We have a few changes to announce for 2015. We will no longer be having a Whiskey of the Month but we will still be announcing a Whiskey of the Year. We will pull our stats at the end of the year and take votes on the top 10 whiskies for the previous year. We will be bringing back our featured bar post. This will be a bi-weekly post and will help others learn about great bars around the country and if you have a favorite bar, please feel free to share it with us. We will be posting more cocktail and food recipes dealing with whiskey. Cooking with whiskey is something we know a lot of you enjoy and we will be posting some great food recipes that have whiskey in the ingredients. As always, we want to thank you for reading Bourbon & Oak and we are looking forward to another great year. Cheers!
Drink: The fourth release from Orphan Barrel is Lost Prophet. It is a 22 year old, premium bourbon, that was distilled in 1991 and bottled at 90 proof. This is a one time release and one that a lot of folks will likely be wanting to get their hands on. Be on the look out because it is ready to hit the shelves. More information here.
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: Inspired by copper stills, the Pure Copper & Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker is a great addition to any home bar. Created by a copper manufacturer founded in 1819, it’s definitely a piece that holds a lot of history. Each piece is handmade, unique, and would make a great family heirloom one day. Each shaker holds 14 fluid ounces. Get one here.
Name: Koval Single Barrel Bourbon
Notes: On the nose Koval single barrel bourbon has a very upfront and straightforward fruit scent to it. At first sip there is a burst of fresh fruit, most noticeably apricot, followed by more sweet flavors like caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup. Although sweet and with plenty of fruit flavors there are also some good spice flavors as well such as black pepper, tobacco, and leather. The finish is moderate with apricot flavors and some subtle earthy flavors and a slight burn. I really enjoyed this bourbon. It was definitely one that has unique flavors and is using some unique ingredients. The apricot flavor didn’t taste artificial and the tobacco and leather flavors added some complexity. Overall, I would definitely recommend this whiskey to a friend. In my opinion this one is best enjoyed neat.
History: Koval distillery uses Millet, which is a gluten-free ancient sustenance grain, and like corn, has a history of working in the spirits industry. Learn the full history of Koval Distillery here.
Name: Old Grand Dad 114
Bottled By: Beam Inc.
Notes: Old Grand Dad 114 starts of with some nice heat and heavy oak taste. The oak mellows but doesn’t fade, vanilla comes in but quickly fades away leaving you with a strong oak and alcohol taste. You will find that this Bourbon will be served best with a splash of water or on the rocks.
History: Old Grand Dad was named by Raymond B. Hayden after his grandfather Basil Hayden, Sr. who was a distiller himself during his lifetime. Old Grand Dad depicts a picture of Basil Hayden Sr. on each bottle and is one of the 10 best selling straight bourbons today.
Drink: There is no doubt Elijah Craig is a solid bourbon line and today we feature a another spectacular offering. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon is an amazing strong whiskey at over 134 proof. It is aged for 12 years, bottled straight from the barrel, non-chill filtered, and uncut. This is one you will want to get your hands on especially if your like your whiskey strong like us and full of flavor.