Springtime Seattle Sipping | Blog #119

Heading to Seattle for the inaugural Whisky Jewbilee was an exciting prospect. Especially when you consider that Washington State and particularly Seattle is fast becoming a major whisky hub in the US.

“Over 20 distillers just in the city limits meant that we were sure to experience some innovative and delicious drams during the course of the night.”

Checking into the amazing Arctic Club Hilton Doubletree were we availed ourselves of the fantastic bar and a great selection of local whiskey including J.P. Trodden Bourbon. Wow absolutely delicious. Watch this space.

Held at another cool warehouse district space “Within Sodo” the Jewbilee event boasted 200 whiskies and the best event catered food lineup that I have ever experienced. Cindy and I didn’t have enough time to get around to all the tables but were able to really spend some great time with a few.

Arctic Club Seattle Photo by Kirk Mastin Arctic Club Seattle Photo by Kirk Mastin

Heritage Distilling right in Seattle had some really interesting drams including a 90% Rye aged in a barrel used for aging Vanilla. Really cool stuff! Seattle Distillery had their whiskey front and center and also sneaked their really lovely gin under the table for a lavender infused smoothness that had to be tried to be believed.

With St Patrick’s Day coming up it was apt for us to spend some time at Tullamore Dew table and try out their new release Trinity. Really balanced and delicious, something Cindy instantly loved. Would be a pleasant sipper and make some brilliant cocktails.

A hidden gem under the table by Chris Uhde of JVS was probably the winner of the night. A 24 year old Littlemill from Exclusive Casks. I’m glad that it was my first dram of the night so that I could truly appreciate the depth of this whisky. Thanks Chris! 🙂

“No Jewbilee festival would not be complete without a trip to the Single Cask Nation table where Jason was holding sway with a never ending lineup of festival goers.”

 The Festival bottling was a Single Malt from the Westland Distillery and of course like every other festival bottling there is a real story to be told. Stay tuned next week as I get in depth with it and fill you in on the background and my own tasting notes. Thanks to Jason and Joshua for the bottle as a matching pair to go with my Chicago festival book end. A sherried Bruichladdie and an undisclosed Islay were both new releases (coming to Alberta soon) and both outstanding single casks.

Time to whip upstairs for a cigar from San Juan Cigars of Seattle. Hand Rolled, pressed and dried from premium tobacco these cigars are excellent. We were able to watch a Robusto being made and then added to the press. Unlike other events where people can smoke a freshly rolled cigar that San Juan Cigars considers “unfinished” at Jewbilee they had plenty of options to try these exquisitely made cigars after going through all the stages of careful crafting.

Next time I am in Seattle I might need to grab a box.

“Antiques, crafts, chocolate cherries and of course the amazing seafood and fresh produce found at the markets make a strong case for returning as soon as possible.”

With the whiskey event complete and another day to fill in Seattle Cindy and I checked out some great foodie spots at the Pike Place Markets including World of Spice Merchants (a must visit). Lunch at Place Pigalle restaurant overlooking the sound with some of the best serving staff I have ever experienced was a treat. Fresh Mussels always leaves a good impression.

World Spice Merchants World Spice Merchants

We wrapped up a perfect visit with dinner at the Pink Door where we were entertained with a prohibition era trio that were incredibly talented.

The Pink Door Restaurant The Pink Door Restaurant

Thanks Jason and Joshua for including Seattle in your Jewbilee schedule we are hoping we can make it an annual trip.

Next week as promised the Westland festival bottling by Single Cask Nation.

Until then…


Cover photo by Scott Gardner

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