t8ke’s Private Selections

Over the last couple of years, I have been involved in a number of private selections extending across bourbon, scotch, rum and brandy.

2018: r/Rum’s XXX:One Rum

Stretching across 2018 and seeing delivery in early 2019, I was a member of the tasting panel that chose r/Rum’s inaugural rum selection. We tasted 5 different samples blind and settled on the middle sample of the batch, which turned out to be a 13yr Foursquare.

Distiller: Foursquare (Barbados)

Bottler: FineDrams (Denmark)

Age: 13 Years

ABV: 63% ABV

Bottle: One of 266

2019: Domaine del Cassou 20yr L’Encantada 1998 “Hail Yak” Cask #44

Taking place in early 2019, Hail Yak is an ongoing brandy private label that celebrates the diversity and quality found in independent “Yak” (Cognac & Armagnac) casks that are available for purchase through private brokers. Two samples easily dominated the sample pool we received, so we elected to kick off with this 20yr Cassou for the inaugural Hail Yak labeling.

Distiller: Domaine del Cassou

Bottler: L’Encantada

Importer & Retailer: FineDrams

Age: 20 Years

ABV: 49.2% ABV

Bottle: One of 190

2019: Lous Pibous 24yr L’Encantada 1995 “Hail Yak II” Cask #135

A sample too good to let slip through our fingers, we chose this 24yr Lous Pibous to accompany the original Hail Yak. While we originally thought we’d take just one cask, sometimes life throws you curveballs. This is a 24yr cask of Armagnac from the storied Lous Pibous and was a perfect fit to become the sequel to Hail Yak.

Distiller: Lous Pibous

Bottler: L’Encantada

Importer & Retailer: FineDrams

Age: 24 Years

ABV: 56.1% ABV

Cask: Cask #135

Coming Soon

  • XXX:Two (Rum)
  • XXX:Three (Rum)
  • ??? Cognac
  • r/Bourbon’s 2019 Selection
  • r/Scotch’s 2019 Selection