The Weller label was first developed and distilled by the well known Pappy Van Winkle. Today the Weller label is distilled by the folks at Buffalo Trace. It is still a fine product regardless of who claims it as their own. Much like Pappy and the Old Weller Special Reserve, the W.L. Weller Special Reserve is a wheated […]
Cocktails & Drinks
The wonderfully convenient French Bistro, Orsay, had a pear Tom Collins. I happened to buy half a dozen pears at the greenmarket this weekend so here is my attempt to dissect and replicate. Pear Tom Collins 2 oz Pear Puree 2 oz C Infused Simple Syrup 2 oz Gin 2 oz Champagne 4 oz Club Soda […]
Michter’s to the US*1 Bourbon and added it to a second barrel assembled from 18 month air dried wood that is toasted but not charred. The second barrel process is what creates the unique flavor in the US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon. The second barreling process reportedly takes 26 days. The nose is woody with noticeable sme. […]
You get used to seeing the same bourbon bottles on the shelf of the local liquor store. Some days, even though there are new products on the shelf, most of them are not worth buying. But if you have a good relationship with the local liquor store, and the staff is knowledgeable, they will let […]
Old Weller Antique is another bourbon label distilled by the good folks at Buffalo Trace but most of the chatter you hear about Old Weller is its connection to Pappy.
Eagle Rare, like George T. Stagg, is one of five pieces of the Buffo Trace Antique collection. This particular bottle is from the Spring 2014 collection and is bottled at 90 proof. The nose is fragrant with notes of cinnamon and cedar. The flavor is fantastic and the proof is spot on; vanilla and tobacco […]
Rowan’s Creek is another product made from the distinguished folks at Willett. The bourbon is aged in charred oak barrels and bottles at 100.1 proof. The nose is sweet with peach and hints of mint. The taste is spicy with carmel and some of the oak coming through. A little water or even a cube […]
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac is part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, BTAC. The product is named after the New Orleans Bartender that created the Sazerac cocktail with rye whiskey. Much like the George T. Stagg it is bottled directly from the barrel, unfiltered and uncut with water. The nose, surprisingly doesn’t ‘bark’ at you despite […]
George T. Stagg is a part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. The bourbon is aged in new charred oak barrels for at least 15 years. It is a powerful product that is packs a real punch because it is uncut and unfiltered, thus it is 138.1 proof. You can open it up with a a little […]
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 […]
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 […]
I have documented my for Willett, in particular, their 2 Year Rye as an everyday product that everyone will . So naturally I jumped at the chance to try the once a year release of the Exploratory Cask finish, or XCF, that is their 7-Year Rye finished in Curacao casks from France for about […]
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. [masterslider id=”60″] 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. […]
…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. [masterslider id=”57″] 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 […]
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 […]