Keep an eye peeled here at Drink Music City between now and the end of the year for holiday gift ideas for your beloved friends and family, but we’ll kick off the giving season with something for your absolutely favorite loved ones. (Or the online writers who keep you on top of spirits and wine news in and around Nashville.)
If you’ve got an extra $150 grand lying around, you should definitely check out the latest Nieman Marcus Christmas book where they are listing the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer. This ultimate tailgating machine comes with state-of-the art interior entertainment and sound systems, sleek leather furnishings and all the details that make it worth $145,000 more than your typical pop-up trailer. Even the details of the interior furnishings are handcrafted from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks. Now if you are aware that it’s actually illegal to even ride in a pull-behind trailer while the vehicle is in motion, it should go without saying that you shouldn’t be drinking while you’re driving this. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be hiding out in the secret compartment in the bench seat next to that case of bourbon.
Just in case you’re not quite that flush with cash or you don’t love anyone that much (sniff, sniff), here’s another option for you. The website www.forwhiskeylovers.com is offering what they call “The Whiskey Explorers” club. Like a blind tasting pary throughout the year, members of the club receive a complimentary Glencairn Nosing & Tasting Crystal Glass as well as tasting “flights” of five (5) 3cl/30ml sample bottles containing a broad range of great whiskies from around the world. These whiskies arrive packaged with no brand or age identity, so you won’t have any preconceived notions when you sample them. If you want to unmask the identities of your samples, you have to go to the club website and give your own opinion first before they’ll give up the goods. Then we’ll all know whether you really know your stuff or if you’re just a whiskey snob that listens to what a bunch of critics who don’t have to actually pay for their booze think of the latest releases
Introductory memberships are $75 with annual memberships available for $179.95/year which will get you four tastings spread throughout the calendar. For higher fees, you can receive full size (750 ml) bottles of rare whiskies from around the world several times during the year, kind of like a “Hooch of the Month” club. If any of these interest you, visit The Whiskey Explorers at their website. Holler at me if you need my mailing address.