The Whiskey Gentlemen was founded on curiosity and a desire to share what we learn. That spirit and sentiment persist to this day. As we investigate as many avenues of interest in whiskey as we can find, we have uncovered some unexpected treasures.
I could easily be talking simply about some of the many amazing drams we’ve had or the events we’ve attended, but that would fall far short of our experience.
What we’ve found is something that goes beyond the product itself – a community of producers and enthusiasts that revel in new production techniques, inventive flavor profiles, clever cocktails, secret stashes, prized finds and the fun in just sharing a drink among friends.
The social aspect of participating in the whiskey culture has been among the most rewarding discoveries in the journey, as we realize the connections that would otherwise not be made. As we add more Gents to the group, we look forward to expanding on that circle of interest and sharing recent finds such as those below.
The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch release from the Buffalo Trace distillery is bottled at a potent 100 proof and was the recipient of two awards (Gold and Double Gold metal) in 2015 according to the maker’s website.
A generous pour of this delicious bourbon debuted its way into my glass at a relative’s house and represents yet another fine addition to Buffalo Trace’s repertoire of quality products.
Whether in a cocktail, with a bit of water or poured over an ice cube to level out the higher alcohol content, this bourbon makes a flavorful and satisfying beverage.
The blog has been quiet for several months, but the Whiskey Gents have been far from idle. As the winter weather approaches, the time has come to crack open a bottle from the season’s collection, pour a glass, pull up a chair, and start writing down where we’ve been.
The summer and early autumn months provided us with opportunities to share among friends and family a couple bottles of bourbon and whisky, such as:
- Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- Edward & Mackie Craigellachie Speyside Single Malt Scotch (13 year)
- The Hakushu Single Malt Japanese Whisky (12 year)
- Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye (2016 Whisky of the Year, per Jim Murray, author of The Whisky Bible)
These and several other simple events punctuated the months leading up to what we’ve come to appreciate as whiskey season. Beginning in October every year, as the food truck and beer sampling events wind down, a flurry of whiskey tastings and similar events come blowing in to warm our hearts and sustain us through winter.
In addition, the Gents have happily welcomed some newcomers to the group who have been attending events with the originators of our club. Upcoming articles will cover these (as well as yet unplanned) WGOC events!
- Fox River Distillery tour
- Greenbar Craft Distillery tour
- Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey
- Desserts and Drams at Drumbar
- River North Whiskey Festival
We look forward to sharing with our readers and members all the activities that allow us to partake in the learning and enjoyment of long established and brand new whiskeys / whiskies.
Several new articles will be posted in the next couple weeks. Follow us on twitter to be notified of each one!
The Whiskey Gentlemen of Chicago made this April’s outing an occasion to sample Blood Oath Kentucky Straight Bourbon at The Berkshire Room located at 15 E. Ohio Street in Chicago. Creator John Rempe’s hand-blended and bottled bourbon enjoyed a lively launch in the comfortable and classy lounge, where we were able to learn how this very limited release was conceived. We were pleased to accept the invitation to attend the tasting event and for the complimentary samples provided on which to base our review.
Rempe is the Director of Corporate Research and Development at Luxco, a company based in St. Louis that produces, imports and markets a variety of spirits. And while vodka, tequila and cordials are part of Luxco’s portfolio, it should come as no surprise that the Gents were primarily interested in the never-to-be-repeated Blood Oath release, Continue reading
The 2012 March Newsletter is now available! Eclectic Spirits and Dialogue with a Distiller.
The Gents host their own event with a unique assortment of drinks
plus An interview with Matt Moersch of the Round Barn Distillery
The event in March found the Gentlemen convened at Mike’s home. We enjoyed a varied selection of whiskey and spirits casually complemented by Italian sides of Sicilian focaccia pizza and Mike’s homemade dried sausage.
- DiVine Bourbon
- Ardbeg 10 Year Islay Single Malt
- Mike’s self-aged whiskey kit
- Great Lake’s Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit
To set the proper tone, we selected a Richard Paterson (@the_nose) YouTube video as a backdrop for our evening, as he is always an entertaining and educational presenter of whiskey history, etiquette and general knowledge.
Mike enjoyed his harder liquors with – my favorite and newly discovered term for the following – a “sidecar” of beer. I’m going to guess he discovered a swallow of beer was needed between every few swigs of Ardbeg, but more on that later. Rick and I alternated with water.
As we grazed on the delicious eats and sampled the four very different spirits, the Continue reading
Mike and Rick headed up to the Great Lakes Distillery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this past weekend. Among whiskey of course, the Gent’s enjoyed sampling GLD’s other spirits including Absinth, a Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit (whiskey like), and an award winning Gin that were among their favorites.