Delilah's turns 20 and celebrates by releasing its own Scotch
Delilah's turns 20 this week, and the whiskey bar is celebrating with an anniversary party on Thursday. There will be specials ($3 Point Pale Ale Pints, $3 Banker’s Club Bourbon), new artwork on view from local artists, and a 20th anniversary ale made with Three Floyds. But we're more interested in the Scotch that Delilah's is releasing for the occasion.
Making their own spirit is nothing new for Delilah's—to celebrate their 16th anniversary in 2009, owner Mike Miller teamed up with North Shore Distillery to make an absinthe, Delilah's Sweet 16.
The 20th Anniversary Whisky is a collaboration with London's Compass Box Whisky Company, and it's a limited release that will be sold internationally. The blended scotch includes Cameron Bridge whisky aged in first-fill American oak barrels that have new oak heads. The barrel gives the whisky some bourbon characteristics and Miller says it works well as a shot with a beer chaser.
So how's it taste? We're sampling it right now, and it definitely seems to be more of a shot whisky than a sipping Scotch—there isn't much depth and there's a slight harshness on the finish. But there are notes of toasted nuts and butterscotch, so we can also see this working well in cocktails going into the fall. The whisky will be available at Delilah's on August 29 and at Binny's starting August 30.