Monday, December 10, 2012

2 'new-ish' products & a drink . . .

I am going to talk about 2 'new-ish' products:
1st: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon

The nose shows Cinnamon, camphor, almond, mastic, caraway, rye and oak in ways that are all good and spicy.
The palate entry is a sweeter demonstration than expected beautifully carrying the aromas with a chewy spiced display that is easy to enjoy.
The finish is warm, vibrant, sapid toasty notes that linger resolving to a corn sweetness.
Tasty neat, but fantastic with ice and AMAZING in a drink....(Will get to one..)

2nd: Calisaya
The nose shows cinchona, orange, blossoms and spice in an immanently inviting display that is balanced and complex simultaneously.
The palate entry sweetly displays those complexity of the aromas focusing on the cinchona initially and resolving to zesty, daedal orange.
The finish is layered, from bitter quinine, to sumptuous orange and a myriad of spice notes that linger gorgeously.
This is magnificent neat, on ice with a twist, with soda / sparkling wine or in a lovely cocktail (which leads me to one . . .).

No name yet (maybe 'Thank you Kevin' --any ideas?)

2 Parts Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon
1 Part Calisaya
1/2 Part Cold Coffee

Stir with ice, strain onto fresh ice in an Old fashioned glass.
Take a long, broad zest from a large orange and wring all the oils into & over the drink as you fold the zest into a "football" with only orange showing and drop it into the drink (after rubbing it on every edge of the glass.