Thanks to our friends over at Angel’s Envy (click here to go to their facebook and like them), I read that today, March 27th, 2012, is the first ever World Whiskey Day. Since it bears a resemblance to this very blog title, and since it IS whiskey oriented, I thought I should write up a little piece about our favorite caramel colored liquid and its day in the sun (or in the dark cabinet since the sun will prematurely age the fine liquid).
When I started poking around the net to get some info about the genesis of a day dedicated to our favorite libation, I came across a story on http://www.scotsman.com , that lay the story pretty bare. A college student by the name of Blair Bowman went looking for World Whiskey Day after learning of World Gin Day which was a huge hit in Spain. Upon finding out that there wasn’t one, he quickly bought up the virtual real estate associated with the day, and set about starting a whiskey empire with his own personal holiday as his flagship. Click here to read the article from Scotsman.com (which is a fine piece of writing if I do say so myself). I will do my very best to post a review or two this evening. St. Patrick’s Day saw me sick and unable to imbibe, so I have a few bottles left without review.
Overall, I found myself as surprised as Mr. Bowman when learning that there wasn’t a whiskey holiday, even if St. Patrick’s day (rather insensitively some would say – I not being among them) is an unofficial one, but if this does even half as well as Bowman hopes it to do, then we should have a really exciting addition to our drinking schedules. Either way, I look forward to seeing how this whole thing pans out.
But until then… Happy World Whiskey Day from Whiskey World Tour!
p.s. Special thanks to our friends over at http://boozedancing.wordpress.com for the repost and the kind words. Great members of the community and knowledgeable folks all around. I learn something every time I read an article. (check em out)
Shwood has joined forces with BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey and Boston, MA boutique, Bodega on a limited run of Shwood’s “Canby” frame style, crafted from genuine BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey barrels. Limited to 100 pieces, the White Oak used for the frames dates back over 100 years. The eyewear is packaged in a custom wooden whiskey crate, with a crowbar to pry it open and get the goods.
So being the half-Irish mongrel that I am, I tend to get giddy when St. Paddy’s comes around. I feel like my beard gets a little more red in it than usual, and my skin a little more pale. Also, this will be WWT’s first St. Paddy’s so I figured I might as well do something a little bit special for the Irish Wine lovers in all of us. I’ve decided to take a poll that will determine the next bottle of whiskey I buy, and if I get some votes I will buy the most voted for and have one hell of an evening. I’m only going to list bottles that I dont currently own, and they will range in price, but feel free to vote for whichever whiskey makes your Irish tingle. Enjoy!
p.s. If you dont see one you’d like to suggest, write it in the comment section and I’ll see what I can do.
Price – 750 ml – $33.99 – (www.shoppersvineyard.com)
Method – 2 ice cubes – two fingers of alcohol in 8 oz. rocks glass
Rating – 86-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits
Knob Creek was one of the Bourbons that was recommended to me by almost everyone when I was asking for my first suggestions. It was also my first 100+ proof whiskey, so the difference of a stronger glass of whiskey was something that struck me immediately. At this point I’ve had my bottle for about 9 months and it’s nearly gone, so I have a bit of experience with this specific dram.
Knob Creek is one of the Small Batch Bourbons put out by Jim Beam and sons, and the only one I currently own. I’ll try to get a few others and add it to the list fairly soon. Continue reading
Rating – 95-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits
I’m now realizing that this is the whiskey that started my whole descent into whatever you might call this path that led me to start writing for Whiskey World Tour. The traditional Maker’s Mark was the third bottle of whiskey I ever purchased, following JD and Jameson, and the first one I really thought was very different. So when I started reading about it, and why it was so different from the others I had tried before, and read about the new form, 46, I was intrigued. Paired with the fact that I could find it no where amongst the every day liquor stores of New Jersey, the hunt for the rare became the fun of it all. And it all started with a red headed bottle named Maker’s 46.
The bottle is beautiful without being flashy. Smooth curves and no paper label suit this bottle well. The red wax topper that is usual for the Makers brand, sits proudly atop a cork, not a cap, and is matched by a rex wax seal that sits on the breast of the bottle like a gem. Overall, probably my second favorite bottle design of all the whiskeys I own (the first being Angel’s Envy by a nose). Continue reading
Price – 750 ml – $135.99 reg $113.99 Sale – (www.shoppersvineyard.com)
Method – 2 ice cubes – 3 fingers of alcohol in 8 oz. rocks glass
Rating – 98-100 – standard rating scale for wine and spirits
First off let me say that I owe this bottle of glory to my lovely girlfriend who bought it for me as a Christmas present. It was a great present and not just because it was expensive.Also, this was the winner in my poll to see what the readers (however few you may be 😉 ) wanted to get a review of next.I’ll start as I usually do with the packaging. The blond, wood-grain box that the bottle comes in is well made and is a great match to the fresh color and taste of this whiskey. It comes with a personal registration card that you can send back to the distillery to let them know who purchased each numbered bottle. It’s a corked bottle that has the same color cork stopper as the wood of the box and a beautiful gold and parchment label that really dresses up this traditional Irish whiskey bottle rather nicely.On the nose, you get something that not a lot of Irish whiskeys will give you, honey. But its not the cloying honey that plagues some bourbons, its the fresh-light honey scent that really brightens up both the nose and the taste. The spice that you would expect from a Midleton whiskey is there, reminiscent of the Redbreast (click to read my review of Redbreast 12), but it is much more mellow and has a very clean feel on the nose. Continue reading
Anyone who really knows me, knows that I am a terrible geek with a love for fantasy, and most of all in those fantasy worlds, Dwarves. So when I happen to come across a beer brewery brewing a Dwarven Ale, complete with fanboy style background, I am beyond tempted. I’m not a big beer drinker, but this has peaked my fancy to say the very least. I will be ordering some, and will post a review after I get it. Time to expand my horizons apparently.
“In yer hands is one of the finest dwarven ales known to man. Brewed… nay, forged by the Burdisson clan, this is the mighty ale of which legends speak.
Robust and flavorful, this beer proudly boasts a boldness that most elves fail to appreciate, and a subtle complexity only the most seasoned of men can comprehend.
Think you have what it takes to drink a legend? Grab a tankard and pour yerself some Burdisson’s Dwarven Ale!”