Saturday, January 15, 2022

year of the trees

1 1/2 oz Knob Creek 100° Bourbon (Old Grand-Dad Bonded)
1/2 oz Mezcal (Mezcal Union)
1/2 oz Amaro Nonino
1 tsp Demerara Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 drop Sarsaparilla Tincture (1 dash Bitter Queens Sarsaparilla Bitters)

Stir with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass with a large ice cube, and garnish with an orange twist.
Two Saturdays ago, I turned to Death & Co.'s new book, Welcome Home, for a nightcap. The one that I selected was Matthew Belanger's 2019 Year of the Trees that featured the Bourbon, mezcal, and Amaro Nonino combination that I tasted in the Gryffindor Common Room, so I was intrigued. Here, the Year of the Trees met the nose with an orange, caramel, and root beer aroma. Next, the amaro's caramel note came through on the sip, and the swallow grew into Bourbon, smoky agave, and dark orange flavors.

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