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 Â½ oz Buffalo Trace White Dog
Â½ 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