Tuesday, April 23, 2024

smokey old quartermaster

1 oz Bacardi 8 Rum (Don Q Gran Añejo)
1/2 oz Balvenie Doublewood Scotch (Royal Brackla 12)
1/4 oz Johnnie Walker Black Scotch (Ardbeg 10)
1/2 oz Pedro Ximenez Sherry (El Maestro Sierra)
3 dash Chocolate Bitters (Bittermens)

Stir with ice and strain into a coupe.
Two Tuesdays prior, I was perusing the KindredCocktails database when I came across the Smokey Old Quartermaster. The drink was created by Matt Pietrek and published on his CocktailWonk blog in 2014 as a riff on the Old Quartermaster at Rum Club in Portland, Oregon. Given the name and the combination of rum, whisky, and sherry, I assume that it is a riff on the Quarter Deck #2 that I found in Trader Vic's 1947 Bartender's Guide. In the glass, the Smokey Old Quartermaster revealed a peat smoke, malt, and raisin aroma. Next, grape and dried cherry notes on the sip sailed into rum, smokey Scotch, fig, and grape flavors on the swallow with a chocolate finish.

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