The letters for today are C-S-S!!
I’m SOOOO excited to have passed the exam and received this credential!!
This certificate is through the Society of Wine Educators. The exam is 100 questions and you need a 75 or better to pass. They provide a study guide broken up into chapters on Distillation, Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Rum, Whisky, Brandy, Bitters and Liqueurs. I know…a lot of material. I studied daily for a couple of months, reading the study guide, writing out note cards, the whole nine. I walked in that Wednesday afternoon feeling ready!
Clearly I was because I passed!!! I got the certificate in the mail along with my CSS pin 4 days later. Know me!! :-)
It totally amazed me how we’d go into a tasting room at Tales of the Cocktail and it would look one way, we’d come back in a couple of hours and it would be transformed into something completely different. The Catdaddy display took the cake!! They did Christmas in July and we were literally in a Winter Wonderland complete with icicles, snow, and presents.
Catdaddy is a spiced Carolina Moonshine from Piedmont Distillers of Madison, NC. Coming in at 80 Proof, it’s American corn and triple-distilled and totally small batch.
While this is great chilled and sipped straight up, it also has a clean spicy taste that’s great in cocktails.
1 1/2 oz Catdaddy
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Mix all ingredients together in a shaker, pour into highball glass with ice. Enjoy!!
99 Berries liqueur
Pour in shot glass. Bottoms Up!
1 1/2 oz Catdaddy
1/2 oz simply syrup
3/4 oz lime juice
Shake over ice and strain into martini glass. Top with club soda.
I had the pleasure of attended the inaugural release party for Angels Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey this evening. This is the Bourbon that brought 47-year Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson out of retirement. He attended the event and was so kind and gracious. I talked his ear off for a good 30-40 mins with questions regarding Angels Envy, how he became a Distiller and what it’s like to be a Master Distiller. Most interesting (and memorable after sipping bourbon) was the story of how he decided on the name Angels Envy. It is said that for every year a bourbon is aged, you lose a little spirit to evaporation. This is known as ‘the Angel’s Share’. Lincoln Henderson reckoned that he was willing to lose a little more for this masterpiece, leaving behing the Angel’s Envy. And he then signed a bottle of the Angels Envy for me. An amazing guy that Lincoln Henderson.
The main things he wanted me to take away from the tasting were:
1. This is a complex whiskey aged in traditional new oak barrels and FINISHED in port casks. They are the only Kentucky distillery to do this.
2. The port casks soften the alcohol making this a bourbon that women will love
3. This bourbon is delicious!!
Tasting Notes: Bright amber color with a tinge of copper. Aromas of maple syrup and vanilla. Medium-bodied with flavors that match the aromas and I got a subtle apricot, raisin, and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Lingering sweetness and Madeira on the finish.
The Angel’s Decree
1 1/2 oz of Angel’s Envy
1/2 oz of Port
Dash of bitters
Top with Ginger Ale
Combine the first 3 ingredients, top with ginger ale. Serve in a high ball glass.
I’m in the process of packing. After a failed business venture, loneliness, a lack of support and just all around being wiped out…I announced I was going home. One month later, I’m still packing up my house but finally set a date to be on the road next week. Today I get a phone call, I got a job!
I want the experience and the paycheck here, but I want my family and my friends at home. I’ve even already started my farewell tour… But who can turn down a job paying real money to handle these REAL BILLS I’m stacking up??? And where will I live if I stay, either way I have to get out of my place. Besides, I already have 80% of my stuff packed.
By the Glass: Remy Martin VSOP
Making hard decisions needs a hard drink.