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Buffalo Trace Announces E.H. Taylor, Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (Feb. 22, 2011) – Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. will yet again leave his indelible mark on the whiskey industry. The man who introduced the first climate controlled aging warehouses, used a patented sour mash technique, and fought for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 will have a line of premium whiskeys bearing his name. Buffalo Trace Distillery has recreated his traditional sour mash and produced a limited edition, one-time offering of Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey.

This faithfully reproduced bourbon was carefully aged for nine years and “Bottled in Bond” at 100 proof. The sour mashing technique for this small batch bourbon was derived from a meeting several years ago with some Buffalo Trace Distillery retirees who recounted a method for making old fashioned sour mash whiskey. The process replicated the way in which E.H. Taylor, Jr. made sour mash back in his day.

So in 2002 Buffalo Trace Distillery set to work making bourbon using Taylor’s original souring method.  The end result was a bourbon delivering a character and body rarely found in whiskeys today. Taylor, a name synonymous with quality whiskey making, might have even said this whisky is “of Topmost Class.”

“Taylor was a true pioneer of the whiskey industry over a century ago,” said Mark Brown, president of Buffalo Trace Distillery. “We believe this whiskey is a tribute to him.” Taylor was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor, mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate. In 1870 he first purchased the distillery and took on the daunting task of modernization. He later named the distillery O.F.C. and continued to invest large sums of money to make it an industry leader. Taylor over-extended himself financially in an effort to use the most modern equipment to make the finest bourbon whiskey available.  Throughout his career, Taylor was responsible for the development of seven different distilleries in the area and is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry.

This Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon is the first of several new E.H. Taylor, Jr. whiskeys to be released over the next few years. “All of the Taylor whiskeys will be distinctive. Most will be very limited,” said Kris Comstock, brand manager. Each offering will showcase a vintage label and canister, reminiscent of Taylor’s bottles nearly one hundred years ago. “We designed the current bottle to replicate antique bottles made by Taylor back in 1913,” adds Comstock. Each bottle will be packaged in a canister, much like something Taylor used during his day. Retail price for the E.H. Taylor Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon will be available for around $70 per 750ml bottle.

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Wild Turkey’s Take on Three Iconic Whiskey Cocktails

Wild Turkey has put its unique take on three of the most iconic whiskey cocktails–the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned and the Whiskey Sour–to commemorate National Bourbon Heritage Month.

The three classic drinks can be made with any type of whiskey, but require one that has full flavor as a suitable match for the robust ingredients used in the drinks. Rye, with its drier and spicier flavor profile, has once again become the preferred choice of bartenders, but its increasing popularity has made it difficult to obtain in parts of the country.

Most bourbons are too sweet to stand up to the ingredients of the cocktails, so Wild Turkey Bourbon, at 101 proof, is the perfect choice. The higher proof delivers a deeper, richer flavor that fits perfectly with the drinks below. Each cocktail evokes the perfectly balanced profile that has made these drinks real classics, while tweaking them just enough to pleasantly surprise even the most seasoned cocktail enthusiast.

The Manhattan 101

Ingredients:

1 3/4 ounces Wild Turkey Bourbon

1/3 ounce dry vermouth

1/3 ounce sweet vermouth

1 thin slice fresh ginger

3 mint leaves

1/2  tsp powdered sugar

Dash aromatic bitters

Muddle ginger, mint, powdered sugar and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add Wild Turkey Bourbon, vermouth and ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass.

The Old Fashioned 101

Ingredients:

1 1/3 ounce Wild Turkey Bourbon

1/2 ounce apple cider

3 sage leaves

1 pinch of saffron

1 tsp brown sugar

2 orange twists

1 tsp orange zest

1 fresh cherry

1 ounce Amaretto

Slice cherry from top to bottom five times around pit, and soak in a cup of Amaretto. Muddle cider, sage, saffron, brown sugar, orange twists and zest together in glass. Add Wild Turkey Bourbon and stir. Strain and serve over ice, garnish with Amaretto-soaked cherry.

The Whiskey Sour 101

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey Bourbon

1/2 ounce fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

1/2 ounce honey

1 fresh cherry

1 ounce Wild Turkey American Honey

Dollop of egg white

Slice cherry from top to bottom five times around pit, and soak in a cup of Wild Turkey American Honey. Combine Wild Turkey Bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime juice and honey in a cocktail shaker.  Froth egg white and add a dollop to the mixture.  Shake and serve over ice.  Garnish with Wild Turkey American Honey-soaked cherry.

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Bacon-Infused Bourbon Whiskey

So it seems that bacon-infused spirits are all of the rage right now. While bacon-infused vodka in a Martini or Bloody Mary sounds delicious, it doesn’t sound as appetizing as bacon-infused bourbon. Something about sweet, smoky bacon just seems to naturally harmonize with the characteristics of bourbon, hence bacon-infused bourbon. Bacon-infused bourbon can be made fairly easily and quickly. Just think, in just a few short hours after reading this, you too could be enjoying bacon-infused bourbon cocktail. Here’s how to do it: Cook three to four slices of bacon, enough to render at least 1 – 3 ounces of fat. Once the bacon has cooled a bit, pour off the fat from the pan. Pour 750 ml of bourbon into a non-porous container. Strain the 1 – 3 ounces of bacon fat into the container and infuse for four to six hours at room temperature. Place mixture in freezer until all the fat is solidified. With a slotted spoon, remove fat and strain mixture back into bottle. Pass bourbon through a coffee filter to remove sediment if desired.

Check out this video of Guy Fieri and Nick Kosevich on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. They make and drink Bacon-Infused Bourbon.

If you like the Classic Old Fashioned, Try one with Bacon Infused Bourbon.
In mixing glass, stir 2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup and bitters with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with an orange twist.

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Three Classic Bourbon Cocktails

The Manhattan

manhattan• 2 ½ oz. bourbon
• ¾ oz. sweet vermouth
• 1 cherry
• 2 dashes bitters (optional)
• 1 twist orange peel (optional)

Glass to Use: Martini Glass

Mixing Instructions: Pour bourbon and vermouth into a shaker with ice.  Shake until well chilled and strain into martini glass.  Garnish with cherry.  Add bitters and orange twist if desired.

The Old Fashioned

old_fashioned• 3 oz. bourbon
• 3 dashes bitters
• 1 tsp. water
• 1 sugar cube
• 1 whole cherry/maraschino
• 1 slice orange

Glass to Use: Old-Fashioned Glass

Mixing Instructions: Using an old fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, water and sugar cube. Fill glass with ice. Pour bourbon. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

The Mint Julep

mint_julep•  3 oz. bourbon
•  3 oz. tonic water
•  8-10 leaves mint
•  1 tbsp. sugar

Glass to Use: Mint Julep Cup or Highball Glass

Mixing Instructions: Add mint leaves and sugar to glass, muddle thoroughly to a pasty consistency.  Rinse muddle in glass by pouring ½ of the tonic water.  Pour bourbon.  Fill glass with ice, top off remainder with tonic water and stir.

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Drink Recipes and Photos from The Bourbon Review

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