Last night, I was thinking, Hmm…. what do I want for a nightcap? I knew I that I definitely wanted some kind of whiskey, so I went to my shelves. I had a bottle of Talisker 12 Scotch, but I didn’t want anything smokey because I’m in NorCal and the air is filled with smoke. I also had a nice Port Dundas Scotch, but it was a little too light bodied for my mood. I didn’t want any Evan Williams which I always have. I also had a collection of other spirits: Vodka, Rum, Gins, Cachaça. I didn’t want any of those. Then my eye caught the bottle of Bainbridge Battle Point Wheat Whiskey…
But then, I asked myself, How do I want to drink it? It’s SO good neat or with a few drops of water, but I also wanted to satisfy my sweet tooth, so I did something I thought I’d never do with this whiskey: I made an Old Fashioned with it. I just couldn’t help myself!
The result was absolutely MAG-F$^&IN’-NIFICENT!!! The whiskey is so smooth and mouth-coating. Accompanied by orange bitters and the oils from the orange zest, WOW!
I know, I know… It seems like a waste of great whiskey to make a cocktail out of it. But there’s something I’ve learned: Cocktails taste WAY better when you use high-quality ingredients. My brother once puzzled over me making a Manhattan with Basil Hayden. Being flip I answered: “1) because I can; 2) It tastes frickin’ awesome.”
I do have to admit, I had a few seconds of guilt for using Battle Point in a cocktail. But truth be told, I actually used less than a shot because I don’t like to drink a large amount before bed. Just enough to take the edge off. So I didn’t feel THAT guilty. 🙂
But there. I did it. Damn that was good!