I was lucky enough to buy a ticket and attend the Beast Masters Club dusty battle between the Josh’s:
Josh Feldman of http://www.cooperedtot.com/
Josh Richholt, co-founder of The Well. http://www.thewellbrooklyn.com/
Josh Feldman posted to his blog the selections he made, which I voted for in both rounds: http://www.cooperedtot.com/2017/10/updated-actual-selections-for.html
Josh R’s picks we both excellent, but to pull out a Pre-Prohibition era Rye and then the epic Beam was just outstanding… The crowd voted against me for the first round, going with the Bourbon De Luxe (a classic National Distillers 70’s piece), but went with me for the second round, voting the 1955 Beam glass decanter, which also ended up taking the night. The Wild Turkey 101 Decanter was pretty awesome too though! There were lots of side drinks and by the end I think we were all way past the tasting phase.
I didn’t take tasting notes on anything because I just wanted to enjoy the moment. But each was unique in their own way and wonderful. I am not sure I would spring to buy a bottle of any of them however, as the secondary prices have gone through the roof. The quality of juice these days, despite what many people say, is better and more consistent that it was in the past. But to be able to taste something like this, from 100 years ago, is something I couldn’t pass up!
Big thanks for Ben and Steve from Beast Masters Club for hosting such an awesome evening and I hope they do it again soon!