Impressions from Whisky Jewbilee 2017

IMG_4780The gentlemen of Jewish Whisky Company put on an amazing grand tasting event last week. It was their sixth annual NYC event! Studio 450 has been the Whisky Jewbilee venue for the past four years. The air and picturesque space is starting to gain some neighbors as the Hudson Yards project is completed. In addition to 250+ whiskies, they also had cigars and a full kosher buffet. If you’ve never attended Whisky Jewbilee, I highly advise that you do so in 2018. This is one of the best grand tasting events in NYC because of it’s intimacy. Josh, Jason and Seth – founders of Jewish Whisky Company – have fine tuned the minuscule details of a grand whisky tasting.

Favorite Whiskies From the Event

(in no particular order)
Kilchoman Bourbon cask, single cask release from Impex Bev
Aberlour hand filled sherry
Glentauchers 8 from Single Cask Nation
Highland Park 25 from The Exclusive Malts

The Scotch Whisky Auctions booth is quickly becoming the most visited table at the event. I think they ran out of whisky within the first hour and a half. They had a bunch of special/rare bottlings as well as a few that were hand filled specifically for Jewbilee. I enjoyed the Aberlour hand filled sherry cask – it was a rich red fruit stunner. At the Impex Beverages table I was blown away by the Kilchoman Bourbon cask that Josh helped select. It had all the things that I love about Kilchoman – rich fruitiness complemented with vanilla, rounded out by a heap of peat smoke. I will have to try to get a sample so I can spend more time with the juice and complete a proper review.

Following tradition, the Jewish Whisky Company launched a special festival bottling for the event. This year it was a single cask distilled at Midwest Grain Products (MGP). It’s an 11 year old straight bourbon. Bottled at natural cask strength of 54.2% ABV this whiskey is a limited release of only 103 bottles. It’s available for order on their website for $130.

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