There is a small scene of increasingly female-led drinking events and experiences that have been popping up over the last 18 months and one is the Birmingham Whisky Club started by Amy Seaton. Rather than sit around waiting for something to happen Amy’s get up and do it yourself attitude, and love of whisky, gave her good enough reason to start a tasting club and help kick-start a whisky scene in Birmingham.
“The drink is growing in popularity around the world and amongst younger people,” comments Amy. “Other cities already have a lot going on and I thought with the burgeoning independent food and drink scene this would be a good fit. I found Craig Mills, a whisky expert with over 20 years experience in whisky retail and a great lover of the drink himself, and together we run the club.”
The regular monthly tutored tastings are based on themes such as ‘Whiskies of the World’, ‘Tour of Scotland’ or ‘Rare and Vintage’ and distillers are also invited to host events. November’s ‘Peat Freaks’ event offers a tutored tasting for fans of more peated whiskies with Isle of Islay distillers; Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Bowmore and Lagavulin.
Peat Freaks – Tutored Whisky Tasting
Upstairs at the The Old Joint Stock, 22 November, 7pm start. £25 per person
The club will be celebrating their first Birthday with a festival and tasting event. The event will take place in the private rooms of the Old Joint Stock on Saturday 1st December between 12:00 – 17:00. Upstairs will be a room for distillers/brands to showcase their stock – visitors will be able to taste around 50 whiskies and chat to people behind the stands to understand how to taste and what to look out for.
Downstairs there will be two tasting sessions: cheese and whisky matching and whisky for the festive season – both a great way of exploring the drink in a bit more detail. This would be an ideal afternoon for the whisky expert, or a novice trying to gain knowledge about the world of whisky. The Whisky Shop will have a stand showcasing their Christmas stock and will be giving people a 10% discount for any whisky bought on the day. We will also be running a competition to win tasting tickets, bottles of whisky and tickets to a distillery tour.
You can buy a ticket for just the main festival room at £25, go to one of the tasting sessions from £20, or combine them to get a bit of money off.
More info can be found www.thebirminghamwhiskyclub.co.uk