In honor of National Boss Day, Basil Hayden’s® Super-Premium Bourbon has created a unique bourbon punch that is sure to help everyone in your office celebrate the boss in the best way possible! The Basil Hayden’s® Nine to Five Punch mixes pineapple and lemon juice with our Bourbon’s spicy finish making it the perfect end to a long day at work!
Basil Hayden’s NIne to Five Punch (created by Max Toste)
1/2 Bottle Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
5 parts Pineapple Juice
3 1/2 parts Lemon Juice
4 parts Maple Syrup
5 Dashes Bitters
33 parts Club Soda
1. Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, pinapple juice, lemon juice, maple syrup and bitters in a medium punch bowl.
2. Stir ingredients until maple syrup has fully dissolved.
3. Add a few large ice cubes, sparkling water and float lemon and pineapple slices on top.
Named after Baker Beam, grand nephew of the legendary Jim Beam, Baker’s Bourbon is aged seven years and hand bottled at 107 proof. Embracing over six generations of distilling experience, Baker’s Bourbon utilizes a special strain of jug yeast that has been in the family for over 60 years. Aged in new American Oak barrels, Baker’s was awarded a gold medal from Wine Enthusiast and a double gold medalist at the San Francisco Spirit Awards.
Baker’s Bourbon Tasting Notes:
With scents of grain and corn and a good sweet complex aftertaste, having notes of sweet coffee, toffee, caramel, Baker’s is a light and flavorful small batch bourbon. A bit thin, but very solid, the Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon fits in very nicely with the Small Batch Collection from Jim Beam; Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Booker’s and Baker’s. This is an excellent bourbon. Small Batch Bourbons are made in limited quantities, and aged 6-9 years in newly charred American Oak barrels.
Small Independent Distillery Makes Major Splash in Whiskey and Rum
By Matt Goldstein
The small independent Benjamin Prichard’s distillery out of Kelso Tennessee is well known for their many award winning styles of rum but the wide ranging whiskey styles have also been winning awards lately. The Double Chocolate Bourbon from Prichard’s is absolutely bonkers. Scoring 90 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the Double Chocolate Bourbon is not just a whiskey with some flavor added to mask the alcohol. This is simply an excellent whiskey with just a touch of chocolate that go together almost perfectly. The small batch hand crafted whiskey is combined with chocolate from the Olive & Sinclair Company. With all of these flavored vodkas and whiskeys hitting the shelves, the Double Chocolate Bourbon could get lost in the fray, but there is simply no comparison. The top shelf Benjamin Prichard’s Double Chocolate Bourbon Whiskey is simply the best flavored spirit we have ever had and comes with our highest recommendation. It’s an absolute must buy and is best served neat. We also recommend other whiskey’s from Prichard’s and our reviews are coming soon.
American Bourbon’s Dominance Over Scotch Whisky Continues!
News Wire: FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY– For the second year in row, George T. Stagg, the iconic uncut, unfiltered bourbon released annually from Buffalo Trace Distillery, has been named the number one spirit in the world by noted spirits reviewer F. Paul Pacult. The list, compiled annually by Pacult, will be released in his June 2012 issue of The Spirit Journal. Last year, George T. Stagg was the first American Whiskey to ever be named number one in The Spirit Journal’s 13 years of tabulating. Stagg knocked off the perennial favorite Highland Park 18 Scotch Whisky for the first time ever, and this year the Stagg beat out a Northern Highlands Single Malt Scotch.
Notes Pacult about this year’s winners, “Spirits are continually getting better and more sophisticated each year. It’s no surprise to us that three of the top five spirits in the world hail from Kentucky, which right now is one of the hotbeds of distilling prowess.”
The George T. Stagg Bourbon Whiskey is part of the Antique Collection that is released each fall from Buffalo Trace Distillery. Long considered the frontrunner of the Collection, the Stagg has collected numerous awards over the years, including the 2012 Bourbon of the Year; the 2012 Second Finest Whiskey in the World from Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible; 2012 Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; 2011 Ultimate Spirits Competition Chairman’s Trophy Winner; 2011 Double Gold Winner, Best Bourbon, San Francisco World Spirits Competition; the 2010 American Whiskey of the Year from Jim Murray’s 2010 Whiskey Bible; 2009 Bourbon of the Year and Best Bourbon Aged 13-17 Years from Jim Murray’s 2009 Whiskey Bible; among others.
The 2012 version of the George T. Stagg will be released later this fall with the Antique Collection. Suggested retail pricing of the Stagg is $69.99.
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications asWhisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.
NEWS WIRE: FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY – The latest in the Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bourbon Collection from Buffalo Trace Distillery is an extraordinary barrel proof, uncut, unfiltered rye recipe bourbon. Weighing in at a hefty 134.5 proof, this small batch bourbon was aged for seven years on the sixth floor of Buffalo Trace’s Warehouse C, built by Colonel Taylor in 1881.
When your experience this uncut and unfiltered Bourbon, “an aroma of cooked, berries meets the nose, followed by a rich caramel and slightly floral smell. The taste is bold – full of spice that fills the mouth with a distinct flavor of toasty vanilla, dried oak and pepper. The finish is long and satisfying with a powerful rye character and lingering hints of fruit.”
The Barrel Proof Bourbon is the fourth in the line of the E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection of whiskeys to be released over the next few years. It joins the Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon and Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon released within the past year. Like the previous three releases, this Barrel Proof Bourbon will have very limited availability and will be packaged in a vintage label and canister reminiscent of Taylor’s bottles nearly one hundred years ago
Taylor is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.
The Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon will be available in June. Suggested retail pricing is $69.99 for a 750 ml bottle.
About Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1787 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won seven distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Malt Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 200 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.
Elmer T. Lee Takes the Top Spot with a Signature Rye Mash Style
By Matt Goldstein & Sommelier Tom Pittakas
Over the last few years Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has had a major resurgence as the whiskey and spirit world catch on to the complexities and the excellence of the greatest American Whiskey. Not only Bourbon, but American Rye’s are also in the midst of a renaissance as the country’s best distillers are proving we can rival with any whiskey makers in the world. We’d take a $30 Kentucky Straight Bourbon over a $50 Single Malt Scotch any day of the week. Over the past few years we’ve tasted every bourbon we could possibly get our hands on and these are the best bourbons on the market. We tried to stay away from special releases and bourbons that are simply too expensive as there is no need to spend too much money to find the perfect bourbon. Under U.S. law, Bourbon must be made with a 51% corn mash and aged in newly charred oak barrels. Bourbon must be from Kentucky and aged 2 years in order to be called a Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
A two time gold medalist at the San Francisco World Spirits competition and rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast, Elmer T. Lee is produced and distilled at Buffalo Trace in Frankfort Kentucky. With a heavy rye mash for a Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the Elmer T. Lee is very balanced and subtly is its genius. The Elmer T. Lee bourbon is bottled only when master distiller emeritus, the 91 year old Elmer T. Lee decides that it’s time. After all these years, Elmer T. Lee is still a master at his craft. Not only is this rated our top bourbon, but you can find it in the stores for about $35.00 and Elmer T Lee is simply one of the best buys for any spirit on the shelves. Made with a “Rye Recipe,” the Elmer T. Lee focuses more on the rye and grains than the sweetness of the corn mash. The rye style Bourbon makes a subtle, complex yet easy drinking style. Spicy with hints of cinnamon and honey, the Elmer T. Lee is rounded out by beautiful malts and grains. Perfectly balanced and flavorful, this Bourbon comes with our highest recommendation for any whiskey. Elmer T. Lee is still the master of the bourbon craft.
A special release of the small batch collection by Jim Beam, the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve is 9 years aged in newly charred American Oak Barrels, hand selected, and bottled at 120 proof. Exceptionally smooth for 120 proof, the Single Barrel Reserve has a light but sweet and smoky scent. With flavors of grains, malts, and an overall sweet flavor with notes of oak and wood, vanilla, chocolate and caramel. This bourbon is a flat out masterpiece and perhaps Jim Beam’s magnum Opus, not to be confused with the original Knob Creek, also a stud in the world of bourbon.
3. Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey:
Winning our first ever double blind taste test, even before our web site went live, Blanton’s is considered the original single barrel bourbon, a brilliant idea that has caught fire throughout the industry. An everyday work horse for bourbon, Blanton’s is stored in an iron clad warehouse but continuously heated to age and mature the bourbon. Sweet, smoky and creamy, Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon is an perfectly balanced whiskey and simply one of the best Bourbon’s on the market period.
Selected as the #1 spirit in the world by the Spirit Journal and defeating perennial 5 times champion in a row, Highland Park 18 Year Single Malt Scotch, the George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon is now one of the most coveted whiskeys in the world. Winning award after award and finishing 2nd in our very own double blind taste test, the George T. Stagg is one of the most complex bourbons and whiskeys on the planet. Uncut and unfiltered, and bottled at 141 proof, this Bourbon Whiskey is for the serious whiskey drinker, one who appreciates every complexity in the glass. Once the whiskey cools down, flavors of oak, fruit, and vanilla ice cream give a perfect mouth feel.
5. Black Maple Hill 16 Year Small Batch Old Bourbon:
Although we did not want to select a bourbon this expensive, we could not resist adding the Black Maple Hill 16 Year to our top 10 list as it is not only one of the best bourbons in the world but one of the best whiskies period. With flavors of caramel, oak and nut, the Black Maple Hill 16 Year is the quintessential small batch bourbon, made in classic fashion, bottled at 95 proof from a single barrel.
6. Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon:
Bottled at 107 proof, the Pappy Van Winkle 15 was Rated 98 by the Beverage Tasting Institute.
7. Michter’s 10 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon:
Named the “best american whiskey” by Food and Wine Magazine, not only is this one of the best bourbons in the world, but Michter’s American whiskies might even be better than their bourbons. Single Barrel 94.4 proof.
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is made very much like a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey but can’t be considered bourbon because it’s not from Bourbon county Kentucky. However, aside from geographical differences, the Jack Daniel’s Charcoal Mellow is unique and signature to Jack Daniel’s. Jack Daniel’s and Bourbon Whiskey’s are made with the majority of the mash from corn, as opposed to rye or other grains like other whiskies. However, before Jack Daniel’s is aged in newly charred new American white oak barrels, the Jack Daniel’s is dripped through charcoal. This charcoal is made from sugar maple being drenched by 140 proof Jack Daniel’s whiskey and set on fire. The result of the fire is sugar maple charcoal which is then packed into metal vats. The Jack Daniel’s Whiskey is then slow dripped into the vatted charcoal sometimes taking about 3 days to reach the bottom. The dripped charcoal mellowed whiskey is then placed in the newly charred white oak barrels for aging and maturation and that is the difference between Jack Daniel’s and Bourbon.
All three types of Jack Daniel’s have three different ages, Jack Daniel’s Old Number 7, Gentleman Jack, and Jack Daniels Single Barrel, but no specific aged is set for any of the whiskies. Jack Daniel’s allows it’s tasters to decide when the whiskey is ready to be bottled.
Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, although great for sipping neat or on the rocks, is also great for classic bourbon cocktails and Christmas cocktails. A small batch bourbon by Jim Beam, the Basil Hayden’s Blitzen’s Bourbon takes the spirit of Santa and the reindeer and shakes up your glass full of Christmas cheer. With bourbon, spices, bitters, apples, cinnamon, walnuts and sugar, this cocktail serves up a sweet and spicy Christmas cocktail. Mix up a cocktail, sit back, relax by the fire and enjoy the holidays.
2 Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 Reindeer Spice Syrup (recipe below)
2 Dashes Angostura® Aromatic Bitters
Reindeer Spice Syrup
3 Apples, peeled and diced
5 Large Cinnamon Sticks
1 cup Walnuts
2 cups Sugar
3 Cups Water
1. Place the diced apples into water and boil, then reduce heat to low.
2. Briefly toast cinnamon sticks and walnuts in a saucepan, then transfer into apple mixture.
3. Simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Gently stir in the 2 cups of sugar, thoroughly stirring, and remove from heat.
5. Once mixture has cooled, strain and press the juice and flavor from the boiled apples back in the mix.
1. In an old-fashioned glass, combine all ingredients and stir 20 times.
FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky –Those creative distillers have been up to it again at Buffalo Trace Distillery. The latest round of whiskies in the Experimental Collection are two bourbons – one made with rice and one made with oats. And like their breakfast-sounding names, both provide a hearty mouthful without being over powerful.
“For this experiment, we were curious to taste what would happen when we substituted the rye grain in our traditional recipe with other grains like rice and oats,” said Harlen Wheatley, master distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery. “The results are very different from each other, and different than typical bourbon, but both are pleasant surprises.” This whiskey experiment yielded very few bottles, but some will be available in select U.S. stores in late December.Details are as follows:
Rice Bourbon Whiskey – These barrels were filled on April 30, 2002, and aged on the 7th floor of Warehouse I for 9 years and 5 months. Corn, malt and rice are the ingredients used in the recipe, resulting in a very clean aroma with the barrel notes of caramel and spice. A crisp flavor on the tongue is noticed, without any heaviness or oiliness whatsoever. A slight dryness near the end provides a quick finish. It is a very delicate whiskey. Oat Bourbon Whiskey – These barrels have the same fill date, aging location and aging time as the Rice Bourbon. Corn, malt and oats are the ingredients used in this recipe, resulting in a pleasantly smoky nose with a rich aroma of toasted oats that offers a nice complexity. On the palette, the smokiness intrigues as hints of dried fig and stone fruit come through, and eventually give way to an earthy finish. There are more than 1,500 experimental barrels of whiskey now aging in the warehouses of Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each of these barrels has unique characteristics that differentiate it from all others. Some examples of these experiments include unique mash bills, type of wood and barrel toasts. In order to further increase the scope, flexibility and range of the experimental program, an entire micro distillery, named The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. “OFC” Micro Distillery, complete with cookers, fermenting tanks and a state-of-the-art micro still has been constructed within Buffalo Trace Distillery.
The Experimental Collection will be packaged in 375ml bottles. Each label will include all the pertinent information unique to that barrel of whiskey. These whiskeys will retail for approximately $46.35 each. They are 45% alcohol by volume. Each experiment is very rare and very limited
The True Bloody Mary & Pretty Pretty Good Bourbon Sour
Check out these HBO inspired cocktail’s featuring Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. From the True Bloody Mary to the Curb Your Enthusiasm Pretty Pretty Good Bourbon Sour and the Entourage inspired Mrs. Ari Lemonade Bourbon; these cocktails will make for a good night of the best series on television. Perry Reeves, “Mrs. Ari” herself, was spotted enjoying her cocktail and overheard saying, “Having a drink named after me, this is the highlight of my career. I drink coconut water and ginger ale everyday! It’s like you read my mind!”
Basil Hayden’s Pretty, Pretty Good Bourbon Sour
Inspired by HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm
1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
¾ part JDK & Sons O3 Premium Orange Liqueur
½ part Sweet + Sour Mix
Splash of Soda
Squeeze of Fresh Lime
Garnish: Lime Wedge
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake, strain, and serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Basil Hayden’s True Bloody Mary
Inspired by HBO’s True Blood
1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
2 dashes Celery Salt
2 dashes Hot Sauce
2 dashes Worcestershire
1 tsp Wasabi
Garnish: Celery, Lime Wedge & Blue Cheese Olives
Rim a pint glass with lime juice and celery salt. Fill with ice to the top. Add bourbon, celery salt, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and wasabi. Fill remainder of the glass with tomato juice, stir well. Garnish with celery, lime and blue cheese olives.
Basil Hayden’s The Mrs. Ari
Inspired by HBO’s Entourage
1 ¼ parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 part Coconut Water
1 part Pink Lemonade
1 part Ginger Ale
Garnish: Lemon Wedge
Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon to a highball glass and fill with ice. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Garnish with a lemon wedge.