A Kentucky Straight Bourbon: A Kaleidoscope of Flavors for your Mouth
By Matt Goldstein & Wayne Haines
After a brief (2 year) hiatus the Whiskey Goldmine is back by popular demand. Having written 500 articles on Whiskeys, Bourbons, Cocktails and just some outrageous shenanigans, we couldn’t think of a better subject for our comeback: the Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company was created in early 2014 to locate forgotten barrels of craft whiskey from around the world. The barrels were discovered in warehouses at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky., and distilled in both the New and Old Bernheim distilleries in Louisville. This is the third Whisky from the Orphan Barrel Project and we are thrilled with the results. Slated to be progressively aged and released over the coming years. The 20 year old to be released this year and the 21 year old in 2015, and so on and so on. After receiving the bottle, we sat on this bourbon for 3 days and allowed the anticipation to build. Teasing ourselves like children waiting for the ice cream man on a hot summer afternoon. The wait was well worth it. This bourbon is a perfectly balanced masterpiece. Smooth, bold, and having serious character, this well-aged bourbon emits a nosy kaleidoscope of oak, vanilla, apple, pear, caramel and cherries. A silky, almost syrupy body awaits the tongue, slightly nutty, bursting with fruit flavor, and reminiscent of a caramel apple. An initial sweetness hits the tip of the tongue, followed by some heat and a mid-palate spiciness, finishing with a somewhat strong rye burn – which we love. The Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 20 Year is simply a classic Kentucky Straight Bourbon and comes with our highest recommendation.
Summer may be over, but National Bourbon Heritage Month has officially arrived and it’s time to celebrate! In honor of America’s native spirit, hit the town, raise a glass of Basil Hayden’s® and encourage your friends to celebrate! Basil Hayden’s® September Sour, created by top New York mixologist Julie Reiner, is a twist on the classic bourbon cocktail, the New York Sour, combining our spicy bourbon with zesty lemon juice, orange bitters and herbal Bénédictine Liqueur. Finally, we top it off with a touch of red wine to create a cocktail that is sure to please everyone’s taste buds this month!
Basil Hayden’s September Sour (Created by Julie Reiner)
2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3/4 parts Lemon Juice
1 bar spoon Benedictine Liqueur
3/4 parts Simple Syrup
1 dash Orange BItters
1/2 part Medium Bodied Red Wine
Combine all ingredients into a mixing tin and shake well
Strain the liquid into a coup glass
Float red wine on top of cocktail
Ya don’t need a horse race to enjoy a mint julep cocktail. Check out this great cocktail by the bourbon experts. This year Basil Hayden’s has teamed up with renowned Louisville mixologist Joy Perrine to create our own unique julep! Knob Creek, the world’s #1 selling super-premium bourbon, makes a perfect mint julep, especially when you mix in Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve which ensures that every julep will have its own unique flavor!
Basil Hayden’s Triple Crown Julep (Created by Joy Perrine)
4 parts Basil Hayden’s ® Bourbon
4 chopped strawberries
10 Kentucky Colonel or Spearmint leaves
4 Lemon Wedges
1 part water
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1. Muddle brown sugar and water in pint glass until sugar dissolves.
2. Add chopped strawberries, lemon wedges and mint leaves and muddle well
3. Add Basil Hayden’s and shake
4. Add ice and shake once again
5. Strain cocktail over crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig and strawberry
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.
This weekend for the Kentucky Derby, enjoy some great cocktails Kentucky Bourbon or an American classic rye whiskey. Whether you prefer bourbon or consider yourself more of a rye whiskey fan, all party revelers can enjoy the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep, thanks to recipes contributed by Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey:
The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback
o 1 ½ oz. Ginger Infused Bulleit Bourbon
o ½ oz. Organic Brown Sugar
o ¼ oz. Peeled Minced Fresh Ginger
o 1 ½ oz. Soda Water
o 1 Lemon or Lime Twist
Directions: Muddle the ginger and brown sugar together until all of the sugar is moistened and nearly dissolved. Add a dash of soda to finish dissolving the sugar, stir in your Bourbon. Finish with ice, soda to taste and a lemon or lime twist.
Why we love it: The Ginger Julep ’68 Fastback brings a warm, gentle heat to the julep cocktail family with an invigorating ginger kick and splash of lime zest.
The Bulleit Rye Mint Julep
o 1 1/3 oz. Bulleit Rye
o 1 ½-2 oz. Stirrings Simple Syrup
o Fresh mint leaves
Directions: Muddle mint leaves, Stirrings Simple Syrup and crushed ice in rocks glass. Add Bulleit Rye and fill glass with ice. Pour into cocktail shaker, shake vigorously and serve in rocks glass with fresh mint garnish.
Why we love it: The mint julep has been the refreshing spring cocktail icon of the Kentucky Derby since 1938, proving its test of time as a classic and distinguished recipe.
On April 24th, throw on your flapper dress or your finest suit and get inspired by classic Hollywood glamour as you celebrate the DVD release of this year’s best picture, The Artist! The 1920’s Hollywood inspired film marked the return of romance and made it clear that some things are better left unsaid. But star Penelope Ann Miller couldn’t keep quiet about her love affair with Basil Hayden’s! So take a cue from Penelope and make Basil Hayden’s Your Whiskey!
Bail Hayden’s Golden Age (created by Brian Gastaldi)
1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3 Dash Bitters
1 Tablespoon Dark Fruit Preserves such as Plum, Black Cherry or Currant
½ part of Orange Juice
1. Combine all ingredients and ice in a mixing glass
2. Shake glass vigorously to a ten count and strain into a martini glass
3. Garnish with an Orange twist
Louisville, Kentucky – Louisville Distilling Company recently launched Angel’s Envy, a super-premium bourbon of uncompromising character and quality. The highly anticipated small batch artisan bourbon is the culmination of Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson’s storied career. One of the original pioneers of the premium bourbon and whiskey categories in the U.S., Lincoln came out of retirement to create the world’s finest bourbon on his own terms – with a simple desire to enjoy the art of making whiskey. The Master Distiller, which many have called a living legend, brings with him more than 40 years of experience, having worked on world-class brands, such as Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniels.
The Louisville Distilling Company gave Lincoln complete creative freedom to create his bourbon, his own way. He chose to return to the original way of producing whiskey – making decisions based on the specific taste profile he wants to achieve. He will use locally sourced, non-GMO grains, Kentucky limestone water and hand-chosen port barrels shipped directly from Portugal.
Each batch-or Expression, as Lincoln calls it-will be guided by his hand and allowed to develop naturally, creating nuances in the bourbon from year to year. This year’s release is Expression 10/10, which possesses a warm spirit, lacking any hint of edginess with ephemeral hints of port wine and a rich amber hue.
The Expression is distilled for an unparalleled smoothness, aged for 4-6 years in American white oak barrels and finished in hand-selected port casks for an incremental 3-6 months. The final result is exceptionally smooth, nuanced and refined bourbon.
“Angel’s Envy is a lot of things,” says Lincoln Henderson, Master Distiller, Angel’s Envy. “It’s my life’s work. It’s a whiskey of incomparable smoothness. It takes into account over 200 years of bourbon heritage and mingles it with over 400 years of port wine heritage. And it’s something I’m going to let develop each year so every batch will be a natural expression of the distiller’s craft.”
The bottle will be as iconic as the bourbon inside. Made from perfume-grade glass in Italy and ceramic stamped with our iconic wings, the bottle is hand-filled, corked and crated in Louisville, Kentucky.
As far as the name, it’s well accepted in bourbon circles that each distillery owes a percentage of the bourbon in their barrels to the angels – known as the Angel’s Share. But, Lincoln sat the angels down and got them to agree that they could take a larger share if they agreed to leave behind something even better. The result is Angel’s Envy.
Angel’s Envy is available in the following markets: Louisville, New York/New Jersey, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Madison/Milwaukee, Baltimore, Portland, Washington, DC, Detroit and Boulder/Denver.
The suggested retail price for a 750ml bottle, which may vary by market, is $44.99. Angel’s Envy is 86.6 proof and 43.3% alcohol by volume.
Created by Damian Windsor
The cocktail, Draper’s Manhattan, is a twist on the classic Manhattan and inspired by Mad Men’s own Don Draper. The show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, even told us that Basil Hayden’s is his favorite bourbon and he enjoys the spicy finish after a long day in the writers in the writers’ room! It’s a great cocktail to mix up in the office or while you watch the premiere if you’re looking to channel the Mad Men era.
Basil Hayden’s Draper’s Manhattan
2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
3/4 parts Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambery
1 bar spoon Luxardo® Maraschino Cherries
1 dash Orange Bitters
1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until combined.
2. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
3. Garnish with an orange twist.
Don Draper and his colleagues are back March 25th for another season of Mad Men and what better way to celebrate than with retro cocktail recipes inspired by the 1960’s based series. Food authority and cookbook author, Rick Rodgers, is taking modern cooking back in time with his Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Sixties Cookbook. Whether you’re hosting your own Mad Men premiere party or you’re looking to expand your recipe repertoire, Rick Rodgers can take you back in time with his take on the cocktails of the Sixties.
The book includes lots of nostalgia inducing trivia, guidance on how to concoct a mean cocktail (shaken OR stirred) and party ready menus that will have you entertaining like Peggy Olson in no time. Check out Rick’s version of an Old-Fashioned featuring Four Roses Bourbon below.
1 sugar cube
2 or 3 dashes of aromatic bitters, such as Angostura
2 1⁄2 ounces Four Roses Bourbon (limited edition small batch)
Orange slice, for garnish
Maraschino cherry, for garnish
Lemon zest twist, for garnish
Instructions: Put the sugar in an old-fashioned glass and moisten with the bitters. Crush them together with a muddler. Add the whiskey and fill the glass with ice. Stir well. If desired, fill the glass with soda water. Add the orange and cherry, and lemon twist, if using. Serve.
Inspired by True Love & Game of Thrones
Basil Hayden’s has created two great cocktails that not only look the part, but taste great with unique ingredients making them as special as your someone special! The Basil Hayden’s Sookie’s Virtue combines the fruit flavors of grapes and raspberries with Basil Hayden’s smooth finish, which creates a fruity cocktail that is perfect way to start the evening. Looking to add some spice to your Valentine’s date, The Basil Hayden’s Fire & Ice should do the trick. The cocktail mixes jalapeño, lime and pomegranate juice with Basil Hayden’s spicy finish creating a cocktail with just enough of a kick to keep you wanting more!
Basil Hayden’s Sookie’s Virtue
Inspired by HBO’s True Blood
1½ parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
8 Red Grapes
¾ parts Lemon Juice
¾ parts Floral Tea Syrup (see recipe below)
Floral Tea Syrup
1. Combine 1 part of your favorite freshly brewed floral tea (jasmine, lavender, chamomile, etc.)
with 1 part sugar.
2. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved and refrigerate.
1. Muddle red grapes, raspberries, lemon juice and floral tea syrup in a mixing tin.
2. Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and shake vigorously for 7 seconds.
3. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grape and raspberry.
Basil Hayden’s Fire & Ice
Inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones
1½ parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
¾ parts Fresh Lime Juice
1 Slice Jalapeno
1 part Pomegranate Juice
½ part Simple Syrup
Splash of Soda Water
1. Muddle lime juice, jalapeno, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a mixing tin.
2. Add Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and shake lightly for 5 seconds.
3. Strain into a Collins glass, add ice and top with soda water.
4. Garnish with a lime wheel and pomegranate seeds.