David Perkins & High West awarded Malt Advocate's Pioneer of the Year Award.
The only way this makes sense is if he blends other peoples whiskey in the back of conestoga wagon while wearing clothing from the proper period.
Anyone on this board can take decent well aged whiskey and blend it to make something that tastes good. We do it all the time, but what we lack is financial backing.
It is like giving a DJ a Grammy for the way he plays other people's music on the radio.
My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment.
I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?
Actually for the past several years there is a "Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical" category. Seems to match pretty well.
High West is pioneering in taking the "old world" skill of blending whiskeys that seems to be perfectly respectable and accepted in Scotch and successfully applying it to "new world" American whiskey.
I think your critics are un-intelligent
If it so easy, why didn't You do it and not High West- Whenever someone is doing something great, there is always a group of sheeps saying "That was easy"... :-)
And comparing it to a DJ is just too lame..try to get some focus please
He didn't get an award for serving 6 whiskies in a brilliant order, but for MAKING some great whiskeys!
I think you lack some basic knowledge about whisky (whiskey) blending to be honest, but this could be due to this is a more typical artform this side of the pond!
Big congratulations from Denmark to High West for making some brilliant whiskeys, don't listen to the nay-sayers, they have done nothing for lifting the quality of my whiskey drinking, but I can honestly say High West have.
Sure is good though. And, at $38, it's $2 less than (rī)¹ (Oregon price for the latter). That's two Snickers bars!
"Remember that your sense of humor is inversely proportional to your level of intolerance."
- Serge Storms
Well you also got access to all the raw materials any Michelin restaurant uses, now go cook as good food as they are doing
The fact it that High West did, You guys didn't. That's called PIONEERING when you do something others don't
Columbus "discovered" America..I guess anyone could have done that, if they had access to ships and sailed west..
If you think making good whiskey is as easy as you says, go make better stuff yourself..., and until then stfu
As to being a pioneer, who else is making high quality blends of straight American whiskey from different distillery? No one that I know of. David practically created this category in American whiskey.
And it's hard to remember now that there are dozens of LDI products out there, but David really recognized the beauty of their ryes. Prior to his products, LDI rye was going into blends and export products.
Good on High West for making good blends from finished product, but I'm not quite sure that 'pioneer' fills the bill.
Also, exhorting people who you disagree with to 'stfu' is hardly a winning tactic in a debate on an open forum...