Expo Update

Now for an update on some of the amazing spirits and features you will find at the 14th annual WOW Expo in San Francisco, Saturday night April 6, 2012 on board the docked San Francisco Belle. The Expo features three ballroom sized decks full of whiskies, music and food as well as an open air top deck looking over the Bay. And as they say “anticipation makes half the pleasure”, allow your taste buds anticipate hedonistic pleasures as you familiarize yourselves with the brief sample, yet so tantalizing, list.

By unspoken tradition, we always start whisky matters with the proud kingdom of all things whisky, Scotland. But not this time: presenting King Car Kavalan whisky from Taiwan, an island that is about as far from the Scottish Highlands as one can get. The whisky released a few years ago from the only distillery in Taiwan went quite far not only in location but also in recognition:  it received the New World Whisky of the Year from Jim Murray, a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, and a win in an experimental Scotch blind whisky tasting. It will finally make its way to the WoW Expo, and now we’ll have a chance to taste what all the excitement is about. While we’re ready to appreciate the taste and the creativity behind this fine non British-labeled single malt, we’ll mention here its unique characteristic: this three-year old whisky doesn’t feel young at all due to the faster aging process occurring in Taiwan’s warm and humid climate. Very warm and humid as compared to Scotland. Sample yourself to see how old the tropical whisky “tastes like” to you, and, as always, cheers to another whisky-achieved locale.

Returning to effluents of the “water of life”: Scotch segment of the Expo will really keep us busy this year, with more unique expressions of highly individualistic single malts bottled by Douglas Laing; Bowmore, Glenrothes and Auchentoshan homestead, specialty releases of Kilchoman and Isle of Arran, exclusives from soul mate Glenlivet and revived and strong  Glenglassaugh. 

Let’s stop for a moment and talk about evolution. No, not the sociological one, the Glenglassaaugh Evolution, a new release from recently reopened Speyside distillery that turned out amazing and …quite evolutionary. Our sampling of the whisky exceeded all expectations (and we heard aren’t unique in this opinion) as of very defined, refined and other outstandingly characterized whisky in its youthful finesse. The strictly limited bottling has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and has a totally different set of characteristics from Revival- the last new release from this iconic distillery. 

It makes us feel really special to be able to sample such a bottling at the Expo.