Whiskey Notes: Tasting & Distilling Logbooks

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Books: Now that your drinking all this delicious whiskey, you need to have a place to take notes. Conceived by the proprietors of Kings County Distillery, this handsome set of journals is perfect for taking all your whiskey notes and so you won’t forget your favorites. The set includes: a hardcover journal with guided pages for tasting notes, a slim notebook with work sheets for the home distiller, and a fold-out poster of the American Whiskey Family Tree


Slightly Alabama River Flask

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Gear: Flasks should be designed to last. It seems though, once you find that “best” one you always find another you want. This is the case with the Slightly Alabama River Flask. With a holding capacity of 7 ounces, this flask can carry just enough hard stuff to provide with some if your favorite juice, whether you are looking to relax or just a quick warm up. It’s also wrapped in a handsome Horween leather case with button-hole closure and available in five colors Hand stitched with waxed thread with edges burnished, painted and hand waxed.



Gentleman’s Guide to Cocktails Leather Bound

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Book: If you are looking to expand your knowledge of how to make excellent cocktails then you may want to check out The Gentleman’s Guide To Cocktails. It features more than 150 recipes, covers numerous classics, and has some excellent drawings. This is an excellent guide for any cocktail enthusiast. We featured this great book a while back. It is now available in a beautiful leather bound copy. Get it here.


Keep Exploring Shirt

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We designed a simple tee recently and added to the MAKR store. It is a super soft, pre-washed, pre-shrunk,  100% cotton tee with a simple design. It’s available in Men’s and Women’s Grey & White.

  • Alternative Apparel Men’s & Women’s Tee
  • Heather Grey and White colors available
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • 100% cotton, pre-washed, pre-shrunk
  • Digitally printed
  • Machine wash
  • Available only for 30 days through MAKR, to purchase click on the images above
  • Bourbon & Oak receives $2.00 profit on each sale, all funds go to Bourbon & Oak maintenance

Ranger Creek’s .36 Single Barrel Bourbon Steals the Show

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Ranger Creek’s .36 Single Barrel Bourbon Steals the Show

Local Brewery/ Distillery Takes Home Best of Class and Best of Show at ACSA Awards

SAN ANTONIO – FEB. 23, 2015 – Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling was awarded the American Craft Spirits Association’s Gold Medal, Best-of-Class and Best-of-Show for their .36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey last Sunday, February 15, at the ACSA Awards Dinner. Ranger Creek also took home Gold for their .36 Texas Bourbon Whiskey and Silver for their .44 Texas Rye Whiskey.

“We began filling these barrels just after starting production in 2010 and have patiently monitored maturation over the years.  With the success of our small barrel .36, there were high expectations both inside our distillery and also from our consumers,” says TJ Miller, Ranger Creek Co-founder and Head Distiller. “Being awarded the best craft distilled spirit in the US by the ACSA was a humbling surprise. It’s also a huge honor to represent authentic craft spirits makers.”

Only 1,400 bottles of the .36 Single Barrel Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey were produced, making the big winner a hot commodity.

As part of the festivities celebrating the internationally recognized win, Ranger Creek is putting together a unique collection of fourteen Ranger Creek .36 single-barrel bottles that will include one bottle from each barrel used. This one-of-a kind, hand-numbered collection will be awarded to one lucky fan via a social media #WhiskeySelfie Contest, being held March 7 through April 30, 2015.

Ranger Creek will be kicking-off the contest and sampling a selection of Ranger Creek beers and whiskey’s at a celebratory open house on Saturday, March 14, from 2 – 6 p.m. at 4834 Whirlwind Dr, San Antonio, TX 78217. There will be live music, gourmet food trucks, whiskey evaluations and brewery exclusive products.

A complete list of the ACSA Award recipients can be found here.

You can see our full review on Ranger Creek .36 Bourbon by clicking the image below.

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About Ranger Creek

Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling is a combined brewery/distillery handcrafting beer and bourbon in San Antonio, TX one batch at a time.  They are one of only a small number of combined brewery/distilleries in the U.S. making both beer and bourbon.  Ranger Creek focuses on interesting recipes and utilizes local ingredients from the state of Texas as much as possible. Visitors to San Antonio are encouraged to sign up for one of the regularly scheduled facility tours. For more information on Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, please visit www.drinkrangercreek.com.


Jeni’s Whiskey & Pecans Ice Cream

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Food: It’s no doubt whiskey goes great with food, all kinds of food in fact, and ice cream is no different. Jeni’s Whiskey and Pecans Ice Cream is made with Middle West Spirits OYO Whiskey. Jeni’s ice cream is crafted using made using grass-grazed milk from small Ohio farms, Fair Trade-certified vanilla, and other locally-sourced ingredients. The resulting ice cream is filled with the rich flavors of whiskey and pecans, it’s rich and filled with good flavors that are perfect for chilly days. Get some here.


National Margarita Day

Today is National Margarita Day and for some of us it’s a very cold snowy day today, but that didn’t stop us from crafting a delicious margarita. For our margarita, we used Casa Noble Crystal Tequila, which has clear shine and a smooth yet robust agave flavor that allows it to play well with the flavors of other ingredients.

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Our margarita is made with Jalepeno peppers and cucumbers which gives it a refreshing spicy flavor. It’s a simple, great tasting, and easy to make margarita. Our full recipe is below.

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1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

1/4 cup simple syrup

1/4 cup orange liqueur of choice

4 sprigs of mint

1/2 cucumber sliced thin

1 jalepeno pepper sliced lengthwise

In a pitcher or large bowl muddle together the simple syrup and 1 sprig of mint. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cucumbers, and jalepeno pepper. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours to let the flavors infuse into the drink. Serve over ice in a small rocks glass, garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

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Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA seasonal and limited edition single barrel Town Branch Bourbon flow into market

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – While snow, ice or blistery cold is blanketing much of the country, images of warmer days may be conjured up now thanks to a new spring seasonal brew that pours into the market this week. Hoppy, spicy and crisp,Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA is a new, limited edition seasonal beer from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. that is aged for six weeks in Town Branch® Rye whiskey barrels, as well as Kentucky bourbon barrels.

The unique rye India pale ale is brewed with rye grain and dry-hopped in the barrel and boasts a citrusy character in the nose and finish, as well as soft notes of vanilla and woody ribbons of oak and rye from the barrel. Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company’s barrel-aged seasonal program allows the brewery to step outside of its year-round offerings to experiment with new tastes, furthering its reputation as barrel-aging experts.

“Distillers discovered rye decades ago and embraced it for its spicy, complex character,” said Ken Lee, master brewer for Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. “Today, more brewers have also embraced rye thanks to the complex notes it can add. With the spice from our Town Branch Rye barrels and the unique dry hopping we did in the barrel, I think craft beer fans will love this crisp seasonal beer.”

Kentucky Rye Barrel IPA hits store shelves this week in Kentucky, and will reach select markets in the company’s domestic distribution area soon. At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), the limited seasonal release has a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a four-pack.

Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co has also launched a limited Town Branch®Bourbon Single Barrel to be sold exclusively at its Visitor Center in downtown Lexington. Master distiller Mark Coffman recently hand-selected two barrels of the company’s bourbon that had “strong vanilla and floral notes, and almost candy-like toffee notes” for the first run of the single barrel program. Full article here.


Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur Review

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Name: Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur

ABV: 37%

Proof: 74

Nose: Cinnamon, Clove, Anise, Nutmeg

Palate: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pecans, Tobacco, Cloves

Overall: Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur was supplied to us for review from Sukkah Hill Spirits and in addition they included some recipe ideas. We decided to try Besamim and Bourbon. In this cocktail, I used equal parts bourbon and Besamim Liqueur over ice. Besamim Liqueur has a pleasant cinnamon and nutmeg flavor and it is incredibly smooth. When mixed with bourbon it brings out some more spice flavor. I am not a fan of flavored whiskies but mixing Besamim and bourbon created a drink that is what I wish cinnamon whiskey tasted like. The cocktail tasted authentic and homemade, like good eggnog with warm cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. This is a great choice for a winter cocktail and like the Etrog, Besamim is a spirit you could get very creative with. Besamim is exceptionally smooth, even when mixed with bourbon and holds up well. The subtle spice flavors of Besamim taste authentic and are not overwhelming and artificial tasting like other spiced spirits. The recipe we used for this review is listed below. For more information on Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur click here.

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1.5 oz. Besamim Aromatic Spice Liqueur

1.5 oz. Old Forester Bourbon or bourbon of choice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons sugar

Pour sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl and mix gently. Wet the rim of a rocks glass and dip the glass in the mixture to get a coating on the rim of the glass. Fill rocks glass with ice. Add Besamim Liqueur and bourbon and stir gently for 30 seconds. Enjoy!