It gets serious, folks.
SFWS has been holding onto some bottles of rare and hard-to-get American whiskies, including some unbelievably old bourbons. The time has come to break into them.
WHAT: Rare Americana
Stranahan’s Whiskey (Colorado)
Jefferson Ocean Aged Bourbon (Kentucky)
Rhetoric 20 Year Bourbon (Rare Orphan Barrels) (Kentucky)
Barterhouse 20 Year Bourbon (Rare Orphan Barrels) (Kentucky)
Balcones Rumble Whisky (Texas)
WHEN: Oct 4, 8-10pm
By definition a single malt is a whisk(e)y made with 100% barley and produced by a single distiller. Scotland has long had the corner on the market, but global challengers are arising, coming out with noteworthy single malts. Join us in September for some celebrated new releases, including a Texas dram that was hailed international single malt of the year.
WHAT: Non-Scotch Single Malts
Cut Spike Single Malt (Nebraska)
The Irishman Single Malt Limited (Ireland)
Brenne Single Malt (France)
New Zealand Single Malt by Journeyman Distillery (New Zealand)
Balcones Single Malt (Texas)
WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 8-10pm
WHERE: Jeff’s place [email for details]
SFWS served up a tasty variation on the Moscow Mule last month, replacing vodka with moonshine. Did you miss this great all-summer drink? Here’s the recipe.
12 oz. bottle of Reed’s Original Ginger Ale
6 oz. moonshine
Cut the lime into quarters. Squeeze a wedge into copper cups like these. Toss in wedge and pack with ice. Combine ginger ale and moonshine in martini shaker, then pour into glasses. Serves four.
Sioux Falls Whisky Society is upping the ante on awesomeness. On May 10 we will be offering 10 different whiskies. Imagine getting to sample from among 10 premium bottles: single malt, bourbon, rye, what have you. For a twenty dollar bill you get five tickets to try the five drams you find most enticing.
It’s for a good cause too: all proceeds go toward Eastern South Dakota Scottish Athletes. It’s the organization that promotes caber tossing in kilts. ESDSA (http://www.esdsa.org/) is spearheaded by our friend Jeff, who has been gracious in hosting SFWS at his house regularly. Let’s help a brother out by showing up on May 10 with a bunch of friends and bidding in the auction at the end of the night. Some of you also have a bottle you’d be willing to donate. Please respond if you’re willing to enrich the culture of whiskey-drinkers and kilt-wearers through a gift of a bottle. We have a few already.
At $22.99, Trader Joe’s Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, aged 10 years, was hard to pass up. TJ’s has for a number of years now offered small-run offerings, doing their best to hide the distillery of origin. Would it be identifiable to the nose of a SFWS veteran? No. No, if only because the dram lacked identifiable features of any sort.
Nose: Sweet malt, wildflower, honey, sawdust
Body: Thin and sweet; oak, vanilla, white raisins
Finish: Short; apple, chardonnay, lacquer
I’m not catching the Highland charm here, with no discernible tone of peat or leatheriness. If you are drawn to the Highland 10 profile, a better use of your money would be to upgrade to a decent Speyside such as the Glenfiddich 12 or, better, a Glen Garioch.
Production of local whiskey in America is just now entering a renaissance. However, as these libations have limited distribution, the Sioux Falls Whisky Society is your best shot at enjoying the fruits of American whiskey-making, starting with the east coast and moving to the west.
WHAT: East to West
Bowman Brothers Straight Bourbon (Virginia)
W.H. Harrison Straight Bourbon (Indiana)
Arkansas Young Bourbon (Arkansas)
Dark Horse Distillery Reserve Bourbon (Kansas)
Ghost Owl Small Batch (Washington)
WHEN: Saturday, Feb 8, 8-10pm
WHERE: Email for details