This past Wednesday, June 5, we were fortunate to attend a "Celebration of bilateral relationships in trade, investment and travel between Kentucky and Canada." Hosted by the United States Consul General for Toronto, Jim Dickmeyer, and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Steven Beshear, the event was a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with the Kentucky Distiller's Association and sample their extensive wares.
Chatting with Rick Robinson, Plant Director at Wild Turkery Distillery, who served as the evening's bartender, we were reminded how much more Bourbon there is to discover than what is currently stocked on the LCBO shelves. In fact, of the 21 whiskies brought to the reception by the partners of the Kentucky Distiller's Association, very few of which have ever been available in Ontario. Over the course of the evening we nosed our way through the stellar lineup that included big names and craft distillers alike. Over the coming months you can expect full reviews of some of the standout whiskies of the evening, including:
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked: A twice-barreled bourbon that's first matured in a heavily charred white oak barrel before being transferred to a second, deeply toasted and lightly charred, barrel creates an even smoother version of the original that's redolent with ginger, allspice, marzipan and buttery vanilla notes.
Parker's Heritage Collection - Master Distiller's Blend of Mashbills: A whopping 69.7% A.B.V. non-chill-filtered 4 grain whiskey with intense flavours of gingerbread, cherries, vanilla and spicy cinnamon heat! We loved it. We'll be allowing this one to breathe for a while before being able to really get into it's depths.
Bulleit Rye A true rye whiskey with mashbill of 95% and we think is extremely smooth and probably would appeal to non-rye drinkers as well. A gorgeous spicy nose with inviting floral and tobacco notes.
Thanks to Brad Thomas, Economic Developer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Rick Robinson, Wild Turkey; and of course, the hospitality of the U.S. Consul General to Toronto and the Governor for an incredible evening.