Month: August 2017
It’s not common that I get to taste a product before it hits retail shelves, but every once in a blue moon I get lucky. The first time was Glenfiddich’s Project XX, the second release in their experimental series. This time I had the pleasure of trying Clase Azul’s 20th Anniversary Reposado bottling. I’m not sure how many other bloggers have had a chance to try this yet, but I think I’m one of the first, and for that I’m very honoured.
If you notice, most of my other posts start with “I arrived at this event” but this one does not. That’s simply because this wasn’t poured for me at an event. Rather, the gentleman representing Clase Azul specifically poured a sample that went to me because my coworkers at my day job (I work at a liquor store by day) knew that I was a spirits writer and wanted to make sure I got some of this new product to try. So a big thank you to Gus, Chamba, and Frank for securing this for me.
It’s not every day that the attic of one of LA’s oldest public houses gets converted into a members only bar, but that’s exactly what has happened at Tom Bergin’s! What once was storage and attic is now “The Vestry” LA’s newest members only bar.
Arriving at 7:00 for a 7:30 tasting and education with Glenmorangie and Travis Tidwell, I stepped out of my Uber to walk into the restaurant Wood & Vine. This was my first time visiting but I’d heard of it before, as it was conveniently located just down the street from my favourite bar Lost Property.
Tonight was no ordinary tasting event, however, as it was a mini launch party of Glenmorangie 1990 Grand Vintage, which we will talk about a little further down the page. Leading up the 1990 Vintage, we tasted Glenmorangie the Original Lasanta, Quinta Ruban, Nectar D’Or, Bacalta, and 18 Year. Now this particular night my nose was a little stuffed up, so some of the aromas were harder to get. I’d met Travis briefly once before at Seven Grand for their 10 year anniversary, but it was such a crazy night that I didn’t get to talk much with him.