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.
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.
The Basil Hayden’s Shamrock Sour is a great cocktail to enjoy this St. Patricks day as it mixes our spicy bourbon with lemon and grapefruit making a Bourbon cocktail with a punch! The Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon is part of the premium small batch series from Jim Beam and is a rye style bourbon which makes it great for many different whiskey cocktails. For this St Patty’s Day, celebrate with a whiskey sour punch check out the Basil Hayden’s Shamrock Sour Cocktail and let us know your thoughts.
2 Parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon®
½ Part Green Chartreuse
½ Part Lemon Juice
½ Part Grapefruit Juice
½ Part Agave Syrup* (To make, combine equal parts of water with Agave Syrup)
¼ Part Egg White
Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin and shake without ice to blend.
Add ice and shake.
Strain over fresh ice in a double rocks glass and garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel
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.
A Canton & Bourbon Cocktail Easy to Mix for any Party!
By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight
The Domaine de Canton is simply one of the best liqueurs in the world. Canton is a ginger based Cognac dating back to the days of the French Colonization of Indo China. Canton is a small batch liqueur made with French eaux de vie using XO and VSOP Grand Champagne Cognacs only. Made with ginger root from Vietnam, the Canton is then hand made with all natural ingredients; Tahitian vanilla beans, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng. For the Domaine de Canton Gold Rush cocktail, take the Domaine de Canton, some Kentucky Straight Bourbon and lemon juice. Easy work. Not only is this one of the easiest cocktails to make, it’s one of the best. Not too sweet, not too sour, with a full body mouth feel, we are in love with this cocktail. The lemon perfectly tones down the bourbon and Canton together and makes both spirits in the drink a perfect combination. The tiny sour kick at the end gives this cocktail one of our highest recommendations. We love it because it’s easy to make, but we are in love with it because it’s just so good! Not to mention, it’s a low calorie cocktail, relatively speaking. For this cocktail, we used the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, inexpensive and good enough to drink straight, but excellent for any cocktail. FYI, Buffalo Trace makes many of the world’s finest Bourbons such as Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare and many other award winning whiskeys.
The Domaine de Canton Gold Rush Cocktail:
1.5 parts Domaine de Canton Liqeuer
1 parts Kentucky Straight Bourbon
½ parts lemon juice
Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass…
We are literally drinking this cocktail right now and going to mix another immediately after we post this article….
This holiday season; impress your party going guests with the Woodford Reserve White Chocolate Bread Pudding. Well-crafted holiday parties include well-crafted cocktails. And while there are always the classics, a signature drink and a well-paired appetizer can separate your party from the rest. We’ve assembled some of our favorite Woodford Reserve cocktails and some tasty bites that will have people talking until next holiday season.
White Chocolate Sauce
2 tbsp. Woodford Reserve®
1 c. Heavy cream
4 oz. White chocolate, finely chopped
4 oz. French bread or Challah, crusts removed and cut into ½-in. cubes
1 ½ c. Half-and-half
½ c. Heavy cream
4 oz. White chocolate, finely chopped
4 egg yolks
¼ c. Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
For the sauce, heat the heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat; do not boil. Add the chocolate and cook until blended, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the bourbon. Chill, covered, for up to 1 day. For the pudding, spread the bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Arrange the bread cubes evenly in 6 lightly greased ramekins or custard cups. Heat the half-and-half and heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the chocolate and cook over low heat until blended, stirring constantly. Whisk the egg yolks, egg and sugar in a heatproof bowl until blended. Gradually add ¼ of the hot cream mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk in the remaining hot cream mixture until blended and stir in the vanilla. Pour the cream mixture evenly into the prepared ramekins and let stand for 30 minutes or store, covered, in the refrigerator for 8 to 10 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the ramekins in a 9×13-inch baking pan and add enough boiling water to the baking pan to measure 1 inch. Bake for 25 minutes or just until set. The baking time will have to be lengthened if the ramekins have been chilled. To serve, reheat the sauce over low heat and drizzle over the warm puddings.
You may bake the bread pudding in a 10-inch round baking dish. Bake without the water bath for 30 to 35 minutes or until set and cut into wedges to serve. You may bake in advance and store, covered, in the refrigerator. Reheat before serving
Well-crafted holiday parties include well-crafted cocktails. And while there are always the classics, a signature drink and a well-paired appetizer can separate your party from the rest. We’ve assembled some of our favorite Woodford Reserve cocktails and some tasty bites that will have people talking until next holiday season. Check out these great holiday cocktails, but these mixed drinks can be used for any occasion. The Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon cocktails featuring the Holiday Spice, the Bourbon Ball and the Candy Cane infusion are easy to make and holiday tasty.
WOODFORD RESERVE HOLIDAY SPICE
1 oz. Woodford Reserve®
1 oz. Chocolate liqueur
1 oz. Coffee liqueur
Heavy shake of Cayenne
Heavy shake of Cinnamon
Heavy splash of Half and half
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass
rimmed with graham cracker crumbs.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
WOODFORD RESERVE BOURBON BALL
2 oz. Woodford Reserve®
1 oz. White créme de cacao
¼ oz. Hazelnut liqueur
Stir well with cracked ice,
then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a rolled chocolate curl.
WOODFORD RESERVE CANDY CANE INFUSION
1 liter Woodford Reserve®
3 Candy canes
Serve 2 oz. candy cane infusion in cordial glass or chilled martini glass.
Pour 2 oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Combine 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion with 4 oz. hot chocolate.
Garnish with whipped cream and a candy cane.
Combine 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion with 4 oz. hot coffee. Garnish with whipped cream.
Pour 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Fill with eggnog and stir.
Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Pour 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Fill with cola and stir.
Drizzle 1 T. candy cane infusion over 2 scoops vanilla ice cream.
Garnish with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
What better way to enjoy the fall and the holidays with a beautiful bourbon cocktail to warm you up. Try a Basil Hayden’s Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Cocktail with a little bit of milk stout, some cherry liqueur, and bitters. And if you don’t have all the ingredients, a Basil Hayden’s straight or on the rocks is pretty damn good too. Bourbon is as Bourbon does.
2 Parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon®
¾ parts Heering® Cherry Liquor
1 dash Fee Brothers® Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
2 parts Milk Stout Beer
1. Combine Basil Hayden’s, cherry liquor and bitters in a mixing glass.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Roll in the milk stout beer.
4. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice.
5. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and cherry on top.
Check out this classic cocktail recipe with one of the world’s best bourbons. Knob Creek small batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey by Jim Beam is a classic bourbon. Made in the traditions of pre-prohibition whiskeys, Knob Creek is aged for more than 9 years in charred American white oak barrels and bottled at 100 proof. If you like Knob Creek and are serious about your whiskey, try the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve, bottled at 120 proof. It’s an absolute masterpiece.
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.