|Yes, that is my glass on the bottom right...|
So this year the when the tickets to the NYC Whiskey Guild's Manhattan cruise was announced, I got 2 tickets...1 for me and 1 for the wife.
My thinking here is twofold. If I drink too much whiskey, and I profess my love, I may get to make out with my hot wife on a boat and she'll probably drive home.
So let's take you back to September 18th, 6 PM, The weather is a perfect 75 degrees, clear skies all you can ask for in a night for a cruise.
I met the wife at Chelsea Piers and explained...There's this VIP hour, we need to hit a few things hard and fast and then we can relax, she agreed and we got on board and I was overwhelmed!!!
I grabbed 2 bottles of water and we were off!!!
I have to explain to you the view is somewhat chaotic and crazy when you first get on the boat. You walk into the main level of the boat and the vendor's tables are in a horse shoe shape and there are a lot of people here. So I got into a bit of a panic mode, and needed to find Whiskey ASAP!!!
Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye Brandy-finished, Cask Strength
Michter’s 10yr Bourbon
Michter’s 10yr Straight Rye
Michter’s 10yr Straight Rye
Oban 18YR – Limited Edition
So I’m going to break the night into two buckets, amazing and really good.
We worked our way around to the Catoctin Creek booth where I had to try their Cask Strength Rye. They are a 4 year old distillery located in Virginia they had 3 great rye offerings. All three were very strong ryes, I preferred the Cask Strength. It was sweet and caramely and I would look for a bottle.
|One of the Good Guys...Whisky Joe working Classic Malts|
Catskills Distilling - I recently reviewed their bourbon and Buckwheat whiskies, I got to taste their wheater and Rye...Both I will be keeping an eye out for highly recommended.
Bayway Barrel Selections - Bayway is a huge liquor store in Elizabeth, NJ. Pat and his team have great palates and he hand chose a delicious Angel's Envy, Knob Creek and what I considered their best Woodford Reserve Double Barrel done especially for them.
|Journeyman...worth checking out!|
Michter's seemed like a perfect spot to start, really nice sweet Rye and Bourbon but no...
This is the first and only disappointment I had all night. Michter's didn't bring the 10yr old's with them; they did have a new release bourbon which I nosed, sipped and thought it was rather woody for a younger bourbon, but overall very tasty.
After that, The Tullibardine 25YO did nothing for me, I think it was a case of old not necessarily equaling tasting good.
Long Island Spirits - The Rye, Bourbon and the single malt all very good all unique in their taste.
Whistling Andy - Neat story, out of Montana, using all local ingredients, I tried the bourbon and the American whiskey as well as a neat Coconut Hibiscus Rum.
The Big Peat Blends - To steal a line from Dennis Green, They are what we thought they were...Big Peat. Definitely a peat blast for peat lovers everywhere.
Ichiro’s Malt Chichibu the First, Japanese Single Malt Whisky - Really neat stuff, very tasty the only Japanese whiskey on the ship!
So that's it guys, it was a great evening, great weather, and great whisky.
I really hope no one on top deck of the boat cared that my wife and I made out!