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If You Want to Start a Whisky Tasting Club, Look to These Groups for Inspiration

Women Who Whiskey brings together whisky lovers and whisky learners. The New York City chapter gathered on Dec. 16, 2019, at cocktail bar Tara Rose to taste Irish whiskey and try their hand at blending.

If You Want to Start a Whisky Tasting Club, Look to These Groups for Inspiration

February 11, 2020 –––––– Zak Kostro, , , ,

Much like snowflakes, no two whisky clubs are exactly alike. We spoke with successful whisky-loving groups from around the U.S. and beyond and found each has a distinct focus, structure and raison d'être. While many whisky clubs will fit easily around a kitchen table, Women Who Whiskey counts more than 10,000 members spanning several continents. The Black Bourbon Society strives to increase diversity in the whisky world, while the East Texas Bourbon Society focuses on raising money for local youth organizations. What they all have in common is that they're bound together by their members' deep fondness for whisky. Beyond barrel picks, better access to top whisky makers, and jaunts to distilleries near and far, it's a sense of camaraderie and the desire to gain knowledge that make these whisky groups so successful. Enjoy their stories, get inspired, and then consider starting a whisky club that is uniquely yours.

Women Who Whiskey


Julia Ritz Toffoli launched this club to bring whisky to a broader audience of both whisky lovers and whisky learners.

Black Bourbon Society


A serendipitous first sip inspired Samara Rivers to start a movement that's burgeoned into a club of more than 10,000 members.

East Texas Bourbon Society


Philanthropy lies at the root of this bourbon-loving group that isn't afraid of a little friendly competition.

Pittsburgh Whiskey Friends


This laid-back group of whisky fans comes together for monthly bottle shares, and also collaborates with charities and local breweries.

Monmouth Whisky Club


From one man's budding love affair with single malt scotch blossomed a circle of whisky enthusiasts focused ondiversity and inclusivity.

Norfolk Whisky Group


Club founder Bikram Singh also owns a liquor store, but his passion for whisky (and cricket) drives Norfolk Whisky Group's themed tastings.

Fort Lauderdale Whiskey Society


Bob Howell launched a club to share whisky knowledge—and fun—with local whisky fans through free monthly tasting events.

South Okanagan Whiskey Tasting Society


With over 1,000 whiskies tasted from around the world, this British Columbia-based club remains focused on education and enjoyment.

Whisky Blasphemy


This club started with a trio of friends discussing Johnnie Walker Blue Jell-O shots at a private cigar lounge in Philadelphia.