Last night I met up with a friend of mine who just came back from Bhutan. Which, by the way, the Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul, or Land of the Dragon. She went there not as a tourist (which, is very limited anyway and someone literally has to accompany you at all times), but as something even more rare - she went there to work and lived there for a period of months. She had special permission from the ministry to do this, etc.
So what did she do? She brought me back some Bhutanese Whisky. How cool is that? And how cool is she? I’ll do a more thorough post on this, but wanted to post up some Whisky Bottle Porn of Coronation Silver Jubilee Whisky (or CSJ Whisky for those in the know) and a few tidbits she told me.
- This whisky is from the Gedelphu Distillery, which is incredibly remote. Apparently everyone that can go to Bhutan flies into Paro (which is the only paved airport in Bhutan). Gedelphu is a 2 Day (Day!) bus ride from Paro and it is in the middle of nowhere.
- The weird peacock design thing is actually a hat that the king of Bhutan wears on special occasions. The design on the bottle it the Bhutanese flag, except where the King’s peacock hat is would normally be a dragon.
- The bottle is labelled as 25’ Up and 42.8% v/v. My first thought is to thank goodness it’s not 50’ UP because I’m not sure I’d be able to deal with that. In reality, I’ll go through at a later date and put some research into what those markings actually mean.
- The blend is made with “Extra neutral” grain whisky to commemorate the 25 Years of Enthronement of “The 4th Druk Gyalpo”, which basically translates to the 4th King of the Land of the Dragon. Totally sweet.
So, now for some whisky bottle action. I’ll post a formal review and do some more searching on this whisky in a little bit, but thought I’d share my excitement with everyone. Here’s to hoping it’s amazing, right?
For an impoverished land, they sure know how to dress up special whiskies
The 4th Druk Gyalpo Deserved this Whisky
A Taste of Bhutan