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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

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  • Puritan's Vice — Gin, Becherovka, Soda water, Lemon juice, Cranberry syrup, Simple syrup, Orange peel
  • Fist Bump — Aquavit, Cappelletti Aperitivo, Crème de Banane, Lemon juice, Cinnamon syrup, Lemon peel
  • Chatham Cocktail — Champagne, Aromatized wine, Fino sherry, Orange liqueur, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Salt, Grapefruit peel
  • Mai T-Day — Rum, Curaçao, Allspice Dram, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Star anise

Recent Discussion

  • Re A Forest, 5 days 20 hours ago noksagt commented:

    "Yes" for OC; author uses same handle elsewhere & has the same photo on Twitter.

  • Re Peeping Clive, 6 days 3 hours ago zebraqw commented:

    Used old tom gin and reduced the Bénédictine 1⁄2 oz

  • Re A Forest, 5 days 15 hours ago Craig E commented:

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  • Re A Forest, 6 days 15 hours ago noksagt commented:

    A drink made with Hamilton pimento dram might look like that. Agreed that the CdV is a surprise, though.

  • Re Hurricane Franklin, 1 week ago Kulge01 commented:

    "I said GodDAMN! Goddamn..." -Mia Wallace
    This is a real gem. Lacking a T&T rum in my quiver, I used Hamilton 86 Demerara, and oh man. This'll be the one to take the "edge off" after a long day of selling dinettes and bar stools. No matter your toil, I highly recommend suppressing your woes with this brilliant cocktail. Sláinte!