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Specialty Craft Whiskeys You Need To Try

Specialty Craft Whiskeys You Need To Try 0

While everyone can enjoy the taste of a good whiskey, the appreciation only grows when it’s well-made, unique in flavor and one of a kind. Whether you’re looking for a staple to keep at home for friends and family or an off-the-beaten track special occasion bottle, below are some whiskeys that anyone with a taste for genuine craftsmanship should give a try.

 

Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon

If you’re itching for a whiskey that is innovatively aged, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged At Sea hits the mark. This exclusive whiskey ages each batch at sea, a salute to original distilling of Kentucky whiskey. In the early years of Kentucky distilled whiskey, an unintentional extra aging process was discovered due to transporting across rivers. Because the sea travel leaves the whiskey in constant movement, there is more contact with and flavoring from the wood from their barrels. Jefferson’s found a niche by capitalizing on this extra aging process and barrelling this whiskey at sea. Each batch travels at different times of the year, through different areas of the world, allowing for one of a kind taste in each new batch you buy, even if you never leave your corner of the world.

Read about your future bottle’s ocean voyage’s here.



Barrell Craft Infinite Project Whiskey 02-12-18

While trying a new bottle and experiencing its flavors is worth the treat, everyone needs a staple whiskey to enjoy all year. Named the Best American Whiskey of 2018 in Forbes, Barrell Craft Spirits boasts a whiskey you know you’ll love anytime. And while each bottle has its own array of undertones for you to taste, any bottle you buy will be easy to enjoy. Founder Joe Beatrice was inspired by Scotland’s independent bottlers, Beatrice began blending exceptional casks and giving consumers a chance to taste whiskey straight from the barrel. Each blend allows variety, giving an exciting new twist for whiskey lovers to enjoy. Highly rated by Whisky Advocate, if you try one batch and stick to it, it’ll be just as consistent as ordering a new blend from Barrell Craft Spirits each time you’re ready to re-up your staple bottle.

To get started one which bottle to try first, here is a list of award-winning whiskeys you can narrow down.

 

Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon

This final whiskey is both a staple bottle and purely unique because of its dessert-like finish, which you’ll want to taste again and again. Belle Meade Madeira Cask Finish Bourbon is adored for its caramel, dark chocolate, cherry and mint notes. Like any good wine drinker needs to show off a good port, this bourbon gives whiskey lovers a taste to enjoy after dinner. This bourbon is finished in a special cask, from Malmsey-styled wine on the island of Madeira, known for its depth and complexity of honeyed flavors from a “cooked” fortified aging process. This bourbon gives the palette a distinguished experience that you’ll keep craving and will enjoy sharing with others.

If this rare type of aging process and flavoring piques your interest, here is a more in depth scope.


One of the most enjoyable parts of having a taste for craftsmanship whiskey is just how versatile each new bottle you try can be. Whether you want a niche bottle aged at sea, a staple blend for anyone’s taste buds to enjoy or a special treat to finish an evening with, these whiskeys are worth a try.

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The Dog Days of Summer - Canine Themed Drinks to Beat the Heat

The Dog Days of Summer - Canine Themed Drinks to Beat the Heat 0

Why do they call it “The Dog Days of Summer?” It’s just vernacular, right? You imagine a lazy dog, roasting in the July sun, lolling with his tongue half out between trips to the water bowl. It’s “The Dog Days” because it makes you want to laze around like a dog in the sun, ok? Case closed. The truth, it turns out, is more complicated (and ancient). 

It was in ancient Rome that the hottest days of the Summer season came to be known as “Dies Caniculares.” As with most things in Rome at this time, the season was associated with astrological bodies, in this case the star Sirius, known as the Dog Star because it was the brightest in the constellation Canis Major.

Mid July through August has been way too hot since WAY back in the day, it turns out, and where do you go for relief? Classic whisky cocktails. In honor of the Dog Days of Summer, here are three canine-themed refreshments to help you beat the summer heat.

 

FEW Rye Whiskey - Seeing Rye Dog

Our first cocktail comes straight off the menu at The Fat Dog in Los Angeles, a neighborhood grub pub in West Hollywood that features a dog-friendly patio and canine-related names for menu items. The Seeing Rye Dog is the first in our trio of fruity whiskey cocktails, this one featuring blackberries, ginger liqueur and basil. Perfect for FEW Rye Whiskey, a spicy rye that will lend its smokiness to the sweet blackberry.

 

Seeing Rye Dog

  • FEW Rye Whiskey
  • GInger Liqueur,
  • Blackberries
  • Basil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar in the Raw

Muddle blackberries, basil and sugar in the bottom of a tumbler. Strain rye, liqueur and lemon juice with ice, pour over and stir.

Stranahans's Diamond Peak Colorado Whiskey - The Red Dog

The Red Dog is a fruity mix of whiskey, ginger ale and fruit juice. Best enjoyed with a single malt whiskey like Stranahans's Diamond Peak Colorado Whiskey, where the apricot and chocolate tones of the whiskey blend with the tartness of the fruit.

 

Red Dog Cocktail

  • .5 oz. orange vodka
  • 2 oz. Stranahans's Diamond Peak Colorado Whiskey
  • 3 oz. ginger ale
  • 1.5 oz. orange juice
  • 
1.5 oz. cranberry juice

Add all but ginger ale to cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake and strain. Pour over ice then fill glass with ginger ale.

 

Jack Daniels’ Gentleman Jack Whiskey - The Bulldog Smash

Next up, the Bulldog Smash - another fruity whiskey concoction, this one swaps orange and cranberry for lemon and peach. A perfect fit for Jack Daniels’ Gentleman Jack Whiskey, an inherently fruity version of the classic Jack which will compliment the peach and mint in this Smash.

 

The Bulldog Smash

  • Half a lemon
  • Half a peach, pitted
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar cane syrup
  • 2 oz Jack Daniels’ Gentleman Jack Whiskey
  • .75 oz Cointreau

In a shaker, muddle your lemon, peach, mint, and sugar cane syrup. Add the bourbon and Cointreau. Fill your shaker with ice. Shake, strain into a glass, and fill that with crushed ice. Garnish with an extra sprig of mint for flair.

 

These drinks may not be the cure-all for the dog days, but they’re certainly tasty (and the glass feels really good against your forehead, too). Check out Cask Cartel for all your liquor needs.

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A Customized Sip For Every Guest at Your Backyard Barbeque

A Customized Sip For Every Guest at Your Backyard Barbeque 0

Honestly, nobody really expects much in the beverage department at a backyard barbeque - a cooler full of beers, maybe a bottle or 2 for DIY mixers. But hey, maybe you’re the kind of host who likes to take things to the next level and offer cocktails catered to the types of guests you know will be gathering. You’ve gotta know your audience, and these three drinks will be a hit across your spectrum of friends at your next backyard shindig.

 

For the Fruity Cocktail Sipper - Ole Smoky Peach Whiskey

 

It’s summer, so you’ve gotta have a fruity cocktail at the party, right? Coming into the shade from the summer heat, there’s nothing better than being handed an icy glass with some berries and fruit slices floating among the cubes. This kind of drink is a crowd pleaser - serve it to your favorite aunt, your best friend’s wife, even your grandpa would likely enjoy the refreshing juiciness of a fruity cocktail on a hot afternoon - bonus points if you pair an infused spirit like Ole Smoky Peach Whiskey with your fruit of choice. Make this peach slam the centerpiece of your BBQ’s beverage scene and keep the people happy.

 

Peach Slam

1 ounce simple syrup

1/2 large peach , diced (about 1/2 cup)

3-4 large mint leaves

2 ounces Ole Smoky Peach Whiskey

splash ginger beer or seltzer water , chilled

ice

fresh mint and peach slices , for garnish

Gently muddle peaches, mint leaves, and simple syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add bourbon to ice, and shake until well-chilled. Strain. Top with ginger beer or seltzer water. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and a peach slice.

 

For the In Between Sipper - Jay Z’s D'USSE VSOP

Somewhere between the fruity drink sipper and the straight bourbon stalwart lies a middle-ground drinker, a guest who wants sophistication without being stale, a cocktail enthusiast who seeks a little more grounding in their beverage selection, less with the peach slices and more with the smooth, oaky finish. For these guests, we suggest a cognac. Great at room temp, or the rocks or in a simple cocktail, the warmth and sweetness of Jay Z’s D'USSE VSOP cognac make it a great alternative to the harsher flavors of whiskey and tequila. For a no-fuss cognac cocktail, look no further than the D'USSE and Ginger below.

 

D'USSE and Ginger

2 ounces Cognac

4 ounces ginger ale

2 dashes bitters

Fill a glass with ice, add Cognac, top with ginger ale and bitters.

 

For the Straight Bourbon Sipper -  Woodford Reserve Morning Wood Double Oaked Barrel Select Bourbon

There are some guests who will only be satisfied with a good, stiff drink. Offer these folks Woodford Reserve Morning Wood Double Oaked Barrel Select Bourbon. With a whiskey this good, you don’t always need to provide a mixer. Elevate this drink by boning up on your whiskey knowledge - know what to do when you guest orders it neat or with water. Nothing wrong with a bourbon cocktail, however. This Boulevardier is a classic recipe, invented in the 1920s but seeing a recent rise in popularity among modern bartenders. Serve this simple but satisfying drink to your more discerning guests.

 

Boulevardier

1 ounce rye or bourbon

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce sweet vermouth

Chill a cocktail glass by filling with ice or putting in freezer for about 5 minutes. Pour the liquid ingredients into a mixing glass. Fill mixing glass 2/3 full of ice and stir until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.

Whether you’re catering your menu to the chillest for your best buds or the pickiest of your workmates, Cask Cartel has got your bottles covered with a range of products and price points for every get together. 

 

About Cask Cartel

Cask Cartel has become the greatest online marketplace for premium spirits.  The company prides itself by operating with decades of customer service experience and a team of top tier individuals prized within the alcohol beverage industry. Cask Cartel has extensive partners and relationships with Producers, Brands and the Local Retailers which grant consumers online access to new arrivals, limited productions and allocated items. Their E-Premise Marketplace transforms the way premium spirits are shipped sold and fulfilled by combining a network of the largest range of liquor selections available online.

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Frisky American Whiskeys for Your 4th of July

Frisky American Whiskeys for Your 4th of July 0

As America’s favorite summertime holiday approaches, we can all finally take a moment to reflect mid-year and pay homage to our American roots. The 4th of July embodies the essence of the American spirit, simply brave, downright fun and rooted on our beautiful American soil. Like most things American, this holiday will be best spent with loved ones, eating American favorites and most importantly drinking well-earned American spirits. To best embody this holiday, here are three versatile American whiskies that are best served straight: no frills, bells or whistles needed. 

 

Bird Dog Peach Whiskey

Bird Dog Peach Whiskey is every American’s wish for a bite of a juicy Georgia peach with the strength of a truly Kentucky-made whiskey. The fragrant peach flavors make this whiskey enjoyable just on the rocks as you relax by a nice cold body of water this 4th of July. As any good whiskey should, this 80 proof whiskey packs a punch, easy for simple drinking and no hassle beyond just buying yourself a bottle. Drink this as you hit the lake, set up your picnic and enjoy your whole-hearted American holiday. To make this whiskey the star of any American celebration, simply enjoy it with a splash of your favorite sweet or iced tea. 

To prove just how simple this whiskey is to enjoy, Bird Dog shared their two-ingredient Peach Tea recipe for easy summer sipping.

 

John Rich - Redneck Riviera 

As all hard-working Americans get to enjoy a holiday celebrating our independence, Redneck Riviera American Blended Whiskey showcases the hard-working love American whiskey gives in every sip by artfully blending two premium whiskies; one brings the sweetness of an oak barrel finish while the other continues to give each drinker smooth caramel tasting notes. Enjoy this American blend like you enjoy most American-made specialities: simply. Once you’ve arrived at your lookout spot for the 4th of July fireworks and mid-day cooling, open this bottle to share with the people you love. Because Redneck Riviera pays proper homage to American mixology, this whiskey is, of course, best enjoyed on the rocks. 

 

Angel's Envy Rum Cask Finished Rye Whiskey

As the last whiskey listed, rye always does seem to finish best. Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Finished Rye Whiskey is a fun way to enjoy American whiskey for both a bourbon fan, and for anyone looking to enjoy something purely original. This Rye whiskey keeps the Caribbean close through finishing in rum barrels, allowing both sweet rum and oak tasting notes for all kinds of palates to enjoy. This whiskey quite literally steals the show not just because its American roots, but purely American craftsmanship. Enjoy on the rocks with your friends. For a twist, trying sipping this while enjoying a sharp cheddar cheese, cured meats or anything yummy that packs a punch. This whiskey doesn’t make you think too hard; its good with just about anything, or nothing at all. 

If tempted to test the food pairing validity, check out Angel Envy’s Food and Whiskey Pairing Guide and organize your grocery list before you hit the store.

 

Now that these whiskies have ear-marked themselves for perfect American sipping, the most important part comes next: finding people to share this holiday with. Americans do simple best, and so do these whiskies. And even more importantly, they are all best enjoyed with the people you love in the country we all love.

  • The G.O.A.T.
Weekly Picks: Top Whiskeys for Summer Porch Sipping

Weekly Picks: Top Whiskeys for Summer Porch Sipping 0

Is it just us, or did summer seem to take forever to get here this year? Now that the temps are consistently in the 80s, you can finally roll up your sleeves and throw on those shorts you’ve been staring at for a month. Is there anything better than that first day of walking around in shorts and flip flops? How about a breezy summer beverage to sip on while you watch the day go by? Everybody’s got their own summer jam, but we’ve got some suggestions to get you started.


Yelawolf Creek Water Whiskey

Yelawolf is an artist who isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. That’s why it’s no surprise that when it came time for the Gadsden, Alabama rapper to create his own whiskey, he decided to call it Creek Water. Leading with a nose like maple syrup and fine tobacco, this American whiskey finishes smooth with charred touches of cinnamon and oak. Now we understand that the Catfish Billy lifestyle isn’t necessarily for everyone. That’s why we’ve selected something a little more cosmopolitan for out cocktail pairing - this Elderflower Old Fashioned is a unique twist on a classic that pairs great with a footrest and a good novel.


Elderflower Old Fashioned By Saveur

Ingredients

  • 2 1⁄2 oz. Yelawolf Creek Water Whiskey
  • 1⁄2 oz. Elderflower liqueur
  • 2-3 dashes bitters
  • Strip of lemon zest for garnish

Recipe: Stir bourbon, St. Germain, and bitters in an ice-filled mixing glass or mixing tin until very chilled; strain into a rocks glass with a large cube of ice. Garnish with lemon zest.


Buy Yelawolf Creek Water Whiskey here: https://bit.ly/2In9RgH


Jim Beam Peach Whiskey

Bourbon, peaches, and sweet tea - can you get any more southern than that? The folks behind Jim Beam Peach Whiskey don’t think so. A blend of genuine Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon and fine peach schnapps, with flavors of sweet peach mixing with woody bourbon and vanilla notes, this hybrid spirit works just as well sipped straight from the glass as it does in a simple cocktail like this one adapted from Jim Beam’s website.


Jim Beam Front Porch Peach Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Iced Tea
  • 2 parts Jim Beam Peach Whiskey
  • Lemon Wedge

Recipe: Build ingredients in order listed over ice in a tall highball glass. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Buy Jim Beam Peach Whiskey here: https://bit.ly/2RiwZ2X

 

Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky

We know, we know - a good cocktail can put a cap on a summer day like almost nothing else, but sometimes you just want a GOOD. STIFF. DRINK. Not to worry - we’ve got something for those of you who are, shall we say, mixer-resistant - Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky. Winner of the Blended Whisky Trophy at the 2005 International Wine & Spirits Challenge, Buchanan’s Special Reserve arouses the palate with aromas of chocolate and fruit, following through with flavors of baked apple, tobacco and clove. Enjoy however you like, secure in the knowledge that your spirit of choice has been lovingly aged for at least 18 years. No suggested cocktail here - neat, on the rocks or straight up will do just fine.


Buy Buchanan’s Special Reserve 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky here: https://bit.ly/2wZmRm6


Cocktails, highballs, straight up or on the rocks, whatever might be in your glass, the important thing is that it’s summer, and you’ve earned it. Find yourself a seat whether it’s on your back porch, front stoop or just in the den in front of the tv, and enjoy. Cask Cartel has your summer sippin’ covered.

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The Rise of Rye - 5 Great Rye Whiskeys for Summer

The Rise of Rye - 5 Great Rye Whiskeys for Summer 0

For many years, bourbon has been America's choice of Whiskey. Corn, the principal ingredient in bourbon mash, is both inexpensive and plentiful, assuring a steady supply of Kentucky bourbon to the people. Little known fact, though - prior to US government subsidization of corn during the first and second world wars, rye whiskey was the spirit of choice in America. In fact, many popular cocktail recipes like the whiskey sour were actually converted from rye to bourbon as bourbon's popularity continued to rise. Cask Cartel offers a wide selection of rye whiskeys from around the world.


For the past few years, American rye whiskey has seen a bit of a renaissance, and Cask Cartel offers a wide selection of ryes from around the world. Mixologists and bartenders are incorporating bourbon's spicier, dryer cousin into a new generation of rye cocktails, and the spirit has also gained popularity straight up or on the rocks as a sipping whiskey. To get a handle on this oft-misunderstood spirit, we must first understand the difference between rye and bourbon.


Differentiating between different types of whiskey almost always comes down to the same thing - what’s in the mash? Mash is the blend of grains that compose the main ingredient in whiskey. These grains are heated and various methods are used to encourage the breakdown of starches into sugars, all of which are part of the fermentation process. When it comes to bourbon, corn is the main ingredient in the mash. For a whiskey to be legally considered bourbon in the United States, the mash must contain at least 51% corn.

 

Rye, on the other hand, fittingly enough uses a grain called rye (the same grain used to create rye bread), and, rye mash must legally contain at least 51% rye grain.


Scientific details are great and all, but what about the thing most of us care about - taste? As we know, the whiskey flavor palette ranges all over the place, but generally rye whiskey presents a drier, spicier alternative to the inherent sweetness of bourbon. Try switching out your favorite bourbon-based cocktails recipes for one of these great rye whiskeys and you will not be disappointed.


Pendleton 1910 Canadian Rye Whiskey

Named to commemorate the first year of the famous Pendleton Roundup Rodeo, Pendleton 1910 Canadian Rye Whiskey is a unique rye whiskey that features a rare 100% rye grain mash. Aged for a minimum of 12 years, Hood River Distillers brings us a spicy, peppery whiskey with lots of heat and notes of tobacco, oak and butterscotch. From its name and history to the saddle tooling and bucking horse on the label, this rye is all about the rodeo.


High West Yippee Ki-Yay Whisky

Speaking of bucking horses, High West Yippee Ki-Yay Whisky is another bottle with a rodeo-centric label. This blend of straight rye whiskeys is unique, setting itself from the pack by aging fine rye whiskey in barrels that formerly housed vermouth and syrah wine. When these aged whiskeys are blended together, something entirely new is created, with cinnamon and cherry flavors leading the way into a spicy berry finish that’s great for sipping.


Rebel Yell Rye Whiskey Small Batch

A straight rye whiskey with enough moxy to hold up to even the most stringent classic cocktails, Rebel Yell Rye Whiskey Small Batch is made in limited quantities to assure you’re getting the most consistent experience every time. A sweet chocolate nose gives way to flavors of mild flavors of wood and a surprisingly sweet and spicy palette with a warm finish. As unpretentious as it gets, Rebel Yell is a classic American Rye.



Bob Dylan | Heaven's Door Straight Rye Whiskey

When MGP partnered with Bob Dylan to create Heaven's Door Straight Rye Whiskey, they decided to try and create something unique in the whiskey world - a straight rye whiskey finished in toasted oak cigar barrels that were air-dried in the low-lying Vosges region of France. This proprietary finishing process results in a smooth, spicy rye with notes of wheat, nutmeg and hay. This rye can take you right up to Heaven’s Door, but it’s up to you to knock.


Bulleit Straight Rye Mash Whiskey

Experts call this a “high-rye” whiskey, but that’s an understatement - with a 95% rye to 5% barley mixture, Bulleit Straight Rye Mash Whiskey is just about as rye heavy as it gets. But don’t be fooled - it’s actually the top-secret, proprietary yeast strain that Bulleit uses to ferment their whiskeys that gives this rye its unique character. Look for an exceptionally long, smooth finish, preceded by a flavor profile rich in vanilla and tobacco notes.

 

Following whiskey trends can be just like following music - sometimes you’re into the flavor of the month, sometimes you want an old classic. With this list of outstanding rye whiskeys, you summer cocktail playlist will keep you nodding your head, tapping your toes, and sipping from your glass all summer long.

David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon — A More Than Suitable Alternative to Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel

David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon — A More Than Suitable Alternative to Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel 0

If you’re a whiskey lover, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel Bourbon. The only extra-aged, bottled-in-bond (BIB) single-barrel whiskey in the world, this smokey, spicy bourbon won "Best in Show Whiskey" at the 2019 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the popularity of this highly sought-after spirit has led to a lack of availability — you can’t find this allocated bottle anywhere! Retailers nationwide report that this whiskey sells out almost immediately after it becomes available. Luckily for you, Cask Cartel has an alternative for fans of Henry McKenna’s singular bourbon: David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon.

Cask Cartel is proud to offer David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon, a whiskey that many consider to be the next best thing to McKenna’s signature bourbon. Previously sold mainly in Missouri and Illinois, David Nicholson Reserve has been a well-loved local favorite — until now. The word is spreading about this lower cost, hype-free alternative to the award-winning McKenna. Best of all, David Nicholson Reserve is easy to get your hands on. Cask Cartel has plenty of inventory of this sleeper favorite.

It would be easy to label Nicholson’s bourbon as a low-cost little brother to the McKenna, a “good-enough” substitute in a pinch, but Nicholson has racked up plenty of awards of its own, including the coveted double gold at the 2017 World Spirits, the highest honor awarded at the competition. It also received the distinction of being awarded "Best Straight Bourbon,” with judges saying, “The quality and value of this extra-aged ‘ryed’ bourbon is peerless, making it an obvious choice.”

A 100-proof, high-rye mashbill, Nicholson Reserve balances a sweet honey and vanilla character with underlying smoke and spice tones. It provides a long, smooth finish with notes of oak.

Starting from humble origins, the David Nicholson brand has continuously grown thanks to a combination of hard work and continuous search for perfection. The label is named after its inventor, a St. Louis store owner who created the renowned “43” bourbon before selling the recipe in 1843. Some time after that, Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle began distilling and bottling the recipe. The David Nicholson brand and recipe then remained in the Van Winkle family until the year 2000, when Luxco purchased it. The recipe has remained unchanged for nearly two centuries, having been passed down from generation to generation in the Van Winkle family, and the formula remains unchanged to this day.

If you’ve found yourself intrigued by this everyday drinking bourbon, grab yourself a bottle of David Nicholson Reserve Bourbon for the weekend. Settle down in your favorite porch chair with a good book and start sipping.