March, April, May and June 2014: NEW Seminars

Spring 2014

Standard Seminars $90

Tuesday, April 22nd at 6pm "Best R(h)ums" sold out

Tuesday, May 6th at 6pm "Extreme Scotch" sold out

Saturday, May 17th at 3pm "Bourbon" sold out

Saturday, May 31st at 3pm  "Blind whisky"

Rare and Precious Series $120

Tuesday, May 20th at 6pm "18 & Gorgeous Scotch whisky"

Saturday, June 7th 3pm "Brandy Station: Armagnac & Cognac"

Saturday, June 21 at 3pm "Extra-aged and auctioned Bourbons" sold out

Saturday, June 28th at 3pm  "Across the board 21 yr old whiskies" 6 seats left


The cost is $90 per person all inclusive and $120 per person all inclusive for the rare and precious series. The first round of food along with a cocktail take place between 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.. At 6:30 p.m., the tasting and lecture start, to end around 9:00 p.m., with a break in the middle for more passed hors d'oeuvres. Or 3:00 p.m. for a 3:30 p.m. lecture start.


If you redeem a gift certificate issued for a standard or rare and precious seminar, please bring it along.


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The Spirit School at Brandy Library

Japanese Whisky: strength and elegance

Why have Japanese whiskies conquered the World? If you look at the World Whisky Awards gathered by the Japanese producers for the last 10 years, you're wondering what the Scots are doing wrong...rather, you should ask yourself "what are they doing better"? Or just differently. The Whisky-making in the land of the Rising Sun may be only 90 year-old, but the craft involved in all steps of production seems unequalled so far...

Scotch: scouting the world of Scotch whisky


A spirited evening as we climb every peak and descend the Glens of Scotland to discover the power of some of the biggest names, such as Glenmorangie, and Laphroaig, but as we also uncover the warmth and complexity in the hidden gem distilleries.  Learn what to look for in a quality malt, how to buy, and most importantly the style  of malt that suits you best. Learn some technical points on whisky-making and speak like a stillman as you get familiar with terms like ppm, foreshots, reduction, chill-filtration, etc


Rare and Precious Scotch

WARNING This class is not for the weak of heart.  Here we will take a close look at some of the most exclusive bottles coming from Scotland, the innovation that has them turning heads, and the true beauty that over a century of practice can bring to your glass.  Expect such delights as a not to be missed bottling of The Glenlivet, a rare vintage Macallan, and a few older malts. This is an advanced class, and fundamental Scotch knowledge is encouraged.


Bourbon: our national pride


Travel with us as we go through American history in a glass, just make sure the glass is big enough, because our ancestors liked to drink more than a bit.  We will sample a variety of American whiskies, ryes, wheat and classic bourbons in many shapes.  Learn how to see through the current trends and navigate amongst the ocean of labels available in the stores. 7 pours, $90/seat. Mix it, light passed hors d’oeuvres and cheese buffet.

Brandy Section

The battle of kings: Cognac v. Armagnac. Pisco sour cocktail to start and featuring a Calvados based long drink at intermission. 8 pours, $120/seat. Light passed hors d’oeuvres and cheese buffet.


Rare and Precious Bourbon: "Old-style, Super-Bourbons, Extra-aged, auctioned"

You obviously like your bourbon very much, but you really want to know why and, let's face it, you can't just miss you father-in-law's coming birthday gift! In this class, we go through older whiskies, rare and hard-to-find ones, such these we purchased at auctions or the very limited editions only a handful of bars can put their hands on. This is an advanced class, and fundamental Bourbon knowledge is encouraged. $120/seat. Light passed hors d’oeuvres, cheese buffet and shandy.

18 year-old and Gorgeous...

A flight through an amazing age in Scotch Whisky: playful, firm, assertive but willing, experience the 18 year old paradise. For $120/seat, hit the Whisky sweet spot without the guilt. These are 18 year olds you can keep up with! Light passed hors d’oeuvres, cheese buffet and shandy.

200 years of Single Malt Scotch

Well-known and obscure whiskies here, all sharing malted barley as the raw material, copper pot still distillation and oak-made barrels. But this is where similarities end: maturation, with its various faces of oak species, its climatic conditions and newly applied science of wood management, can lead to great contrasts. What is your favorite age for Scotch? 10, 20, 30 or 40? Here is the chance to make an opinion for yourself.  7 pours, $120/seat. Mix-it, light passed hors d’oeuvres, cheese buffet and shandy.

Extreme Scotch

Tasting unusual single malts to explore the variety of the Scotch Whisky World (from Dalmore cigar malt to Laphroaig 10y cask strength to Longrow RED, etc.  7 pours, $90/seat. Mix-it, light passed hors d’oeuvres and shandy.

Best R(h)ums

Rums from different horizons, the best of the best in all categories  7 pours, $90/seat. Mix-it, light passed hors d’oeuvres and fresh pressed sugar cane juice.



Private Tastings


Experience the depth of the seminar without the lecture!  Our spirit sommelier will guide you through a tasting of your spirit of choice, and will explain the art of distilling, the history, and other technicalities. About two and a half hours of entertaining lecture and tasting with light hors d'oeuvres, for $130/person all inclusive; 6 students minimum.

Tasting Express

The class lasts 1 hour and starts promptly at 5:00 p.m. Cost: $55/seat all inclusive of the lecture, 5 pours (totaling 4 ounces) and a cheese buffet.

Saturday, March 29th. "Scotch" sold out

Tuesday, June 10th "Bourbon"



Your spiritual education can take place in a variety of settings: from the more intimate set-up of the "classroom" - see next two photos - , when your group is from 6 to 10, or at the lower level - picture #3 - (up to 20 students), or even on the main floor - last two pictures below - (up to 30 attentive learners)

We understand "Spiritual Enlightenment" in a quite different way...

Our Spirit Sommeliers have found the path...Come look for yours!



HOURS OF OPERATION: Sunday through Wednesday 5 pm to 1 am. Thursday 4 pm to 2 am; Friday and Saturday 4 pm to 4 am


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