Tuesday, February 5, 2013

golden dog

1 1/2 oz Talisker 10 Year Scotch (Caol Ila 12 Year)
1/2 oz Rothman & Winter Apricot Liqueur
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc or Bonal (Bonal)
1/2 oz Benedictine

Shake (no, it specifically says that stirring will not do here) and strain into a cocktail glass.

Two Fridays ago, I picked up Gary Regan's Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011 and looked for anything to glean after a few passes at it. One that stood out was the Golden Dog by Matt Piacentini then of Inoteca Liquori Bar in New York City and now of The Beagle. I had skipped over it the first time for the combination with Lillet did not catch my eye; however, when I read the text this time where it suggested, "If you want to make it a little richer, say on a cold night, substitute the Lillet with Bonal," the Golden Dog seemed rather appealing given Bonal's bitter complexity.
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The peaty whisky aroma mingled with that of the apricot liqueur. The malt sip contained a fruit note from either the liqueur's apricot or the Bonal's grape. Next, the swallow showcased the Scotch, Bonal and Benedictine's herbal notes, and a bitter apricot finish. With the Bonal instead of Lillet in the mix, perhaps it was a little more of a brown dog, but overall quite good.

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