But, in fact, it was a tough evening. I had to fight to stay sober enough to ask questions that would be pertinent to the piece, while taking notes. I also had to fight launching into rambling conversations on far flung topics. I partially succeeded, stumbling away from the encounter with a head full of booze and knowledge, a notebook full of barely legible notes, and a recorder with two and a half hours of interview. Needless to say, I couldn't fit everything into the piece. Most painful was skipping Mayhew's whiskey recommendations.
I figure if you're heading out tonight, you may want to try something new. So, without further ado, here's the whiskey experts picks:
Balvenie Rum Cask- An amazing new release from Balvenie, this is a single malt scotch that will appeal to both the novice scotch drinker and the seasoned enthusiast.
Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey- Wonderful cinnamon tones mix with fruit notes to create an easy drinking but surprisingly complex whiskey.
Jameson's Irish Whiskey- The key to a good pickleback (1 shot Jameson's, 1 shot pickle juice), there is a reason that Jameson's is the go to choice for most of the restaurant people in Portland. Its slightly sweet, easy drinking and pairs well with just about everything.
Bulleit bourbon- 17% rye content makes this bourbon pack a nice spicy punch. Great for a manhattan or on its own.
Crown Royal Reserve- The next step up from regular Crown Royal, this is a fantastic Canadian whisky and easily worth the few dollars more than regular Crown. Great quality for the price.
Isle of Skye blended scotch- Reminiscent of a Chinese tea room, this blend shows just how masterful the best scotch blenders can be. One of my personal favorites.
One of my personal favorites from that evening was a blended Scotch called Black Bottle. It's an amazing all-Islay blend that reminded me of standing in an old bricked-in urban garden after the passing of a sudden violent thunderstorm. Go figure.
Not sure where to find these whiskeys? Why not try one of these fine establishments. Also, help a Blogtownie out and drop your own whiskey recommendations in the comments, below.