Friday, December 23, 2016


2/3 Strathmore Scotch (1 oz Buchanan's 12 Year, 1 oz Pig's Nose, 1 bsp Caol Ila 12 Year)
2 dash Dry Vermouth (1 oz Noilly Prat)
2 dash Raspberry Juice (1/2 oz Royal Rose Raspberry Syrup)
1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan's)

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
After my work shift two Fridays ago, I turned to Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars: 1903-1933 for some liquidy inspiration. In the non-American whisk(e)y section, I was drawn to the Simplicity for it paired Scotch with raspberry akin to the Devery Crusta but in a Bobby Burns or Rob Roy sort of format. Once prepared, the Simplicity share a malt, smoke, and raspberry nose. Next, malt with light berry and white wine notes filled the sip, and the swallow was the combination of smoke, whisky, and raspberry. Sadly, the combination of Scotch and raspberry was not as magical here as it was in the Crusta, so perhaps the flavor is improved with some brightness from citrus' acidity, but overall, it was definitely a solid drink.

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