Palm Beach Bourbon Society (PBBS) had so much fun at Sweetwater: Cocktails, Whiskey & Kitchen (Sweetwater) in Boynton Beach for the June Meet N’ Greet event that they made the decision to have an encore there with the July one. If you are a PBBS member and attended the June event, you could easily state that the July event topped the former.
Like the June PBBS event, attendees enjoyed pours from a collection of bourbon bottles they had brought to share while noshing on some small bites prepared by the Sweetwater kitchen. However, the July PBBS event found attendees enjoying an even larger array of bottles, comprising bourbon, rye, and scotch, from which to choose to pour.
If you’ve been to at least a few of the PBBS Meet ‘N Greets between October of last year and this recent event, you could argue that the cache attendees could pour was, by far, the largest yet. Part of this could be attributed to the large turnout by PBBS members — new and existing active ones. At least 30 people enjoyed great pours of the “brown water” at Sweetwater, clinking Glencairn glasses and engaging in the excellent vibes and company this event became.
For those that attended the July PBBS event, the number of bottles available to pour was phenomenal. Everyone came with different expressions based on their preference of pour.
Highlights from the Bourbon (as well as the Rye and Scotch) Bottle Share included the Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered, the Weller Antique 107 wheated, Four Roses Single Barrel – Barrel Strength, Marker’s Mark Wood-Finishing FAE-02 wheated, the ASW Fiddler Georgia Heartwood “Glory Glory” release and the Issac Bowman Port-Barrel-Finished bourbon.
A surprise standout was a bottle I had never tasted, the Dancing Goat High Rye Bourbon, aged 8 years. While there were subtle notes on the nose of fruit, the palate comprised caramel, vanilla, and cream, making for a supersonic sip, which seemed to be the sentiment of most attendees who tried it. Out of all the bottles brought to the share, the attendees bottle-killed early in the event.
The single malt statements brought to the July PBBS event at Sweetwater were a bigger surprise. Releases by Bruichladdich were astonishing, especially its Micro Provenance single cask release that was aged for 10 years and bottled at a cask strength of 126.2 proof. Unlike many single malt expressions, this one consisted of a complex signature known with these types of releases drawn from one of 200 different casks.
- Peerless Double Oak Bourbon
- Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch
- Smoke Wagon Small Batch
- Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered
- Weller Antique 107
- Eagle Rare
- Elijah Craig Small Batch
- Woodinville Small Batch
- Ezra Brooks Cask Strength Distiller’s Collection
- Four Roses Single Barrel – Barrel Strength
- Maker’s Mark Wood-Finishing Series FAE-02
- Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey
- ASW Fiddler Georgia Heartwood – “Glory Glory” National Champion Release
- Chattanooga Whiskey Cask 111
- Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Single Batch Series Appalachian Grist
- Dancing Goat Distiller High Rye Bourbon Aged 8 Years Stillman’s Private Stock
- Wild Turkey Rare Breed
- Larceny Barrel Proof
- Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon
- Art of Alchemy Blended Straight Whiskeys
- Chicken Cock
- Fireside Single Barrel
- Issac Bowman Port Barrel Finished
- Castle & Key Small Batch (Batch #1)
Rye / Tennessee
- 10th Mountain Rye Whiskey
- Chicken Cock
- Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select
- Blue Run Rye
- Bruichladdich Micro-Provenance Single Cask release in France 10 Years
- Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Valinch Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt
- Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Cask Exploration 16 Am Fear A Behosh Aise Gheibi E
- Highland Park 20-Year Single Malt
Noxx & Dunn and Hard Truth Distilleries attended the July PBBS event to pour some of their latest offerings and give attendees opportunities to try some whiskeys of different signatures or liqueurs altogether.
Noxx & Dunn Straight Barrel was a nice sipper, especially if you want to enjoy a pour at barrel strength or full proof.
The Hard Truth offered a tasty and savory 14-year-old Schoonover Uncut & Unfiltered Straight Bourbon that was quite chewy on the finish. Additionally, they had a 100-proof Indiana Rye Whiskey, a 115-proof Sweet Mash Rye, and bottles of various liqueurs such as Maple Bourbon Cream, Peanut Butter Whiskey, and Toasted Coconut Rum.
The July PBBS event eats prepared by Sweetwater were quite tasty between the Poke Tacos, Korean BBQ Tacos, Cauliflower Hushpuppies, and flatbread — similar to the June PBBS event. But everyone who could grab a taco or two, a couple of hushpuppies, and some flatbread were more than satisfied.
Until the Next One
July’s Meet ‘N Greet at Sweetwater could easily be considered the best event done since re-starting last year. Everyone enjoyed various pours as they hobnobbed with each other, noshing on some food and taking in the friendly vibes that bourbon can deliver.