Third Annual Kirkwood Whiskey Society White Elephant

Third Annual Kirkwood Whiskey Society White Elephant

Registration for the Third Annual Kirkwood Whiskey Society White Elephant is now open. Please visit the white elephant site for more details: http://www.kirkwoodwhiskey.com/WhiteElephant/

Whiskies of the World – Atlanta 2016

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I’m pleased to offer all Kirkwood Whiskey Society members and friends a $15 discount for tickets to this year’s Whiskies of the World event in Atlanta. For those who have never attended, this is a great opportunity to explore a very wide range of whiskies and dinner is included.

Whiskies of the World is the world’s grandest whisky tasting event. Experience a night of spirited fun October 22nd, 2016 at the InterContinental Buckhead, Atlanta. Save $15 with promo code KWS:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whiskies-of-the-world-atlanta-2016-tickets-24655220428?discount=KWS

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White Elephant 2 Results

Here is a quick dump of the results of the second annual Kirkwood Whiskey Society White Elephant:

Contents # Steals
Breckinridge 0
Hibiki 17 year 3
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch 0
Eagle Rare 0
Balcones Brimstone 0
Smooth Ambler OSB CS 9 yr 1
Corsair Ryemageddon 0
Eagle Rare 0
Willett Family Estate Single Barrel Rye 1
Jefferson’s Ocean 1
Glendalouge Double Barrel 0
High West Double Rye DBH pick 0
Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu “The Peated” 3
Angels Envy DBH Blend 1
Compass Box – Not Your Luxury Whisky 3
Compass Box Hedonism 3
Crown Royal SB 0
Willett Single Barrel Bourbon 0
E H Taylor Small Match 0
Elmer T. Lee 0
Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey 0
Four Roses Small Batch 0
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 0
Ardbeg Auriverdes 1
Basil Hayden’s 0
Four Roses LE Small Batch 0
medley’s private stock 1
Evan Williams Single Barrel 0
Smooth Ambler Old Scout DBH Pick 0
Caol Ila Distillery 18 Y.O. 3
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 yr. 3
Taketsuru 3
W. L. Weller 12 year Bourbon 3
Buffalo Trace 0
Heritage Distilling Co. 0
Four Roses Single Barrel 0
Four Roses Single Barrel 0
Knob Creek 0
Elmer T. Lee 3
Knob Creek 0
Stranahan’s 0
Abraham Bowman Pioneer Spirit LE 3
Glenfarclas Distillery 30 Y.O. 3
Van Winkle Lot B 3
Buffalo Trace 0
Noah’s Mill 0
Sazerac 18 yr. 3
Abraham Bowman High Rye Bourbon 1
Straightbourbon.com PS HHSS#2 0
Laphroaig Quarter Cask 1
Booker’s 0
Elijah Craig 12 Year 0
Breckenridge 0
Abraham Bowman Gingerbread Finished Bourbon 1
Four Roses Single Barrel 0
Redbreast 12 Cask Strength Edition 0
Heaven Hill Select Stock (SB#2) 0
Yamazaki 0
Henry McKenna Single Barrel 1
Wathen’s 0
Compass Box The Peat Monster 0
Arran Amarone Cask Finish Single Malt 1
Smooth Ambler OSB CS 9 yr 0
Corsair Centennial Whiskey 0
High West Yippee Ki-Yay Rye 0
Jefferson’s Ocean 0
JR Reverly 0

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On Reviews…

I can almost hear the collective groan… “Another &*^%*&#% blog with whiskey reviews?” I’ll say this… my opinions on the quality and/or value of any whiskey are just as subjective as anybody else’s. I’m inclined to use this as a way for me to archive my own thoughts about some of the whiskies I taste. I can almost guarantee that what I like is not going to align with other’s opinions and taste buds. 🙂

One thing I’ve noticed of late is certain bloggers getting heat for only writing generally positive reviews of whiskies. Just a hunch, but let me just state at the outset that the majority of my reviews will be positive for the following reasons:

  1. Of the whiskies I own there are only a handful that I truly do not like. Chances are I won’t be reviewing them, but who knows… maybe I’ll sharpen my knives at some point and go to town.
  2. I’m disinclined to be a jerk. If you don’t have something nice to say about something…

Past Events

Well, it’s been over two years now since we started… I don’t currently have anything with a date set, but figured I would recap some of our previous events. There have been several smallish and informal gatherings, but here our some examples of our larger events:

  • Kickoff meeting @ Kirkyard Public House – This was our first public event and we had a great turnout. Our guest was local distiller Michael Anderson from Independent Distilling Co. in Decatur. Whiskies we sampled included Hellbender corn whiskey, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, Elmer T. Lee, and Cragganmore Single Malt.
  • Brown-Forman – Hosted by a Kirkwood neighbor, the theme was Brown-Forman products. We had a pretty good range of their offerings present, including Woodford Reserve, Early Times, a handful of different Old Foresters including a dusty 86 proof from the late 1980s. We did a blind tasting of standard Woodford vs. Old Forester Signature. Woodford was predominantly preferred.
  • Barrel Proofers – Another event hosted by a (different) neighbor. The theme was any barrel proof offering. We had a wide range of different whiskies, especially a good variety of Four Roses private selections.
  • White Elephant 1 – Our first white elephant was a great success! The event took place at Kirkyard and is basically a sample swap in the context of a white elephant / dirty santa game. Unfortunately, the details of which whiskies were present have been lost. The event went well enough that we decided to make it an annual recurring event!
  • White Elephant 2 – Our second annual white elephant was also a great time. I moved entry and gameplay to an online app to help things run smoothly and so we would have a historical record of what everybody brought. I’ll create a distinct post at some point with the great variety of whiskies that were present.
  • Derby Day Cocktails –  Great event where we had competing whiskey-based cocktails. Details about this one are a little fuzzy in my memory, but thankfully there is some video evidence: https://vimeo.com/129736907
  • Independent Distilling Co. Visit – Technically in Decatur, Independent was the first operating distillery within the Atlanta perimeter in recent years. Michael Anderson welcomed our group to discuss their production process.

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