2013

The Beginning of it All

TAX STAMP NIGHT

March 2013

Bourbons that were bottled prior to 1985 had to have a tax stamp over the cap to prove that duty was paid. Several of the brands that we know and love today actually came from different distilleries during that time period. Several of those distilleries no longer exist and so we will open bottles from back in the day to see what bourbon used to be like.


Los Angeles Event:

1. Early Times Straight Bourbon (early 1980s) – no longer available in USA
2. Early Times Current Release- blend
3. Antique 6yr 80 proof (late 1970s)
4. Old Crow 80 proof 1978
5. Old Crow Current Release
6. Old Taylor 80 proof 1977
7. Old Taylor 6yr 86 proof 1984
8. Yellowstone 4 yr 86 proof 1976
9. Old 1889 Royal 12yr 86 proof 1948

 

 

Orange County Event:

1. Early Times Straight Bourbon (early 1980s) – no longer available in USA

2. Early Times Current Release- blend
3. Antique 6yr 80 proof (late 1970s)
4. Old Crow 80 proof 1976
5. Old Crow Current Release
6. Old Taylor 80 proof 1977
7. Old Taylor 6yr 86 proof 1982
8. Yellowstone 4 yr 86 proof 1976
9. Ezra Brooks 15yr 101 proof 1969

The Exclusive Malts with David Stirk


Date: Thursday April 25th @ 7pm

Los Angeles finally got a taste of Mr. David Stirk of The Creative Whisky Company.

Seven excellent single malts were tasted plus dinner.


'00, Aberlour 12 year, 55.7%

'00, Ardmore 12 year, 56.3%

​'97, Clynelish 15 year, 53.5%

​'95, Mortlach 17 year, 53.3%

​'92, Glen Grant 20 year, 55.7%
​'88, Littlemill 24 year, 49.8%

​'01, Bowmore 11 Year, 53.6%   

ARDBEG PARTY / ARDBOG DAY:​

Sunday June 2nd​, 2013 

 

 

THE FINAL BENEFIT FOR THE GODFATHER OF LA WHISKY, MARTI KARI

We experienced the full maturation of Ardbeg along with some special releases including the new Ardbog. These bottles were generously donated by Mr. Tim Puett of the arbegproject.com who some might consider the US expert on Ardbeg single malt.

Ardbeg Very Young (bottled in 2004)

Ardbeg Still Young (bottled in 2006)

Ardbeg Almost There (bottled in 2007)

Ardbeg Renaissance (bottled in 2008)

Ardbeg 10 (current release)

Ardbeg Day

Ardbeg Gallileo

Ardbog

STITZEL-WELLER TASTING I

Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 7pm

Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 7pm

Stitzel-Weller was closed in late 1991 / early 1992 and was made famous by popularity of the Pappy Van Winkle bottlings. The word now is that Pappy 20 is no longer fully Stitzel-Weller and the pappy 15 is all buffalo trace juice. We will try a bottle of Pappy 20yr from 2009 when it was all Stitzel-Weller and compare that to the 2012 release side-by-side. We will also do a few more comparisons and try a few more Stitzel-Weller bourbons as well that are a little less famous. One notable on that we will definitely open is a W.L. Weller Centenial 10yr BHC Louisville bottling that has sold for several hundred dollars at auction.  

The full line up is as follows
1.   Pappy Van Winkle 20yr 2010*
2.   Pappy Van Winkle 20yr 2012
3.   Cabin Still 1989*
4.   Cabin Still 2012
5.   Old Fitzgerald BIB DSP-KY-16*
6.   Old Fitzgerald BIB DSP-KY-1 2012
7.   Very Special Old Fitzgerald BHC Louisville 1994*
8.   Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12yr VS current release
9.   W.L Weller Special Reserve 7yr 1995*
10. W.L Weller Centennial 10yr BHC Louisville 1994*
11. Rebel Yell 90proof Bourbon 1982 Tax Stamp*     

*indicates that I believe that it is Stitzel-Weller juice  

Since the inaugural tasting has had such a high level of interest. We have added a second day to help welcome members that we could not fit into the first tasting. It will be Monday Jan 28th at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica. The line up will be slightly different but I think that you will like it.

 

The full line up is as follows
1.   Pappy Van Winkle 20yr bottled in 2010*
2.   Pappy Van Winkle 20yr bottled in 2012
3.   Cabin Still circa 1989*
4.   Cabin Still current release
5.   Old Fitzgerald BIB DSP KY-16*
6.   Old Fitzgerald BIB DSP KY – 1 current release
7.   Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12yr BHC*
8.   Very Special Old Fitzgerald 12yr VS current release
9.   W.L Weller BHC 10yr Centennial Louisville edition*
10. Jefferson’s Presidential 18yr* – just for fun to see how it compares.
*indicates that I believe that it is Stitzel-Weller juice

On May 12th and May 13th we teamed up with LA Scotch Club and held 2 benefits for the Godfather of the LA Whisky scene.

Retailers from around the city generously donated gift cards and a few other prizes as well. Here is the list of retailers that supported the cause:
Everson Royce – Pasadena
K&L Wines – Hollywood
Vendome Wine and Spirits – Toluca Lake
Wades Wines – Agoura Hills
Wine and Liquor Depot – Van Nuys

 

​Godfather of Whisky Benefit I:​

Sunday May 12th @ 7pm

1. Miltonduff 1989 22yr Cheiftain’s 55.1%

2. Glenfarclas  1996 15yr  Traverso’s Bottling 46%

3. Highland Park Bicentenary 1977 American Release 43%

4. Highland Park 25yr  early 2000s 50.7%

5. Bowmore 28yr 1984 D&M Aficionados Club 50%

6. Bowmore 1989 16yr 51.8%

7. Laphroaig 1995 16yr Signatory 59.5%

8. 1971 Longmorn- Glenlivet from Scott's Selection, bottled in 2004

 

​Godfather of LA Whisky Benefit II:​​

Monday May 13th 2013 ​

1. Dallas Dhu 12yr Gordon Macphail 40% (Distillery Closed in 1983)

2. Rosebank 10yr 1992 Murray McDavid 46% (Distillery Closed in 1993)

3. Glenlochy 1980 24yr Duncan Taylor 61.2% abv (Distillery closed in 1983)

4. Glen Mhor 1978 botled in 2004 56% abv Scotts Selection (closed in 1983)

5. Imperial 17yr 1995 Duncan Taylor 53.2% (closed in 1998, Demolished 2013)

6. Compass Box Spice Tree first edition

     (the use of additional wood in the barrel was made illegal for scotch because of this release)

7. The Classic Cask 35yr 1964 bottled in 1999 blend  (this blend is no longer available)

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SCWC presented the complete line from the 2012 Best Independent Bottler of the Year Single Cask Nation. Joshua Hatton, President & Co-founder of the Jewish Whisky Company poured all six single cask, single malts. Appetizers were served.

Arran 12, Pinot Noir Cask
Laphroaig 6, Bourbon Cask

Kilchoman 4, Bourbon Cask

Dalmore 12, Pedro Ximenez Finished

BenRiach 17, Peated, Bourbon Cask
Glen Moray 12, Bourbon Cask

 

more info about the Jewish Whisky Company: singlecasknation.com

SINGLE CASK NATION with  JOSHUA HATTON

Date: Tuesday July 2nd, 2013

 THE MIGHTY SAZERAC 18 VERTICAL

Sunday April 14, 2013

Sazerac 6yr
Sazerac 18 Fall 1981/ Summer 2000
Sazerac 18 Spring 1984 / Fall 2002
Sazerac 18 Spring 1984 /  Fall 2004
Sazerac 18 Fall 2006
Sazerac 18 Fall 2010
Sazerac 18 Fall 2011
Sazerac 18 Fall 2012

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