CHATS is celebrating getting better with age at its ninth annual whisky tasting event in March.
Whisky sommelier Keith Scott and the Aurora Whisky Society will take guests on a trip around the world, Better With Age, with five different whiskies March 21 — the first time the event is being held in person since the pandemic.
Scott said he is looking forward to the increased interaction.
"When it comes down to it, do you want to be drinking by yourself or do you want to be with your friends?" he said. "The camaraderie, the stories, and just the the laughter is what comes out in being in person."
Scott is passionate about whisky and travels around the world to explore that passion and meet people who work at the distilleries — the real scotch experts in his opinion.
The biggest part of enjoying scotch is the experience and being in the same room with people, he said he'll be able to answer more questions, share stories, and hear more from the participants.
The event will take sippers on a tour of the world, but this time Scott will be going to different distilleries to keep it fresh for repeat participants.
"The purpose of the world of whisky is to experience just a different variety of whiskies out there. We can go from the big traditional smoky peat whiskies that everyone thinks scotch is, to very floral, to very light, to spicy whiskies," he said.
This year's event will be at The Shed Stonehaven Banquet Hall in Aurora. There will be a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. and scotch tasting at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets, $135, online.
There will also be a raffle with tickets available in person and online.
All the proceeds from the event will go to CHATS' programs for older adults and their caregivers.