Spirit School Winter Session 2015
Here are a few examples of the classes taught at Brandy Library:

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. $250/seat
Hirsch 20 years American whiskey, Mayfair Kentucky straight Rye 7 years (distilled at the old Berneim distillery!), Pappy Van Winkle 20 years Kentucky Straight Bourbon, The Lost Prophet 22 years Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Elijah Craig 23 years Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Jefferson's Presidential select 25 year old Rye and 30 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. $55/seat
Elijah Craig 12 years, Weller special reserve, Eagle rare 10 years single barrel, Whistle Pig 10 years straight rye, Russell's reserve 6 years straight rye

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. $90/seat
Haig Club single grain, Balvenie single barrel 15 years sherry cask single malt, Auchentoshan Three Wood single malt, Tamdhu 10 years single malt, Hogshead blended malt, Ben Nevis 16 years single malt, Caol ila 13 years Signatory cask strength

Friday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m. $55/seat
Glenfiddich 15 years single malt, Hedonism blended grain, Girvan No 4 Apps single grain, Dewar's 12 years blended Scotch, Big Peat blended malt

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. $120/seat
Parker's Heritage 2014 release Kentucky Straight Wheat whiskey 13 years, Single Oak Project Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Sazerac 18 years Kentucky Straight Rye Fall 2013 release, Booker's 25th anniversary Kentucky Straight Bourbon 10 years, Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary, Weller 12 years Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Willett Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 12 years single barrel

Past seminars:

Tuesday, January 13th, at 6:00 p.m. $120/seat
Nikka Coffey grain whisky, Karuizawa Spirit of Asama, White Oak "Akashi", Hibiki 21 years, Hakushu 18 years, Taketsuru 17 years, Ichiro's Mizunara Wood Reserve

The Glenfiddich 15 years...the Brandy Library way!

Have we totally lost it? Is this some sort of crafty gimmick?  
Well, we always try to bring these wonderful spirits to you as "naked" as possible.
So many bars use very old single malts, Bourbons or ryes, etc. to craft their otherwise delicious cocktails, one may wonder if these libations aren't just wasted.... Let's get controversial here! You are fully entitled to have your  Sidecar made with Louis XIII or your Old-fashioned with a 25 year old Straight rye, but it is a sign of palate maturity to be able to enjoy a well-crafted spirit...STRAIGHT! Plus, worldwide stocks of these great old beverages have dwindled to tiny amounts and this keeps feeding detrimental price hikes...
Oh well, sometimes, you need to bring some fun into drinking, right? Getting creative and all! So, when the boys of The Glenfiddich asked us to come up with a way to best present their 15 year-old, here is what we came up with: the picture above!
Details: keep the Ravenscroft Single Malt Scotch glass in the freezer, along with the bottle itself. When serving, rim one third of the glass with a Sherry-and-superfine sugar coat, pour in 1 ounce of the glorious Glenfiddich 15 years, thick and velvety, and place a whole vanilla bean in the glass...Result: Hard Liquor just softened up! Oh wait, the secret ingredient: the heather honey, 1/2 ounce of it, placed at the bottom of the glass and frozen too! Kind of: it will (very) slowly diffuse into the malt. It's a great experience, between the aromas of the vanilla, the honey, the Sherry-sugar, all of these elements reveal and enhance the dram.
No ice, no bitters, no flowers! Refreshing and rich in the same time. Available at Brandy Library starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 8th. It'll cost you $15

Meet our Lower East Side Outpost...Copper & Oak

Copper and Oak plans to be to the LES what Brandy Library has been to TriBeCa for the last 10 years.  That is a sort of Mecca to all of those who enjoy and appreciate the art form that is distilling and aging spirits.  Our dedication remains to provide a top notch experience through a knowledgeable staff who are expertly capable of helping you navigate through a "modest selection" of bottles.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 5:00 pm until 1:00 am
  You will find at Copper & Oak the very same dedication to fine spirits we offer at Brandy Library, yet in a more casual, dressed down setting. In this tiny space wrapped around with your current and future favorite tipples, we've traded the soft jazz for a bit more upbeat 80's rock,  we won't accept reservations (first come, first serve).  And instead of comfy couches, we've lined one bar top with stools ((these are very comfy), leaving the opposite bar top for standing. But don't worry, we'll still offer food, however, it'll be more of a comfort snacks offering.
Whether you're just introducing your palate to gems like whisk(e)y, brandy, tequila and/or rum OR you've been enjoying them for as long as you can remember, you know that copper and oak - the materials - play a very important role in the overall production of these spirits. The name and design of Copper and Oak pay very special homage to that fact.  You'll be hard pressed to find surfaces that aren't one of these two very fine materials.
All spirits are available by the 1 ounce or 2 ounces.

A few examples of our past Spirit School Seminars at Brandy Library:

BOURBON Express class $55/seat Tuesday, June 10th, 2014   5:00pm 3 seats left

Rebel Reserve, Wild Turkey Forgiven (Bourbon and Rye), Willett Pot still reserve, Old Forester Signature 100 proof, , Stagg Jr

BOURBON class $90/seat Saturday, May 17th, 3:00 pm sold out

Old Forester Signature 100 proof, Rebel Reserve, Four Roses Single Barrel, Barterhouse 20 years, E.H. Taylor Small Batch, Michter's Straight Rye 10 y, Jefferson's Ocean aged


18 & GORGEOUS Scotch Whisky class $120/seat Tuesday, May 20th, 6:00 pm

Chivas  (Blended Scotch Whisky), Balblair 1991, Oban, Aberlour, Dalmore, Macallan , Bowmore



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"Brandy Station"  Rare & Precious Spirit School Seminar: Cognac vs Armagnac $120

Saturday, June 7th, 3pm

Frapin Château de Fontpinot XO Single estate Grande Champagne; Pierre Ferrand Sélection des Anges, Grosperrin Ile d'Oléron Bois Ordinaires 1991 20 years; Chai n°8 Brandy Library private cask Borderies 1992; Ténarèze Armagnac XO Brandy Library private cask; Darroze Château de Gaube 1970 37 years Bas-Armagnac; Delord 25 years Bas-Armagnac; Château de Laubade Intemporel n°5 Bas-Armagnac


~Examples of past classes~



Rye Whiskey Class February 4th at 6:00 pm $90 4 seats left

from left to right: Angels' Envy Straight Rye Whiskey finished in Rum casks, 2nd batch; Forgiven by Wild Turkey, blend of Bourbon and Rye; High West Double Rye, 1776 James Pepper 15 year-old Rye, Canadian Club (!) from 1966; Old Portrero 18th century style Rye mash, Widow Jane (Brooklyn) Rye Whiskey



Bourbon Unleashed: 1000 proof US Whiskies, Saturday, February 8th at 3:00 pm, $120 sold out

Knob Creek Single barrel, Booker's, Parker's Heritage Blend of Mashbills, Noah's Mill. Stagg Jr, Thomas Handy Straight Rye, Balcones Brimstone, Old Grand-Dad 114

21 year-old Scotch: Classy Maturity, Saturday, February 15th, 2014 at 3:00 pm, $120 sold out

Cragganmore, Glen Spey, Balvenie, Bruichladdich Cuvee 407, Old Pulteney, Rosebank, Auchentoshan


Extra-aged and auctioned Bourbons (and other US whiskies), Saturday, January 25th at 3:00 pm $120 sold out

from left to right: Elijah Craig 21 years Kentucky Straight Bourbon Single Barrel, Jefferson's Presidential Select 21 years Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Sam Thompson Pure Rye Whiskey 9 years 1916 Pre-Prohibition, Brandy Library double-barreled, Four Roses Blend of Straight Whiskies, Marco's Regal Reserve, Blend of Straight Whiskies, Old Forester 12 years Birthday release 2011

Single Malt Scotch Whisky Seminar, Tuesday, January 28th at 6pm, $90 sold out

The Isle of Arran Amarone Cask Finish, Imperial Mackillop's Choice 19 years, Balvenie Double Wood 17 years, Dalmore 12 years, anCnoc 12 years, Cragganmore Duncan Taylor 15 years, Ardbeg Corryvreckan



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Almost 6 years of close attention paid to your drinking habits have helped us nail down the most typical and balanced brown spirits in each category: The Spirit School Series line up 8 different private bottlings. Three single malt Scotches, two Cognacs, two Armagnacs, and one Bourbon serve as references for an in-depth "spiritual" journey...





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