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WWT celebrates Word Whiskey Day with a toast and a dram!


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!

Slainte,

Chuck

 

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)

 

 

 


My first 1000


 

Milestones are all about reminding yourself about the journey it’s taken to get to a certain point.  My first 1000 views have been a blast, getting to know new people, learning new things, and drinking new whiskeys all along the way.  Here’s to my next 1000, and for those of you who read and comment, thank you for acknowledging me, even if it is only by spending the time to look at the words I string together on the page.

Sláinte,

Chuck


Labrot & Graham – Woodford Reserve – Distiller’s Select – 89-100


Price – 750 ml – $32 – ( http://www.shoppersvineyard.com )

Method –  two ice cubes in three fingers

Rating – 89100

Review –

Woodford Reserve is well known as a different kind of bourbon.  It was definitely the first bourbon that really turned my head as far as taste is concerned, and that’s not to say that other bourbons hadn’t crossed my path with great relish, but the taste of this bourbon will leave you scratching your head a bit at first.  But I’ll get to that in a sec. Continue reading


Some recognition from the industry for WWT


A bit of recognition on the Whiskey of the Year post, from Wes Henderson, son of Lincoln Henderson – Master Distiller at Angels Envy, as well as Mike Andersen also from the Louisville Distilling Company.  On top of the comments on the blog itself, they also posted a link to the post on their facebook page which generated a lot of traffic for the page.  I would like to say thank you to Wes and Mike, and also say that I can’t wait for more expressions from Angel’s Envy!

Chuck


Whiskey of the Year – 2011


Being the inaugural year of Whiskey World Tour, we haven’t posted all that many reviews in the past two months, but I figured it was a good idea to start a year end tradition.  So a few extra words about the best reviewed whiskey of the year is probably in order.  And this year 2011, that whiskey just happened to be…

Angel’s Envy by Louisville Distilling Company.

This whiskey is simply stunning, as I said in my review, but I have had a few more glasses since that review and I thought I would update it a bit.  After a glass or two, when I was more used to the flavor profile of this standout bourbon, the flavors only seem to continue to expand on the palate.  As the bottle has gotten some air, and opened up a bit, the background sweetness has come on strong, yet is still mellow enough to not feel like some of those bourbons that taste like someone dumped honey in the bottle.  Lincoln Henderson has really outdone himself with this bourbon and I simply can’t wait to see what other expressions come from this master distiller who has come into his prime with this beautiful small batch (now if only I could get them to sell it in NJ).

The price tag isn’t bad, just over 40 bucks at most stores, and I have bought MUCH worse bottles of hooch for $40.   With that in mind, and although I much prefer to drink my whiskey either on the rocks or solo, Angels Envy has listed a few cold weather cocktails using this top shelf bourbon and they all sound pretty inviting.  Just thought I would share them.

But before that, have a Happy and Safe New Year.  May all your drams be beautiful and bold in 2012.

Chuck

Now on to the recipes:

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Angel’s Envy – Expression 10/10 – 97-100


Price – 750 ml – $39.99 – (out of state  purchase – not available in NJ)

Method – Teaspoon of water in 50ml

Rating – 97-100

Review –

First thing’s first.  This has got to be one of the best bottle designs I have seen thus far.  The tall narrow bottle with the Wings coming through the whiskey from the back of the bottle is perfect.  But enough of that, onto the bourbon.

Only one word ran through my head as I took my first few sips of Angel’s Envy, smooth.  The lack of burn, both in the mouthfeel and finish is bewildering.  I immediately double checked the bottle to make sure I read the fact that it is a 86 proof whiskey correctly.  The taste of this whiskey fills your whole mouth immediately.

You can tell immediately that this is a product of Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, the man behind the 10 foot tall flavors of Woodford Reserve and Old Forester.  The bourbon is aged for 4-6 years in charred American Oak barrels, and then finished for 3-6 months in Port wine casks.  The most interesting thing to me is that the Louisville Distilling Company, the company that produces Angel’s Envy, is not an old distillery.  In fact this is their first bourbon.  Lincoln and his son Wes started the new company with the express intention of creating “a career culmination in two fingers of the finest bourbon you’ve ever tasted.”  I think he has done just that.  This is only the first expression of Angel’s Envy, called 10/10

The sweet maple and fruity flavors from the Port finishing casks explodes on your palate with stunning results.  The taste is sweet, but not cloying.  The drinking experience is top notch, and not one I expect to top any time soon from a bourbon.  This is a definite suggestion for fans of Woodford Reserve, and bourbon in general.  The finish is long and has amazing depth, going through at least 4 flavor transitions as the finish goes along.

As it stands, this is my favorite bourbon, taking the place of Maker’s 46 in a first round knockout.  I will re-buy this whiskey a long as they make it.

Official Website: http://www.angelsenvy.com

Official Description:  “Mr. Henderson describes his masterwork as “a warm spirit, lacking any hint of edginess, with ephemeral hints of port wine and a rich amber hue.” He explains, “My goal with Angel’s Envy is to produce a bourbon of exceptional character. Even with economic fluctuations, consumers want the opportunity to treat themselves to special indulgences, and I have created an affordable luxury that can be savored.” Lincoln Henderson sought to create the best-tasting bourbon on the planet. In our humble opinion, he succeeded.”