Impressions from Whisky Jewbilee 2013

Whisky Jewbilee 2013 is in the books! And my oh my, what a night of revelry and fun it was. I have been to similar tasting events before, but none of them matched up to the intimate and personable setting at Jewbilee. Hosts Seth, Joshua and Jason of Jewish Whisky Company put an amazing event together. In addition to 250+ whiskies there was also complementary cigars and kosher food. I was surprised about the food – who offers free food at a tasting event? These guys sure know how to put together a great party!

Favorite whiskies from the event in no particular order:

Nikka Miyagikyo 12
Nikka Coffey Grain 8
Hakushu Heavily Peated
Auchentoshan Valinch
Bowmore Small Batch 2014
Arran Devil’s Punchbowl, Chapter II
Kilchoman Sherry Cask, Martin Scott Exclusive

The stars of the night were undoubtedly the Japanese single malts. The crowd was buzzing about the Japanese brands and Nikka and Suntory’s booths were always crowded. Nikka debuted four new whiskies and Suntory surprised us with the Hakushu Heavily Peated. Unfortunately we didn’t get to try the Yamazaki 25 which is being released in the US this year for $1500 a 750ml bottle.

Guests also had the pleasure of tasting all six of Single Cask Nation’s expressions including their award winning BenRiach 17 and Arran 12. They also had a special festival bottling for the event which was Heaven’s Hill 15. The thought is that this will be the first festival bottling of many. Each year at Whisky Jewbilee they plan to release a festival bottling. That’s quite ambitious for a young independent bottler and I absolutely love it.

Besides sampling whisky, it was also a great time meeting people in the industry and fellow whisky enthusiasts. Everyone was super friendly and amicable which is a testament to the community of people that Single Cask Nation attracts. I’m already looking forward to next years’ Jewbilee. Can’t wait to see what the boys at the Jewish Whisky Company have in store this upcoming year.

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