Happy weekending!

Happy weekending!

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October 17, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon

We have a longstanding admiration for Angel’s Envy and its creator, Lincoln Henderson.  They are releasing a limited run (6,500 bottles only) of cask strength bourbon, which, as usual for the brand, is finished in port bottles following its aging in new charred American Oak.  It is unfiltered, and we did see a hint of silt in the bottom.  This makes the flavors more alive and interesting.

At 119.3 proof, this whiskey packs a punch—so much so that Patrick was hindered in determining the scent of this bourbon by its strong alcohol burn in the nose.  He just knew it smelled sweet.  Rachel, however, detected raisin, vanilla, and banana.  In other words, it smells like a boozy cookie.  Things are off to a good start.

Angel’s Envy Cask Strength is smooth and slippery on the palate, with immediate oak and cherry flavors present.  It has many of the same flavors as apple pie (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, apple).  It is quite spicy, but also sweet.  We found the balance between the two extremes to be pleasing and interesting.

The finish is where the port barrel aging process becomes more evident.  The tannins from the port barrel are more present in the velvety linger, which we found to last just for the right amount of time.  It didn’t linger so long as to make your palate burned out, but it didn’t shirk away from the palate either.

With such a limited number of bottles available in select markets only, it follows that this will be a high-end bourbon.  It retails for $169.  We feel lucky to have been able to try it, as it is a special find.

*Even though yesterday’s nightcap was on Angel’s Envy’s tab, we will always review products honestly.  Contrary to popular belief, free drinks don’t automatically taste better.

October 14, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Happy weekending!

Happy weekending!

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October 10, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Bourbon Tasting!

We recently hosted a private bourbon tasting.  We invited about 100 of our closest friends and family and allowed them to taste a number of different bourbons, many of which they had never tasted before.  There didn’t seem to be a clear favorite among the crowd.  Different people loved different bourbons, which to us speaks to the variety of bourbon flavor profiles.  There’s something for everyone.

Thank you to Wild Turkey, Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbons, Bull Run Distillery, Woodinville Whiskey, Few Spirits, Four Roses, and Angel’s Envy for making this possible.

We’ll be sure to post additional pictures of the tasting as we receive them.

October 6, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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We havin’ a party! 

We havin’ a party! 

September 9, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Congratulations to Wild Turkey Master Distiller James Russell on his Lifetime Honorary Member Award from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.  Russell has been at Wild Turkey for 60 years and becomes only the 6th person to receive this award.
Happy weekending!

Congratulations to Wild Turkey Master Distiller James Russell on his Lifetime Honorary Member Award from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.  Russell has been at Wild Turkey for 60 years and becomes only the 6th person to receive this award.

Happy weekending!

September 5, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Cantaloupe Cobbler Cocktail

Every once in a while we receive cocktail recipe books from nice people.  Market-Fresh Mixology: Cocktails for Every Season is exactly what it sounds like: cocktail recipes that are organized by season, with each section utilizing seasonal ingredients.  Originally published in 2008, we received the new edition, a vibrant paperback with great photographs.  Isn’t it annoying how so many online recipes include photographs that look nothing at all like the resulting cocktail?  Not so with this book.  Points.

We chose to make a recipe that makes full use of late summer’s produce bounty while being original, light, and refreshing.

Cantaloupe Cobbler
5 1-inch Cantaloupe cubes
2 1-inch Pineapple cubes
2 Cherries (pitted)
1½ oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Simple syrup
½ oz. Orange liqueur

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 4 cantaloupe cubes, 1 pineapple cube, and a cherry.  Add ice.  Add lemon juice, simple syrup, orange liqueur, and bourbon.  Shake well and strain into an ice-filled lowball glass.  Garnish with remaining cantaloupe and pineapple cubes and cherry.

This drink is, of course, super juicy, and we love it.  It would make a great punch if served in a different glass with ice shavings instead of crushed or cubed ice.  We used really ripe fruit, too, which helped amplify its tropical factor.  The one substitution we made was using Luxardo cherries instead of fresh cherries, because cherry season just ended.

Even though this post was sponsored by Agate Publishing, we will always review products honestly.  Contrary to popular belief, free products don’t automatically taste better.

September 4, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Raised in a Red Barn

We’re always looking for ways to incorporate what’s in season into our bourbon cocktails.  One such recipe that inspired us this week is from Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Raised in a Red Barn
2 oz. Bourbon
¾ oz. Sweet vermouth
¾ oz. Lemon juice
1-2 fresh figs

Muddle figs in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add ice and the remaining three ingredients.  Shake well to combine and chill.  Strain into a chilled coupe glass, using a sieve to filter out fig bits and seeds.

This cocktail is so mild and fresh that we both drank it up without even noticing how quickly it was gone.  We blame (credit?) the Labor Day sun for making us extra thirsty.  The drink is a little tart, probably due to our figs being particularly mild tasting for some reason, but so well balanced.  Don’t judge us if we use up the rest of our pint of figs making another round of this drink.

We chose to use a really great sweet vermouth that is local to Oregon and known for its subtle spiciness.  For further information, please read this post.

September 2, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch

We’ve decided to take a quick break from our bourbon imbibing with another Scotch Week.  We’re kicking off the week the best way possible: with a single malt scotch aged in former bourbon barrels.


We received a sample of Auchentoshan American Oak a while back, and it’s been patiently waiting for us in this wooden Auchentoshan box with a jar of bourbon cask shavings and what appears to be a chunk of a charred barrel.  The Auchentoshan site says their American Oak variety is bottled at 40% ABV/80 proof, but our sample bottle said 60%, so we’re under the assumption that our sample was 60%/120 proof.  It’s a very light, golden honey color and smells very sweet.  Rachel noticed only the sweet, raisin smell, while Patrick also thought it had more of the peat scent usually associated with Scotch.  Its flavor is spicy the moment it hits your tongue.  Rachel thought the spice carried all the way through, while Patrick thought it faded and gave way to the sweeter hints of coconut, apple, and pear.  Though the spice overpowered Rachel’s palate, Patrick thought the blend of the sweet bourbon flavors with the peat and light smokiness of scotch flavors created a unique, complex whisky.  At $40 a bottle (a pretty good price point for Scotch), it’s worth checking out.

*Even though this nightcap was on Auchentoshan’s tab, we will always review products honestly.  Contrary to popular belief, free drinks don’t automatically taste better.

**Auchentoshan = “ock-in-tosh-in”

August 25, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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Happy weekending!

Happy weekending!

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August 22, 2014 | Comments | Permalink |

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