The L.A. Whiskey Society was established in 2006 by ten Los Angeles friends who found they all shared an intense interest in whiskey. Since then, the Society has expanded its membership and become known to whiskey enthusiasts worldwide, though it remains a private club.
We are a not-for-profit group and accept no advertising for this site. Our concern is in keeping whiskey fun, fair, and honest. To that end, we guard our independence and integrity.
Our members include some of the top whiskey experts and most popular whiskey bloggers in the US, as well as people who work in different aspects of the whiskey business itself. We each have a specialized focus and skill set, and we work as a team to stay on top of all things whiskey -- from historic discoveries, to the spirit's manufacture, to the state of the current marketplace, to what we think tastes the best... and worst!
In addition to being a premiere venue for rare whiskey tastings, LAWS is also home to one of the best collections of rare whiskeys in the United States. The flagship of the collection is the oldest whiskey in the world, a bottle of Baker's Pure Rye distilled more than a decade before the Civil War. It is currently undergoing certification by Guinness World Records.
Meetings are held in our private bar. Membership is highly selective and extremely limited. Those wishing to apply should have a very strong background in whiskey appreciation and history.
Most of our visitors use the site as a reference guide for whiskey ratings and reviews. New entries are added on a nearly daily basis. We do publish the occasional full-length article, and when we do, we recommend reading it -- it's either something important that whiskey enthusiasts need to know about, or something that's just really interesting and entertaining.
RARE WHISKEY AUTHENTICATION AND VALUATION
The Los Angeles Whiskey Society is proud to be at the forefront of US whiskey expertise. We excel at the identification, authentication, and valuation of rare whiskey. We have been consulted by the spirits specialists at all of the major US auction houses, as well as by countless private individuals and estates. We've appraised collections from San Francisco to Singapore, worth hundreds to millions. We've even helped train the specialists at two of the major auctioneers in how to estimate bottle values in their auctions, identify fakes, date labels, and so forth.
How did we gain all this knowledge? Back when we started this club, there was very little information available on how to date, authenticate, and value rare whiskeys -- particularly American bottles. So, we had to do all that research ourselves. And we did a lot of it. Initially, it was just to satisfy our own curiosity. But soon, we found that when we consulted with many of the existing whiskey experts we respected (and whose source material we often referred to), we had discovered many new things that they didn't know about. So as we shared information back and forth, we eventaully found that we'd become experts ourselves.
As of 2015, LAWS has undertaken a project that will share much of our hard-earned, formerly "secret" knowledge with the broader whiskey community. Keep your eye on the website, we'll be publishing in-depth articles on dating and authenticating whiskey bottles, the likes of which have not been seen before.