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Another Great Holiday Nobler Gathering

December 21, 2012


No better way to celebrate the end of the world year then to gather with the Noblers! For our annual Holiday Gathering we shared a bottle of Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey for the second year in a row and once again were blown away by the smoothness and balance this blend brings to the table. For me, it’s one of the more enjoyable whiskey’s on the market, hands down, and while the price tag doesn’t exactly make it an everyday pour, this I am sure will be a staple in many of the Noblers’ home bars in the future.


As we have grown in size over the past year, it was only fitting to add another bottle to the mix. But instead of going double down on the Midleton, we grabbed a bottle of E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey. You might remember me posting about the Barrel Proof Bourbon a few weeks ago which at 135 proof packed some serious punch. Their Straight Rye Whiskey pays homage to E.H. Taylor’s involvement in passing the Bond Act of 1897 as one of the first steps in American Whiskey production focused on guaranteeing quality to the consumer. “Bottle in Bond” signified a whiskey bottled at 100 proof from a single distillery from a single season stored in bonded warehouses for at least four years. This holds true for this modern-day bottle which is intensely flavorful and warming. This is a Rye drinkers heaven.

As for the rest of the night, we feasted on a pork shoulder and poblano stew, shared in a few special beers brought by Nobler Luke, and celebrated another great year at the Nobler with a little gift exchange. We even had a virtual visit from one of our founders, Jacob, who now resides in Colorado. It was a special night!

As for the actual Holidays, I’m off to Costa Rica tomorrow for a week’s worth of paradise so my posting will most likely be limited. But I’ll be back just in time for New Years with a lot more exciting things coming to the Nobler in 2013!

Happy Holidays!


Rocket Fuel Anybody?

August 20, 2012

The second I tasted the Kings Co. chocolate “flavored” whiskey, I knew this cocktail was coming. The thing is, chocolate and booze combined, almost never works. It’s a notoriously awful sign to see a chocolate martini on a menu as the sugar laden, cloyingly sweet, and viscous drink that almost always follows, is part dessert, part drink; that is, if you hate good desserts and good drinks. So what makes the rocket fuel an exception?

Well two things for sure. For one, the chocolate flavored whiskey from Kings Co. is not your average sugar bomb. Using the cocoa pods during the aging process to impart serious aroma and nuance into the final whiskey profile, adds serious character to their already flavorful whiskey without the aforementioned Hershey’s phenomenon. The chocolate component to the booze is way more apparent in the nose which is why it pairs so well with coffee. But if you really want your rocket fuel to be ideal, any old coffee just won’t suffice.

While in Israel a few weeks back I picked up a container of Arabic coffee which was the main contributor to my staying awake in the quick two and half day turnaround. This lightly roasted coffee with cardamom is so wonderfully flavorful and packed with caffeine! I had a cup of this on its own in preparation for the cocktails and my story telling was off the charts. For those of you close to me, you know this is a delicate balance. A few too many cups, and there aren’t many that can stand me. But you might even re-consider this once you have the coffee and whiskey combined.

It may seem counter intuitive that I complained about sugar earlier, and then added some to the final recipe. But in this case, the tiny bit of sweetness helps round out the strong flavors of the other components and helps this guy go down nice and smooth. As a shot, a cocktail, or on your morning commute (just kidding), if you are a coffee or whiskey drinker, you need to try some “rocket fuel”.

Rocket Fuel

2 oz Kings Co. Chocolate Whiskey

4 oz Arabic Coffee (if you don’t have this, use espresso and ground cardamom)

2 tsp sugar

Brew your Arabic coffee and add the sugar to dissolve. Let cool in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. Obviously, the best thing to do here is brew a big batch because one of these won’t be enough (oh and that whole sharing thing). Mix the whiskey and coffee mixture over ice for a cocktail or shake over ice and pour into shot classes for shooters. But whatever you do, do it soon!


World Whisky Day at Idle Hands

March 28, 2012

Last night we gathered in celebration of World Whisky Day at what may most certainly be, my new favorite bar. Idle Hands located between 3rd and 2nd on Ave B, touts one of the largest bourbon lists I’ve ever seen. Mixed with an impressive collection of International and unique American bottles, it’s clearly a new Nobler destination…

At the core of the Nobler Experiment, the fascination with booze, particularly whiskey can probably be perceived by some as an overindulgence. But it’s nights like the last where a group of friends gather to chat, laugh, and pontificate about the world we live in that is a clear reminder on why we drink in the first place. Added to the nerdy enthusiasm that goes with distinguishing the mash ingredients and processes that go into a specific bottle of whiskey, it’s easy to see why at least a few glasses are enjoyed over the course of a gathering. Hope you all enjoyed a glass or two!

And Happy Day After World Whisky Day! Okay, now it’s an overindulgence…


World Whisky Day!

March 22, 2012

Next Tuesday, March 27th, gives us all the opportunity to celebrate our love for whiskey with those that share our passion across the world. Because lord knows, I need another excuse to drink!

But seriously, this is a pretty cool initiative being started by Blair Bowman, a young whiskey enthusiast, and I’m glad the Nobler Experiment can be a part of it. Details are still in the works, but next Tuesday evening, we’ll be gathering to enjoy a glass (or a few) of our favorites and to toast whatever seems appropriate.

For more information on World Whisky Day, check out the official website here, and for those instagram lovers (like myself), take a look at the photo competition and get snapping…


The Most Interesting Production in the World

January 4, 2012

Picture taken from Michael Langhoff Photography

Liquor branding has taken on a whole new life recently, and it’s hard not to notice. Maybe the most interesting man in the world kicked some marketers in the ass, but some of the more recent campaigns for Jameson, Johnnie Walker, and others must have P Diddy chugging Ciroc (ultra premium vodka) in shame. But then comes along branding that requires no heroic stories of the original distiller or a modern-day celebrity. Because when you have a 19 week voyage at sea as part of your production process, you are pretty much golden.

First and foremost, if you don’t know much about aquavit or akvavit, you’ll be seeing it a bunch more this coming year. This Scandinavian liquor is sort of the more bad ass version of gin. Mostly distilled from grains or potatoes (much like vodka), aquavit is flavored with herbs and spices with caraway being one of the more common choices. The first time I had it, it was a bit of shocker. It’s awfully flavorful, and unique to say the least. I tried a bunch of cocktails at Vandaag, a Scandinavian spot in the East Village and while I’ve haven’t dabbled too much with aquavit on my own, it’s on my list for sure. It’s complex and delicious. But we can chat more about aquavit at a future gathering…

As for Linie…it is a Norwegian aquavit and it’s amber hue and rich flavor come from the sherry cask aging process. But unlike most distilleries, these guys send their casks on a four-month journey across the sea where the sloshing of the spirit and the natural swelling and contracting of the wood under the extreme conditions imparts some serious character. Take that John Jameson. Pretty damn bad ass for some booze!


The Nobler Goes Irish

December 30, 2011

After celebrating the classic American whiskeys in the first two Nobler Gatherings, it was time for a trip overseas. For the Third Gathering, it was all about Irish Whiskey and with the Holiday spirit in the air, the group decided to splurge a bit. After starting off the night with a little Irish coffee, it was time to break into the Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey. Midleton is a relatively young addition to the Irish Whiskey varieties but it’s creation to celebrate the whiskey’s produced in Midleton can be tasted with every glorious sip.

Midleton is a blend of hand-picked Irish whiskeys produced in limited quantities (50 casks a year) after at least a 12 year aging in used bourbon or sherry barrels. The result is absurdly smooth and simply delicious. The flavor lingers making for a truly tremendous tasting experience. Nobler approved!’

But as usual, with the prospect of empty bottles looming, the Noblers must be fed. This rich red wine braised shepherd’s pie with blue cheese studded mashed potatoes was a fantastic pairing to the Midleton. Another perfect Gathering!

So with our quick stop in Ireland rounding out 2011 for the Noblers, let me be one of the first to wish you all a Happy New Year! Drink well!


Gift Guide for the Whiskey Lover

November 16, 2011

It may not be Thanksgiving yet, but it is never too early to begin thinking about gift giving. And for the whiskey lover in your life, it always helps to have a few unique items on the list…

I spoke a bit on Monday about the proper glassware for cocktails. Maybe more so than others, I’ve become a big believer in the significance of the glass I drink from. Many blogs will tell you the most proper whiskey glass is the Glencairn, but I think there is more to the story than just proper drinkability. You can find some pretty interesting stuff at thrift stores and even online. The point here is, the glass is almost as important as the whiskey itself. It should be personal. No pressure…

As for other ideas, Jim Murray’s annual Whiskey Bible is supposed to be pretty fantastic. I’ll admit I have never read through one, but the reviews and online chatter suggest that this is a must own for any whiskey fanatic. One of my favorite parts of the bible is how compact it is. While it’s great to get large coffee table (or in our case, liquor table) books, they tend to get one or two pass throughs. This almost pocket-sized guide feels like it would be referenced quite a bit. Maybe if I was good, I’ll find this sucker in my stocking this year…

“But what about the booze?”, you’re probably asking? Well that’s easy…

To me, there isn’t a better bottle for the money right now than the Bulleit Bourbon or Rye. But I have to slightly disagree with Refinery29’s ultimate gift guide …. while the Bourbon is amazing, I believe the Rye is the better Holiday gift. As I’ve mentioned previously, Rye is a classic american whiskey and is making a serious comeback in ways of popularity. But either way you can’t go wrong; I just love the looks of those bottles. This one definitely won’t end up tucked away in the liquor cabinet!

For a little more indulgence, the Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey is the real deal. A founding member of the Nobler received this as a gift a few years back and we (of course I found a way to have some) nursed that bottle to the last drop. I haven’t talked much about Irish Whiskey’s on the Nobler to date, but that’s not because I don’t love them. And trust me, this isn’t your standard bottle of Jameson.

This list is by no means exhaustive but its a damn good pre-turkey start…more to come soon…

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