Tag Archives: FYM Productions

One For The Ladies

Last week in my post A Whisky Lovers Dream Job, I announced to you all the amazing program that Hudson Distillery has launched to find their new Brand Ambassador.  This week I couldn’t resist but share with you this episode I received from the Hudson team about Women in Whiskey.  Enjoy and stay tuned for more Hudson Whiskey episodes!

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A Whiskey Lovers Dream Job

Ever dream about jet setting around the country talking about whiskey?  If so, you are in luck!  Hudson Whiskey is looking for a new Brand Ambassador, someone to represent the brand nationally as the face of the craft spirit.  Hudson is looking for someone with a passion for whiskey who embodies their can-do spirit.

They’ll need it, because they’ll be traveling around the country, talking to bartenders and restaurant owners, hosting events, connecting with whiskey enthusiasts via social media and representing Hudson in the national press. If you are a rare character and whiskey lover, this is the job for you.

Got what it takes to be the next face of Hudson Whiskey? Apply now at:
http://hudsonwhiskey.com/makingthecut

Cheers!


The Balvenie Announces Winner of The American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award

On February 6th The American Craft Council along with The Balvenie declared Douglas Brooks, Vermont Boat Builder, as the winner of the American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award.  The award was presented at an exclusive luncheon at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York City where a select group of influencers including the longest standing Malt Master in history, David Stewart honored the five nominated craftspeople and their respective traditional art forms.

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The American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award in association with The Balvenie recognizes one winner and four finalists who are awarded annually in recognition and support of contributions to the maintenance and revival of traditional or rare crafts in America.  To be considered for the Fellowship, individuals must demonstrate a contribution to the preservation of traditional and rare craft techniques, processes, or products and meet a quality criterion.  Hundreds were vetted and five were selected as finalists with Douglas Brooks honored as the 2014 Fellow.  Brooks will receive an exclusive trip to Scotland and a $10,000 endowment to go towards materials and continuing his craft.  The four additional finalists received a $5,000 endowment and a trip to New York City where they showcased their work at the awards luncheon.

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The once-in-a-lifetime trip to Scotland awarded to Brooks will provide the Fellow with an opportunity to spend time at the legendary distillery, apprenticing under a local craftsman of his choosing.  The two-week Fellowship will feature a week at the historic Balvenie distillery, where Brooks will learn more about the traditional crafts of whisky making while also receiving the rare opportunity to work with legendary malt master David Stewart, who was part of the jury that selected the finalists and awarded Brooks with this unique opportunity.

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To illustrate the passion and commitment to craft of the Fellow and the nominees, each of them were showcased in a short film that was premiered at the luncheon.  The beautiful films were shot over two months from FYM Productions, a New York City based production company.  Click on each of the names below to take a look in to the workshops some of the men and women who are keeping craft alive in America!

Douglass Brooks |Boat Builder Vergennes, Vermont *2014 Fellow

Scott Baxendale | Luthier Athens, Georgia

Stephen Bilenky | Bicycle Builder Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ubaldo Vitali | Silversmith Newark, New Jersey

Ina Grau | Shoemakers Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cheers!


A Taste of Irish True

New York City is full of exciting events at legendary venues each and every night of the week. Mornings over coffee are filled with gossip about the elite access and private parties that lit up the city the night before. Last night I was lucky enough to be one of 24 guests to attend an event of this kind. The exclusive venue happened to be the Consul General of Ireland’s private penthouse residence and the celebrity of the evening was a vintage bottle of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey.

The evening was hosted by Mr. Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, and Mrs. Hanora O’Dea Kilkenny, and struck a beautiful balance of the storied legacy and the bright future of Tullamore D.E.W. Upon stepping off the elevator onto the 52nd floor, I was warmly welcomed by Mr. Noel Kilkenny, his wife, and their two Labrador Retrievers to their impressive duplex penthouse. The evening began under the setting sun with delicious Tullamore D.E.W. cocktails served on the 360 degree wrap-around balcony. After a few cocktails and some wonderful whiskey conversation, the breathtaking group of elite NYC guests were ushered down to the first floor where a proper tasting was awaiting.

Welcomed by the charming and witty Brand Ambassador Tim Herlihy, guests were immersed into the Irish True world of Tullamore D.E.W. This year the brand is building its future by strengthening the ties to its past. The renovated state of the art Tullamore D.E.W. Visitor Centre in Ireland has been re-opened; returning distillation of the liquid to the town of Tullamore for the first time since 1959. This bit of information provided a perfect segue into the main event of the night, tasting whiskey! Tim had with him a stash of three very different but equally beautiful expressions of Tullamore D.E.W, giving guests a taste of the past and the future.

The first whiskey we tasted, Tullamore D.E.W. Private Stock, was from the old distillery. This bottle was so rare that it is the only bottle the company has and the bottle so unique that upon cracking the seal Tim was surprised to find he would need a corkscrew to actually open it! Distilled in 1940 this Single Pot Still whiskey was aged in Bourbon casks and pulled from Daniel E. Williams private stock. The gorgeous liquid was extremely smooth with a burst of spice on the palate.

The second whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. 1970S, is another extinct bottle. Distilled in 1948 in a coffee-still, the liquid was a blend which was truly pioneering for the time. The whiskey, produced at the old St. John’s Lane distillery in Dublin, was triple distilled and triple blended created with the American palate in mind.

Finally, we enjoyed Tullamore D.E.W. number three. Lucky for us, it is still available! Matured in Bourbon and Sherry casks the liquid remains true to the heritage of Tullamore D.E.W. This bottle featured new packaging paying homage to where the liquid came from and the man himself who made all of this possible

It’s hard to say which whiskey was my favorite as they all were so unique and beautiful in their own way. At any rate, I must admit that I am one lucky lady to have been able to taste a bit of two now extinct bottles of Tullamore D.E.W!

Photography by FYM Productions

Cheers!


Everybody Loves a Flash Mob

This past Saturday, August 25th, two William Grant & Sons employees decided to show their pioneering spirit for Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch, the brand which the company was built on.  As part of an internal company contest to show your passion for Glenfiddich, a select group of people will be chose to venture to Cambodia to build houses.

Celebrating the company’s 125 years in the spirits industry, Jeremiah “Mackie” Courtney and Lorne Cousin, also know as “Scottish Piper to the Stars”, teamed up to organize the world’s first ever bagpipe flash mob!  125 pipers from more than 11 different bands came together in New York City’s Battery Park to celebrate two icons of independence, Glenfiddich and Lady Liberty.  During the performance, bands were placed in different sections around the park each playing “Scotland the Brave” and then all coming together for a moving performance of Amazing Grace.  After a series of encores prompted by the crowd, all 125 pipers followed Mackie and Lorne to The Palm to raise a dram to Glenfiddich and Lady Liberty.

Check out the amazing video done by FYM Productions!

http://youtu.be/y7dh-RxXBCo