It’s no surprise that we here at Flight Club are fans of Jewish Whisky Company/Single Cask Nation. These guys put out quality spirits and we have been beyond fortunate to partake in several. In addition to the bottles offered via Single Cask Nation, the fine folks at JWC have also put together the Whisky Jewbilee, “a festival for all lovers of whisky” which has taken place in several cities around the US.
As JWC/SCN has grown, however, future Whisky Jewbilee festivals have been “mothballed” in an effort to help refocus energy into growing the SCN range of business. While we are excited about their future, we are also quite sad that we have been unable to attend one of these past special events. This means that we have not had the opportunity to share a dram with the fine folks from JWC/SCN but we have also been unable to obtain one of the limited special edition Whisky Jewbilee bottles…well, until recently.
Several months ago, the Whisky Jewbilee bottling from the 2018 NYC festival was offered to Single Cask Nation members. We managed to get our hands on one of these bottles and in the spirit of the beginning of Hanukkah, we review it below. To our friends at Jewish Whisky Company/Single Cask Nation and all others, shalom and slainte.
Jewish Whisky Company – Whisky Jubilee “A Blend of Straight Whiskies” (106 Proof) (1 of 280 Bottles) (MGP Straight Rye – 5 Year) (MGP Straight Bourbon – 12 Year) (Sampled by Scott Hill and Stephen Benson)
Nose: Big rye notes including grain, dill, peppermint and Tabasco pepper; dusty oak; vanilla cream; stewed dark fruits; apple skins. (4/5)
Palate: Creamy. Salty caramel taffy; dry oak; salted sunflower seed shells; freeze dried chocolate ice cream; rye spice; vanilla; peppermint candy. (4/5)
Finish: Medium in length. Creamy herbal; vanilla; light tobacco; candy cane. (3.5/5)
Overall: This is a bit of a ride. The pour starts as what feels to be a 95/5 MGP rye, but combined with some of the older, funky MGP bourbon. But the palate softens and becomes much more creamy and commingled, albeit highly influenced by the rye. The finish continues with the creaminess, but still with the sweet notes from the palate. A nice experience. (4/5)
Value: This is fairly unique in flavor and well blended. And a cool story and a very limited edition. A big bump for the rarity. $125. (4/5)
“This is a bit of a ride. The pour starts as what feels to be a 95/5 MGP rye, but combined with some of the older, funky MGP bourbon. But the palate softens and becomes much more creamy and commingled, albeit highly influenced by the rye. The finish continues with the creaminess, but still with the sweet notes from the palate.”
Dr. Stephen Benson is an original member of Flight Club.