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2013 New York WhiskyFest Weekend

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:43 pm    Post subject: 2013 New York WhiskyFest Weekend Reply with quote
 
I was due to be in New York on Wednesday and Thursday for the Whisky Jewbilee, so I decided to treat myself to the WhiskyFest Weekend. I had been to a number of WhiskyFests, going back to when it was held at Tavern on the Green, but not since it went from a weeknight to a weekend event. (One of the reasons for the Whisky Jewbilee event was the sizeable number of Jewish whisky lovers who could not participate on the Sabbath.)

The Grand Tasting on Friday night was like all the other Grand Tastings I had attended: lots of people and lots of whiskies. As a regular attendee at Loch & K(e)y Whisk(e)y Wednesdays and other events there was little being poured I had not previously tried. I expected that, but attended primarily to see numbers of whisky notables and L&K friends. I wasn't disappointed! Greetings to all Loch & K(e)y members from Sam Simmons, David Stewart, Jimmy Russell, Jim McEwan, Bill Lumsden, John Glaser, Richard Paterson, and Craig Beam.

After the Grand Tasting I made the mistake of joining a few friends at St. Andrew's for "a pint". What a night with Dave Broom, Robin Robinson, David Blackmore, and Iain McCallum.

I said "mistake" because the whisky seminars started at 9 AM on Saturday!

And what a start: the first seminar was "Wanted Dead or Alive: A Tasting of Rare Whiskies". Those included single casks of Glenury Royal 23yo, Kininvie 23yo, Sazarac 18yo, and Stitzel-Weller pre-1991. I was able to salvage small samples of each for future enjoyment. I had to be selective in my samples, though, since I had only brought 12 small French square sample bottles. So I used the remaining eight for Highland Park 1968, Aberlour 21yo, Balvenie Offspring (a marriage of '80, '82, and '86 - the birth years of David Stewart's children), Ardbeg 1973, Bruichlaiddich 2013 Feis Ile, Dalmore Selected, and Bernheim 23yo. That's only seven.

The eighth remaining sample came during the most emotional moment of the weekend. Parker Beam, Master Distiller of Heaven Hill, was recognized as a "Whiskey Legend". He has been diagnosed with ALS. Seven major Kentucky distilleries had contributed bourbons to honor him and his charitable work to fight Lou Gehrig's disease. Bourbons from Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Rsserve were married together and put in two crystal decanters to be auctioned on the following day to benefit the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund. ( I checked today, and the Bonham Whisky Auction site indicated the two bottles went for $10,115.) Parker signed the wall of the Jim Beam Cold Storage Room at Julio's when he visited The Loch & K(e)y Society. I intend to save my small sample of Parker's Unity bottling until I raise it to his memory there when he passes.

It was one tired but satisfied Old Man Whisky who caught the train at Grand Central late Saturday afternoon.


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