This is the last 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.
As a note, I can’t claim credit for any of this. This section is the work of a couple of users on the StraightBourbon.com website, mainly Josh, Oscar and a guy named Taanstafl2 – and see the note just below. But it’s too important to leave out even if it’s a bit more advanced.
For mashbills, I referred to The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys by Regan & Regan, 2009, unless otherwise noted. Barton, WT, and Dickel are noted as approximate.
I use the format: Distillery Brand Name (%corn/%rye or wheat/%malted barley). This is a breakdown of "macro" distillers. Wondering what the different char levels look like? This is a good illustration.
Drink used a softer rye, Old Overheat 80° at the time and 86° when I was working there. It was an 8:2:1 ratio as a tribute to David Embury recipes, so less Punt e Mes and Benedictine. Also, they were years before Stew's recipes, but years after the sweet vermouth version such as the Preakness. Drink's Fort Point also led to the 1919 a few weeks later in 2008 by splitting the rye with Old Monk, doubling the Punt e Mes and Benedictine, and adding molé bitters.
Fred: Curious. This is close to Stu's Heim Lick (though Stu recorded his a few years later).
"Maybe we need to name these Fort Point (Boston) and Fort Point (San Francisco)?"
I didn't see the 2008 Boston version on here. We had it the first month they were open: https://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/2008/10/fort-point-cocktail.html
Archibald’s Last Memory seems to be the NYC name of the drink. Ryan McGrale was at Julie Reiner's Flatiron in NYC before he returned to Boston to open up Tavern Road. The Archibald's Last Memory entry on Kindred Cocktails puts it being served by a bartender in 2010 at Flatiron but with no attribution to who created it. Ryan didn't seem like one to take credit for another's work and rename it.
4.5/5, rounding up. I mostly skip elderflower (and cynar) drinks as being overdone/overused. But in this case the elderflower brings out the best of the fresh strawberry, balanced by the lemon juice. The strawberry is amped up in a pleasant way which the Junipero stands up to. The elderflower is there but does not dominate. Lovely color, nose, and flavor.