Breaking: Whisky Bundles and Whisky Club

We here at Wingtip love whisky. Nay, love is not a strong enough word. We obsess over it, we read about it and drink it every day, and as soon as we can grow gills, we will breathe it. We drink it young, old, neat, and over ice; and whether its lineage is Scottish, American, Japanese, or some other whisky-loving nation, we will give it a fair shake. I think you get the point. We love the Golden Elixir that is the nectar of life–and we want to share it with you.

To that end, Wingtip Bank Of Wine And Spirits manager Kyle Nadeau and myself have worked diligently putting together whisky bundles that will allow you to explore whisky regions from around the world. Each month will feature a three-bottle bundle of whisky for around $200, which will give you the chance to build an amazing whisky library. At the end of the year, if you choose to purchase each month (and if you still have some elixir left in each bottle), your home bar will be better stocked with whiskies than many bars in SF.

The first month only costs $185 (down from a combined retail value of $220), and will feature three whiskies from the Speyside region. There are more distilleries per square mile in the Speyside region than anywhere else in the world, and we chose these to highlight the diversity of the region.

First up, the lovely Glenrothes 2001, owned by the good people at Berry Brothers and Rudd. Ronnie Cox, Global Brand Ambassador for the distillery, describes it thus, “It was selected from a variety of casks to deliver soft but stimulating and conversational properties. It combines the maturity of oaky vanilla, with the fullness of ripe black cherries and has a lingering, typically Glenrothes finish of soft spices.

“It has wonderful length and depth, hugely satisfying and an excellent demonstration of the Malt Master’s skill and dedication to the art of wood management.”

The second whisky comes from a distillery that laid silent for many years, but has seen a revival as of late. So welcome back, the Tamdhu 10 Year, a real beauty. From its enticing hue of golden brown (cue the classic Stranglers song), to its elegantly redesigned bottle, it will satisfy the most picky of whisky drinkers. Fully matured in second-fill sherry casks, it shows notes of dark fruit and baking spice. The finish lingers and leaves you wanting more.

The third whisky is very near and dear to me. When we built our collection at the Wingtip club, BenRiach is one of the distilleries that really jumped out at me. We stock many of their whiskies, and this, the BenRiach 16 Year, is one of my favorites. It is finished in Sauternes Casks that lend it a beautiful straw-blond color, as well as a great mouth feel and a full palate experience. With a slight note of passion fruit, this warm and inviting whisky is truly seductive.

This is my last rambling whisky note for today. But it’s a biggie. We are getting ready to launch (Wait for it) (Do you see it coming?) (Okay, well here it is) The Wingtip Whisky Club!

Kyle will be selecting the bottles for this club, and I can tell you with complete confidence that he has an amazing palate and sources the finest whisky this side of the Atlantic.

We are going to offer two different clubs. The first will cost no more than $200 a bottle, and you will receive a bottle every two months. If you fall in love with a bottle, you can always buy more.

The second club is going to cost $500 a bottle and will be available 2-3 times a year. This is a club reserved for those special bottles Kyle finds, the ones that can’t be passed up.

If you are interested in either club (or both clubs!), please email Kyle at kyle@Wingtip.com. We will launch the first club as soon as we get 100 people signed up–both WIngtip members and non-members are welcome to join. The sooner we reach that number the sooner we all get our whisky. So what are you waiting for?

Stay tuned for next month’s bundle offering and more ramblings from this whisky lover.

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Brian MacGregor

Wingtip Bar Director Brian MacGregor has tended bar in San Francisco for over nine years, learning his trade from such local legends as Jeff Hollinger, Jonny Raglin, and Thad Volger. Although he credits his cocktail crafting skills to these fine practitioners, he learned the art of hospitality at a very young age from his father, a career bartender in his childhood home of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brian has, for three years, creating award-winning drinks and building an extensive collection of rare and fine spirits at some San Francisco’s most acclaimed bars and restaurants such as Jardiniere, Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen, and Absinthe Brasserie and Bar. Currently, Brian resides in San Francisco with his wife, Carey, a bartender herself, their two cats and their greyhound, Pooka.

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