Saturday, February 6, 2016

four in hand

3/4 oz Old Grand Dad 114 Proof Bourbon (OGD Bonded)
3/4 oz Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy
1/4 oz Smith & Cross Rum
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse
1 tsp Cinnamon Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla Syrup

Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass (I added fresh ice to the glass). Garnish with an orange twist.

Two Sunday nights ago, I decided upon the Four in Hand in the Death & Co. Cocktail Book. Scott Teague's 2013 drink was named after a tie knot akin to the Full Windsor. Moreover, four spirits in the mix aided the name, and it made for a rather stiff nightcap with all of the alcoholic ingredients weighing in between 100 and 114 proof.
The Four in Hand greeted the nose with an orange, apple, and Jamaican rum funk bouquet. On the palate, sweet apple on the sip gave way to Bourbon and funky rum on the swallow with a vanilla, herbal, and cinnamon finish. Overall, the Four in Hand was big, bold, and hot and was only bitters-shy of being an Old Fashioned in feel and structure. Surprisingly, the Green Chartreuse did not dominate the flavors here and was pushed back to the finish.

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