Whiskey Club

November 2nd, 2016

This time on the Bartender Journey Podcast we talk with Kurt Maitland of the Manhattan Whiskey Club - a Members only community that gathers monthly for private tastings.  He also contributes to the Whiskey Reviewer and to The New Single Malt Whiskey Book.

It's the Bartender Journey Podcast number 188!  Listen with the audio player on this page, or subscribe on iTunesAndroid or Stitcher Radio.

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Book of the Week:
The New Single Malt Whiskey Book
This book is focused mostly on Single Malt whiskeys NOT made in Scotland.  This is a really interesting category that is evolving quickly.
“Single Malt” whiskey is one that is produced from Malted Barley at a Single Distillery.   Many producers around the world have begun producing this style of Whiskey.  For instance Westward Single Barrel Oregon Straight Malt Whiskey which is a wonderful whiskey.  You can read Brian's tasting notes on Westward here.

Cocktail of the Week:
Old Pal
Since we are talking whiskey this week, we should do a whiskey cocktail.  If you listen to this show regularly you know that I love a Negroni and I love a well made Boulevardier.  Here’s another variation.  Its similar to a Boulevardier, but calls for Dry Vermouth rather that Sweet Vermouth.  Its also heavy on the whiskey, so 2 parts Rye Whiskey, (I used a very nice Rye from Maine called Gunpowder Rye), 1 part Campari and 1 part dry vermouth.  Stir it with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or Nick & Nora glass.  Its usually served up, unlike the Negroni which is generally served over ice, unless otherwise specified.

Old Pal Cocktail Recipe:

  • 1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .75 oz Campari
  • .75 oz Dry Vermouth
    Stir all ingredients with ice.
    Strain into a chilled Coupe glass or Nick & Nora glass.
  • Express oils from a Lemon Twist into glass.  Drop Twist into glass.

Toast of the Week:
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night,
and a smooth road all the way to your door.

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