BourbonBlog.com suggests the following spirits for your holiday gift, celebration to begin 2011 and beyond. We’ve drank a lot that we’ve enjoyed in 2010, but these particularly impressed us and we’re including some video below too for you to enjoy in this year in review as we review the spirits and whiskeys
The hand numberd Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch includes three of Four Roses’ 10 recipes, which we learned all about from Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. This particular Bourbon features teh OBSV aged 15 years, OBSK aged 11 years, and OESK aged 10 years all at barrel strength to creating a rich, complex spirit defined by soft oak, caramel and honeysuckle aromas. Subtle flavors of cherries, apricot, light spice, honey and raspberries are present giving it a creamy, smooth and mellow finish!
Heaven Hill Distilleries
Look for what remains from the Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 2000 on shelves now and in the beginning of January 2011, look for Vintage 2001. This World’s only Vintage Dated Bourbon gets better every year thanks to the talent of Master Distillers Parker Beam and Craig Beam.. We were among the first to taste and review this new vintage straight from the barrel during their annual Evan Williams Single Barrel unveiling sneak peak for the Bardstown Whiskey Louisville’s famed Derby Museum at Churchill Downs back in November. See our initial review, tasting notes and story all in the video below. This release marks the 16th annual release of the series.
Meeting Master Blender Richard Paterson of Whyte & Mackay at Tales of the Cocktail was a life changing experience for us at BourbonBlog.com. Richard has unlimited passion, talent and gave us a tasting of The Dalmore that we’ll never forget and we’re sharing it in the video below.
We recommend The Dalmore King Alexander III. This remarkable spirit aged 20 years in a variety of different barrels along it’s way to full maturity including: French wine barriques, Madeira drums, sherry butts from Jerez, Sicilian Marsala barrels, port pipes from the Douro and Knob Creek Bourbon barrels from Kentucky.
The complexity of this single malt made us more of a fan of Scotch that we’ve ever been. Aromas of orange, tangerine, chocolate, buttery taste of chocolate, Christmas cake, a citric spice…we could go on, just watch the video below.
Casa Noble Tequila
Casa Noble Tequila, among the best tequila in the world. We wouldn’t shoot this tequila for anything because this precious, delicious and a trip to Mexico in your mouth. Buy any or all of the collection including Casa Noble Crystal, Reposado, and Añejo Tequilas. Watch our interview with Casa Noble Tequila CEO Jose Hermosillo at Tales of the Cocktail 2010 in the video below.
Filmed at the Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Buffalo Trace Distillery’s 2010 Antique Collection. The anticipated annual collection once again features five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs including Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, George T. Stagg, William Larue Weller, and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac. If you see one or all, make sure it doesn’t leave your sight because these go quick! If you somehow miss these, we recommend the original Buffalo Trace Bourbon and here is a fun pairing video from Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2010 below..