1.5 ounces bourbon whiskey
1 tablespoon blackberry jam
thyme for garnish
In an old fashioned glass, add blackberry jam and bourbon. Stir for 30 seconds. Fill with ice, top with club soda, and garnish with a sprig of thyme. Enjoy!
The last whiskey we reviewed is one that we’ve really been enjoying lately on these fall nights. It’s a versatile whiskey that is readily available. It is with great pleasure that I announce Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel as our October 2014 Whiskey of the Month. Please see our full review below.
Name: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
Notes: On the nose Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel has a smoky brown sugar and honey aroma. At first sip, I was greeted with a dry oak flavor with some slight notes of citrus, vanilla, sea salt, and sweet corn. The finish is rather long with lots of alcohol and a slight burn with notes of vanilla, corn, leather, and almonds. I enjoyed Jack Daniel’s single barrel. It has a very noticeable dry taste and I know a lot of folks that don’t like it because of that. There are some great flavors with this one but there is a strong alcohol taste that I didn’t enjoy all that much. I feel it took away from the other flavors a bit too much but I was able to mellow it a bit by adding a splash of water. Overall, this is a good whiskey and one that I would recommend to a friend. I tried Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel neat and with a splash and adding the splash mellowed the alcohol taste slightly and allowed me to focus more on the other flavors. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is available for around $50 a bottle a most places.
Name: Bender’s Rye
Bottled By: The Treasure Island Distillery
Age: 7 Years
Notes: On the nose Bender’s Rye has a light vanilla aroma. On the palate, a light honey and vanilla flavor quickly moves to a dry rye, with spicy cinnamon and fresh mint flavors. The sweet flavors balance this whiskey and keep it from getting to spicy. The finish is moderate and light with roasted corn and fresh mint leaf flavors. I tried Bender’s Rye neat and with a splash and adding a splash really brought out the flavors. I was torn when I first tried it because it seemed to lack a great deal of flavor but after letting it open it up a bit with a splash of water, I was impressed with the flavors of Bender’s. This is a good whiskey and one that I would recommend to a friend. I would definitely recommend letting this whiskey open up a bit before trying it. For around $45 dollars a bottle, it’s not one that will break the bank.
History: Bender’s officially launched in 2013 on San Francisco’s, Treasure Island in Northern California. Born of the collaborative efforts of two individuals with a love for whiskey. Bender’s Rye has a mash bill of 85% rye and 15% corn and is aged for 7 years in virgin charred American white oak barrels. This bottle is from batch one, only 3,248 bottles were produced. The next batch will be slightly different with more corn and older corn.
Gear: German company Skypak has an awesome bar cart called “LA BARRIQUE WHISKEY”. It features reclaimed and up-cycled wood from authentic whiskey barrels carefully selected from famous distilleries in Europe and handcrafted to perfection in Germany. This trolley exhibits intricate whiskey stains and texture from the whiskey barrels, which make each trolley produced one-of-a-kind. Get it here.
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Gear: The Many Varieties of Whiskey by Pop Chart Lab categorizes and distills all the major varieties of whiskey–from scotch to bourbon to single malt to moonshine. It measures 18″ by 24″ and each print is signed and numbered by the artists, and comes packaged in a Pop Chart Lab Test Tube. Also available in a limited edition wood engraving with a cork and metal cask strapping. Get it here, $29.
Article: Mad Men Season 7 Episode 1 premiered last night, if you didn’t get a chance to watch it but want to know what happened, here is a recap from TIME. If you were watching last night, what were you drinking? I was sipping Blanton’s neat.
Books: This highly accessible and enjoyable guide is full of practical and fascinating information about how to enjoy whisky. All whisky styles are covered and common myths exposed. Whisky expert and author David Broom provides an expert guide to all things whisky. David Broom has an awesome resume with eight books, editor-in-chief at Whisky Magazine: Japan, consultant editor to Whisky Magazine, columnist at Malt Advocate, editor of Scotch Whisky Review, TV and radio broadcasts, international training and education stints, and developer of Diageo’s Flavour Map. This book is one that every whisky lover will want to get their hands on. Get it here.
Weekend Recipe: Today we feature a great recipe for Whiskey Glazed Ribs from Duh Licious and sent in from one of our readers. This is a great recipe that is perfect for a weekend grill session and allows you to use your favorite spirit to add some extra enjoyment to your meal. Full recipe here.
Gear: Whiskey Cologne from Commodity Goods is a nice warm scent perfect for special occasions. With notes of Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Sage, Musk, and American Oak that it is surely one that will draw attention and provide a unique scent. Commodity Goods also has some other great scents such as paper, gin, tea, and gold so grab a sampler and see which one is right for you. Get them here.
Food: We love bacon and there’s seems to be new products launching everyday dealing with this amazing treat. Go Bacon is a delicious and convenient way to get your bacon fix wherever you go. It is a delicious bacon jerky that is packaged in a 1.5 oz. portable, resealable packet, perfect for taking anywhere. Available in original or siracha flavor. Get it here.
Gear: I know we have posted many times about Izola’s Flasks and we still get emails quite often from followers asking about them. I carry the 3 oz. myself and I love it. This week they are on sale at Huckberry, so if you are in the market for one, here’s your chance to get a great deal. Get it here while they last.
News: Can’t get your hands on Pappy? Here is a great article to give you other options, 10 Great Affordable Bourbons (or Ryes) to Buy When You Can’t Find Pappy Van Winkle. Read Article
Books: Here is a great quick read about whiskey, recommended by one of our readers. Check it out Whiskey: A Global History.