Happy Whisk(e)y Wednesday! I’m moving this week so I won’t be around the store much, but I will be here for our Whisk(e)y Wednesday virtual happy hour with Brian Mcenany from Lux Row Distilling. Our feature flight will include 3 whiskies that are new to the South Dakota market, and a Whisky Advocate Top 20 Whisky from 2019. The bottle draw will have a few gems, including some store pick single barrels that are no longer available, but I pulled some out of our library stash. Keep reading below for all the details.

Flights at Home

I’m keeping it short this week since Kenadi and I are busy with all that is moving. Daviess County Bourbon is a newly launched product in the South Dakota market and we are excited to have Brian Mcenany, North Central Division Manager for Luxco, parent company of Lux Row Distilling, join us to discuss the relaunch of this historic product. Each product is the same base bourbon, but what sets them apart is the finishing cask that they are aged in. With two unique finishing casks, one Cabernet Sauvignon finish, the other French Oak finished, this is a fun product to taste through in a side by side as you get a great chance to see how much influence different barrels can have on bourbon. To pair with these three new whiskies, we’ll also be sampling Old Ezra 7 Year. This is also a Lux Row Distillery product, bottled at cask strength, and was chosen as Whisky Advocate’s #7 Whisky of the Year in 2019. I don’t want the ranking to over influence what we’ll be tasting, but this is definitely a whiskey worthy of the high praise. It is a bit of a cinnamon spice bomb, but it’s sweet heat and deep complexity make this a sippers dream.

Whiskey With Z

Last week was a bit stressful for Kenadi and I as we wrapped up the last few things for closing on our first house. We’re excited to get into a place that has a yard for Samson and Mahli (our two dogs) to be able to run around in, and homeownership has several other perks. I had to pack up my full stash for the move, and if you have kept up with me the last few weeks you know that my goal of finishing off several bottles in collection to make the move easier did not go well. We moved a total of 8 wine cases full of alcohol, most of it whisk(e)y. It felt good to see just how much there was, but it left me with quite the predicament about which one I would dive into first. Then I remembered the bottle of Larceny Barrel Proof that I had gotten from a friend for this specific occasion and the choice was easy. It felt good to start a new bottle with a new journey.

Bottle Raffle

This week is missing many of the staples for the bottle raffle, but there’s still a pretty solid lineup. We’ve got Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel, Old Ezra 7 Year, Weller Special Reserve, Blood Oath #6, and a couple library store pick single barrels including “Have You Met Brad” Buffalo Trace, and 1792 Full Proof Single Barrel #5.

Upcoming Schedule

At the moment, we aren’t slated to have any guests joining us for our virtual happy hour next week, but I do plan to have a WhistlePig feature flight featuring their newest offering to the South Dakota market, Piggy Back Rye. We also have a target date for reopening the 3.0 Cocktail Bar. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, we will be relaunching the 3.0 Cocktail Bar for the first time on Wednesday, June 3rd. We plan to maintain our online live component for Whisk(e)y Wednesday and have an idea how we can pull it off. With a few weeks to further iron out the details, we’ll keep you posted with how we will pull this off.

As always, thanks for following along each week. I was a bit shorter with my write up this week, but I promise I’ll have plenty to say the next time we get to chat. Stay safe, stay sane, and stay enjoying the good stuff. Cheers!