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An Introduction to Scotch Whisky and American Whiskey

  • UpperWest 1 Cedar Street Cambridge, MA, 02140 United States (map)

RSVP required for this event, and it is 21+ only.

An introduction to Scotch Whisky and American Whiskey

Ever notice that Scotch is Whisky, while Bourbon or Rye are Whiskey? 

Ever wonder how they’re made - what they all have in common and and how they differ? 

Walking into a well-stocked liquor store or bar, the labels can be overwhelming.  And beyond just choosing one, how can you know which ones offer good value for money, which to drink before dinner and which after, which to water, which to put over ice, and which to take as they come?  You’ll be amazed at how much you can tell even before tasting if you know what to look for.  Just as with wine, regional styles are distinct and reflect regional agriculture, tradition, laws and terroir. 

We’ll sample, take a quick tour of representative spirits from Scotland and America, and discuss what’s going on to make these products so surprisingly varied.  This introduction, will provide a delicious and sound foundation for further exploration and development of your own taste preferences in the fascinating world of whiskey.

RSVP required for this event on Eventbrite.

You are welcome to come early or stay afterwards to enjoy food and drink at UpperWest.

Policies & Info

What is the payment and refund policy?

Your RSVP payment covers only the whiskey tasting and instruction. Other drinks and food can be purchased separately at the event.

Cancellations are allowed up to 2 days prior to the event.

Event will only be held if at least 6 people RSVP, otherwise it will be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to the event and you will receive a refund.


UpperWest is located in North Cambridge, just off Mass Ave, at 1 Cedar Street. We are in the back entrance of the UAV Veteran's Club building that looks like a house. Walk down the driveway to the back of the building, enter in the back entrance, and we are in the basement.


Please inform us at the time of your reservation if you have any food allergies. Some allergies might not be able to be accomodated.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes, this event is 21+ only, and ID will be required.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

UpperWest is located in North Cambridge just off Mass Ave, north of Porter Square and West of Davis Square. There is lots of street parking at meters on Mass Ave, as well as Zip Cars and Hubways nearby. The 77 bus stops at Cameron Avenue across the street, and we are walking distance from both the Alewife and Davis Square T stops (around 8 mins).

Parking in our back lot is reserved for the Veteran's Club, so please do not park there.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Please do not bring any alcohol. There is no BYOB allowed in Cambridge.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Any questions please contact

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you don't need to bring a printed ticket to the event, unless your ticket is reserved in someone else's name.