September 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
If you haven’t figured it out by now – I love original whiskies.
I love seeking out and experiencing the delicious drams that the true artist distillers of the world are creating. Yesterday, I did just that with Meg Bell of Chicago’s Koval Distillery at the Four Seasons in NYC. We tasted 5 of their 26+ products, focusing only on the whiskies (dugh!).
I was going to write about all of the interesting, wonderful and unique techniques that the founders, Sonat & Robert use to develop their Lion’s Pride aged whisky line, however, the WhiskyCompetition made this great video of Meg, filmed in the Koval distillery, talking about just that! Click, enjoy, and seek out for yourself!
Straight from the Lion’s mouth…
September 8, 2011 § 6 Comments
Despite my late arrival into Austin the night before, I woke up extra early last Thursday because after much (and I think very patient waiting) I was going to see the Balcones distillery in person (see my previous post on Balcones HERE).
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting other distilleries before but none home to the unique, super-secret process of smoking the actual whisky not the grains technique that head distiller, Chip Tate, created and successfully applies to his wildly popular Brimstone whisky. (Check out the products rave review by Tasting Table Top Shelf HERE)
During my visit, the Balcones’ crew were in the process of bottling & shipping out their extremely limited 1st released Single Malt which I was honored to taste & try the barrels samples of for version 2.0. (BOTH are Ahh-mazing.) Get it while you can. This is something you definitely want in your whisky collection!
What’s great about visiting these craft distilleries is that you are up-close and personal with the whole operation. I got to meet everyone and of course, got in their way as soon as I went camera-happy (sorry!).
All in all – we had a great time (thank you, Chip!) and can’t wait to go back next year to see how they are progressing with the new space!
Check out the photos of my visit below!
But wait … the fun isen’t over yet! Chip took us on a side trip to visit the new space they will be expanding into. Along the way, yours truly got a lesson in barrel rolling! 😀
Ok – you all really have to try his products. The reason I have become so nuts for them is the layers and layers of complex scentes and flavors. He is not just making “another whisky” here – he executes everything with such passion, precision and curiosity that he is pushing the boundaries of tradition while still remaining true to his roots. We should all be greatful. To me, this is what is so exciting about the craft whisky movement here in America.
Take advantage now.