September 2023 – Issue #13
Abov: Elevating Your Whiskey for a Full Year
Welcome to the birthday edition of Abov the Noise! One year ago this month we launched our first newsletter. To celebrate, we’re giving away rare bourbon, taking (metaphorical) a trip to the Faroe Islands, and celebrating a meme-come-true.
ABOV THE CROWDS
Calling all Patrons
This month we’re launching a Patreon and asking for your support in the ongoing development and content creation that goes into Abov! We have multiple options involving expedited bottle adds, development insights, and collection downloads. As an added incentive to sign up early, we’re giving away 6 limited edition bottles of Angel’s Envy Bourbon Private Selection – Proof Edition. Only 36 bottles were produced, so if you’re a collector, this is a unique opportunity to assist us and get something for yourself!
THE OTHER ISLANDS WHISKY
A Faroe-way Place
Scotch whisky is famous the world over for many of its climate-specific characteristics. Peat smoke, sea salt, and long aging are all trademarks of a good scotch whisky. The Faroe Islands are betting those same characteristics will turn these tiny islands into a whisky destination.
D&D WHISKEY? JUST ROLL WITH IT
In a new slant on the celebrity spirits game, Matthew Lillard of
Omnipotent Shaggy Meme Scooby Doo fame has launched the first of 16 bottles in a series of D&D collectibles which will pay homage to the D&D world’s most well-known characters and classes. Interestingly you’ll only be able to get these bottles through online resellers, a growing part of the whiskey distribution trends (see the next article!).
(AVOIDING) HITTING THE SHELVES
Online Whiskey Boom
Since the pandemic the world has gone online for more and more of the day-to-day tasks that used to be done in-person. Clothing? Ship it. Groceries? Deliver it. McDonalds fries? Bring them do my door! Why should whiskey be any different? Regulations have stifled explosive growth, but the industry is finding a way, growing at about 20% year-over-year. There’s almost certainly a retailer out there who will bring your favorite bottle to your door!
WHAT'S IN YOUR GLASS?
Woodford Reserved Doubled Oaked Bourbon
What is better than one oak barrel? How about two! The initial toasty sweetness of the Woodford Double Oaked transforms into a flavorful mix of caramel, dark chocolate, and a hint of spices. It’s the kind of bourbon that turns sipping into an art form – double the oak, double the delight!
USER REVIEW OF THE MONTH
gullydwarf – M&H Elements Sherry – 84/100
“Lovely, somehow picked up mint amongst the typical bourbon/sherry notes”
WHAT THE ABOV TEAM IS DRINKING
Jordan – @WhiskyCIO
MOST COVETED WHISK(E)Y THIS MONTH
Angel’s Envy Bourbon, the whiskey that even the angels are envious of. With its velvety smoothness and a touch of sweetness, it’s like a siren’s call for your taste buds. Sip it slowly and let the angels do a double take – this bourbon is truly heavenly.
APPLE'S PRIVACY ISSUE
Apple has a really cool feature that blocks your email with a proxy email address. They say emails will still reach you, but based on the number of “bounces” we get, this is a lie. If you’ve used this feature and submitted a whiskey, we have no way of reaching you! Honestly, there’s like a 50/50 chance none of you see this. If you do see this, and you’ve used the privacy mask, please send us an email so that we can add your real email to our contact list!