Recently I was working on a few new whisky cocktails and I decided to grab a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black to work with.
What’s the difference between Johnie Walker Double Black and Johnnie Walker Black you might ask?
In the case of Johnnie Walker Double Black and Johnnie Walker Black, it’s all about the smoke.
Johnnie Walker Black consists of a blend of malt whiskies with a minimum age of 12 years and grain whisky. You take that same formula and add in some whiskies from the Islay region of Scotland, known for peaty and smoky whiskies and you’ve got Johnie Walker Double Black.
Johnnie Walker Double Black
In creating this cocktail I decided to go with Johnnie Walker Double Black as I wanted a smoky component in the cocktail, In using the Johnnie Walker Double Black I also had notes of allspice, nutmeg, apple, tropical fruit and a touch of bitterness to play off.
Inspired by these flavors I wanted to create a scotch based tiki cocktail that could work in winter and also still work in summer. Continuing the concept of tiki, I named this cocktail “Islay ah huh,” which means “Island of Huh” and is a play on the gaelic word ah which translates to of.
Islay Ah Huh
2 oz Johnnie Double Black
1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz Busnel Calvados
1/2 oz Demerara syrup
2 Dashes Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters
Directions: Combine ingredients in shaker tin.Shake with ice. Strain or double strain into coupe or cocktail glass.