LA Scotch Club is the original of all the clubs, having formed in 2006 at a time when there were no whisky events at all in the nation’s 2nd largest city. LASC has met over 150 times since and tried, quite easily, over 1000 different whiskies. The metro is large, so the club meets as far east as Pasadena, west as Santa Monica, and as north and the southern San Fernando Valley with the location varying to meet the needs of all the members. LASC is also host to the nation’s largest festival of peat and peated whisky, the annual Peatin’ Meetin’.
What to expect at a Club event:
• Experienced scotch drinkers.
• Inexperienced scotch drinkers. Every event has a new face.
• A respect for the scotch and the desire to study and appreciate it.
• A lively and enjoyable night. Mix whisky and good friends and this will happen.
• A scotch experience better and far more affordable than a night out drinking at a bar.
• Someone who wants to hear you talk about scotch.
• Someone willing to discuss scotch with you.
• Respected scotch expressions often seen at good whisky shops.
• Many scotch expressions that are new, rare, or obscure.
• At least 1 event per month, at different locations, on different days of the week.
• Non-scotch whiskies, especially from distilleries making scotch-like sprits.
What NOT to expect at Club event:
• A stodgy tasting with a kilted guru and a room full of hushed listeners.
• A Scottish based event. We are a scotch club, not a Scottish club. The kilts and pipes come out on special occasions, like Burns Night.
• A booze-fest. We may have a good time, but we are not a frat party and our members are expected to behave respectfully.
• Bad or boring whisky.
• Events purely for networking. Yes, we are mostly professionals, and friendships often lead to other things. Our primary focus is sharing scotch.
• A formal lesson for beginners. We explain what we are drinking but we won’t teach you how to drink it.Feel free to ask questions, however.