SWC Tasting #51: Why Bourbon Tastes Like Bourbon

Whiskey Flavor Series #1:  Why Bourbon Tastes Like Bourbon

Jason Parker (Copperworks Distillery) and Christopher Gronbeck (The Barrel Thief) present an occasional series of educational & experiential workshops on flavors in whiskey...their sources, development, management, and experience.


The first workshop in this series explores the primary flavors in Bourbon:  what you typically smell and taste when you drink Bourbon, the chemistry underlying the predominant flavors, where and when the flavors develop in the process, and how the distiller manages the process to influence the final product and experience.

We'll be tasting Bourbons during the workshop, and will be leaving plenty of time for questions and contributions by members.

Stay tuned for future installments in the series!

Seattle Whiskey Collective Events Announcement

Thanks to everyone who replied to our survey about the Seattle Whiskey Collective 2017 Holiday Party.  The consensus was to host the party at The Barrel Thief so we can spend money on whiskey instead of venue rental, so the party will be on Monday, Dec. 4th when The Barrel Thief would otherwise be closed, so we'll have the whole space.  All SWC paid members are invited, and may of course bring a guest.  Details to follow!

Some dates to put in your calendar for the rest of 2017:

  •     Monday, Sep. 25:  Theo's Night Out with Woodford Reserve (woodford.bpt.me, ticket code: "swc")
  •     Oct. 2 to 7:  Westland Distillery Peat Week (peatweek.com)
  •     Monday, Oct. 9:  SWC Tasting #51:  Why Bourbon Tastes Like Bourbon (with Jason from Copperworks)
  •     Monday, Nov. 13:  SWC Tasting #52:  Westland Distillery
  •     Tuesday, Nov. 14:  Westland Distillery Tour
  •     Monday, Dec. 4:  SWC Holiday Party
  •     Monday, Dec. 11:  SWC Tasting #53:  Japanese Blended Whiskies & Half-Price Japanese Whisky Night

Here's to a fantastic rest of 2017!


SWC Tasting #50: Bottled-in-Bond Whiskeys


Please join us Monday, Sept. 11th for a tasting of Bottled-in-Bond whiskeys.  Matt Harvey (spirits specialist, Young's Market Company) and Christopher (The Barrel Thief), will discuss why Bottled-in-Bond came about in the late 19th century, what the regulations are to be labeled as Bottled-in-Bond, and what it means for today's consumers.

We'll be tasting four Bottled-in-Bond whiskeys:  two Bourbons and two Ryes.  Each pair will feature an EH Taylor bottling, as Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. was a primary catalyst of the Bottled-in-Bond Act.

Can you taste the difference in Bottled-in-Bond whiskeys?  Is the designation still relevent?  Will EH Taylor stand up to the competition?  Come on Monday the 11th, and find out!

Current Seattle Whiskey Collective members are already registered for this meeting, and don't need to RSVP.  If you wish to attend as a guest or a new member, please visit the Seattle Whiskey Collective web site to sign up:


Seattle Whiskey Collective - Upcoming Meetings


Happy eve of the eclipse!  We're pleased to have arranged for this auspicious astrological alignment to honor the fourth anniversary of the Seattle Whiskey Collective, and we look forward to celebrating with you, tomorrow evening!

We wanted to share the meeting calendar with you for the next few months:

    Monday, August 21:  Fourth Anniversary Party + Whiskey Trivia Contest

    Monday, September 11:  Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon & Rye

    Monday, October 9:  Whiskey Sensory Evaluation (with Jason from Copperworks Distillery)

    Monday, November 13:  Westland Distillery (with optional tour on the 14th)

Hopefully see you tomorrow!

Christopher & Guthrie