August 2018: North American Rye Whiskey and Cigar Pairing

rye whiskey

Rye Whiskey has become a distinctly North American product. America’s neighbors to the north appreciate the unique characteristics of the rye grain. And, despite what some hockey fans might tell you, Canadian and American can play nicely together. At least when it comes to whiskey.

All of the whiskey we will be sampling is rye whiskey. Some of it from Canada, some of it from the United States, some of it a combination of the two, and some finished in European casks.

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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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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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May 2018: Foursquare Rum

Foursquare Rum

Foursquare Rum has been referred to as “the Pappy of rum.” And not just by some tater trying to stir the pot. Foursquare Rum was referred to as “the Pappy of rum” by none other than Fred Minnick – reviewer for Whiskey Advocate and judge for the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

Foursquare Distillery is in Barbados. It has been a family-run distillery since the 1920s, though the family itself can trace its roots in Barbados to as far back as the 1600s.

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