Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bloody Scotsman at Lock & Key: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Bloody Scotsman (photo courtesy of Lock & Key)
Bloody Scotsman (photo courtesy of Lock & Key)
Last week I checked out the new Lock & Key Whiskey Bar for the first time. Located at Glen's Bar off of Corporate at College, the venue is a haven for those seeking a relaxed whiskey drinking environment with soothing music and great service. I started out trying each of their signature twists on the Old Fashioned. The Elder-Fashioned features the Weller 12 year bourbon but mixes in some St. Germain with bitters, soda, and Luxardo candied cherries. Meanwhile the Humbling Old-Fashioned utilizes agave nectar instead of simple syrup, Hum hibiscus liqueur, and Buffalo Trace bourbon.

After the first two bourbon cocktails, Arthur Lauck suggested that I try the Bloody Scotsman. A true whiskey bar's interpretation of a Bloody Mary, the tomato based cocktail features Black Bottle peated blended Scotch as well as plenty of spice. Plenty. In a good way. The spicy salted rim and pickled garden garnish all fit the bill ($10). I can certainly appreciate this whisky version of a Bloody Mary. So much, in fact, that I've given the cocktail its own Whisk(e)y Whiskey segment! Make sure to give it a try while a live piano plays in the background. Good times!

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.

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