These are the four cocktails served at the Bulleit Rye launch party in San Francisco. There were multiple bars running until last call. They brought out a mix of classic and contemporary cocktails for us.
- 2 oz Bulleit Rye
- 1 oz Carpano Antica
- 3 dashes Angostura bitters
Prepared traditionally by stirring in ice untill thouroughly chilled. strained, and served in a martini glass with either lemon zest or a cherry. That night we had brandied cherries, but a maraschino will work.
- 2 oz Bulleit Rye
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 3/4 oz ginger syrup
Stir rye, lime juice and ginger syrup together over ice in a highball glass and top with the soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and candied ginger.
A new twist on the Manhattan
Just this week Tom Bulleit and the people at Diageo have added a new Bulleit to their arsenal. Bulleit Rye is the first new product to from the Bulleit family since the brand was revived in 1987. There have been rumors of *something* coming for a while, and while there may be more to come, this is a welcome addition.
Well folks, I just got some great news for everyone coming to Whiskies of the World. I have learned that John Lunn, Master Distiller for George Dickel will be joining us for the evening. I have not met John yet, but I look forward to spending some time with him at WoW.
There are so few Master Distillers that make themselves accessible to the public, and this is a great chance to meet one for yourself.
Join me in welcoming John to San Francisco, and I'll see you there!
The focus is squarely on our favorite brown spirit and the products represented are predominantly whiskies. Brandy, Vodka, liquers and Rum make appearances but are in the extreme minority.
For us, it's a whisky wonderland.
Every one of these shows has its own personality and character. Some of that comes from the format, some from the attendees and a health chunk comes from the sponsors. People like John Hansel and Riannon Walsh work very hard to keep these three forces in alignment and aimed in the right direction.
WhiskyFest is very much an industy showcase. The major players and minor importers are on the same footing here. Everyone has the same space to work with, but that doesn't imply that the presentations are at all equal.
Now that was fun!
The day was rainy and somewhat miserable, but this didn't dampen our spirits at all. We were prepared for an entertaining evening where we were part of the main draw.
Mike went down early to drop off the whiskey and to scope out the location while Mark was still working at his day job. There were many supplies that had still not ben acquired and they would have to come at the last minute like so much of this event.
There were a lot of firsts last night. Last night was the first time the CADHC had a Whiskey Bros. Whiskey Tasting at their event. This was also the first time we had done an event like this one and our first time out with the point cards. The first time I'd served whiskey in the same room with a camel was also the first time we had done a party at Long Branch Farms.
Best though, it was the first time many of our guests had tried the whiskeys we brought.
Mike spoke about our selection process for this suite, and I can honestly say that we were on the right track, but the audience was a bit of a surprise. We had assembled a list that was heavy on Bourbons and fairly common bottles, and adding in more Scotch as it became possible via donations. As it happens,this crowd was very much into the single malts. We had quite a few people that were interested in the high end stuff, more than I imagined.
Some had never tried premium single malts, others had some experience but wanted to learn more. Diageo provided us with a flavor map that helped us explain the regions and traditional flavors of Scotland better.
The days are ticking away and we're busily putting all the pieces in place for our first big event of the year. We've gotten some amazing donations that have ballooned the whiskey list from the originally intended 30 up to an incredible 50!
I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of Eagle Rare, Blanton's, Sazerac Rye, and Buffalo Trace from our friends at Buffalo Trace. This is a batch of bourbons that we wouldn't have been able to serve without their support. Skyy Spirits ensured that there would be no shortage of single malt variety with their donation. Malt Advocate has sent us a box of the first issue of 2008 to give away, and they have also helped getting me in touch with the right people to make this event possible. Diageo has promised to help as well, but Steve Beal has been ill, our best wishes go to him for a speedy recovery.
Back in November down at WhiskeyBros HQ, Mark and I were enjoying some old favorites and discussing what exactly belonged on the list of whiskey to bring to the upcoming tasting. It was an extremely interesting and elucidating discussion for both of us, in that it gave us an opportunity to discuss what our favorites were, and why, as well as trying to find the perfect mix to fit a western themed event. Another important factor we took in to account was the actual experience of our tasters; are these people who can tell a Highland Scotch from an Islay by the nose? Or are these people who have enjoyed the occasional Jack Daniel's or Johnny Walker when it was around, but haven't explored much? With all this in mind, and a budget besides, we set to work building and cutting a list of whiskey that would be accessible to novices while still providing something special for the aficionados.
Independent bottlers will continue to struggle accessing stocks of quality whisky. My advice here: try before you buy to make sure you know what you’re getting.
This is the worst news for me yet, I'm rapidly becoming a fan of the independents and their selections. The Beltramo's Highland Park 1990 is amazing.
I'm looking forward to 2008 and seeing what it holds for me. Mike and I toasted in 2008 as the year of the Whiskey Bros.
I'm continually surprised how many writers make similar mistakes when writing about whiskey.
Whiskey Bros. is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Coastside Adult Day Health Center's (http://www.coastsideadultdayhealth.org) annual Texas Hold'em Tournament. We will be hosting a whiskey tasting event to benefit the CADHC, who will be using proceeds from this event to continue their work providing care for seniors.
WHEN: Thursday, January 31st, 5pm - 10pm
WHERE: Long Branch Saloon & Farms (Google Map)
TICKETS: Poker and Dinner: $100 buy-in with $75 rebuy. Dinner only: $25. Whiksey Tasting: $25 at the event. Includes shot glass and 20 point tasting card. See below for advance purchase details.
This article describes some details of a trip through what she calls "Ireland's Whiskey Trail".
Looks like a trip I'll have to take, as soon as my eldest son is old enough to be designated driver.
The story is well worth the read. But the images in the photo gallery are the greatest.
From This Article:
Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, may be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license.
A couple of months ago the whiskey collection here at Whiskey Bros HQ outgrew the very small confines of my liquor cabinet. My house is quite small and my liquor cabinet matches and the trouble required to get a bottle out for a taste-night was getting extreme. So I came up with a solution -- The Box.
It's a simple box now, just a record box that happened to be available at the time. It's now the home for our whiskey tasting collection. Every couple of weeks we add a new resident to the box and periodically a bottle will be finished. This will be a living page that tracks our private collection, tasting notes and reviews.
These stand head and shoulders above the rest of our collection. Either in terms of quantitative greatness, or as emotional favorites.