In my effort to taste as many different varieties of whiskey as I can, I’ve been looking for a bar that offers whiskey “flights” – small samplings of multiple whiskeys side-by-side.
I tried this when I visited Woody Creek Distiller’s Tasting Room in Basalt, and in the process I also discovered the joy of trying multiple whiskeys side-by-side. It helped me gain an appreciation of the nuances of flavors found in whiskey.
Fortunately, I recently discovered that Bin 707 Foodbar, right here in Grand Junction, offers a variety of whiskey flights for very reasonable prices. Susan and I wandered over there to give it a try, and Bin 707 will likely become our new Friday night date place over the winter, so we can try the different flights.
Here’s my review of Bin 707’s Craft Whiskey Sampler Flight:
I really enjoy Bin 707’s presentation of a whiskey flight.
The tasting glasses are excellent for getting the most out of a small sample. The addition of a glass with ice chips allows for experimenting to bring out the flavors in each glass. The wooden stand not only looks good, but it helps me keep each glass in order, so I know which glass contains which spirit. The whole presentation also looks great on the coppery bar. Well done!
Reviewing the Whiskeys of the Craft Whiskey Sampler
The Craft Whiskey Sampler offers three whiskeys: Highspire Rye, Westland Sherry Cask, and Corsair Triple Smoke. I’ll review each whiskey individually and then review the pairing of these three.
Highspire Rye. This rye is aged in red wine barrels, and the first thing I noticed when both smelling and tasting the spirit was the presence of raisin and prune flavors. Also, it smells and tastes a bit like a grappa, which in my experience is unusual for a whiskey. As I got past the initial grape notes in the nose, the grains started to show through more strongly; whereas, the taste is more balanced between fruit and grain. A piece of ice helped open up the sweet fruit/raisin flavors even more. Overall, its a very smooth, easy-drinking rye with interesting hints of being aged in wine barrels.
Westland Sherry Cask. When I lifted this to my nose, I was greeted with scents of butterscotch and caramel. The taste added to the caramel hints of raisins and prunes, helping it pair nicely with the Highspire. It’s got more powerful flavors than the Highspire, which I like. Unfortunately, when I added a piece of ice to help it open up, I was “rewarded” with something earthy and funky that was not pleasant.
Corsair Triple Smoke. As I lifted this to my nose, I was greeted by scents of oak and butterscotch. Similar, the taste opened with butterscotch and finished with smoke. Eventually, I picked up some apricot brandy flavors, as well. A piece of ice helped magnify the smokiness.
The Pairing. The pairing of these three, and in this particular order, was quite good. I’m not sure the Highspire Rye and Corsair Triple Smoke would have paired together had it not been for the Westland Sherry Cask in between. The Westland featured fruity notes similar to the Highspire and butterscoth notes similar to the Corsair to form the perfect bridge between the two. It was a fascinating experience moving from one to the next.