Morning Report, Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Gear: Today we feature the Floyd Shelf and simple tool that allows you to turn any slab of wood into a working shelf. The Floyd Shelf is a two-bracket set available in red, white, or black, and bolts to your wall, tightening down on any piece of wood up to 1 and 5/8 inches thick to form a shelf of virtually any width. This simple design makes it easy to use and gives you the opportunity to choose what wood you would like to use. Each shelf holds up to 50 pounds, so you can easily display some of your favorite bottles. Get one here.


FEW Single Malt Whisky Review

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Name: FEW Single Malt Whisky

Bottled By: FEW Spirits

ABV: 46.5%

Proof: 93

Notes: On the nose FEW Single Malt has a spicy, deep wood and vanilla aroma. The palate is filled with chocolate, dry oak, vanilla, smoke, and caramel flavors. The smooth finish is long, dry, and smoky with oak and chocolate being the prominent flavors. The chocolate and oak flavors make this one unique and leave you wanting more. I tried this whisky neat and with a splash. It is a very dry whisky and I enjoyed it best neat. Adding a splash seemed to take away from the flavor a bit too much. This whisky is delicious and my favorite of the three FEW spirits I tried. What I enjoyed most is the dark chocolate flavor, which complemented the dry oak flavor very well. Overall, this is a great whisky and one that I will definitely keep on hand.

History: For more information of FEW Spirits visit their site here.


Featured Bar: Searsucker, Austin Texas

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Searsucker in Austin, Texas is no doubt a great place to get a top notch dining experience. “Top Chef” finalist Brian Malarkey calls it the New American Classic Cuisine and incorporates familiar comfort foods with just a touch of luxury to make a great fine dining experience. You won’t just find the food enjoyable at Searsucker, the hand crafted cocktails are just as delicious, with our suggestion being the New Fashioned. Searsucker provides an intimate lounge setting complete with comfortable sofas that allow for great conversation. You can check out their Menu’s here. If you’re in the Austin area, be sure to check out Searsucker.


Morning Report, Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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Gear: Traditional growlers are great but we all know our beer inside goes flat quickly once opened. This is where the uKeg comes in. It is a new growler that is equipped with a CO2 regulator cap, pressure gauge, and tap handle. The uKeg is easy to transport and will keep your beer fresh for up to a month. Now you don’t have to waste that beer you unfortunately didn’t have a chance to drink right away and with a site gauge you can see exactly how much beer you have left. Get on here.


FEW Rye Review

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Name: FEW Rye Whiskey

Bottled By: FEW Spirits

ABV: 46.5%

Proof: 93

Notes: On the nose FEW Rye has a light, straightforward fruit aroma, mostly apples and pears. On the palate sweet corn is the most prominent flavor with some pear, apple, and citrus flavors. There are also some subtle wood and grain flavors. The finish is long with some corn, fruit, and spice flavors that linger. This is a very good rye whiskey, it does have a somewhat young taste, but overall it is a good whiskey. There is not a lot of bite with this rye as there are with others and it is a lot more mellow than the FEW bourbon. I tried this rye neat and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t try this one in a cocktail but I have no doubt it would do just fine. Overall, this is a good rye whiskey, but one that doesn’t have a lot of bite to it, which is something I really enjoy with other rye whiskies.

History: For more information of FEW Spirits visit their site here.


Morning Report, Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Drink: Whether you are looking for a little hair of the dog or just want a damn good way to start your day give Hellfire Club Bloody Mary Mix a go. With ingredients like pickled haricots verts and asparagus spears it has a very unique flavor and makes for the bloodiest of Mary’s. Swap out vodka for tequila and have yourself a delicious Bloody Maria. Each bottle is 25 oz. and makes about 6-8 cocktails. Get it here.


FEW Bourbon Review

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Name: FEW Bourbon Whiskey

Bottled By: FEW Spirits

ABV: 46.5%

Proof: 93

Notes: On the nose FEW bourbon is very spicy with some notes of cinnamon, black pepper, and balsam. On the palate corn and rye dominate, with some subtle oak, cinnamon, mint, and pepper flavors as well. The finish is rather long and spicy with some strong pepper and mint flavors. I enjoyed this bourbon and the mint and balsam flavors helped make this a standout whiskey. This is definitely a different bourbon but in a good way. The folks at FEW made a whiskey with some very unique characteristics. I tried this whiskey neat and with a splash. I enjoyed it both ways. Adding a splash seems to mellow out the spicy flavors quite a bit. Overall, this is a unique whiskey that most bourbon lovers who like a whiskey with some heat will enjoy.

History: For more information of FEW Spirits visit their site here.


A Post From The Past: Slow Cooker BBQ Beef & Whiskey Tenderloins

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Here is a delicious and easy to make weekend recipe.

Ingredients
  • 1 large Beef Tenderloin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • garlic salt
  • onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons Whiskey of choice
Instructions
  1. Cut tenderloin in several pieces and season well with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  2. Place in slow cooker.
  3. In large bowl add Ketchup and all remaining ingredients. Whisk well until sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Pour BBQ sauce over meat.
  5. Put lid on and cook on low 8-10 hours.
  6. Thirty minutes before serving shred all the meat with two forks, and put back into slow cooker.
  7. With oven set to broil, place bread on baking sheet and melt cheese of your choice.
  8. Place some BBQ tenderloin on the bread, serve, and enjoy.


Sriracha Hot Toddy Recipe

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This is a great cold weather recipe and one that will definitely help you warm up on those chilly days.

1 tablespoon sriracha

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup water

2 oz. whiskey

Whisk together sriracha, lemon juice, and honey. In a small pan bring water to a boil. Add the whiskey, sriracha, lemon juice, and honey. Turn heat down and let simmer for 7-10 minutes. Pour into glass of juice and enjoy.

You can also add a tea bag into this recipe if you wish by adding it to the boiling water prior to adding the other ingredients.