Austin, are you ready? WhiskyX is coming to Fair Market on Sept. 14 and it promises to be one of the best places to learn about and try all types of whiskeys, including some local. Whether you're new to the brown nectar or a long-time whiskey lover, this event is for you.
WhiskyX will offer the chance to taste more than 60 bourbons, scotches, rye bourbons, single malts and Irish whiskies, plus take in some tunes at a concert by St Paul and the Broken Bones. The evening also will feature a cigar lounge; free beard and hair trims; Maxim's gaming lounge; Samsung's new Oculus virtual-reality headset; and featured chefs and food trucks.
Need a short break from taking in the whiskey? Try a Guinness or Cooper & Thief, a wine aged in bourbon barrels, to cleanse the palate. You can also try whiskey cocktails with Q Drinks premium mixers.
To get you ready, here are some of the brands you'll find at WhiskyX. Raise your hand if you're excited! We, for one, can't wait!
o Wild Turkey
o High West
o Bird Dog
· Rye Bourbon
· Blended Scotch
· Single Malts
o Scotch Malt Whisky Society
· Irish Whiskey
1.1. Limosin Rye (copy coming)
Limosine Rye is a smooth and flavorful whiskey, both neat and complex. It's a blend that's barrel aged in American oak for subtle aging and in French oak to enhance the whiskey's character. First, though, it's "Taste-Proofed," meaning every batch is tasted at multiple proof levels to discover the ultimate expression. Sign us up for that job! With notes of light vanilla, there's a caramel finish in a swell of spice and warmth. They say, "It's not bottled until it's perfect," and we believe them.
Even though WhistlePig is only a decade old, it's the most awarded rye whiskey maker in the world. It's obvious why the brand won the San Francisco World Spirits Competition's "Best In Show Whiskey" title last year. The Vermont-based brand is located on a remote 500-acre farm, allowing experimentation with blending and finishing. But most importantly, simple rules have contributed to its success: 1. Protect what makes rye whiskey great; 2. Toss out the rest; 3. Make it better. Sounds like a solid plan to us.
1.3. Bird Dog & Calumet Farm (2)
When it comes to flavored whiskies, Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Bird Dog has a ton of options: blackberry, peach, apple, strawberry, Ruby Red Grapefruit, hot cinnamon, jalapeno honey and chocolate are a few. We love the variety offered, and because they also make a line of craft Kentucky bourbons – small-batch, 10-year-old and Select Stock – that are committed to quality. And, naturally, we're drinking quality whiskey.
Calumet Farm Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is bred from one of the highest-ranking legacies in the horse-racing world. You don't have to attend the Derby; just a sip from this family of super-premium bourbons proves passion, hard work and honor produces greatness. This rings loud and clear while tasting Calumet Single Rack Black Bourbon. It's aged to perfection for more than 10 years, then bottled from an extreme small batch of 19 center-cut, hand-selected barrels.
1.4. Four Roses
It's called Four Roses, but the distillery make three bourbons. Four Roses Small Batch is perfectly balanced, combining four unique bourbon recipes, with rich, creamy, ripened berries and a smooth, long finish. Four Roses Single Barrel is a complex, full-bodied and surprisingly smooth bourbon. Lastly, Four Roses Bourbon unites up to 10 unique recipes for a smooth and mellow sip, with a long and soft finish. If your girlfriend likes roses, she's a keeper.
1.5. Clyde May's
It's good to know that some things stay true to their roots, like Clyde May's whiskey. To create his proprietary finish, he added oven-dried apples to his barrels, which smoothed out his amber whiskey. Even today, during the bottling process, a subtle hint of apple is folded into four-year-minimum aged straight bourbon. We're fans great originals, which is why Clyde May's Whiskey, Original Alabama Whiskey, is one of our favorites. Did we mention, at the start, Clyde kept one eye on his still and the other looking over his shoulder for the law? Yeah, we appreciate rebels, too.
1.6. Moet Hennessey Ardbeg
If you're not drinking the best, what are you drinking? The four-time "World Whisky of the Year" hails from a small, remote Scottish isle called Islay. Using the smokiest malt there is, along with spice and sweeter high notes, Ardbeg is balanced with great complexity. Sip this whisky to experience a spirit that is worshipped around the world without flying across an ocean.
Irish and independent, this whiskey – aka "the spirit of Dublin" – is dedicated to bringing choice and breadth to the Irish whiskey category. With small-batch releases of interesting bottlings, it's a brand that's been around for a hot minute. At 230 years young, these guys know what they're doing.
1.8. Wild Turkey
Wild Turkey is considered the real Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Aged in new American white-oak barrels, the deepest #4 "alligator" char creates a rich russet color while carrying full vanilla and smooth caramel flavors. Like father, like son, the Master Distiller family team – Jimmy and Eddie Russell – have more than 100 years of combined experience. With years of skill, they make their bourbons and ryes the right way every time – just the way we like 'em.
Dewar's Blended Scotch Whisky started in 1846 in a small Perth, Scotland, shop. The distillery's 12-year-old Scotch is double-aged for extra smoothness, making it warm, buttery and mellow, with flavor notes of honey, homemade toffee, apples and fudge. (Yes, fudge, for those of you with a sweet tooth.) It's rich, with the taste of melted caramel and just a trace of oak. Dewar's is also known for its 15- and 18-year-old blended Scotch whiskies, as well as Dewar's White Label. John Dewar was one of the first Scotsmen to blend whisky – and we're thankful for that.
1.10. Highland Park
Made in the land of the Vikings, and shaped by a wild climate and stormy seas, Highland Park has a range of single-malt whiskies that are consistently acclaimed by whisky lovers around the world – like us. Industry expert Paul Pacult has even called it the "Best Spirit In The World" on three separate occasions. For more than 200 years, Highland Park has dried its barley with peat that's cut seven short miles from the distillery. It burns with a floral, aromatic smoke, delivering the balanced smoky sweetness found only in Highland Park. Ah, the smell of whisky…
Bruichladdich was built in 1881 on the wild Scottish island of Islay, where the distillery still uses the same original Victorian equipment. How's that for vintage? On the shores of Lochindaal, the whiskies spend their entire lives maturing in premium American oak. Made from 100% Scottish barley, these trickle-distilled, single-malt whiskies are governed by sight, sound and smell senses – all of which, we sense, are just perfect.
Boasting 2017's Master Distiller and American Single Malt of the Year, Westland distillery mashes, distills, matures and bottles American single-malt whiskey in the heart of the Pacific Northwest: Seattle. When Matt Hofmann co-founded Westland in 2010, the brand set out to create an entirely new whiskey category. And that's what happened. Distilled from the rich, flavorful barley of Washington and matured predominantly in new American oak casks in the steady, cool humidity of our seaside home, this whiskey is a testament to that vision. Move over coffee culture, there's a new, uniquely American single malt in town.
1.13. Wyoming Whiskey
Dubbed "The Whiskey of the West," Wyoming Whiskey is dedicated to three things: Wyoming, family and whiskey – in that order. The brand isn't owned by a big beverage company. Rather, it's a world-class distillery in the Big Horn Basin. Try the award-winning small-batch bourbon, a light and smooth spirit with vanilla bean, cinnamon spice and a hint of mint. It's up there with the great state's staples: the Rocky Mountains, bison and cowboys.
1.14. Southern Comfort
Southern Comfort is a smooth-drinking American whiskey created in 1874 by New Orleans bartender M.W. Heron. Known as "The Grand Old Drink of the South", Southern Comfort Original has iconic fruit and spice accents. But, if you're looking for a little extra kick, there's also 80-proof and 100-proof. We enjoy Southern Comfort neat, on the rocks and in classic cocktails. There's really no wrong way to sip this American whiskey.]]