Join us this Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30 for our weekly tasting.
The One and Only New Orleans Original. Sazerac Rye Whiskey symbolizes the tradition and history of New Orleans. Rye Whiskey that dates back to the 1800’s, around the time when saloons, veiled as Coffee Houses, began lining the streets of New Orleans. It was at the Sazerac Coffee House on Royal Street where local patrons were served toddies made with Rye Whiskey and Peychaud’s Bitters. The libation became known as the “Sazerac” and America’s first branded cocktail was born. This is the whiskey that started it all.
Aromas of clove, vanilla, anise and pepper. Subtle notes of candies spices and citrus. The big finish is smooth with hints of licorice.
Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year
The Orphan Barrel project is a fascinating adventure in uncovering “forgotten” stocks of whiskey. This is not as uncommon as it might sound with whiskey quietly aging in warehouses for a decade or more long after the company that laid them down has moved on. Diageo founded the project to launch limited edition whiskeys from these stores. Rehtoric Bourbon 21yr is the fourth release from the project (the third was the Rhetoric 20yr) and is named for being a “conversation piece” in that each year the stocks will get a year older and the flavors change.
The bourbon was “found” at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery but was actually produced at the Bernheim Distillery. It is bottled by the George Dickel Distillery though we note Bernheim as the producer. The press release calls this a “progressive aging experiment” and compared to the 20yr they call it a “richer and more complex.” Diageo is the parent company to Stitzel-Weller and George Dickle. They once owned the existing Bernheim distillery (from around 1992 to 1999, when they sold it to Heaven Hill) which is where this whiskey originates.
Axe and Oak Distillery Colorado Springs
There is nothing in life as satisfying as a good conversation, especially one on the rocks. Welcome to Axe and the Oak. Handcrafted and distilled in Colorado Springs, Colorado by four friends using raw materials sourced from a family farm, this small batch whiskey represents a bridge between the storied history of the spirit and the promise of new horizons.
A unique blend of corn, malted rye, and barley is filtered through pure Rocky Mountain water, creating a bold new direction in flavor. Axe and the Oak, An Instant Tradition Since 2013.
I.W. Harper 15yr Bourbon
I.W. Harper is a brand has been around since 1872. Originally, launched by Isaac Wolfe Berheim, of Berheim distillery. The brand is now owned by Diageo. While the brand has been sold since 1872, it has NOT been in the U.S. for the last 20+ years. It was only offered and sold in the international marketplace during those years. The mashbill is 86% corn, 6% rye, and 8% malted barley.
This is a gorgeous whiskey displaying the true whiskey character from years gone by. It is a sweet flavored, but complex and generous with character!