Last night was the inaugural meet-up for the Whiskey Friends of Fallbrook. We were all introduced virtually through Facebook, but now we know each other in the real world. An online friend, Chris, from another whiskey group I'm a member of picked me up for this Guys Night Out. Scott took on hosting duties for the meet-up. Scott has a beautiful home in a gated community. After exchanging pleasantries, we got right to opening bottles of whiskies to take some samples. The rules were simple: Bring a bottle of whiskey that we can all share, and don't be an asshole. I brought Mortlach Rare Old and a few nosing glasses. Scott brought out his daily drink, Evan Williams as well as Maker's Mark. Chris brought Highland Park 12, Four Roses Single Barrel, Henry McKenna 10 BiB, and Monkey Shoulder and some Glencairn glasses. Everyone came in at different times but we were joined by Jaime who brough Crown Royal Limited Edition. Scott started up the BBQ and showed us the outdoor area and his inground pool. Dave came by and brought a case of water (Gotta stay hydrated) Knob Creek Single Barrel (man that one is aggressive!) and Talisker Storm. John and Michael came together with Hibiki Harmony and Crown Royal Bourbon Mash. Dan brought Tullamore Dew 12 a 6 pack of Mason Ale Works coffee stout and another beer I didn't look at. Some of the guys brought cigars as well. We were sampling a little of everything and after having some food off the BBQ, we took the party outdoors. I snapped a few pics of the bottles and some of the guys (I really need to learn how to adjust settings on the camera)...the pics in this post are from John's iPhone, I haven't uploaded my pics off the camera yet.
There's always the fear that a bunch of guys meeting for the first time, and having copious amounts of alcohol, that there's going to be personalities that clash or some asshole ruining the night, but we didn't have any of that. Everyone got along, we had some great conversations and enjoyed whiskey in it's best form: in the company of friends. That's exactly how this felt, it didn't seem awkward, we all got along well and it was as if we knew each other for longer than just a few hours. It just goes to show you, having similar interests can really bring people together. It was a fitting circumstance to occur on the same day of the passing of Anthony Bourdain, because we honored his life's wishes. He always implored people to travel even if just to visit neighbors, share in new foods (or drinks) learn from your fellow man and EXPERIENCE life. So I thank everyone I met in this group. Thank you for the experience. Thank you for being cool people and sharing your drinks with me. I look forward to our future meet-ups and to building new friendships.
As a fan of scotch and other whiskeys I was tired of looking up reviews for new whiskeys that just oozed of snobbery. I wanted to create an outlet for average Joe's who don't have a sommelier palate. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, I moved to San Diego, California in 2010 with my wife. I'm also a fan of MMA, pro-wrestling, comic books, video games and strongman. All subjects are topic for discussion on the podcast.
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