Eric Sanford

Welcome to my Newcomers Whisky Club website. This site serves a dual purpose as a personal whisky blog where I can document my exploration of whisky and whiskey (and sometimes other liquid refreshments) and also as a site for our local whisky club....named, not surprisingly, the Newcomers Whisky Club. With the help of my friend, Mike Dainauski, we established the Newcomers Whisky Club, Plano, TX in May 2012. We set up the club as an informal, social club comprised of whisky fans of all types, from the experienced single malt drinker, to blend drinkers seeking to try something new, to complete newbies who are excited to learn and appreciate whisky. We focus on the enjoyment and exploration of whiskies of all types in a casual and informal atmosphere. On the personal side, I've become a whisky fan....or nutcase, as my wife would say, over the last several years and, with the help of several like-minded friends, I've been able to undertake some serious exploration of some good, some great, and some exceptional whiskies (with the odd marginal or not-so good whisky, as well). Be forewarned that I am a complete webpage building neophyte so if something doesn't work as it should, add a comment or send me an email and I will do my best to fix it! As I go along, I hope to update the site with various whisky reviews and comments about my experiences, to document our club's activities, and occasionally share some general information pertaining to whisky in its various forms. Welcome, enjoy, and Slainte! On a personal note, I am a co-founder of NWC, an avowed whisky fan, and

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Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label

Whisky Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label, 12 year old, Blended Scotch Whisky Up next on this brief series, we have another of those ubiquitous Johnnie Walker whiskies found almost everywhere, the Johnnie Walker Black Label, a 12-year old blended scotch that, for many, represents an initial foray into the world of “peated” whiskies. Whereas the …

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The Johnnie Walker Red Label – Whisky Review

The Johnnie Walker Red Label – a review of one of the world’s iconic blended scotch whiskies! Alright, after my brief Rye Whiskey diversion, it is time to get back to the Closet Clean Out! Over the next few posts I will be going through the bottles of Johnnie Walker that I have left from our …

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RYE ME? or the North Texas Spirits Society Rye Extravaganza

RYE ME? or the North Texas Spirits Society Rye Tasting Extravaganza! This past Sunday the NTSS met at our usual haunt for another exceptional event! And on this auspicious occasion, our focus was on Rye Whiskies – American or Canadian – and it turned out to be an exceptional tasting session! As per our stringent and …

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Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Tasting with Dr Bill Lumsden

Trinity Hall Special Event:  A Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Tasting with Dr Bill Lumsden Our good friend Marius Donnelly at Trinity Hall continues to spoil us with great events! This time Marius went all-in, hosting a fantastic whisky tasting of the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg whiskies – and presented by two very special guests: Dr Bill Lumsden, …

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Tomatin 18 yo Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Review: The Tomatin 18 year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky After a quick trip through Austin and then down to Houston, I’m back, and onwards goes the Clean Out Project! Today, we’re looking at one of those often overlooked single malt whiskies, the Tomatin 18 year old. The Tomatin Distillery, located in the Monadliath Mountains, just …

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