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Gin, Dry vermouth, Parfait Amour, Orange juice
Gin, Absinthe, Orange juice, Raspberry syrup
Rum, Maraschino Liqueur, Lime juice, Simple syrup
Calvados, Bénédictine, Curaçao, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
Gin, Sweet vermouth, Grapefruit juice
Puerto Rican Rum, Gin, Brandy, Cream Sherry, Ice, Lemon juice, Orange juice, Orgeat
Champagne, Cognac, Jamaican rum, Maraschino Liqueur, Orgeat, Lemon, Sugar, Soda water
Apple brandy, Orange Curaçao, Averna, Fig, Lemon juice, Grenadine, Lemon
Gin, Apricot liqueur, Peychaud's Bitters, Lime juice
Calvados, Gin, Apricot liqueur, Orange juice, Grenadine

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Bourbon: Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat

This is the eighth installment in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

Old Fitzgerald Bonded Bourbon

(100 proof) DSP #1 – Bernheim, bottled DSP 31 – Heaven Hill, bottled 2013? $16

Golden amber color. Candy floss, honey and golden citrus on the nose, not sharp. Typical cream of wheat/plaster of Paris sweetness as well. Oily and slightly viscous, with alcohol burn fading into maple and corn sweetness at first, then more citrus and dusty-wheaty notes. The empty glass smells like bananas. Incredible value, if you like wheat Bourbons and can find it.

Very Old Fitzgerald 12 Year Bourbon

(90 proof), bottled 2009? $30

Moderate amber in color. Creamy nose, vanilla and marzipan, old furniture finish. The decrease is alcohol is evident, but there’s a drag of wood tannins across the front of the palate that takes a moment to turn from furniture shop (e.g. good wood aromatized by hot metal) to the cream of wheat sweetness. There’s some ornamentation of green spicy notes that must be from the wood, and this just feels heavier and more contemplative.

Old Weller Antique Bourbon

(107 proof) $26.50

Recent Additions

  • Hunter's Verdict — Añejo rum, Amaro Montenegro, Ginger liqueur, Bitters, Orange
  • Malort in Paradise — Herbal liqueur, Jamaican rum, Grapefruit soda, Pineapple juice, Passion fruit syrup, Lime, Pineapple, Grapefruit peel
  • Jamaican Beer — Dark rum, Rhum Agricole, Whipped cream, Allspice
  • The Ficus — Bermuda rum, Orange juice, Lime juice, Demerara syrup, Fig preserves, Balsamic Vinegar, Orange peel
  • Green Mountain — Cognac, Herbal liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Mint

Recent Discussion

  • Re Southern Exposure, 5 hours 14 minutes ago jhollist99 commented:

    Well balanced and approachable. Excellent cold weather beverage.

  • Re World's Fair, 2 days ago Craig E commented:

    Curated to clean up including adding creator. Thanks @yarm!

  • Re Brooklynite, 2 days ago yarm commented:

    "Some include a dash of Angostura bitters." The earliest recipes in The Stork Club (1946) and Trader Vic's Bartender Guide (1946) both do. And the one I spotted in Unvarnished (2020) does to. Only Imbibe Magazine leaves it out.

    Very similar to the Honeysuckle and Honey Bee (both recipes appear in Embury) which both have lemon juice but have white rum and Jamaican rum, respectively.

  • Re Detox Retox, 2 days ago HallA commented:

    No... don't drink this. I am not sure where this came from.. and should have used that as a sign to not drink it and to pay more attention to the ratios in which case I would have realized. A tablespoon of matcha powder makes this undrinkable, which I should have realized. Went looking for ref and a bullshit Dr. Oz website as "health" because of cucumber and matcha. May try to rebalance, idea may have some potential but don't try with this much Matcha.

  • Re Rudy Ray, 4 days ago Shawn C commented:

    Yes, I need to post more of my own (admitted in a sheepish tone.) I've been merrily trying others' contributions, but have been remiss in posting my experiments that worked...at least for my palate anyway. The Pasubio one I came up with combined it, St. Raphael Rouge (which is hard to come by in the U.S.) and rye for a Manhattan riff--sort of obscure because of the Raphael that I had to import from London, but found I really like it much more than I anticipated. I haven't decided whether to call the cocktail a Purple Manhattan or Montreux as a nod to Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." I might want to save that smoke reference for something with Sfumato Rabarbaro and Pasubio if I find a combo that works.

    I also am very fond of the Rhapsody in Blue. For a fellow Pasubio enthusiast, some other Pasubio libations I am keen on are: Purple Globe, My one and only Blue, Scalatore, and Purple Martin (definitely need the Scarlet Ibis and Averell for this one to truly shine.)