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Drink This: Bourbon

October 29, 2015

Wondering where to get your bourbon fix this fall?

The weather is cooling off, post-season baseball is competing with football for TV screens and Chicagoans are breaking out the flannel and looking for ways to keep warm.  Let me suggest one surefire heating option swap that cold can of beer for some bourbon and radiate warmth from the inside.

Heres your educational tip for the day: Bourbon is an American whiskey which may or may not be made in Bourbon County Kentucky but by law is an American made spirit made from a grain mixture that is at least 51 percent corn and aged in new, charred-oak barrels.  While bourbon can be enjoyed on its own, its rise in popularity has landed it on quite a few local craft cocktail menus.

Ask a neighbor where to go if you fancy some bourbon and you shouldnt be surprised if their list of recommendations includes some classic well-known stops like Delilahs, Big Star and Longman and Eagle.  But we happen to think we give them a run for their money with our own  bourbon list that is pretty stacked. (Check out the full list here).

We got into the single barrel game last year and our Henry McKenna is long gone unless you can get Chef Troy to give you a try from his personal stash.  Weve got our next two single barrel options behind the bar now- Knob Creek Red Door Private Barrel and Four Roses Red Door Single Barrel.  So what is a single barrel bourbon? All of the bottles from a single barrel bourbon come from the same barrel and share its unique flavor profile.  (See thats educational tip #2).

The bar has also recently been allocated a few new small batch bourbons including George T Stagg from the Buffalo Trace Antique collection and Four Roses Barrel Strength.  In the past, Red Door has received an allocation of Pappy Van Winkle so keep your fingers crossed and an eye on our twitter feed (@eatreddoor) to see if the Pappy will land again this year and where their next barrel comes from.