Whiskey Flights

One of life's great pleasures, whiskey comes in a variety of styles, all designed to please the senses, enliven conversation, and lift the spirits.  Try a sample of some of the world's best.  All flights consist of four one-ounce samplings of whiskey.  No substitutions, please.

American Bourbon Small Batch Flight

American Bourbon is distilled once, then aged in fresh charred oak barrels.  Compared to Scotch and Irish whiskeys, bourbons impart a raw, sweet corn flavor (due to the fact that bourbon is made with at least 51% corn).  Small batch bourbons are made in limited quantities, aged six to nine years, and are characteristic of pre-Prohibition whiskey, with strong, rich flavors, heat, and aromas.  The suggested tasting order for this flight is by proof:

  • Basil Hayden
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Bakers
  • Bookers

Single-Malt Scotch Whisky Flight

Die-hard aficionados swear that nothing is finer than a single malt (one grain used in the whiskey, no blending from batch to batch), with its characteristic regional flavors.  For others, a silky-smooth, well-balanced blended whiskey hits the spot.  Scotch as a whole is more similar to Irish in that it is derived from malted barley rather than corn.  Scotch is double-distilled, and unlike most Irish whiskeys, the malted barley used in Scotch is often dried using peat smoke, imparting earthy, smoky, salty, oily, and/or iodiny (is that even a word?) characteristics, depending upon the region in which it is produced.  Like it's Irish cousin, Scotch is aged first in used bourbon barrels for at least three years.  Older, rarer Scotches receive additional aging in madeira, port, or other casks.  The suggested tasting order for the Scotch flight is according to the strength and complexity of the peat, from least to most:

  • Glenlivet 12 Year (Highland)
  • Highland Park 12 Year (Island)
  • MacAllan 15 Year (Speyside)
  • Laphroaig 10 Year (Islay)

Irish Whiskey Flights

Irish whiskey was considered the ultimate in whiskeys until the prohibition era, when American bootleggers labeled their bathtub varieties as “Irish.” Only in the last ten years has Irish whiskey regained its preeminence as the world’s finest. Like its cousin Scotch, Irish whiskey is initially aged in used oak bourbon casks for at least three years. What sets Irish whiskey apart is the fact that the malt grains are dried in ovens rather than over peat fires, and it is distilled three times, unlike any other whiskey. The result is a whiskey that is pure, clean, and smooth. Likewise, Irish whiskey is often aged in multiple barrels, lending it an unmatched smoothness and complexity.

Jameson Flight (all blended whiskeys):

  • Jameson
  • Jameson 12 Year
  • Jameson 18 Year
  • Jameson Gold.

Bushmills Flight:

  • Bushmills (blended)
  • Bushmills 10 (single malt)
  • Bushmills 16 (single malt)
  • Bushmills 21 (single malt)

Value Blends Flight:

  • Tullamore Dew 12 yr
  • Michael Collins Blended
  • The Irishman
  • Black Bush

Lesser-Known Greats

  • Knappogue Castle 10 Year (single malt)
  • Clontarf (blended)
  • Red Breast (Pure Pot Still) 12 Year
  • Connemara 12 Year Peated (single malt)

Irish Pub Classics:

  • Kilbeggan
  • Paddy
  • Powers
  • Tullamore Dew

The Top Shelf:

  • Jameson 18 Year (blended)
  • Bushmills 21 Year (single malt)
  • Midleton (blended)
  • Jameson Vintage Reserve (blended)