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    The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    A motley contingent of the GBS took a little field trip this evening to Empire State South, a great restaurant here in Atlanta, which was hosting a meet and greet with Compass Box founder and whisky blender John Glaser. The restaurant was selling most of the Compass Box standard offerings (and the GKS NY and Peat Monster anniversary) by the half oz., 1 oz., and 2 oz. pours as well as cocktails featuring some of these whiskies. Although SmokinJoe chickened out on bringing the OWA/W12 for Glaser to make a custom version of our venerable SB Blend, we had a great time talking to him. The guy is super friendly and is clearly passionate about what he does.

    Almost as a joke, I asked Glaser if he brought a flask of The General to share with us. "Absolutely'" he replied and told us he'd be right back. He returned with glasses with small 1 oz. pours of The General for us. He told us the stories of the two casks of 33 year old and 40 year old blended whiskies of unknown provenance used for this bottling, which he acquired from a whisky broker and G&M respectively. The General was by far the oldest whisky I've tasted before and had an incredible antique nose, woody and complex palate, and a long satisfying finish.

    By by the end of the evening, John was practically begging to become a GBS member, as evidenced by this picture. He promised to complete the mandatory goat ritual on his next trip.
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    P.S. BigRich has almost taught SmokinJoe how to say Auchentoshan. There were notes involved.

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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    That is awesome.

    Well done guys.

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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    You guys are an inspiration.
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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    That was a lot of fun! Nice notes on The General too Dave! I'm definitely not as big on Scotch as bourbon/rye, but that was easily one of the best whiskies I've ever tried. And the blended fish wasn't half bad either!
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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    That's awesome. John Glaser just seems like an all around amazing dude. That, and he blends fantastic whisky.
    Justin

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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    Quote Originally Posted by Dolph Lundgren View Post
    That's awesome. John Glaser just seems like an all around amazing dude. That, and he blends fantastic whisky.
    Totally true on both accounts. Bruce was there too but he had to roll out before picture time. The only thing funnier than Joe practicing Auchentoshan was he and Dave trying to say Bruichladdich back and forth to each other.


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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRich View Post
    Totally true on both accounts. Bruce was there too but he had to roll out before picture time. The only thing funnier than Joe practicing Auchentoshan was he and Dave trying to say Bruichladdich back and forth to each other.
    It is a tough one for a southern boy like me. BRUCK-lady, right?
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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    That was a great time, for sure. I've only had a wee bit (pronounced: we) bit of CB whiskies previously, but count me as a member of the fan club, now. The whiskey is indeed, wonderful. Looooved the Peat Monster, and The General was just like David described. I feel privileged to have tried it. But, even though the whiskey was impressive, John Glaser was even more so. What a totally cool and centered guy. Passionate about his work, but unpretentious and easy and comfortable in discussing it with folks like us. I have no doubt that had I brought the SB Blend components, he would have played along and whipped something up. Totally cool dude.

    BTW, look for a new thread here in the Foreign Whiskey Section; "Scotch Pronunciations From Dixie." It will be a series of short video clips of David and I sittin' on the back of a turnip truck, dressed in overalls and straw hats, enunciating Scotch names with our appropriate Southern dialect...

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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    Very cool encounter! Glaser is one of the rock stars of international whiskey in my eyes. Flaming Heart and the Great King Street New York Blend are both outstanding pours that I've enjoyed this past year. He really knows what he's doing. I've thought a lot about getting a bottle of the General. One of my favorite whiskies was a 48 year old single grain, and I'd like to try some more ancient grain whiskies.

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    Re: The General and New GBS Member, John Glaser

    I think they waited until I departed to take the picture in hopes of not damaging the camera!

    Truly a great experience and John was a superb spokesmen for his equally superb brand. And getting a little taste of the General was an unexpected pleasure!
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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