Traditionally the cooler fall and winter months are prime time for whiskey, the spirit that warms the soul. Nobody is complaining about the weather in Detroit this week, that’s for sure, but we won’t let a little warm weather get in the way of a strong whiskey pour!
To get in the fall whiskey spirit we are celebrating Whiskey Wednesday with a list of some our current favorites. Throughout the fall and winter we will be rotating in and out other selections as well, from recognizable whiskey workhorses to more limited releases that we want to share with our fellow spirits enthusiasts.
To get started we chose a couple selections from the Orphan Barrel series that represent older bourbon expressions. Barterhouse is a 2o year old bourbon and Forged Oak is the relative adolescent at 15 years old. Both of these allocated bottlings give us an opportunity to explore the effect of extended barrel aging on the spirit.
To explore the differences between small batch and single barrel we included the Colonel Taylor bottles, both bottled in bond, similarly aged. Small batch is designed to blend barrels to achieve a flavor profile, while single barrel will have variations from bottling to bottling within a flavor profile. For the money, the Col. Taylor small batch is one of the better affordable bottles you can find on shelves.
We included a barrel proof bottle of Elijah Craig and Stagg Jr. for an opportunity to try a product that is bottled straight from the barrel! You will experience the full flavor and intensity that you would expect from a super high proof bourbon. Barrel proof bottles are fun to play with because you can add water and see how the flavor is affected at different dilution levels. Also, makes a fantastic old fashioned with a kick! (Be warned, that Stagg Jr. is hot AF!)
Moving along from bourbon to rye we have included Whistlepig 10 year because it represents northern Canandian rye grain, what some would consider a softer more elegant expression. Sazerac 6-year rye is a fan favorite in the traditional American rye category. We included the Colonel Taylor rye because it is much harder to get in Michigan, although bountiful in the south. It’s bottled in bond as well. Rye whiskies represent a smaller category relative to bourbon, although more and more people are enjoying them.
We are looking forward to sharing more whiskey with you over the fall and winter months. Supplies of Japanese whiskies are harder and harder to come by unfortunately but we will do our best to get some on the Whiskey Wednesday menu. Scotch whiskies are found in abundance, so look for some expressions highlighting the regional differences in the future.