This is not a bourbon review at all, but is a review of a beer finished much like a bourbon. James E. Pepper brewed an American Brown Ale and aged it in oak barrels. The Ale was aged in the same oak barrels in which James E. Pepper recently aged their 1776 Straight Rye Whiskey. The Ale is […]
Cocktails & Drinks
Michter’s off the shelf, Rye, Bourbon, Sour Mash and Whiskey are all excellent but add 10 years of age and you get a superior product. The 10 Year Bourbon comes in limited quantities from a single barrel that is fire charred new American white oak. The nose has a pleasant vanilla quality to it. The […]
Old Forester is the very first bottled bourbon in America, and has been bottled and sold here for that 140 years. George Garvin Brown started the product so, for the last 13 years, on the anniversary of his September 2 birthday, they release the Birthday Bourbon. This bourbon is selected from a single day of […]
Another excellent product from the house of Willett; a product that Robert Parker, the wine aficionado, claimed to be as close to Pappy as anything else he has tasted.
Old Bardstown Estate Bottled is a another solid label created by the folks at Willett. Much like Johnny Drum it also comes with a reasonable price tag, if you can pick up a bottle. It is a well decorated product that has earned a lot of awards along the way. As a Sour Mash it uses […]
It is that time of year, depending on what state you live in, to be on the lo-out for the Fall Pappy Van Winkle release. The Pappy label is distilled at Buffalo Trace but is still created by the Van Winkle family, currently Julian Van Winkle III.
Johnny Drum is a bourbon label made by Willett. I find it to be both icious and very reasonably priced. It comes with a tiny bolet explaining that Johnny Drum was a drummer in the confederate army who returned home from the Civil War, to Kentucky, and distilled bourbon with his excess corn crop. It used […]
The Parker’s Heritage Collection Original Batch 2014 is made from a 51% wheat mash and aged in new, charred, oak barrels thus this is not bourbon at all but it is a wheat whiskey. It is cask strength so bottled directly from the cask without any chill filtering so no surprise that the bottle tasted here […]
When you need to dream that you are on the beach in a tropical paradise, Tequila is a great solution. There is always the Margarita but if you want to mix it up try this variation. Tequila and Pineapple Goodness Fresh Pineapple Juice Tequila Coconut Water Ice Cubes Agave (Only if you get fresh pineapple juice, exclude if you […]
I cleaned out the bar area of my apartment this week, getting ready for Thanksgiving, and stumbled upon a few old cocktail recipes that were totally worth revisiting. The Juliette was one of those recipes and it made a glorious appearance today. Lots of thanks to the folks at Chez Moi where we had the […]
Although Willett Distilling Company is in fact not a distiller at all, it has masterfully bottled some of the best bourbon and rye though its parent company, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers. The company creates lots of amazing products under the Willett name but many others under different names like Black Maple Hill, Johnny Drum, Old Bardstown, […]
High West is a distillery in Park City Utah that makes a lot of high quality bourbons and ryes. You really can’t go wrong with any of their products. Their Rendezvous Rye is one of my favorites. They recently released a limited run of the Rendezvous Rye called A Midwinter Nights Dram. Interestingly, it is finished in […]
Four Roses has 10 traditional recipes that they blend to create each of their bourbons. This year’s 2014 Limited Edition Small Batch is derived from the 13-year-old Bourbon from Four Roses’ OBSV recipe, 12-year-old OESV, 11-year-old OBSF and 9-year-old OBSK. It has a wonderful sweet nose to it coupled with an orange, citrus note. The sweet […]
…because I don’t care I’m not a little kid. I hot chocolate and I discovered 11 hot chocolate recipes you have to try. Trust. The old days used to consist of dumping a packet of Swiss Miss into a mug of water and zapping it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Apparently we […]
…because I don’t plan on getting through the holiday season without a little help from some spiked egg nog.
Well, that’s not quite true, the Summer Rye is the perfect cocktail to try all year round, even the summer. I first discovered the Summer Rye at Metropolis in the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Metropolis is an amazing tapas restaurants with an incredible martini list of over 80 concoctions. I’ve tried a few, but my favorite […]
Some folks in Portland brought their drinking game of flip-cup to a whole new level and I’m all sorts of with this. If you’re going to play a standard drinking game you might as well have it include some water, a super-slip-n-slide down a grassy hill, your bathing suit and some shots at the […]
…because you can totally blame your mid-day Thanksgiving nap on the turkey + football game, but we’ll know it’s from one of these 10 cocktails. Thanksgiving always seems to get the shaft when it comes time to cool drinks to try out. Sure there’s pumpkin beer, but there’s gotta be some other things we can […]
I’m a sucker for a good ice cube and it is the season for Skulls so I went for it – Skull Ice Cubes. They come two molds per box which means it could take me days to create enough for a party. Once you fill them with water, let the air out of them by […]
Spicy Cocktail? Yes Please! How to Make a Jalapeño Margarita Fresh Lime Juice Tequila Sliced Jalapeño Simple Syrup or Agave Syrup Salt (Optional) Preparation If you like salt, rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip the glass into the salt. Depending on you tolerance for heat add 3-8 slices of jalapeños, […]
Whiskey may make you think of winter but the Whiskey Smash will change your mind. It is bright, fresh and a light cocktail. Again, squeezing your own fresh lemon juice will make all the difference so take the extra time to juice a few lemons. Whiskey Smash Fresh Lemon Juice Whiskey Mint Simple Syrup or […]
There is nothing wrong with the traditional Margarita but the addition of Ginger Beer helps to balance out the acidity of the fresh lime juice. Please take the time to squeeze fresh limes, the results are well worth the extra work. Ginger Margarita Ginger Beer Fresh Lime Juice Tequila Salt (Optional) If you are going […]
The Martini was the first real cocktail I started to make at home. Most bartenders will tell you it should be stirred NOT shaken. But 007, I’m totally with you on this one. The real secret to a great Martini is shaking. Why? Because a cold Martini is a good Martini. There is nothing worse […]
The Bloody Mary is the perfect way to kickstart a morning or wind down an afternoon. Unfortunately and when you order a Bloody Mary it consists of Bloody Mary Mix, Vodka and a celery stalk. Most Bloody Mary Mixes are extremely high in sodium so make your own and enjoy. Bloody Mary Vodka […]
The Old Fashioned is not a difficult cocktail to master. However, there are a couple of steps that can slow you down if you are trying to whip one up quickly. If you skip these essential steps then the the drink is not quite the same. Muddling is a major time suck and one for which I […]
I have documented my for the wine Machete, here, before. While grabbing a quick breakfast bar I also to a few minutes to walk through the Santa Monica Whole Foods wine aisle. Southern California grocery stores typically have phenomenal wine selections because of there close proximity to wine country and zero hang-ups around […]
Sometimes you can pick a bottle of wine according to it’s label. Orin Swift labels tend to pop off the shelf at you. Whether it is his former label The Prisoner (he sold it), Abstract, Palermo or Papillon you can usually spot his wines pretty easily. Maybe the toughest to find, Machete, has great Polaroids […]
Living in NYC one would think it would abound with great sushi options. Call me a snob but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The local Upper East Side sushi joint sent our dear friend to Lenox Hill and a two week supply to a strong antibiotic. Needless to say I haven’t been […]
The Pappy Van Winkle 10 Year product is called Old Rip Van Winkle. It is bottled nearly at at barrel proof with a little water added to bring it down to 107 Proof.
The Van Winkle Reserve is aged 12 years to a rather low 90.4 proof. The bottle unfortunately doesn’t have the well recognized image of ‘Pappy’ sming but the product inside is very recognizable.