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Bottled By: Heaven Hill
Age: 6-12 Years
Notes: Larceny Bourbon has a nice scent of caramel and wood chips. At first sip you can taste the caramel and oak which make way for a nice cherry taste that doesn’t taste artificial. The finish is moderate and starts very sweet but becomes dry with just the right amount of spice. Larceny is good bourbon for the price. We enjoyed ours neat and with a splash and it was enjoyable both ways. A splash of water brought out more of the flavors.
History: Larceny Bourbon is new bourbon produced by Heaven Hill Distillery and named after John E. Fitzgerald. It is bottled in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Name: Whipper Snapper
Age: 6 months – 2 years
Notes: Whipper Snapper has a strong taste of grains and corn with a little malt. There is a hint of caramel and butterscotch but not much. The finish is rather short with a slight caramel taste but the grain taste is overpowering. This is a very young whiskey and the taste shows it. We wish this whiskey would spend more time in the barrel. It is good and a nice taste but it will most likely leave you reaching for something else. We enjoyed ours neat.
Price: Can be purchased in the low $30’s which seems a bit much for what you are getting with this one.
History: The first part is made from barley that is malted in the Pacific Northwest, and unmalted barley grown in the Willamette valley of Oregon. This barley is ground, mashed, fermented and distilled on location at the distillery in Sheridan, Oregon. The second part is made by using a base of Kentucky corn whitedog, which we obsessively re-distill in an alembic pot still. Extremely selective cuts are made at the condenser, and only the “heart of the hearts” is kept for aging and bottling. The remainder is discarded. Aging takes place in a variety of barrels, including used French coopered pinot noir barrels, new American coopered whiskey barrels, and used American whiskey barrels. The whippersnapper is aged for between six months and two years, with an average time of about one year. For each bottling, eight barrels are specifically selected to make the best possible blend. Whippersnapper is then hand bottled, hand labeled, and hand waxed. Meticulous attention is paid to achieving perfection both in the bottle and out.
Name: Bulleit Rye
Bottled By: Diageo
Age: 4-7 Years
Notes: Bulleit Rye has a pleasant fruit scent with notes of honey and rye. This one starts off very mellow with a nice orange and apricot taste but quickly takes a spicy turn with some hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise. There is a light taste of maple syrup but it is barely noticeable. The finish is long and dry with a good amount of spice. Bulleit Rye taste sweeter than most rye whiskeys. It can handle any cocktail but we prefer this one on the rocks.
History: We don’t have a lot of history on this whiskey but it is bottled by Diageo. Bulleit Rye has a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. It appears to be distilled at the Lawrenceburg Distillers Indiana Distillery.
Name: Gentleman Jack
Bottled By: Jack Daniels Distillery
Age: 4 Years
Notes: Gentleman Jack has a nice banana aroma much like standard Jack Daniels but with a slight cedar scent. At first sip you will definitely notice the bananas but not as much as standard Jack Daniels. Gentleman Jack has more spice to it with some honey and toffee and is quite smooth. The finish has a nice honey taste with a slight warmth but not long or complex. We tried ours neat, on the rocks, and with a splash. We enjoyed it best on the rocks.
Price: Usually priced around $25 dollars at most places.
History: Gentleman Jack was introduced to the market in 1988. The product is described as “Rare Tennessee Whiskey” on the bottle. The Gentleman Jack brand was made to target consumers who had moved to more upscale brands. Gentleman Jack is twice filtered through charcoal, as opposed to single filtering of standard Jack Daniels.
Name: Four Roses Yellow
Bottled By: Four Roses Distillery
Notes: Our nose detects some toffee and caramel in Four Roses Yellow. Upon first sip we tasted some vanilla along with a sweet corn taste which mellowed out and in came a slight caramel taste. The finish is rather long with a spicy cinnamon taste with some slight oak flavor. Four Roses Yellow label is value bourbon and most likely used as a mixer by many. We tried ours on the rocks and with a splash. We enjoyed it best on the rocks.
Price: This bourbon is priced fairly low and should be available most places at well under $20 dollars.
History: The brand was introduced by the Frankfurt Distilling Company and was purchased by Seagram in 1943. Four Roses brand was a top seller for many years until being discontinued in the US at the end of the 1950’s. Four Roses was then marketed in other countries and became a top seller there. Four Roses continued to be unavailable in the US for more than 40 years until the brand ownership was changed again in 2002, when Seagram was purchased by Vivendi who sold most of its brands to Diageo which sold the Four Roses brand to Kirin. The master distiller at four roses is Jim Rutledge who has held this title since 1995.
For my first appearance as guest writer here at Bourbon & Oak, I’ll share a cocktail which combines 5 different spirits. Some of my favorite cocktails contain only ingredients that consist of alcohol. The Negroni and Manhattan cocktails are amoung them. I live close to an area called 5 points in Jacksonville, FL and this drink is in honor of this hip little neighborhood. Remember, with cocktails that contain only alcohol, stir the drink around 30 to 40 times so that it becomes chilled but not diluted and maintains a silky quality.
1 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
1 oz Laird’s applejack
1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange liqueur
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
1/4 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
orange twist for garnish
In a mixing glass, combine all five ingredients.
Add ice. Stir vigorously 30 to 40 times.
Strain into a chilled coupe.
Garnish with an orange twist (make sure to twist the garnish over the drink to release the essential oils)
Written By Marlon Hall
We are very pleased to announce Marlon Hall has joined our team as a guest writer.
Celebrated barman Marlon Hall might look like a mere lad; he still gets carded very often, but he is quickly approaching 40. He has been crafting cocktails almost half his life. Marlon acknowledges that he initially got behind the bar for a quick buck, but after learning about the art of the cocktail from some of the best in the business, he soon realized that he was born for this craft! Marlon’s honed his craft in restaurants in Texas, New York, and Florida, his current home. From the mixed drink in a martini glass craze to the resurgence of the craft cocktail, Marlon has seen it all. Marlon will be a smiling, friendly and damn talented presence behind the bar, and he’s ready to share some of his favorite classic bourbon and scotch cocktails and a few twists of his own with Bourbon & Oak. Check out his blog over at marlonhall.wordpress.com
Please join us in welcoming Marlon Hall to our team here at Bourbon & Oak. We are very pleased to have him with us and look forward to all the great recipes he will be bringing. Welcome Marlon!
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Name: Cabin Fever
Age: 3 Years
Notes: Cabin Fever has a very sweet smell with some butterscotch. At first sip you will notice it is sweet but not too sweet. You will get a strong maple taste with a slight butterscotch flavor. The finish is rather long with the same butterscotch and maple flavors. This is a decent whiskey that I have found most people I talk to enjoy; however, I am not a big fan of flavored whiskeys. At around $20 dollars it is worth giving it a try. We enjoyed ours neat and on the rocks and feel it is best on the rocks, since it seems to bring out the flavors more.
History: Cabin Fever Whiskey was started by distiller Rob Robillard in his garage. After letting some friends and family try it and getting some great feedback, he decided to put it on the market in 2006. Cabin Fever is a 3 year old, 80 proof whiskey that is infused with real grade b maple.