Flavor Profile: The region’s most exclusive scotch and bourbon club is presided over by Adam Herz, screenwriter of American Pie.
Milieu: About 32 upwardly mobile professionals, Hollywood types, and spirits bloggers. The rest of us are out of luck.
Membership: No newbies—unless perhaps you bring a $94,000 bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve.
Flavor Profile: Founded by Orthodox Jews, the group now includes men and women of all religious persuasions who worship single malt.
Milieu: Scarce bottles might be subjected to interpretation by a cigar-chomping rabbi and a well-tatted blogger.
Membership: Closed officially, but willing to consider select new mensches.
Los Angeles Scotch Club
Flavor Profile: A single-malt fraternity for the masses, LASC betrays a fondness for playful events and way-serious whiskey.
Milieu: A lively bunch that loves rare bottles from shuttered scotch houses as much as live bands, barbecue, and theme parties.
Membership: Open. Single visits (prices vary) or a lifetime membership ($150).
Southern California Whiskey Club
Flavor Profile: The organization favors a big-tent approach for members: seasoned drinkers and those still earning their whiskey stripes.
Milieu: Sample a Texas distiller’s boutique line and bourbons blended by Pappy Van Winkle (left) himself.
Membership: Technically closed, but space is often available under the big top.
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