Well, really it’s for anyone who enjoys the fine taste of a bourbon, scotch, or other libation. It just so happens that I’m a networking guy and if you’re reading my blog you probably are as well. So let me begin with an introduction to Flaviar.
What is Flavier?
Flaviar claims to be a 21st century speakeasy club in your living room. Essentially they provide a tasting packet every quarter as part of their membership. The membership runs $60.00 per quarter and is by invitation only. This allows them to maintain a high level of quality for their current members. I can appreciate that thinking.
What are the Member Benefits?
So what do you get as a member? The quarterly tasting pack comes with 3 x 1.5 oz. vials of premium spirits from around the world. Along with that you receive tasting instructions, an informational sheet on the spirits you received and stickers to place on the vials after you’ve completed a blind taste test. Overall it’s a pretty small taster kit but it will suffice for the tasting experience.
In addition to the quarterly tasting pack you have access to a members portal that includes a large selection of curated recommendations. Each recommendation is priced, rated from 1-10, and provides a details page with tasting notes and details on the drink. For someone who is just getting into scotch or bourbons this is a nice tool to get you going. This is also the place to review member reviews and share you own thoughts.
You can also follow their blog for detailed information.
The Taste Test
In the welcome box I was greeted by three bourbons from Illinois and Michigan.
The first, Koval, was hands down my favorite. Koval is the first small batch distillery in Chicago since the days of Prohibition. The tase of Koval is a bit complex but you can certainly pick out the tobacco notes. Flaviar has an app that displays a “Flavour Spiral” and this confirms what I tasted and also draws my attention to the port. This was a sweeter, bit heavier bourbon. It’s added to my favorites and I’d definitly pick up a bottle.
The second was Few. Few is a bit milder in tone and has a smooth charred flavor. I didnt like it as much as Koval, but without this tasting pack I may never have discovered it. For my tast it was a bit flat.
Finally, the third selection was from Journeyman from Three Oaks, Michigan. This was good as well but tasted a bit more of alcohol or what I can only describe as a cleaning product. It was much more crisp and pointed. The Flavour Siroal highlights carmel but I think much of the pointed flavor comes from the Rye. Not my favorite, but I didnt hate it.
This is not a Flaviar Advertisement
I would like to mention before closing this post that this is not meant to be an advertisement for Flaviar. You’re free to try this service if you’d like but my experience with it is limited at this point. What I can tell you is that I know several fellow networking engineers that enjoy a fine scotch or bourbon and there are times when it’s okay to talk about something other than data networking. Taking your attention elsewhere for a moment can be a great way to overcome problems that you’re trying to troubleshoot. However if you do decide to takeup fine spirits as a hobby I encourage you to drink responsibly.
Would I Do It Again?
Would I enjoy another tasting pack? I certainly would.
Will I continue the Flaviar service? For now, yes.
Would I but each of the three bourbons featured in the tasting pack? No. At this point in time I’ll buy Koval but the other two were not to my liking.
That’s ok. There are plenty of others that will enjoy the other two distilleries. Maybe that’s you. Maybe not.