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 great long weekend in Kentucky visiting some of the best newer and older distilleries! On this trip we will also get to do a barrel pick which is super exciting. VIP visits, cooperage, great food - it really is a lot of fun. And not to be missed.

Grand Coastal Whisky Tour of Scotland

An incredible itinerary that goes from Campbeltown to the Orkney Islands. Beautiful scenery and incredible whisky visits including Glen Scotia, Springbank, Oban, Tobermory, Talisker, Highland Park and many others. This 9-night trip is an epic one.

Islay, Scotland

Join 9 Maple and Rascal + Thorn as we head back to Islay to re-discover all that is great about smoky (peated) whisky! We visit all 9 of the distilleries during this 8-night trip. 3 nights in Glasgow and 5 nights on Islay. A stunning trip.

Distillery Visits

Albany Distilling Co – Club Barrel Visit – April 27, 2019

Albany Distilling Co – Club Barrel Visit – April 27, 2019

 On Saturday, April 27th, the Saratoga Whiskey Club went to Albany Distilling Co for the one-year anniversary tasting of a 53-gallon barrel that we filled in 2018. We were very excited to taste from our barrel which consisted of a mash bill that we voted on (similar...

Hillrock Estate Distillery Visit – January 28, 2017

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

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...

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