Advantage of older children #599: When your husband texts you at noon to tell you that he scored free tickets to Whiskey Fest, you can put the almost-12-year-old in charge for two hours. (It’s true that you have to set consequences for the younger children so they listen to the almost-12-year-old. It’s worth the effort.)
Here are highlights from our tasting:
My New Rye: Dad’s Hat
Strong and spicy, but with zero burn, this rye is going to be the new staple in my liquor cabinet. (Sorry, Bulleit.) It’s a Pennsylvania-made spirit, and the two gentlemen behind the table were delightful. The owner’s opening line was, “Are you rye curious?” Along with the standard rye, they also had rye finished in port and vermouth barrels. I think Dan liked the one finished in the port barrel best.
A Pleasant Surprise: Art in the Age (ginger) Snap
A friend of ours likes to gift us unusual spirits for Christmas. Last year, he gave us a bottle of this distillery’s rhubarb spirit. Suffice to say, Dan liked it much better than I did. (Note to future self: mix with lemonade.) I was skeptical to try another from Art in the Age. But I do like ginger as a flavoring, and I love ginger snap cookies, so I decided to take a risk. I was quite pleasantly surprised. The spirit is very sharp, but not overpowering, and excellent in apple cider.
One of the suggested cocktails is Ginger Rye:
1 part SNAP
1 part rye whiskey
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
2-3 dashes bitters
Garnish with slice of orange
And if that doesn’t sound like a refreshing fall drink, I don’t know what does.
My New Irish Whiskey: West Cork Irish Whiskey
Puts Jameson and Bushmills to mass-produced shame. They do a special distilling that carries the Pogues moniker as well, which is just a bonus.
The Best Thing I Drank All Night: Balvenie 21
If I ever do something really, extraordinarily nice for you, or you just like me a whole lot, a bottle of this as a gift would be most welcome. The Balvenie Portwood Aged 21 years is the best single malt I have had. It is large, a big and rich smooth flavor, with notes of honey and spice.
Other nice touches on the evening: Dan won a bottle of Jeffersons Bourbon for knowing what Montecello means. And we came home to a completely clean house, courtesy of a houseguest and our children.
So it is possible to date after children! You just have to be patient.