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!