A Muddled Thought

Month: May, 2010

A look at Buffalo Trace Whitedog

White Dog otherwise known as unaged whisk(e)y a spirit that for years has been unavailable to the masses.

Up until recently the only way to taste white dog was on a tour of a distillery or at a tasting event. Case in point, Makers Mark offers its white dog on occasion during tours and hosted tastings at liquor stores and bars. A lovely spirit sans aging, many of us in the spirit world hold this rare offering close to our hearts.

While we can’t yet walk into any liquor store and buy a bottle of Makers Mark White Dog, other distilleries have been seen this untapped market as an opportunity to release unaged offerings of their products.

Producers such as Tuthilltown, Deaths Door, and Buffalo Trace all currently have a white dog offering on store shelves.

Today we decided to take a look at Buffalo Traces White Dog bottling.

Reasonably priced at between $15-$20 for a 375ml bottle, the spirit doesn’t disappoint in the impression it leaves on your palate.

Uncut at 125 proof, this is a spirit that needs a touch of water to be truly appreciated on its own. Once a splash of water is added the incredible heat of the 125 proof white spirit, begins to mellow and give way to sweet notes of corn, that are joined by nuances of orange and deep pepper, before finishing with additional notes of heat.

An interesting spirit and a must try for anyone who appreciates American bourbon, though with such a high proof, it might not be for everyone.

*Generally white dog producers will use stainless steel containers to store the distilled spirit for a period of 24-48 hours before bottling. Since the containers have no inherent characteristics as oak barrels do, the spirit can still be considered white dog.

The 19th Lesson
1 ½ oz Buffalo Trace White Dog
½ oz Aperol
2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
1 Cube Brown Sugar
Muddle Brown Sugar Cube with Angostura Bitters and Orange Bitters.
Add Aperol and Buffalo Trace White Dog.
Stir with Ice

Optional Garnish-Orange Twist

The 19th Lesson. A combination of Buffalo Trace White Dog, Aperol, Regan's Orange Bitters and Angostura Bitters.

A look at Hayman’s Old Tom Gin

As luck would have it, after covering all things Gin, here at A Muddled Thought for the past several weeks, we’ve had some time to take a look at another gin or two. As mentioned in our coverage of Old Tom, a sweeter styled gin, there are currently only two Old Tom offerings available in today’s market. Ransom, hailing from Ransom Distilleries of Oregon and Hayman’s Old Tom imported into the US by Haus Alpenz, the same people that helped make Batavia Arrack, and Crème De Violette available to use in today’s cocktails.

One of, if not the first Old Tom style Gin available, Hayman’s a gin that originates circa 1820 via James Burroughs; Mr. Burroughs also happens to be the same man behind Beefeater London Dry. While the Beefeater brand was sold off in 1987, the Hayman family led by Chairman and James Burroughs’s great grandson Chris Hayman retained partial ownership of the business. Based on a family recipe, Chris continues to oversee production of this magnificent spirit that has influenced imbibing from past into the present and thanks to Haus Alpenz will continue being part of our spirits culture far into the future.

Using a column still along with botanicals that include juniper berries, coriander seed, angelica root, along with orange and lemon peels among others, leads to the end result of a gin that grabs you from start to finish.

From that first second of that first taste, Hayman’s throws it all at you. A sweet seductive opening with hints of juniper waltz across your palate with nuances of sweetness. These notes of sweet lead into the minute touches of pepper, coriander, sweet orange and teases of cinnamon. As that last drop hits your palate you’re left with hints of vanilla, and perfectly defined touches of citrus.

A Bit of Time
1 ½ Haymans Old Tom Gin
1 oz DH Krahn Gin
Barspoon Allspice Dram
½ Cinnamon Syrup
½ Lime Juice
2 Dashes of The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters

A Bit of Time. A combination of Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, DH Krahn Gin, Allspice Dram, Cinnamon Syrup, Lime Juice and The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters.

Bungalo Bay
1 ½ oz Haymans Old
½ oz Batavia Arrack
½ oz Vanilla Syrup
Peach Bitters
Sprinkle Cinnamon on Top

Bungalo Bay. A combination of Haymans Old Tom Gin, Batavia Arrack, Vanilla Syrup, Peach Bitters, and Eggwhite.

Gin Madness Day 21-A Look at Ransom Old Tom Gin

As Day 21 of A Muddled Thought’s Gin Madness, lets jump over to the Oregon and the Ransom Distillery. Founded in 1997, by Tad Seestedt, Master Distiller, the distillery started off producing wine which was their main product output until 2007 when whiskey and gin’s were added to the line-up. Two years later, the year’s 2009 and Ransom releases its latest project Old Tom Gin.

A recipe that was two years in the making as well as a apet project of Ransom’s Master Distiller, Tad Seestedt who worked with esteemed spirits historian, author and mixologist Dave Wondrich to perfect this modern take on Old Tom Style Gin.

Botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica, as well as orange and lime are infused with a small amount of high proof corn spirit. This is then blended with a barley-based whisky. This blended spirit is then sent through a final distillation via a copper pot still before being placed in oak barrels to age for a brief period of time.

As one of the only two Old Tom style gins on the market(the other Haymans),be prepared for a spirit unlike anything you’ve probably tried before. Even before you take that first sip, Ransom Old Tom teases you with aromas of sweet cardamon. Once you put this elegant liquid to the palate it grabs you with hints of lemon, honey, that leads into minute inklings of sweet peppermint and the occasional presence of corn.

As you delve deeper into Ransom, notes of pistachio, dough and the touches of cherries reveal themselves before bidding you adieu with a soothing lemon finish.
Tad Seestedt, along with Dave Wondrich managed to succeed in creating an amazing example of Gin. In addition to being extremely sippable on it’s own, it also works very nicely in cocktails.

Playing with Time
1 3/4 oz Ransom Old Tom
¾ oz Maraschino
½ oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup

Playing with Time. A combination of Ransom Old Tom Gin, Maraschino Liquor, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup and an Absinthe Rinse.

Shake with Ice
Rinse Coupe with Absinthe, then discard

Serve Up.

The Three Year Sayonara
2 oz Ransom Old Tom
½ oz Velvet Falernum
½ oz Passion Fruit
½ oz Cinnamon Syrup
½ oz Lime Juice
A cap full of Pernod
Shake with Ice

Serve in Zombie or Collins filled with Crushed Ice
Top with Roughly 1oz Scarlet Ibis Trinidadian Rum
Garnish with Mint Spring

The Three Year Sayonara. A combination of Ransom Old Tom Gin, Velvet Falernum, Passion Fruit Puree, Cinnamon Syrup, Lime Juice and Pernod.