Indy Whiskey Tasting

November 30th at the Wine Connextion

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Hosted by David Messina, with Special Guest Josh Hutton

On Thursday, November 30th, David Messina will be welcoming his special guest, Josh Hutton, who will be pouring the award winning whiskeys from the Kilhoman distillery and the Tamdhu distillery (winner of “Best of Speyside, 2017”).  Attendees will have the chance to compare these two “main stream” distilleries with “independent”, or “Indy Whiskeys” to learn what makes each spirit so unique. This is a “limited seating” event, and reservations are required.

Tickets for this special event are $25.00/person.*

To reserve a seat, purchase your ticket by calling David at (877-469-5025), or email

** SOLD OUT!! **

*Ticket fee may be applied toward the purchase of any of the spirits featured at this event.

Check out what we’ll be tasting!


Tamdhu 10Year
On the nose, enjoy a softness of vanilla and sugared almonds, balanced by fresh oak and cinnamon. On the palate it bursts with fruit and spice while gently revealing toffee and the richness of the sherry oak casks. The taste finishes with a touch of fresh fruit, becoming pleasantly drying and slowly unveiling the wisp of peat smoke.

Tamdbu Batch Strength 002
Best Single Malt Scotch Speyside: Silver 96 Points IWC, Best cask strength IWC
The nose is golden syrup, cinnamon and white pepper and cocktail cherries. Mouth coating sherry oak hits the palate with berries and creamy vanilla. Adding water brings out cookie dough, gentle spice and fresh fruit.  The finish leads with spicy notes continuing long into the finish with dried fruits, hazelnut and vanilla.

Exclusive Regions Speyside
Distilled at Glentauchers in 1998 and bottled at 11 years of age the Speyside region is the most densely populated with distilleries. After grain whisky, Speyside malts are the next most used part of the blending industry. These whiskies are not smoky and usually not heavy, although sometimes being matured in an ex-Sherry cask will add the depth.

Exclusive Regions Islay
89 Points Whiskey Advocate
A non-chill filtered single cask bottling. This is a classic full on yet well balanced Islay, with a nose of sweet peat, lemon grass, iodine, and brine.  Ultimately, a whiff of aromatic pipe tobacco. Sweet fruit notes on the palate, developing smoky peat, and barbecued meat. Long in the finish, with spicy licorice, chili, and peat embers.

Kilchoman 6th Edition 100% Islay All parts of the production process for the 100% Islay have taken place at the distillery – from barley to bottle; grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled, making for a unique character. We are proud to be the only Islay distillery distilling single malt from barley both grown and malted on Islay. Bottled at 50% ABV and peated to a lower level to that our other releases, 100% Islay has a lighter, fresher feel to it. Citrus and lemon notes come through with soft peat smoke and a long smooth finish.  First launched in 2010 a new edition of the 100% Islay has been released every year since.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2017 90 Points Whiskey Advocate, Best Islay Single Malt: Silver IWC 91 Point
This  is the sith and oldest limited annal release of Loch Gorm. Distilled in 2009 and aged in oloroso sherry butts. The nose is earthy, with rasisins, dry spices, smoldering peat, and a not unpleasing hint of rubber. The palate is lively with spices, sherry, cherries, and iodine-soaked peats. Aniseed, sweet sherried peat, and tingling spices in the medium length finish. (2,250 Cases)

Kilchoman 2008 Vintage
The Vintage releases are created from specially selected fresh and refill Bourbon casks. The bourbon casks selected for the Vintage releases are some of the oldest we have maturing.  The 2006 Vintage was the first to be launched as a five year old, since then we have released a 2007 Vintage (six years old), a seven year old 2008 Vintage was released in Autumn 2015.  Being matured exclusively in bourbon barrels gives these releases powerful peat smoked fruit on the nose and mouth-filling butterscotch and clove sweetness on the palette.

Singlecask Nation Laphroaig 10Year
This cask bottling, distilled in December 2006, spent ten years maturing in a 2nd fill ex-Bourbon Barrel.  It was bottled at cask strength in May 2017 at 55.9% ABV.  Cask #0800123 yielded 144 bottles. The nose is minerals and farmyard, fried fish oil, smoked chamomile (if there were such a thing), star fruit and quince, caulking, tar and pine sap, Red Hots, and grape leaves. On the palate good amount of pepper and cinnamon up front (reminiscent of a peppery Bowmore but dingier) with very pleasing sweet cereal notes and sugar cookie butteriness. There’s an oiliness that builds mid-palate leading to a clean finish with coastal air and key lime.