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I’m a Knight of the Single Oak. So there

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Mark Brown, President and CEO of The Sazerac Company, recently dubbed a small group of Bourbon Aficionados Knights of the Single Oak, and I’m here to confess that I was one of those lushes.

SingleOakLogoYou can learn about Buffalo Trace‘s Quest for the Best Bourbon in the world by clicking on the Single Oak Project logo above, but for the time being all you need know if that, if you write to me, or any of he other luminaries mentioned below, please be sure to add the letters KSO after our names.

What did we do to deserve such an honor?  First read this from the Single Oak web site:

The Single Oak Project is the most extensive bourbon experiment ever undertaken.

For over two centuries Buffalo Trace Distillery has been a pioneering leader in quality and innovation. The Single Oak Project is our most inventive and comprehensive experiment yet.

It all started with 96 individually selected American oak trees that differed according to the number of growth rings per inch and growing location. Each tree was then cut into two parts – top and bottom – yielding 192 unique tree sections. A single barrel was constructed from each unique section. Prior to construction we varied the stave seasoning times. The 192 barrels were then charred differently. These single oak barrels were then filled with different recipe whiskeys, at various entry proofs and aged in a variety of different warehouse styles.

We believe that this experiment will allow you to directly compare the impact of 7 different critical variables across 192 bottles for a total of 1,396 taste combinations. None of the 192 bottles in the complete set are exactly alike.

SingleOak_Bottle192And after all that, we were the folk who chose the best of the best bourbon from the five top-ranked bottlings from those 192 different bourbons.  It was a tough job, but the winner was chosen by a unanimous vote.  Now you’ll have to wait 8+ years while the Good Folk at Buffalo Trace recreate this fabulous whiskey . . .

Bourbon aficionados recently inducted into the Most Noble Order of the Single Oak Project alongside yours truly include:

F Paul Pacult, Chuck Cowdery, Sue Woodley, Jason Wilson, Christopher Null, Mark Gillespie, Jim Myers, Liza Weisstuch, and Lew Bryson, and Harlan Wheatley.

Mark Brown performed the dubbing, and he was a lot more heavy-handed with that sword than QEII.  Nearly lost me left ear, I did . . .

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101 Best New Cocktails: Myrrah’s Passion by Lindsay Laubenstein, Enoteca Emilia, Cincinnati, OH

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

See more of this year’s 101 Best New Cocktails HERE  Click HERE to submit your recipe for a chance to be included in an upcoming list.

Myrrah’s PassionMyrrahs Passion

Adapted from a recipe by Lindsay Laubenstein, Enoteca Emilia, Cincinnati, OH

37.5 ml (1.25 oz) Buffalo Trace bourbon

15 ml (.5 oz)  crème de violette

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lemon juice

7.5 ml (.25 oz) simple syrup (made at 2:1 sugar/water ratio)

egg-white foam*

2 dashes Aphrodite Bitters, as an aromatic garnish

Shake the bourbon, crème de violette, lemon juice, and simple syrup over ice, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Top with egg white foam and the Aphrodite Bitters.

*Egg-white Foam:

In a clean shaker, dry shake an egg white until a bit frothy.  Add 1/2 tsp granulated or superfine sugar to shaker and continue to dry shake until desired density is achieved.

gaz sez:   Aphrodite Bitters, by the by, are a “unique, hand-crafted cocktail ingredient” from Dr. Adam Elmegirab which take their name from the Greek goddess of sexuality and love.   According to Adam, “The finest chocolate, cocoa nibs, ginger root, red chilli, Arabica coffee and ginseng are compounded to create a complex flavour profile with each botanical playing off and enhancing one another, when these bitters are made.  No matter what Adam says, though, take it from me that these bitters work perfectly as an aromatic garnish.  And I’m a sucker for a good aromatic garnish.

Beneath the garnish, though, you’ll find an intriguing cocktail wherein the Buffalo Trace is itching to play around with the crème de violette, and he succeeds, too, but the lemon juice and simple syrup are in the glass, too, so the whiskey reigns himself in a little to give them some space.  Great compromise.

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