|Killer Frapin Cognacs|
|Larry Neuringer of Palm Bay|
|Bastille 1789 Cognac Malt Whisky|
|Al Young + Four Roses 2012 Single Cask|
|Balcones' Chip Tate|
Texas Whiskey - a malt whisky - had eucalyptus scents in the rich wooded nose; rich sweet malt honeyed entry and a lovely dusty oak finish with a feel of the Texas terroir. I was, frankly wonderfully surprised and pleased by the refined and delicious presentation. This is the best US craft malt whiskey I've yet tried.
Rumble - a fascinating distilled product made from sugar and figs (so it's part rum and park eau de vie). Blackberries, wine, and meade. Lovely.
|"Magical" Rumble Cask Reserve|
Baby Blue and True Blue - blue corn 100% corn mashbill corn whiskeys. Baby Blue is rich and sweet with a young vigor. True Blue, the cask strength expression is another of those refined landmark products that rivals the great spirits of the world. I took a sample of this for a full formal review in the next few weeks. True Blue was astounding. I begin to fall head over heels. But Chip wasn't finished yet. He poured me a parting shot of a rare limited edition of Balcones Brimstone called Barrel 1200, or "the burned barrel". It was huge. The nose took Brimstone's sweet mequite brushfire notes to another level of high resolution fidelity and enormous terroir. On the palate it was titanic, and yet elegant and refined. Ultimately astounding.
There were other highlights too and many more drams: Old Pulteney, Glenfiddich. I met David Allardice of William Grant & Sons. We had a dram of Glenfiddich 15 Solera. I took a sample for future review. The healing continues and I'm beginning to understand and come to grips with the Glenfiddich floral honeysuckle honeydew melon Speyside flavor profile. I had a wonderful interlude with Amrut, including tasting most of the line including Intermediate Sherry and the new release, Kadhambam - aged sequentially in bourbon, sherry, brandy, and rum casks. Gal wrote a detailed review of it in Whisky Israel.
An important mention. George Manska was evangelizing and selling The NEAT glass. The Scotch Noob reviewed the NEAT glass last week. I picked one up and plan to corroborate his work (and add the Reidel scotch glass into the mix) in a review in the near future.
My biggest regrets were that I missed the following tables because of short time:
Glenmorangie / Ardbeg
All in all, a night to remember and treasure. I can't wait for the next one. I learned a lot. Come early, stay light, carry lots of empties! A magical room where everyone is happy and everyone you see is pouring for you!