Blend Baby Blend!
|Blending Class with David Perkins of High West|
|Who are these badasses?|
"Blend of straight rye whiskeys, finished in port and French oak barrels. Proof: 98.6 ͦ Mashbill: 6-year old straight rye whiskey: 95% rye and 5% barley malt. The 16-year old straight rye: 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley malt."
|Midwinter Night's Dram|
New Brand Winner of the Night
|Westland Single Malt Whiskey|
Un-Peated Malt of the Night
Bourbon(s) of the Night
|Elijah Craig 23 Year|
Beast of the Night
In terms of a palate-crushing smoky beast winner, our friends at Bruichladdich came in super hot with Octomore 6.1. Peated to a mind-altering 167 ppm, we could smell this tasting table from across the room. The thing about Octomore is that it's not just a pure smoke bomb, it's really so awesome and drinkable at the same time!
Our buddy Joe Gratkowski was absolutely beaming about his new gig at Diageo. Congrats Joe! Look at that grin. We'd be grinning too sitting behind all that beautiful Talisker.
Whisky of the Night!
Laphroaig drew us in with their blatant disregard for Manhattan fire regulations. They were burning peat and blowing a cloud of peat smoke right there at the booth! Man it smelled fantastic.
|Laphroaig PX, An Cuan Mor|
The An Cuan Mor, double matured first in American first-fill oak barrels and then in European oak is very clean and nice. But as soon as we tasted the PX Cask, we knew this was our winner for the evening. We've always been huge fans of peated PX malts, and this was no exception. The sweet dark influence of the Pedro Ximenez sherry married up perfectly with the big phenol-rich smoldering campfire stones of the Laphroaig for a synergistic finish. Unfortunately this bottle isn't available in the States yet, but look out once it's on the shelves for a real treat!
Another fantastic time all around at the Jewbilee. Until next time. /SmokyBeast