The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Moshi Moshi

On Monday, April 16th, from 6pm – 9:30pm, Moshi is very happy to have Amanda Victoria and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society back and we have a stellar evening planned. In addition to the selection of SMWS bottles already on the back-bar from Moshi’s last event with SMWS, Amanda and I have curated an additional six expressions designed to get your whisky-brain shooting off fireworks. In addition, Moshi will be offering special, culinary pairings for those that want a nosh with their whisky. On hand, in very limited quantities, will be 28.35, 9.124, 9.113, 4.225, 29.222, and a sneak preview of July Outturn 7.187. Members and non-members are all welcome to join.  And most important: Do not drink and drive. Please have a designated driver or use public transport; much appreciated

My first experience with The SMWS bottles was in Kyoto, five years ago at a whisky bar that is now called K6, that seems to have been part of a dream. It was before I was nerding out on Japanese whisky and therefore my lack of notes is disheartening, except for a few, poorly captured, photos.  I was thirstily looking at all the Japanese whisky and chose two Suntory The Owner’s Cask single cask whiskies to start my journey. As I was enjoying my whisky my eye started focusing on the line of bottles acting like crown molding for the back bar. What were these oddly mysterious bottles? I had never seen anything like it, the similar design, except for the differing red numbers, and the changing text. The bartender saw my curiosity and handed me a menu with all The SMWS expressions they had on hand.

As with all single cask expressions, my first moment drinking SMWS might only be repeated with several thousand dollars as the two expressions I followed The Owner’s Casks with are now super rare. The SMWS 119.10 (19 year single cask from Yamazaki) and 116.18 (18 year single cask from Yoichi) were fireworks in my mouth. I could expound on the actual nose and taste but the labels on the bottle were spot on:

119.10 “I wish it could be Christmas every day!” Guatemalan rum, dried fruit, brown sugar and Christmas pudding envelope the nose; figgy nut cake and latte come with water. The palate is rich and thick, with dark chocolate and crème brûlée, sherry, liquorice and treacle. A wonderfully balanced, sherried dram.

116.18 “Amazing toffee, honey sweetness” A nose of lacquered wood, Marsala-soaked raisins, toffee apples, cinnamon donuts and damson crumble. With water honey, fudge, brandy snaps, ginger and perfume. The palate is all sherried Xmas cake with marzipan, toasted almonds, red cola rocky road and sweet oak.

I am always on the lookout for drams of these stellar bottles. On my last trip to Tokyo I found myself at The Mash Tun, another amazing whisky bar to snuggle into. Toru Suzuki, the proprietor, offered up the last dram of SMWS 120.7 (a 14 year single cask from Hakushu and maybe my favorite so far).SMWS-120.7-Tokyo-2016.jpg

Mitsuru, the owner of Moshi, and I are heading to Tokyo this Spring and we will be sure to go to the newer partner bar for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at the Park Hotel, The Society, and see what we can dig up.

But in the meantime, come by Moshi Moshi to say hi to Amanda, Mitsuru and myself on Monday, April 16, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.  You will be able to tell us if the team at SMWS got the notes on this 19 year single cask from Laphroaig right:

29.222 “Fruits de mer”  Sweetly welcoming with praline, digestive biscuits and roasted chestnuts, the nose quickly embodied the familiar air of peat smoke and burnt heather with salty oyster shells, empty fish crates and rock pools. The aroma of putty became a common reoccurrence along with the underlying juicy-fruitiness of wine gums, blackcurrant sweets and lime juice which mingled with a minty hint to give the impression of a refreshing mojito. Water emphasized the more maritime and medicinal mélange of tarry rope, first aid box, herbal cough syrup and ship’s engine grease whilst being lifted by floral lavender and a lovely waxy mouth feel.

 

You do not have to be a Society member to take part in this event, but I hope you leave as one. 

-Lanny Lighthill, GM

Three Nights of Flights – Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  Thursday October 12th.

Three Nights of Flights – Chichibu! Thursday Night October 5th.

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Macallan and Highland Park Whisky Tasting Thursday Night August 3rd at Moshi Moshi


Join us Thursday Night August 3rd from 6:00pm to 9:30pm for an amazing night of whisky tasting. We’ll have specially priced flights and cocktails featuring Macallan and Highland Park whiskies.


Eric MacDonald – sales specialist for Erdington America will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the history and whisky of two very iconic distilleries.


Moshi Moshi

2092 3rd Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

415-861-8285

Join us for a “Wonderland of Whisky” at Moshi Moshi Thursday Night December 15th, 2016

Moshi Moshi and Young’s Market are presenting a special night of cocktails and whisky flights.

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Akashi White Oak Single Malt, Akashi Blended Malt, Akashi 5yr Sherry Cask

Akashi White Oak Single Malt, Akashi Blended Malt, Akashi 5yr Sherry Cask

 

Iwai Tradition, Iwai Whisky

Iwai Tradition, Iwai Whisky

 

Komagatake Single Malt "The Revival 2011, Komagatake "Rindo", Mars Maltage "3 plus 25"

Komagatake Single Malt “The Revival 2011, Komagatake “Rindo”, Mars Maltage “3 plus 25”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday is a whisky fest at Moshi Moshi

So couldn’t make Whisky Fest this year? Don’t fret its a whisky fest everyday at Moshi Moshi. In the Scottish tradition,  we pour our Japanese and Scotch whiskies from a 25 ml thimble. 25ml is a bit more than 3/4 of an ounce which is plenty to get a real taste for any whisky and by pouring less the price of admission comes down which allows are guests to try more whisky. We have lots of whisky!

Our specialty is Japanese whisky and we have healthy supplies of the core age stated whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki, Nikka PureMalt, Yoichi and Miyagikyo.  We also carry all labels from Mars-Iwai, Chichibu and Akashi and we have a staff that knows their whiskey. Lanny, Phil, Mindy and myself have all been to Japan and toured several of the distilleries there. We love talking about whisky and being able to share firsthand information with our guests.


Of course we have a great selection of Scotch and American whiskies as well. You will find a large selection of curated flights in our bar menu or one of our bartenders can put a flight together for you based on your tastes. All flights are done with 25ml pours.



If you like your whisky in cocktails we’ve got that covered too.


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Westland Whiskey Tasting at Moshi Moshi Friday August 12th.  

Please join us for a special Westland Single Malt Whiskey promotion at Moshi Moshi Friday August 12th 2016 from 6pm to 10pm while supplies last.

Westland Distillery has been carving out a niche for itself in the Pacific Northwest as America’s premier Single Malt Whiskey garnering numerous awards for its core whiskies along the way.

For the evening we will have a specialty Westland cocktail available for $8 and our Westland Whiskey Flight Available for $10.

Our Westland Whiskey Flight consists of one 25ml pour of each of Westland’s three core whiskies: American Oak, Peated, and Sherry Wood.  This flight normally sells for $21.

As a bonus, if you order one of our Westland Flights or the Westland cocktail Meghan Mac Connachie from Anchor Distilling SF will provide you with a taste of Westland’s soon to be released Garryana! She will also be available to talk about Westland’s Whiskies and answer your questions. Come Join us for a drink and find out why Westland is such an important American distillery.

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Regardless of the individual expression, every whiskey at Westland Distillery is underscored by our house style – a sweetness and ease on the palate accompanied by a fruity and complex but ultimately grain-focused finish worthy of its place in this new world.

American Oak

Distilled from the rich, flavorful barley of Washington State and matured predominantly in new American oak casks in the steady, cool humidity of our seaside home.

Double Gold Medal, 2014 SF World Spirits Competition

95 Points, 2015 Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

Peated Malt

This Peated Malt whiskey is a variation on our house style made from a mash of peated malt that is among the smokiest in the world. 

Gold Medal, 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition

Gold Medal, 2014 NY International Spirits Competition

Sherry Wood

Westland’s Sherry Wood is a new world approach to an old world idea.

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Double Gold/Best Craft Whiskey, 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

95 Points/Top 100 Spirits, 2105 Wine Enthusiast

Compass Box Release Party at Moshi Moshi

Hey everybody!  We have a very exciting event planned for you. We are hosting one of our favorite whisky companies – Compass Box Whisky – as they release two very special whiskies on Wednesday June 1st  2016.

What: $2 Tasting: Taste classic Compass Box whiskies from tasting menu

$5 Compass Box Cocktails: Select Compass Box whisky cocktails; whisky tasting included

The Circus will available for purchase at a discounted price. While supplies last.

When: Wednesday Evening June 1st  2016 from 6 pm to 9pm

Where: Moshi Moshi 2092 3rd Street San Francisco 94107,   415-861-8285

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Enlightenment: a blend of bright and fruity highland malts from Clynelish, Glentauchers, and Balblair aged in first fill American oak barrels with a bit of weighty  Mortlach aged in rejuvenated American Oak barrels.

The Circus: the result of another rare find – old parcels of blended Scotch and blended grain whisky that had been aged pre-blended in cask for many years.  Little is known of the component distillery whiskies, only that they contain both single malt and single grain whiskies and that the ‘marrying casks’ are sherry butts.

Compass box has made their name through innovative blends and barreling techniques that push the boundaries of what Scotch whisky can be. Representatives from Compass Box will be on hand to explain and help you understand the art of blending whisky and its importance to the production of any whisky. If you like whisky, whisky cocktails, learning about whisky and or talking about whisky this is the whisky event for you.