Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.

– Mark Twain

Tasting Recaps

Each tasting is unique…

From Single Malt Scotch to American Bourbon and Rye, the Saratoga Whiskey Club explores and tastes all different categories of whiskey. The goal is to learn about whiskies from around the world. It’s really the best way to improve one’s palate and tasting experience. Tastings are held monthly in different venues depending on the size of the group.

Whiskeys Tasted

Distilleries Visited



Saratoga Whisk(e)y Club is a group of local Saratogians that enjoy hanging out and tasting whiskey, visiting distilleries and sharing information about whiskey. Saratoga Springs is located in Upstate New York, approximately 30 miles north of Albany, NY, the capital of New York State. If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletters, please send us your information and we will e-mail these to you. The newsletters announce various activities that we do each quarter. We also accept new members during certain times of the year. If interested in joining, please let us know.

Score Criteria

At SWC tastings, our members have the opportunity to score their whiskies. A score isn’t everything, and everyone’s palate is different, however we feel it helps open up conversation and comparison. See how our scores match up with yours.

  • Nose
  • Palate
  • Finish
  • Balance

Upcoming Whiskey Tours

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Insider’s Tour

A fun weekend on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. We will visit some of the new distilleries that now dot the trail as well as some of the classics. A great group dynamic makes this long whiskey weekend special!

Coastal Whisky Tour of Scotland

A unique whisky adventure from the Orkney Islands to the end of the Kintyre Peninsula. We visit some great distilleries including Highland Park, Talisker, Oban and many others.

Ireland Whiskey Tour

Join 9 Maple and Rascal + Thorn in Ireland to unveil the Irish Whiskey Renaissance. From new to old, Ireland is the fastest growing whiskey producer in the world. A very fun trip!

Distillery Visits

Hillrock Estate Distillery Visit – January 28, 2017

A group of us from the Saratoga Whiskey Club visited the Hillrock Estate Distillery on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. Our day started with a great lunch at Fish & Game in Hudson, NY, and continued with a 2pm tour and tasting at Hillrock.  Our guide, Bobby Haight,...

9 Maple Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour – May 2017

Quite a few members from the Saratoga Whiskey Club are going on this Bourbon and Horse-Racing tour in Kentucky in May, 2017.  Check it out!  It's going to be a really great opportunity to get on the Bourbon trail and do some tours and tastings. 9 Maple Bourbon Trail...

Mad River Distillers Visit – April 9, 2016

The Saratoga Whisk(e)y Club went to Vermont for a Saturday night in April and visited with one of the distillers at Mad River Distillers.  We had a great time both visiting with them and hanging out in Waterbury, VT, for the night.  Good food, whiskey, and beer!  Here...

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