I'm back at it this week, taking a look at a few interesting things that have crossed my path and on to my bar cart!
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Not so long ago, I went to a small shindig at Whisky Joe's place while his wife and daughter were out of town.
Knowing whisky would certainly be a part of the night, the emails swirled, the golf was organized and a bunch of us were set up for a good time!
Leading up to that event, I had stumbled across a bottle of something called One and Only Buckwheat. I had heard of it, but the price was a bit steep for my liking.
However, I when I spotted it in the 'bargain bin' section of the AMAZING store Little Brothers in New Jersey, I took the bait. I have a taste for some oddball stuff at times and with the shindig approaching, I figured I'd pick it up. I did a little research, and this juice is produced by the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, NY, they also make one of my favorite local bourbons, Most Righteous, which we'll discuss in a few. The mashbill for The One and Only is 80% Buckwheat and 20% small grains, it comes in at 42.5% ABV and it has a very nice rich caramel almost fall leaf red hue to the eye. On first sniff the nose has deep caramel and vanilla tones with a grainish hint behind. I'm ready to sip this sucker!
Big Caramel and Vanilla come through first and foremost think like one of those kraft caramels in the clear wrapper you'd get on Halloween. Also, like a Bernheim's it also has this grassy quality that just comes through and blends well with the overall sweetness of the whisky. Honestly I really enjoyed my first glass and it's definitely worth the 15 dollar investment so far! Let's add a few drops of water...
A little more Caramel and Vanilla with the water both on the nose and the palate, overall, I don't think my tasting notes will change too much
Part 2 of our Catskill Distilling Company tour is Most Righteous Bourbon!
I've had this on my bar cart since March, and I'm a fan. No big story here, found it at Bottle King one night in Glen Ridge, NJ it was on sale for $20 and I said why not!
The color is a deep reddish amber, a tad darker than the Buckwheat.
The nose is inundated with fruits, dried apple covered in caramel
The palate is syrupy sweet, deep molasses and vanilla with a finish reminiscent of dark chocolate followed by rye spice.
I added a few drops of water and the 70% corn comes out a bit deeper on the nose, some cinnamon appears as well, but I still get a big fall juicy apply hint.
The palate tastes a bit like corn pops cereal to me, all in all the big molasses and vanilla notes pull through again. I'm giving this one a nice solid B+ almost an A-
So that was my tour of the Catskills for the evening! Very enjoyable with out all the wilderness!
Have a great one!