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Mix This: Delicious Thanksgiving Season Pairings with Seven Grand DTLA’s own Andrew Abrahamson

November 7th, 2013 — 12:49pm

Hot Buttered Rumskey
With the recent time change, and Fall officially upon us, there is a need to re access the bar around you and the spirits atop it and prepare for the pies and flavors ahead. We have a couple favorites here at Seven Grand that we love to recommend, and think will fit perfectly with most dishes and moods you are going to be indulging in this season.

Not the cheapest, but one that has to be mentioned, Angel’s Envy Rye is the final release from Lincoln Henderson. He took a well known Rye made in Indiana and made it completely his own by finishing it off in Oak Barrels that were first filled with Cognac in France, and then finished off with Rum in the Caribbean. There is an amazing and unique Graham Cracker and warm Cinnamon profile that jumps out right away, with a huge Chocolate and Caramel finish that keeps going and creates a fullness to this Whiskey that is really not to be found anywhere else. At least not one with the depth and richness that this Rye packs. It’ll pair perfectly with any dessert or fire you’ll come across this Fall.

A little bit less of a hit on the wallet, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is as smooth as a saxophone, and fits perfectly on a shelf this time of year. To add an additional layer to the normally Woody and Spicy Woodford Reserve, Master Distiller Chris Morris re barrels the Whiskey before bottling in a Barrel with a long toast, but not any char, resulting in much sweeter flavors than normal. This Bourbon explodes with Butterscotch, Toffee and rich Molasses but is balanced out by a beautiful Clove spiciness and mellow Vanilla finish. A real sipper that is great just the way it is in your favorite glass.

For a real bargain around this time of year (you can buy two, and give someone an early gift, right?) an easy suggestion is Heaven Hill’s secret gem, Old Fitzgerald 12 Years Old. In a category dominated by Maker’s Mark, Wheated Bourbons are in the midst of a huge surge in popularity compared to the few types you will find on shelves. No chance you are going to get your hand’s on Pappy van Winkle this year? No worries, Old Fitz is made by a true Master with a similar recipe. The 12 Year Old is the star of Heaven Hill’s line, and not to be missed. All the Butter, Toffee and Caramel notes of Wheated Bourbon are here, with a mellow and sweet Vanilla Custard finish. Enjoy it and then enjoy it again.

But if you’d prefer to throw caution to the wind, go ahead and buy yourself a bottle Bowmore The Devil’s Casks, because you deserve it right? It may only be a 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, but it’s extremely limited, and as good as it gets. Aged 100% in 1st Fill Sherry Casks, the over use of that wood seems to somehow pull the best from the normally perfectly balanced Isla. Huge Dark Fruit and Spicy Hot Chocolate are at odds with the Oily Smoke and Tobacco, and together lead to a finish that lasts long into the next sip. We were lucky enough to try some during a trip to Scotland recently, and it stood out among the many great Whisky’s we drank during the two weeks as one of the best we had. It just came to us here in California, and is worth every dollar for a bottle.

Should you decide to mix a drink instead, try this recipe from our Winter menu here at Seven Grand:

Hot Buttered RumSkey
- 1oz Rich Bourbon (Woodford Reserve)
- 1oz Dark Rum (Zaya)
- 1 Small Spoon Butter
- 1 Large Spoon Brown Sugar (You can’t use too much, add until it’s to your liking)
- Piping Hot Water

And all the ingredients into a mug and stir slowly to melt the sugar and butter. Top with grated cinnamon and enjoy.

This cocktail is a play on the very rich and classic Hot Buttered Rum, with the heat opening up the Whiskey and releasing the savory qualities of the spirit. It is as warming a cocktail as you can have. Make sure the water is boiling when added.

Cheers and Sláinte from Seven Grand!

Spirit Guide: Mezcal Vago Now At Las Perlas!

November 6th, 2013 — 12:20pm

Mezcal Vago
Mezcal Vago is finally here!! We are starting to get an influx of mezcal here in California, the varietals knocking on the door are outstanding. This is a first of many in the coming months.

ESPADIN
Aquilino Garcia Lopez
Aquilino’s family has been making mezcal for more generations then they can remember. He cultivates his Espadin in the hills above his palenque in the small village of Candeleria Yegole, located on the border of the Central Valley and Sierra Sur regions of Oaxaca. Yegole is an arid region of Oaxaca, yet sits on the confluence of two rivers. The dry environment, coupled with ample fresh water make it the ideal location for making mezcal.

Mezcal Vago – Espadin has a light aroma of sweet potatoes, citrus and flint. Its palate has hints of anise and plantains with a long pine and caramel finish.

CUIXE
Aquilino Garcia Lopez
Aquilino carefully selects only the ripest Cuixe for use in this unique mezcal. Cuixe is a wild growing sub variety of Agave Kawinskii that is indigenous to only a small area of Oaxaca and must be brought down the mountain one piña at a time by burro. We mix in about 10% Espadin to bring out the sweetness but not change the flavor.

The Mezcal Vago Cuixe has a roasted banana and acetone aroma. It has a mineral and pine needle body with a dry smoky finish.

MEXICANO
Aquilino Garcia Lopez
Aquilino’s family has been making mezcal for more generations than they can remember. His palenque is located in the small village of Candeleria Yegole, on the border of the Central Valley and Sierra Sur regions of Oaxaca. Yegole is a relatively arid region of Oaxaca, yet sits on the confluence of two major rivers. Agave Mexicano is a wild, naturally growing agave. Aquilino hand selects each piña for its maturity and quality.

Mezcal Vago – Mexicano has a nose of peaches and cinnamon, a silky body, a well-balanced palate of ocean breeze and hot desert rocks with a finish of toasted vanilla and caramel.

Raul Yrastorza, Las Perlas, GM

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Hakushu Heavily Peated w/ Mike Miyamoto, Fri. Nov. 8th, 7pm

November 4th, 2013 — 4:45pm

Hakushu Vert
This coming Friday, Nov. 8th at 7pm, Mike Miyamoto from Suntory will be in with Brand Ambassador Neyah White. Mike is the General Manager at Suntory, and he will taste and educate us on the new Hakushu Heavily Peated, a very limited edition release. Neyah will a have a couple more treats in his bag for us that night, so don’t miss this chance to meet Mike.

Tasting will start at 7pm sharp, with a Welcome Highball offered at 6:30pm. Come early and get cozy with your neighbor. Late-comers will not be seated, but can wait at the bar to meet Mike after the event, and enjoy a discounted drink with their paid-up membership card. First-timers can pay a $15 admission fee at the bar.

Register here!

November is Movember here at Seven Grand, so don’t be surprised if you see some mustaches growing in behind the bar, to raise awareness for Men’s Health issues. Check out our action:

Seven Grand Movember Team Page!

Also, this coming Sunday, Nov. 10th at noon, we will be hosting a fundraiser for ALS, after hearing that Heaven Hill Whiskey Legend Parker Beam has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Check out the flyer below and help us come together for one of our own. We will have live music, a raffle with some great prizes, a wandering magician, and more! Proceeds will benefit Promise of Hope ALS Foundation. This event is open to the public, so grab some friends, and come have some good times for a good cause. You can RSVP here:

Parker Beam’s Promise of Hope ALS Fundraiser 10/10/13, Noon-4pm

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society L.A., hit the link beneath my signature. Memberships can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 per year, and allow you to bring a guest to any event.

We look forward to seeing you!

Pedro, currently sipping Elijah Craig 12yr, Seven Grand Single Barrel Selection. You must come try this.

Pedro Shanahan,
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-curator, Whiskey Society

For more info. on the 7G Whiskey Society L.A.:
http://213nightlife.com/whiskeysociety

For more info. on Private Tastings:
http://sevengrandbars.com/seven-grand-dtla-flight-menus/

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