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Next Door Lounge Launches Guided Whiskey and Scotch Tastings

Feb. 28th, 2012 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
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Forget wine pairings, beer busts and tequila tastings. Hollywood’s hiply nostalgic Next Door Lounge is bringing a splash of class to Highland Avenue with a blockbuster lineup of weekly Wednesday whiskey tastings that debuted last week.

Over the course of February, March and April, master distillers and brand ambassadors from illustrious distilleries the world over will be making one-night-only appearances here to tell enthusiastic imbibers about the merits of their whiskies, and just what makes them so unique. Each week, a different collection of both whiskey and scotch will be sampled with custom small-bites pairings. Following each tasting session, guests will be invited to the outdoor cigar lounge to cap off the evening.

Though the first tasting took place last Wednesday, February 22; don’t worry, it’s a rotating roster, and each set of four whiskeys will be sampled on two separate dates, so you can get back in there on March 21 if you want to try the same ones from last week.

The Lineup

February 22 and March 21
“Whiskeys of the World”
  • Bulleit Rye
  • Bushmills 10 Year
  • Johnnie Walker Double Black
  • Oban 14 Year
February 29 and March 28
“North American Whiskeys”
  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Bulleit Rye
  • George Dickel #12
  • Crown Royal Cask 16
March 7 and April 4
“Blended Scotches”
  • Johnnie Walker Green
  • Johnnie Walker Gold
  • Buchanan’s Master Blended
  • Old Parr 12 Year
March 14 and April 11
“Single Malt Scotches”
  • Laguvulin 16 Year
  • Talisker 10 Year
  • Oban 14 Year
  • Craggenmore 12 Year
Finally, an opportunity to learn (or show off how you already know!) the answers to such questions as what is the difference between bourbon and whiskey, what distinguishes blended from single malt scotches, and our own burning question: do you take your dram with a splash of water or a really big ice cube? We need to know!

Reservations

The tastings take place from 8:30-10 p.m., and cost $30 per person including a whiskey flight of four pours and complimentary small bites. For reservations, which are recommended, visit NextDoorHollywood.com, reference the “Whiskey Wednesdays” tab in the top right, and if that week’s selection whets your whistle, email reserve@nextdoorhollywood.com, or call (323) 465-5505 to snag your spot.

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