Jazz music is music for the soul, I think. It is the type of music you just sit and consider, much like you would sit and consider a good glass of Scotch. Does this mean the two are compatible soul mates? I guess we are about to find out, as word has surfaced of Kind of Blue, a new blended Scotch whisky created to pay homage to jazz legend Miles Davis.
Davis, for those who don’t know him, was a trumpet player extraordinaire, and quite simply one of the best jazz musicians of all time. He had a long and esteemed career which spanned the course of five decades before his death in 1991 at the age of 65. One of the many albums he produced during this time was Kind of Blue, a 1959 release considered to be his best-selling, if not the best selling, jazz record of all time.
It is this album that Kind of Blue whisky, developed by Rivera Imports, is named after. We’re aware of no official press information at this time, but there’s enough other information out there at this point to tell you about it.
Kind of Blue, as mentioned earlier, is an imported blended Scotch whisky. It has no age statement, is bottled at 40% ABV, and was crafted “by melding grain and mature malt Scotch whiskeys from Islay, the Highlands and Speyside.” There’s not much more to know about it at this point, apart from official tasting notes we’ve included below. If more surfaces, we will update the story.
The Color: A deep amber radiance.
The Taste: An exceptional blend of rich fruity flavors balanced with an undertone of sweet spiciness and a bit of soft Madagascan vanilla, finished by a puff of smoke.
The Nose: An influence of green apples, toffee and fruit flavors at the start. Think of raisins and candied pecans, followed by a buttery caramel sweetness with gentle hints of vanilla.
The Finish: A smooth complex rich fruit flavor where the grassy barley hangs around, producing just the right sweetness.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...