Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tasting on a Sunday

Every year the Texas Package Store Association holds its annual convention and on Sunday, they have a tasting. Wines, liquors, beer, mixers, software systems; anything that has anything to do with a liquor store is there. This year it was held at the Sheraton in downtown Dallas. I always go with the intention of tasting a few products, but mainly seeing people I know that I don't see everyday. I always seem to taste a few more items than I planned. Here's the list from this year in the rough order of tasting.

Prichard's Double Barreled Bourbon
Prichard's Crystal Rum
Prichard's Private Stock Rum
An organic reposado Mezcal that was quite delicious and reasonably priced.
Armand d'Brignac 'Ace of Spades' Champagne
Brennan Texas Viognier
Lone Oak Texas Syrah
MacPherson Texas La Herencia Rhone blend
MacPherson Sangiovese
Duchman Family Texas Vermentino
Duchman Family Texas Viognier
Duchman Family Texas Montepulciano
Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais
Carpano Antica
Templeton Rye
Carpano Antica mixed with Templeton Rye
Bergstrom Pinot Noir
Buccella Cabernet
Paul Hobbs Cabernet
Brunello Ciacci Piccolomini
Orin Swift The Prisoner
Orin Swift Papillon
Orin Swift Abstract
High West Double Rye
High West Son of Bourye
High West Campfire
High West Vodka 7000' Peach
Brunello Bondi-Santi
MacPhail's 8 yr Tamdhu
MacPhail's 8 yr Highland Park
MacPhail's 8 yr Bunnahabhain
Gordon MacPhail 15 yr Mortlach
Gordon MacPhail 11 yr Scapa
Gordon MacPhail 10 yr Glenburgie 
Gordon MacPhail Smith's 21 yr Glenlivet
Speymalt 2002 Macallan
Speymalt 1990 Macallan
Gordon MacPhail 21 yr Old Pulteney
MacPhail's 30 yr Glenrothes
Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac
Del Maguey Tobala Mezcal
Clement Rhum Agricole VSOP
Clement Rhum Agricole Cuvee Honore
Clement Rhum Agricole XO Rhum
Clement Creole Shrubb
Clement Rhum Agricole Sirop de Canne

I think that's it! The tasting took about 3 1/2 hours and much more liquid went into trash baskets and spit buckets than was swallowed. Some of the Scotches and Rums blend together, but the best products stand out. The Tasmanian Single Malts came highly recommended, but they remained elusive.

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