What a great evening! The crowd was small for this tasting…only 28 in attendance. But the selection provided by Joe Cavataio of Beam, Inc was a great trip around the “World of Whisky”. Follow that with a presentation by Will Blicharz of Table 36 Cigars and there is no way to have a lousy evening.
Joe started with the tasting. He provided eight whiskies and tons of knowledge on each. He took the time to review our list of Whiskies Tasted and was able to come up with seven that were not on the list. The eighth, Maker’s 46, he brought along to show what a slight difference in the barrel used can make on the final product.
The whiskies we tasted were (in no particular order) were:
2 Ginger’s Blended Irish Whisky
Teacher’s Highland Cream Blended Scotch
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2013 Single Malt Scotch
Tyrconnell 10 year old Madeira Wood Finish Single Malt Irish Whisky
Canadian Club Small Batch Sherry Cask
Maker’s 46 Bourbon
Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon
Old Grand Dad Bonded 100 Proof Bourbon
We did not rank or rate these because to compare them would be, well, ridiculous. The idea of this tasting was to taste different whiskies from around the world. And they were truly different.
A few notes:
-The Laphroaig, a peated whiskey, was found to be quite a bit smoother than the other expressions we have had in the past from Laphroaig. Even the guys who do not favor that much peat influence enjoyed this one.
– Canadian Club is a company that is known to make whiskies to be mixed. This expression was really good all by itself. It had a strong, dark wine taste that made it interesting. Gentlemen, you will like this. Offer this to your friend who drinks wine and you will have someone who will share the bottle with you.
– The Old Grand Dad, with the picture of Basil Hayden on the bottle, is 100 proof. For those who like their bourbon with some kick you will like this (especially the price). It is not the best bourbon to drink straight for those who don’t like the higher alcohol content. You folks will find this to be an excellent mixer. The bourbon flavor will stand out in your drinks.
After the whisky tasting, and before breaking into the Society’s “Library”, Will introduced two cigar expressions from the Table 36 line….Fellowship and Integrity. The Fellowship is the medium-bodied cigar while the Integrity carries more strength and complexity. This is a local brand (from St. Louis) that can be purchased at select tobacco stores from California to Florida to Wisconsin.
Our experienced smokers really enjoyed to myriad of tastes that came with the Integrity while our less experienced smokers enjoyed the smooth smoke of the Fellowship.
These are well built cigars that are affordable and appeal to a large crowd.
The company’s third expression, the Peacemaker, was not available. Their web site describes it as a “rustic looking stick with an exploded shaggy foot and a toothy wrapper providing a medium strength flavor profile.” I’m really looking forward to taking a trip back to the old west when I try one of these.
Joe and Will, we at the River City Whisky Society owe you a big THANK YOU.
P.S. This also marks 250 Whiskies Tasted by the Society since its inception in 2009!!!!