Single Cask Scotch: The Ultimate in Rare



A spirits seminar in Milwaukee on Thursday, March 19, 6 to 7:30 pm.


For almost three generations we have grown up during a Single Malt Scotch boom.  Certainly a wonderful time to be alive and imbibing.  And under this boom we have come to associate Single Malts as just that – a Scotch made, matured, vatted and produced by the name that is on the label.  In other words, an industry that is vertically integrated, delivering to us the flavors we expect from the name of the product that is on the label.  

At this tasting we take a step back in time, both literally and figuratively, to a time in Single Malt history where Scotch was not made this way.  Scotch history thoroughly revolves around the creation of blends, and throughout most of its history, Single Malts were blended.  These blends came from a vertically fragmented industry.  A distillery made the spirit, but then someone else matured it, a third person vatted it, and a fourth took it to market.  

This fragmented market gave rise to Independent Bottlers.  These keepers of Quaich would buy immature spirit, mature, and bottle it as single malts.  These were not vast vattings across oceans of spirit.  Most often they were single casks, or small-production runs, matured exclusively by the Independent Bottler.  That tradition continues to this day and gives rise to the ultimate in rare: Single Cask Scotch. 

Guided by Keeper of the Quaich Lauren Green, this tasting plumbs the depths of two Independent Bottlers, across the reaches of Scotland and its distilleries into three decades past.  These Scotches have never been seen before, because they’ve never been bottled before.  For the Scotch enthusiast – or even some tasting Scotch for the first time – this is an educational tasting not to miss.

Scotches to be tasted: TBA

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