The Library Journal – March 2021 | Vol. 06, Ed. 03
GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
Is it just us, or did these last few sunny days get you dreaming about some bright cocktail flavors? If the answer is yes, come down for an In Too Deep. With light, bright acidity, nutty cinnamon notes and green and grassy cachaça, it’s a perfect between-the-seasons tropical drink. For those of you still mixing at home, we’ve provided the specs below as well as information on a very special scotch flight and movie night.
For those of you still on the wait list for membership, a $250 or more donation to the Oregon Food Bank will move you to the top of the list! Join us as we raise $50,000 to help OFB tackle food insecurity and provide 150,000 meals to our community. You can read more about this offer here.
Also in the news, an already-famous bottle of whisky is winging it’s way towards the Library. Read on for more about the Yamazaki 55 and the enormous splash it has made in the whisky world!
Plus, it’s Women’s History Month, and we are taking this opportunity to say thank you to the wildly talented women who make, shake, distill, brew, blend, bottle and write about some of our our favorite things in this big beautiful world of distilling. We will be featuring a signature cocktail this month with proceeds going Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest.
As always, thank you for your readership. Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Your Friends at the Library
THIS BOTTLE IS BREAKING ALL THE RECORDS…AND IT’S COMING TO THE LIBRARY
In June, Yamazaki released 100 bottles of the oldest Japanese whiskey ever made – a 55-year old single malt distilled in 1960. Of those 100 bottles, 20 will make it to the United States, a handful will arrive on the West Coast, and one will be welcomed at the Multnomah Whiskey Library. A bottle from a sister barrel recently sold on auction in Hong Kong for six figures, becoming the most highly valued bottle of Japanese whisky on record. We are planning a once-in-a-lifetime ticketed event around opening and pouring this bottle at MWL, so stay tuned for more details!
MOVIE & A FLIGHT
Enjoy an evening in with a Bruichladdich flight, snacks, and The Water of Life, a fascinating new film documenting the craftsmen, renegades, and chemists at the heart of the scotch whisky revolution.
MWL has partnered with some of our favorite brands to bring our members House Pours: a complimentary taste of a new, classic, interesting, or just-plain-fun spirit.
March’s House Pour is Mezcal Union El Viejo, blended by Alicia Bret Iglesias at their Oaxaca bottling site.
Members who visit this month can request a half pour on the house!
A LOVE LETTER TO BAR CARTS – WE MISS YOU!
If you, like us, are missing the rumble of the bar carts across the wood floors in the Library, don’t worry, they will be back soon!
We’ve temporarily parked our carts to facilitate social distancing and keep our guests and our team as safe as possible during the initial reopening phases. Feel free to email us for more details about our safety and sanitation procedures.
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN DISTILLATION
Lykke Li, Gina Correll Aglietti and Yola Jimenez of Yola Mezcal. Photo by Tracy Nguyen for The New York Times.
Yola Jiminez and her partners (pictured above) have recently joined the esteemed ranks of women making waves in the distilling world. Their commitment to empowering women in a male-dominated industry is truly inspiring – working almost exclusively with female farmers and hiring women to work at the Yola Mezcal distillery in Oaxaca.
While it’s no secret that women play an essential role in distilling, just look at Oregon’s own Jill Kuehler from Freeland Spirits and Chaunci King of Royalty Spirits, Hangar 1 head distiller Caley Shoemaker, Diageo’s first female apprentice coopers Angela Cochrane and Kirsty Olychick, Joy Spence from Appleton Estate, and Dewar’s master blender, Stephanie Macleod, the truth is that there is still work to be done in breaking down ideological barriers that make it difficult for women to succeed in this industry. At a time when 95% of Fortune 500 CEOs are men, women running a spirits company remains headline-making news.
These days, many women find their way into distilling through a love of science, like Troutdale native Molly Troupe, who earned her first degree in chemisty before heading to Scotland’s Heriot Watt University where she earned a Master degree in Brewing and Distilling. Molly now puts her accomplishments to excellent use at Freeland Spirits as the youngest female Master Distiller in the United States.
Women entering into science and tech fields was at an all-time high before the pandemic, and while recent job loss and career disruption has disproportionately affected women, organizations like Girls Inc., Million Women Mentors, and the Association for Women in Science are doing their best to help women hold their ground.
At the Library, we are committed to celebrating year round those brands seeking greater equity in the distillation world. While we only highlighted a handful of exceptional women in this article, as we continue to add portraits to our wall of whiskey innovators and pioneers, we are grateful that our biggest challenge has become choosing among so many talented individuals.
We’d love to hear from you, whose portrait would you like to see on the wall?
UPDATES & INFORMATION
MWL is now open for member reservations Thursday-Saturday from 3-11pm. If you don’t see an available reservation on your preferred date or time, please email us.