Thanks to everyone who voted for the Whiskey of the Year. If you have not had the chance to vote, please visit the link below to cast your vote now. Voting will end on December, 31st. Click here to vote.
Recipe: Here is a great recipe for a Hot Toddy. I know a lot of you swear by these to help you fight off your cold. I’ve not had them enough to be able to determine how well they work but here is a great recipe sent in from one of our readers. Enjoy. Check it out here.
Article: I read a great article the other day about dealing with a job you don’t like. I work in loss prevention, where I investigate fraud and theft. I really enjoy my job and it’s exactly what I want to do for the rest of my career. Even though I like this job, I found this article to help me because this time of year it becomes hard to want to keep doing your best, the long hours and more workdays make it difficult to keep going. I am especially busy this time of year because theft increases tremendously during the holidays. This article reminded me of how good you feel when doing your very best. I wanted to share it with everyone. Read it here.
Gear: We’ve featured liquor scented soap and now we feature beer scented soap. With scents like Porter, IPA, Apricot Wheat, and Oatmeal Stout you are surely going to find a favorite. Get them here.
Recipe: My lovely cousin Jamie sent me this great looking recipe for Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn, tell me that doesn’t sound amazing. I haven’t tried it yet, but it has definitely been added to my list. Check it out here.
Recipe: This recipe comes from one of our readers who wanted to share this with us. It is a great recipe that makes about 4 dozen bourbon balls. My wife and I made these last weekend and they turned out great.
2 1/2 graham crackers crushed
3/4 cup bourbon of choice
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup powder sugar
6 ounces chocolate chips
1 cup ground pecans
1. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the graham crackers, ground pecans and powdered sugar.
2. In a small pan heat chocolate chips over low heat until almost melted (it will melt more as you stir). Stir in bourbon and corn syrup to combine.
3. Add the chocolate mixture to the crumbs mixture, and stir until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
4. Pour some granulated sugar into a dish. Form the chocolate mixture into small balls the size of grapes, and roll each ball in the sugar. Serve & Enjoy.
Drinks: Ron Burgundy Scotch is going to be hitting the market soon. Great Odin’s Raven Special Reserve is a 40% ABV blend of whiskies from Speyside, Highlands, and Islay. No word on when it will be available or how much it will cost but it will be soon.
News: Having trouble finding gifts for the cocktail lover in your life. Here is a helpful gift guide from the folks at Bon Appetit. Check it out here.
Drinks: Feel that winter cold coming on? We have an article for you. Bran’s Dram is a cocktail to help you feel better or maybe to not care about the cold at all we’re not sure. I’m sure you can substitute the Rum for Whiskey if you wish. A little over two years ago I was tired of getting sick every winter and with having two boys at home, one of which is in school, I was sure to get it every year. I changed my diet slightly and I have not been sick for two years now (knocking on wood). I will still keep this recipe around just in case. Get the recipe here.
Winter Giveaway: We are having a winter giveaway. We are giving away two old fashioned glasses. To enter visit our giveaway page here and tell us what your favorite bourbon is and why. Winner will be drawn on December 10th.
We are very pleased to announce that Basil Hayden’s has been selected as our December 2013 Whiskey of the Month. Please see our full review below. Basil Hayden’s is one of the small batch whiskeys from Beam.
Our Rating: 95%
Name: Basil Hayden
Bottled By: Beam Inc.
Age: 8 Years
Our Rating: 95%
Notes: Basil Hayden’s is a light bodied bourbon. In fact it is the lightest bodied of the the small batch bourbons in the Jim Beam Family. The taste is light, refreshing, but not complex.It has a nice light taste of honey as well as a hint of black pepper. Very simple flavor profile and a nice moderate finish with an exceptional after taste. It is a nice Bourbon for what it is but if you prefer a stronger Bourbon you may want to pass this one up. On the rocks this Bourbon becomes a little light, while it will still maintain its flavor we prefer this one neat.
History: This Bourbon takes its name from Basil Hayden Sr. who was a Maryland Catholic and also a distiller. Hayden Sr. led a group of 25 Catholic families from Maryland to what is now Nelson County, Kentucky in 1785. Hayden donated land to the first Catholic church west of the Alleghenies and the first Catholic church in what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In his mash bill he was known to use a larger amount of rye.
News: Make your home bar what it should be and stock your home bar the right way with these 17 essential items. Read Article.