Moonshine ‘n’ Mooncakes

Many cultures around the world have a celebration revolving around the traditional time of harvest. The end of summer, beginning of fall. A time when people come together to celebrate the bounty of the growing season — and have one last, big party before the coming of winter. In the old Celtic religions of Scotland, it’s Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox. In Chinese culture, it’s the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known by a name derived from one of the delicacies associated with it: Mooncake Day.


Moonshine ‘n’ Mooncakes brings these two festivals together, combining the food of Chinese Mooncake Day with the results of a good Scottish barley harvest. Of course, that barley has been distilled into a single malt scotch whisky by the good people at Springbank, one of two Scottish distilleries to control every aspect of the process, from malting the barley to bottling.


Join the Whisky Roundtable at Oriental Garden on September 22nd, 2016 for a celebration of these two autumnal holidays in a way that would make the ancestors proud: by eating and drinking your fill.

Limited seats available. Ticket price includes whisky tasting led by Steve Fox, multi-course dinner, tax and gratuity.

Steve Fox is the National Sales Manager and scotch whiskey advisor for Pacific Edge Wine & Spirits. Steve is a leading expert on whiskies and an authority on Springbank whiskies. He graduated from the Springbank Whisky School and has more than three decades of experience in the spirits industry.

Dinner and tasting include:

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Springbank 10yr
  • Springbank 15yr
  • Hazelburn Rundlets & Kilderkins
  • Longrow Peated
  • Glen Scotia Double Cask
  • and surprise whisky!


  • Shrimp Dumpling
  • Chives Seafood Dumpling
  • Vegetable Dumpling
  • Spring Roll
  • Shrimp Seaweed wrap
  • Fried Stuffed Bean Curd/Salt and Pepper Squid
  • Peking Roast Duck
  • B.B.Q. Stick Chicken/Stick Beef
  • Seasonal Mix Chinese Vegetables
  • Yong Chow Fried Rice
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Almond Cookies

…and more!

DISCLAIMER: Menu items are subject to change.

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Photos: Harlem Whiskey Renaissance

March 25, 2016
Mist Harlem (New York, NY)
Photos By: Clay Williams

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Harlem Whiskey Renaissance

In the final days of the 1910s, Harlem experienced a cultural, artistic, and intellectual re-awakening that became known as the Harlem Renaissance was born. The neighborhood became the destination for New Yorkers. The city’s best musicians, best new artists, best new writers, were being forged in that cauldron, all set to the sound of a new piano music called the Harlem Stride style. Harlem speakeasies became the very definition of the Jazz Age — places like Tillie’s Chicken Shack, Pod’s and Jerry’s, the Rhythm Club, and Harry Hansberry’s Clam House.

The 2016 Harlem Whiskey Renaissance on March 25, 2016 seeks to celebrate the era of the Harlem Renaissance by providing an evening of music, performance, and of course, whiskey, that hearkens back to the era that gave us everything from Chick Webb to Claude McKay, Louis Armstrong to Zora Neal Hurston to Josephine Baker. We’ve lined up brands to pour whiskey from around the world and talk about the history of their spirits, with music provided by the Renaissance-inspired Dandy Wellington.

Most of the old speakeasies are long gone, but for one night at Mist Harlem, you can get a taste of the Harlem Renaissance along with several tastes of some of the best whiskies in the world.

All proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Harbor.

For more details, head to the Harlem Whiskey Renaissance page.


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Photos: The Whiskey Glass Challenge

August 13, 2015
Back Label Wines (New York, NY)
Photos By: Ellie Tam

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The Whiskey Glass Challenge


3 Different Whiskeys meet 3 Different Glasses

Sometimes, it’s not only what’s in the glass that matters. But what about the glass itself?

Traditionally the tumbler has been seen as the vessel of choice for the majority of whiskey drinkers and the ‘whiskey snifter’ relegated to the small group of true whiskey tasters. Denver & Liely have now combined these worlds.

According to them, “The hand-blown shape of the D&L Whiskey Glass combines the benefits of taste and smell associated with a traditional whiskey snifter with the versatility and style of a classic tumbler [and] the wide base maximizes the surface area of a standard measure, funneling the aromas through the tapered body to the optimally sized opening.”

But we’re not just going to take their word for it.

Back Label Wines will be hosting a “Whiskey Glass Challenge,” presented by, Whiskey Roundtable, and sponsored by Virgil Kaine Whiskey, in which 3 different styles of glasses will face it off with 3 different whiskeys each. And you get to be the judge. Will you still prefer that old set of tumblers you got in college? Discover you actually prefer a wine glass? Or maybe D&L is right, and you will have finally found the perfect whiskey glass.

There is a maximum of 20 seats available, so get your tickets now!

Call today to sign up and reserve your spot!
(212) 229-WINE (9463)

Tickets are $40. (Full ticket price includes a $20 voucher to anything in the store!) Get yours now!

Light snacks will be served.

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Photos: Drink Like a Horse


January 25, 2015
The Grain @ Barn Joo (New York, NY)

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Drink Like a Horse

According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the incoming Year of the Goat are mild mannered, shy, and are happiest when just staying in for the night. However, people born in the Year of the Horse are active and energetic and don’t mind a crowd — parties, theaters, sporting events, and of course, whiskey tastings! So help us send these wild horses out in a way they’ll enjoy: with snacks and spirits.


On Sunday, January 25th, 2015, The Whiskey Roundtable’s DRINK LIKE A HORSE will serve up six unique whiskies — three from Japan’s famed Nikka Distillery and three from Taiwan’s rising star, Kavalan Distillery — and tasty Korean soul food from The Grain.

As for the Year of the Goat — you will appreciate that quiet time the next day.

Ticket price includes:

Tasting of 6 whiskies.

Japchae: Korean sweet potato noodles
Mandoo: Korean dumplings
Popcorn Chicken, sweet & spicy glaze
Crispy Calamari

Braised Beef Short Ribs, soy garlic marinated
Grilled Shrimp, chili marinated
Spicy Pork Pot, Korean chili pepper paste marinated pork butt
Tiger Roll: tune, salmon, avocado, crab, chili mayo, eel sauce

House made pickles

Seasonal desserts

*Vegetarian option available.

Tax and Gratuity included.

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Photos: Odd Bedfellows: Non-‘traditional’ Whisk(e)y

May 19, 2013
Tooker Alley (Brooklyn, NY)
Photos By: Clay Washington

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Odd Bedfellows: Non-‘traditional’ Whisk(e)y

Vanilla…caramel…peat. When you’ve been to enough whiskey tastings, the unifying characteristics of most whiskies become obvious to you, if also beloved and welcome. But every now and again, you start to wonder “what if?” Or “what else?” What else can whiskey do? What if whiskey distillers tried something a little bit…odd? What if whiskey drinkers wanted to wander just a little bit further into the left field of what whiskey can do and, perhaps more to the point, how it can taste.

“Odd Bedfellows” is an exploration and celebration of the whiskies and distillers who have pushed the boundaries of what we think of as whiskey. Whether it’s experimenting with different grains, different types of stills, or different barrels, the past several years have seen an explosion in the number of distillers who are tweaking tradition and creating new, exciting expressions of our favorite spirit.

Mad Science? Perhaps. Innovation? Most definitely. Delicious? We sure as heck think so. Join Keith Allison of Teleport City as he picks the minds of Robin Robinson of Compass Box, Allison Patel of Brenne, and Darek Bell of Corsair Artisan!

Purchase Tickets Here.

Ticket price includes:

  • A tasting of each whiskey.
  • One cocktail.
  • A sampling of food from Tooker Alley‘s Bill of Fare.
  • Exclusive Brenne Whisky Pudding from Puddin’ by Clio.
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    Photos: Whiskey Dim Sum A Go-Go

    September 11, 2012
    Red Egg (New York, NY)
    Photos By: Keith Allison

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