Whiskey and Chocolate

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We’ve just finished a really tough job, we took a selection of all-star whiskies and paired them with a selection of delicious chocolates. Sure it was hard, but someone had to do it. By the way, have we mentioned that we’ve got the best jobs in the world here at Hammerstone’s WhiskeyDisks.™

Most people would guess that any chocolate would pretty much go well with any whiskey – not the case. Turns out there are way too many variables: age, proof, type of wood and type of grain. Then you have to take into account the vast array of blends and flavors of chocolate that are out there. After hours of pairing, we were experiencing both a booze buzz and a sugar high, and we realized we were far from done.

Matching up chocolate with whiskey can be a real endeavour, because it’s an all-out assault on the senses. Chocolate tends to coat the palate, blinding your taste buds. And whiskey’s intricate aromas can overwhelm the nose. But the work pays off, because when the combination is spot-on there’s nothing else like it.

We found several great pairings, but don’t take our word for it, the joy is in the doing. So, get yourself some top-notch chocolate and some killer whiskey and start tasting. May we also suggest that you slightly chill your whiskey samplings with one of our handcrafted whiskey stones. Cheers.

Wild Turkey 101
Perugina’s Milk Chocolate Bar

This high-proof bourbon lights a glorious fire in your mouth. Luckily, this impeccable milk chocolate bar has a creaminess that’ll put that fire out in the most delectable way. Simply put, the milk kills the heat, then you’ll notice a floral note followed by a caramel finish.

Four Roses Single Barrel
Cadbury’s Roast Almond Milk Chocolate Bar

Another lovely bourbon with strength, it hints of ripe plum, cherry and other fruits, which pair remarkably well with the roasted nuts in this chocolate. Plus, the velvety milk texture really calls out to the liquor’s sweet aromas of caramel, cocoa, vanilla and maple syrup.

Bulleit Rye
Lindt’s Sweet Dark Excellence Bar

This award-winning, small batch, straight rye whiskey embodies superlative spice and great complexity. There’s clove, pepper and allspice, to name a few. And the unparalleled, rich sweetness of this elegant chocolate bar tames it all.

1792 Small Batch
Theo’s Raspberry 70% Dark Chocolate Bar

Made with a signature “high rye” recipe, this bourbon has spice that mingles with sweet caramel and vanilla. It’s brash, yet smooth and even. It finishes with liquorice and coffee, which makes it’s match with this rich, fruity chocolate sound unlikely, but it’s hard to beat.

Johnny Drum
Hammond’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar 

This bourbon seduces the nose like a great single malt, it walks you through a wonderful haze of smoke. We found a distinctive banana note in its aroma as well, which presented itself again on the palate when paired with the rich peanut butter taste of this chocolate bar.

Jim Beam Black
Chocolove’s Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate Bar

This full-bodied bourbon spends a little extra time in charred oak and it hits the nose with classic caramel and sports a citrus dominated finish. So it’s a no-brainer to hook it up with freeze-dried orange peel enveloped in decadent Belgian dark chocolate.

Woodford Reserve
Ghirardelli’s Gourmet Milk Toasted Coconut Bar

Rich, chewy, rounded and smooth, this bourbon screams of cocoa, toffee, caramel, and chocolate. The roasty coconut that’s laced into this chocolate bar latches onto the long, toasty oaken finish of the spirit. They are meant to be together and it would be a crime to keep them apart.

Maker’s Mark 46 
Vosges’ Coconut Banana Super Dark Chocolate Bar

Aged a bit longer in barrels containing seared French oak staves, this bourbon whisky is a tad bolder. It focuses brilliantly on the tip of the tongue with cereal sweetness and a hint of cinnamon. It literally begs for the companionship of this banana-laced, super dark chocolate bar.

Willett’s Pot Still Reserve
Godiva’s 41% Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Bar

Using original mash bills, this distillery produces an impressive variety of whiskies. Their Pot Still Reserve is floral on the nose with some wonderful citrus notes. It hits the palate with loads of honey, and goes amazingly well with the subtle flavor of hazelnut in this confection.

Buffalo Trace 
Green & Black’s Dark Chocolate Bar with Mint

With a deep amber color, this whiskey has aromas of vanilla and mint. It’s pleasantly sweet, with flavors of brown sugar, toffee and dark fruit. It’s long been our favorite for making mint juleps, so it’s no surprise that it scores off the charts when paired with this delicate mint chocolate bar.

 

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Whiskey Pancakes with Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce

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Pancakes for breakfast? Amazing.

Pancakes for dinner? A-friggin-mazing!

I think I may have crossed the line. I fear I may have created a glitch in the Matrix. Because last night I made breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, to be specific. And to be even more specific, whiskey pancakes. Now to be fair, the eggs I used were free-range organic. I know, that hardly makes it any better. But in my defense, I was feeling particularly uninspired and it had been that kind of a day.

I have long considered breakfast to be the best meal of the day. It’s a sacred meal. It’s how you power-up for the day. But there’s a lot of people out there who love breakfast for dinner – who think it’s an adventure and a treat, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I have just always felt that breakfast was special because it was how you started your day. After last night though, I am beginning to see that how you end your day, is just as important as how you start it. I think I may have officially joined the ranks of the breakfast-for-dinner crowd. In fact, I may now be the spokesperson.

Let me be clear about this. Do not let this become a downward spiral into syrup-stained sweatpants and socks that are on inside out. Just because I stumbled upon this little delight through a fit of laziness doesn’t mean it’s okay  for you to declare that whiskey and pancakes are your new best friends on your roadtrip to Slackerville. Put some effort into it. Use some of your best liquor. And because it’s dinner, feel free to pour yourself a tipple on the side; over one of our unique whiskey stones of course.

Whiskey Pancakes

  • 2 oz. plain flour
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 pint milk
  • 2 tsp. flavorless oil
  • 1/2 oz. butter
  • 3 tbsp. whiskey

Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a hole in the center, and break the egg into it. Gradually whisk(ey) in the milk to form a smooth batter. Heat a frying pan, pour in the oil and then wipe it clean. Pour just enough batter in to coat the pan, and cook for about a minute. Give it a shake to loosen it up, then toss and cook the other side. Repeat with the rest of the batter, then put the pancakes aside. Makes 4 pancakes.

Whiskey Maple Cream Sauce

  • 1-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 3 tbsp. whiskey 

Combine cream, maple syrup, and corn syrup in a saucepan and stir to combine. Cook over medium-low to medium-heat, stirring constantly for 15 minutes or until sauce is reduced and thick. When sauce is thick, remove from heat and stir in whiskey. Return to heat for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly. Then drizzle over a stack of our whiskey pancakes. We like to sprinkle the whole mess with raspberries. Have fun creating your own favorite version.

And by the way, congratulations. You have just made a huge leap – you have mastered the art of slacking, without really slacking.

 

 

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Bourbon Marshmallows

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Come on, treat your inner child to some homemade bourbon marshmallows.

Nothing takes us back to our childhood like good old marshmallows. As kids we’d layer them into expertly-crafted S’mores, but most times we’d just stuff them into our mouths right from the bag. Back then we didn’t care that those lovely, gooey treats were mostly sugar and loaded with additives. That’s one of the great things about growing up; as you age you develop refined tastes and you gain wisdom. Now that we’re smart adults we know that we deserve a little better. We know we deserve a marshmallow that’s free of additives. We know we deserve a marshmallow that contains booze.

These amazing bourbon-filled treats are quick and easy to make, and tons better that any marshmallow you had as a child. There are dozens of ways you can eat these. Nothing elevates a simple S’more like a homemade bourbon marshmallow. A mug of hot cocoa begs for one of these babies to be floating in it. This particular recipe calls for dipping them in dark chocolate. Heck, we still pop them straight into our mouths like we did as kids, and there’s no one here to stop us. Isn’t it great to be all grown up?

We highly suggest you save a bit of the bourbon to enjoy later. Pour it over one of our handcrafted whiskey stones. Make a toast to yourself for having regained a slice of your childhood. Go ahead, you can do it. After all – you’re an adult now.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold bourbon
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate

Preparation:

  1. Oil a 9 x 13 baking pan. Sprinkle powdered sugar to cover and coat. Set aside. Pour the cold water and gelatin into a mixing bowl. Gently mix once with a spoon, then let sit while you make the sugar mixture.
  2. In a medium sauce pan combine sugar, bourbon, syrup and salt. Heat over low heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Turn heat up to medium and let sugar come to a boil. It will bubble up so keep your eye on it. Let it boil for 8-12 minutes. Measure temperature with a candy thermometer, remove from heat when it reads 240 degrees F. The mixture will appear to be a light brown color.
  3. Gently pour sugar mixture into mixing bowl over top of the gelatin. Mix on low till ingredients are blended. Then, mix on high and beat for for 6-8 minutes. Mixture should grow in size and be white and fluffy. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Then add egg whites and vanilla extract to the sugar-gelatin mixture and beat until just combined.
  4. Pour marshmallow mixture into 9 x 13 pan. It will be very sticky. Remove as much as you can, then spray a spatula with non-stick spray and smooth top surface of 9 x 13 pan. Dust powdered sugar on top and let sit 3-5 hours until firm. Once firm, turn the pan upside down on a cutting board to release marshmallow rectangle. Cut into pieces.

For dusting:

  1. Combine confectioner’s sugar and cornstarch in mixing bowl. Toss marshmallows to coat all sides thoroughly. Place a few marshmallows at a time into a mesh sieve, and shake back and forth to remove excess coating. Repeat until all marshmallows are done.

For the Chocolate:

  1. Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler.
  2. Dip marshmallows in chocolate, and set on parchment paper. Let rest until the chocolate has hardened. Drizzle leftover chocolate across dipped portion for artistic effect.
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Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake

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To be totally honest, we’ve never been big cheesecake fans. This recipe however, has made us believers in the wonderful powers of cheesecake. We’ve always been convinced that pumpkin baked goods were the best baked goods, and we were bored with the idea of traditional pumpkin pie. So, the idea of a Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake became too delightful to ignore.

This dessert is a winner, dear friends. It’s rich in pumpkin flavor, with just the right spice and beautiful cheesecake texture. The ginger snap cookie crust is off the hook. Plus it’s spiked with bourbon, which is what initially caught our eye. We suggest saving a tipple of that bourbon for later. Have it with a slice of this amazing cheesecake, and pour it over one of our handcrafted whiskey stones for a slight chill and no dilution. We’re pretty sure you’ll thank us later.

INGREDIENTS:
 
  • 2 1/2 cups crumbled Ginger Snaps
  • 1 stick unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 pounds cubed, softened, Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup packed light Brown Sugar
  • 6 large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon
  • 2 cups canned pure Pumpkin
DIRECTIONS:
 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the ginger snap crumbs and melted butter in a bowl. Press into bottom of a 12-inch springform pan. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add brown sugar and blend. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated, then blend in heavy cream. Add flour, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, ground ginger and bourbon. Blend until smooth. Add pumpkin, blend until smooth.

Pour filling over crust in pan. Bake 1 hour, 15 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Remove from oven. Use knife to loosen cake from side of the pan, this will prevent it from splitting down the center. Let cool completely before slicing. Serve with whiskey whipped cream.

 

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon Pecan Crumble

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You’ll love this quick and easy Sweet Potato Casserole.

 

This Thanksgiving you’ll be in awe as you watch the entire household stuff their faces with this sweet and savory skillet dish. They’ll be powerless to resist once they taste the buttery bourbon and brown sugar pecan topping. We repeat: buttery bourbon and brown sugar pecan topping.

Every holiday needs a bit of sweet decadence right in the middle of the plate. So tuck this right in there with the mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy. It’s so incredibly good that everyone will go back for seconds, which technically, should be called pre-dessert. Or better still, just serve it for regular dessert and pair it with a tipple of fine bourbon poured over one of our handcrafted whiskey stones. Cheers.

INGREDIENTS:
Sweet Potato Casserole
  • 3 cups cooked sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • salt to taste
Bourbon Pecan Crumble
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash sweet potatoes and add melted butter, milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract, beaten eggs, and salt. Stir. Pour into a cast iron skillet.
  2. Combine butter, bourbon, brown sugar, flour, and chopped pecans in a bowl, mix with hands to create moist crumb mixture. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until edges pull away from sides of skillet and top is golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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Apple Hand Pies with Brown Sugar Bourbon Filling

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Happiness Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

There is only one thing that makes us more happy than an apple pie, and that’s an apple hand pie.

Sure, it’s kind of confusing, because a hand pie is still technically a pie. But these little handheld babies deserve a special category all their own. What could be better than a whole pie that fits in the palm of your hand? They’re even better than traditional larger pies, because you never have to share, and seeing as how this recipe has bourbon in it, that’s a real plus.

If you’re not convinced of how superior hand pies are to regular pies, we’re sure this Apple Bourbon Cinnamon Hand Pie recipe will win you over:

Apple Hand Pies with Brown Sugar Bourbon Filling

Ingredients for Crust:
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup cold unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup cold, whole milk Greek Yogurt
  • 1 beaten Egg, for brushing crust

Ingredients for Apple Bourbon Cinnamon Filling:

  • 4 large Apples, peeled and cored
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch

Instructions for Crust:

  1. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add butter, mix with hands, butter should be pea-sized pieces.
  2. Stir in Greek yogurt. On a lightly floured work surface, bring it together with a few gentle kneads.
  3. Shape dough into an 8″ tube, then roll it into an 8″ x 12″ rectangle. Dust both sides of dough with flour. Fold in three, using the 8″ side.
  4. Flip dough over and roll it again into an 8″ x 12″ rectangle. Fold in three again.
  5. Wrap dough in saran wrap; chill for at least 30 minutes.

Instructions for Apple Bourbon Cinnamon Filling:

  1. Peel and core apples. Dice into tiny pieces, set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Allow butter to brown into a light golden color – about 1 minute.
  3. Add apples to hot butter, sprinkle with salt and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are softened – about 8 minutes.
  4. Mix in cinnamon and bourbon, continue cooking until apples are sticky – 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in cornstarch, mix well, allow mixture to thicken – about 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.

Instructions for Assembly:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Roll dough into 16″ x 16″ square. Cut into sixteen 4″ squares.
  3. Divide apple filling among 8 squares, using 2 tablespoons each. Brush with beaten egg along all edges.
  4. Cut vents into remaining eight pastry squares, use decorative method of your choice.
  5. Place vented tops on filled bottoms, press edges with tines of fork to seal.
  6. Brush tops of hand pies with remaining beaten egg, sprinkle with white sugar.
  7. Transfer pies to prepared baking sheet, bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
  8. We suggest serving these with a tipple of bourbon, chilled with one of our handcrafted whiskey stones. Wink, wink.
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The Best Part of Waking Up – Kentucky Coffee in Your Cup

Kentucky Coffee - Posted by Hammerstone's WhiskeyDisks™ makers of the world's best whiskey stones.

As far as coffee cocktails go, you’ve got your Irish coffee and your Spanish coffee, even Mexican Coffee. The world of alcoholic coffee drinks gets overshadowed by these international mainstays. Good old Kentucky bourbon often gets overlooked as an ideal ingredient. Bourbon offers big vanilla and caramel flavors, some brands even provide hints of cinnamon and spice, making it the perfect pairing for a lovely cup of joe.

So if you’re looking to stay warm this winter, look no further than this delicious Kentucky Coffee recipe. It features the smooth vanillins of America’s original whiskey and it’s sweetened with just a touch of honey liquor, then topped with our very own Bourbon Whipped Cream. It’s an all-American coffee cocktail that will warm not only your bones on a cold winters night, it’ll warm your patriotic heart.

Kentucky Coffee

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. In a coffee mug, add bourbon and honey liquor.
  2. Top with hot coffee.
  3. Add homemade bourbon whipped cream.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

 

 

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The Most Haunted Bar in New York City

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Dig into NYC’s dicey history and you’ll find plenty of spine-tingling stories brimming with ghosts that just won’t let go. Here’s one.

 

With Halloween fast approaching, thoughts naturally turn to ghost stories. And there’s no better place to find ghosts than in a city that’s nearly 400 years old. New York City has seen plenty of violence and havoc over the centuries, consequently there’s no shortage of spooky sightings reported throughout the city. Some of NYC’s ghostly inhabitants date back to the Revolutionary War, while others are tied to more recent gruesome departures. For our money, there’s no better phantom than one that writes poetry and hangs out in a bar.

White Horse Tavern

This bar is famously known as a spooky haunt where New Yorkers, dead and alive, still roam. It’s the spot where poet Dylan Thomas died in 1953 — collapsing outside the bar after downing a fatal 18 whiskey shots and stating that he’d seen the gates of hell. Later that same night he succumed to “wet brain” at the Chelsea Hotel, falling into an alcohol-induced coma. The White Horse is a historic longshoreman watering hole that has always held a nostalgic place in the West Village’s laid-back bar scene. Thomas’ haunting certainly doesn’t hurt its popularity; patrons report they’ve seen him sitting at his favorite corner table in the bar, or lingering outside. It also helps that the wooden interior looks nearly untouched since it opened in 1880. In memory of the poet, the bar serves his purported last meal in the back room each year on the date of his death, November 9th.

White Horse Tavern
567 Hudson St.
New York City, NY 10014
 212-989-3956

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Savory Bacon with Nutella Bourbon Icing

Bacon is pretty much the best food on earth. Yet, we've managed to improve it by adding two other gastronomic superstars: Nutella and bourbon.

 

Ode to bacon and how we love thee,

For without you and your salty goodness,

Your meaty charms,

We’d be quite hungry.

 

Bacon is pretty much the best food on earth. Yet, we’ve managed to improve it by adding two other gastronomic superstars: Nutella and bourbon. This sweet and spicy, chocolaty, bourbon-laced treat will blow your mind. It’s so easy to whip up, you’re going to have to discipline yourself to avoid having it for breakfast. We enjoy pairing it with a lovely bourbon chilled over one of our handcrafted whiskey stones. Simply stated, this recipe is a trifecta of awesomeness. Enjoy. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 pieces – thick sliced bacon
  • 1/4 cup Nutella
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • sea salt
Preparation:
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In a small bowl mix sugar, chili powder and black pepper.
  • Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange sliced bacon onto baking sheet making sure slices do not overlap. Bake for approximately 8 minutes.
  • Flip bacon slices and sprinkle with sugar & pepper mixture. Return to oven and bake for an additional 8 minutes.
  • Transfer bacon slices to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  • Place Nutella into a small bowl and stir in bourbon.
  • Transfer bacon slices to a plate covered with parchment paper. Using a spatula, gently spread the bourbon-laced Nutella onto each bacon slice.
  • Place plate into refrigerator and allow Nutella to harden.
  • Once coating is firm to the touch sprinkle with sea salt.
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SIA Scotch Whisky

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Fact: Men love women who love whisky.

That being said, get ready to fall in love with the intrepid Scotch enthusiast Carin Luna-Ostaseski. A woman who has pursued her passion to the point of creating her very own brand – SIA Scotch Whisky.

How do you turn a love of whisky into a thriving new brand? Do what Luna-Ostaseski did. Roll up your sleeves and you get to work. Start by getting your bartending license. Then immerse yourself in every aspect of the spirits industry. Spend countless hours with distillers and industry professionals, listen and learn. When you’re ready, conceptualize a blend in your head. Then, conduct hundreds of blind tastings and don’t stop until you think you’ve got it. Share your early blends with everyone you meet. Be prepared to go back to the drawing board over and over until you achieve perfection. Sounds easy right? Of course not. Because it isn’t. That’s another reason to love Luna-Ostaseski, she’s not just talented, she’s tenacious.

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SIA (pronounced “SEE-a”)  is an exciting blend of Speyside, Highland and Islay malts. It’s a Scotch that appeals to all the modern senses. The eyes can’t resist staring at the striking amber color of clover honey. The nose gets very flirty with the hints of citrus and spice. The palate falls head over heels upon delivery of smoky vanilla and crème brulée. The finish is as long as everlasting love, smooth and refreshing, laced with hazelnut and toffee.

SIA is distilled in Scotland and matured, blended and bottled by third-generation crafters Douglas Laing & Co., Ltd.

SIA is imported by Spirit Imports, Inc.

SIA is 43% Alcohol by Volume/86 Proof.

Buy it here:  http://dandm.com/sia-blended-scotch-whisky.html

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