Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Barrell Bourbon Batch 007

Back to the Bourbon! I told you I was paying attention to Batch #'s and since I've already confessed how much I love this company, let's move on! It is definitely getting to be deliciously predictable that the bottle will show up and be a winner, but I will do my due diligence! This will make 7 different offerings from the team at BARRELL and each one has been great whiskey.

As usual, I stole this picture from their site, behold Batch 007: 

Basics on this bourbon:
~ Straight Bourbon
~ Distilled and aged in Tennessee
~ 122.4 proof {uncut, un-colored, non-chill-filtered}
~ 5 years {new, charred, #4 white oak}
~ 70% corn, 25% rye & 5% malted barley

The biggest difference between Batch 005 / 007 and the 007 is the age. 007 is a few years younger but a very similar mash bill; the same distillery; the same people; the same barrel treatment. I said before, I'll say it again, these kinds of offerings are so informative, especially if you keep the open bottles to try next to each other. I don't (usually), but I do keep decent notes and I do have a good sense memory. So, next best thing.

The corn character is opulent in this, the 5 years in wood have given this Bourbon a gorgeous balance. 007 shows more of the lighter, brighter fruit (like 006) with a definite shine of citrus against the darker notes you find in #4 char barrels- maple, caramel, cinnamon, cocoa, with some hints of the char coming through the structure is checked with tart fruit in a spiced lassi dusted with baking spice.

Nose: Aromas of light juicy summer fruits, with some softer citrus and Peruvian popcorn, playfully bounce from scents of darker oak with creamy notes of caramel woven in,

Taste: The flavors focus on pocket pastries with over-ripe stone fruit and buttery crust, without sacrificing the aromas. The flavors build to unified statements of rich. spiced, fruit and balance.

Finish: It goes on and on, re-stating the aromas and flavors, but also revealing some fleshier aspects to be sought out in subsequent tastings alongside a darker showing off the fruits.

This is beguiling whiskey, it is youthful but only if you think about it. It has an "old-soul" if that makes any sense. Definitely, a whiskey to seek out and savor.

*Founded by Joe Beatrice, Barrell Bourbon is committed to unique offerings with exceptional quality as the consistent bridge that connects each Batch. They tell their story on the website, check it out.

By the way, the website is fantastic. You can check out reviews (or post your own) and there some details on every offering that they have released and how / where to find them: Check it out here:

And definitely, check out the Tasting Notes by Warren Bobrow, they'll make you hungry and thirsty at the same time!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Senda Real Tequila

This is a fantastic tequila that is kind of difficult to find if you are not in Southern California. This tequila is from NOM 1482, the name means 'Royal Path',  they own all their own agave, horno roasted--you know old school. That's what I think when I taste this tequila, blanco and reposado both, it reminds me of when I was younger and I would go to Mexico and score this style of tequila. I call it traditional, maybe even royalty, tequila for Mexico =honest tequila. Oh, and another thing to mention is, this tequila is a fantastic steal!

My pal Lou lays it down right here . . .
On Sipping off the Cuff, my buddy Mike goes crazy for it!
Or check out the US distributors site. . .  

But briefly, the Send Real Blanco is bold, pungent citrus, elegant spices, persistent minerality with great structure. Perfect for shots, cocktails parties and a good time!
The Senda Real Reposado is the blanco, but much richer with more baking / barrel spices thrown in. It is delicious, layered and balanced.

I'm in the mood for a beverage and these 2 cocktails are perfect to stand up to the rich bold agave of Sena Real, and either one (Blanco or Reposado) would be fantastic for either drink. These recipes are from Cafe Royal, by W.J. Tarling and these are my adjusted ratios, but please feel free to adjust to your preference.


1 1/2 Oz Senda Real
1 Oz Orange Curacao (Clement Creole Shrub)
1 Oz French Vermouth (Dolin Dry / Noilly Pratt may be preferred for the Blanco)

I say stir with ice till very cold, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Tia Juano 

2 Oz Senda Real
1 1/2 Oz French Vermouth (Dolin or Noilly Prat--Lillet even works here).
1/2 Oz Campari. (I love it with 3/4 Oz--but I am bitter)

Stir with ice till very cold, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.