August 2017 Pick of the Month: Larceny

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. 

This month we feature a brand new bourbon to the Kansas market:  John E. Fitzgerald Larceny.   While this offering by Heaven Hill is not a new release in the U.S., only in the past couple of weeks has it become available in Kansas.
This bottle MSRP’s for about $25, a price that puts this basically on par with its wheated bourbon cousin, W.L. Weller Special Reserve.  But as a new offering, several local stores are offering deals.   One local store is offering the bottle for $19.99 if you like their Facebook post and mention the ad, plus a $10 mail in rebate.  

We encourage everyone to pick up a bottle and give us your thoughts.
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October 2017 Pick of the Month: Weller Antique

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. 

Weller Antique

This month, we’ve selected a bottle that was featured in our February 2017 Weller lineup tasting, the Weller Antique 107.  Formerly known Old Weller Antique, this is a wheated bourbon produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery.

With the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and the Van Winkle lineup set to release in the coming weeks, the reality is, most of us will not acquire a bottle. But, there are still many fine bourbons to enjoy. This one, sharing the same mash bill as William Larue Weller and the Van Winkle bourbons, will not leave you disappointed.

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September 2017 Pick of the Month: Four Roses Small Batch

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. 

Four Roses Small Batch

This month, we’ve selected a bottle that is also featured in Monarch’s Bourbon Heritage Month punch card: Four Roses Small Batch. While we have previously written about Four Roses’ private selection single barrel lineup and limited releases,  the Small Batch is a mid-shelf staple.

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July 2017 Pick of the Month: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

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. 

On certain occasions, we find local deals that are too good to pass up.  This month, we present such a deal, albeit one that many of our Club members were able to sample at our January Maker’s Mark tasting.

This bottle originally MSRP’ed for more than $60, a price that we might all agree is too high.  At our now current local price of less than $35, we think it is a winner that should be added to your collection.

We encourage everyone to pick up a bottle and give us your thoughts.
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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. 

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”

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