Whisky Symposium w/ Martin Daraz

Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the year, Icons of Whisky 2017

Sponsored by Ian MacLeod Distillers, makers of Glengoyne and Tamdhu

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

location: Brandon's  (600 S. La Brea Ave, LA, CA 90036)


Southern California Whiskey Club was privileged to have whisky legend Mr. Martin Daraz for a tasting + symposium about his personal experiences in the industry to an over capacity room. This was a fantastic opportunity to experience an icon doing what he is best at with a “no holds barred discussion” about the past, present, and future of the whisky world.


We were very happy to have this event at Brandon's On La Brea, featuring a custom cocktail created by manager Angela Ryskiewicz for our event. "Contingency Plan" was the welcome cocktail featuring: Isle of Skye 12, Montenegro, Jardesca California Aperitiva, and Aztec chocolate bitters. 

event pour list:

1. Highland Park Dark Origins 46.8% ABV

2. Macallan Edition 2 48.2% ABV

3. Hibiki Harmony 43% ABV 


Sponsored by Ian Macleod Distillers

4. Tamdhu 12 Year 43% ABV 

5. Tamdhu Batch Strength #4 57.8% ABV

6. Glengoyne 15 Year 43% ABV

7. Glengoyne 18 Year 43% ABV 

8. Glengoyne 21 Year 43% ABV 


about Brandon's On La Brea:

Tucked in a corner of 6th & La Brea Brewery, Brandon's is the classic cocktail bar Hancock Park has been waiting for. Featuring lovely decor, good vibes, and killer booze.



about the presenter:

Martin Daraz, a native of Scotland, has worked in the Scotch Whisky industry for over 10 years with The Macallan and Highland Park distilleries and most recently as an industry consultant. Since moving to the USA, he has performed stand up comedy across the country and hosted numerous events with a blend of both humor and expert knowledge of whisky. He has been quoted as an industry expert on Bloomberg News, CNN and within the pages of numerous publications. He is currently a guest lecturer at Stanford University's Graduate Business School. In 2017 he was named an Icon of Whisky for Best Scotch Brand Ambassador, the industry’s equivalent of an Oscar.


Scotch Whisky Brand Ambassador of the year sponsored by Procurus

Martin’s Whisky Diet

The Whiskey Wash 1

The Whiskey Wash 2

Drink Spirits

Big thank you to Angela Ryskiewicz and Martin Daraz to make this happen!

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