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Whisky week in SF

The folks at Malt Advocate's WhiskyFest sent me a list of some of the events happening in San Francisco leading up to the big party on October 10th. These events should be considered tentative at this point, but I think it's safe to say if you're a whisky freak, you should just clear your calendar for the entire week.

And I'll take this time to remind you that you can win tickets to WhiskyFest San Francisco by signing up for Alcademics A-Plus.

The list of all the events is below.

Sunday, October 5th

Signatory/ Edradour/Tullibardine tasting
Conducted by Ed Kohl
Traverso’s Santa Rosa
 2:30pm - 4:30pm
707- 542-2530

Tuesday, October 7th 

Battle of the Independent Bottlers (Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail) sponsored by K&L Wine
Come and join Ed Kohl with Signatory and Michael Urquhart with Gordon & MacPhail for the Single Malt Battle Of 2008!  This is a great opportunity to taste and compare single malts from four different regions of Scotland.  This tasting will of course include K & L Wine & Spirits’ two exclusive casks! There will be a special discount on malts that are purchased the night of the tasting.
La Boheme Restaurant
1425 Burlingame Avenue
Cost: $50 (paid in advance)
Time: 6 to 9 pm
For reservations, contact Susan Purnell at K&L Wines: 800-247-5987 ext. 2727 or via email at

Compass Box Whisky Dinner
Stark’s Steak House in Santa Rosa
More details to come

Wednesday, October 8th

Rye Cocktail competition featuring Michter’s
Ten of San Francisco's best bartenders will compete for cash and bragging rights.  The event is open to the public and there will be complimentary Michter's cocktails and appetizers.
688 Geary

Signatory and Gordon & MacPhail tasting
Conducted by Ed Kohl and Michael Urquhart and sponsored by D&M Liquors
Presidio Golf Club Clubhouse
8 Presidio Terrace
San Francisco, CA 94118
For reservations, contact D&M Liquors at 415-346-1325

Compass Box dinner at the Paragon
Join Compass Box Founder John Glaser for an evening of Whisky and Food pairings at the Paragon Restaurant in San Francisco.  Chef Spencer O’Meara has prepared a 3-course dinner to complement the Compass Box portfolio.  They will also be debuting the US release of Hedonism Maximus and The Peat Monster Reserve Magnum.
6:30 pm: Whiskey cocktails and amuse bouche
7:00pm: dinner (menu to follow)
$60/person plus tax and gratuity
Please RSVP

Thursday, October 9th

Wild Turkey Tasting with Master Distiller Jimmy Russell
16th and Guerrero
6 to 8 pm

Willett Tasting at Rye Bar
Rare barrel samples and one-of-a-kind products being poured
Rye Bar
688 Geary
More info to come

Suntory Yamazaki tasting with Lincoln Henderson
1469 18th St.
6 to 9 pm

Gordon & MacPhail/Benromach tasting
Conducted by Michael Urquhart
Ledgers Liquor

Willett Tasting at Absinthe
398 Hayes St.
More info to come

Signatory / Edradour Tasting
Conducted by Ed Kohl
Coit Liquor