2017 End of the Year Bottles: Louis XIII de Remy Martin and Remy Martin XO

This year, Flight Club has selected Louis XIII de Remy Martin and Remy Martin XO as the 2017 End-of-the-Year Bottles (EOTYB).

For Flight Club, the origins of this year-end special event lie with this bottle, and so its selection is of special significance for us. Each month, our club hosts tastings consisting of four or five themed spirits, obtainable within a budget of around $300-$400 total. But those bottles that average $100 are a far cry from some of the high-end spirits that we have each dreamed of trying. Louis XIII became an example for our club of that illusive bottle that always remained outside our price ranges (sometimes $400 or more a pour, and the price of a bottle doubling over the past decade). Three years ago, we set out a plan to try some of these exceptional, rare or otherwise noteworthy bottles:  through a change in our Bylaws, our Members now allocate money each month to make a once-a-year tasting like this happen.

Previous selection have included a 2011 (Stitzel-Weller) Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year and the Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 – Xtra Old Particular from the Douglas Laing bottling house. This year, we elected to source a bottle of Louis XIII, and found one at auction out of the United Kingdom.

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American Whiskey 2017 Year in Review

Best Whiskey 2017

This past year has been a good year for American whiskey. While we always find some hits and misses from year to year, we believe that producers continue to release standard rye and bourbon offerings that are on par with releases of recent years, and continue to wow with annual special releases. Some producers continue to innovate, with new creations like four grain whiskeys, toasted barrel finishes, and even blended whiskey, just to name a few. Yet all of this is transpiring at a time when the bourbon and rye industry continues at an upward trend. 

Here at Flight Club, we have been fortunate to get to sample some of the best of this year’s best releases. For many of those we have been able to provide you with backgrounds, reviews and commentary. Below are some objective observations from some of this year’s most notable releases, listed in the order in which we posted reviews.  Inter-disbursed are this year’s Top 10 Lists from Scott Hill, Chris CrowJay Cary, Stephen Benson and Stephen Netherton.

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Michter’s Toasted Barrel Rye Review (And Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye Revisit)

Michter's Toasted Barrel Rye

This past year we have landed a few standard Michter’s offerings, like the US*1 bourbon and rye,  along with a few limited releases like the 10-Year bourbon and the Barrel Strength rye.  Overall, we have been very impressed with Michter’s quality, but a bit on the fence as to the Michter’s backstory.

So when this latest limited release – the Toasted Barrel Finish Rye – hit the shelves, we jumped on the opportunity to give it a try.

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Wild Turkey 13 (2014) Review

Wild Turkey 13

Wild Turkey Month has come and gone.  One bottle that we had hoped to  sample for our 30 Wild Turkey reviews in 30 days was the Wild Turkey 13.  This 13-year age-stated Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is an export only special edition. This bottle dates to 2014.

We weren’t able to get one before the end of November, but Stephen Benson recently found one at auction.  We sat down a few weekends ago and gave it a sample.

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