What is Triticale Whiskey?

What is Triticale Whiskey?

We know that whiskey is made from grain.  A lot of new micro-distillers, in an effort to try something new and set themselves apart, are creating interesting artisanal whiskeys with odd-ball grain combinations.  Americans have grown comfortable with bourbon whiskey made with corn, rye whiskey made with rye, and malt whiskey made with barley.  But triticale whiskey?  What is that? Triticale is a hybrid of rye and wheat.  Rye is booming on the whiskey market today. (Rye whiskey is made of at least 51%rye in the grain recipe/mashbill.) Everyone is tripping over themselves to buy a bottle of the wheated bourbon that is Pappy Van Winkle. (A wheated bourbon usually has a dominance of corn -usually close to 70%- and uses wheat as a flavoring grain- usually 16%.)...

Here We Come A-Wassailing!

Here We Come A-Wassailing!

I was singing a Christmas carol to myself and realized- Hey, this has whiskey in it! Or, at least, it CAN have whiskey in it… Here we come a-wassailing Among the leaves so green; Here we come a-wand’ring So fair to be seen. REFRAIN: Love and joy come to you, And to you your wassail too; And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year And God send you a Happy New Year. Wassail (Old Norse “ves heil”, Old English was hál, literally ‘be you healthy’) was a hot mulled apple cider drink that has origins in medieval England. It was drunk ritually during the Yule season (midwinter) to ensure a good apple harvest. The Norse and Germanic people celebrated the midwinter festival of Yule, which predated Christianity. (The Yule-tide season lasted...

Christmas Egg Nog

Christmas Egg Nog

6 days until Christmas…Time to make the EGG NOG! Egg nog’s origins are a bit fuzzy. It may be that it originated in England, but many believe modern egg nog is derived from a medieval recipe for posset. Posset was a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or other alcoholic liquor and typically flavored with spices, drunk as a delicacy or as a remedy for colds. The word “nog” comes from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used toserve alcohol. Egg nog should be aged, not only because the flavor will enhance over time, but because any bacteria will not survive after the aging process. I always recommend making your own egg nog. It’s always tastes better and you know where it’s been and what’s in it! This recipe needs...

Bourbon and Turkey!

Bourbon and Turkey!

We all know that Thanksgiving is tomorrow and turkey is on the brain…I want to make sure to include the bourbon brined turkey recipe that makes my holiday every year. I brine my turkey with a bourbon and apple cider brine. I used to use a clean bucket and fill it with my brine, but the bag that is used in this recipe helps conserve ingredients. A smaller container has more surface to liquid interaction. (Bourbon lovers can appreciate that fact- smaller barrels age whiskey faster with more wood interaction!) My recipe doesn’t have as much information as this comparable recipe on Food.com has so I decided it would be better to give you this one. The only thing I would change would be to put some apple cider in there-maybe half water, half cider....