September, October, November & December 2014: NEW Seminars

Fall 2014

Traditional Series $90/seat

Saturday, September 13th   at 3pm – Extreme Scotch

Saturday, September 20th at 3pm – Unique Bourbons & Rye sold out

Tuesday, November 4th at 6pm – Japanese Whisky Supremacy

Saturday, November 15th at 3pm – The Past & Present of Scotch: Old v. New sold out

Saturday, November 22nd at 3pm – Bourbon: Best of US Craft, Big and Small sold out

Tasting Express


Monday, September 22nd @ 6pm – Whisk(e)y World

This class lasts 1 hour and starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. Cost: $55/seat all inclusive of the lecture, 5 pours (totaling 4 ounces) and a cheese buffet.

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.

Rare and Precious Series $120/seat

Tuesday, October 7th at 6pm – 18 & Gorgeous Scotch Whisky

Saturday, October 11th at 3pm – Rare and Precious Bourbon sold out

Tuesday, October 21st  at 6pm– The Unavailable Scotch

Saturday, December 13th at 3pm – Best of 2014 Whiskies (Scotch, Bourbon and Rye, Japanese)

Saturday, December 20th at 3pm – Rare and Precious Scotch sold out


Payment is due at time reservation is made. All paid reservations for Spirit School Seminars are non refundable. However, if you feel the need to cancel, you can transfer your reservation to a future class or we can issue a gift certificate.  If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice, your reservation is forfeited and therefore not eligible for transfer.


The Unavailable Scotch Spirit School Seminar
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 6:00 pm
"Rare & Precious" series $120/person all inclusive of tasting, lecture,
hors d'oeuvres (including a cheese buffet), tax and gratuity.

A couple of these bottles may be available on other markets, but for most, we have put them aside many years ago for future enjoyment. Want to remember what the Burgundy finish on Glenmorangie tasted like? Ever had a 23 year-old Strathclyde single grain Scotch whisky? Ever wondered what Auchroisk tasted like? Or diving back into the First Growth series of Bruichladdich with this 16 years Cuvee D Pessac-Leognan finish? Talisker Distillers edition double matured 1999 bottles in 2010 anyone? Or the other 1999-born wild Ardbeg with this 2012 limited release? Or even this very unusual Auchentoshan 14 years "Cooper's reserve" perhaps...

Extreme Scotch
Saturday, September 13th at 3:00 p.m. $90

While not listed (nor priced) as a "rare & precious" class, this solid lineup calls for real Scotch whisky affection...looking at this picture, those of you regularly indulging in Scotch can grasp the depth of the class! We will study the variety offered within the world of Scotch whisky production and explain what brings about all these differences. From left to right (not a tasting order): Balblair 1997 bottled 2009, the brand new Isle of Jura "Brooklyn", a bearded Jura, Springbank 12 years cask strength, released last week...Auchentoshan Virgin Oak, the luscious Benriach 15 years PX finish, the rich Dalmore 18 years and the heavily peated "Ballechin" #2 Madeira cask finish from Edradour. This is a class for the open minds, or the unsettled drinkers!

Unique Bourbons and Ryes
Saturday, September 20th at 3:00 p.m. $90

A wide spectrum of North American whiskies here: discover how rye is embedded to the very core of our History, how it is still the flavor signature of Canadian whiskies, and how Bourbon is rarely a "finished" product when rye is absent from its mashbill! Rye is all the rage now and producers can't keep up with the booming demand...but let's investigate what makes Bourbon the main US whiskey present on our tables and in our liquor cabinets with an overview of its aromatic diversity. From left to right (not a tasting order): Angels' Envy Port cask finished Bourbon, Lot 40 Canadian Rye Whisky, High West Double Rye, Eagle Rare 10 years Bourbon, a double-barreled Bourbon made just for us, Buffalo Trace's Single Oak Project, Rebel Reserve wheated 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!



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