It isn’t every day that you get to taste a bourbon as old as your grandfather, but you can do so at the Rose Club at the Plaza throughout February while supplies last. A flight of nine American whiskeys, including several discontinued bottles, such as a King Blend from the 1930s, an Old Forester President’s Choice from the 1950s, and Frost 8/80 from the 1970s, is available at the bar for $25.
Some of the samplers in the flight are nothing to write home about: The Frost 8/80 Dry White Whiskey, which was actually aged then de-colorized, tastes artificially fruity and odd, nothing like what we’ve come to associate with whiskey. The Early Times 354 has just been re-released after a 30-year absence, so it will soon be widely available. The King Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from the 1930s is actually not as complex as some of the better bourbons you can get these days. But it’s still pretty cool to try it, especially because it was made during Prohibition. In fact, that’s really the fun of getting the whole flight: to see how American whiskey has evolved over time. If you can get through the nine shots, that is.
The complete flight includes:
1930s — King Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1940s — Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1950s — Old Forester President’s Choice Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1960s — Old Forester 86 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1970s — Frost 8/80 Dry White Whiskey
1980s — Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey
1990s — Woodford Reserve Distillers Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2000s — The Woodford Reserve Masters Collection Seasoned Oak Finish
2010s — Early Times 354 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
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