Sins & Vices

Jun 06, 2012 Comments

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey: This namesake, moderately priced offering from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort KY is a whole lot of bang for the buck. BTKSBW comes in at ninety proof with a little bit of a bite and is meant to be enjoyed neat. Instead of clubbing you over the head with one or two dominant flavors, BTKSBW treats you to a vast array of aromas to draw you in, flavors to keep entertained and a finish that lingers, just long enough to last you until the next sip.

The slightly rosy amber hue in the glass is almost as appealing as the nose of caramel and fall apples, vanilla, oak and mulling spices. The tiniest little bit of heat greets your lips, then dissipates allowing a plethora of flavors including, but not limited to; cinnamon, allspice, leather, apple, light maple syrup, smoke, tobacco and ginger. You don’t taste them all at once, more like in waves, washing over your taste buds.

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is yummy in the tummy & easy on the wallet - $35.

May 30, 2012 Comments

Old Pulteney 12 Year Old

The reason we have gathered here today: Old Pulteney 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The Old Pulteney 12 (as we will say for short) will catch your eye with its golden, with a slightly rosy cast, color. It smells of a wonderful mixture of Sherry, a dash of clover honey, a wisp of smoke, a pinch of peat and a sprinkle of salty sea mist - just to keep it easy. The first thing that strike you upon sipping the spirit is a smooth sweetness with a slightly cinnamon-slightly peppery spice. The next wave brought a buttery Sherry note with a bourbon chaser. On the back of your tongue you will experience a peat, smoke, brine and finally, just a little bitterness. Then when you take price into account, it looks and tastes even better!

Score the Old Pulteney 12 Year Old for a very reasonable price of just under $40.

Jan 21, 2012 Comments

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

There's nothing that completes an evening better than having a highball filled with a generous pour of nicely aged Kentucky Bourbon. The Blanton Single Barrel process is nearly a century old and has remained virtually unchanged since it was developed by Colonel Albert B. Blanton from his personal recipe (for his Private Reserve Bourbon). As the name implies the single barrel process requires that the bourbon in each barrel remain separated until each barrel reaches its peak maturity. This tends to result in smoother, richer and mellower bourbon. At first pour the exquisitely cared for concoction shows off its dark amber hue and provides a taste comprised of oaky wood and vanilla notes. The flavor is rich and powerful with a slightly overwhelming alcohol burn which is expected due to its high alcohol content of 46.5 percent. This exceptional bourbon should be tried by anyone who considers themselves a bourbon connoisseur or wants to jump into the bourbon game the right way.

Find a bottle locally by calling one of their distributors - $50.

Jan 14, 2012 Comments

Hammer & Sickle Russian Vodka

Contrary to popular belief, vodkas can differ significantly between distilleries and not all vodkas are considered equal. These horrible rumors stem from everyone believing that vodka is solely derived from distillation of potatoes, it is a relatively cheap and/or it is just an easy spirit to produce. The truth is high-end vodkas are produced using a number of different origination ingredients but for Hammer & Sickle its freshly sown wheat that acts as the catalyst. During the creation process Hammer & Sickle is six-times filtered and six-times distilled making the spirit’s flavor sparklingly clean and expertly refined. If you’ve never had the pleasure of sampling a wheat based vodka before then you have done yourself an egregious disservice. Retailing for around $30 bottle, it’s hard to imagine ever again assaulting my girlfriend's sweet tart shot with an inferior spirit again.

Find a local retailer of Hammer & Sickle Russian Vodka - $30.

Sweet Tart Shot (1 Serving):
3/4 fluid ounce Vodka
3/4 fluid ounce. Midori Melon Liquor
1 splash Sweet & Sour
1 splash 7-Up

Shake all of the ingredients into an iced mixing glass.
Shake and strain into the shot glass.
Drink it.

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