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Event Notice: Johnnie Walker Dinner at Mac McGee

Johnnie Walker Dinner
Hosted by Master of Whisk(e)y Kevin Mulcahy
Tuesday, December 16th @ 7:30 p.m.

Amuse
Devils on Horseback: Medjool date stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in applewood smoked bacon.
Johnnie Walker Red

1st
Cocoa rubbed pork tenderloin medallions with a pear, spinach and pomegranate salad.
Johnnie Walker Double Black

2nd
Steak & Mushroom Pie: Braised steak, roasted mushrooms, potatoes, vegetables in a winter spiced gravy wrapped in puff pastry.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

3rd
Ginger Lemon Trifle: fresh ginger, lemon curd, meringue, vanilla, cream cheese mousse.
Johnnie Walker Swing

4th
Johnnie Walker Blue

Just in time for Christmas. All for $75.
Seating is limited so please RSVP.
We look forward to seeing you!

Cheers, Mac McGee

RSVP
macmcgees@gmail.com

Mac McGee Irish Pub
111 Sycamore St
Decatur, Ga 30030
(404) 377-8055

Johnnie Walker The Spice Road

Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection Blended Scotch Whisky
The Spice Road

40% ABV
$43/Liter
Website
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What the Blender Says:
A new range of unique whiskies, exclusively available in Travel Retail outlets.
Start your adventure with the first series of the Collection, the Trade Route Series – inspired by the great journeys of the Walker family to the four corners of the world.

The first signature blend from the Trade Route series is THE SPICE ROAD. Influenced by the vibrancy, aromas and dazzling colours of the thriving markets of Asia this blend provides a rich, long-lasting experience.

THE SPICE ROAD is a complex whisky with aromatic spice overtones and exceptional smoothness, true to the Johnnie Walker signature. Let it take your taste buds on a new journey. On the nose, you are greeted with a spicy zestiness, subtle notes of fresh and citrus fruits such as apples, kiwis and limes. With the first sip, your palate embarks on an unforgettable exploration. There is a tantalising balance of smooth, rich honeyed vanilla, warmed by hints of cloves and ginger, with a smoky finish reminiscent of smouldering wood.

THE SPICE ROAD is best enjoyed with a drop of water to release the subtle smokiness.

What Richard Says:
Nose: Surprisingly light on the nose with lots of citrus zest layered against a bouquet of wildflowers and poached pears.
Palate: Tropical fruit drizzled in vanilla cream with back notes of pumpkin pie spices and tobacco.
Finish: Relatively short. There’s an initial smokiness but it fades quickly playing with a light nuttiness.
Comments: Travel Retail Only, so if you see it and are interested I suggest buying it. You won’t find it at the corner store. The Spice Road is the first in a series of these Travel Retail exclusives called the Explorers’ Club Collection. It’s supposed to highlight old travel/trade routes (“The Spice Road”, “Explorers’s Club”…get it?) with expressions in scotch blends riffing on the JW house style. The Gold Route is the second released thus far. I find this very enjoyable and have no problem stocking this as an out of the ordinary blend. It’s tasty, approachable, and at $40+ for a liter not terribly pricey.
Rating: Stands Out

Event Notice: Johnnie Walker at (three) sheets

Diageo Master of Whiskey Kevin Mulcahy will be back in Atlanta this Thursday for a Johnnie Walker tasting at (three) sheets in Sandy Springs. Here’s the information:

Kevin Mulcahy will share some secrets of the trade during his 7:30 PM presentation of the 5 expressions of the Johnnie Walker whisky range: Red, Black, Gold, Green (Blended Malt), and Blue Blended Scotch Whiskies. No matter which blend of Johnnie Walker expression you select, you can be assured of the consistency and quality of flavor of the Johnnie Walker name.

A selection of specially selected cigars will be available for purchase and appetizers will be served alongside the Johnnie Walker whiskies. Guffey’s Atlanta will also be showcasing their exclusive DiBianco shoes as part of the night’s festivities.

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Presentation Time: 7:30 pm; Master of Whisky Kevin Mulcahy will introduce the JW range and have a Q&A at circa 7:30 pm
Event Duration: JW Whisky Flights maybe purchased from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Cost: $20 for a flight of Johnnie Walker Black, Green, & Gold; $35 for a flight of Johnnie Walker Red, Black, Green, & Gold with a perfect serving of Blue; and $10 for a cigar pairing.
Where: {three} sheets, 6017 Sandy Springs Circle, Atlanta, GA 30328
Ph: (404) 303-8423

This sounds like a good time and it’s also a Metro Atlanta Scotch Club endorsed event so you can meet some of those great folks while you’re there too.

Drink wisely my friends,

Richard

Event Notice: Jack Daniels Dinners

We haven’t heard from Joey D’s Oak Room and New York Prime in a while. They are both having Johnnie Walker Dinners coming up. Here are the details:

Friday, June 24th at 8PM
Joey D’s Oak Room
1015 Crown Pointe Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30338
P: (770) 512-7063
Meet & Greet with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and a Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Cigar
First Course: Fried Calamari
Salad Course: House Salad with Gentleman Jack
Entree Course: Barbecue Beef Rib with Corned Beef Potato Salad and Woodford Reserve
Dessert: Chocolate Brownie & French Vanilla Ice Cream with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and a Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary
$39.95

Sunday, June 26th at 7PM
New York Prime
3424 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30326
P: (404) 846-0644
Intro with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 and a Davidoff Puro D’Oro Sublime Cigar
First Course: Chopped Italian Salad with Gentleman Jack
Second Course: 220z Bone-in Rib Steak with Creamed spinach, creamed corn and Woodford Reserve
Third Course: Key Lime Pie with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, a Davidoff Grand Cru #3, and a Davidoff Millennium Robusto
$69

Drink wisely my friends,

Richard

The High End Keeps Getting Higher

I am continually amazed at the increasing price of scotch and newest, most exclusive bottlings being released by blenders and distillers. Here are a couple that underscore my point. These are new offerings from Johnnie Walker and Highland Park. I am a fan of both producers but I haven’t been fortunate enough to try either (and I probably won’t be). No word on either of these coming stateside but I find these ultra-premium offerings intriguing none the less. They are awfully pretty though. Consider it whisky-porn for lack of a better reason. Here are their press releases.

The John Walker…

THE JOHN WALKER BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY- A TRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDING FATHER OF JOHNNIE WALKER.

To mark the start of a new decade, the House of Walker celebrates the life of its founder with the launch of The John Walker (RRP £2,000), an incredibly special blend of whisky that is the epitome of the Johnnie Walker Blue family of scotch whiskies.

Hand-crafted and made to order in single barrel batches with only 330 bottles available, The John Walker embodies rarity and exclusivity. Presented in a unique, individually numbered Baccarat crystal decanter that is hand blown, polished and engraved by one of only three Master-craftsmen in the world; The John Walker contains whisky blended from 9 hand selected casks. Building from the predecessors “Johnnie Walker Blue Label” and “King George V”, this blend takes the idea of hand selection of extraordinary casks, and takes that to new levels of rarity and craft. Every care has been made to recreate the authentic flavours of a 19th Century blend in John Walker’s original style and the whisky has been taken from a range of distilleries, some of which are now closed; making this whisky quite literally priceless.

The John Walker is the ultimate luxury gift for any discerning gentleman. Encasing the gift is a hand crafted lacquer cabinet with over 60 hours of workmanship used to create the eleven layers of lacquer and luxurious cream leather interior. No detail is left to chance from the Baccarat cut crystal stopper to the 24 Carat Gold plated neck collar and travel stopper.

Inside, the taste of The John Walker whisky starts in sophisticated fashion with the richness of mature fruits slowly following from the more youthful aromas of fresh citrus. The initial burst of flavour is defined by a vanilla oak sweetness, with the Older Speyside whiskies contributing to the amazing smoothness. These casks are designed to give wonderful malty flavours, characteristic of classic 19th Century whiskies. Cambus grain whisky is the unifying force that binds the great Malt whiskies together in “The John Walker”, combining to make a stunning tasting experience.

The John Walker has a RRP of £2,000 and is available exclusively from Harrods.

Highland Park 50 Year Old…

Highland Park 50 Year Old is the distillery’s oldest and most prestigious release. Only 275 bottles of this remarkable Limited Edition are available. It is a vatting of five casks distilled in 1960. Like all Highland Park, the 50 year old has been cask-harmonised, that is to say, refilled into casks upon reaching maturity in order to ensure perfect balance and consistency.

Highland Park 50 Year Old has been bottled at 44.8% abv to ensure the full impact of the rich, complex flavours that come from a lifetime of maturation.

Inspired by the elemental forces of Orkney, each bottle is hand-crafted from sterling silver and designed by Maeve Gillies, an internationally-renowned designer of engagement rings and bridal jewellery based in New York. Maeve is also a Global Scot, a business ambassador for Scotland. Her design for Highland Park 50 Year Old celebrates Orkney; in particular the influence of the sea, wild weather and the passage of time.

If you have visited the distillery you will know that the Orkney Islands offer an unspoilt environment of breath-taking beauty and clarity. They are much influenced by their location; the sea, wind and rain all combine to create a unique micro-climate. The triumph of Highland Park 50 Year Old is that the design retains the purity of the original inspiration, that of Orkney itself. The beautiful, bespoke bottle with its hand-fitted sterling silver cage is a suitably stunning setting for such a venerable single malt.

Highland Park 50 Year Old is available at £10,000 per bottle and is limited to 275 bottles.

The John Walker is only available through Harrods right now and the Highland Park 50 Year is available through their store.