Morning Report, Monday, November 24th, 2014

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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.



Dashfire Bitters Review

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I recently had the pleasure of trying a few products from Dashfire Bitters and I have to say they are quite impressive. I tried their Brandy Old Fashioned Bitters, Ancient Chinese Secret Bitters, and Vintage Orange Bitters.

The Brandy Old Fashioned Bitters (38% ABV) have a rich, sweet molasses flavor with some spicy notes of cinnamon and clove. I crafted an old fashioned with these using Bulleit Bourbon and it was delicious, the spicy flavors from the bitters really added to the spicy flavors of Bulleit Bourbon and the cocktail had a slight coffee cake flavor which I really enjoyed.

The Ancient Chinese Secret Bitters (43% ABV) had a noticeable licorice aroma but a mix of spicy and sweet flavors like anise, clove, cinnamon, ginger, apricot, and oranges. They added a great deal of spice flavor to the old fashioned I made and the flavors seemed authentic and not artificial.

Their signature product, Dashfire Vintage Orange No. 1 Bitters (45% ABV), are aged in a Minnesota-made white oak barrel and are Minnesota’s first and only barrel aged bitters. There is a burst of fresh orange flavor with some similar spice flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and anise. You definitely get a barrel aged taste with these and a great balance between sweet and spicy.

I really enjoyed all three of the bitters I tried from Dashfire’s line. There must have been a fair amount of trial and error that went into these to get them right but they indeed did just that. They are great products and surely deserve a spot on any home bar. The flavors are genuine and you can tell they are high quality. Dashfire’s mission was to create hand-crafted blends that can be used by everyone who appreciates a quality cocktail. Especially for folks like me who are still trying to perfect their cocktail skills. I highly recommend Dashfire Bitters not only for the great flavors they provide but for the quality of the products.

History: The force behind Dashfire, Lee Egbert, is driven by an unending curiosity coupled with an appetite for travel and a desire to learn all he can about the flavors and spices of different cultures.  Lee lived in China for a year and a half, and has also travelled extensively in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, where he had the opportunity to learn first-hand about local herbs and spices as well as spirits and food.  The inspiration for all Dashfire products is drawn from these experiences and flavors, as can be clearly seen in Mr. Lee’s Ancient Chinese Secret Bitters and Dashfire’s unique line of Tinctures.  So imbibe with the peace of mind and knowledge that every effort was put into making our creations with the highest regard for the ingredients.

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White Whale Auntie’s Old Fashioned Mixer Review

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Name: White Whale Auntie’s Old Fashioned Mixer

Notes: I was in a Whole Foods recently and finally got my hands on White Whale Auntie’s Old Fashioned Mixer. I was very excited to give this a try since I have reviewed Old Fashioned mixers in the past and this is my favorite cocktail. I followed the nice instructions on the bottle and mixed my drink. I used Bulleit Bourbon with this cocktail mixer. I allowed the drink to sit for a few minutes before trying it. There was a nice sweet fruit taste that reminded me of an artificial berry flavor as well some fresh herbs such as basil and rosemary, and some spices. This is a good cocktail mixer and definitely has a unique flavor. I personally like a bit more of a bitter taste to my old fashioned but this was very enjoyable. I paid around $8 for a bottle and I thought that was a very fair price. If you haven’t had the chance to try this mixer yet, pick it up and give it a go, and let us know what you think.


Morning Report, Friday, May 9th, 2014

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Book: If I don’t order whiskey neat then I always go with the Old-Fashioned. It is my favorite cocktail, such a simple drink consisting of whiskey, bitters, sugar, and ice, but one that has a lot of variations. In The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Loreyou will find numerous stories, photos, and recipes that show different variations of this great cocktail. This is a great addition to any whiskey or cocktail lover’s bookshelf. Available May 13th, 2014. Pre-order here.


Bourbon & Oak’s Perfect Old Fashioned Recipe

An Old Fashioned is about as classic as they come. We have experimented with different variations but prefer to make ours the “old fashioned” way (no pun intended). In a mixing glass or small bowl, add 1 sugar cube, 1/4 ounce of water, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. Muddle until the sugar cube has completely dissolved. Add two ounces of bourbon or rye whiskey and 1 or 2 large ice cubes. Stir until chilled and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with 1 large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel and/or 1 maraschino cherry. Enjoy.