The Drinkable Week: Walking Dead beer, Ketel One vodka & 75-year-old Scotch whisky

Some walking corpses, 325-year-old spirits and what happens when you’re trapped in a barrel for three quarters of a century…all on the latest episode of the Drinkable Week.

• Skybound Entertainment, the company founded by The Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman, has joined forces with Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company to create what will likely be a huge hit at Halloween parties this fall: The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA. Other breweries have had official and unofficial ties with the series, but this is the first fully licensed brand to bear the Walking Dead name. Philadelphia’s Dock Street brewing company released an homage to the series last year in the form of Dock Street Walker, which was brewed with actual goat brains.

But Terrapin is a good fit, as the original comic book and the show on which it’s based are set mostly in Georgia. The series is also shot there.

• The Nolet Family Distillery, creator of the super-premium brand, is celebrating its 325th anniversary this year. To mark the event the brand is unveiling a special commemorative bottle, reflecting on the eleven generations of family distilling heritage. It was 10th generation proprietor Carolus Nolet Sr. who first crafted the product a few decades ago.

• Most drinkers have had Scotches that have matured for 12, 18 and 21 years…But I’d wager that not many have had one that’s spent 7 and a half decades in a barrel . With much pomp and circumstance at london’s Royal Opera house, whisky company Gordon & MacPhail introduced the world to Mortlach 75 years old. It was in November 1939 that the distillers filled a sherry cask with the new-make spirit from Speyside’s Mortlach distillery. Think about that for a second. The stuff in the bottle was made two months after the start of World War II! You’ve got to have very deep pockets if you want to try it. A bottle will run you £20,000 or around US$31,000 US dollars. Sending your kids to college is overrated anyway!

But hey, you know what’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg? My book The Year of Drinking Adventurously, available for pre-order at Amazon and other online retailers.bookcover copy

About Jeff Cioletti

I’m Jeff Cioletti and The Drinkable Globe marries my two greatest passions: fine drink and travel. The search for the former usually drives the latter. I'm the author of The Year of Drinking Adventurously. When I’m not traveling and drinking— aww, hell, who am I kidding, even when I am—I'm editor-at-large of Beverage World magazine and its companion site, I’ve been at Beverage World since January 2003. I’ve been interviewed on beverage-related topics for CNN, Fox Business News, CNBC, Beer Sessions Radio, Canada's ROB TV, NPR, BBC World, BBC Radio, The Associated Press, The New York Post, Financial Times, Investors Business Daily, Advertising Age, WCBS-TV and several other media outlets. Beyond the journalism gig, I’m also a filmmaker; I wrote, produced and co-directed the feature film, “Beerituality,” a comedy set in the world of craft beer. The film is available on at and can be streamed and downloaded at

Posted on September 7, 2015, in Craft Beer, Scotch whisky, vodka and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Congratulations on your book!


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