This week at Max Downtown, two new Whisk(e)y were added to the library offering of specialty spirits. I say Whisk(e)y with the (e) because one of these products comes from the USA – High West Distillery from Park City, Utah, and the other comes from Scotland – the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland. The practice for spelling whiskey without an “e” is common in Scotland and some of the Commonwealth regions, so we must adhere to this. It just helps to tell them apart a bit easier.
The first product from High West is the fourth whiskey we have from this unique and quite frankly compelling producer in Utah. This product is the American Prairie Reserve Whiskey, which is a blend of two whiskies; the first of which is aged about six years and is composed of about 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley, while the other portion is from ten year old whiskey, which is composed of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley. You will not see an age statement on the label of this whiskey, as it is illegal to do so when there are blended ages such as this, but you will find a truly balanced and deeply flavored whisky that hits the palate with rich flavors of sweet oak and grains, with a smoky and soft finish. Really one of the finest that we have tasted from this distillery to date. Available for a limited time. basically while supplies last, which is usually not very long as aged whiskies are becoming more and more of a challenge to acquire.
The second whisky that was acquired by Max Downtown this week is the Glenmorangie Ealanta. This Scotch is a beautiful whisky that is part of a very limited production range called the Private Edition. It isa 19 year aged whiskey that has spent its time in virginAmerican oak casks sourced primarily from Missouri. The affect of this style with so much age is an ultra-smooth, richly flavored whisky with deep flavors of orange peel, brown sugar and roasted almonds. The expression is almost unique in the world of Scotch, or whiskies in general. Extremely limited production, this whisky will go quickly and be gone forever.