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Event Notice: Balvenie Tasting

Mac McGee Irish Pub is hosting a tasting of The Balvenie led by Ambassador Jim Mason. Sorry, I’m running short on witting intros this week.

Where: Mac McGee Irish Pub 111 Sycamore St Decatur, GA 30030
When: Tuesday, May 17 at 07:30 PM
Pour: 12 Year Old Doublewood, 14 year Old Caribbean Cask, 15 Year Old Single Barrel, 17 Year Old Peated Cask
Price: $35
RSVP: 404-377-8050

Drink wisely my friends,

Richard

New Releases – August ’10

I’m a little late with August this month. Life outside of Whisk(e)y Apostle has been a little hectic. Here’s what we heard about in August.

Parker’s Heritage Collection, 4th Edition
Timeframe: September 2010
ABV: 65.6%
Price: $79.99
This is the newest release in the acclaimed Parker’s Heritage Collection. This year’s release is a 10 year old wheated bourbon. Heaven Hill began distilling wheated bourbon back in 1999 after they acquired the Old Fitzgerald portfolio. 52 barrels totaling 4,800 bottles are being released so get yours while you can.

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection
There are two releases this year, both 15 years old. One was aged in new toasted French oak casks and the other was aged in used charred American oak casks seasoned with toasted oak chips.
Timeframe: Fall 2010
ABV: 45%
Price: $47/375 ml
I should also note a couple of things about these releases. First, these were both fully matured, not just finished in their respective casks. Second, because these weren’t aged in new charred oak casks these can’t actually be called bourbon. However, they still sound tasty to me!

Canadian Mist Black Diamond
Timeframe: Fall 2010
ABV: 43%
Price: $14.99
This is a new release from Canadian Mist that is supposed to be “a richer, more robust blended Canadian whisky.” Is this CM’s answer to Crown Royal Black?

Glendronach Grandeur
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 45.8%
Price: $700
This is a new 31 year old release from Glendronach. Bottled at cask strength, this looks very interesting if you have the means to afford the bottle.

Glendronach 33 Year Old
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 40%
Price: $379.99
This one is another release from Glendronach and is matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. I’m not sure why the 31 year old is twice the price of the 33 year old but either way they look to be interesting luxury drams.

The Balvenie Peated Cask 17 Year Old
Timeframe: September 2010
ABV: 43%
Price: $129.99
This is the latest release in Balvenie’s annual 17 year old releases. This one is finished in casks previously containing exceptionally peaty whisky. Didn’t Glenfiddich do this with Caoran?

The Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask
Timeframe: September 2010
ABV: 43%
Price: 59.99
This is a new line extension from Balvenie with their lovely whisky finished in Caribbean rum casks. They’ve had a Golden Rum finished Travel Retail Only bottling at 14 years old for a while. I wonder if this is the same thing released to the masses?

That’s it for August. Balvenie, Glendronach, and Buffalo Trace led the way this month. I also heard about a couple of Benromach releases in their Origins line but no word yet on whether they are coming stateside. As always, if I missed anything please let me know.

Drink wisely my friends,

Richard

A Great Evening in Atlanta

I missed out on the Rare XI Balvenie dinner at New York Prime this past Sunday because I was a little under the weather. I have a young daughter and she’s always bringing home colds from day care. However, I found out that New York Prime’s sister restaurant Joey D’s was doing a more casual version on Tuesday night. I called up my buddy Sam and he was game so off we went!

Joey D’s does their dinners outside on the patio, the whisky list is usually one count smaller (no 21 year old in this case), and the food and atmostphere is more casual than New York Prime. The price tag is also a little cheaper too. Tuesday night they were pouring Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood, Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel, and Balvenie 17 Madeira Cask. Oh, and they were REALLY pouring. I think I ended up having seven or eight scotches Tuesday night…not that I’m complaining.

Sam and I get there about half an hour early and sat down at a four top. We were soon joined by Don and DeMark, a couple of gents who bravely came solo. We couldn’t have asked for better table company. Copious amounts of scotch and good conversation flowed all night. Shortly after we sat down we were welcomed by the new Global Brand Ambassador for Balvenie, Sam Simmons. You all probably know him as the venerable Dr. Whisky. Then the Buckhead Cigar Club representative brought over some very nice La Flor Dominicana cigars and we were off. Dinner included courses of she crab soup, caesar salad, danish baby back ribs, and apple pie a la mode. The food was okay.

We all had a very good time. I will be going back. In comparing it to New York Prime’s dinner there are pluses and minuses to each.

Joey D’s is outside so not as smoky, more casual, the music isn’t too loud so you can still have good conversation, you’re at smaller tables, and they are much more generous with the number of drinks they bring. On the downside the food is just okay. The price tag is $39.99 plus tax and gratuity.

New York Prime offers more variety of whisky with the dinner (usually one more higher end offering), has much better food, and a real guy’s club kind of feel. However, it’s pretty loud when there lounge singer kicks in and there are mostly large tables. Also, it’s indoors so even the seasoned cigar smoker might find it a bit much with all the smoke. The price tag is $59.99 plus tax and gratuity.

Now that I’ve experienced dinners at both restaurants I can say that both are definitely worth while. It really just depends on what atmosphere you would prefer. Hopefully, I’ll see some of you at an upcoming Speakeasy dinner.

Drink wisely my friends,

Richard

Event Notice: Rare XI Steak, Cigar & Balvenie Dinner

New York Prime in Atlanta just announced their next Steak & Cigar Dinner. The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch will be the spirit pairing of choice this time. It’s again $59.95 and will be from 7:00PM to 10:00PM Sunday, August 29th. Here’s the menu:

Meet & Greet: Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood with a Perdomo Champagne Epicure Cigar

First Course: New York Prime’s Chopped Italian Salad with Balvenie Single Barrel 15 Year Old

Second Course: 22oz Bone-In Rib Steak, Creamed Corn, & Creamed Spinach with Balvenie 17 Year Old Madeira Cask

Third Course: Key Lime Pie with Balvenie 21 Year Old Portwood and a Perdomo Criollo Epicurer Cigar

Call New York Prime at 404-846-0644 for reservations.

Drink wisely my friends,

Richard

Win A Nosing Kit From The Balvenie

Contest news from The Balvenie:

Just in time for the holidays, The Balvenie is offering the chance to win a one-of-a-kind prize: An exclusive Scotch Whisky nosing and tasting kit. This unique kit contains 24 separate aromas and a dedicated nosing guide, as well as other essential whisky tasting tools. The lucky winner will also receive an exquisite Balvenie hipflask.
Visit this link to enter:
http://www.thebalvenie.com/en-us/sweeps.php

The good folks at The Balvenie also wanted me to remind you about this year’s addition to the 17 year old range, The Balvenie 17 Year Old Madeira Cask.  Richard and I sampled this at WhiskyFest this year.  It’s a good dram.  The nose is a little weak, but it packs a wallop on the palate (a reversal from last year’s Rum Cask).  I’m still waiting for a 17 year old that knocks me out like the Islay Cask, but this will tide me over until then.

The Balvenie website is also offering some new features in the member’s only “Warehouse 24” area.  They’ve added a “whisky shelf” for members to catalog their whisky collections and even create a wish list.  You can also make your shelf public so other Warehouse 24 members can view your extensive collection and benefit from your tasting insight.  In case you are wondering, it is not just for whiskies from the Balvenie.  There are over 20,000 users with a wide range of tastes and preferences.  I played with the features a little last night.  It’s fun and serviceable, but not as extensive as similar services that provide more of a social network feel like Connosr.  While you are surfing the net, you should try that one too.