Whisky Jewbilee Chicago Festival Bottling: Tasting Note

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We’re proud to announce our collaboration with Chicago’s own KOVAL distillery for this year’s Whisky Jewbilee Chicago festival bottling. We’ve long been fans of the distillery and the interesting bottlings that they release (their oat and millet whiskies are among our favorites).

This special release bourbon was matured for almost five years in a newly charred 30 gallon cask and is among the oldest bourbons at the distillery. We fell in love with this cask immediately and hope you will too. Bottled at 54.5% alc./109 Proof, 150 bottles are available exclusively to attendees of Whisky Jewbilee Chicago for $85 per bottle. Sign up on the night at the Jewish Whisky Company/Single Cask Nation table to secure your bottle or purchase using the URL we’ll share with all attendees after the conclusion of this year’s Jewbilee.

Here are our tasting notes:

Color – Dark amber

On the nose – Damp hay and cherry pits capture your attention before dill pickle brine, damp young wood, and turmeric round out the nose

Flavors on the mouth – Moderately oily texture and wonderfully effervescent on the tongue with vanilla, key lime, freshly grated ginger, and juicy Rainier cherries before hints of pickle brine tie the palate to the nose

Finish – Drying oak with lingering corn sweetness and a hint of cinnamon

Secure your ticket to Whisky Jewbilee Chicago soon!

Plan Your Jewbilee Experience

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Welcome to the morning of the SOLD OUT 5th Anniversary Whisky Jewbilee New York City!

If you’re anything like us you like to get a head start on your night by planning your whisk(e)y route nice and early (preferably during the work day). You’ll receive a show booklet with your tasting glass this evening but here are some resources to help with your day time planning:

Selected tasting notes:

Whisky Jewbilee NYC Festival Bottling
Laphroaig Lore
Douglas Laing’s Scallywag and Big Peat
John B Stetson Bourbon
Loch Lomond Single Grain
Glen Scotia Double Cask and 15 Year Old

Our complete pour list can be seen HERE.

The layout and table assignments for tonight:

See you tonight! Be sure to stop by the Jewish Whisky Company’s Single Cask Nation table to say hi and maybe taste a whisky or a even a whiskey! Oh, and reserve your bottle of this year’s highly collectable festival bottling.

Slainte & l’chaim!

Glen Scotia 15 Year Old: Tasting Note

As mentioned in our Glen Scotia Double Cask tasting note, Glen Scotia (aka Campbeltown’s other distillery) has seen a revitalization since 2014’s takeover by Exponent Private Equity. They’ve seen new wash backs, a new spirit safe, still upgrades, new roofs, and a visitor center. In 2015, their lineup was updated and this 15 Year Old was released. And in 2016 it will be in the US along with the Double Cask release.

Glen Scotia 15 Year Old is all ex-bourbon matured. Judging by the color of it there’s a fair number of first fill bourbon casks in there. Bottled at 46% alc/ 92 Proof without chill filtering.

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Color – Dark Amber

On the nose – Immediately coastal with sea spray and wet seaweed but with a heavy maltiness at the core. Ginger snaps, sandalwood, sweet pipe tobacco and dried lemon peels are all in there, too.

Flavors in the mouth – Dry and spicy to the front but with a developing saltiness, sweet pipe tobacco note to the back

Finish – Medium length with dried figs and a very slight pepperiness

Overall – Another cracker from Glen Scotia! We really hope more of the line-up makes it into the US sooner rather than later.

Be sure to look for Glen Scotia 15 Year Old on the penthouse floor at Studio450.

Glen Scotia Double Cask: Tasting Note

Glen Scotia (aka Campbeltown’s other distillery) has seen a revitalization since 2014’s takeover by Exponent Private Equity. They’ve seen new wash backs, a new spirit safe, still upgrades, new roofs, and a visitor center. In 2015, their lineup was updated and Double Cask was released. And in 2016 it will be in the US along with a new 15 Year Old.

Glen Scotia Double Cask is a vatting of bourbon casks that were finished in ex-Pedro Ximenez casks for 3-4 months and bottled at 46% alc/ 92 Proof. This should be a rich and spicy dram.

Our tasting of the new Glen Scotia 15 Year Old can be seen HERE.

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Color – Gold with a subtle green tinge

On the nose – Incredibly inviting with rich and spicy dark fruits, dried orange peels, warm bicycle tires, and just a hint of the coast

Flavors in the mouth – A continuation of the elements introduced on the nose, dark chocolate covered espresso beans, warm buttered toast, crème brûlée hard sugar topping

Finish – Long and comforting with ongoing orange spice, dark chocolate, and warm bread pudding

Overall – Such a revelation! Nose it for a while, taste it for a while, focus on the finish for a while. Then rinse and repeat. The sherry cask influence is unmistakable and so very welcome. We’ll be adding this to our liquor cabinet once it’s widely available in the US.

Be sure to look for Glen Scotia Double Cask on the penthouse floor at Studio450.

Loch Lomond Single Grain: Tasting Note

Loch Lomond distillery, located northwest of Glasgow, uses multiple stills (four Lomond stills, two pot stills, and one Coffey/column still) to produce an array of distillery styles with varying peating levels. Loch Lomond Signature and Loch Lomond 12 Year Old will be poured at the Jewbilee along with Loch Lomond Single Grain. Distilled from malted barley using their continuous column still this Non Age Statement single grain whisky is bottled at 46% alc., 92 Proof. Look for it around $30 or $35.

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Color – Straw

On the nose – Bright and sweet with powdered sugar, yellow PEZ candy, dehydrated pineapple, and hints of desiccated coconut

Flavors in the mouth – A lovely oily texture that goes a little waxy, very grassy with more dehydrated pineapple and oat cakes

Finish – Short to moderate with lingering powdered sugar sweetness and some very gentle oak spiciness

Overall – It’s great to see Loch Lomond launch in the US. With a range of distillery styles there’s something to suit most palates and having an affordable single grain to drink all summer long is a great start. Watch this distillery closely.

Be sure to look for Loch Lomond Single Grain on the penthouse floor at Studio450.

Douglas Laing’s Big Peat: Tasting Note

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As mentioned during our tasting of Scallywag, we’re honored to have Douglas Laing offerings being poured for the first time at this year’s Whisky Jewbilee NYC. Douglas Laing is a very highly regarded Scottish independent bottler established in 1948. Known for their excellent cask selection they also have vatted malts among their offerings. Today we’re tasting Big Peat, a vatted Islay malt.

Big Peat is a multi-award winning vatting of Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore, and Port Ellen whiskies. Bottled at 46% alc. and non-chill filtered this Non Age Statement offering can be found for between $55 and $65.

Color – Chardonnay

On the nose – A lovely coastal peat blast with sea salt, lemon citrus, and wet pebbles

Flavors in the mouth – Oily and mouthcoating with rubber soles, coal dust, beach camp fire smoke and abundant sea salt

Finish – Long and textured with remaing sea salt and lingering lemon citrus

Overall – A fresh, young Islay vatted malt that doesn’t disappoint. Fans of Ardbeg will love the citrus while fans of Caol Ila will love the coal dust. Fans of Islay drams will love Big Peat.

Be sure to look for Douglas Laing’s Big Peat on the main floor at Studio450.

John B Stetson Bourbon: Tasting Note

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Produced under license from the famous hat company and first released in 2012, John B Stetson bourbon whiskey is a Non Age Statement Kentucky Straight Bourbon distilled by an anonymous producer. Utilizing a mash bill that includes rye and wheat along with the customary corn and malted barley this bourbon is double distilled in copper pot stills. Bottled at 84 Proof/ 42% alc., this bourbon is competitively priced between $25 and $30.

Please make this bourbon feel welcome at its first Whisky Jewbilee.

Color – Blonde

On the nose – Pleasant corn sweetness, a little citrus and just a hint of oak

Flavors in the mouth – Soft entry with vanilla, continuing citrus, and a spicy pepperiness

Finish – Short and drying with lingering pepperiness and almond skins

Overall – A solid bourbon for the price point that goes down very easily. Give it a try and see if it’s something you’d like to add to your regular rotation.

Be sure to look for John B Stetson bourbon whiskey on the main floor at Studio450.

Douglas Laing’s Scallywag: Tasting Note

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We’re honored to have Douglas Laing offerings being poured for the first time at this year’s Whisky Jewbilee NYC. Douglas Laing is a very highly regarded Scottish independent bottler established in 1948. Known for their excellent cask selection they also have vatted malts among their offerings. Today we’re tasting Scallywag, a vatted Speyside malt.

Introduced Fall of 2013, Scallywag is a vatting of, among other malts, Mortlach, Macallan, and Glenrothes. Their use of both European oak (ex-sherry casks) and American oak (ex-bourbon casks) should provide a sweet and spicy dram. Bottled at 46% alc. and non-chill filtered this Non Age Statement offering can be found for between $60 and $70.

Color – Reflective gold

On the nose – Bright and grassy with sweet vanilla, powdered sugar, and fresh ginger

Flavors on the mouth – Silky and sweet with more powdered sugar, warming spice, and melted milk chocolate

Finish – Short to moderate with milk chocolate covered raisins and a drying spiciness

Overall – From an inviting bright nose through a luscious texture in the mouth there are plenty of flavors to enjoy along the way with this excellent vatted malt.

Be sure to look for Douglas Laing’s Scallywag on the main floor at Studio450.

Laphroaig Lore: Tasting Note

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We’re long time fans and supporters of Laphroaig. Bottles of Quarter Cask and Ten Year Old, Cask Strength are staples in our personal collections. Laphroaig Lore is a new release from the Islay distillery. Comprised of a range of ages (the oldest spirit in the bottle was distilled in 1993) and a range of casks (first fill and refill bourbon, first fill sherry, virgin European oak, and first fill and refill quarter casks) this Non Age Statement release is bottled at 48% alc. Distillery manager, John Campbell, describes it as “the richest of the rich.” Suggested retail price is $125.

Let’s press on:

Color – Bright gold

On the nose – Fresh and coastal with sea shells and new Chuck Taylor high tops (a bit of warm rubber and a bit of warm canvas), pleasantly herbal with a discernible mintiness.

Flavors on the mouth – Oily and mouthcoating with diesel rags and sage to begin then becoming ashy and dry before it releases a fruitiness through the middle.

Finish – Long, ashy, and drying with oak, salt, and peat lingering for a good long while

Overall – What a journey! A quick fly by with a 1/4 oz pour won’t be enough for this whisky to really dazzle at the Jewbilee. Despite having more tables to visit and more whiskies to taste I recommend finding a quiet corner and really taking some time to explore everything this beautiful Laphroaig has to offer.

Be sure to look for Laphroaig Lore on the penthouse floor at Studio450.

Whisky Jewbilee New York City Festival Bottling: Tasting Note

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Our fourth Whisky Jewbilee NYC festival bottling marks our return to single barrel bourbon. After enjoying great success in selling out our inaugural Heaven Hill 15 Year Old back in 2013 we’ve bottled an exceptional single barrel from Wild Turkey to celebrate our fifth annual Whisky Jewbilee NYC. Matured on the fifth floor of rick house zero for nine years, cask 2931 was bottled last month (May) at a natural cask strength of 60.7% alc./121.4 Proof. We have 168 bottles available for attendees of this year’s Whisky Jewbilee NYC. Each one is available for $101.

Stop by the Jewish Whisky Company/Single Cask Nation or Wild Turkey tables on the night for a taste and be sure to reserve your bottle before they all sell out.

Color – Dark maple syrup

On the nose – A laundry list of scents are present starting with fresh sugar cane, burnt popping corn, cinnamon topped espresso, and fresh coconut. Notes from the rye follow with pine sap on a forest floor and toasted marble rye bread with browning butter.

Flavors on the mouth – Such a wonderfully viscous mouthfeel but still incredibly vibrant with crushed maraschino cherries, RC Cola and generous spice along the side of the tongue. Freshly polished mahogany and cocobolo wood cuts. Notes of maple candies and buckwheat honey lead into a growing, spicy finish.

Finish – It’s not only long but it reverberates with peppery spice and cooked sweet corn, and most impressively, melting vanilla ice cream with warm raspberry syrup.

Be sure to sign up for a bottle at this year’s Whisky Jewbilee NYC.

Our last few tickets can be purchased here.