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I know it's early, as we just concluded our last get together. But I wanted to get some information out. I figured we wouldn't worry about going to the range this time, as it will give us a chance to save some money. Figured we could get together and talk. Whiskey and Firearms happen to be two of my favorite subjects (falling closely behind women!). Trinity Hall Irish Pub ( www.trinityhall.tv ) is a wonderful place to sit, drink, and talk. It's located at Mockingbird Station (Mockingbird Ln and 75 -Central-).

They have the greatest beer selection short of The Flying Saucer and the widest selection of Whiskey (Canadian and Scotch Whisky, and Kentucky / Tennessee Bourbons, etc.) in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.

The second Tuesday of every month they have a Whiskey tasting. Usually its a flight of Scotch (I went to a McAllen tasting that had 6 different McCallens, on up to the 20 yr and beyond!). If you reserve a spot it only costs 25 dollars! (35 dollars for a walk in if there is space). The evening lasts a bit and they usually have a representative come in and discuss the scotch while you drink it. Everyone gets pretty happy at the end of the night, needless to say.

I sent an email to Marius Donnelly, the proprietor, letting him know how much I loved the place and my intentions to bring you guys over. He said he looked forward to all you stopping by.

Check out the website (its a jumbled mess, but has good information in it) and let me know what you guys think.

Do you guys want to shoot for the January tasting, or wait until February or beyond? I'm not sure what the whiskey schedule is just yet, but I'll post it once it's on their website.

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Dear Sir!

I am a die-hard regular to your Pub (regular meaning when I get the money, so once a month or so!) and have been enjoying your place since I got back from Iraq (a little over two years ago). My wife has been attending your pub for even longer. It was in your pub that I first was exposed to Scotch (I had been a straight bourbon drinker before that) and learned to appreciate it. It was also on your recommendation that I drank my first Talisker and have been in love with that whisky ever since. Furthermore, I took my younger sister to Trinity hall for her 21st birthday and have brought my entire family (both mine and my inlaws) there on special occasions. All in all, it is a special place to me and my friends and family and I wanted to say thank you to you and your staff for all that you do.

I have attended one of your Whiskey tastings (McAllen) and look forward to attending many others. I am apart of the DFW Steyr pistol club and we plan on attending one of your next tastings (without our beloved Steyrs, of course!). Whatever whiskey may be selected, we look forward to it and will enjoy it. I did want to know, however, if you will be doing a Talisker sampling in the near future?

I would go on and on about how much I love your pub, but the flattery would appear saccharine after a while. So with that, have a Merry Christmas and I hope to stop by soon!

-Jim

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Go Raibh Maith Agat Seamus!

Thank you very much for your kind note Jim, it certainly warms the heart to have a place that we are proud of generate unsolicited notes such as yours. Thank you for taking time to let me know and for all your business over the years. We shall look forward to seeing you and yours with us again soon, and if you don’t have plans yet for the early part of New Year’s Eve I’d ask that you consider bringing the family along to our Sing Along and Irish New Years countdown 3-6 PM. The Irish Rogues play and its mostly families, grandparents & the youngest ones. We bring out sparkling cider for the countdown and the kids have blowers & noisemakers! And then everyone’s home by 7 or 8P

I’ll review the list of upcoming tastings and be sure that it is up to the quality that should be expected when half the attendees are marksmen….. We should have the 1 st quarter ready to post here shortly with the first tasting of the year scheduled for Jan 13th. Keep an eye on the tasting page for details!

Have a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to all!

Slainte!

Marius Donnelly
Proprietor

Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant
Mockingbird Station
Dallas, Texas 75206
214-887-3600
www.trinityhall.tv
 

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I keep putting these things together with plenty of time for you to schedule a trip down :) Hahaha!

Talisker is damned good, but it can be harsh. It has a very strong, peppery smokey flavor. Peat with iodine. Very nice! That's the 10 yr. The 18 year is more robust and gentle (if gentle could be used to describe Talisker) - it has more of a vanilla and spice flavor to it. (more info here: http://drwhisky.blogspot.com/search/label/talisker )

A whiskey tasting is great! For the McAllen tasting, they had a flight of 6 different pours of Mcallen, different years and different casks. They take you through each one, one by one. Have you add water and you discuss what you taste. Between each drink, you wait a bit, talk, eat, drink some stuff on the side (usually order more of what you just drank) and then go on to the next one.

Damned fun!

edit: I always misspell McAllan I grew up near McAllen, TX.... oh well....
 

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Oh, I always try the 10yrs of everything first. It's the cheapest ($50 a bottle or so, depending) and you go from there. I have only tried the 10yr and the 18yr on Talisker. I fell in love with the 10yr. The 18yr seems a bit too fancy for me :) haha :)

A bit of trivia. Johnny Walker Black Label uses Talisker as one of its main mixes. It's what gives Walker Black its smokey flavor.
 

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Oooh, I don't chase my scotch. Umm.. The way that I get to know a new scotch is to first drink it neat, no rocks, no water. Then I wait a bit, swish water in my mouth to cleanse the pallet. Then add two drops (only two drops!) to the scotch, drink it and notice the difference in taste, notes and aroma. After that, another swish of water to cleanse and then I add two more drops. Note changes. I never put in more than four drops, as the chemical change ceases and you start to get watered down at that point.

At this point I now know the full taste range of the scotch and add what drops of water I will the next time I drink it.

I usually drink most of my scotches neat. The McAllan cask strength I take with two drops of water as it makes it very spicy!

I think that answers your question. I might have misunderstood it.
 

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I take it McAllan is the Lafite Rothschild of the whiskey world?
Don't know anything about wine, but McAllan can be considered the middle ground of Scotch. It is a good sherry cask. Talisker tastes nothing like McAllan, and McAllan tastes nothing like Glenlivetor or Caol Ila.

Its kinda of like the Jack Daniel's of Scotch (there are many better and many worse). Bourbons tend to be linear, whereas Scotches run the gauntlet of tastes. McAllan is a good place to start and their sherry casks are wonderful.
 

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yeah, we're doing it! I just want to be able to give everyone a two week head's up.

They're having one next Tuesday (Jan 13th), but I figured that was not enough time to let everyone know.

But I'm up for it :) Thing is, I don't know if there are any seats available. I guess I could email and ask.

I figured we would push for the one in February. But, if guys want to do one next week, I'm all for it. We would have to email and make reservations.

Here's the link: http://www.trinityhall.tv/Tasting.htm
 

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I haven't verified it with the proprietor yet (will do so in the next couple of days). But the Tasting should be this next Febuary the 10th. I don't know what will be served, but it will be Whiskey (and that's good enough for me).

Let's go ahead and start planning to meet at Trinity Hall in Dallas (of Mockingbird and Central / 75) on the 10th. It typically starts at 7:30 pm (1930) and goes on until 9:30 pm (2130). The cost is 25 dollars with a reservation (35 dollars at the door if there are seats available). In order to reserve a spot call 214-887-3600 or email [email protected]

I'll send out PMs with the info once I confirm the time and the tasting. I'll leave it up to you guys to reserve a spot for yourselves. Let them know that you are apart of the DFW Steyr Club incase there are seating arrangements (don't remember there being, but just in case).
 

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I'll be going of course. And my wife is coming again (though she won't be drinking, alas, surgery...). I say bring the wimenz, no sense making this a sausage fest. Up to you guys though. I like boobies and take every chance I can to look at em. My wife has always been "on of the guys" though, so not sure if you want this to be a male bonding experience.

My philosophy has always been whiskey and women go together. So, I say, bring the wives... and the girlfriends... and any women you have on the side.
 

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NOTIFICATION! Date has changed:

It will be the FIRST Tuesday of February, the 3rd. Are you guys interested in this one? Or is it too short of a notice?

http://www.trinityhall.tv/Tasting.htm

February, 1st Tuesday: A Whisky Tasting Night

February Event : 3rd @ 7:30 PM



"The Buchanan"
Buchanan's
Category: Deluxe blended Scotch whisky

Top markets: Venezuela, US, Mexico, Colombia

Variants: 12 year old, Buchanan's Special Reserve (18 year old)
Buchanan's is an excellent example of quality with a house style given by James Buchanan.The brand now stands for prestige and tradition that suits the taste and values of the Latin community.

Did you know?
James Buchanan's horses won the Derby twice and his 'racing stud' in Sussex was known as the best in Britain.

Brand fact
The brand now stands for prestige and tradition that suits the taste and values of the Latin community.
Black & White
Category: Blended Scotch whisky

Top markets: France, Brazil, Venezuela

Launched: 1906 (trademarked)
Black & White is an attaching and accessible brand, recognised for its quality, heritage and character.

Did you know?
James Buchanan was an ardent animal lover and in the 1890s, returning from a dog show, he conceived the idea for one of the world’s most famous trademarks. The black Scottish terrier and the West Highland white terrier were adopted as the brand’s motif which is still used today.

Brand fact
James Buchanan was an ardent animal lover and in the 1890s, returning from a dog show, he conceived the idea for one of the world’s most famous trademarks

We'll also taste the Dalwhinnie 15 year old as we get to know the single that makes the blend!



Regular Price $25 per guest with reservation

$35 if you walk in without reservation, and only if we can find a place to serve you!!

7:30PM Start Time / 9:30 PM Wrap Up

Prices include 6 sample pours (3/4oz +/-) each & Light snacks & palette cleansers.

EMAIL US IF YOU ARE [email protected] [email protected]
 

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No PMs from anyone else yet. Though I wasn't as active getting PMs out to everyone (relied on the thread... hmm..)

Well, things still on for tomorrow. I'm going to head over. Syntax, it's not hard drinking, but good drinking. Even if its just us three, it'll be fun. It'll also give you an idea of what it is and let you know if you want to keep doing it.

If you are going, send an email to [email protected] and let them know you are going. You will pay the 25 dollars when you get there. send me a PM so that I can save a seat for us all.
 

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Tasting went well last night. Their new schedule has the tastings on the first Tuesday on every month. Next month is going to be an Irish whiskey tasting. Bushmills and Breakfast! Apparently we're going to sample the Irish whiskey next to some Irish breakfast meals.

I'm psyched! Bushmills is a wonderful whiskey and the Irish do it a bit different than the Scotts and the Americans. This will be good. I'll get out PMs a lot earlier this time and make a new thread about it. Again, its 25 dollars when you send in an email. That gets you 6 whiskeys (typically) and they usually do a bonus round. I went home very happy last night....

Oh yeah, Range Report:
Had samples of these whiskys:

Buchanan's Black and White
Johnnie Walker Green Label
Buchanan's 18 yr Blended Whisky
Buchanan's Red Seal (a $180 a bottle whisky)
Dalwhinnie 12 year Single Malt

And the bonus round was a Singleton 12 yr. Single Malt

They also served cheese and crackers as pallet cleansers, rolled deli meat wraps, crisp potato bites, toasted crustinis as appetizers, and a small pineapple and shrimp kabob as a taste enhancer.

Because there was a whisky tasting just last week, not too many people showed up for this one (only had two tables of 6 to 9 people each). It was really nice. The ambassador was able to walk up and town and talk with each one of us individually as we were drinking. Hell, him and the pub owner seemed to be drinking just as much as us. Damned good night. Got home and passed out on the bed.

Next month is going to be even better.
 
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