Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Women Who Whiskey in Washington!

Women Who Whiskey has finally arrived in Washington, DC!

c/o Yelp

wWw had its inaugural event at The Jack Rose Saloon, a raucous reference library of whiskies from around the world, featuring some choice local selections as well.  


We tested out Jack Rose’s Whiskey Cellar, a more intimate space that’s out the back, down the emergency exit stairwell, past a nice fellow with a clipboard named Yvan, and through a Japanese-style sliding door into an Adirondack style drawing room.


True to wWw form, we got into a bit of trouble, and, in typical wWw fashion, we managed to charm our way out of trouble.  

The event was a bigger hit than even I had expected, and we managed to test Jack Rose’s policy on limiting the number of people allowed in the special Whiskey Cellar.  That venue is only open on Friday and Saturday nights, and on Saturday nights a reservation is mandatory.  (The Cellar normally doesn't take large groups, but made an exception for this smooth talker.)  Still, it's an atmospheric, intimate spot with a speakeasy vibe and a warm glow that goes perfectly with a whiskey neat. 

Drinks were much appreciated by these friends/coworkers,
who toasted to Friday nights and probably tried to bill
the whiskey as an "expense".

As opposed to the upstairs main room, where large crowds have bartenders zipping around the whisky shelves like an Oxford librarian and flipping cocktails with athletic speed and precision, the Cellar has one bartender who carefully crafts each cocktail, and he’s in no rush.  

Celebrating birthdays, engagements, weddings, and life!

Our Manhattans and Old Fashions took some time, but when they came we were very happy with the results.

Jack Rose’s selection is extensive and changes frequently, so it’s best to discuss your order with the bartenders and have them point you in the right direction.

I have to find more of
this nectar of the God-like
 I ended up drinking a Barterhouse 20-Year Old Bourbon (Orphan Barrel), a lovely, sweet, spicy, charred-oak whiskey, NEAT (a friend ordered it up and that turned the whiskey from “somewhat delicate and complex” to “meh” right quick.

wWw is now in the District! Washingtoniennes/Distrixes, keep an eye out for future events.
Women of DC who like whiskey (and friends of!), here is my card

Women who like whiskey, and people who like those women who whiskey (teetotalers, gentleman, etc.), you've got a new community right here.

It's was a pleasure hosting the inaugural Women Who Whiskey (Washington, DC Chapter) event. Here's looking to a many more!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

You're Invited! wWw DC: Jack Rose Dining Saloon

You are cordially invited to join your favorite whiskey-drinking ladies for a special 
Women Who Whiskey: D.C. Edition

Jack Rose Dining Saloon, in the Whiskey Room 
2007 18th St. NW, Washington D.C.

Friday, March 28, 7 pm - 9 pm

To enjoy some delicious cocktails with your favorite whiskey-loving ladies! 

Cocktail attire please! 

Looking forward to seeing you there,

You're Invited! wWw NY: Cheers to Spring!

You are cordially invited to toast to Spring's very belated arrival! 

Friday, March 28, 6 pm - 9 pm

Revival Bar, 129 East 15th Street (between 3rd Ave and Irving Place)

To celebrate the end of the cold (fingers crossed) with a stiff drink in a beautiful backyard garden with your favorite whiskey-loving ladies! 

Come with warm weather optimism, but bring a sweater, just in case. 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Distiller: A New Whiskey App!

There's a new app that's all about whiskey! 


The Baltimore Post-Examiner gives a great review:
"Distiller is a new app designed to help you choose your next bottle of whiskey. 
Other apps give you tasting notes and ratings, but Distiller looks at your personal ratings, as well as expert ratings and flavor profiles, and suggests your next whiskey purchase.
It has some fun features.  When looking for a new bottle, it asks where you will be enjoying it: by the fireplace, poker night, outdoors, etc.  Sadly, there is not an option for “in front of the TV watching House of Cards,” because that’s my real answer (although you can choose the couch on the iPad version).  I haven’t played around with it enough to detect a pattern in how the recommendations change based on location, but it’s still fun.
For each recommendation you request, you can specify a region (American, Scotch, Irish, World), a price range, how adventurous you would like to get, and whether you’re looking for a gift, something new, something for your collection, etc. 
As you rate whiskeys and add your favorites to your “Top Shelf,” Distiller learns your preferences."

I haven't tried it yet--unfortunately I haven't been doing a lot of whiskey drinking since I downloaded it yesterday--but I've heard good things, and I'm excited to see how it works!

Especially the feature that gets to know what you like and makes recommendations. I often stick with my tried and true, and this will be a good incentive to drink outside the box!

Have you tried it? Let us know what you think! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Women Who Whiskey: Birthday Happy Hour Edition

You are cordially invited to join your favorite whiskey-drinking ladies for a special 
Women Who Whiskey: Birthday Edition Happy Hour!

We'll be combining two of my favorite things--whiskey and happy hour--for a wWw celebration on the evening of my 29th birthday!

Women Who Whiskey: Birthday Edition Happy Hour
The Whiskey Ward (121 Essex between Rivington and Delancey - one block from the F and J trains)
Tuesday, January 28th 6:30 - 9pm

Please come join us for a drink after work! Bar allowing, we'll have snacks and cupcakes.

Looking forward to celebrating my birthday with you, I hope to see you all! 

Call or text me with any RSVP changes or questions: Julia 617.599.0660

Monday, December 23, 2013

wWw Holiday Edition at Flatiron Room

Last Wednesday we decided to host an impromptu event to have one last drink together before we all went our separate ways for the holidays. 

We chose the Flatiron Room, for it's cozy ambiance, live music, and well-crafted cocktails. 

The bartender pouring a flaming drink

Flatiron Room is famous for its "Bottle Keep" service.

Good whiskey is meant to be enjoyed at your leisure and preferably in the company of good friends. We created our “Bottle Keep” program for this very reason. Most of our whiskeys can be purchased by the dram or by the bottle. If you come across an expression you really like then you might consider purchasing the bottle. 
It works like this: You purchase your favorite bottle and enjoy as much as you’d like at your table. When you’ve had enough, we’ll tag it with your name and store it safely in our Bottle Keep. 
You’ll also receive some “Entitlement Cards”. These cards give the holder authorization to drink off the bottle (so be careful who you give them to!). Next time you come by simply give the server your Entitlement Card and we’ll fetch your bottle. It’s a lot of fun and it makes a great gift. 
 The bottles are kept in beautiful, softly lit lockers that line and decorate the length of the bar. 

The "Bottle Keep" Locker

We started off the evening with a round of Old Fashioneds at the bar, while we waited for our table, and perused the menu of Tasting Flights and Classic Cocktails.

An Old Fashioned

When we finally sat down we got a round of Templeton Manhattans, straight up, and waited for our food--truffled mac and cheese, mushroom pizza, and beet salad. We were starving! 

The Flatiron Room's standard is a Perfect Manhattan (made with half sweet and half dry vermouth) and served with a twist. Personally, that how I prefer it--something about the citrus aroma really opens up the flavors--but Kim was a little disappointed that they didn't have brandied cherries. 

Templeton Manhattans

Given the last minute nature of the invitation, we had a small group, but it gave us the chance to catch up with each other and share an intimate evening over delicious drinks and tasty snacks.

Mary and Julia

Julia and Andrea

Kim and Elizabeth

The live jazz was a delightful addition to the cozy, timeless atmosphere. 

The Flatiron Room is the perfect place for a quiet evening with friends, or a romantic, intimate evening with a lover. 

At around $15 each, the cocktails are a little on the pricy side, even for Manhattan, but they're impeccably mixed and the service is flawless, so it's worth the little extra, especially if you want to impress.

37 W 26th Street
(6th Ave)

Friday, December 20, 2013

wWw at the WhistlePig Holiday Party!

After hosting a wildly successful event with Whistlepig in November, launching The Boss Hog--WhistlePig's new Single Barrel Barrel Strength Rye--I was delighted to hear back from the folks at WhistlePig with an invitation to their annual Holiday Party.

Hosted at Webster Hall--in the 126-year-old speakeasy below that used to be frequented by Al Capone and his cronies--the party was already in full swing when we arrived at 8:30.

The band--bedecked in festive holiday attire--was singing a mix of old tunes and 1920s renditions of contemporary pop songs. A great mix that got everyone in the mood to drink and dance! 

As soon as we walked in we were handed a glass of Whistlepig and photographed.
True VIP treatment! 

Caitlin, Kim, and Julia

The WhistlePig Stewards of the Brand--our new friend Ben and our old friend Michael--were gracious hosts and answered all of our questions about the tasty whiskey we were sampling. 

Ben and Michael

Behind us, some rambunctious guests were getting up to some shenanigans! 

And others were sporting festive 1920s getups--vests, furs and pearls, and suspenders--imbuing the whole evening with a vintage vibe. 

The dapper WhistlePig gentlemen.

Back in the speakeasy bar, the bartender was secretly pulling pranks,

 and we were grinning with glee, after discovering the event was open bar!

Which meant a celebratory glass of champagne was in order!

Before we called it a night, we finally managed to track down Michael for some photos!

Thank you to Michael, and the whole WhistlePig family for inviting us to be part of such a delightful and festive evening! We had so much fun, and it was a the perfect kick off to the holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

{All photos courtesy of WhistlePig}