When one taster said the starter whisky - a 15-year Bowmore - was too smoky, the organizer said, "This may be a downward spiral into Hell for you."
It was just the beginning of the fiery Heaven for me.
Up for tasting was four Scotches and two smoky American whiskeys led by a roundtable of three whiskey experts - including two women! - Amanda Schuster, writer for Wine and Spirits, whisky expert Karl du Hoffman, and Carmen Operetta, a self-described whiskey ambassador.
A hipster crowd filled the bar where whisky settings topped barrels, the bar and every available table.