Monday, October 7, 2019

smoking section

1 1/2 oz Compass Box Glasgow Blend Scotch
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Averna
1/2 oz Campari

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube, and garnish with orange oil from a twist.
Two Mondays ago, I ventured down to Kenmore Square to grab a seat at the Hawthorne where Backbar's Carlo Caroscio was doing a guest shift in conjunction with Compass Box Whiskey. For a first drink, I asked Carlo for the Smoking Section that he described as his Scotch Negroni riff; since the recipe was not the typical equal parts structure, the combination reminded me a little of the Bitter Nail as well as some of Phil Ward's gin Negroni variations like the Cornwall Negroni and Baltasar & Blimunda. Once prepared, the Smoking Section segregated the nose into orange, peat, and darker aromas. Next, caramel and grape on the sip led into smoky Scotch and rounded bitter herbal flavors on the swallow with a smoky finish.

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