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"The Language of Whisky" Reading– A New Perspective

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190 Underhill Ave
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Brooklyn, New York 11238
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: David McNicoll

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this history lesson:

“Malt whisky is like the Scots tongue—broadly one language yet, within that, so many different dialects, each one unique to its own distillery. It is this subtle distinction which gives every malt its unmistakable identity”

Walk into any half-decent bar and you will be met by a bewildering range of Single Malt Scotch Whisky: a genuine cornucopia of flavor profiles and styles. But have you ever stopped to think what the actual names of those whiskies mean and where they come from? There’s a veritable library of books out there to guide you through the minefield of taste and production methods, and plenty ‘how-to-drink’ manuals gathering dust. 

This is the nuts and bolts stuff, and the intro into your own take and enjoyment of the glass in hand. The ‘Language of Whisky’ is a new book with a different approach, much more focused on the cultural and social history behind those famous labels: a horizon where geography and the past collide. 

I’ll examine the origins of the place-names themselves and how they reflect the linguistic heritage of Scotland and take the opportunity to glance through the looking glass to the lost world of our ancestors revealing and bringing to life their universe, the landscapes and how they lived and worked it from inner-city slums to the stunning windswept beaches of the Hebridean Islands. 

And, just as importantly how they would describe that world from the mundane to the spiritual: a legacy that remains with us to this very day in story, song and of course a glass of whisky. Along the way we’ll also meet some of the characters who made Scotch such a success.

As the host of the ‘History of Scotch’ class, I’d like to invite you along to hear that back-story and enjoy a reading from the book as it prepares to hit the shelves. I’ll also strip away at the industry-speak or ‘expert’ blurb that can simply confuse things, and lay all things bare regarding our national drink. Oh, and we’ll try a couple of single malts to jolly the evening along.


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Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

I'm currently offering credits for any cancellations made seven days or fewer to a class starting. I can't afford to do cash refunds right now, but credits are fine if the spot is canceled any time before the start date (even if less than 72 hours). Spots that are canceled more than seven days before the class starts are eligible for cash refunds.    

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Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

If you're looking for a refund or class credit, you need to back out of the class a full week before it starts. (No exceptions!) We know it's draconian, but since we aren't charging an arm and a leg and have to buy all our materials in advance, it's kinda hard to deal with last-minute bailings.


We also can't transfer registrations to a future session of the class. Sorry!


Instead of dropping out if you have a schedule conflict, a better idea is to ask around and see if any of your friends want the spot. We can't give you a refund less than a week out, even if there's a wait list for the class. 


Regarding bad weather, we generally only cancel classes if the subway system stops running. If traveling during snowstorms might be an issue for you, please take this into account before registering for a class.  

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