I want to let you all know about the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America's Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza.
It's on October 27, at the JW Marriot Hotel in downtown DC. This will make the fifth or sixth time I've gone. I've always enjoyed it immensely. monsteralice will be joining me, and possibly others.
It's not cheap, but there will be over 100 rare and unique single malt and scotch whiskies to taste- the list runs from Aberfeldy to Yamazaki, and includes several that I've never seen before. Some of these are very hard to find. The Society will be offering some of their own to taste- they buy single barrels from various distilleries and bottle them privately- guaranteed one-of-a-kind and otherwise available only if you're a member.
There will also be a delicious dinner buffet, a prize drawing, and (for those who partake) free high-quality cigars (monsteralice and I use them as offerings to the lwa, of course).
Unfortunately, I can't buy any more member-discounted tickets, so you're on your own there... There are no tickets sold at the door. There's a button on the page referenced above for ordering info.
Hope you can make it!