Posts Tagged: Scotch

Three (More) Things I Learned In Scotland

The thank you list of people who were generous, hospitable, kind, open, and honest is long indeed. I know this: These brands and these whiskies will forever be near and dear to me after the time I spent there.

Red Bar SF Visits the Wine Cave

Wingtip had the distinct pleasure of hosting the San Francisco chapter of Red Bar for their latest meet-up. The group of watch collectors visited our recently-renovated wine cave, and, in between sips of Balvenie and Glenfiddich, the eagle-eyed fanatics perused each other’s collections. Featured guest Michael Pearson, North America director of Bremont Chronometers, showed off the wares of the five-year-old watch brand, which fused Swiss Aviation watch tradition with UK style. The custom watchbands by Johnny Straps also had the crowd ogling. See the gallery after the jump.

Three Things I Learned In Scotland

Edinburgh is a majestic city. While most of my time was spent at legendary distilleries, I kicked off my trip in Edinburgh, and boy was it amazing. We stayed in a hotel three blocks from the castle in old town. The streets are beyond cobblestone. They are old, and I mean older than our country, or at least they feel that way. Everywhere you look feels like you are in a postcard from the Middle Ages.

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.

Whiskies Of The World (Tentative Pour List Announced!)

We have reserved a limited number of seats for public, non-members, at this month’s Whiskies Of The World tasting. Beam Suntory hosts this international extravaganza Friday, March 27th, from 6-8pm, on the 11th Floor at Wingtip.

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.

Stocking Your Home Bar For The Holidays

So you’ve got your man cave turned into a turn-of-the-century saloon, replete with spittoons and period-specific American flags. But the only booze in the place is drips and dregs of parties bygone, you know, some oxidized vermouth, triple sec, and a full-bottle of grenadine. Well, have no fear, I am here to lend a hand in the stocking of your liquor cabinet–before your holiday guests arrive. And, yes, any of these spirits can be picked up at Wingtip’s Bank Of Wine & Spirits.

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Glenrothes Tasting [Members Only]

Come join Brian and your fellow lovers of Single Malt Whisky to listen to a living legend talk about our favorite spirit! Ronnie Cox, who has been working in the Scotch Whisky Game since the mid 70′s will be leading us through a tasting of 5 different expressions of The Glenrothes, a distillery he has… Read more »

Independent Whisky Bottlers

These are companies that buy either new-make spirit from distilleries or barreled spirit from brokers, and then treat the whisky however they see fit. They can continue to age the whisky as long or as briefly as they want. They can put the whisky into another type of barrel to finish it and give it new flavors that the distillery didn’t think of. They can bottle at cask strength, or any strength (as long as it remains above 40% ABV/80 Proof). They pretty much have carte blanche to do whatever they want to the whisky, and this can be a great thing. It expands the possibilities of Scotch creation, and gives us–the consumer–more unique expressions of existing whiskies. Some of my favorite whiskies have come from independent bottlers.

SIA Scotch Whisky Tasting [Public]

SIA is a new, fresh and exciting Scotch Whisky created specifically to appeal to a modern palate. This delicious Product of Scotland is a blend of Speyside, Highlands and Islay malts. SIA is a welcoming, and delightfully easy-to-enjoy Scotch, whether sipped neat, on the rocks or mixed in a curious cocktail. HOW DOES IT TASTE?… Read more »