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Old Smoky Moonshine is corn whiskey distillery located in one of my favorite cities, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. They are known for making a variety of flavored whiskies as well as a few other novelty items. One of the products that I recently tried is their Moonshine Cherries. These cherries are soaked in their signature 100 proof “moonshine” and pick up quite a bit of flavor of the corn whiskey. I found these cherries to be enjoyable in different cocktails and added a twist to the drink. They are available for around $25 a jar. If you are looking for a way to have a little fun and add a unique flavor to your next cocktail party, check these out.
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Bourbon & Oak. We hope you enjoy the time spent with family and friends on this day and the bourbon that we know you will all be having. We are thankful for each and every one of our followers and the great conversations we have. Thank you and cheers everyone! We’ll see you on Monday.
Gear: A simple, heavy weight bottle opener, made of solid brass, in the USA. Sand-blasted and hand finished, it weighs in at a hefty half pound of brass. With a simple phrase “You Earned It” right on the side. Will open any beer, simply and smoothly. Get it here.
Name: Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch
Nose: Corn, Vanilla, Apple, Citrus, Wood, Juniper, and Spice.
Palate: Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Butterscotch
Finish: Long, straightforward, and full of spicy cinnamon.
Overall: Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch is a true sipping bourbon. This whiskey pours a medium amber color. It is straightforward in its flavors and has a good balance of sweet and spicy. The finish is long and simple with a slight bitter flavor at the end. I enjoyed this whiskey neat and with a splash and it was enjoyable both ways. I had the pleasure of sharing this with my good friend Aaron and he enjoyed it as well. The small batch is the most inexpensive in the Colonel E.H. Taylor lineup and can be picked up for around $40-$50 dollars a bottle at most places and comes packaged in a nice tube.
Gear: An amazing collaboration between Stephen Kenn and the guys at Gin&Luck. The Travel Cocktail Kit comes with 9 empty bottles, a mixing spoon, and a detailed book containing instructions on how to pack the kit for different types of trips. There is also 15 different cocktail recipes included. Pack the kit how you see fit and hit the road. Get it here.
Name: Virginia Gentleman
Nose: Wood, Vanilla, Maple Syrup.
Palate: Stale smoke, oak, rye, corn, and vanilla.
Finish: Short and spicy with some flavors of vanilla and citrus.
Overall: Virginia Gentleman is a budget bourbon. Having recently moved to Virginia I decided I would finally give it a go. I was not at all impressed with this whiskey. The flavors tasted stale and artificial. For a few dollars more there are far better options out there in the budget group. I tried Virginia Gentleman neat and in a cocktail and enjoyed it best in a cocktail.
Drink: The Old Fashioned is a true classic and our go to drink around here. Eli Mason’s Old Fashioned cocktail mixer is handcrafted with premium bitters, cane sugar, and organic gomme syrup for a refined taste and rich texture. It’s an easy way to make a quick and delicious Old Fashioned in your own home. Just mix 1 part mixer with two parts bourbon and enjoy. Simple and delicious. Get some here.
Gear: Keep that winter beard looking it best this year with the masculine smell of whiskey beard oil. This beard oil from Portland General Store has a deep amber and wood scent to it and will keep your beard soft and tamed. Whiskey beard oil is handcrafted in Maine using organic hemp seed oil, organic jojoba oil, marula oil, wild crafted absolutes and essential oils. Get it here.
Drink: Caskers is a great way to get your hands on the latest or hard to find spirits. They offer a variety of spirits and ship them directly to your door. In addition, they offer accessories for purchase and a variety of different clubs to join, including a whiskey club that sends three bottles of whiskey every three months. Visit the site here.