2017 End of the Year Bottles: Louis XIII de Remy Martin and Remy Martin XO

This year, Flight Club has selected Louis XIII de Remy Martin and Remy Martin XO as the 2017 End-of-the-Year Bottles (EOTYB).

For Flight Club, the origins of this year-end special event lie with this bottle, and so its selection is of special significance for us. Each month, our club hosts tastings consisting of four or five themed spirits, obtainable within a budget of around $300-$400 total. But those bottles that average $100 are a far cry from some of the high-end spirits that we have each dreamed of trying. Louis XIII became an example for our club of that illusive bottle that always remained outside our price ranges (sometimes $400 or more a pour, and the price of a bottle doubling over the past decade). Three years ago, we set out a plan to try some of these exceptional, rare or otherwise noteworthy bottles:  through a change in our Bylaws, our Members now allocate money each month to make a once-a-year tasting like this happen.

Previous selection have included a 2011 (Stitzel-Weller) Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year and the Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 – Xtra Old Particular from the Douglas Laing bottling house. This year, we elected to source a bottle of Louis XIII, and found one at auction out of the United Kingdom.

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Pappy Van Winkle 20-year (2011) and Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year: End of the Year Bottles 2016

Flight Club has selected a 2011 bottling of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon as the 2016 End of the Year Bottle (EOYB).

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year

A brief overview of the Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon can be found here:  http://www.oldripvanwinkle.com/whiskey/family-reserve-20-year/.

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2015 End of the Year Bottle 2: Caol Ila 18-year

Paired with the Port Ellen, we also tasted another Islay Scotch – the Caol Ila 18-year

Located on the eastern coast of the Islay region in Scotland just across the straight from Jura, Caol Ila can trace its roots back to 1846.  However, the current large-production distillery, sitting on the site of the original distillery, was completed just over 40 years ago.   Expansion was warranted as Coal Ila positioned itself to a supplier for outside blenders.   Not surprisingly,  it is now owned by Diageo.

Caol Ila is often known as one of the more approachable Islay whiskies, which are known for their extreme smoked peat character.  Caol Ila’s offerings, however, often soften the harsh smoke with floral, peppery and fruity notes.  Because of this softer approach to smoke and peat, much of Caol Ila’s production is used by Diageo in other branded blends (like Johnnie Walker) or sold to outside blended scotch producers.

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2015 End of the Year Bottle

 “End of the Year Bottle” – The Port Ellen Preview

Port Ellen

Flight Club has selected the Port Ellen 36 Year Old 1979 (Cask 10914) – Xtra Old Particular from the Douglas Laing bottling house, as its year end bottle. https://www.douglaslaing.com/scotch-whisky/single-casks/distilleries/xop-port-ellen-36-years-old.

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