Bourbon & BBQ Networking Event Wrap Up

For our Bourbon and BBQ event on 11/30 we were lucky enough to have Troy Clarke, the Director of Mixology and Education for the Martignetti Companies join us as our personal mixologist for the night. He shared with us his take on The Manhattan Cocktail before walking us through a flight of bourbons. Each bourbon was also paired with a tasty BBQ bite.

Here’s what we enjoyed.

When the Lights Go Out

2 oz Four Roses Single Barrel

1oz  Foro Amaro

1 dash Angostura

1 dash Orange bitters

Directions: Stir (don’t shake) the ingredients together. Strain and garnish with a luxardo maraschino cherry, before serving twist an orange zest over the top to spritz with orange oil.


Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

A great single barrel bourbon from Four Roses. Plummy and fruity with lots of character and at higher strength. This won Whisky Magazine’s 2008 Best Bourbon Whiskey No Age award, as well as a host of other awards from around the world.

Nose: Fruity, spicy, floral, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, maple syrup, moderately woody.

Palate: Hints of ripe plum & cherries, robust, full bodied, mellow.

Finish: Smooth & delicately long.


Jefferson’s Reserve Bourbon

The bigger, higher proof brother to the standard (and also excellent Jefferson’s), Jefferson’s Reserve is a well-aged, medium bodied bourbon.

Nose: Gentle, dried fruits, hay, warming, hints of spice, cream, vanilla. Lovely sweetness.

Palate: Very summery, light and supple bourbon which offers good, clean delivery, pleasant sweetness, hints of cigar leaf, pepper and toffee.  

Finish: Long finish, with good oak integration, a little sweetness and dry spice lingers.


Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon

“Soera” – a stack of barrels where a small portion of whiskey is removed periodically and new whiskey is added. No barrel is ever fully emptied, and age and complexity gradually increase over time. Hillrock marries small barrel-aged Hillrock Estate Bourbon with mature seed bourbon before finishing in 20 year old Oloroso Sherry Casks to balance flavors and add layers of complexity.

Nose: Caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak, spice.

Palate: Full bodied, notes of brown sugar, molasses and toffee, followed by roasted corn. Clove, cinnamon and a touch of spicy rye.

Finish: Long and balanced with notes of walnut, fig, candied fruit with caramel and butterscotch.


Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey

Clyde May’s Whiskey is described as an “Alabama-style” whiskey which takes older bourbon stock (i.e. sourced) and finishes it with a slight “infusion” of dried apples and cinnamon to give it a distinct flavor profile.

In addition to the wonderful cocktail and bourbon the networking could not be beat.

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