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.
Gear:The Many Varieties of Whiskey by Pop Chart Labcategorizes 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.
Article: While we are on the subject of Mad Men here is an article from Esquire about the wonderful Mrs. Draper. It’s interesting to see what people search for when they search on Google.
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.