July 2018: Cask Strength Sherry Cask Scotch

This month’s tasting features five whiskys from the Speyside and Highlands areas of Scotland.  Each of these Scotches is matured exclusively in sherry casks and then bottled at cask strength.

Let’s begin with some discussion of Speyside.  Speyside is the north-east most region of the Scotch regions.  It is home to the most dense concentration of Scotch distilleries.  Speyside Scotch characteristically (highly simplified and subject to exception) are not overly peaty, but instead often fruity and nutty.

Scotch regions

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Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye Selected by Flight Club “Tom’s Handey Rye” Review

Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye store picks are the next novelty in the Knob Creek lineup. Similar to Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon store picks, each of the Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye store picks are bottled from a single barrel selected by a particular retailer.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye

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June 2017: Cachaça (part III)

This is the third time that Flight Club has featured Cachaça. First, we tasted a variety of bottles purchased from the US. Last year, we introduced aged versus unaged Cachaça, with bottles sourced from Brazil. This year, we are taking a trip to the state of Minas Gerais, known for producing top-quality Cachaça.

Cachaça

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Henry McKenna Single Barrel Review

Henry McKenna Single Barrel has been known as a solid, mid-shelf, value bourbon.

Henry McKenna Single Barrel

Its specifications knock down many of the pins that bourbon fans want:

      • Bottled-in-Bond
      • 100 proof
      • 10-year age statement
      • Single barrel
      • Distilled, aged, and bottled on site by Heaven Hill, a reputable distiller
      • And, at least around here, will only set you back about $32

And yet, even with all it brings to the table, this bourbon has not traditionally been highly sought after. Maybe that’s because its label does not bear the words “limited release” or “special edition.” Maybe it’s because of its general availability.

Well, those days may be over.

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