Whiskey Fest 2015 Recap
Shiny suits, big hair, white gogo boots, and cat eyes for days were some of the things you might count on seeing during the 1960s. An era of cool swank, with Sinatra as the soundtrack. During this year’s Dallas Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival, it was all about traveling back to the cool with a bevy of boozy samples, gambling tables and the sounds of Ricki Dereck & the Vegas Six.
Held at the Status Jet Hangar at Addison Airport, the entrance into Whiskey Fest (as always) did not disappoint. Two beautiful white and black flamingo feathered ladies stood posing with one of several BMW’s. Meanwhile, the night sky set the perfect backdrop for the band, and cigar lounge. Inside, booths were lined up filled with a mixture of different bourbons, whiskies and other spirits. To begin the evening, I started with a bit of Texas’ own, Silver Star Whiskey. I went for the honey flavored version mixed with iced tea, a truly southern choice. Next it was time to see the doctor. Dr.McGillicudy’s had a number of flavored whiskies, including an unforgettable apple pie flavor that tasted like everything you love about fall and one concoction that was like eating a snickerdoodle cookie and washing it down with eggnog.
With so many boozy samples and cocktails, one may find themselves feeling somewhat hungered. Luckily, Norma’s Café was there, serving up shooters of comfort food, chicken fried steak to be exact. By the end of the evening, I’d easily devoured a full sized steak. For something lighter Cantina Laredo dished out some crunchy ahi tuna tacos.
Once I’d sufficiently stuffed my face it was time to keep the boozing going. I went for the Houston made Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey. One of the only rye’s made in Texas, it has hints of maple with a peppery finish.
Although the event was primarily about whiskey, other spirits had their time to shine. Texas Jalapeño Moonshine from Hill Country Distillers had a unique flavor that began light and ended with a twinge of spice. Blue Nectar Tequila and Zodiac Vodka were also there.
The final and favorite sip of the evening belongs to Licor 43 topped off with heavy whipping cream, which literally tasted like Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. With one taste I was in my happy place. With the second taste, I lived there.
After sipping aplenty, indulging in my fair share of chicken fried steak shooters, and swanking out to some classic 1960s tunes it was time to leave this blast from the past. For the fourth year in a row, Whiskey Fest came with the lavish libations and all the flashy fixings. TXMB