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Event Notice: The Macallan, Steak, & Cigar Dinner

Another dinner of indulgence is being held at New York Prime Steakhouse in Atlanta this month. I just got word on the event and menu. The event will be held on Sunday, June 20th. The price is still $59.95 plus tax and gratuity but this time The Macallan will be the malt pairing of choice:

Meet & Greet with Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year Old and an Ashton Cabinet Selection #6

First Course: Caesar Salad with Piper Sonoma Blanc De Blanc

Second Course: 22oz bone-in rib steak with cheese mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, and Macallan 12 Year Old

Third Course: Cheesecake with Macallan 18 Year Old

Closing out the night with Macallan Fine Oak 21 Year old adn a La Aroma De Cuba Monarch Cigar.

For reservations contact Michael Smith at 404-846-0644

I’ve got my reservation in and this looks like it will be a lot of fun. Happy Father’s Day to me!

Drink wisely my friends,


Event Notice: Gordon & MacPhail Whisky Dinner

I’m always trying to stay on top of the Atlanta whiskey scene (what little there is). I just heard about another scotch dinner taking place next week. This one is special because it is a Gordon and MacPhail event. Of the limited selection of single malt scotch we get in Atlanta, our access to independent bottlers is even more limited. That makes this dinner a truely special event.

The dinner is June 2nd at 6:30 PM located at the Toulouse Restaurant. $55 gets you in and here’s what the menu and pairings look like:

Fried Chicken Livers with Field Greens and Seared Apples
Benromach 10 year

Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with a spiced peanut sauce
Glen Grant 15 year

Grilled Salmon served medium rare, over Jasmine Rice and Braised Cabbage with a Balsamic Beurre Blanc
Benromach Organic

Sautéed Pork Loin with Apple-Caramel Sauce,Rosemary Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Squash
Macallan 1988 21 year

Buffalo Meatballs set atop Gorgonzola mashed potatoes drizzled with a Dijon and baby portabella sauce served with steamed asparagus.
Smith’s Glenlivet 15 year

Southwestern-Spiced Chicken Breast with Roasted Corn Salsa served on a bed of spinach sprinkled with cheddar cheese
Bunnahabhain 11 year

Call Toulouse for reservations at 404-351 -9533.


Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond

Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey
50% ABV
$15 to $20
Widely availble in the U.S.

What the Distillery Says:
Produced in the tradition of the classic Pennsylvania or Monongahela rye whiskies, Rittenhouse is a much acclaimed rye now enjoying a renaissance in the major metro markets of the country. Available in the standard 80° bottling or in a special Bottled In Bond expression, Rittenhouse is a tribute to the classic rye whiskies that were once the preeminent American whiskey style, kept alive through the many lean years by Heaven Hill and two other Kentucky distilleries.

What Richard Says:
Nose:Caramel, wood, and something meaty.
Palate:Very smooth in the mouth for a 100 proof whiskey. Much more luscious than the 80 proof expression. Spicy rye notes with a cinnamon under current stand out.
Finish:The finish is all spice but again smoother than I would’ve expected of this proof.
Comments: There are so few remaining “secret” drams out there of great whiskeys at great prices. I fear that by telling all of you about it this one will become less secret still. A great value dram that all rye and cocktail drinkers should have in their bar.
Rating:Must Buy/Best Buy

What Matt Says:
Nose: Oak, honeydew, and caramel dominate.
Palate: Slightly oily, though not as much as the 80 proof.  The oak is a lot more prevalent in this expression.  Bitter and resinous oak notes skip about with deeper toasted notes (some char too),  There is a dry, pungent tobacco note nestled in there.  Caramel, mint, anise (clove reveals itself with a little water).
Finish: Minty and numbing (even more so than the 80 proof expression).
Comments: I would like to amend my statement from our review on the standard Rittenhouse expression.  It’s not that the Bottled In Bond version is better, but that it’s more versatile.  Without water, you get a high test rye that tastes great.  If you water to 80-90 proof, you get all the complexity of flavor we found in the standard expression.  Even a small amount of water makes this puppy blossom like honeysuckle in Spring.  I really cannot recommend this more highly.  It’s dirt cheap and really great.  I’ve been told that it’s becoming hard to find in some markets because of the rye lust that hit the country a little while back.  Be patient though, after the hipsters and mixologists move on to tiki drinks or some other thing, you can stock up on this again.  It’s always on my shelf.  So if all else fails, have a dram with me.  My wife even likes it!
Rating:  Must Buy/Best Buy

Overall Rating:Must Buy/Best Buy

New U.S. Releases – April ‘10

I’m late with this again and I’m sorry. I was on vacation with my lovely wife. Without further delay, here’s what we heard about this month.

For those high rollers out there…
Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
Timeframe: The UK launch was 4/29 but I haven’t heard specific U.S. details yet
ABV: 46%
Price: $525
The release notice only gave a GBP price but based on current exchange rates I did the math for you. We know that about a quarter of the production for this release will be coming stateside. I have yet to try a 40 year old scotch but if anyone wants to get me something special…my birthday is in July.

For the microdistilling enthusiast:
Mckenzie Bourbon Batch #1
Timeframe: May 1st
ABV: ?
Price: $45
This is the new bourbon coming out of the Finger Lakes Distillery. Matt and I tried their rye and corn whiskeys at WFNYC 2009 and based on that experience this looks pretty interesting. Due to the small initial supply it’s only being released in New York State. However, if you’re in New York it should be available at around 130 different retail locations. Happy hunting!

We’ve got a couple of retired Master Distillers getting back into the game:
Angel’s Envy Bourbon
Timeframe: September 2010
ABV: 45%
Price: ?
This is a new project led by Lincoln Henderson, the retired master distiller from Woodford Reserve. Lincoln and his son Wes are launching a new bourbon and a new distillery. This first release is being made for them but they should be up and running at their own distillery around the same time.

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whisky
Timeframe: Late spring 2010
ABV: 50%
Price: $70
This is coming to us from Dave Pickerell who used to be the master distiller at Maker’s Mark. Dave found some 100% Canadian rye whisky that he thinks is pretty good. The mashbill is 100% unmalted rye and it’s around 10 years old.

Canadian Buffalo Invasion:
Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky
Timeframe: May 2010
ABV: 40%
Price: $49.99

Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky
Timeframe: May 2010
ABV: 40%
Price: $29.99

Both of these are coming to us courtesy of Buffalo Trace. Matt previously mentioned this release but I thought I’d add in a few more details.

Finally making it across the pond:
Timeframe: September 2010
ABV: 46%
Price: $70
Kilchoman is finally making it to the U.S. It won’t be until this fall so I don’t yet know if we’ll get some of the Autumn 2009 release or if it will be a new 2010 release. Stay tuned.

Timeframe: May 2010
ABV: ?
Price: ?
Swedish whiskey makes it to the U.S. I might just stop by IKEA on my way home from buying some.

And finally:
Early Times 150th Anniversary Bottling
2010 marks the 150th anniversary for Early Times and they are putting it out in a special 375ml bottle for the occasion. The retail should be around $11.99 if you’re interested.

That’s it. If you know of anything I missed then please let me know.

Drink wisely my friends,


Event Notice: Dewar’s Scotch, Steak, & Cigar Dinner

First, my apologies on the late posting of this event. I was on vacation with my wife last week and I’m running a little behind on blog business. I owe Matt a review or two and I owe all of you a April new release recap.

This Sunday, May 16th at 7:00 PM there is a scotch, steak, and cigar dinner being held at New York Prime Steakhouse in Atlanta. New York Prime does these dinner every so often and I think they are really neat events at a decent price. $59.95 plus tax and gratuity will get you this…

Meet & Greet with Dewar’s 12 Year Old and a Montecristo Classic Toro

First Course: Chopped Salad with Dewar’s White Label

Second Course: 16 oz New York Strip wih Creamed Spinach, Creamed Corn and Dewar’s 18 Year Old

Third Course: Key Lime Pie with Dewar’s Signature and a Saint Luis Rey Series G

For reservations contact Michael Smith at 404-846-0644

It sounds like a great event but sadly I probably won’t be there. If anyone gets a chance to go, let us know how it was.

Drink wisely my friends,