Category: boozeday tuesday

Four Roses Small Batch

You know what’s a nice treat? A dog treat! Also, bourbon. Bourbon is a nice treat. This Four Roses Small Batch is a blend of 4 mash bills and is usually around 6.5 years old. You’ll smell citrus, red flowers, caramel, and light wood. In the glass, the taste is of wood/oak, caramel, hint of dried cherries, and finally some gentle spice. 

This is a nice one that won’t let you down! I paired it with GivePet dog treats, which you should really have your humans buy for you. For every bag sold, they donate enough treats to shelters to feed 10 shelter dogs. 

45% abv

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA

Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whiskey

Happy social distancing St. Patty’s Day! It’s time to keep your paws to yourself and cozy up to your own booze this holiday amidst COVID-19. I have this Irish whiskey to keep me company so I can’t complain. Fresh herbaceous notes on the nose with subtle aromas of oak, gingerbread, and cooked apples. On the palate, this stuff really hits you in the nose – with brown apples, marzipan, and bright herbs. Good stuff, but very subtle, especially if you’re used to bourbon or Scottish whiskey. Delicate and enjoyable. 

40% abv

IRELAND

Sazerac Rye

Happy Mardi Gras friends! When I think G R E A T cocktails, I think of New Orleans. And when I think of the cocktails with the greatest history, I think of the famous Sazerac. First made in New Orleans with Brandy from Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils, the drink is now often made with Rye and you won’t go wrong if you ask for the Rye that bares the name of the drink – and the original Brandy – Sazerac Rye.

You’ll get whiffs of vanilla, pepper, warm anise, and clove. The smell reminds me of old fashioned desserts and pies. The taste is wonderful, with notes of chocolate covered orange rind, anise, vanilla, and pepper on the finish. 

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA

45% abv

Martin Miller’s Gin

If you want permission to come aboard my boat, you best be bringing some gin! (And don’t forget the lime.) This gin is Distilled in England with blended with Icelandic water. It smells of juniper, bitter orange peels, black licorice, and lots of orange. When you sip it, you’ll taste what you smelled, along with pine and some roots. This makes a great G&T, especially if you drop in a tea bag like from my friends at Harney & Sons!

40% abv

London, ENGLAND

Firkin Gin

Hey friends! Today I’m trying this gin that apparently put me on the bottle! (Or maybe that’s my cousin…)

This gin is rested in American Oak, so it has a bit of heft to it. It smells like juniper, smoke, ash, and wood. When you take a sip, you’ll taste oak, juniper, honey, almond, and wood notes. 

I liked using this as whiskey light – in a whiskey highball for example – or just on its own. Give it a try!

46% abv

Edinburgh, SCOTLAND

Brooklyn Gin

I gathered all of my fox friends to share a tipple with me! This Brooklyn Gin smells of lime, orange, lavender, lemon zest, some herbs, and juniper, of course! You’ll taste much the same when you drink it neat. 

Contrary to the name, this isn’t distilled in Brooklyn, rather it is distilled in Warwick Valley. It is a corn based spirit and distilled in a small copper pot still. 

This is an accessible gin that is great on its own or in cocktails. As you can tell, my fox friends love it!

40% abv

New York, USA

Old Forester Birthday Bourbon

Look at what I got my paws on! The once-a-year, tough to find, Birthday Bourbon! This 11-year old, 105 proof bourbon was put in barrel on May 15, 2008 and released on September 2nd, 2019. 

On the nose I sniff flavors of baking spices, allspice, clove, and a hint of cinnamon. I also smell oak, baked apples & fresh apples, and a bit of gunpowder tea.

If you swish this bourbon around in your mouth you’ll get a bouquet of fruits – red apples and dark red berries mixed with oak, tea, leather, menthol, honey, and a bit of pepper spice. There’s really a lovely mix between sweetness and spice. 

52.5% abv

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Russell’s Reserve 10 Year

10 years is a great, benchmark number to age bourbon. Think Eagle Rare, Michters, Old Rip, Henry McKenna. This is no different.

On the nose, you’ll get spicy notes from the rye. Some cracked pepper and wood. 

The taste is a bit of spice, then oak, caramel, vanilla, and cracked green pepper. There’s some peanut butter hidden in the back too. This is rather full bodied for only 90 proof. Like all Wild Turkey products, this is hot and spicy. 

10 year old bourbon is so classic that you’ll want as many as you can on your shelf. This one won’t break the bank. 

75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley

45%

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA

Four Roses Single Barrel

Four Roses Single Barrel is a great, fairly priced single barrel bourbon that you should always have in your cabinet! This bottle was aged almost 9 years and uses a mash bill of 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley. This store pick used OBSV and came in at 63.3% ABV.

On my pour, I smelled nice red flowers at first, followed by a hit of alcohol. I then picked up burnt cinnamon rolls, oak, vanilla, and cedar.

When tasted neat, you’ll pick up notes of red florals, dried cherries, cinnamon, and cardamom. If you add some water, it becomes a bit more approachable with the floral notes coming up more and the cinnamon and spice dying down a bit.

63.3% abv

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA

Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof

This barrel proof bourbon clocks in at a whopping 66.7% alcohol, so I figured I should put my hardhat on. You might want to, too.

This 12-year old, non-chill filtered b518 batch is made from 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. When you smell it (and do it gently so you don’t fry your nose) you’ll pick up vanilla, orange peel, oak, caramel, and burnt caramel.

The taste starts honeyed, then moves to caramel, then burnt caramel, with the oak and vanilla coming through as well. 

I suggest letting it sit in your glass for about 15 minutes before you drink it, or add some water or ice. Here’s some great, big full-bodied no frills bourbon without breaking the bank!

66.7% abv

Bardstown, Kentucky, USA