Monday, January 16, 2012

trans-europe express

3/4 oz Macallan Single Malt Scotch (Glenrothes 1991)
3/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
1 dash Regan's Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe glass rinsed with Green Chartreuse.

After having the equal parts Mystic Marvel, we moved on to another basically equal parts one from Beta Cocktails. The Trans-Europe Express created by Arizona's Ciaran Wiese had more to do thematically with Bergamot's Assembly Cocktail for each name reflects the multinational sources of its main spirits. Or perhaps that Ciaran is a Kraftwerk fan as well?
The Trans-Europe Express' bouquet offered up white pepper, fennel, and something floral perhaps from the Scotch and Yellow Chartreuse. While the sip showcased the Scotch's malt and Punt e Mes' grape, the swallow proffered a bounty of complex flavors including Punt e Mes' and Campari's bitter flavors, Scotch's smokiness, and hints of Green Chartreuse's coriander note. Indeed, the Trans-Europe Express was a rather complex and well-balanced sipper that made for an excellent nightcap.

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