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Highland Park Valhalla Collection Dinner [THIS Friday. Public Seats Available.]

We are thrilled to invite you to this Friday’s Valhalla Dinner, hosted by Highland Park’s Brand Ambassador, Martin Daraz.

Let’s just say, this is a BIG deal for scotch drinkers and foodies, alike.

For this one special night, eat like valkyries, gods and goddesses as we toast to Thor, Loki, Freya and Odin, the four rare expressions of the Highland Park Valhalla Collection. In fact, three of these expressions are no longer available for purchase, making this an extraordinary opportunity to be in the presence of greatness.

The night would not be complete without Brand Ambassador Martin Daraz leading us through each expression while we indulge on a Norse feast.

Details

When: Fri, Apr 3rd at 6:30pm
Where: Wingtip 550 Montgomery, 11th floor
Ticket: $250/person – 2 spaces available.

RSVP: jennifer@wingtip.com

Highland Park Valhalla Collection

ODIN

Highland Park Valhalla Collection: OdinHighland Park Odin represents a single malt Scotch whisky worthy of its namesake – the formidable and commanding ruler of Asgard. Its intense complexity ensures this final release is deserving of its rightful place at the head of the Valhalla Collection.

Tasting Notes

Colour: Vivid burst of sunlight
Nose: This intense whisky possesses a fierce spice; cinnamon bark and nutmeg rise from Odin’s spirit. Behind the spice, toasted walnuts smoulder with pulsating explosions of smoke. Odin cuts an ominous figure and this whisky is no different.
Palate: A huge, powerful palate draws on the complexity of Odin’s character. Layers of peat uncover thousands of years of wisdom. Dense oak and still smouldering away are the rich charred walnuts.
Finish: Throughout is a subtle sweetness, sharing the knowledge of well-seasoned sherry wines. Plums and soft fruit disappear into the dark as the peaty embers glow into a smoky finale.

FREYA

Highland Park Valhalla Collection: FreyaFor the third release in the acclaimed Valhalla Collection, Highland Park has turned its attention to the mesmerising Norse Goddess of Love, Freya.
Continuing the tradition of reflecting the character and qualities of the Norse Gods in the whisky itself, Freya’s intriguing allure and feisty personality has inspired a full, rich and complex single malt with a lingering beguiling finish.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Almond and Madagascan vanilla. White chocolate followed by candied cherries makes way for a vibrant wave of mango and melon, riding upon a cloud of cream soda.
Palate: Orange peel, butterscotch and rose petals provide the sweetness along with orange blossom and ginger. Lively popping candy, lemongrass and tropical fruits are lightly shrouded in peat smoke.
Finish: Complex and beautiful, the finish gives lingering spice and soft peat smoke intertwined with soft orchard fruits, toasted coconut and a light char, providing a rounded depth and allowing this whisky to soar.

THOR

Highland Park Valhalla Collection: ThorHighland Park Thor has a natural strength like its namesake, drawing influence from the environment unique to Orkney, to create a truly elemental spirit. Distilled where sea turns to ocean, this 16 year-old single malt is a meeting point of nature’s forces, exuding a dynamic and bold character on the surface, but with an unexpected softer side at its heart.

Bottled at a robust 52.1% abv this limited edition whisky comes housed in a unique wooden frame, which echoes the fearsome contours of a traditional Viking long ship.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Concentrated and forceful, with an explosion of aromatic smoke, pungent fresh ginger, antique copper, stewed plums, and golden syrup. With water, earthy notes emerge, like a garden after a heavy rain shower.
Palate: Thor’s high strength grabs the palate and refuses to let go. Initially dry, with fiery gingerbread then vanilla, blackberries, fresh mango, peach and hints of cinnamon. As its big flavours swirl around the mouth, some softer, sweeter notes develop, giving Thor and unexpected layer of complexity and depth.
Finish: The finish thunders on, leaving behind lingering notes of sweet vanilla and an intense spiciness.

LOKI

Highland Park Valhalla Collection: LokiOne of the most complex characters in Norse mythology, Loki constantly challenges the gods, questioning their order and hierarchy within Asgard. Yet with every treacherous situation he engineers, his actions ultimately create heroes amongst the other gods.

Like its namesake, this whisky is unpredictable and impulsive, echoing the formidable weather of the Orkney Islands. It is a single malt which is both dynamic and energetic, with constantly evolving flavours and a fiendish inner complexity.

Tasting Notes

Nose: A spirited lift of dried bitter orange, which quickly turns into lemon peels. Cardamom notes trick then tease the nose, before an enticing hit of gingerbread develops. With water, liquorice and aromatic smoke are both unleashed.
Palate: The true shape‐shifting ability of Loki springs to life on the palate: its waxy texture is amplified by an intense smoke that doesn’t appear on the nose, shattering the light citrusy illusion of the aroma. All is not what it seems. The smoke fades as liquorice and rich spiced apple flavours come out to play. Lemon and grapefruit are consistent throughout this elusive, yet intriguing character. With a touch of water, lingering notes of melted dark chocolate over spent embers leave a soft smoky impression.
Finish: As Loki departs, he leaves behind toasted cloves, hickory smoke and soft vanilla. It is constantly changing, from appearance to finish. Loki is an enigma and truly another whisky of the gods.

Hand Embroidered Directory

You don’t see hand embroidery every day

We know our customers already appreciate craftsmanship: suits made by hand rather than machines, benchmade shoes, hand-painted cufflinks, to name a few. Machines have taken over so much of the world’s production that sometimes it’s hard to remember that something was ever done by hand. Embroidery is a good example. Your golf shirt with your country club’s logo on it? The shirt is made mostly by machines, and I can guarantee you the logo was embroidered by a machine. And it probably should be, or else the shirt would cost double.

So when I found out that one of our employees was a skilled embroiderer, the question wasn’t if we should have her do something; it was what should we have her do? It needed to be something substantial to really show off the artistry. The Club needed a directory sign to help guide members & guests find their way, and so we asked Jessica Tang, our store assistant and hand-embroiderer, to create one. Because of the texture and detail, the photos don’t really do it justice, but keeping it a secret would be worse. It is being framed this week and will find its permanent home by the end of the month.

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Jul 15: All-You-Can-Krug [Members Only]

All You Can Krug
Tue, Jul 15th at the Wingtip Club

Krug’s Ambassador, Garth Hodgdon, will be at Wingtip for an all-you-can-drink Krug event featuring their Grand Cuvée, the 2000, 2003, and Rosé. Pricing TBD but it will be a great value; tickets will go on sale once we have final details. In the meantime, mark your calendar.

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First Annual 007 Party: “Dr. No” [Seats Open to Public]

In honor of James Bond author Ian Fleming’s birthday (the author would be 106), we are hosting our 1st Annual 007 Party on Sat, May 31st. And, we are making 10 seats available to the public for the occasion.

The theme is Dr. No, so come dressed in your best Bond, Bond villain, or a Bond girl attire. The party will feature a calypso band, Martinis, good food, and Baccarat.

Tickets are $100, with the optional addition of a half-glass of 1955 Dom Perignon (James Bond’s second-favorite Champagne) for a further $125. on the members’ website, or, for the general public, via events@wingtip.com.

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JUN 3: Women Of Wingtip, “The Fragrance of Whisk(e)y” [Female Members Only]

June 3rd, 7:00-8:30pm

Umami Mart & Wingtip present the next Women of Wingtip Mixer: The Fragrance of Whisk(e)y. Join Yosh Han, a world-class perfumer, on a magical journey through the fragrance of six whiskies, using raw perfume materials to identify specific aromatics. Lucia of Campari’s Women & Whiskies will provide information on each whisky’s distillation and aging process, as well as where in the production process the different aromas and flavors originate.

Ticket includes:
– Tastings of six different whiskies
– Reception with sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres
– Goodie tote back with T-shirt, notebook, tasting guide, Yosh fragrance samples, and Umami Mart spherical ice tray
– Proceeds go towards Dress for Success, a local non-profit dedicated to professional development for women
– A night out with the ladies! This is a women-only event, sorry boys!

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May 31: First Annual 007 Party, “Dr. No” [Seats Open to Public]

In honor of James Bond author Ian Fleming’s birthday (the author would be 106), we are hosting our 1st Annual 007 Party on Sat, May 31st. And, we are making 10 seats available to the public for the occasion.

The theme is Dr. No, so come dressed in your best Bond, Bond villain, or a Bond girl attire. The party will feature a calypso band, Martinis, good food, and Baccarat.

Tickets are $100, with the optional addition of a half-glass of 1955 Dom Perignon (James Bond’s second-favorite Champagne) for a further $125. on the members’ website, or, for the general public, via events@wingtip.com.

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Photos from the new Digital Menu

The Club is rolling out a digital menu experience for members, and for the project, we had photographer John Lee and food stylist Lillian Kang attempt to convey the typical Club experience for everything from breakfast to cigars.

 

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Meet the Maker: WhistlePig [Members and invited guests only]

Wingtip bar maestro Brian MacGregor is thrilled to host Dave Pickerell, the Master Distiller behind one of our go-to American Ryes, WhistlePig. Stop by to taste the WhistlePig 10-yr straight American Rye–and see how Brian would use it in a cocktail.

via WhistlePig.com: “Dave, a luminary in the world of whiskey, is one of the nation’s preeminent master distillers. Before joining WhistlePig, he spent 14 years as the Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark in Loretto, Kentucky. He joined the WhistlePig team with a simple (yet astoundingly complex) objective: create the finest rye whiskey.”

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Glenfiddich Tasting [Seats Open to Public]

Ever wonder what a 21-year-old single malt Scotch Whisky, from one of the last family owned distilleries in Scotland, tastes like? If you answered yes, you’ll want to join us tomorrow for a chance to try Glenfiddich 15, 18, and 21! (Along with a few other treats.) Hosted by Wingtip bar manager Brian MacGregor, with our special guest, Glenfiddich West Coast Brand Ambassador, Mitch Berchard.

RSVP to brian@wingtip.com to purchase your tickets. $40.

About the Glenfiddich 21-Year-Old

We use casks that once contained premium Caribbean rum to finish our 21 Year Old expression. It’s the details that matter. This expression spends four months finishing in Gran Reserva barrels selected by our Malt Master, adding to its distinctive and complex flavour.

Experience an intense and vanilla sweet aroma, floral with hints of banana, followed by a soft, lively taste with lime, ginger and spice and a complex and exceptionally long ending.

Our rum finish releases layers of intensity and sets this 21 Year Old apart from other whiskies.

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Below The Deck and Off The Menu

One of my favorite parts of cocktail culture is writing and creating the cocktail menu; that is why I am in this business and love this job. That being said, I find myself increasingly making drinks that are not on our menu.

Now there is only one person to blame for this, and that is myself. When we have a member/guest ask for a cocktail menu, I shake my head and say, “You don’t need it. Let’s talk about what you like to drink,” and I proceed to serve them something else based upon how they answer a few questions, such as, “What do you normally drink?”, “Are there any spirits you do not particularly enjoy?” From there, I can do my best to recommend something they will enjoy. I love that; it gives me a chance to shine as a bartender, and share my favorite drinks with people (it is also a chance to try out new drinks on unsuspecting guinea pigs).

Restaurants around the city, and, I imagine, around the country, have secret menus. If you know to ask for something that is not on the menu, then you are in the know, and you get something special. I guess, as bartenders, we all keep “secret cocktail menus” in the Rolodexes of our minds.

Here at Wingtip, we have one particular drink that a very select few even know about, and I am hesitant to even mention it for fear of letting the cat out of the proverbial bag–but it’s too much fun to keep a secret. It is what we call the “Tiki Special.”

I might not be card-carrying member of the Cult of Tiki, but it is, by far, my favorite style of drink. And my favorite bar in the city is the great Smuggler’s Cove, the Tiki Mecca of SF. So we present the Tiki Special in a vintage tiki mug, from a collection I have amassed from antique stores and tiki bars in the area. I keep a stash of them behind the bar, part-decoration, part-offering to the Tiki gods.

As far as the drink goes, it is tiki-inspired, but is rarely filled with the same thing twice. So if you want to hold your glass–err, mug–high and pay libation to the Tiki gods, you’ll want to remember to order the Tiki Special off the menu.