SFWS’s Moon Mule Recipe

SFWS served up a tasty variation on the Moscow Mule last month, replacing vodka with moonshine. Did you miss this great all-summer drink? Here’s the recipe.


12 oz. bottle of Reed’s Original Ginger Ale
6 oz. moonshine
large lime

Cut the lime into quarters. Squeeze a wedge into copper cups like these. Toss in wedge and pack with ice. Combine ginger ale and moonshine in martini shaker, then pour into glasses. Serves four.


Ten on May 10

Sioux Falls Whisky Society is upping the ante on awesomeness. On May 10 we will be offering 10 different whiskies. Imagine getting to sample from among 10 premium bottles: single malt, bourbon, rye, what have you. For a twenty dollar bill you get five tickets to try the five drams you find most enticing.

It’s for a good cause too: all proceeds go toward Eastern South Dakota Scottish Athletes. It’s the organization that promotes caber tossing in kilts. ESDSA (http://www.esdsa.org/) is spearheaded by our friend Jeff, who has been gracious in hosting SFWS at his house regularly. Let’s help a brother out by showing up on May 10 with a bunch of friends and bidding in the auction at the end of the night. Some of you also have a bottle you’d be willing to donate. Please respond if you’re willing to enrich the culture of whiskey-drinkers and kilt-wearers through a gift of a bottle. We have a few already.


Tasting: Trader Joe’s Highland Single Malt 10

At $22.99, Trader Joe’s Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, aged 10 years, was hard to pass up. TJ’s has for a number of years now offered small-run offerings, doing their best to hide the distillery of origin. Would it be identifiable to the nose of a SFWS veteran? No. No, if only because the dram lacked identifiable features of any sort.

Nose: Sweet malt, wildflower, honey, sawdust
Body: Thin and sweet; oak, vanilla, white raisins
Finish: Short; apple, chardonnay, lacquer

I’m not catching the Highland charm here, with no discernible tone of peat or leatheriness. If you are drawn to the Highland 10 profile, a better use of your money would be to upgrade to a decent Speyside such as the Glenfiddich 12 or, better, a Glen Garioch.


East to West in February

Production of local whiskey in America is just now entering a renaissance. However, as these libations have limited distribution, the Sioux Falls Whisky Society is your best shot at enjoying the fruits of American whiskey-making, starting with the east coast and moving to the west.

WHAT: East to West

Bowman Brothers Straight Bourbon (Virginia)
W.H. Harrison Straight Bourbon (Indiana)
Arkansas Young Bourbon (Arkansas)
Dark Horse Distillery Reserve Bourbon (Kansas)
Ghost Owl Small Batch (Washington)

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 8, 8-10pm

WHERE: Email for details

COST: $20


Best of the Under-30s

Aye, we’ve tasted a handful of rare, crazy-expensive bottles of whiskey at the Society. But let’s be honest: sometimes a fantastic standard release bottle is the recipe for happiness. For our November meeting we go to the best of the budget whiskies. And here’s where we need your help: nominate your favorite bottle of whisk(e)y under $30. The five top vote-getters will be featured that night.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov 16, 8-10pm

WHERE: Email for details

COST: $10


Around the World Whiskey Night – Oct 12

It’s astounding how fast the whiskey industry has blossomed across the world. Join the Sioux Falls Whisky Society in October to enjoy five non-Scottish single malts. You won’t believe your taste buds.

Armorik Breton Single Malt (France)
Nikka Pure Malt (Japan)
Knappogue Castle 17 Twin Cask (Ireland)
Amrut Single Malt (India)
Charbay R5 Hop Flavored Whiskey (USA)

DATE: Saturday, Oct 12, 2013, 8-10pm

LOCATION: Sign up via email

COST: $20

No RSVP necessary; first 30 drinkers admitted.


Premium Malts for ESDSA Fundraiser

Sioux Falls Whisky Society is pleased to team up with Eastern South Dakota Scottish Athletes for a fund raiser. ESDSA preserves Scottish tradition in the form of the Heavy Games, a beastly set of throwing events (including the likes of the caber toss, the stone throw, and the 56 lb. weight for height). For such a worthy cause, why not suffer a premium cigar and rare single malts?

Littlemill, Whisky Galore bottling (Lowland)

Caol Ila Distiller’s Edition (Islay)

Longrow Red 11 Year Cabernet Sauvignon Cask (Campbeltown)

Glen Grant 16 (Speyside)

Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve (Highland)

DATE: Saturday, Sept 14, 8-10pm

COST: $35, with all profits going to Eastern South Dakota Scottish Athletes.

LOCATION: In Sioux Falls; email for address

RSVP: Yes, to Jeff @ jettson [at] sio.midco. net


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