We are a non-profit trade association and we are having one of our annual meetings in Myrtle Beach, SC in Oct this year. Each year we do a scotch tasting and sell tickets to our attendees with the proceeds going towards a foundation in our industry. Previously one of our members would do this for us as he was a Director in the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society of America.
Unfortunately he passed away shortly after our last meeting and we want to continue this tradition in his honor. I am hoping that you could refer me to someone in the Myrtle Beach area (or surrounding area) that might be available to come to our conference and do this for us. We would, of course pay for this service.
If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
From Scotch Hunter Steve
Linda, thanks so much for writing. I am certainly sorry to hear about
the passing of one of your members.
I am afraid I don’t know of anyone in the Myrtle Beach area that does scotch tastings. My colleague and I would, however, like to discuss the possibility of us doing this tasting for you. Both Don and I live in Blacksburg, Virginia and I visit the Myrtle Beach area often. In fact, I’ll be in Myrtle Beach just prior to your conference and could extend my stay with ease.
We are both avid malt drinkers and do tastings for family, friends, conferences, and festivals. We would not claim to be experts, necessarily, and we have no ties to the distilling industry. We are,
however, both educators by profession. Don has been retired for a few years but I am still teaching in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. Our scotch tastings are informal, laid back, educational and
highly interactive. Generally, we suggest that five single malts be sampled. As each malt is tasted and savored, we discuss and rated them in turn. If you think it appropriate, we could prepare a toast for
your departed member at the beginning or the end of the evening’s event.
If you are interested in chatting more about this possibility, we can exchange more information by email or I can call you at your convenience. I’d be interest in the proposed date, time, location,
and approximate number of participants.
Linda, thanks again your interest. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Scotch Hunter Steve