Oct 13 2017: What a better way to celebrate October, autumn, and Friday the 13th than with some spicy rye whiskies paired with some beer. I often get the shot and a pint at my local watering hole, and this felt like a good opportunity to be creative. Rye whiskies seem to be en vogue, especially in the cocktail scene and with Jim Murray crowning Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye his best whisky of the year in 2016. Our line-up started off with the Utah's Highwest Bourye, a limited edition blend of straight bourbon and rye whisky, paired with Einstok's Icelandic Wee Heavy. Somehow we started off with the best pairing of the night. Individually, the Bourye and Einstok are phenomenol. The Bourye won half the group's heart by itself. This pairing held up the best, with neither the Bourye or Einstok being overtaken by the other.
Next up, Vermont's Whistle Pig's 10-year rye paired with Michigan's Bell's Expedition Stout. Whistle Pig got the votes of the other half of the group for favorite whisky of the night. Everything from the nose, palette, to finish reminds you of autumn: blend of spices, hints of caramel, long warm finish. By itself, Bell's Expedition Stout is one of my favorite stouts. Nutty and bitter coffee. This is something I need after skiing and while sitting by the fire. The flavors didn't stand well next to each other but nbd.
Last, a bottle I keep stocked at all times, Bulleit rye and another Michigan beer, Founders DKML. By the way, thanks to Blackbeards Crafts for the beer recommendations. Dollar for dollar, Bulleit rye is the most versatile whiskies I've ever had. Great neat, on the rocks, or in a cocktail. Tough on the nose and bit astringent towards the finish, otherwise - whoo! Founders DKML was a beer amongst beers. 14.2% ABV!! It definitely stands up well to the Bulleit rye but the not in an pairing way.
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