de Vere’s Whiskey Society
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Rachel did us the honors.
This was the official launch of de Vere’s new format. Tonight 20% night. Next week’s a flight.
Jack: Laphroaig: http://www.laphroaig.com/home.asp. Fragrant full nose pear flavor. A bit of water really brings out the flavor; designed to do so. Oban 14: http://www.malts.com/index.php/en_can/Our-Whiskies/Oban Nice bite, not much aroma, very friendly back taste (whatever that means).
Tom: Glenlivet 16 Nadurra, Cask Strength: http://www.theglenlivet.com/nadurrarange/. Floral licorice, about 94 proof. Cast means it hasn’t been diluted with water; straight from the cask. Peaty, Stays with you, “ummmm.”
James L.: Glenrothes Special Reserve: http://www.theglenrothes.com/uk/. Light nose. Does remind me of Walker (see Ralph’s comment). Very good. Highland Park: http://www.highlandpark.co.uk/. Great, light peat nose. No finishes; doesn’t linger.
Ralph: Glenrothes Special Reserve: Kinda has mellow floral fragrance. Reminds me of Johnny Walker.
De Vere’s Whiskey Society of July, 27,2010–Whiskeys: Canadian, Irish, and Kentucky
Melissa tolerated us one more time.
Pendleton; 40%: A New Blend: http://www.whiskeywise.com/Pendleton-Whisky.html
Jack: My grandpa’s drink was Canadian Club. Smells peaty. Nice round Taste, a little watery. Canada can make a whiskey.
Tom: I’m not a fan of canadian–Mmm I like that. That ain’t Canadian Club. Peat smokey nice I think it has a lot of character.
Jim M: They all smell nice. All three contrast each other. Taste has no depth.
Old Bardstown; 50.5%. A Willet Original: http://www.internetwines.com/rws28951.html
Jack: Nice smell. Bite and there’s that corn. I like this the best. Melissa likes the way it smells.
Tom: Sweet. Gots some bite
Jim M: Taste the corn, bite, vanilla. Numbs my Lips.
Connemara; 40%. Sister Sheila will agree that this is truly Irish: http://www.connemarawhiskey.com/#/the-whiskey-introduction/
Jack: Fruity smell. Nice light fruit taste. I can see where Tom gets apple.
Tom: I’m getting apple. Kinda medicinal Layers.
Jim M: Unusual aroma. Complex. I can’t place the flavors.
By: Jack Mootz > de Vere’s Irish Pub:
Whiskey Society Tuesday, March 30,2010 What a night we had tonight. We had guests from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers: http://www.kentuckybourbonwhiskey.com/ Hunter Chavanne, from marketing, gave a seminar on Bourbon, focusing on “Small Batch.” What’s a Bourbon: All Bourbons are Whiskey, but not all Whiskies are Bourbon. To be called Bourbon, the following criteria must be met: (1) The primary ingredient must be corn (at least 51%);(2) Must be distilled at no greater than 160 Proof;(3) Only new, charred, white oak barrels should be used for aging;(4) Be aged at least two years to be called a straight bourbon whiskey;(5) The spirit must go into the barrel at no more than 125 Proof;(6) Only water can be added to adjust the Bourbon to the appropriate bottling strength…nothing else. Our flights served by the wonderful and beautiful Melissa: Vintage Bourbon 17yr old 94 proof: Jack: Light aroma fruit smell. Real bite spicy Jim.: Vanilla smell. Bite clove buttery Tom: Just drinking em. Vanilla Ralph: Smooth vanilla sweet. Has a bite smokey after taste Johnny Drum Private Stock 101 proof Jack: More smell but similar. Smooth taste dry quinine aftertaste Jim: Less fragrant fruity Tom: Just drinking Ralph: Similar to vintage less forceful smell. Bitter taste Medicine aftertaste Pure Kentucky XO 107 Proof At this point, the lecture started. Ralph did get out that it had a Herbal taste with no vanilla. After the lecture, we were served a sample of: Willet 6 yr old: Lots of bite 8 yr old: Oh this is good; flavorful, smooth, our favorite 16 yr old: OMG, this just toppled the 8yr old. This is like drinking heaven
“Bottled in a really cool glass pot still decanter. Soft and elegant on the nose and palate, and very well balanced. An incredibly drinkable whiskey. There’s no age statement on the bottle, but it was bottled at just the right time, based on its great balance of flavors. Notes of vanilla, coconut, and crème brulee, provide a base for emerging notes of cedar wood shavings, cinnamon, soft mint and a hint of fennel. A very graceful bourbon.”
“Willett Single Barrel Estate Reserve Bourbon, Barrel # A-4614, 47%, $35
Bottled in a really cool glass pot still decanter. Soft and elegant on the nose and palate, and very well balanced. An incredibly drinkable whiskey. There’s no age statement on the bottle, but it was bottled at just the right time, based on its great balance of flavors. Notes of vanilla, coconut, and crème brulee, provide a base for emerging notes of cedar wood shavings, cinnamon, soft mint and a hint of fennel. A very graceful bourbon. “
Wild Turkey 101??? has an exceptionally soft, but rich aroma for a high proof bourbon, due to quality at all stages of its production. The taste is an American classic with caramel and vanilla and notes of honey and oranges. The finish is very long, rich and full-bodied, powerful, yet soothing.
As many competitors distill at higher (and less expensive) proofs, they must add water to bring down the proof of their bourbons. Wild Turkey, on the other hand, comes out of the barrel at about 109???allowing our distiller to add little water and retain the true characteristics of the bourbon flavor. Wild Turkey is put it into the barrel at a lower (and more expensive) proof. Master Distiller Jimmy Russell likens it to making a great soup; if you cook it longer at a lower temperature, you retain the best flavors.
Wild Turkey 101??? is the recipient of a Bronze Medal at the 2000 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and has also been awarded the American Tasting Award of Exellence.
“Rowan’s Creek is stored in charred oak barrels. It is hand bottled at 50.05% alc./vol. (100.1 proof).
Rowan’s Creek is made and bottled by hand, in small lots, one batch at a time.
This Bourbon takes its namesake from the creek that still runs through our distillery. Back in the late 1700’s when John Rowan first settled around Bardstown , whiskey makin’ was the order of the day. John went on and made a name for himself as a well respected judge and statesmen. The judge is long since gone, but the creek that still bears his name is still carrying the best limestone spring water there ever was for making good Bourbon, so you know the whiskey makin’ is still going on. Try a sip of it, straight up in a snifter, or add a dab of branch water if you like. Either way, it’s the very best there is.”
kentucky bourbon whiskey
A great Bourbon from the antique pappy Van Winkle line up. Try it the next time you visit us at the pub!
Old Rip Van Winkle