Getting back on the saddle with WhiskeyFEST!

It is about time for me to resume my regular posting.  It has been almost 3 weeks since the wrist surgery and while it does get sore every once in a while, I am back to typing away.

So what better way to (attempt to) resume my regular WINE posts than with a post about WHISKEYFEST!

That is right.  There is an open to the public festival where whiskey producers from all over the world come to show off their goods.  And they are goooooooooooooooodddddddddddddd……

Single malt scotch, blended scotch, Rye, wheat whiskey, Irish whiskey and my favorite bourbon.  These distillers brought out their best.  And the attendees, whiskey glass in hand were sipping (and shooting) it up.

I have never before attended a tasting of whiskey and was confused with how to handle the issue of sip or spit.  I discussed it with some “experts” who all seemed to agree that whiskey is not spit the way wine is.  UH, oh…  With this I decided to focus primarily on my brown spirit of choice – bourbon.

I did not take tasting notes, but what can I say – I was in bourbon heaven.  I really enjoyed speaking with the people about the different blends, barrel selection processes, different proofs (range from 80 to 120+ proof) and just about anything they would share with me about the distillation process.  My favorite bourbon (or at least the one I was most excited to be sipping) was the Pappy Van Winkle 20 yr. bourbon.

Not much else to share about the event other than it was very well attended.  Probably about 99% male.  And for those considering attending in the future, I would highly recommend it.  Just about all of the top distillers from around the world were in attendance & most of them were pouring a special premium whiskey in addition to their standard whiskey.  My only advice, eat a lot before arriving and dress for a room that gets HOT.

Happy whiskey tasting!



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