Flaviar Welcome Box

Flaviar Welcome Box

Bourbon, Rye & Scotch


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The Cornerstone of Good Taste
 
Ahh, the Welcome Box. La grande entrée into the world of fine Spirits. A paragon of good taste and a grand announcement of your membership journey with Flaviar. Once savored, there’s no turning back—you stay in Wonderland, and we show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. It’s bound to change the way you taste. 
 
When picking the right Spirit for the job, Whisk(e)y became the obvious choice. It’s a charming and sly devil that fires on all cylinders when it hits your lips, and it slides down smoother than Don Juan’s most successful pickup lines. The perfect entry into the world of fine Spirits.
 
There are many countries capable of making excellent Whisk(e)y and eventually, you’ll get to know them all. But for now, the holy trio will kickstart your journey of spiritual enlightenment. Not all Spirits we are necessarily established, but they are all worthy and personify the Flaviar creed.
 
You’ll start by getting a taste of some real sugar straight from a young prodigy distillery that’s already earned quite a few stripes—Breckenridge. Their Bourbon is their signature product and it sets the bar sky high for all blended spirits, so ready your rockets.
 
Now, let’s make a giant leap for mankind and head all the way across the pond to the U.S.. Copper Fox Rye heralds the renaissance of Rye. Aye, Rye is making a comeback and we found one that’s young, fierce yet really smooth around the edges. It fits this Box like a glove.
 
But to really know Whisky you’ve got to go back to the roots… Scotch. Wolfburn is a Highland Scotch from the northernmost mainland distillery. We love it and so will you. But beware—you might love it too much!
 
And with that, ladies and gents: Slàinte & Cheers!
 
SmartAss Corner
 
1. If you can’t take the heat, well… make some Bourbon. Temps inside American warehouses are much higher than in other Whisky-making regions, so the pace of maturation for a Bourbon is much faster than, say, for a Scotch Whisky.  
 
2) What separates a Bourbon from the rest of the Whiskies? Well…
It has to be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
It must be distilled to no more than 80% ABV and entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 62.5% ABV.
It must be aged in a brand-new, charred white oak barrel.
It has to be be matured—even if it’s only briefly. If a bottle does not bear an age, it’s at least four years old. If it’s been aged for a minimum of two years and does not have any added coloring, flavoring or other spirits, it may be called straight Bourbon.
Bourbon that has an age stated on its label must be labeled with the age of the youngest Whiskey in the bottle.
It must be bottled at 40% ABV or more.
 
3) The craft Bourbon boom is very real. The number of craft distilleries in the U.S. exploded from around 50 to well over 1,000 in just ten years.
 
4) Seems like wealthy tycoons John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie knew how to take a joke. During one Christmas exchange, Carnegie sent a fine Whiskey to Rockefeller—a devout baptist who had given up drinking.
 
5) Rye Whiskey was what most distilleries made before Prohibition. Then, after repeal in 1933, Bourbon, made from corn, became more popular. Corn was easier to grow, and the taste was sweeter. Rye Whiskey production is only a drop in the bucket compared to the rivers of Bourbon produced now, although Rye Whiskey sales have tripled in the past five years.
 
6) Rye—think of it as Bourbon's edgier, spicier cousin (you know the one… ahem). It’s known for imparting what many call a spicy or fruity flavor to the Whiskey. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye), is not very sweet and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why your Rye cocktail tastes a bit drier than it’s Bourbon counterpart. 
 
7) Rocky Mountain… high? Yep. Breckenridge Distillery is located at an altitude of 9600 feet in the Rocky Mountains, high enough to earn it the title of “World’s Highest Distillery.” And yes, we’re pretty sure that the irony was intended. 
 
8) When it comes to welcoming people, Tibetan monks stick their tongue out. But in the U.S., it’s probably a good idea to leave that behavior to the toddler set.
 
9) What’s in a name? When it comes to Whisky (or Whiskey), turns out it’s quite a bit. The spelling differs geographically. Countries that have E's in their names (like the United States and Ireland) tend to spell it WhiskEy. Countries without E’s in their names (like Canada, Scotland and Japan) spell it Whisky. Hope that clears a few things up. 
 
10) Nikola Tesla was convinced that if he drank Whisky every day, he’d live to be 150. Hey, no harm in trying.
 

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Member Reviews and Ratings of Flaviar Welcome Box
Kiersten/
Kiersten/,
A good place to start.
 
Larry
Larry,
I enjoyed it
 
Todd
Todd,
Enjoyed the Breckinridge
 
Joseph
Joseph,
I loved 2/3 of these, great flavor profiles.
 
Paul
Paul,
Good intro to the Club with a tour of the different styles.
 
Clinton
Clinton,
I tried the Few rye today. I’m really enjoying this sample. Smooth, flavorful, little peppery. Enjoying it immensely and will be including this in my bar.
 
Clinton
Clinton,
I tried the Breckinridge and found it to be a bit bland. It started off sweet and faded to nothing for me. Didn’t care for it and wouldn’t buy it. Just my opinion though.
 
Carl
Carl,
I’ve only tried the Breckinridge so far. Not as smooth as I like. I get spice at the front with the sweetness on the back end with a hint of vanilla. Finishes smoother then it starts. Wolfburn- Definitely not my thing. This is extremely Smokey. Does have a subtle fruit aroma, pears maybe. But the smoke is overpowering. Wouldn’t have this again. Copper Fox Rye- Not easy to drink. Very peppery and spicy. Unfortunately the Copper Fox and the Wolfburn bring the rating for this tasting box down as I wouldn’t drink either of those again. But the Breckinridge is good
 
Clinton
Clinton,
I just received my box today. I chose the Wolfburn to sample first. I’m new to Scotch, having only tried 3 so far. I found this to be light compared to the others I’ve tried. I immediately smelled smoke and vanilla. My first taste I got smoke, nutty, vanilla and peat. I was stuck with an aftertaste of smoke on the roof of my mouth. I added a shot of water and it was nice but I still have the smoke stuck to the roof of my mouth. Overall I liked it enough I will probably keep a bottle on hand.
 
Nona
Nona,
Loved it
 
Lori
Lori,
The Wolfburn is my favorite of this. So good. The smoke and the peat are subtle. It’s vanilla forward. My next favorite is Breckenridge. The sweetness comes forward. I’d keep both of these in my home bar. Copper Fox is fine. I find it a bit flat. I get smoke from it and not much else.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Copper fox was a great new find. Especially good for an old fashioned. Breckinridge a bit spicy for me but not bad. Not a fan of Scotch in general, this one didn’t change my mind
 
Brad
Brad,
Breckenridge was good. Wolf burn wasn’t too bad though I’m not keen on smokey scotches yet. Copper fox was gross
 
Tad
Tad,
Never had a bourbon that just flat-out tasted like bread. Interesting mix, but nothing outright amazing.
 
Brian
Brian,
I’m a bourbon guy. However out of this section, my favorite was Wolfburn Scotch. The other two were middle of the road for me. Wasn’t a fan of the Breckinridge. Not that I wouldn’t give it another try.
 
Kirk
Kirk,
Scotch was surprisingly good for being so young. Bourbon was solid. Was not a fan of the rye but taste was unique.
 
Russell
Russell,
The Breckenridge was to die for. I was awesome neat as well as on the rocks. Although we enjoyed sampling the other two, neither we home-runs.
 
Lawrence
Lawrence,
The Wolffurn was a great scotch. The 2 bourbons were interesting but unremarkable. My wife and I both disliked the Copper Fox.
 
Chris
Chris,
The Breckinridge was fantastic. Wonderful bourbon that I would buy a bottle of. The Copper Fox Rye was a nice treat that I could enjoy a few times a year, but didn’t “wow” me. The Wolfburn was the major disappointment of the group. I’m a huge fan of single malt Scotch, and struggled through the glass.
 
Robin
Robin,
Loved the Breckenridge. Smoother than the other two.
 
Shea
Shea,
Too peaty/smoky for my taste
 
Sruthi
Sruthi,
Only bourbon was good
 
Tony
Tony,
A great selection that covers a variety of smells and flavors. I already feel more acquainted with what is ‘possible’ in a whiskey.
 
Brad
Brad,
The Breckinridge was very good smooth with clean finish The wolfburn was ok. Not a fan of scotches but if you are you should try it for yourself. The copper Fox Rye. Peppery and I also taste apple and cinnamon. It’s okay but too peppery for my taste.
 
Corey
Corey,
A good mixture, our preference was definitely the Breckinridge but all very drinkable.
 
Brent
Brent,
Scotch was not good at all. Rye was just ok but the Bourbon was good!
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Loved the Breckinridge Bourbon...aroma and taste were amazing. Copper fox Rye was overpowered by Cinammon for a Rye. Not getting the Spivey hit on it. Finally the Wolfburn Northland Scotch was bland and boring.
 
Kara
Kara,
I did not like the scotch at all. The other two were nice and fun.
 
keith
keith,
Not fond of the Rye , Bourbon was acceptable as was the single malt.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Good variety excited to be a member!
 
Michael
Michael,
The Bourbon was the Best. Did care for the Rye or Scotch as I am not much on smoky tastes.
 
Derek
Derek,
Bourbon was best. Rye too much bite. Scotch second taste with a small bit of water was good.
 
Emily
Emily,
The Bourbon was good, the Rye was interesting but not for me, the Scotch had a wonderful beginning but then went somewhere strange and not to my liking.
 
Bobby
Bobby,
The scotch was not up my alley. The rye was good and the bourbon was great
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Great welcome box to introduce you to Flaviar
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Picking our favorite of the bunch was difficult. We enjoyed the distinct flavors of each.
 
Brian
Brian,
The bourbon and rye were good the scotch from wolf burn was not that great for my taste.
 
Antti
Antti,
A very good sampling of a newer Bourbon, Rye & Scotch
 
Neil
Neil,
Great introductory blend of whiskey and scotch
 
Phillip
Phillip,
Did not like the Rye, the Scotch was a lot better than I expected (normally don’t care for Scotch), the Bourbon was the best of the three.
 
John
John,
Ok. Bourbon was best.
 
Sonja
Sonja,
Harsh/ I’m not a whiskey fan I’ve learned.
 
Adam
Adam,
Scotch was my favorite
 
Kenny
Kenny,
Wasn't a big fan of any of them personally. But I now know that I don't like the smoke/spice.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
This was great! Three completely different tastes.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Light and smooth.
 
Janean
Janean,
Just tried my first sample and did a blind test on the three! Never had scotch (that I am aware of) but this was light and easy to my taste. The bourbon was 2nd favorite and the rhy was definitely on the peppery side. All in all my first sample and I will be looking forward to more!!
 
Phil
Phil,
Enjoyed this tasting box! I was disappointed by the Breckenridge but the Copper Fox was nice. The Scotch was by far my favorite.
 
Paul
Paul,
i like the variety - these clearly taste different. I liked the Rye the best, but hadn't tried any of these before
 
Lora
Lora,
A decent introduction! I was surprised how much I enjoyed the Copper Fox, but my favorite by far was the Wolfburn.
 
guest
guest,
No description on the amount of anything that comes in the box.
Greg
Greg,
It does say "50 ml Samples of each" right above the pictures...
Michael
Michael,
Was cool to try all these. Bourbon was the only one I really liked though.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Very interesting mix. Gets a good conversation going
 
Nate
Nate,
Not a fan of the scotch, too smoky and peaty. The Bourbon was good probably a 7.5-8 for me and the Rye was okay at around a 5.5 to a 6. The scotch is a 2 for me, but i have learned I’m not really a scotch guy.
 
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