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A Texas Single Malt

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by fcasio

 

Swift Single Malt Texas Whiskey captures authentic Scottish whisky making traditions and brings them home to Texas.  At their distillery in Dripping Springs, Texas, Amanda and Nick Swift use 100% Scottish malted barley twice distilled in copper post stills.  Their newest expression is a Non-Chilled Filtered spirit aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels and finished in French Sauternes Casks.  The resulting whiskey is rich and elegant

with hints of spiced vanilla, lemon curd, honeysuckle, and buttery caramel.  Come by the Courtyard Bar and enjoy a dram of this new Texas made star.

Isle of Jura 1984 Single Malt Whisky

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by fcasio

By: Richard Middleton


Jura 1984 Bottle and Box     Jura 1984 Exterior Only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Orwell, famed author of 1984 & Animal Farm fame, once said that getting to the Isle of Jura was “extremely urget-at-able.” During Orwell’s stay on Jura, he wrote 1984 introducing the world to the ominous specter of “Big Brother is watching.”

The expression is a 1984 vintage single malt whisky that been matured for 20 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels. It is then finished in Gonzalez Byass Matusalem Sherry Amoroso & Apostoles Oloroso Sherry butts.

It has notes of burnt toffee, mulled wine, coffee, banana cake & morello cherries.

Whyte & Mackay has bottled an extremely limited expression of 1,984 bottles of Jura 1984 vintage for global markets. Only 100 bottles have been allocated to the United States.

Brennan’s of Houston is delighted to offer is “extremely unget-able” single malt at The Courtyard Bar.

 

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by fcasio No Comments

By Richard Middleton

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880 (photo credit: elitetraveler.com)

Grand Marnier Cuvee 1880 (photo credit: elitetraveler.com)

In 1880 Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle created Cordon Rouge by blending Cognac with exotic distilled essence of oranges from the Caribbean. We know that creation today as Grand Marnier. To celebrate that birth, the house of Grand Marnier has created Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880.

Grand Marnier Cuvée 1880 is distinctive blend of aged, premium XO Cognac made exclusively from Grande Champagne, the most esteemed growing area in the Cognac region.  With more Cognac in the nose, it is significantly less sweet than the Cuvée du Centenaire, while still incorporating wild tropical orange notes. It evokes the essence of the Belle Époque era & provides a sumptuous ending to a perfect evening. Brennan’s of Houston presents this delightful liqueur in a warm snifter with a cup of our famous rich dark coffee for your enjoyment.

 

Fords Gin

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by fcasio 1 Comment

By Richard Middleton

Fords Gin (photo credit foodrepublic.com)

Fords Gin (photo credit foodrepublic.com)

 

Fords Gin is made at Thames Distillers in London, in two 500-liter pot stills. The botanicals, water, & neutral grain alcohol are placed in the still to soak for about 15 hours which draws out the flavors of the botanicals. The stills are then heated, cooking the botanicals into the neutral grain spirit, vaporizing, condensing, & marrying everything together. Fords Gin is shipped to Ukiah, California in bulk where water is added to bring the product to 90 proof. This process reduces Fords carbon footprint. Additionally, the water in Ukiah comes from a well Mendocino County that is flawlessly pure.

Fords Gin is made with nine botanicals (juniper berries, coriander, lemon, bitter orange, grapefruit, cassia, angelica, orris and jasmine). Each botanical plays a specific role in making the palate balanced and the flavor work in cocktails. These are exotic spices that come from all over the globe and each one of them has its own story of agriculture & history, eventually finding themselves all together in one recipe.

 

Tasting Notes:

Aroma: Aromatic & herbal with floral & citrus background. NOT your typical London Dry Gin.

Taste: Oily body, juniper, coriander, lemon bitter orange, grapefruit, angelica, cassia, & orris root.

Finish: Crisp & dry with wonderful botanicals lingering.

A no nonsense quality product that places its focus on taste.

About Fords Gin:

Highest Recommendation

“Crystalline and flawlessly pure…entry is pleasingly viscous and silky…easily one of the best gins reviewed over the last two years.” – Spirits Journal, December 2012

“A Gin to be used as a workhorse for the cocktailian bartender.” – Simon Ford, The 86 Co.