GSN Review: Bearcat Infused Bourbon

Bearcat Infused Bourbon was created in honor of female distillers, bootleggers and industry innovators. The ‘Bearcat’ name refers to fiery-spirited, independent Prohibition-era female bootleggers, who had a little known yet substantial role in the production of whiskey. Bearcat Infused Bourbon recognizes the hard work and presence of women in the spirits industry and celebrates the women of today with a bourbon that is inclusive to all.

Both bourbons offer a new contemporary, flavorful and accessible brown whiskey, with two infused options: Orange Peel with Spice and Espresso with Aromatic Bitters. The two distinct offerings are infused with 100% natural ingredients to let the bourbon shine through. Both were designed to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks, or as an extra and flavorful punch to classic and innovative cocktails.

Bearcat Infused Bourbon is distilled in Owensboro, Kentucky and bottled in Missouri. However, all operations will be moved to Kentucky later this year.

Bearcat Orange Peel with Spice (80 proof)
Visual: Golden yellow.
Nose: A huge hit of orange spice on the nose. Instantly reminded me of the winter holidays. After the initial nosing, more of the bourbon comes through with a lively and bright agility.
Taste: There is a slight bitter edge coming from the orange peel that keeps things from leaning too much in the sweet direction. Well rounded and the Bourbon itself is a good canvas for the additional flavorings.
Finish: Long with more of the orange peel hanging around for a few minutes.
Overall: An old-fashioned cocktail just waiting to be poured over ice with a dash of simple syrup.
GSN Rating: B+

Bearcat Espresso with Aromatic Bitters (80 proof)
Visual: Golden yellow.
Nose: Light coffee bean nose with some mild bitter herb at the top. The bourbon itself is mild and is reticent.
Taste: Somewhat more viscous on the palate than its sibling, the interplay of espresso, bitters and whiskey is extremely well balanced. The flavors really make for a united front and seem quite natural. The coffee lingers somewhat longer with chocolate notes.
Finish: Quite long. Everything has a pleasant fade.
Overall: Very likable and unusual. This is a great sipping bourbon that will appeal to just about anyone.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Bearcat Infused Bourbon

GSN Review: Don Q Double Cask Sherry Finished Rum

Destilería Serrallés Inc., producer of Puerto Rico’s premium rum Don Q, recently launched the new Double Aged Sherry Cask Finish Rum for the Puerto Rico market. Destilería Serrallés’ sixth-generation rum maker, Roberto Serrallés and Master Blender, Jaiker Soto, debuted the new rum as part of the distillery’s continued focus on unique barrel-aged expressions. The product will also be available soon in the U.S. mainland and international markets as well, they announced.

To create the rum, Soto hand selects and blends rums that were aged for five to eight years in American white oak barrels. This blend of rums is then aged for an additional year in sherry casks that were previously used in the aging of Spanish Oloroso Sherry.

Don Q Double Cask Finish Rum (82 proof)
Visual: Orange-copper.
Nose: Soft and inviting sherry top notes overlaid on a rich and almost candy-like rum base. A lot of vanilla, medium wood and sweet caramel.
Taste: Surprisingly, for all of the sweetness on the nose, this is quite dry and oaky. The sherry lightens things up, but it still remains a very wood-forward rum. There is a lot of mid-range in the flavor profile, making this a strong contender for tiki style cocktails.
Finish: Medium long, with more of the caramel playing out at the tail end of the fade.
Overall: An excellent rum that tastes like an anjeo. Recommended for rum old-fashioneds and the like.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Don Q

GSN Alert: August 25th – National Whiskey Sour Day

In celebration of National Whiskey Sour Day on August 25th, GSN is pleased to share some recipes featuring one of our favorite bourbons. Cheers!

Gentleman’s Sour
2 oz Gentleman Jack
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
1 Activated Charcoal Pouch*

Method: Dry shake all ingredients. Add ice. Shake well. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Apply bitters with stencil.

*Charcoal pouch – empty 1 activated charcoal pouch into coffee filter. Twist into a pouch and use a rubber band to keep closed – can be reused.

Spa Day Sour
1 ½ oz. Gentleman Jack
1 oz. sour mix
½ oz. Giffard Pamplemousse
2 oz. ginger beer
2 slices muddled cucumber

Method: Shake all but ginger beer with ice. Add ginger beer. Strain over ice into a Collins glass.

Optional: Garnish with slice of cucumber.

Eat A Peach
1 ½ oz. Gentleman Jack
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. Monin Peach Syrup
2 oz. lemon/lime soda

Method: Shake all but soda with ice. Add soda. Strain over ice into a Collins glass.

Optional: Garnish with lemon wedge.

Sour No. 7 (Vegan)
1 ½ oz Gentleman Jack
¾ oz Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
¾ oz Organic Soy Milk
½ oz Liquid Corn*

Method: Dry shake all with a steel shaker ball. Remove ball, add ice and shake more. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Apply bitter with mister or dropper.

*Liquid Corn – Hand blend a can of organic sweet corn (including liquid). Strain all solids and transfer to squeeze bottle.

Modern Sour
1 ½ oz Gentleman Jack
½ oz Mandarine Napoleon
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
¾ oz simple syrup
2 oz ginger beer

Method: Shake all, but ginger beer with ice. Add ginger beer. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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GSN Alert: Bourbon & Beyond Returns For Third Year in Louisville, KY

The World’s Largest Bourbon Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, will make its anticipated return to Louisville, KY on Friday, September 20Saturday, September 21, and Sunday, September 22, expanding to three days full of incredible music, unique culinary events, and unmatched experiences from the region’s best distilleries at the new Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center. In addition to an unforgettable lineup of bourbon and chefs, music performers include a unique mix of rock, roots, bluegrass and folk acts headlined by Foo FightersRobert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters (returning after originally being scheduled to appear in 2018), the Zac Brown BandJohn FogertyDaryl Hall & John Oates, and ZZ Top (celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019). Additional acts include Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTrey Anastasio BandLeon BridgesThe Flaming LipsAlison KraussEdward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes+LIVE+Grace PotterLittle Steven & The Disciples Of Soul, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, among many others. In total, more than 45 artists will play on three stages, including the side-by-side Oak and Barrel main stages and a bluegrass stage that will be curated by the genre’s leading authority, The Bluegrass Situation.

Held during Bourbon Heritage MonthBourbon & Beyond also celebrates the craftsmanship behind award-winning spirits, master distillers and world-class chefs. Bourbon author, Amazon Prime host (Bourbon Up) and expert Fred Minnick has curated one-of-a-kind tastings and seminars celebrating Louisville’s world-renowned distilleries, while culinary curators Edward Lee(The Mind of A Chef) and Anthony Lamas (Seviche) will team up to arrange special food experiences that will be announced soon.

“If you could capture America in a bottle, it would be a bottle of bourbon. It’s a uniquely American creation, like jazz and baseball, and its beating heart is in Louisville,” says Bourbon & Beyond producer Danny Wimmer. “This connection to the past has transformed Louisville into a city of the future. One of the most vibrant and diverse food scenes in the country has grown around bourbon’s resurgence, and we tried to mirror that spirit with the great music lineup that we put together. I can’t wait for people to visit this city in September and experience something that goes far beyond their preconception of what Louisville is.”

Bourbon & Beyond exclusive VIP packages, General Admission tickets, camping and hotel packages, as well as special event tickets, go on sale Friday, March 15 at 12:00 PM EDT. Visit www.BourbonandBeyond.com for more details.

Produced by premier independent festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents, the third annual Bourbon & Beyond will be held at a new festival location, the Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center. All of DWP‘s Louisville festivals will take place at the new venue, including the first-ever Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival (Sept. 14-15) and Louder Than Life (Sept. 27-29). Fans interested in attending all three weekends can purchase a special Trifesta Pass, which allows General Admission weekend access for the discounted rate of only $229.00 plus fees. Visit https://trifestapass.com for more information.

The current music lineup for Bourbon & Beyond is as follows (subject to change):

  • Friday, September 20:

    Foo FightersJohn FogertyNathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsThe Flaming Lips+LIVE+Joan Jett & The BlackheartsLukas Nelson & Promise Of The RealGreensky BluegrassBlackberry Smoke, [artist TBA], Preservation Hall Jazz BandPearlMipsoAmythyst Kiah

  • Saturday, September 21:

    Robert Plant And The Sensational Space ShiftersDaryl Hall & John OatesTrey Anastasio BandAlison KraussGrace PotterSqueezeJenny LewisDel McCoury BandSamantha FishThe White BuffaloMaggie RosePatrick DroneyThe Travelin’ McCourysCedric BurnsideBen Sollee

  • Sunday, September 22:

    Zac Brown BandZZ TopLeon BridgesEdward Sharpe And The Magnetic ZerosKurt Vile And The ViolatorsMargo PriceLittle Steven And The Disciples Of SoulEdie Brickell & New BohemiansWhite ReaperWhiskey MyersSouthern AvenueCaroline JonesDustbowl RevivalThe Lil SmokiesFront Country

The initial list of participating chefs at Bourbon & Beyond includes:

  • Edward Lee (The Mind of A Chef, 610 Magnolia, MilkWood, Whiskey Dry)
  • Anthony Lamas (Chef/Owner at Seviche)
  • Graham Elliot (Family Food FightTop Chef)
  • The Voltaggio Brothers (Michael — Ink, Top Chef & Bryan — VOLT)
  • Tiffani Thiessen (Dinner At Tiffani’s)
  • Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa, Toro, Little Donkey)
  • Amanda Freitag (The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef’s Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home CookingChopped)
  • Brooke Williamson (Top ChefKnife FightHouse of Food)
  • Jose Salazar (Salazar, Mita’s, Goose and Elder)
  • Ouita Michel (Holly Hill Inn)
  • Adam Sobel (Cal Mare)
  • Jonathan Searle (Lockbox)
  • Matt Abdoo (Pig Beach)
  • Rusty Hamlin (Papi’s Taqueria, Zac Brown’s Social Club, Atkins Park Restaurant)
  • Sara Bradley (Freight House)
  • Kelsey Barnard Clark (KBC)
  • Justin Sutherland (Iron Chef America, Handsome Hog, Pearl and the Thief)

The festival’s centerpiece, Kroger’s Big Bourbon Bar presented by Louisville Courier Journal, will feature more than two dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries, and a unique opportunity to enjoy bourbons and exclusive one-time specialty cocktails from 1792Angel’s EnvyBarrell BourbonBloody Butcher’s CreedBuffalo TraceCoopers’ CraftElijah CraigFour RosesKentucky PeerlessMichter’sOld ForesterStoneHammerWild Turkey and more to be announced.

As part of this innovative partnership and Kroger‘s commitment to Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, 25 cents will be donated directly to Dare to Care Food Bank (www.daretocare.org) from every ticket sold. Dare to Care Food Bank works to ensure that no one in our community lacks enough food to live an active, healthy lifestyle, and Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative is their bold plan to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste in their company by 2025.

Fred Minnick’s Mini Bar presented by the Bourbon Women Association will showcase craft selections from Wilderness TrailMB Roland and Bluegrass Distillery. Acclaimed Louisville whiskey bar The Silver Dollar will operate The Hunter’s Club, where attendees can find vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s, as well as contemporary collectibles.

The initial list of participating bourbon brands at Bourbon & Beyond includes 1792Angel’s EnvyBardstown BourbonBarrell BourbonBlanton’sBloody Butcher’s CreedBluegrass DistilleryBoone County DistillingBuffalo TraceCoopers’ CraftElijah CraigEvan WilliamsFour RosesJim BeamKentucky PeerlessKnob CreekLarcenyMaker’s MarkMB RolandMichter’sOld ForesterWild TurkeyWilderness TrailW.L. Weller and Woodford Reserve.

Whiskey sponsors also include Jack Daniel’sHigh West DistilleryUncle Nearest and Southern Comfort.

Additional bourbon, food, beverage and other experiences available onsite include:

  • Mash Stage bourbon and food demos
  • Jack Daniel’s No. 7 Sports Bar, where guests can enjoy NFL and college football games
  • Tiki Barrel Bar presented by Jim Beam
  • Maker’s Wanted Bar presented by Maker’s Mark
  • Knob Creek Bar
  • Boone County Distilling Back Porch
  • The Char House presented by Brown-Forman
  • Jailhouse BBQ Presented by Larceny Bourbon
  • Buffalo Club presented by Buffalo Trace
  • Mardi Gras Bar presented by Southern Comfort
  • High West Whiskey Train
  • The Speakeasy
  • Angry Orchard Tree Bar
  • Lagunitas Craft Beer Bar
  • Take Me Home
  • The Music Experience

In addition, attendees can enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP‘s affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC. Festival attendees will be able to experience a taste of Louisville with selections from the following local and regional restaurants: Boss Hog BBQCouvillionDoc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw BarEhrler’s Ice CreamEli’s BBQHeine Brothers CoffeeHull And HighwaterJoella’s Hot ChickenMerle’s Whiskey KitchenSarinoSeviche, and more.

Look for more food experience details to be announced soon.

Ticket prices for Bourbon & Beyond will be as follows:

  • 3-Day Weekend General Admission: starting at $169.50 + fees
  • 3-Day Mint Experience VIP: starting at $579.50 + fees
  • 3-Day Beyond VIP: $1,599.50 + fees
  • Single Day General Admission: starting at $89.50 + fees
  • Single Day VIP: starting at $249.50 + fees

Mint Experience VIP tickets include access to The Mint Garden—an exclusive hang area with dedicated bars, comfortable furniture, and live audio/video streams of the Barrel and Oak Stages, plus front-of-stage viewing of the Barrel and Oak Stages—as well as a dedicated merchandise stand, premium, dedicated food offerings, air-conditioned, flushable restrooms, dedicated entrance lanes into the festival and a commemorative laminate and wristband.

Beyond VIP tickets include access to all Mint Experience VIP amenities PLUS a shaded viewing deck, air-conditioned lounge/tent with live audio/video streams of the Barrel and Oak Stages, all-inclusive premium drinks at 2 private bars within the hang area, complimentary hors d’oeuvres during set lunch and dinner hours, dedicated air-conditioned, flushable bathrooms, massage station, complimentary lockers with cell-phone chargers, complimentary Wi-Fi access, Beyond VIP Concierge staff and a commemorative Beyond VIP laminate and wristband.

Bourbon & Beyond sponsors include Kentucky Department of Tourism, Louisville Tourism, Kroger, Lagunitas, Red Bull, Zyn, Fxck Cancer, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Angry Orchard, Bourbon Women Association, Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), Glencairn Crystal, and Eagle Nest Outfitters.

The Highland Festival Grounds At KY Expo Center are located at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville, Kentucky. Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily.

Bourbon & Beyond is produced by Los Angeles-based Danny Wimmer Presents, one of the largest independent producers of destination music festivals in America. DWP events include Aftershock Festival, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Epicenter Festival, Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival, and Welcome To Rockville.

For more information on Bourbon & Beyond please visit:

GSN Review: The Glenmorangie Extra Matured Range (Lasanta, Quinta Ruban, Nectar D’Or)

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky, recently announced a refresh to its Extra Matured Range which includes evolved packaging, as well as a new recipe for its Port Cask Finished whisky.

Glenmorangie’s 12-year-old Port Cask Finish, known as The Quinta Ruban, will now be aged for an additional two years. “The Quinta Ruban will be aged for at least 14 years – spending at least ten years in bourbon casks before being finished in port casks”, explains Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, Distilling & Whisky Stocks. The cask selection and the finishing process remain the same.

Simultaneously, Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or will transition from a 12-year-old whisky to a non-age stated expression. Glenmorangie’s 12-year-old Sherry Cask Finish, The Lasanta, remains unchanged.

Glenmorangie Lasanta (86 proof)
Visual: Medium dark gold.
Nose: Heavy sherry nose with elements of dried cherries and some oak.
Taste: Initially sweet on the entry with a lot of the sherry flavor coming through. Towards the end there is a bit of honey, but this all cools down into a semi-dry and pleasant familiar Highland whisky character.
Finish: Medium long with a pleasant and easygoing drinkability.
Overall: A very nice sherry aged Scotch that tends towards a dessert-like spirit.
GSN Rating: A-

Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (92 proof)
Visual: Reddish copper.
Nose: A spicy and fruity blend, similar to a chutney. Some berries and cinnamon.
Taste: Very light and quite sweet. Caramel and a dark port-like character that adds a deeper presence. As the flavor goes on, the baking spice notes come out to play.
Finish: Medium long with a lot of the high notes percolating on top of the darker port character.
Overall: Quite interesting, and a nice foil for the Lasanta. They are bookends to the wine finish spectrum.
GSN Rating: A-

Glenmorangie Nectar D’or (92 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Honey, wine and a soft florality greet the nose. A 92 proof nectar of the gods, as it were. Very enticing.
Taste: Ginger heat with a light baked apple gentility. Warming and with touches of vanilla cream and cinnamon stick.
Finish: Medium long. A spiciness continues to tantalize the tongue, with a curiously light grape essence.
Overall: The tastiest of the the trio. This whisky is the bass note of the Extra Matured Range chord. Resolve to let this one be your tonic. (Some musical puns there). In all seriousness, this whisky is a real winner.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Glenmorangie

 

GSN Alert: August 16th – National Rum Day

lots-of-rumIn honor of National rum day, here are a few of the original rum based cocktails that I’ve created over the years!

Cheers!

Blair Frodelius – editor

Captain Grey
4 oz piping hot organic Earl Grey tea
1.5 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
0.25 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp organic honey

Pre-warm a cognac glass with warm to hot water.  Steep Earl Grey tea for 3-5 minutes in a mug with water just off the boil.  Empty cognac glass, then add tea, rum, lemon juice and honey.  Gently stir and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Cook’s Redemption
2.5 oz El Dorado Special Reserve 15-year-old rum
0.5 oz Bacardi vanilla rum
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz fresh orange juice
0.5 oz cinnamon syrup
1 dash of Fee’s black walnut bitters
1 dash of Fee’s barrel-aged aromatic bitters

Add all ingredients to a goblet filled with crushed ice.  Stir and add more ice to top off and serve with a straw.  Optional: garnish with grated nutmeg.

Encanto
2 oz. Appleton Special Jamaica Rum
1 oz. Barenjager Honey liqueur
0.5oz Lustau Dry Amontillado Los Arcos Sherry
0.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 dash Dale Degroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Flying Monkey
1.5oz Deadhead rum
0.75oz Dekuyper creme de banana liqueur
0.25oz Hiram Walker Original Cinn liqueur
0.25oz Don Q Limon rum
0.25oz Fee brothers vanilla syrup
scant tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Fill tiki mug with crushed ice and add all ingredients.  Swizzle and then garnish with baby banana, edible flower and straw.

Kaddū Raj
2 tablespoons of organic pumpkin puree
1.5 oz Malibu rum
0.75 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
2 dashes of The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters

Stir briskly with cracked ice for ten seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a light dusting of mild yellow curry powder.

Peri Banu
2 oz Appleton gold rum
1 oz Absolut vanilla vodka
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz fresh orange juice
0.5 oz Hiram Walker Original Cinn schnapps
0.5 oz simple syrup
2 dashes of Fee’s old-fashioned bitters

Add all ingredients to a goblet filled with crushed ice.  Stir and add more ice to top off and serve with a straw.  Optional: garnish with an edible flower.

Pfeffernüsse
1.5 oz Barenjager
1.5 oz Cruzan Black Strap Rum
1 oz Absolut Peppar
1 tsp St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Add all ingredients to mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled.  Strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with a mix of grated nutmeg and superfine sugar.

Powderkeg
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
0.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
0.75 oz Goya passionfruit cocktail
1 oz Orangina
0.75 oz Fee Brothers rock candy syrup
0.25 oz Campari
2 oz Montanya platino rum
1.25 oz Montanya oro rum
0.75 oz Cruzan black strap rum
2 dashes Fee Brothers whiskey-barrel aged aromatic bitters

Add all to mixing glass with ice.  Shake powerfully, pray to your favorite tiki god, and pour into a barrel-shaped mug.  Garnish with sparkling long, thin black candle (made to look like a fuse).

Punch the Monkey
1 750ml bottle gosling’s dark rum
8 oz Chartreuse Green
4 oz Benedictine
8 oz pineapple juice
8 oz lime juice
7 oz orgeat
35 dashes Angostura bitters

Add all to punchbowl with block of ice. Ladle individual servings in half of a Milton Bradley “Barrel of Monkeys” container over crushed ice.

GSN Review: Maker’s Mark 101 Whiskey

As of July, 2019, Maker’s Mark 101 is available for purchase at the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY, and select retailers throughout the state. A red winter wheat bourbon batched for a higher proof, Maker’s Mark 101 is bottled in 1L bottles at 50.5% abv (as the name suggests).

Maker’s Mark 101 was introduced in October 2018 as a Global Travel Retail exclusive, available only in airport duty-free stores. Building on the travel retail success of Maker’s Mark original, the brand’s key expression, Maker’s Mark 101 represents Maker’s Mark’s signature bourbon bottled at a higher proof for a bolder taste. Bill Jr., son of founder Bill Samuels, Sr., describes proof as an avenue for flavor, and Maker’s Mark 101 boasts the strong flavors of a cask strength while retaining the smoothness of signature Maker’s Mark.

Maker’s Mark 101 Whiskey (101 proof)
Visual: Copper.
Nose: Deep, rich oak char overlaying a bed of sweet corn and lightly wheated bourbon.
Taste: Intensely compact, yet balanced and flavorful. The barrel terpines come through loud and clear, coating the distillate in a southern country charm. Sweetness and and a friendly conviviality enliven the palate.
Finish: Long and with a toasty, baked good finish.
Overall: Everything I love about whisky summed up in one neat package. The perfect whisky for a Mint Julep, or a generous pour over a large rock in your favorite old-fashioned glass. The higher proof adds an extra dimension of flavor.
GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Maker’s Mark