In opening Summit House we considered it mission critical to educate interested customers about the best of food and drink. When it comes to high-end spirits, that introduction often comes with a steep -- perhaps prohibitive -- price tag.
Getting a taste of a top-tier liquor, however, becomes much more affordable when done as a community. With that backdrop, we've created a program to occasionally sell high-end spirit samples at cost, allowing guests to taste these amazing selections without emptying their wallets. Because who wants to shell out a couple of hundred bucks on a bottle of booze they've never tasted before?
Our first foray comes Monday, Aug. 28, beginning at 5pm with a "Taste of the Decades." Summit House guests that night can try a flight of three terrific whiskeys -- 1 oz. each -- for $10 total. Please note: We'll limit it to one flight per guest so that as many people as possible can have a taste before the bottles run dry.
Here are the selections we've chosen:
Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Michter’s had its beginnings in Pennsylvania before moving to the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky. Legends claim George Washington purchased cases of whiskey from the same area that originated Michter’s to give to his troops at Valley Forge, earned it the nickname “The Whiskey that Warmed the American Revolution.”
The 2017 batch is the first offering from Michter's Pam Heilmann, the first female master distiller to serve at a Kentucky Distiller’s Association distillery.
Wild Turkey “Decades”
Wild Turkey Decades is a mix of Wild Turkey bourbon that’s been aged for 10-20 years and is being bottled under their Master’s Keep line. This year, the Master’s Keep label “Decades” is delivering a bourbon that contains the oldest whiskey they’ve ever let out of the distillery.
WhistlePig “10 Year” Rye
Dave Pickerell, the ex-Master Distiller from Maker’s Mark, left Maker’s after 14 years to work on his Magnum Opus: WhistlePig. This distillery will soon be the only seed-to-bottle operation in the States. Until then, we will have to settle for this 100% rye distilled in Canada, yet aged in 100% new American oak for 10 years.
Are top-tier spirits already in your budget? Awesome. Party at your place. However, for those who want to experience high-end liquors without buying the full bottles first, keep an eye out for future community tastings and feel free to recommend selections to our bartenders.