Monday, January 12, 2015
New Year's Wish List
Happy 2015 to everyone in whiskey land. Here are some of my whiskey wishes for the New Year.
Parker's Heritage Rye: Heaven Hill's Parker's Heritage Collection has experimented with all kinds of mashbills: rye recipe bourbon, wheated bourbon, a blend of rye and wheated bourbon and even wheat whiskey. But they've never done a rye. How great would it be to see a ten year old, cask strength version of Rittenhouse? Of course, up until about five years ago, all their rye was still being made by Brown Forman, so they may not have enough old stock for a ten year old, but I'd happily settle for a cask strength version of the regular Rittenhouse Rye.
Older, Age Stated Ardbeg: Ardbeg used to have a 17 year old, but now the only age stated bottling in their regular lineup is the 10 year old. What a huge surprise it would be for this year's committee bottling to be, say, a 15 year old.
Someone Who Gives a Shit Buying Wild Turkey: I'd argue that Wild Turkey is currently America's most underperforming distillery. The Turkey used to be one of America's great whiskeys, but since Campari bought it in 2009, they've done almost nothing right. I'd love for another company to buy this distillery and make it live up to its potential.
Diageo Stop Insane Pricing: Everyone's prices are too high, and I'd love to see them all come down, but Diageo is the king of insane pricing. What if they actually brought their prices back to earth and offered us a deal on this year's special releases? I'm not saying they should be selling Brora or Port Ellen on the cheap, but they could at least throw a bargain or two into the mix for us regular folks.
Balcones Drama: Go Away! So far we've seen Balcones founder Chip Tate sued by the Balcones Board, then he was sued by his own lawyers, and now he's suing Balcones' master distiller and his wife. Unlike most whiskey bloggers, I've never been a partisan in this battle and don't have a preference for one side or the other, but for God's sake, make it stop before it becomes a reality TV show.
Great, Affordable, Old Brandy. I figured I should have one New Year's wish that I thought would actually come true. Here's to another year of amazing brandy!
What's on your New Year's wish list?