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Wednesday
Feb232011

New Projects With East Bay's St. George

Last Fall we had a major hit on our hands when we teamed up with St. George to release an oddball single malt that had been double-matured with an apple brandy barrel.  Now that the air has cleared and the frenzy has died down we've decided to hit the drawing board once again and see what else we could dream up for 2011.  When I drove out to the distillery yesterday, I caught Dave right in the middle of stirring up some Bourbon mash, so I decided to take a little video of that (which you can watch above) before dragging him away to do some barrel tasting.

Dave had already prepared a list of some barrels he thought might prove interesting.  We wandered through the racks of wood and located the numbers while I listened to an explanation of each one.  Some were standard 11 year old single malts that had a classic St. George character, another had really picked up a massive amount of bourbon wood to the point that it tasted more like Kentucky whiskey than single malt, but in the end it was the younger barrels that intrigued me most. 

About four years ago, a major California beer producer crafted a blend from two of their most famous brews that resulted in leftover product.  St. George was offered the surplus and decided to distill a drinkable, saleable beer into high-quality whiskey.  There are six barrels of this malt and the flavors are wildly hoppy.  At one point, Dave said it would make the ultimate shot for a Boilermaker!  While no plans were finalized, we did pow-wow with Lance for a bit to see if we could make something work.  Stay tuned.

Thinking I was done for the day, I was about to walk out the door before Lance pulled me over to a steel tank that held the result of their first gin foray.  In fact, their were two tanks that held two completely different gins - one a classic juniper-infused London style and the other a wildly-spicy, Indian-marsala-like spirit.  Both were delicious and both are one-time only products.  "That sounds like a job for K&L," Lance said.  A St. George/K&L double gin special release?  Wow, could it work?  Mixologists beware.

 

At this point, I really thought I was done for the day but all of a sudden a taco stand appeared with freshly cooked carnitas and a slew of different salsas.  I couldn't turn down a few tacos.

Stay tuned this Spring and Summer for some new and exciting developments!

-David Driscoll

Tuesday
Feb222011

Podcast #8 - Distiller Todd Leopold

This episode, I think, is going to be a big favorite amongst listeners.  Todd is one dynamic character and he loves to geek out about the technical aspects of whiskeymaking, so any amateur distillers out there should listen carefully and take notes!  Another interesting perspective on the craft distilling movement direct from the heart of it.

This episode can be downloaded by clicking here.  Past episodes are archived here and on iTunes .  Or you can always use the flash player below.

-David Driscoll


Tuesday
Feb222011

Diageo Dynamo #3

Back to the ridiculousness that is Diageo's Limited Edition series:

Glen Spey 21 Year Old 2010 Limited EditionSingle Malt Whisky 750ml - $179.99

The Glen Spey was BY FAR the most off the cuff and unusual malt of the tasting.  While the bottle states that it was aged in "new American Oak casks that had also held sherry" (malts.com), this group of tasters had one observation that was unanimous across the board.  "It tastes like Rye Whiskey!"  Having convinced ourselves that this had indeed been aged in oak that previously held American Rye whiskey, despite no indication of this being the case, the Glen Spey qualifies as one of the most surprising and daunting Single Malt tastings in recent memory.  The nose is all baking spices (distinct rye flavors here), redwood bark, with a slight hint of ripe pomaceous fruit.  Toffee sweetness and that rye spice continue on the palate.  I wrote salt water taffy, but the saltiness is illusive.  The malt and the sherry push through on the palate, which continues to be dominated by cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and a little dustiness.  All in all an incredible experience, although it did feel like a series of double takes.  If you can afford it, this is a malt you'll never forget or regret. Distilled in 1988, Only 5844 Bottled at 50.4% unchillfiltered. 

-David Girard

 

Monday
Feb212011

Tuesday Tasting Tomorrow!

The Cooley distillery podcast we did was a big hit and now we're going to serve up the goods at Martin's West in Redwood City on Tuesday night beginning at 6 PM.  For a mere $4 (or maybe even less depending on how generous Moira is feeling) you can get a full pour of the Connemara 12 Year Peated Irish Whiskey from Cooley.  This is a $100 whiskey that we're pouring for less than a shot of Maker's Mark!  So far we've had a great turnout for all of our Tuesday night tastings so come on out and join us.  I'll be there right at 6 and plan on grabbing a bite to eat. 

-David Driscoll

Sunday
Feb202011

Understanding Tone In A Text-Driven World

Email has brought the world closer together, allowing correspondance that once took days, if not weeks, to be delivered to be read in seconds.  Texting incorporated short, important messages to be received quickly without desisting from current operations.  Posting comments after news articles on websites gave readers the chance to involve themselves in the conversation and gave us a broader impression of the general public mindset.  While all three of these modern developments have strengthened the communicative means that humans use to interact with one another, they have also ignited arguments, ruined evenings, and led to a general tone of intolerance on many blog sites, many times for a lack of understanding rather than any true indignance.

There's a reason why people have started typing :) after their sentences on any written messages.  They need their recipient to know that what is being stated is being done in humor, jest, lightheartedness, or out of love.  I've found that my short, succinct style of emailing can sometimes be interpreted as cold, callous, or snobby, however, in reality it's just that I'm short on time.  There are times when I'm in a jam, but I want to respond to a customer quickly so that they get the information they need as soon as possible.  However, my brief and to-the-point reply comes off as dry because I didn't use the fomalities we are used to in polite society - i.e. addressing the person by name, beginning with a "thank you for your inquiry," or closing with a proper good-bye.

Where I am beginning to worry most is with comment fields on message boards.  Our last post that featured the podcast with David OG and myself is a prime example.  We had wonderful comments from some of our readers that featured a dynamic back and forth from both of us.  It was truly fantastic to see that kind of passion.  What troubles me however is when someone feels like they have to justify their commentary by reenforcing their appreciation of our site and our store.  One can be a loyal patriot of the United States yet still criticize the hell out of our government!

The point is that we shouldn't have to point out that this is civilized conversation and nothing personal.  We are all adults and we all love booze so we are all going to have passionate responses.  Please know that I am always your friend on this blog - even when I don't put a smiley face on the end of the sentence.

-David Driscoll