Sunday, March 28, 2010

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

The nose on this Buffalo Trace Single Barrel (#170) shows salvos of vanilla, cut timber, rugelach and apples baked with honey, cinnamon and granola; it is very deep, interlaced and tantalizing. The flavors are broad, rich, evocative and spicy-- replete with a myriad of subtleties – caramel glazed brown bread sweetened with molassess and baked with raisins, plumcots, peaches, apple and a complex array of baking spice thrown in . . . delectable. The finish is where the wood nuances are revealed; Corn and rye show themselves (in the intricate fade) to be responsible for these large and
fantastic flavors of grain, spice, vanilla and caramelized fruit. This Barrel was picked by, and for Hi-Time Wine Cellars, but this Bourbon consistently delivers whether it be a single barrel offering or the normal offering, it has not disappointed me ever! Have this whiskey neat, with ice, or in a cocktail--like:
Cheerio Cocktail

1 1/2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz orange curacao
1/4 oz maraschino liqueur

Stir in mixing glass with ice & strain
Serve in a cocktail glass (garnish with a brandied cherry)

Hey i just noticed a cool contest at Buffalo Trace Saloon (oh yeah contests!):

Buffalo Trace Derby Big Shot Weekend - Chance to win an all expense paid trip to the Kentucky Derby and the Buffalo Trace Saloon! Registration for this actually ends April 1st 2010!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Rhum JM and a drinky . . .

Last night my lover and i were watching Bogart & Bacall movies and it got me in the mood for some classic 'styled' cocktails with Rhum Agricole. So i reached for my Rhum JM Eleve Sous Bois-Gold Rhum, frankly this is wonderful Rhum.

On the nose there are tight tropical and ripe exotic fruits (papaya, dried mango, quince, persimmon, dried pineapple)> The flavors are grassy slightly sweet and deeply enjoyable. i love this stuff and it hurts (a little) to put it in a drink, but you have to follow Le Muse...
The drink is a lovely juxtaposition of fruit tones with a bitter back note that is really quite refreshing. i present to you:

Hotel Marquis

60ml Rhum JM (2oz)
25ml Aperol (3/4oz+a dash)
10ml Lemon Juice (1/3oz)
Shake with ice until chilled
strain into chilled cocktail glass,
express oils of, and
garnish with lemon zest