Water of Life (Whiskey Tasting – no reading required!)

  • July 19, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Please join us for a very special event, as we explore and taste whiskies of the world. This, admittedly, has nothing to do with science fiction and fantasy. But whiskey is amazing and one of my absolute favorite things, and so we’re doing something a little unusual here. Perhaps your only experience with whiskey has been with cheaper mixing whiskeys, and you're wondering what all the hype is about. Or perhaps you've been wanting to learn more about whiskey, in all its delightful complexity, for some time now but didn't know where to start. Either way, this event will be a special treat, and we know you’ll enjoy it. In fact, here’s a video explaining exactly why you need to attend this event.

Whisky or Whiskey (spelled with an e in Ireland and America), is distilled from fermented grain mash and aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred oak. The combination of ingredients, the water used, cask material and history, and time aged are what shape the flavor and character of the whiskey.

Our tasting will include an exploration of eight selected whiskies ranging from Ireland to Scotland to North America, with specially designed food pairings for each. There will also be more substantial fare for afterwards to help fortify us before we drive home. The tasting will be the equivalent of about 4 drinks (cushioned by food and spread over several hours). We have designed the event to give you plenty of time time and food by which to shed the effects of the alcohol before driving home, but your safety is important to us, so we do recommend you find a designated driver to drop you off and pick you up if you’re able to. It’s also an easy 10-12 minute walk to and from the East Falls Church Metro station. And you can also always call a cab (or walk to the metro and grab one from the taxi stand).

We do strongly recommend that you come to the whiskey tasting with a clean palate. Try to avoid strong or spicy foods for at least 2 hours beforehand, and you may wish to brush your teeth or use mouthwash before coming. We do also require that you come to the event fully sober. Not only is it a safety issue, it will ensure you have the best possible tasting experience. This should go without saying, but all attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Please arrive on time. Space is limited, so we will be using a waiting list. RSVPs will be locked in 14 days prior (Saturday July 5 at 6:00 PM). If you RSVP yes, please make sure you (and any of your guests, if applicable) attend!* We will not be able to offer any refunds after July 5.

We are asking that each attendee pay an event fee to help us defray the rental cost of the room and the cost of the whiskies, the accompanying food, and the other accessories needed to run an event like this. You must pay online in order to RSVP ($51.80) or pay in cash at a prior meetup if space remains available ($50 exact change, bills only by July 13) and we'll add you manually to the event.

We are responsible for cleaning the room ourselves, so we ask for your help and cooperation in avoiding any messes, and quickly alerting us to any spills that occur. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions of which we should be aware. We may be able to accommodate them.

The venue has parking restrictions, and you cannot park in the main condo parking lot (not even the handicapped spaces). Not only will this probably get you towed, it will jeopardize our relationship with the venue and the likelihood of being able to hold future events.

There is however, plenty of street parking available (here's a map). I'd suggest you first try on N Sycamore St and N Tuckahoe St (parallel and west of Roosevelt Blvd) or along 11th Rd N and 12th St N (perpendicular) or on N Rockingham St or N Rochester St (parallel and east). All are very close and easy walks to the venue. The building is access-controlled, so from 5:30-6:30 we'll have someone waiting at the door to let you in and send you upstairs. You must arrive by 6:30 at the absolute latest to participate.

Also, just to clarify on the accessibility of the venue, in addition to handicapped parking being unavailable for our use, reaching the party room will require climbing a single flight of stairs. These are factors beyond our control, but please factor them into your decision to attend.

*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to attend, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For this special event, a no-show will prohibit you from attending any other space-limited special event or DVD/TV night for 4 months after your no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 72 hours before an event. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Sweth C.

    Of possible interest to folks getting into whiskey. (WhistlePig was the only Potemkin Distillery we sampled, FYI.) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/your-craft-whiskey-is-probably-from-a-factory-distillery-in-indiana.html

    July 28

    • Derek

      That was a neat article. A very similar trend in wine started a while back... some just bottle other vineyards wines; others get the grapes/juice from it but ferment it themselves.

      July 29

  • Shannon

    Learned quite a bit and and was amazed at the level of detail Vijay put in, thank you!!! Thank you so much Cheryl, Vernieda, Elizabeth, Brittany and Efe for being extra hands/prep for the food and event!

    4 · July 21

  • Jeremy D. H.

    This was the best event to follow up a crazy week. Getting to sit back and learn a lot about Whiskey and how to enjoy it was a blast. Vijay paced the experience out and I walked away having had a complete blast.

    5 · July 21

  • Kent

    DAMN that was fun! We all learned SO much, drank some excellent (albeit a challenge to some of our pallettes!) whiskey, and ate some AMAZING food (thanx to Cheryl, who outdid her self in food creation/preparation!). The event support-staff (Brittany, Efe, Elizabeth, & Vernieda) were outstanding - and really helped make this event seamless and fun. And, of course, a huMONgous thanx to Vijay for ALL his multitudinous efforts at creating, researching, purchasing, carting, storing, pouring, structuring, delivering, and facilitating this shindig! OH, and special thanx for his patient management of Table #1 - our evening's winners of the Extreme Exuberance award. = ; ) Also, an additional word of appreciation for those anonymous few who, unbidden, stepped in to assist in set-up and clean-up. These events are NOT easy! So all the help in keeping work-loads evenly distributed is ALWAYS appreciated!!! Ahhh, what a great way to spend an evening - with good friends and good drinks!

    7 · July 21

  • Prashant

    Big thanks to Cheryl, Vernieda, Elizabeth, Brittany and Efe for the food and taking care of us!

    8 · July 20

  • Bill K.

    What a great time! The instruction and information was perfect. The food was perfect. All the hostess were much appreciated. I really tried to pull out all the smells, tastes, and the follow through to me it all smelt and tasted like whiskey. The samples were great. I found at least two more that I’d like to have on hand, one was a good tasting but I wouldn’t get it again, and the others certainly very good. An incredible pleasant evening with all of the group. This is a complex event to set up and I do appreciate all the planning and folks involved in the execution.

    7 · July 20

  • Prashant

    Very educational and now I know what I don't like. Also quite entertaining. :-)

    4 · July 20

  • Kovit K.

    So went can we do this again?

    2 · July 20

  • Derek

    A lot of fun. The passion was obvious and contagious even before the drinks began. It's obvious a lot of thought and effort went into both the material and the cooking, which was excellent. Felt like I learned a lot, and being armed with the right words/adjectives is a powerful tool for enjoying any experience. Looking forward to trying some more whisk(e)y in the future!

    PS although everything was great, the Lagavulin and blue cheese combination floored me. Loved it!

    3 · July 20

    • Chiara

      Lagavulin I love you :)

      2 · July 20

  • Shannon

    Informative and lots of fun! Great to see everyone, too!

    July 20

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! I hope you're excited for tonight's whiskey tasting! Just a reminder that if you're driving, please pay careful attention to the parking restrictions and limitations. And for those of you that haven't been to the venue before, just a reminder we're in the 7th floor party room. See you tonight!

    1 · July 19

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, I hope you're excited for next Saturday's whiskey tasting! If there are any friends or guests you have that you were thinking of inviting, please sign them up ASAP so that we have an accurate count of how many people to expect. Thanks!

    July 10

  • Kevin

    I'd dearly lve to attend this event as I am a whiskey enthusiast... Alas, I must work that day and calling in sick to drink in Arlington FD's response area would be kinda dumb...
    Maybe we could do it at my place in Reston, or on a different day?
    Just trying to do what I can for the love of good whiskey... And VJ, of course....

    July 1

  • Helga M.

    I'm sorry, I won't be able to make it after all - found out family is coming into town that weekend.

    June 4

  • Sweth C.

    Assuming Vijay doesn't object, there may be a few other bottles of interesting whiskeys (eg Glen Morangie Companta) available to sample as part of my downsizing...

    May 16

    • Vijay

      Actually, I do. For several reasons, including safety and liability, we're going to ask that nobody bring any additional alcohol to this particular event.

      But there will be several movie nights that are BYO that would be appropriate times. Thanks!

      May 16

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: In order to receive a refund on your payment, you MUST cancel no later than 6:00pm on July 5. We will not be able to provide a refund for any cancellations after that point.

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