June 2017: Old Forester Whiskey Row

Host: Jay Cary 

The Old Forester brand has been around as long as any other bourbon brand in America. George Garvin Brown, a former pharmaceutical salesman, started what is now the Brown-Forman Corporation (still managed by Brown’s descendants). The name “Old Forester” is thought to be in honor of Dr. William Forrester (the bourbon used to be spelled with the double “r”), who recommended the drink to his patients.

Old Forester’s “Whiskey Row Series,” first launched in 2014. The series is meant to honor both whiskey’s and Brown-Forman’s long tradition, both pre and post-Prohibition. The series highlights Old Forester’s significant milestones and production innovations with each release.

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The Distinguished Gentleman: The Man Behind the Bottle

One of the featured bottles in this month’s tasting has a bit of history to it other than the bourbon in the bottle.  The “President’s Choice” bottling by Brown-Forman was a specialty product bottled in the late 1950’s to early 1970’s.  It was a single barrel bourbon hand selected by the Master Distiller.  In its early years (like our bottling), it was not a public release.  Instead, it was a private selection only for “Distinguished Gentlemen” who worked for or with the distillery or who had some other distillery connection.  Our bottle prominently features the name of one such distinguished gentlemen, “M.H. W. Ritchie.”  We thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more of the man that made this bottle possible.

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June 2017 Pick of the Month: Wild Turkey 81

Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.”  The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment.  We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and provide comment and feedback. 

WIld Turkey 81

This month we thought we would cater directly to the “believed to be a good value” criteria.   This bottle of Wild Turkey 81 is actually a 2015 Limited Edition label that happens to still be sitting on shelves around town.  However, one such location’s sale price, along with a mail-in-rebate attached to the bottles, makes this a prime candidate for “good value” whiskey.

At under $10 for a name brand, mid-shelf bourbon, we felt we had to give this one the spotlight.  This bottle offers a lower proof than its 101-proof brother, which may be more suited for those who desire strong flavors (straight or in a cocktail).  But, this bottle is palatable on its own, especially for a new bourbon drinker, and a good one to pick up to use for those cocktails where you (or the drinker) does not desire the whiskey-forward profile.   Continue reading “June 2017 Pick of the Month: Wild Turkey 81”

New York Yankees Narrowly Escape Late Rally by the Wichita Wingnuts (This is actually about whiskey, I swear)

Wheat State

Wichita, Kansas, is the home of a professional, independent league baseball team known as the Wichita Wingnuts (Go Nuts!).  The team has been quite successful, winning multiple division titles and and a league championship in its short nine-year existence.  Locally, many are quite proud of their team. And for good reason.  They are a solid baseball team, filled with players with big dreams who all have much more talent and guts than I’ll ever have.

The New York Yankees is a household name across the United States.  Like them or not, there is no dispute as to their historic success, with 27 World Series titles to their name.  In today’s time, you can watch every single game (all 162 ), if you should choose.   With the Yankee’s pedigree and financial strength, the world can rightfully expect much from the Yankees, year in and year out.

The two teams are in totally different leagues, pun intended.  While a head-to-head competition would never occur, there is no doubt on who would prevail and it would not be as close as this article’s title would suggest.  If you were to judge quality of play, a Wichitan would never leave their house and would simply tune in on TV or online to watch the Yankees over heading out to a Wingnuts game.

With all that, why do people follow local baseball?

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