What to expect from a Whiskey Tasting Experience at Dexter’s Tunes, Tales and Ales
Dexter’s Tunes, Tales, and Ales is a unique bar and music venue in the heart of downtown East Hampton, Connecticut. We sell used records and books, host open mics and feature live music at an intimate venue. In 2021, we decided to host a Whiskey Tasting Experience as a fun experiment. To our surprise, we sold out the first one and the next few that followed. By 2022, Whiskey Tastings have become a recurring event that is a favorite among the regulars and visitors alike.
If you are wondering what all the buzz is about, the following article will explain everything you need to know about a Whiskey Tasting Experience at Dexter’s Tunes, Tales and Ales.
Every Whiskey Tasting Experience is unique.
Our whiskey tastings are known for being fun and educational. Even if you have attended a whiskey tasting in the past at Dexter’s or elsewhere, each experience will have its own unique spin. Whether it’s a different type of whiskey, product knowledge, and history, or new friends to make, we guarantee there will be something new and different at each whiskey tasting experience at Dexter’s.
Every Whiskey Tasting Experience includes a variety of pours and food.
Each whiskey tasting will include a variety of pours based on that night’s theme. Themes can range between styles of whiskey including Bourbon, Scotch, Rye, etc., distillers, age or different proofs. You will also receive a light fair of foods that pair and complement the selected whiskeys. This can include dried fruit, berries, cheese or chocolate.
Throughout the two-hour duration of the tasting, you will learn about each whiskey’s profile, mash, uniqueness and character. Notes are provided for each variety. You will be learning and continuing to shape your palette. If this is your first whiskey tasting experience, remember to take small sips. This allows you to go back and forth between the whiskeys. This is also a great practice if you are not used to drinking strong spirits. They can be quite high proof and with a light fare of food, you might find yourself a little tipsy if you shoot down each pour. Know your limits and take it slow. Be sure to designate your driver before you get started.
You will leave the Whiskey Tasting Experience with more knowledge and appreciation for the world of whiskey.
At its heart, our whiskey tastings are entertaining and informative. You will leave with a more sophisticated palette and an understanding of the distilling process and how complex the world of whiskey really is.
The following is the list of whiskey tastings we currently offer or have offered in the past:
For the beginner whiskey drinker. You will learn what makes a Bourbon different from other whiskeys and start to shape your palette. Any level of whiskey drinker will enjoy this class.
For whiskey drinkers that want to shape their palette specific to Bourbon. You will continue to explore varieties that become more complex and refined. There is more discussion about the history of Bourbon making and sample several Bottled and Bond whiskies. Any level of whiskey drinker will enjoy this class.
For the whiskey drinker that is ready to move further into the world of Bourbon. Expect higher-level knowledge, that may require previous Bourbon or whiskey knowledge.
For the beginner Scotch whiskey drinker. You will learn what makes a Scotch different from other whiskeys and start to shape your palette. Any level of whiskey drinker will enjoy this class.
For the beginner Rye whiskey drinker. You will learn what makes a Rye different from other whiskeys and start to shape your palette. Any level of whiskey drinker will enjoy this class.
Meet Your Whiskey Tasting Experience Hosts/Sommeliers
Steve Thomas is one of our local experts. He has been expanding his palette for the last 5 years and never passes up the opportunity to share his love and knowledge for whiskeys.
During a tasting with Steve, you will focus on better understanding your palette and taste buds to pick up the subtle differences in the flavors of any whiskey. You will walk away with a pronounced appreciation for the world of whiskey and a slight skip in your step after one of his fun and dynamic courses.
As we expand our tasting opportunities, we will be inviting other sommeliers to co-host as well.
Ready to reserve your spot at Dexter’s next Whiskey Tasting Experience?
Dexter’s Whiskey Tasting Experiences have fast become customer favorites. They fill up quickly and it’s recommended that you reserve your spots early. To be the first to know about our upcoming tastings and to get first priority on reserving your seats, sign up for our mailing list.
You can also view our calendar for all upcoming events at Dexter’s. Can’t wait to see you there!