Thursday, March 26, 2015

The 3rd Annual Bourbon Battle - Recap

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I'm always excited when my boozing habits help me support organizations that I love. Which is exactly why The Bourbon Battle hosted by The Trestle Inn to support PAWS - 3 years running- is an event I love! Drink booze, help cats? I can totally get behind that!

For those who aren't familiar, the Bourbon Battle brings together 4 of Philadelphia's finest bartenders (two of my fucking favorites this year) to battle over creative cocktail concoctions with Woodford Reserve.

Now let's talk about the cocktails!

First up we tried out the Jonny Five - with Woodford Reserve, Chartreuse, Aperol, Lemon Juice, Amaro and expressed orange peel. The creation of Jonny Sherlock of The Industry.

The aroma of this cocktail was purely that of the orange peel, and sadly all that I could taste was the bitter of the pith. This was one of those times when 'less is more' would have worked out. Sorry Jonny, this one didn't do it for me.

Next up we tried out the Meyer Lansky (he was a nice man) - with Woodford Reserve, Aperaol, Sherry, Meyer Lemon Juice, Byrrh, Meyer Lemon Foam and Tarragon. Alison Hangen of The Olde Bar concocted this bourbon treat.

Simply put, the citrus was all I could taste. I think for people who don't love bourbon this was a plus, but for me it was sad to note that the meyer lemon juice and the lemon foam totally overpowered the taste of the bourbon. The tarragon was lost...and wilted.

This is the cocktail that won the night, so hey, to each their own.

For our third taste of the night we went for Eve's Temptation - with Woodford Reserve, Laird's 7 1/2
year old apple brandy, spiced quince syrup, ramazotti amaro, cardamom bitters, whiskey barrel aged bitters and expressed grapefruit peel. This magical combination was created by The Trestle Inn's own Katie Loeb.

I don't care what the ballots say, I cast my vote for Eve's Temptation! This was perfection in a glass, it was complex and highlighted the bourbon perfectly, the flavors were so complimentary that sinfully delcious is actually a perfect description. The cardamom playing on the quince and the finish of just a hint of citrus. Katie was robbed - she won This Drunk Bitches vote.

Lastly we perked up with the Lauds - with Woodford Reserve, cafe patron, black walnut bitters and Iced coffee. Neill Laughlin of Sassafras bar mixed up this boozy treat.

I was mixed on this. I loved that it was so different, a bold move indeed, but I was just a bit sad that it didn't have a thicker consistency and I really wanted to taste more of the walnut bitters, because WALNUT BITTERS!! Irish coffee with a twist!

After all is said and done it was great event, with a great crowd and supporting an organization like PAWS makes them all winners!

Be sure to check out more photos from the event on our Flickr page - This Drunk Photographer might have just caught your Resting Bitch Face. There was a lot of RBF. 

If you weren't able to make it to the Bourbon Battle, we hope to see you there next year! In the mean time be sure to make a donation to PAWS

Oh and Imma let you finish, but Katie Loeb's cocktail was the best fucking cocktail at this event. 

Stay drunk, Bitches!

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