I tried a Bourbon based 1794 last night and it hit the nail square on the head. 2 parts Bourbon, 1 Campari, 1 Sweet Vermouth. Not sure what it is since it used Bourbon instead of Rye, but it was delicious.
When you can find it, Sazerac Rye is fantastic and affordable. In NC it runs $30 which typically means you can find it for less everywhere else.
Came across the Corsair Ryemageddon on sale at a good price last weekend and gave it a whirl. A really interesting rye whiskey. It's whiskey distilled from rye and chocolate rye and aged for six years (it's the aged version of their normal rye). Nice depth of earthy flavor. Probably the second most earthy rye I've had behind High West Rendezvous Rye. FYI - Corsair sells 10 and 15 gallon barrels on their website at extremely reasonable prices if one is looking for a larger barrel.A few weeks back I also picked up a bottle of Alberta Rye Whisky Dark Batch for a little under $30. It's 91% Canadian rye whisky, 8% rye-heavy bourbon and 1% sherry. It's smooth, spicy and fruity. Sweeter and heavier than the Corsair. It's not garbage Canadian rye that's often not rye at all. It's genuinely rye whisky. If the Corsair rye is a solid expression of the earth side of rye then this is a solid expression of the spicy and subtly fruity side of rye. Between the two it's an excellent range of rye whisky.
Maybe next year the new "in" spirit will be orange vodka (or something else crappy), with high end bottles of it selling for $100, and the cost of good bourbon will come back down. Or not.
Quote from: HoosierBrew on May 27, 2016, 05:38:44 PMMaybe next year the new "in" spirit will be orange vodka (or something else crappy), with high end bottles of it selling for $100, and the cost of good bourbon will come back down. Or not.Here's to hoping. But I think we're in for the long haul on good bourbon becoming more scarce and more expensive.
My wife and I have been enjoying our drinks over "really big" ice cubes, not sure what else to call them. We got a mold that makes three big spheres a little larger than golf balls and another mold that makes six cubes almost 2 inches wide. It makes it more fun to have a dram and lasts pretty much through the whole glass.We still have trouble getting them perfectly clear even using distilled water. Any hints?