While we've been remodeling our house, we've been living in a dark condo with very few windows. I will forever refer to this interregnum as "The Summer I Learned to Drink Whiskey." Now, I've been a George Dickel drinker for years, but usually mixed with ginger ale or (shudder) Sundrop. If you've ever spent any time in Lewisburg, you'll know that Dickel/Drops are the municipal beverage of choice.
But this summer I began to discover the concept of quality over quantity when dealing with liquor. I also happily bought into the concept of two ice cubes and a splash of water as a mixer. If you search my liquor cabinet (which is sadly just a corner of the counter in our kitchenette), the bourbon of choice of the moment is Four Roses Small Batch. Not as expensive as Single Barrel, but much smoother than their normal yellow label, Small Batch is a wonderfully balanced bourbon with spicy notes of fruit and an oaky finish with a hint of caramel. At $30-plus per bottle, it's a sipping drink so that helps to moderate consumption. Not that I want to...
Well, as a treat for us Four Roses fans, Whiskey Kitchen is hosting Master Distiller Jim Rutledge on Thursday, Dec. 10, starting at 6 p.m.
Known as "Mr. Four Roses," Rutledge has served in this lofty position since 1995 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Bourbon Hall of Fame. Apparently they don't hand out those awards for consumption or I'd be looking at a big ol' plaque myself.
Jim is known as a real bourbon ambassador and loves to spend time with customers talking about his favorite subject. So drop on by Whiskey Kitchen in the Gulch and pull up a bar stool with one of the masters.