Gear: An amazing collaboration between Stephen Kenn and the guys at Gin&Luck. The Travel Cocktail Kit comes with 9 empty bottles, a mixing spoon, and a detailed book containing instructions on how to pack the kit for different types of trips. There is also 15 different cocktail recipes included. Pack the kit how you see fit and hit the road. Get it here.
Name: Virginia Gentleman
Nose: Wood, Vanilla, Maple Syrup.
Palate: Stale smoke, oak, rye, corn, and vanilla.
Finish: Short and spicy with some flavors of vanilla and citrus.
Overall: Virginia Gentleman is a budget bourbon. Having recently moved to Virginia I decided I would finally give it a go. I was not at all impressed with this whiskey. The flavors tasted stale and artificial. For a few dollars more there are far better options out there in the budget group. I tried Virginia Gentleman neat and in a cocktail and enjoyed it best in a cocktail.
Drink: The Old Fashioned is a true classic and our go to drink around here. Eli Mason’s Old Fashioned cocktail mixer is handcrafted with premium bitters, cane sugar, and organic gomme syrup for a refined taste and rich texture. It’s an easy way to make a quick and delicious Old Fashioned in your own home. Just mix 1 part mixer with two parts bourbon and enjoy. Simple and delicious. Get some here.
Gear: Keep that winter beard looking it best this year with the masculine smell of whiskey beard oil. This beard oil from Portland General Store has a deep amber and wood scent to it and will keep your beard soft and tamed. Whiskey beard oil is handcrafted in Maine using organic hemp seed oil, organic jojoba oil, marula oil, wild crafted absolutes and essential oils. Get it here.
Drink: Caskers is a great way to get your hands on the latest or hard to find spirits. They offer a variety of spirits and ship them directly to your door. In addition, they offer accessories for purchase and a variety of different clubs to join, including a whiskey club that sends three bottles of whiskey every three months. Visit the site here.
Food: Bourbon makes everything better and that’s true with this next item. This Chipotle Habanero sauce is infused with Jim Beam Black Bourbon and is full flavor. It is spicy and rich with a nice smoky flavor. Add it to almost anything to give a little extra kick. It’s especially good in Bloody Mary’s or chili with and extra shot of bourbon. Get it here.
Just a heads up. If you are heading out to a distillery on the bourbon trail, be sure to check the hours of operation as there are some delays to due weather this week. Cheers everyone.
Food: The Prohibition bar from Maverick Chocolate Co. is made with real Kentucky Bourbon. The creamy milk chocolate and bourbon play well together and there is smoked sea salt added to balance out the flavors. If you are a fan of whiskey and chocolate you will want to check this offering out. Get one here.
Gear: The Sidecar, a collaboration between Moore & Giles and barman and author Jim Meehan is nothing short of amazing. With simple functional features, this timeless piece is a great addition to any home and will surely impress. Now just stock it with the essentials and some excellent spirits and enjoy. Check it out here.
Drink: Flying somewhere and craving a good cocktail? Check out the Carry On Cocktail Kit from W&P Design. This tiny cocktail kit will make you a damn good old fashioned at 30,000 feet. The kit includes a recipe card, spoon, muddler, bitters, cane sugar, and a linen coaster, all of which are packed neatly in a tiny case that will pass through security at your airport of choice. Just order a bottle of bourbon and craft your cocktail. Get one here.