A Visit to Tuthilltown Spirits – Where Baby Bourbon is Born

Posted in Community, Editor's Notes, Events on July 6th, 2009 by Josh

Approaching Tuthilltown SpiritsI had the extreme pleasure this past July 4th weekend to journey 90 miles north of New York City to visit Tuthilltown Spirits – the home of one of my all-time favorite whiskeys, Hudson Baby Bourbon.

Physically located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, near New Paltz, NY, Tuthilltown Spirits is the spiritual center of a revival that has been a long-time coming. Humility takes over when distillery partner Ralph Erenzo talks about his craft. He says, “There’s nothing magic here – It’s just whiskey. Really good whiskey.” But one need only set foot on the grounds of Tuthilltown Spirits to know differently, and none other than the New York Times agrees. Read More

Tags: bourbon, hudson valley, rye, Tuthilltown Spirits

Black Cherry Flavored Bourbon?

Posted in Editor's Notes, Reviews on May 22nd, 2009 by Josh

Red Stag from Jim BeamI just came across this article on a new black cherry infused bourbon coming from Jim Beam, called Red Stag. I’m intrigued.

As many of you know, I’m a pretty big bourbon fan, and I tend to be a bit of a snob about it, so my initial reaction was to cry heresy. Don’t mess with a good thing.

But the more I think about, the more anxious I am to try this. I worry that if it’s not done well, it could have an artificial, medicine-like taste. But if it really is an infusion of black cherries, that adds nice flavor without overwhelming the bourbon or being too sweet, it could be excellent.

I look forward to trying it. If any of you get your hands on some, let me know what you think!

Tags: bourbon, jim beam

The Wednesday Weekly: I Tweeted up with a bunch of twitter tweers.

Posted in Events on May 13th, 2009 by Josh

Head on over to The Wednesday Weekly where our friend @EkeyNYC provides a round-up (and some great pictures!) of our brown liquor tweet-up earlier this week. @livethelushlife, @ekeynyc, @sweetblogomine, @csmcbride and I hit the bars in Brooklyn to sample some fine whiskey at Char 4, and some fine cocktails at the Clover Club. Check it out.

Many thanks to @EkeyNYC for the round-up and the pics!

Tags: bar, bourbon, brooklyn, char 4, clover club, twitter

Mint Juleps in a Bottle from Makers Mark

Posted in Reviews on May 2nd, 2009 by Josh

Makers Mark Mint JulepI had the opportunity yesterday to sample Maker’s Mark (premade) Mint Julep at Astor Wines & Spirits (@astorwines). I must admit, I didn’t expect much. If nothing else, the making of a Mint Julep is a time-honored tradition, and the idea of purchasing a Mint Julep in a bottle wasn’t particularly appealing to me. I must admit though, after tasting it, I was pleasantly surprised!

It was definitely on the sweeter side as mint juleps go, but if you’re having a Derby party this year and the idea of hand-crafting mint juleps by the dozen just doesn’t appeal, I think this would be a fine substitution (and if you make a good show of it, most people will never know!) Read More

Tags: astor wines, bourbon, julep, mint, mint julep

Keeping it Simple with Bourbon on the Rocks

Posted in Reviews on May 1st, 2009 by Josh

Basil Hayden's BourbonA good chef should be discriminating about their ingredients. And they should taste everything.

Last night I got home rather late, and I was running low on the essential cocktail ingredients (simple syrup, lemons and limes, etc.), so I decided to keep things simple and appreciate the fundamentals. I poured myself a bourbon on the rocks. I found I was fortunate to have a variety of bourbons to chose from (Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Hudson Baby Bourbon, Bookers, Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, and others), but yesterday I decided to open a bottle of Basil Hayden’s, which I had received as a holiday gift from a loving family member. Read More

Tags: basil hayden's, bourbon, tasting

Swine Flu Cocktail

Posted in Community, Recipes on April 30th, 2009 by Josh

The folks over at LiquorSnob.com have a recipe for the very timely Swine Flu Cocktail. It has all the necessary ingredients:

  • Absinthe (medicinal, of course)
  • Tequila (from our friends in Mexico)
  • Bacon-infused Bourbon (obviously)
  • And Lemoncello (why not?)

You can find the full recipe here. Enjoy!

Tags: absinthe, bourbon, lemon, recipe, tequila

Want to Make Your Own Whiskey? Tuthilltown Spirits Will Let You.

Posted in Events on April 23rd, 2009 by Josh

Tuthilltown Spirits – makers of one of my absolute favorite spirits, Hudson Baby Bourbon – is inviting people to an immersion experience in the craft of distilling whiskey.

You can find details about the event via their Facebook page (Facebook login required). Here’s the basic rundown though: Read More

Tags: bourbon, Events, Tuthilltown Spirits