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Coopers Craft Barrel Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

August 25th, 2019|

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Old Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

September 11th, 2016|

Old Weller Antique Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

 

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Olde St. Nick 8 Year Estate Reserve Bourbon Review

July 29th, 2016|

Olde St. Nick 8 Year Estate Reserve Bourbon Review

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Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Review

November 29th, 2015|

Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel BIB Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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By: Steven Rodia

Proof:  100 Proof (50% ABV), Aged 10 Years – Barrel 560, Dumped 4/13/1999

Rating:5 Barrels (5 out of 5)

This was my first experience with the Henry McKenna line of whiskies.  The bottle is beautiful with a very distinctive label as well as a copper “bottled in bond” tag on the neck.  The label tells the story of Henry McKenna, an Irishman with remarkable whiskey making [...]

Benjamin Franklin’s Milk Punch Recipe

September 17th, 2015|

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Benjamin Franklin’s Milk Punch

By: Steven Rodia

In 1763, after returning from his diplomat duties in Europe, Benjamin Franklin penned a letter to his friend, James Bowdoin, and enclosed a recipe for milk punch.  The recipe called for brandy, citrus juice, water, and sugar combined with boiling milk, then strained of the milk’s curd.  The milk washing clarifies the alcohol mixture and yields a much smoother and clear drink.  It may sound strange, but it is quite a refreshing concoction.

 

Milk Punch Recipe:

As with many cooking tasks, [...]

Plum Cocktail Shrub Recipe

June 30th, 2015|

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Pear Shrub Recipe

By: Steven Rodia

Many of my food and drink experiments are driven from reading about new or exciting recipes.  When I started reading Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist, I became interested in the history of shrubs.  The shrubs I’m referring to here are acidulated beverages made of fruit, sugar, and other ingredients that became popular in America’s colonial era.  Long before refrigeration, shrubs were an effective way to keep fruit from spoiling and also allow for easy transportation of [...]

I.W. Harper 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

May 30th, 2015|

I.W. Harper 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

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By: Steven Rodia

Proof:  86 Proof (43% ABV), Aged 12 Years

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Originally started by Isaac Bernheim around 1872, this whiskey has traditionally been export-only.  Rich in history, the I.W. Harper story is quite fascinating.  Recently, the current owner, Diageo made the decision to bring I.W. Harper back to the United States after 20 years.  They will offer a 4 and 15 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon to [...]

Michter’s Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Review

May 17th, 2015|

Michter’s Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Review

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Proof:  108 Proof (54% ABV), No Age Statement (Batch 15C210)

Rating: 4 Barrels (4 out of 5)

Recently, I had an opportunity to sample Michter’s new Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.  Michter’s was very kind to mail this sample bottle all the way to Japan, so I should note that the gesture was much appreciated.  That said, I have always been a fan of their Kentucky Straight [...]

Kentucky Derby Prep: Mint Bitters & Sous Vide Mint Infused Bourbon

April 22nd, 2015|

Kentucky Derby Prep: Mint Bitters & Sous Vide Mint Infused Bourbon

By: Steven Rodia

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With the Kentucky Derby coming up in the first week of May, it’s time to get your seersucker dry cleaned and to sharpen your cocktail game.  Since 1875, no drink is more synonymous with the Derby than the Mint Julep.  That was my inspiration for the very, very simple infusion detailed below and I hope you enjoy.  Of course, this infusion could find a home in several warm weather cocktails, particularly [...]

Homemade Tonic Water Recipe

March 8th, 2015|

Homemade Tonic with a Sous Vide Twist

By: Steven Rodia

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Some of the new boutique tonics on the market are very tasty, but they can also be very expensive.  One of my favorites happens to be a concentrate that you need to dilute with club soda.  What I’ve included below is an adapted version of a recipe that I first read about on Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s blog.  I lowered the level of cinchona bark in a effort to avoid any toxicity concerns.  The end result [...]