Orange County Branch Newsletter

July 2020


Scotch Whisky Tasting

By Jason Fix, PE | Programs Committee Co-Chair

On June 9th, SEI OC hosted a Balvenie Scotch tasting with Neil Strachan, the Brand Ambassador for William Grant & Sons, Inc. Due to the stay-at-home orders, we met via Zoom. [We weren’t going to stop the fun!] We tasted the Balvenie Doublewood (aged 12 years), the Balvenie Caribbean Cask (aged 14 years), and the Balvenie Doublewood (aged 17 years). In doing so, we learned how different barrels that hold the whisky can impart different flavors on the whisky in our glass.

Neil explained the five rare crafts at the Balvenie distillery, which show how traditional methods produce great whisky. We heard stories about the distillery, including how you can get the “monkey shoulder” from turning the grain, how you used to get your daily ration of whisky at the distillery while working at the distillery, and how great the scotch tastes on Malaysian beaches! The proceeds will benefit the SEI student scholarship. Look for a repeat event for when we can meet again, Neil says he’ll bring the good stuff!

About the Author

Jason Fix, PE, is a Bridge Engineer for McLean & Schultz. He has over 10 years of experience working on bridges and structures in Orange County. He is interested in exploring the civil engineering field and sharing knowledge within the professional network. Jason can be contacted at


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