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This winter, enjoy private tastings at The Brandy Library

  • 10 December 2012

For all its islay’d nuances, and its highland heritage steeped in peet and thievery, scotch is actually a simple proposition.

It tastes damn good.

Appreciate that taste — and all of scotch’s brown and amber complexities — at The Brandy Library, now taking group reservations for private tastings. 

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Like a Borges-ian Babel of the brown, The Brandy Library is a warm, leather and wood study stocked with every scotch on God’s sherry-casked earth.

Private tastings for 4-25 are two and half hours, and your malt tutor will be Flavien Desoblin — the Library’s owner and “International Cognac Personality of the Year 2010” (‘cause that’s a thing). 

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Your choices include a standard 2.5-hour scotch class, or a session on “Rare & Precious Scotch,” where sipping a discontinued 27-year-old malt from the Scottish Highlands’ highest village isn’t uncommon. 

Each tasting begins with a cocktail of the night’s chosen hooch, then Desoblin takes you through tasting “flights” where you’ll learn to distinguish brands with the aid of water droppers or barrel shards — so you can sniff what a difference Japanese or Spanish oak makes.  

You’ll also get schooled on regional differences, and how to buy your spirits smartly. 

Because knowing, as they say, is half the bottle.

The Specifics

The Brandy Library

From $115 per person
25 N. Moore St.
b/t Varick and Hudson
(212) 226-5545
brandylibrary.com

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