After an amazingly positive pre-arrival campaign, our two newest casks of Chieftain's have arrived - a 30 year old Brora from a Sherry butt, along side a sister cask of 21 year old Clynelish, also aged in a Sherry butt. Whereas the Brora sold out immediately, we had more of the Clynelish to offer and still do! Both whiskies are quite similar in that both offer a glimpse at what Clynelish tastes like when the Sherry component is isolated (remember that Brora is just the old Clynelish distillery with a different name). The oiliness and waxiness of the Clynelish is there, but it quickly becomes integrated with the richness of the Sherry - until it ends up drinking more like 21 year old Springbank, rather than 21 year old Clynelish. It's absolutely fascinating to see what Sherry-aging does to one of the great unsherried malts. Much like the 27 year old Clynelish we bottled with A.D. Rattray a few years back, this Chieftain's bottle really needs water. It needs a lot of water. Even a few drops do absolutely nothing - the fire completely overwhelms the flavor. A teaspoon to a tablespoon works wonders, opening up the fruit and bringing the alcohol into balance. You almost get an extra half bottle of booze because it's like Clynelish concentrate. There are about 200 bottles left and they are on the shelf in Redwood City as of now. SF will get their bottles tomorrow, while LA will have it next week.
Tonight in Redwood City we'll have a sneak preview of the Glenglassaugh/PVI dinner we'll be hosting later at Donato's. Val from JVS will be here to pour off some fantastic single malts before we head over to the restaurant. Unlike the dinner event, this tasting is open to everyone and is free!
San Francisco will host Osocalis Santa Cruz Mountain brandies.
Free as always! From 5 PM to 6:30 PM.
For all of those who cannot get Pappy Van Winkle when they want it, I offer you the following…..
1991 Jefferson’s 18 Year Old Reserve Kentucky Bourbon $75.99 (elsewhere $90 - $100) - Everyone wants the Van Winkle whiskey – the legendary Stitzel Weller Bourbon from the now-defunct distillery. Unbeknownst to most people, there are other ways of getting it besides directly from the Van Winkles. Willett has put out a few casks of SW over the last few years, and we’ve been lucky enough to work with Jefferson’s as well. Now, the time as finally come when that finite supply of SW Bourbon has run dry. There are no more single barrels to purchase and Jefferson’s is putting together the last of what they have in stock into this 18 year old batch. It IS chill-filtered and it is not from a single barrel, but it is Stitzel Weller Bourbon and it is delicious. It’s rich, full of spice, and most importantly – it’s about $15 to $25 cheaper than other places. We snagged the last 210 bottles available at the distributor.
We will be getting more SW Bourbon from Willett later this year, but it will be cask strength and 20 years old. It will also be at least $100 MORE per bottle, so around $180 or so. We will also be getting more Pappy in the next few weeks, but only about 12 bottles of the 20. This is the LAST, best chance to get what you need at a reasonable price. Use the link and take what you need
UPDATE: We've sold over 100 in the first hour. These WILL sell out by 3PM PST.
We have one entry already. Tim from Los Angeles. In his request, he wrote:
David To The North,