Last week, some Chicago chowhounds (and a few non-hounds) got together for a bourbon tasting at Delilahs on Lincoln. Ive posted the bulk of the notes on the General Topics board, since the subject isnt really geographically restricted, but I would like to point out what a nice job Mike at Delilahs did with his presentation and hosting our group.
I would also like to point out that Delilahs does carry a private label bourbon, 10-yr., unfiltered, distilled by Julian Van Winkle and the barrel hand-picked by Mike and finished to his preferences. It was really a nice whiskey, my favorite of the three wheated bourbons we tried. And with our 12 selections, we barely scratched the surface of Delilahs bourbon offerings, I believe 50 some bottles in all, including a 1916 Old Mock and some other highly tempting selections. Their whole liquor stock is quite nice and thoughtfully chosenand Mike has expressed a willingness to host another tasting at some point in the futureanother bourbon? Scotch? tequila? Ill be sure to post an announcement when the time comes, though it probably wont be soon.
There were I think 12 of us tasting, and the cost was $30/piece, for what turned out to be 13 more than adequate pours, some of the bottles quite pricey. Combined with Mikes obvious enthusiasm for the event and informative presentationactually even without theseI found the cost very reasonable.
Finally, Ill repeat Chicago Mikes recommendation of WhiskeyFest (sponsored I think by Malt Advocate) on April 7th. You can taste an astounding array of stuff (200+ bourbon, scotch, etc.) for an $85 entrance fee. Not cheap, but it seems it might be a nice opportunity for a true aficionado.
2771 N. Lincoln Ave.