Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Montserrat: Whiskey Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

This upcoming Saturday marks one of the best days of the year in Baton Rouge. Our annual St. Patrick's Day celebration starts early with a parade and then the Perkins area from the Overpass all the way to Juban's doesn't stop rocking for the rest of the day. I'll be out and about somewhere. I hope you find me!

On the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in honor of the proud mutineers of Irish slaves who fought a failed rebellion against their colonial masters on March 17, 1768. Ever since, in true Irish spirit, St. Patrick’s Day has been a public holiday on Montserrat – the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. There are two countries in the world where St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday: Ireland and Montserrat. I've been to Ireland. Maybe it is time for another Caribbean vacation!

Here's the Montserrat cocktail, courtesy Tim Herlihy, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey’s National Brand Ambassador!

2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original Irish Whiskey
1 part cloudy apple juice
1 brown sugar cube
Dash Angostura Bitters
Large orange ‘Horses Neck’ twist

Muddle brown sugar cube, bitters and small amount of Tullamore D.E.W. in bottom of rocks glass. Fill glass with cubed ice. Stir to dilute, adding Tullamore D.E.W. slowly. Add more ice as necessary. Afterwards, add apple juice and garnish with an orange twist.

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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