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 harbinger of your membership journey with Flaviar. Once you’ve savored its contents, there’s no turning back—the rabbit hole is deep and Wonderland awaits. It’s going 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 on your lips, and it goes down smoother than Don Juan’s most precious pick up lines. In short, it’s a proper badass.
 
There are many countries capable of making excellent Whisk(e)y and eventually you’ll get to know them all. But for now, you have three to kickstart your journey of spiritual enlightenment. The spirits we chose are not necessarily established, but they’re young and brilliant—and that goes perfectly with 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.. FEW Rye Whiskey 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 but with a peaty twist. 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—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. 
 
6) Evanston, Illinois—the home of the Temperance Movement—remained dry for over a century. You can thank the master distiller at FEW for overturning those laws and becoming the city’s first distiller of grain spirits. Someone start working on a statue of this man, ASAP.
 
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
Don
Don,
A good mix. Great way to start.
 
Wes
Wes,
Top notch selections across the board. I love whiskey, and all are fine samples.
 
Ivan
Ivan,
It’s ok for starting point.
 
Philip
Philip,
The bourbon and rye were both good. The smoky flavor of the scotch was overpowering and not pleasant. I would not drink the scotch again.
Price
Price,
Completely agree. The rye was great! The bourbon was just okay. But the scotch was awful!
Mark
Mark,
Very much so enjoyed the Rye. The bourbon was okay. The scotch was quite smoky (got too much the more of it I drank). I was pleased with the variety and am discovering more and more what I like!
 
Andria
Andria,
Loved the rye so much I’m planning on purchasing a bottle. The scotch was too smoky for me. The bourbon was delightful.
 
James
James,
Very good for my first sampler pack.
 
JUSTIN
JUSTIN,
What a fun time to really start to expand my Bourbon vocabualry!
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Scotch was lovely, bourbon was okay and I’m still not the biggest fan of rye!
 
Fred
Fred,
Welcome box: I enjoyed the Wolfburn Morven, the heavy Smokey taste was quite interesting. The Breckinridge Bourbon was also good, but I did not care for the Few Rye Whiskey. I am looking forward to my next tasting.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Breckenridge was very good however the Wolfburn was horrible
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
For the “welcome” box I wasn’t overly impressed. Breckenridge was the star of the samples, while Wolfburn left me disappointed.
 
Newton
Newton,
I didn't like the scotch, I couldn't get beyond the smoke, it was too dominant. It was supposed to be lightly peated but seemed quite strong to me.. The bourbon was good, but just a bit above average and not overly memorable. I felt the rye was the best of the 3.
 
Michael
Michael,
Loved Breckinridge and Wolfburn but wouldn’t serve CopperFox to my worst enemy
 
Mark
Mark,
I love all three selections. I have not heard of any of the three tastings. I have not had a lot of scotch, but most I have sampled have a strong peet aroma and flavor. The Wolfburn Single Malt Scotch is smooth and balanced.
 
Scott
Scott,
Bourbon was something I would purchase but the scotch was terrible
 
Elton
Elton,
Loved the paring, first time trying a smoky scotch, very nice. Rye and bourbon was also nice.
 
Shaw
Shaw,
I feel like the selection could've been better, but glad I tried this and to be a member of Flaviar. That said, I hope my next tasting exceeds my expectations, because I don't feel my notes in what I like were taken into account.
 
Scott
Scott,
A great introduction to the club
 
Lisa
Lisa,
I liked Few. I just do not like scotch. I have not met one yet that I could like.
 
Loren
Loren,
I was hoping for better. The Breckenridge sat with me the best overall. Few had an unexpected taste but not one I would buy again. Wolfburn tasted like turpentine.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Scotch is very peaty I probably would stock my bar with the bourbon but the rye was nice.
 
Conor
Conor,
Tried with a friend. We both agreed that the bourbon was the best part. Could definitely taste the spicy-ness of the rye. The scotch was our least favorite due to the strong peat flavor which we found overpowering.
 
Alex
Alex,
Very good flavors that changes with every taste. Definitely experience with drops of water to change the chemical balance.
 
Corinne
Corinne,
Good variety of flavors and fun experience!
 
Garrett
Garrett,
I really really enjoy the tasting box experience. It makes me feel like a true aficionado. That being said, the choices in this box were...ok. At the time of this review, they included the Breckenridge Bourbon, the Few Rye Whiskey, and the Wolfburn Morven Scotch. The bourbon was the best of the three and got a 8 stars out of ten. Smooth and crisp, could see it being a daily drinker. The Rye was my least favorite of the three, at 6 starts out of ten. There was an imbalance of sweet and spicy that my taste buds just could not get on board with. The scotch was a nice middle of the road spirit. Good peat, but just a bit too much medicine taste for my liking. All in all, the box gets 7 out of 10 stars.
 
Cassandra
Cassandra,
I really enjoyed my first tasting box!
 
Michael
Michael,
This was a great variety introduction package.
 
Cory
Cory,
Nice range from the 3, I don't typically like this region of Scotch, but it was tasty. Bourbon would be a nice daily drinker.
 
benjamin
benjamin,
All in all, good representations of solid spirits in their classes. The Breckinridge is well balanced. The wolfburn is a good, solid peated whiskey. Beware, the pic is incorrect as the FEW rye is not pictured and Copperfox is not a part of this set. FEW makes a good rye whiskey, a good example of one if you haven’t had one before.
 
David
David,
Liked all three whiskies and would buy all of them again! The Breckinridge was number one of the bunch!
 
David
David,
The whiskey was sooo good and I’m not a whiskey guy. The bourbon was good too. I couldn’t do the scotch at all - reminded me of bad mouthwash.
 
Amber
Amber,
Nice start. Excited for new ones.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
I enjoyed both the bourbon and the rye. The bourbon was pretty smooth with a decent finish, and the rye was nice with the hints of honey and caramel. I didn't care for the scotch.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Tasty overall, but if you’re not a scotch lover, get ready for a smoke party.
 
Kurt
Kurt,
I enjoyed A and B. B was more of a smoky blend. The scotch (C), I didn't enjoy at all, unfortunately.
 
Mike
Mike,
If you like whiskey, this is the perfect start box
 
Katie
Katie,
Not thrilled with any of these. I’m not a scotch person... it was not good. The rye was the best of the three.
 
Katie
Katie,
Fun
 
Lisa
Lisa,
I thought this was very great open and a lot of fun to sample.
 
Rickey
Rickey,
Not sure if this membership adds anything to my life yet. I hope it get better welcome box I like B. C I don’t think they tasted it before bottling .
 
Matthew
Matthew,
The bourbon was the most flavorful. I’m still not convinced about rye. Too spicy. The scotch was decent though.
 
Brian
Brian,
Good picks, but the styles are so varied it wasn’t a great “tasting”
 
Karen
Karen,
Interesting samples.
 
Wade
Wade,
Great selection
 
Luke
Luke,
It was good, the scotch was really interesting but not bad. Loved the breckenridge one
 
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