Monarch Flights by Flight Club

Flight of the Month - June 2018

Selected by Flight Club Member Phillip Horvey

Taste of the Rockies

Breckenridge Port Cask Finish
Raisin, port, dry and spicy rye. 

High West Campfire
Dried peaches, apricots, heath bar and peat.

Cereal, cedar, and honey.

Tin Cup American Whiskey
Big spice and fruit, apple and cinnamon.

I chose this flight because they are very different in their overall taste. The Breckenridge Port Cask Finish is aged for a minimum of 3 years in charred american oak barrels and then finished in port barrels. It gives this whiskey a unique flavor. I feel this is slowly becoming a trend in both whiskey and rum is to age in oak barrels and finish them in port, wine or cognac barrels, which is producing some fantastic new flavors. 

The High West Campfire I chose because of the peat that permeates off the nose reminds of the smokiness of the campfire, while camping with my dad in the Rocky Mountains. It has complex flavor since it is made with bourbon, rye whiskey and blended malt scotch. A very unique blend which gives it a complex taste.

Stranahan’s was chosen because of it being a simple mouth pleasing whiskey. Nose: sweet banana bread with vanilla. Palate: Green apples and straw. Finish is smooth with a slow burn.

Tin Cup has an amazing nose, lots of fruit and sweetness to go along with it. Easy drinking whiskey that is smooth and has lots flavor.

All of these provide a palate of different flavors that showcase the vast diversity of whiskeys available. I think any dad would appreciate sipping one for Father’s Day. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

Past Flights

10-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys

Selected by Flight Club Member Scott Hill

Bulleit 10 Year
Caramel, Vanillla, Oak, Spice

Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond
Caramel, Brown Sugar, Oak, Light Peanut

Eagle Rare
Oak, Dark Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Cherry Cola

Medley’s Private Stock 10 Year
Caramel, Corn, Butter, Maple Syrup

For me, 10-year Bourbons are the sweet spot for aged bourbons.  Too much younger than 10 years and many bourbons have not yet had an opportunity to develop some of the rich dark fruit flavors, oak, and some of the other flavors like tobacco and leather.  Too much beyond 10 years and I believe many Bourbons suffer from being “over oaked,” where the oak flavors dominate and some harsh astringency starts to develop.  Obviously, there are probably more exceptions than the rule,  and the sweet spot probably looks more like a range with 10 years being at the center.

This month’s Flight features a variety of Bourbons from a number of different distillers, each of which offers some unique flavors.  

Bulleit 10 year is a bit of a higher rye Bourbon than the others here, and will offer more spice.  For me, this bottle is most impacted by oak and age than the others here.  It is bottled at 91.2 proof.  We previously reviewed a pour from Monarch here.

Henry McKenna is a 10-year product produced by Heaven Hill.  We have previously reviewed it here.  It is a bottled-in-bond Bourbon at 100 proof.

Eagle Rare is a low-rye recipe from Buffalo Trace.   We previously reviewed it here.  It is bottled at 90 proof.

Medley’s is a produced at an undisclosed distillery in Kentucky.  It is bottled at 90 proof.  

Enjoy this month’s Flight!