. It was attended by members Doug, Harold, Austin, and Josh. Whiskies included Balblair Gordon & MacPhail 10yr, Deanston Virgin Oak, Glen Grant 16yr, Glenrothes Adelphi 7yr (cask 3528, distilled 2007, bottled 2014), Glenturret MacPhail's Collection 11yr, and Ledaig 20yr.

January 30, 2016

WhiskyHead was recently mentioned on an episode of Whiskey Cats and they referenced our home aging experimentation. Click the play button below for a listen.

December 18, 2015

Members Doug, Kevin, and Harold attended a vertical Lagavulin tasting. They experienced Finlaggan Old Reserve (rumored to be Lagavulin), Lagavulin 16, Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2013, Lagavulin Distiller's Edition 2015, Elements of Islay Lg3, and Lagavulin 12 14th Release.

November 13, 2015

Doug held a tasting at his house and it was attended by members Kevin, Harold, and Josh. They tasted Bulleit 10yr, 1792 bourbon, Glenallachie 10 yr by Signatory (Cask 01/490, Distilled 3/5/1991, Bottled 5/28/2001, 43%), Bowmore Legend, Talisker Storm, and Big Peat.

November 09, 2015

Member Harold led a "Harold's Top 100" tasting at the Saint Andrew's Society and attendees sampled bottles of Tomintoul 27, Bunnahabhain 16 by Scott's Selection, Talisker 25, Glen Ord 30, Glenfarclas 105, and Ardbeg Auriverdes. WhiskyHead members Doug and Kevin were also in attendance.

October 28, 2015

Members Kevin and Harold attended a tasting at the Union House in Genesee Depot. Ed Kohl, owner of importer Impex Beverages, presented four whiskies and an Armagnac and each was paired with food; Isle of Skye 8yr (cheese), Tamdhu 10yr (duck confit), Kilchoman Machir Bay (sausage), Arran Port Finish (chocolate truffle), and Marquis de Montesquiou VSOP (bread pudding).

September 30, 2015

WhiskyHead was asked to put together a group consisting of 30 people for a Glenmorangie and Ardbeg tasting. We tasted Glenmorangie Signet, Glenmorangie Tùsail, Glenmorangie 18yr, Glenmorangie 25yr; Ardbeg New Make Spirit, Ardbeg Perpetuum, and Ardbeg Corryvreckan.

Thank you ambassador Dan Crowell from the Glenmorangie Company and all who helped but this evening together. It was very educational and just as important, good times had by all!

August 16, 2015

Doug held his 3rd annual backyard summer tasting and amongst those in attendance were members Harold, Kevin, and Josh. They tasted Glen Moray 16yr / 40%, Blackadder's Glen Moray 18yr / D 95 / B 14 / 54.9%, Glenrothes 11yr 2001 D 2001 / B 2013 / 43%, Scott's 1980 Glenrothes 25yr / 55.8%, Signatory's Imperial 18yr / D 95 / B 14 / 52.7%, and the 200th anniversary bottling of Laphroaig 15yr.

August 12, 2015

Ambassador Marcus Yarrow from Beam Suntory donated five Irish whiskies from Cooley Distillery (2 Gingers, Kilbeggan, Greenore 8 single grain, Tyrconnell, and Connemara Peated) and led our August 12th meeting.

It was a great tasting and WhiskyHead is thankful for your generosity!

May 6, 2015

WhiskyHead was asked to put together a group to attend a Glenfiddich tasting at the Iron Horse Hotel. There were about 30 friends of WhiskyHead in attendance and we tasted the Original 1963, 15 year Solera Reserve, 21 year Gran Reserva (batch 32), 26 year Excellence, and a special bottling of Glenfiddich 15 year in new oak at cask strength (58.7%) from David's secret stash. Members Doug, Austin, Ray, Sean, and Ryan were in attendance.

Thank you to Glenfiddich Ambassador David Allardice, Michelle Malicki, and all who had a hand in putting this event together. What a great evening!

April 13, 2015

Member Kevin led a "So You Think You Know Peat" tasting at the Saint Andrew's Society and attendees sampled bottles of Highland Park 15 yr, Longrow 10 yr, Bunnahabhain MacPhail's Heavily Peated 8 yr, Talisker 10 yr, Kilchoman Machir Bay, and Laphroaig Cask Strength Batch 6. WhiskyHead members Doug, Ryan, and John were also in attendance.

March 6, 2015

WhiskyHead president Doug held a casual tasting at his home in Milwaukee which was attended by four people including member Kevin. They tasted bourbons Willet Pot Still cask #9113 47% and Cody Road 2015 Batch 001 45% along with scotch whiskies Longmorn 16, Glenlivet Nadurra 0611N 54.2%, Gordon and MacPhail's Caol Ila 12 year / D99 / B12, and Laphroaig 18.

January 16, 2015

WhiskyHead president Doug held a tasting in Milwaukee which was attended by eight people including members Kevin, David, and Josh. They tasted a Bladnoch 18 by Gordon and MacPhail / D93 / B11 / 43%, Bladnoch 3yr Peated Distillery Bottling, Ardmore 14yr by Exclusive Malts / D00 / B14 / 54.3%, Ardmore 15yr by Gordon and MacPhail / 43%, Glen Elgin 18 yr by Signatory / D95 / B04 / 57%, and the ever popular Ardbeg Uigeadail.

November 10, 2014

Member Kevin led a "Focuses on Finishing" tasting at the Saint Andrew's Society and attendees sampled bottles of Bruichladdich Scottish Barley (Bourbon Barrel), Edradour 13 yr old Sauternes finish, Tullibardine 228 Burgundy finish, Tomintoul 12 yr old Sherry finish, Arran Port finish, and Balvenie 14 yr old Caribbean Rum Cask. Each wine-finished scotch was preceded by a small taste of the type of wine used in that particular cask.

November 04, 2014

Members Sean and Ryan attended a tasting at the Palm Tavern in Milwaukee. The tasting's theme was No-Age-Statement whiskies and they sampled Auchentoshan Three wood, Aberlour A'Bunadh, Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Isle of Jura Superstition, Talisker Storm, and Ardbeg Corryvreckan.

October 02, 2014

WhiskyHead was asked to put together a group to attend a Balvenie tasting at the Milwaukee Art Museum. There were about 40 people in attendance and we tasted the Balvenie Double Wood 12 year, the Caribbean Cask 14 year, the Balvenie Double Wood 17 year, and the Balvenie Port Wood 21yr. Members Doug, Jon, Joe, Austin, Sean, Josh, and Ray were in attendance.

Thank you to Balvenie Ambassador Jonathan Wingo and all who had a hand in putting this event together. What a great evening!

September 25, 2014

Members Doug, Austin, and Ray attended a Glenmorangie tasting hosted by Otto's Wine & Spirits and the Tripoli Golf Club in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. They tasted the Glenmorangie 10 year, the Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 year, the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 year, the Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or 12 year, the Glenmorangie 18 year, and the Glenmorangie Signet.

Ambassador Dan Crowell did an excellent job explaining differences between each finish and was very knowledgeable about Glenmorangie and the industry.

September 12, 2014

Whiskcast, an online news cast for whisky events, distilleries, and news around the world has added WhiskyHead to its list of whisky clubs!
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July 12, 2014

Doug held his 2nd annual summer tasting and 11 guests including members Kevin, David, Jon, Bill, and Sean were in attendance. Featured whiskies included the Glenfarclas 12 year, Glenfarclas 25 year, GlenDronach 12 year, GlenDronach 18 year Allardice, Ardbeg 10 year, and a limited edition bottle of Ardbeg Auriverde.

April 11, 2014

Member Sean held a private tasting at his home and it was attended by members Doug, David, Kevin, and future member Ryan. They tasted Glenmorangie Astar, E.L. Taylor's Single Barrel, Gordan and MacPhail's Teaninich 12 year, the Ardmore Traditional, and a bottle of Laphroaig 10 year.

February 28, 2014

Member Kevin helped organize a tasting at The Union House in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin. Members Doug and John were also there and they tasted Gordan and MacPhail's Dufftown 8 year, Signatory's Ardmore 11 year, Signatory's Benrinnes 9 year, Signatory's Scapa 9 year, Chieftain's Linkwood 16 year, Gordan and MacPhail's Highland Park 8 year, Gordan and MacPhail's Tamdhu 8 year, and Signatory's Rosebank 8 year.

November 11, 2013

Member Kevin led a tasting at the Saint Andrew's Society and attendees sampled bottles of Imperial 15 1995 by Signatory, Glenesk 17 1985 by Gordon & MacPhail, Glen Keith 19 1993 by Duncan Taylor, Inverleven 25 1979 by Scott's, Millburn 27 1976 by Gordon & MacPhail, and Mosstowie 34 year 1979 by Signatory. Members Doug and John represented WhiskyHead.