No Wednesday tasting this week. Instead it was a Thirsty Thursday with our special guest John Glaser from Compass Box.
We shared a variety of whiskey with John including a bit of bourbon (because he is after all an honorary member of the Georgia Bourbon Society!) as well as whisky of a variety of sorts including of course lots of great Compass Box whisky.
(Special thanks to the gang who waited to take this picture until moments after I had left this particular gathering...)
We also asked him to come back when he has a bit more time in town to do a special private dinner for Atlanta whisky "aficionado's (i.e. "nerds!") in the near future and I think he was very enthusiastic about it (with a kind assist from David Perkins who talked us up, I hope, when he and John got together before the San Francisco WhiskyFest last week).
Atlanta folks should hopefully be watching for that sometime early next year!
Lots of whisky on the table to include the new Compass Box 15th Anniversary Flaming Heart and "This is Not a Luxury Whisky" as well as everyone's favorite, the General and a dozen more. Both of the new bottlings are currently available in town but are probably pretty limited so look for a bottle right away if you are interested!
But we also got a great education on some older Compass Box with a comparison between a newer and older Spice Tree bottling as well as a bottle of the original Eleuthera I happened to have compared to the new Lost Blend that was inspired by that original Eleuthera.
In addition to those we tried some of the GBS Russell's Reserve, a little Irish Whiskey from Teeling and Redbreast and several whisky from other distilleries like Kilchoman, Springbank and Clynelish. It was a lot of fun and we only wish he could have stayed a bit longer!