Monarch Flights by Flight Club

Flight of the Month - July 2019

Selected by Flight Club Member Eric Schroeder

Bourbon Tour

Old Forester 1910
Bold, chocolate, caramels and black pepper

Four Roses Single Barrel
Raisins, rye spice, lingering finish

Elijah Craig
Vanilla, oak and cinnamon

Wild Turkey 101
Toffee, maple, oak

Past Flights

High West Whiskeys

Selected by Flight Club Member Chris Crow

High West Campfire
Smoky and briny, with some citrus

High West American Prairie Bourbon
Sweet, light cherry oak and caramel

High West Bourye
Herbal, dill, pepper and vanilla

High West Yippee Ki-Yay
Red wine, vermouth, herbal and dark chocolate

Colorado Whiskeys

Selected by Flight Club Members Phil HorveyMarcelo Moriera and Brian Carman

Woody Creek Rye
White Pepper, Citrus, Vanilla

Tin Cup 10 Year
Cinnamon, Pine, Honey

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak
Apricot, Butterscotch, Spice

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask
Cherry, Apples, Honey, Fig

Woody Creek Rye– Basalt, CO – Made from 100% Colorado Rye, this 90 proof, Rye mash whiskey is complex and smooth sipping. Aged 2 years in American White Oak Barrels. You can find white Pepper throughout the palate, citrus on the nose and oaky vanilla on the palate.

Tin Cup 10 Year– Denver, CO – Mashbill 2/3 Corn, 1/3 Rye. Aged 10 years in White American Oak Barrels and then cut with Rocky Mountain Spring Water. Nose: Cinnamon, pine, honey and fresh cut grass. Palate: Sweet pepper, leather and raisins. Finish: Caramel and biscuits.

Stranahan’s Diamond Peak– Denver, CO – 94 Proof. Single Malt Whiskey. Nose: Dried Apricot, tack-shed leather, black licorice and a hint of wet cedar. Palate: Turkish apricot, dark-roast coffee, butterscotch oak, cayenne and Mexican hot chocolate. Finish: Rolling creamy finish

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask– Denver, CO, – 94 Proof. 4 year old Single Malt finished in Oloroso Sherry Barrels to cask finish. Nose: Over-ripe cherry, sweet apples, raisins, almonds, leather and fresh cut hay. Palate: Honey, Montmorency cherries, blackcurrant, and fig with a nutty brine and walnut characteristics. Finish: Buttery caramel, whipped crème, brown sugar and smoked cayenne.

Sherry Cask Irish Whiskey

Selected by Flight Club Member Stephen Netherton

Bushmills 10 Year
Sweet, honey, lemon/lime juice

Tullamore Dew 12 Year
Honeydew, cedar, green apple

Bushmills Black Bush
Raisins, apple cider, vanilla

Red Breast 12 Year Single Pot
White grapes, cinnamon, a touch of salt/smoke

American Single Malts

Selected by Flight Club Member Stephen Benson

Westland American Oak
Malt, Custard, Almond, Fruit

Westland Peated
Fruit, Honey, Smoke, Spice

Westland Sherry Wood
Barley, Candied Fruit, Sherried Oak

Vanilla, Apple, Honey, Oak

Tennessee Whiskeys

Selected by Flight Club Member Chris Crow

Collier & McKeel
Cocoa, espresso, leather and butterscotch

George Dickel 12
Vanilla, oak and minerals

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel:
Caramel, toasted oak, dried banana

Joseph Magnus Delano No. 4
Chocolate, mocha, tobacco, coconut

Wheated Bourbons

Selected by Flight Club Member Josh Cary

Cherry, Oak and Peanut Shells

Maker’s Mark
Toasted Oak, Honey, Vanilla

Weller Antique 107
Fruit, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar

Redemption Wheated
Oak, Grain, Vanilla, Caramel

Wild Turkey Month

Selected by Flight Club Member Scott Hill

Wild Turkey Longbranch
Toffee, Vanilla and Orange

Russell’s Reserve 10 Year
Fruit, Oak, Sweet Vanilla Cream

Wild Turkey 101
Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon, Spice

Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8
Citrus, Pepper, Dry Oak, Chocolate

Wild Turkey is near and dear to our hearts.  While many people mistakenly believe Wild Turkey to be the bottom shelf bourbon that only college kids drank 15 years ago, Wild Turkey has a growing reputation of producing solid products, both in today’s production and in the “dusty” bottles from decades ago.

In 2017, Flight Club started “Wild Turkey Month – 30 Turkeys in 30 Days.”  Each day of the month, we wrote about the history of Wild Turkey and its products, and provided reviews from some of the many products produced over the past few decades.  In 2018, we decided to bring Part 2 of this challenge.  Follow us on our blog for our daily updates of reviews.

This particular flight begins with the lighter, more mellow side of Wild Turkey. This Longbranch product was just introduced this year.  It is mesquite charcoal filtered and served at 86 proof to help soften the rough edges.  

Next we feature Russell’s Reserve 10 Year.  While this is a bit older and oakier at 10 years of age, it is also a bit mellower and refined at 90 proof.

Then we bring marquee Wild Turkey product, the traditional Wild Turkey 101.  Wild Turkey proudly brings cinnamon and rye spice in this robust bourbon.  

Finally, we bring Wild Turkey’s barrel proof Rare Breed 116.8.  This is Wild Turkey just as it came out of the barrels, allowing you to enjoy it without any dilution. 

Single Barrel Bourbons

Selected by Flight Club Member Jay Cary

Four Roses Single Barrel (100 Proof)
Dried spice, pear, cocoa, vanilla and maple syrup

John J. Bowman Single Barrel (100 Proof)
Vanilla, toffee and caramel

Old Forester – Monarch Barrel Pick (90 Proof)
Brown sugar, dark fruit and vanilla

Wathen’s Single Barrel (94 Proof)
Caramel, vanilla, berry fruit

Single barrel bourbon is a premium take on whiskey that derives unique attributes from an individual aging barrel. Generally, distilleries blend whiskies from multiple barrels and years to create consistency in color and flavor profiles among their products. In the case of single barrel, however, each barrel is bottled separately, dated and numbered with the specific barrel from which it came.  The result is flavors specific to that barrel, which are often amplified from what is generally bottled as a blended product. 

Additionally, may single barrels may refrain from chill-filtering, leaving more of the original flavors in the bottle.  Some are produced at at cask strength, resulting in a truer expression of the cask.  All will be different from barrel to barrel, so your experience with some of these may have tasting notes different from ours.  



Sazerac Rye

Clove, vanilla, licorice

Rittenhouse Rye

Caramel, rye spice, butterscotch

Knob Creek Rye

Toffee, cinnamon, vanilla/maple

Whistle Pig Rye 10 yr.

Vanilla, oak, rye spice

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, Canada and America can play nicely together, at least when it comes to whiskey.  All of the whiskey in this flight is rye whiskey. Some of it is sourced from Canada, some of it from the United States. 

Rye whiskey is known for its spiciness and makes a great whiskey for use in cocktails or to sit out on the porch and enjoy with your favorite cigar.   The complexity of the rye spice makes the whiskey versatile with the ability to pair with others, or stand on its own.   Rye whiskey has seen a recent resurgence since it wide availability prior to prohibition.   Whiskey distillers from New York, Vermont, Tennessee, Missouri and many others have hopped on the rye train and are pumping out real quality.  Most rye whiskey are currently very affordable.  Enjoy the high quality at reasonable prices now because it is only a matter of time before the rest of the whisky world catches on and capitalism steals the hidden gem of these ryes.  


Proof by Jim Beam

Jim Beam Single Barrel – 95 proof

Caramel, vanilla and corn

Knob Creek – 100 Proof

Caramel, cherry and peanut

Baker’s – 107 Proof

Butterscotch, caramel and brown sugar

Booker’s – Cask Strength

Vanilla, caramel and oak.

To many, the name Jim Beam equates to the lower-shelf bourbon that many of us drank with Coke in our college days.  Those people aren’t wrong – Jim Beam White Label is among the best selling whiskeys in the world for that reason.  Most would agree that the standard Jim Beam isn’t a sippin’ whiskey.  

Fortunately, Jim Beam offers something a bit more refined for those of who do enjoy just sippin’ on our whiskey.  Take a look at our Jim Beam page and the variety of bourbons offered by Beam.  Generally speaking, Beam offers three different recipes for their whiskeys – a rye whiskey, a lower-rye bourbon and a higher rye- bourbon.  The rye makes up products like Booker’s Rye, Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye and Old Overholt.  The high rye bourbons are used in Old Grand Dad and Basil Haydens.

This flight focuses on the lower-rye bourbons offered by Jim Beam.  I’ve chosen these because Beam offers something fairly unique in the industry.  Beam offers you essentially the same recipe, at various ages and proofs, so that you as the consumer can determine your exact sweet spot for Jim Beam.

We start with the Jim Beam Single Barrel.   While there are some slight age differences, this bourbon is essentially the best of what White Label might have to offer, in single barrel form, and proof up to 95 proof.  Its likely in the 4-7 year age range.

Next we move on to that same recipe, only this time at 100 proof and a bit older.  This Knob Creek is a small batch bourbon, and the average age is still around 9 years.   We previously reviewed it here.

Third we move on to one of the least known Beam products, Baker’s.  Baker’s is the same recipe (although most suspect a different yeast is used), proofed up to 107 proof.  It is 7 years old.  We reviewed Baker’s here.

Finally, we sample Booker’s.  Booker’s has been a longtime favorite of mine.  Its big, its brash and its bold.  While each batch of Booker’s is slightly different, all have the robust flavors that you can only find at barrel strength.  


World Cup = World Whiskeys

Kavalan Single Malt – Taiwan

Vanilla, nougat and honey

Bastille 1789 Hand Crafted – France

Fruit, vanilla and malt

Compass Box Asyla – UK/Scotland

Earth, malt, spice and citrus fruit

Co. E.H. Taylor small batch – US

Caramel, grain, oak and vanilla

World Cup = World Whiskey 

The first time I remember watching a World Cup on TV was in 1990. Every game was a party where friends and family got together to cheer for Brazil. 

The World Cup is one of the most popular world sports event that takes place every four years, like the Olympics. This year, the World Cup takes place in Russia where 32 nations will see their team in the biggest and most prestigious soccer stage. 

In the spirit of the World Cup, I decided to feature four bottles of whiskey from four different countries. Not all nations here presented made it to the World Cup, but are sure watching the event. 

Kavalan Single Barrel (Taiwan): I featured Kavalan during my first tasting event and was most impressed. Not the first place you think of when you think Whiskey. 

Brastille (France) and Asyla (England): both are in the World Cup, so why not drink their whiskey. 

Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch (USA): tasted at Flight Club and became a favorite. Always carry a bottle or two at home. 

Taste of the Rockies

Selected by Flight Club Member Phillip Horvey

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.

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!