The Whisky Guy Podcast

The Whisky Guy Podcast – Episode #2

Welcome to Episode #2 of The Whisky Guy Podcast!

It’s not Whisky Wednesday, but huge demand said get the next one up!

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Interview with Bobby G – Master Mixologist with Beam Suntory

Bobby G - Beam Suntory Master Mixologist

Bobby G – Beam Suntory Master Mixologist

  • Bartending since the early ‘80s in S. Florida and Las Vegas
  • Mentored by Tony Abou-Ganim
  • Cosmo deserves some of the credit for the cocktail craze
  • The 5 basic whisk(e)y cocktails: Highball, Julip, Old Fashioned,  Manhattan and Sour
  • To make a great whisk(e)y cocktail, you need a variety of whiskies; Single Malt and Blended Scotch, Irish, Canadian and Bourbon
  • Vermouth and orange liqueur are also important to keep at home
  • For garnish, mint, lemons and oranges.  Limes are optional.
  • Tools:
  • Ice should be clean, cold, hard and dry
  • Manhattan is the quintessential whisk(e)y cocktail
    • 3 parts whisky
    • 1 part sweet vermouth
    • 2 dashes of bitters
  • Experiment with ingredients to get different flavors
  • Rob Roy is a Manhattan made with Scotch instead of an American whisk(e)y
  • 3 Types of Manhattan:
    • Traditional with sweet vermouth
    • Dry with dry vermouth
    • Perfect with equal parts sweet and dry
  • A Manhattan should be stirred, not shaken
  • Ice is important to keep the cocktail in balance
  • Bobby likes (ri)1, Jim Beam Black and Knob Creek
  • Also likes whiskies from Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace and 4 Roses distilleries
  • Know the classics  and you can learn how to switch up to other varieties
  • Salvatore Calabrese was an inspiration
  • Book: Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff (affiliate link – help support The Whisky Guy)
  • Book: The Essential Cocktail by Dale DeGroff (affiliate link – help support The Whisky Guy)
  • Book: The Modern Mixologist by Tony Abou-Ganim (affiliate link – help support The Whisky Guy)
  • Virtual Spirit
Bobby G - Beam Suntory Master Mixologist Behind the Bar

Bobby G – Beam Suntory Master Mixologist Behind the Bar

Tasting Notes from The Whisky Guy

Which distillery should you visit in Scotland?  Over 100 to choose from; Edradour is a perennial favorite and Scotland’s smallest distillery.  Over 20 bottlings available; the 10 Year is most common.

Edradour 10 Year - Photography by Ari Shapiro - The Whisky Guy

Edradour 10 Year – Photography by Ari Shapiro – The Whisky Guy

Edradour
  • 10 Yr Age Statement
  • 80 Proof
  • Appearance: Crystal clear and dark apple juice color.  No legs, it sheets down the inside of the glass.
  • Nose: A little sharp; Apple and fresh tree fruits
  • Flavor: Star Anise and clove
  • Mouth Feel: Heavy, but not thick
  • Finish: Spicy and long but little flavor
  • Diluted: Mouth feel thins and sharpness goes away; aroma goes to baby powder and flavor goes to more traditional highland floral flavors

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