PRESS RELEASE – November 29, 2018 – For Immediate Release
WOMEN WHO WHISKEY ~ SEATTLE CHAPTER Launch
Seattle: Niki Green, Seattle Chapter President
wWw HQ: Julia Ritz Toffoli, wWw Founder & Principal
(November 29, 2018) — Women Who Whiskey (wWw), an international experimental whiskey club for women, is expanding its West Coast footprint with the launch of the Seattle Chapter.
Chapter President Niki Green will launch the Women Who Whiskey – Seattle Chapter on Friday January 25, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:30 pm at Greenfire Loft in Melrose Market. Jordan Willi of Sazerac Company, Inc. will host. Sazerac Company is famous for its flagship Buffalo Trace bourbon. Tastings will also include Weller Special Reserve, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor Small Batch, Sazerac Rye and more in an open house setting. Tickets, through Eventbrite, will be made available via email and social media to wWw Seattle members and social media followers.
Women Who Whiskey members, who range from “whiskey curious” to long-time aficionados, come together to sample and explore whiskeys from around the world in the company of like-minded women. The club also aims to help women new to the world of whiskey become informed and self-assured imbibers.
To join the Seattle Chapter of Women Who Whiskey and receive invitations to events, please go to https://www.womenwhowhiskey.club/ seattle. Men may also sign up at the same site to be notified of Women Who Whiskey’s occasional, mixed company “Gentlemen’s Edition” events. While there are two gender lists to formally join, all genders are welcome in this inclusive club, and we invite prospective members to join the list with which they most identify. There is no cost to join wWw, but events are often ticketed.
Following the launch, Seattle Chapter events will be hosted monthly, as membership grows in conjunction with our potential event partners, including Bruichladdich & Westland Distilleries; Copper & Kings Brandy; Eastside Distilling; The BenRiach, The GlenDronach, Glenglassaugh; Compass Box Whisky; Rabbit Hole Distillery; and more.
Women Who Whiskey was founded by Julia Ritz Toffoli in 2011. Originating in New York City, Women Who Whiskey now has over 10,000 members in 26 chapters across the US, Canada, UK, Europe and Africa. Women Who Whiskey has plans to open several additional chapters as demand for access and education grows among female consumers.
When Toffoli moved to New York in 2010, the city was at the epicenter of the cocktail revival and speakeasy boom. Setting out to explore what the city had to offer, she made her way into the world of whiskey, but was often met with condescending comments and felt excluded from what seemed to be a “man’s world.” Nearly all the women she met shared similar experiences.
In 2011, tired of hearing, “that’s a strong drink for a little lady,” or “wouldn’t you rather see the wine list?” Toffoli gathered female friends who felt the same way and led a series of outings; she wanted them to be able to explore our city through its whiskey bars—sans mansplaining.
Club President Niki Green first discovered her love for bourbon in 2008. Now she is an Executive Bourbon Steward, Certified Bourbon Steward, Certified Specialist of Spirits and amassed a personal collection of over 400 whiskeys. She’s taught whiskey education classes to over 200 women and men through BourbonMaven.
“I researched whiskey clubs that were female-centric and focused on educating and empowering women to make better decisions about what they drink. Women Who Whiskey totally matched my philosophy of making whiskey approachable and accessible. When I met Julia it was perfect timing to launch the new Seattle chapter since I felt confident in my own experience and learnings. Seattle has such a diverse food and bar culture, it is just ripe for a women’s whiskey club.” Bourbon Maven is a separate entity from Women Who Whiskey.