1 1/2 oz Don Pancho 8 Year Rum
1/2 oz Blandy's 10 Year Malmsey Madeira
1 barspoon 2:1 Demerara Syrup
2 dash Regan's Orange Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. Garnish with a lemon twist.
A few Mondays ago, I attended a Boston USBG-sponsored product showcase at Tavern Road. One of the cocktails that bar manager Ryan McGrale was making with some of the products was what he dubbed a Madeira Old Fashioned. In actuality, it was a madeira-tinged Rum Old Fashioned that featured Don Pancho 8 Year Rum. This rum is made by Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez who also makes Ron de Jeremy and 86 Co.'s Caña Brava, but this product line with his name on it were much more sipping rums especially the older expressions. Once prepared, the Old Fashioned offered bright lemon oil aromas. A rich orange and caramel sip gave way to more caramel on the swallow along with dried orange peel and coffee notes. Overall, the rich complexity of both the rum and the aged madeira were an excellent complement to the other.
The euphemisms are getting a bit stale, suffice to say: four people in Boston -- two of whom are much more prolific writers than the other two (including the originator of this blog, who has no excuse apart from laziness) -- who drink and tell.
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