One of the things I find interesting with regards to alcohol are the numerous lists of recommendations. People feel strongly about their favorites. When patterns form and particular bottles show up time and time again, it makes one curious.
Old Grand Dad shows up on LOTS of lists. Particularly the Bottled-in-Bond (I’ll have to add a post about BiB) version. Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond was a winner for me, so I figured there was something to this.
And wouldn’t you know it, NC ABC had listed on sale for $20! So it was time to try my first bourbon that was listed as having a higher rye content than bourbons I’d tried before. Rye gives bourbon a spicy flavor in addition to the corn and oak that is usually found in bourbon.
It turns out I like this as much, if not more than, the Evan Williams BiB!
Age: At least 4 years
Proof: 100 (50% ABV)
Price: $20 for 750ml (on sale), normally $24
Buy Again: Yes (Absolutely)
After finding and enjoying the Appleton Estate Signature Blend Rum, I ran across a bottle of Rare Blend 12 Year Old Rum. Unlike some (many) other rums, Appleton lists the actual age of the rum for their products with an age statement. So this is truly a 12 year old rum.
The reviews indicated that this was a fantastic bottle of rum, and while you can use anything for a cocktail, this was described as a rum to drink neat or on ice.
When I first saw it, it was listed as $32. That is a non-trivial price for something I’m not sure of in a spirit. So, reviews, and YouTube videos, and checking my sofa for change. And lo and behold, the ABC store runs it for sale at $28. Well, I had to take a chance on it at less than thirty dollars, right? Not so fast! So I did what most people do. I found a way to justify it. It was a couple of months until my birthday. I’d buy it now as a birthday present for myself! And I did.
The decorative packaging
I actually put it in the cabinet until my birthday. When withdrawn from the cabinet, and the top removed, I was greeted with a bit of oak, a bitter orange, maybe brown sugar, or something similar, and I’d almost swear, pineapple.
The taste sticks around for awhile. The sweetness is there, and the alcohol burn is held in check. There is some spicyness that may come from the barrel. The Appleton Signature Blend has a harshness that isn’t present in the Rare Blend. In descriptions of many rums, there term ‘funk’ is used. I don’t know if I can define it, but I know it when I taste it. There is definitely fun in Appleton rums. And that is a good thing!
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Paid: $28 (on sale) for 750ml (normally $32)
Buy again: Yes (but only on sale, or for my birthday)
This is a very light and refreshing drink with a mild fizz.
1.0 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Orange Liqueur
1.5 oz Limoncello
3.5 oz Lemon Lime Soda
0.25 oz Lime Juice
2 dashes Bitters
I mixed everything except the lemon lime soda in a shaker. Strain it into a glass. Add the lemon-lime soda and stir. Enjoy.
This was seen on the Common Man Cocktails website.
A fresh, fruity cocktail with melon liqueur. A little less mutant green than some that use melon liqueur.
1.0 oz Melon Liqueur
0.75 oz Coconut Rum
0.75 oz Banana Liqueur
1.0 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
1.0 oz Pineapple Juice
Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain into a cocktail glass.