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.
Lately we’ve been spending a lot of time with friends and crafting some great cocktails. One of the whiskey’s we’ve had on hand quite often and really enjoyed has been Four Roses Yellow Label. It’s easy to find, inexpensive, and does well in a number of different cocktails. In the past few weeks when enjoying some time with friends I have heard some great feedback from those who I’ve enjoyed this whiskey with. It is with great pleasure that I announce Four Roses Yellow Label as our September 2014 Whiskey of the Month. Please see our full review below.
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.
BARDSTOWN, KY—Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., the country’s largest independent family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer, announces a new limited edition release of Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Heaven Hill, who holds the world’s second largest inventory of Bourbon and the most “extra-aged” barrels of any distillery in its rickhouses, began shipping the rarity into selected markets across the country in mid-August and it will hit retail shelves in August and September. The new bottling follows up on the success of the sold-out Elijah Craig 20-Year-Old Single Barrel, released in the Spring of 2012 and named “American Whiskey of the Year” by Whisky Advocate magazine, and the Elijah Craig 21- Year-Old, released last Fall and designated “Excellent/Highly Recommended“ at the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. The new 23-Year-Old bottling will carry an average retail price of $199.99 for the 750ml size, and like last year’s 21-Year-Old will be in limited distribution in top metro markets. Full article here.
Many of you have asked when we will be bringing back our online store. We know that a lot of you purchased gifts from us around the holidays last year, we are truly grateful and pleased to hear the great feedback on the quality of the products we offer. We want you to know that we are in the process of bringing back the online store. In the meantime, since we receive a lot of request for Glencairn glasses, we have decided to offer some Glencairn Glasses for sale. This will be a pre-order. The pre-order will start now and will run through September 12th, 2014. If you would like to pre-order some glasses please fill our the form below.
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*Prices reflect a 10% discount for pre-orders.
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1/4 cup grilled watermelon
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce local honey
2-3 dashes angostura bitters
1/2 cup ice
Slice seedless watermelon into 1/4 in. triangular shaped slices. Place the watermelon pieces on grill and cook on each side until you have noticeable grill marks. Remove the watermelon from the grill and allow it to cool completely. Remove the rind and cut the flesh into small pieces. Place the watermelon pieces in a cocktail shaker and add the bourbon, honey, lime juice, bitters and ice. Shake for about 30-40 seconds. Pour the contents into a glass of your choice and garnish with a piece of grilled watermelon. Enjoy!
Apps: We know a lot of you are craft beer fans, and serious about it at that. Craft Check is a simple app that allows you to check and see if your beer is actually a craft beer. Most of the “craft” and “micro” breweries you see at your local grocery store are actually made by the same assembly line multinational macrobreweries you see advertised nationwide. Craft Check helps you identify if it’s an authentic craft brew or not. It is a simple app that can worth its weight in gold to craft beer enthusiasts. Get it here.
Gear: Here is a great addition to any mancave. The Tournament Dartboard Set is a great looking classic dartboard set that would be well suited for any bourbon drinking session. This set encases a self-healing sisal fiberboard, feather-fletched darts and a chalkboard for keeping score, all within an iron-latched oak cabinet. Check it out here.
Events: If you’re in or near Louisville this weekend be sure to check out the Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience. Enjoy live Bluegrass music while eating delicious barbeque and sipping on fine bourbon at this three-day summer festival. More information here.
Gear: Step up your wilderness dining experience with the Lodge Camping Dutch Oven from Williams Sonoma. The versatile, heavy duty pot hangs from metal tripod legs right above the fire for slow cooking anything of your choice. Cast iron provides exceptional heat retention, so foods sear, brown and cook beautifully. A great addition to your next camping trip or your outdoor fire pit. Made in the USA. Get one here.
Gear: If you love sipping your preferred juice out of a Mason jar than pick up the Mason Shaker. Inspired by the classic southern icon, the Mason jar, the Mason Shaker is a unique four-piece cocktail shaker that is sure be a hit with any cocktail enthusiast. Get it here.
August 21, 2014 – Diageo broke ground today on its new Shelby County, Kentucky distillery, which the company announced will officially be called “The Bulleit Distilling Co.” after the distillery’s flagship brand. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, and a number of other elected officials and Kentucky dignitaries, joined Diageo executives and Bulleit founder Tom Bulleit to celebrate the milestone. Full article here.
Travel writer, food critic, and humorist Morgan Murphy brings us an excellent new book entitled Bourbon & Bacon and as the title says, it really is the ultimate guide to the South’s favorite food groups. Bacon and Bourbon features well over 100 recipes, tasting notes on over 75 different different spirits, and 14 bacon purveyors. The recipes are easy to make and feature numerous full color, high quality images. Make a simple, hearty Saturday afternoon treat like Tennessee Cheddar Bacon Ale Soup, perfect for fall or a larger portion like the Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin. One of things I enjoy most about Bourbon and Bacon is there dessert recipes, something you don’t often find. Some of our favorite recipes so far are Bacon Popcorn, Maple Bacon Cupcakes, and Fat Elvis Ice Cream Sandwich which uses crumbled bourbon candied bacon. Bourbon and Bacon gives you a rich history and lore about theses fine ingredients. Cocktail recipes, entree recipes, appetizers, and desserts are just a few of the categories within the book. If you are a lover of both Bourbon and Bacon or a fan of southern cooking you are going to want to grab a copy. Pre-order here, available on September 2nd, 2014.
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.