Scotch 101

with Kirk Figus

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5.0 | 23 reviews

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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Food & Drink

Event Overview

Learn about scotch whisky in a fun and informal setting!

Whether you're a total newbie, or even somewhat experienced, you'll learn about the world of single malt scotch in a relaxed, casual setting. You'll learn ...

•What is Scotch?
•Origins and Distilleries
•How It's Made
•How to Taste
•Regions of Scotland
•Barrels and Maturation

It sounds like a lot to cover, but we'll do so in a breezy multimedia session that lasts about an hour and a half. Built into the session is time to socialize with your fellow scotch enthusiasts, and chat about the various single malts you're sampling. We'll feature a scotch from each of Scotland's six whisky-making regions...

•Auchentoshan 12 Year Old (Lowlands)
•Dalmore 12 Year Old (Highlands)
•Jura 10 Year Old "Origin" (Islands)
•Springbank 10 Year Old (Campbeltown)
•Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength (Islay)
•Balvenie 12 Year Old DoubleWood (Speyside)
(Lineup subject to change due to scotch availability.)

So why should you attend? You want to learn about scotch, right?....otherwise you probably wouldn't have read this far!

What to Bring

Bring a valid form of ID.

Minimum age

All ages welcome

Prerequisites

You must be 21 years of age to attend.

What's Provided

You'll be provided with scotch (naturally), a multimedia presentation, tasting notes, and mixing water, along with a lot of new knowledge about single malts.

Cancellation Policy
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MORE ABOUT YOUR HOST

Kirk Figus

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A few years ago, Kirk was looking for a new hobby, and decided to join a scotch tasting club, having developed a casual interest in single malt scotch whisky. There was one problem—he couldn't find a scotch club to join.

Asking himself, "How hard could it be to start my own?" he decided to form a group of like-minded folk to join him in exploring the many wonders of scotch whisky.

Nine months, and lots of research (translation: tasting a lot of scotch) later, the Single Malt Society scotch club was launched, with seventeen brave members.

The club started to catch on, as some of those original charter members recruited a friend or two to join them, and one thing led to another. As they enter their sixth year, the club has grown to almost 150 members, making it one of the largest in the country.

Kirk's mission remains unchanged from that first session—to create a fun and informal setting in which people can learn about scotch, without any of the snootiness often associated with a wine or spirits tasting group. Members of any experience level are welcome, whether newbies or long-time malt maniacs, and everyone learns a little something along the way.

Kirk certainly did, as his casual interest evolved into a passion, and—admittedly—a bit of an obsession. Since starting the Society, he has created dozens of multimedia presentations, conducted over 100 tasting sessions, and sampled over 250 kinds of scotch. Now he's happy to share his knowledge, and introduce others to the fascinating world of scotch.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Randy L.
    Reviewed on 04/14/16

    Very good class!! Learned a lot and it was well worth the money!

    Very good class!! Learned a lot and it was well worth the money!

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    Ron K.
    Reviewed on 04/14/16

    This class was very informative for a newbie to Scotch. Well organized and presented!

    This class was very informative for a newbie to Scotch. Well organized and presented!

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    Jason S.
    Reviewed on 02/11/16

    Really enjoyed the Scotch 101 class! Kirk, the instructor, did a great job of combining interesting facts, humor, knowledge and a wide variety of Scotches to try. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about this topic and it shows in his appreciation of it and eagerness to share with others in a very low key and encouraging way. I highly recommend this class to anyone that either is a scotch drinker, has been wanting to learn more, or is just looking for a fun way to spend some time with friends and meeting other people. First Dabble class too and I will be back, great job everyone!

    Really enjoyed the Scotch 101 class! Kirk, the instructor, did a great job of combining interesting facts, humor, knowledge and a wide variety of Scotches to try. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about this topic and it shows in his appreciation of it and eagerness to share with others in a very low key and encouraging way. I highly recommend this class to anyone that either is a scotch drinker, has been wanting to learn more, or is just looking for a fun way to spend some time with friends and meeting other people. First Dabble class too and I will be back, great job everyone!

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    Sandy M.
    Reviewed on 02/11/16

    This class was a good mix of education and fun. The instructor did a great job with the entire presentation!

    This class was a good mix of education and fun. The instructor did a great job with the entire presentation!

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    Jeremy I.
    Reviewed on 02/11/16

    Had a great time at the class and learned a lot about scotch. There was a very well done presentation that was very enjoyable to watch. I would highly recommend this class to anyone!

    Had a great time at the class and learned a lot about scotch. There was a very well done presentation that was very enjoyable to watch. I would highly recommend this class to anyone!

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    Jason M.
    Reviewed on 09/28/15

    Great intro to Scotch. I enjoyed the presentation and, of course, the Scotch. Fun, friendly atmosphere.

    Great intro to Scotch. I enjoyed the presentation and, of course, the Scotch. Fun, friendly atmosphere.

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    Shannon H.
    Reviewed on 06/26/15

    This was a great class! Kirk was very passionate, informative and eager to share what he loves. We learned so many interesting facts about Scotch. Also, everyone in my class was friendly and welcoming. We all had a great time tasting and sharing our opinions on our favorites. This was a surprise gift for my boyfriend who really enjoyed the class as well!

    This was a great class! Kirk was very passionate, informative and eager to share what he loves. We learned so many interesting facts about Scotch. Also, everyone in my class was friendly and welcoming. We all had a great time tasting and sharing our opinions on our favorites. This was a surprise gift for my boyfriend who really enjoyed the class as well!

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    Lori D.
    Reviewed on 06/24/15

    What a great class! I did not think Kirk could top the first class in terms of Scotch education and entertainment but I was wrong. This class is an awesome introduction to Scotch appreciation and enjoyment - especially for people who do not believe they can have FUN with Scotch (like me). Highly recommend you take this class ... if not for the actual liquor, then for the amount of whisky trivia you'll garner.

    What a great class! I did not think Kirk could top the first class in terms of Scotch education and entertainment but I was wrong. This class is an awesome introduction to Scotch appreciation and enjoyment - especially for people who do not believe they can have FUN with Scotch (like me). Highly recommend you take this class ... if not for the actual liquor, then for the amount of whisky trivia you'll garner.

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    Leland W.
    Reviewed on 06/24/15

    The teacher was very personable. He had a wealth of knowledge about scotch. He made the class enjoyable.

    The teacher was very personable. He had a wealth of knowledge about scotch. He made the class enjoyable.

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    Julie B.
    Reviewed on 04/01/15

    Class was very enjoyable. Something for everyone. Would recommend for anyone who thinks they might have interest in Scotch. Try this before you commit to bigger bucks.

    Class was very enjoyable. Something for everyone. Would recommend for anyone who thinks they might have interest in Scotch. Try this before you commit to bigger bucks.

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    Neil S.
    Reviewed on 04/01/15

    Great

    Great

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    Mary G.
    Reviewed on 04/01/15

    This class was fantastic! Kirk was very informative and I learned a lot. We had an added bonus of sitting with his son Brett. He shared more information with us as we socialized during the tasting. Cannot wait to try some more of their suggestions!

    This class was fantastic! Kirk was very informative and I learned a lot. We had an added bonus of sitting with his son Brett. He shared more information with us as we socialized during the tasting. Cannot wait to try some more of their suggestions!

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    Claire C.
    Reviewed on 02/18/15

    This was a great class. I felt that the class was appropriate for new and veteran scotch drinkers. Kirk provided 6 plentiful samples and did a wonderful job of leading tastings while also providing background on each scotch. I would recommend this class to anyone looking for a fun night.

    This was a great class. I felt that the class was appropriate for new and veteran scotch drinkers. Kirk provided 6 plentiful samples and did a wonderful job of leading tastings while also providing background on each scotch. I would recommend this class to anyone looking for a fun night.

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    Jason E.
    Reviewed on 02/18/15

    Kirk did a great job of initiating the class into the world of scotch. I learned quite a bit and enjoyed the presentation and scotch. If anyone has any interest at all in drinking scotch, take this class!

    Kirk did a great job of initiating the class into the world of scotch. I learned quite a bit and enjoyed the presentation and scotch. If anyone has any interest at all in drinking scotch, take this class!

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    Jemal S.
    Reviewed on 02/18/15

    Kirk nailed it. Amazing presentation, great scotch and great venue. His passion and knowledge made me excited to learn more. I've been drinking scotch for years and feel empowered by this class.

    Kirk nailed it. Amazing presentation, great scotch and great venue. His passion and knowledge made me excited to learn more. I've been drinking scotch for years and feel empowered by this class.

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    Kate K.
    Reviewed on 01/23/15

    Great class -- instructor was knowledgeable and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of scotch provided. Very happy with the experience.

    Great class -- instructor was knowledgeable and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of scotch provided. Very happy with the experience.

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    Timothy M.
    Reviewed on 01/22/15

    I had a great time. The instructor tells you lots of cool stuff about scotch in a cute power point and feeds you lots of scotch. I'm really glad I went.

    I had a great time. The instructor tells you lots of cool stuff about scotch in a cute power point and feeds you lots of scotch. I'm really glad I went.

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    Tim S.
    Reviewed on 10/24/14

    Great information and fun time to experience a wide range of Scotch.

    Great information and fun time to experience a wide range of Scotch.

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    Luciano R.
    Reviewed on 08/27/14

    This was exactly what my wife and I were looking for. Especially diving deeper into Scotch regions and having a better understanding of its history.

    This was exactly what my wife and I were looking for. Especially diving deeper into Scotch regions and having a better understanding of its history.

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    Nick M.
    Reviewed on 08/25/14

    Great experience. The instructor had a great fund of knowledge for Scotch 101. He was funny. I highly recommend.

    Great experience. The instructor had a great fund of knowledge for Scotch 101. He was funny. I highly recommend.

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    Jessica E.
    Reviewed on 08/20/14

    At the beginning of the evening I knew nothing about Scotch. After attending the class I feel like I could confidently order an affordable Scotch at most restaurants and not feel like an idiot. The powerpoint presentation was perfect - pretty, interesting, and educational. The portions were just right. I am a small female and I was never more than very lightly buzzed (especially since I did not have time to eat dinner). I would definitely recommend this to anyone - friends, family, or strangers - who would like to learn more about Scotch.

    At the beginning of the evening I knew nothing about Scotch. After attending the class I feel like I could confidently order an affordable Scotch at most restaurants and not feel like an idiot. The powerpoint presentation was perfect - pretty, interesting, and educational. The portions were just right. I am a small female and I was never more than very lightly buzzed (especially since I did not have time to eat dinner). I would definitely recommend this to anyone - friends, family, or strangers - who would like to learn more about Scotch.

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    Steven E.
    Reviewed on 08/20/14

    Very fun evening; as someone that had never tasted scotch, this class was the perfect intro.

    Very fun evening; as someone that had never tasted scotch, this class was the perfect intro.

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