News: Having trouble finding gifts for the cocktail lover in your life. Here is a helpful gift guide from the folks at Bon Appetit. Check it out here.
Today we have another great recipe from Marlon Hall.
1 1/2 oz. Basil Hayden
1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Fernet Branca rinse
Rinse coupe with generous amount of Fernet. Mix bourbon and vermouth in glass and stir 30 times. Strain into Fernet rinsed coupe and garnish with orange peel zest and remaining peel.
Drinks: Feel that winter cold coming on? We have an article for you. Bran’s Dram is a cocktail to help you feel better or maybe to not care about the cold at all we’re not sure. I’m sure you can substitute the Rum for Whiskey if you wish. A little over two years ago I was tired of getting sick every winter and with having two boys at home, one of which is in school, I was sure to get it every year. I changed my diet slightly and I have not been sick for two years now (knocking on wood). I will still keep this recipe around just in case. Get the recipe here.
Winter Giveaway: We are having a winter giveaway. We are giving away two old fashioned glasses. To enter visit our giveaway page here and tell us what your favorite bourbon is and why. Winner will be drawn on December 10th.
We are very pleased to announce that Basil Hayden’s has been selected as our December 2013 Whiskey of the Month. Please see our full review below. Basil Hayden’s is one of the small batch whiskeys from Beam.
Our Rating: 95%
Name: Basil Hayden
Bottled By: Beam Inc.
Age: 8 Years
Our Rating: 95%
Notes: Basil Hayden’s is a light bodied bourbon. In fact it is the lightest bodied of the the small batch bourbons in the Jim Beam Family. The taste is light, refreshing, but not complex.It has a nice light taste of honey as well as a hint of black pepper. Very simple flavor profile and a nice moderate finish with an exceptional after taste. It is a nice Bourbon for what it is but if you prefer a stronger Bourbon you may want to pass this one up. On the rocks this Bourbon becomes a little light, while it will still maintain its flavor we prefer this one neat.
History: This Bourbon takes its name from Basil Hayden Sr. who was a Maryland Catholic and also a distiller. Hayden Sr. led a group of 25 Catholic families from Maryland to what is now Nelson County, Kentucky in 1785. Hayden donated land to the first Catholic church west of the Alleghenies and the first Catholic church in what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In his mash bill he was known to use a larger amount of rye.
Today officially kicks off the Holiday Shopping Season. We feature a lot of products on our site, some deal with bourbon and whiskey and some do not and we receive a lot of feedback from you about the products we feature. We put a list together of our top 15 gift picks based on some of your suggestions and some of ours. Here is our Holiday Gift Guide.
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News: Gentleman, if you are looking for some last minute ideas of what to bring to Thanksgiving then we have found the article for you. Esquire has the 12 Things Any Man Can Take To Thanksgiving and you can read the article here. Again, we hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy the day with friends, family, and bourbon. Cheers!
Name: Four Roses Small Batch
Bottled By: Four Roses Distillery
Our Rating: 88%
Notes: On the nose Four Roses Small Batch has a nice spicy woodsy scent to it. At first sip you are hit with a very pleasant spice taste with some caramel, vanilla, and mint. I got a nice taste of dry oak as well which was very enjoyable. The finish is long and spicy with some vanilla, fruit, and black pepper. Four Roses Small Batch is spicy but very enjoyable. It has the perfect amount of spice in my opinion. This bourbon had a very good flavor profile; it is very enjoyable and priced right. I enjoyed this bourbon neat, on the rocks, and with a splash and enjoyed it best neat.