The Curious George with Taketsuru 12 Year Japanese Whisky
Recently I had the chance to work with Taketsuru 12 Year Old Japanese Whisky from Nikka and highlight it in a cocktail at Whiskyfest for the New York Chapter of United States Bartenders Booth.
Taketsuru 12 Year old is fairly new to the United States having only been released at the end of 2012 and now only becoming available to several states beyond its initial release in California.
Taketsuru is a vatted or blended malt and is a combination of a variety of single malts from both the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. These whiskies are aged in a number of different barrel types including virgin American oak, refilled barrels, and sherry butts(barrels or butts that previously were used to age sherry).
With heavy fruits such as cherry, banana and apple, alongside hints of christmas spice, cocoa and light peat throughout each sip, Taketsuru 12 year lends itself easily in being used as the base in cocktails.
Inspired by the heavy fruit notes I was inspired to create the “Curious George” cocktail. This name comes from those fruit notes specifically the banana and my desire to have a little fun with this cocktail, which essentially is a play on an old-fashioned.
2 oz Taketsuru 12 Year Japanese Whisky
1/2 oz Briottet Creme De Banana
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1/2 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
2 Dashes The Bitter TruthJerry Thomas Decanter Bitters
Directions: Combine ingredients in Mixing Glass. Stir and strain over giant rock in old-fashioned glass.
Garnish with two Luxardo Maraschino Cherries