Gentlemen Prefer Blends – Online Zoom Tasting – 1oz. minis
April 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
The garage must be cleared of leftover event scotch, and this online zoom tasting in the Scotch Club Virtual Clubhouse will be priced to sell at a hefty loss. Your gain!
Why. I. Never!
The twits of the upper class are perturbed. High End blends have traditionally been a mainstay of the shelves of those with more money than sense. They are the folks that will judge a whisky by the bottle it’s in. The gaudier the better. They don’t really like drinking scotch, but they like the idea that they like to drink scotch. Many of these blends are made “smooth”, so as not to disturb the drinker with scotch that may taste too much like scotch. We, here in Scotch Club scoff at them. We NEVER buy them.
But you have to admit, you’re curious, aren’t you?
Sure, we’ve seen them in the glass cases at duty free… lurking in crystal splendor above a thousand dollar price tag. You’d never buy a bottle of course, but you’d like to try a sip, wouldn’t you? Just for scientific purposes and all that, right?
How could we not? The reigning whisky sales champ sells millions of bottles to watering holes all over the world, but they also have rare limited editions in packaging fit for a queen with prices also fit for a queen.
Johnnie Walker Excelsior – This bottle was released in 1997 and claims to be made of whisky of around 50 years old (make what you will of that.) If so, then this whisky was distilled in the ’40s and ’50s. Approx. value – $1000
Johnnie Walker King George V – This top shelf liquor store mainstay is that first step beyond Johnnie Blue. Approx. value – $500
Johnnie Walker Private Collection 2014 – Like the Excelsior, this limited edition is no longer made. Master Blender Jim Beveridge handpicked 29 casks from experimental stocks to create this blend. The 2014 edition was made to emphasize ‘smokiness”. Approx. value – $850
I love the Chivas Brothers Royal Salute series. It’s flavorful and pleasant. It has some of the easiest sippers on the planet and is the baby of Master Blender Colin Scott, perhaps one of the nicest people on the planet.
Royal Salute 21 – While it’s lower pricetag doesn’t quite match that of the rest of the lineup, the whisky does. Approx. value – $180
Royal Salute Stone of Destiny 38 – Now we’re talking. This blend prompted me to shake Master Blender Colin Scott’s hand and thank him from the bottom of my heart. There were no tears, but my eyes did get a little watery. Approx. value – $800