Dave Selden, creator of all things 33 Books, has revealed his latest creation, the “Flight Deck” tasting mats. If you are not familiar with his work, we have reviewed previous products including his cider tasting journals and mug. Dave is a one-man publishing operation based in Portland, Oregon creating all types of products to enhance your tasting experiences at home or when you leave a beer, cider, or distillery events. His latest invention, the tasting mat, allows you to compare and contrast 3-separate items side-by-side, in the same way you enjoy a flight at a cidery or brewery!
“Flight Decks are a great way to organize tasting events for professionals and novices alike, and last as scrapbook-worthy souvenirs. There are 20 cards in each deck, enough for 60 drams of whisk(e)y, coffee, cider or beer (more to come). Cards measure 10½ x 4 inches and are letterpress-printed on extremely heavy and absorbent 100% recycled coaster stock.”
The cider flight deck, in particular, allows you to note the creator of each cider, the ABV, the packaging, the cidermaker, the style, and what apples were used. You can also provide a star rating. This can be used on the road at different locations and give you a sense of all that you tried. You can also pair this with the 33 books journal to gather all necessary notes in further detail. We think we will keep the flight deck in our car and use it as a method of getting quick notes when at a local cidery or brewery.
We can buy what we like or find it at the store and use our cider tasting journal to map out some of the deeper nuances in the comfort of our home. Dave mentions that these flight decks are a great way to…
To enhance the experience, Dave also sells flight boards to give you a hard surface to place behind your flight card. This, like the cider journal and flight decks, are available on his website. We love all that 33 Books has to offer and will certainly find ourselves using these in a cidery near you soon! This is a great gift for cider fans for the upcoming holiday season!!!