sampling Scotch in Toronto
posted January 11, 2012 1:37 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat February 11 at 8:00 PM, The Feathers Pub
962 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M4E 1S8, Canada (Map & Directions)
PLEASE NOTE: If you're not interested in Scotch, really just consider this a regular MeFi pub meetup... because it pretty much is! No obligation to drink any Scotch at all. More like... bonus whisky for those into that sort of thing.
So... I promised at the last meetup that I'd look into throwing together a "Scotch tasting meetup" sometime after the holidays. And here we are!

Edited on Thurs. Jan. 19th - confirming Feb. 11th as the date of this meetup (since there isn't any argument I'm hearing to keep it on the 4th, but I'm hearing a lot of people preferring the 11th instead).

The Feathers has three sampling menus put together for anyone coming in off the street: 5 or 6 different Scotches per flight, and the price points are $25, $50, and $65.

They have a large single malt selection if you would just like to try one or two Scotches on your own - no need to purchase a tasting flight if you don't feel like it. Very flexible.

tl;dr - The Feathers Pub, on Saturday, February 11th at 8 PM, lots of Scotch to try (and MeFites to talk about it with!). Who's interested?
posted by flex to Meetup (60 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Oh, and as usual, I can offer carpooling from the tri-cities.
posted by flex at 1:39 PM on January 11, 2012

I am so there!
posted by troll on a pony at 5:33 PM on January 11, 2012

Cleaned off wee drams of Ardbeg and Black Label mere moments before I clicked on this. I think it was meant to be!
posted by tapesonthefloor at 7:48 PM on January 11, 2012

what are the tri-cities? guelph kitchener waterloo?
posted by tehloki at 12:19 AM on January 12, 2012

Kif and I are there!
posted by soft and hardcore taters at 12:54 AM on January 12, 2012

I think the tri-cities are Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.

I am interested although I'm going to stick to the $25 option :)
posted by cranberrymonger at 5:38 AM on January 12, 2012

I know that pub. This sounds interesting....
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 6:00 AM on January 12, 2012

I'm definitely in for this -- great idea! The private tasting would be cool if we have anyone who could 'curate' a flight for us.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 6:07 AM on January 12, 2012

Ha! On their website they call the private tasting, "whiskey challenge." I'd rather a gentle introduction than a challenge.
posted by cranberrymonger at 6:49 AM on January 12, 2012

Best meetup idea ever! I'm definitely in, as long as the price stays reasonable.
posted by thisjax at 8:33 AM on January 12, 2012

Count me in tentatively. Kingston Rd. is sort of the ass-end of nowhere for me, and I will already be drinking a good deal of scotch in upcoming weeks. I'll give a more definitive answer closer to the date.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:41 AM on January 12, 2012

Excellent suggestion, and right up my alley! What is more certain than pencil, but not as permanent as ink when adding this to my calendar? That's where I am on this.
posted by peagood at 1:57 PM on January 12, 2012

This is an insane distance for me to go. It's practically the opposite side of the city.

See you there.
posted by randomination at 4:31 PM on January 12, 2012

May be out of town around then, not certain yet. Tentative maybe?
posted by Phire at 6:15 PM on January 12, 2012

I'd like to come.
posted by Paquda at 6:58 AM on January 13, 2012

I'm not a whiskey person, but seeing y'all would be nice. Count me in!
posted by maudlin at 10:24 PM on January 13, 2012

Tragedy! I have to go to a house warming. For the record, this is such a good idea.
posted by chunking express at 7:03 AM on January 14, 2012

Do I have to be the token Scot there?
posted by scruss at 7:03 AM on January 14, 2012

oh, this is awesome. I will absolutely be there
posted by iona at 11:07 AM on January 14, 2012

February 4th is their 11th Songwriter Showcase with Attachment 145 and Derek Christie.

Just FYI!
posted by tapesonthefloor at 11:42 PM on January 14, 2012

I'm a definite maybe, god, I feel awful about not committing but I feel like my life is on hold during this dissertation.
posted by saucysault at 5:09 PM on January 15, 2012

tapesonthefloor, actually I think the band there on the 4th is going to be this one:

I just confirmed the date/time/venue, so we can get an idea of numbers, but if Derek Christie is a draw I'm open to moving the date to Feb. 11th. Y'all let me know.
posted by flex at 2:19 PM on January 17, 2012

If it was the 11th I'd totally be there. The wife wants to drive me and watch me gently tip whiskey down my neck, apparently. God knows why.

So if it moves, I'm in and so is routergirl. If it's the 4th then I will be in Detroit. Yes, I know, you don't need to tell me how much better Detroit is than Toronto...
posted by Brockles at 2:45 PM on January 17, 2012

I actually considered the weekend before this one (Jan 28) first - because it's the closest to Robbie Burns Day! But there's a meetup in Guelph called for that weekend. It seemed there might be overlap in attendance.

I chose Feb 4 over Feb 11 because Feb 11 is the weekend right before Valentine's Day and I thought people might have plans already? (Feb 11 would probably work slightly better for me, but I can do either weekend... now's the time to change the date if we want to do that.)
posted by flex at 2:57 PM on January 17, 2012

Curse my overactive social life! Feb 4th is definitely out for me but I may be able to convince the teetotaler boyfriend to come meet my drunken friends on the 11th.
posted by Phire at 3:01 PM on January 17, 2012

It's 19+, isn't it? Damn it.
posted by Meathamper at 9:26 PM on January 17, 2012

Count my preference for the 11th - mrgood's got a west-end gig on the 4th (starts late), and it would have been difficult to race across town to try to catch both events. Or, to enjoy my first meet-up so much and stay so late that I'd possibly have to explain that I was choosing strangers from the internet over him.
posted by peagood at 6:33 AM on January 18, 2012

I would also prefer the 11th actually - I'll be moving on the 4th
posted by iona at 7:17 AM on January 18, 2012

I can do either day.
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:41 PM on January 18, 2012

Meathamper: you can call the pub and ask if it's 19+? I've never been there before, so I'm not sure. I know they serve food, so it might not be.

...I'm going to go ahead and confirm this for the 11th - I haven't yet heard anyone say "I can do the 4th but I can't do the 11th" and I've heard a lot of the reverse. So Feb. 11th it is.
posted by flex at 8:18 AM on January 19, 2012

posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 8:21 AM on January 19, 2012

Hurray! Listing myself as attending. YOU ALL HAD BETTER, TOO.
posted by Phire at 8:32 AM on January 19, 2012

I remember when you used to be all friendly and not at all dictatorial and aggressive.

/cries for the past
posted by Brockles at 8:49 AM on January 19, 2012

Lies! I was never friendly.
posted by Phire at 8:51 AM on January 19, 2012

Listing myself as "attending" was a completely voluntary choice on my part and not a result of being bossed around. Nope. Not me.
posted by maudlin at 9:47 AM on January 19, 2012

I won't be able to make it. You guys have fun!
posted by McSly at 9:51 AM on January 19, 2012

I'm pretty sure I can come too now.
posted by chunking express at 12:39 PM on January 19, 2012

I'm bringing cookies!!
posted by soft and hardcore taters at 8:02 PM on January 29, 2012 [3 favorites]

posted by troll on a pony at 5:10 PM on January 30, 2012

Kingston and Vic Park is a bit of a hike for me. Maybe....
posted by orange swan at 7:48 AM on February 3, 2012

Didn't know this had been moved to the 11th! May definitely be in with the hubby as long as we can find babysitting.
posted by Go Banana at 9:43 AM on February 3, 2012

For anyone that has an iPad
posted by troll on a pony at 7:50 AM on February 4, 2012

Arghhh, I can't make this anymore. I was supposed to go out-of-town to visit a friend this weekend, and had to cancel because I'm doing overtime at work, so I'm making it up to her next weekend instead, and I'd forgotten that the meet-up was happening next weekend.

Have fun without me, guys :(
posted by Phire at 7:21 PM on February 4, 2012

posted by Brockles at 8:25 PM on February 4, 2012

All right, I called the pub and let them know a group of 10-15 of us are going to be there Saturday night and that most of us are probably going to be ordering whisky flights (they had asked that I tell them in advance so they can be prepared - I imagine that's a lot of glassware, heh).

So it's confirmed and I will see you all there! =)
posted by flex at 11:45 AM on February 9, 2012

Jeeze - go outta town for a week and I get Phired... but see you all there tomorrow!
posted by troll on a pony at 2:35 PM on February 10, 2012

Kif's sick - I think we need to bow out. We're sorry for the lack of cookies!
posted by soft and hardcore taters at 1:34 PM on February 11, 2012

Crap, got to flake out. We have to take youngest sun out for a meal as I won't be here for his birthday midweek - tonights the only night we can do it.

Sorry guys and girls (and indeterminate points in between or otherwise).
posted by Brockles at 3:28 PM on February 11, 2012

Sadface! I guess we'll catch you all next time...

I am leaving in a few so hopefully I am safely there about 8 PM!
posted by flex at 3:45 PM on February 11, 2012

Heading out now - should be there around 8PM or so!
posted by troll on a pony at 3:55 PM on February 11, 2012

I've just arrived and the staff doesn't seem to know anything about a reservation. Eep.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 5:10 PM on February 11, 2012

We're (troll & I) sitting in the back corner.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 5:29 PM on February 11, 2012

I hope you all have a wonderful time! I'm thinking of the fun you guys are having while I sit here slaving away at my dissertation. I'll have to make the next meetup : )
posted by saucysault at 5:56 PM on February 11, 2012

Somebody have a glass of whiskey or three for me and report back!
posted by Phire at 6:41 PM on February 11, 2012

Thanks to Flex for organizing a wonderful meetup! Between the two of us we sampled 12+ different whiskys and lots of good conversation was had. Thanks to everyone that was there and made it a great meetup. See you all at the next one!
posted by troll on a pony at 11:26 PM on February 11, 2012

That was awesome! Another fantastic meetup with you people.
Thank you all so much for trekking out there!
posted by flex at 12:30 AM on February 12, 2012

It was lovely meeting you all! Thanks so much, flex, for doing the organizing. (Glad you made it home okay!)
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:48 AM on February 12, 2012

OK, I'm up now.

That was a fun night -- it was great seeing all you oldbies and newbies. (I shall scold the truants later.)

Any ideas for the next meet-up?
posted by maudlin at 2:16 PM on February 12, 2012

That was lots of fun. Thanks for organizing. I need more 31 year old scotch in my life.
posted by chunking express at 2:24 PM on February 12, 2012

I'm late chiming in with my thanks to Flex for organizing this, and to express my gratitude to those that were kind enough to chat with me and make me feel welcome. And to apologize to those I didn't get around to. Yay for strangers from the internet!
posted by peagood at 11:53 AM on February 16, 2012 [2 favorites]

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