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Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Celebrate All Things Kombucha on National Booch Day

Kombucha fans, your day has come.  On January 15th, get ready to celebrate all things Kombucha with the first-ever National Booch Day. Thanks to Bill Moses, the founder of KeVita, and now Flying Embers Hard Kombucha, we finally get to honor the lightly effervescent fermented beverage that boasts a bold, invigorating taste.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

To celebrate National Booch Day, Flying Embers welcomes a new national campaign, Dry Fermented January. For those not familiar, Kombucha offers amazing health benefits; it settles your stomach and serves as an all-around good-for-you drink. Like traditional kombucha, each bottle of Flying Embers is packed with live probiotics; live cultures that are considered “good” bacteria that offer lots of health-promoting benefits; supplementing your body’s natural microbiome and gut health. What makes Flying Embers Hard Kombucha different is theirs is brewed with botanical adaptogens and champagne yeast. This delicious, sparkling probiotic tea, is handcrafted with an adaptogen root blend of Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Ginger, and Astragalus. The result is a truly better-for-you buzz from a beverage that has zero sugar, zero carbs, low-calorie, is USDA certified organic, vegan and gluten-free.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Flying Embers has a lot of fun flavors you can choose from. Ancient Berry is a popular choice, featuring a bright and fruity mix of elderberries, goji berries, raspberries. Ginger and Oak offer a clean, refreshing, yet earthy flavor. Lemon Orchard features a delicate mix of lavender, mint, and ginger. Grapefruit Thyme combines the tangy sweetness of grapefruit, punctuated with the subtle flavors of thyme. Black Cherry’s fresh dark cherry mix is complemented with a bright lime spritz. And Pineapple Chili offers a delicate sweet and spicy mix.

Flying Embers Hard Kombucha

Along with the campaign, they will have a national wholesaler distribution drive, events & samplings, and consumer giveaways. Larger National Booch Day events will be held in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York City, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, and Boston.

“All ingredients are USDA certified organic, including our unique adaptogen root blend of ginger, astragalus, turmeric, and ashwagandha – all with a healthy amount of live probiotics,” adds  VP of Marketing, Kyle Ingram.

For more information on National Booch Day and Dry Fermented January, visit the Flying Embers website.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

Crown Royal Releases Limited Edition Bespoke Sipping Blazer

When you think of whiskey, you likely picture someone sitting by a cozy fire, sipping a glass filled with the dark liquor and perusing their favorite novel. Whiskey has always held an old-world charm and now it has become even more elevated with a limited-edition product from one of the most renowned whiskey brands in the world.

Crown Royal, the blended Canadian whiskey brand, has recently released the Crown Royal Blazer. It is a made-to-measure sipping blazer and draws inspiration from Crown Royal XR Extra Rare, the rarest of the brand’s rare whiskey series. This rare whiskey is expected to run out of stock very soon, much like the blazer itself.

 Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The exclusive blazer is meant to be a celebrated collector’s item for the modern, luxury-loving individual. Not only does the blazer’s luxuriousness come from its exclusivity, but from its high-quality design as well. Renowned celebrity designer ALBA partnered with Crown Royal to make the blazer and the designer’s style of luxury tailoring certainly carries through. The blazer is a rich navy in color and features a gold embroidered Crown Royal XR crown on the breast pocket. The jacket’s interior is a gold silk lining with a pattern of Crown Royal XR crowns and patches.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazerCrown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The gold accents continue in the interior of the top welt pocket, which is designed as a gold silk pull out pocket square. Flap bottom pockets on the jacket also feature gold silk interiors. Buttons on the waterfall cuff are gold-plated as well and engraved with more Crown Royal XR crowns. The blazer’s lapel features a contrasting plush velvet on the collar and trim.

CRXR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

All of this luxury comes for a price. A single blazer costs $1,924 on the whiskey brand’s website. While the price may be a bit steep for the average consumer, this blazer is truly like no other. Whether you’re climbing into a car service’s three-passenger Sedan on your next business trip or you’re attending an exclusive soiree with your family and friends, the Crown Royal blazer is sure to complete your classy look. If you want to welcome this high-quality blazer into your wardrobe, be sure to snap up one of the blazers sooner rather than later.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

2019 Holiday Gift Guide – 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

As promised, we present several more wonderful alcohol brands to gift this holiday season, one for each day of Christmas. We really have something for the drink aficionado on your holiday list: whiskey, rum, bourbon, vodka, and gin; a truly international collection of some of the finest spirits we’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. They are wonderful 12 spirits to gift this holiday season.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

Because of the holiday season, whiskeys make up the majority of this alcohol holiday gift guide. But as we stated, we do have something for the arbiter of taste in your life. Whether they be your bestie, partner, or family, we think they’ll love the offerings from these amazing brands. Keep reading this 2019 holiday gift guide to get to know each of the 12 spirits to gift this holiday season from the following alcohol brands: Booker’s, Canadian Club, Bakers, Knob Creek, The Balvenie, Highclere Castle, Bacardi, Four Roses, Little Book, Basil Hayden’s, Laphroaig, and Black Momma.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

Booker’s Batch 2019- 04 “Beaten Biscuits” ($79.99) is the newest and final release of 2019. This deep chestnut-colored bourbon is named after the small, cracker-like biscuits 6th Generation Master Distiller Booker Noe loved to make. It bears hints of the oak barrel through the sweetness, much like the scent of caramel icing for a cake. The finish is medium and very flavorful.

Canadian Club 42-yr Old Whisky ($299.95) – The second release within the premium expression series, CC Chronicles/MC. Batched and barrelled more than four decades ago, this limited-edition expression is masterfully blended. It showcases its robust rye spice, delicate notes of brown sugar and baking spices that creates its exceptionally rich, smooth taste.

Bakers Bourbon ($59.99)  – Re-emerged as a single barrel product in October 2019 with a new bottle design to celebrate the individual characteristics inside each and every Baker’s Bourbon barrel, while delivering the smooth, medium-bodied bourbon fans enjoy.

Knob Creek Quarter Oak ($49.99) is the newest limited-time bourbon to join Knob Creek’s award-winning portfolio. The expression has been aged in quarter cask barrels; this adds a layer of richer notes of oak, balanced with Knob Creek’s traditional sweet flavor. Quarter Oak is here just in time to add to your collection or gift to friends and family this season.

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0197 ($38,000) – The second in a coveted series of unique expressions of exceptional quality that continue the distillery’s rich history of aged variants. Showcasing Malt Master David Stewart’s unique skill and knowledge, the bottling is comprised of highly rare liquids aged 50 years or over. This bottling has been selected from American Oak casks in the oldest sections of TheBalvenie’s stocks. This single malt Scotch whisky is rich and deep with an abundance of oak tannins, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, and intense spice. The taste encompasses big and bold character; indulge in its malty sweetness and a spicy outburst, hints of honey and dark chocolate balance the oak tannins while the finish is a rich and spicy mouth coating with a luscious oak sweetness.

Highclere Castle Gin ($48.99) – The latest offering from the 800-year-old Highclere Castle estate that will forever be the iconic Grantham home on Downton Abbey. The gin is made with botanicals inspired by the castle’s herb gardens; these gardens were originally planted in the ninth century by the Bishops of Winchester. The grounds boast an ancient underground water source which enhances the crisp yet smooth gin. It also integrates Highclere’s acclaimed estate-grown oats into the blend to add a unique smoothness and a long, memorable finish.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

BACARDÍ Coquito ($17.99) – Nothing says bring on the holiday season like the famous Puerto Rican holiday drink, Coquito! Thanks to Bacardi, there are no more waits for someone’s tío or Abuela to “hook you up” with a bottle. The new ready-to-drink coquito is made with the signature BACARDÍ Superior white rum, toasted spices, coconut cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. Now you can fully indulge in the heritage-filled libation in two easy steps – open bottle and pour over ice.

Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch ($140.00) – The first Four Roses limited-quantity bottle to feature a 21-year-old Bourbon from the distillery’s OBSV recipe. Non-chill filtered and bottled at a 112.6 proof, the 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch offers elegant aromas of oak, honey, red raspberries, and vanilla. The Bourbon is complemented by flavors of bright, sweet fruits, cinnamon, baking spices, and mellow barrel flavors leading to a
rich, soft and lasting finish. This limited edition release will also feature a 15-year-old OESK, 15-year-old OESV and 11-year-old OESV.

Little Book Chapter 3: “The Road Home” ($99.99) – A one-of-a-kind blend and features specialty aged liquid streams, representing each of the original Small Batch Bourbon Collection brands in honor of Freddie’s grandad, Booker Noe.

Basil Hayden’s X Wildsam’s “Points of Interest” Bourbon ($39.99) – For the travel addict or collector on your list, this limited edition bottle from Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and must-have travel guide company, Wildsam Field Guides is a must. The two brands have teamed up to create a limited-edition gift featuring the best of Brooklyn. The new release, “Points of Interest,” features a bottle of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon wrapped in a Wildsam Field Guide. The guide includes exclusive facts, hidden spots, and drink recipes that only pertain to your city. This bespoke conversation guide is the perfect conversation starter and perfect for discovering something new right in your background.

Laphroaig 16 Year Old Whisky ($89.99) – An exceptional expression that has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Over time, the whisky’s smoky flavor softens on the senses; it is beautifully married with sweet vanilla notes, enhanced by aging in American Oak barrels. The result is a long-lasting, smoky, sweet and rich flavor. We find it’s best to enjoy this 16-yr old neat or with a drop of water.

Black Momma Chai Tea Vodka ($4.75 Mini 50ml bottle) – Tea lovers will swoon over this gluten-free and kosher vodka infused with natural tea leaves and chai spices. Handcrafted in small batches, this 5X distilled and 5X filtered, tea-flavored vodka will warm you up from your toes up.

What do you think of these 12 spirits to gift this holiday season?

Holiday Spirits

Holiday Gift Guide: Cheers to the Gift of Holiday Spirits

Tis the season of holiday entertaining and gift-giving. Why not give the gift of decadent holiday spirits. Whether you are gifting the host of a party, your favorite drinking buddy or your boss, none of these wonderful holiday spirits will ever be exchanged. What better way to celebrate the festive spirit of the holiday season, than with a gift of holiday spirits.

Holiday Spirits

Know someone who loves tequila, gin, whiskey, cognac or bubbly? Then these offerings from Chandon, Crown Royal, Empress 1908 Gin, Espolon Tequila, Freeland Spirits, Hendricks Gin, Palmes D’or, Remy Martin, and Tequila Partida will make the perfect gift.

Chandon, Standard Bottle $19. 00, Magnum $43.00 – The first of our giftable holiday spirits is perfect to celebrate the season. Chandon launched a limited-edition bottle (available in both standard and magnum sizes) of their signature Brut varietal. The Chandon Limited-Edition “Harvested Under The Stars” Collection celebrates the cool California night that protects the quality of Chandon’s grapes. This bubbly is a great way to give the gift of some California magic.

Crown Royal, $289.99 – Talk about special. Sadly, the Crown Royal XR is going away, so the holiday season is the time to snap up this exclusive gem before it disappears forever. This is the rarest in Crown Royal’s extra rare whiskey series. It’s handcrafted with a unique blend that includes one of the final batches of whiskeys from the renowned LaSalle distillery. Once it is gone, it’s gone for good.

Empress 1908 Gin, $38.99, – The fashionable drinker on your list will love this as a gift. Classic Blue is Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year; what better holiday gift than the small-batch, copper-pot distilled blue gin, which boasts exotic butterfly pea blossom as it’s 8th ingredient.

Espolon Tequila, $99.00 – Not only is this Añejo X is secretly laid to rest for six long years, it’s housed in one sexy bottle that any tequila connoisseur will proudly display on their home bar. The extra aging creates a tequila of rich, complex flavors and uncommon character. Beautifully rich and subtly smoky. Its taste is prominent with vanilla, notes of nutmeg and white peppercorn and hints of cocoa nibs, bitter chocolate, rich roasted fruits. Its rich mouthfeel lingers traces of dark chocolate, cherry, tobacco, and honey.

Freeland Spirits, $40.00 – $50.00 – You’ll love these three delicious holiday spirits come housed in beautiful tear-shaped bottles that look impressive with a simple bow or ribbon. Freeland Spirits small batch Gin, Bourbon, and Geneva are handcrafted by master distiller Molly Troupe, each with the flavor of the Northwest. Also, we really love the fact that they are a woman-owned and run distillery.

Hendricks Gin, $34.99 – For your more curious and adventurous guests, consider Hendrick’s Gin, which boasts a distinctive blend of botanicals: a signature infusion of cucumber and rose petals, producing a divinely smooth gin that has character and balance of subtle flavors.

Palmes D’or, $136.00 – Let them celebrate the holiday in style! Available in Brut and Rosé, the 2006 vintage of Palmes D’or offers the finest crus in champagne and is aged for at least six years to further enhance its delicate flavor. The bottle has hundreds of distinct dimples, mirroring a disco ball – a perfect choice to pour (or gift!) this season.

Remy Martin, $200.00 – Give the gift of the Rémy Martin XO limited-edition bottle designed by celebrated French Atelier, Steaven Richard, a globally celebrated French metalsmith and artist. A perfect gift for the more artistic person on your list.  To achieve this beautiful bottle, Steaven Richard immersed himself in the story behind Rémy Martin; he found inspiration from the vineyards in Cognac to create this refined design.

Tequila Partida, $40.00, $45.00, and $50.00 – last but certainly not least; we end our holiday spirits highlight with Tequila Partida; this authentic, ultra-premium Tequila made from 100% blue agave in the heart of Mexico’s historic Tequila Valley. The Partida Blanco ($40.00) boasts an unaged, pure agave flavor; the Partida Reposado, ($45.00) is aged 6 months and dubbed “the Bentley of Reposados”; and the Partida Anejo ($50.00) is aged 18 months and ideal for that single malt lover.

This concludes our holiday spirits gift guide. Because there are so many wonderful spirits to enjoy, there’ll be much more to come. We’d love to know which of these spirits are favorites of yours.

American Craft Spirits Association

Sensible Ways To Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly This Holiday Season

Consuming a little too much alcohol during a special holiday event can be as popular as a June wedding, which makes up 15% of all weddings. Indulgence is perfectly okay from time to time, but it’s best to do it in a way that keeps both you and others safe at the same time. The holidays are meant to be a fun time with family and friends. However, it can turn deadly when we make bad decisions because we let too much alcohol impair our judgment. Because we will be sharing some of our favorite cocktails and alcohol brands this holiday season, we wanted to make sure you, our dear readers, are safe this holiday season. Here are four tips for you on how to stay safe and drink responsibly this holiday season.

American Craft Spirits Association

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) and Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) today announced a partnership to promote the responsible service and sale of alcohol within the spirits industry. We’re not saying you can’t drink and enjoy yourself, just that you drink responsibly this holiday season.

Have Plenty To Eat

Having something to eat can help you metabolize the alcohol and help minimize unpleasant effects such as a hangover or causing you to embarrass yourself. Before going to a holiday event where alcohol will be served, eat a small meal containing carbs or greasy foods. It will keep your stomach full and help you absorb the alcohol. You can also indulge in a few appetizers along with your drink to help you pace yourself throughout the night. Take supplements such as Vitamin B complex to restore nutrients that alcohol may destroy while it is being metabolized.

Set Intake Limits

Set limits ahead of time on the number of alcoholic drinks that you will let yourself consume. The goal is to have fun while still making sure to drink responsibly this holiday. Give yourself plenty of time in between drinks to give your body the ability to process the alcohol. Try to have only one drink per hour and alternate beverages by drinking water or juice in between. Spend time with people who have only a few drinks or who don’t drink at all. It’s recommended that you should have no more than three drinks in one day if you are a woman and no more than four if you are a man.

To help you pace yourself, stay away from engaging in rounds of drinks or any drinking games if possible. Stick to drinking only one type of alcohol throughout the night and take small sips. Try drinking beer instead of hard liquor whenever you can because it will help you pace your alcohol consumption and help reduce nasty side effects the next day. If you are taking any kind of medication, under 21 years old, or pregnant, you should stick to non-alcoholic drinks. Focus on enjoying the quality of the drink and not how many you can fit in your hand.

Get Home Safely

Sensible Ways To Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly This Holiday Season

Speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving make up the three most common reasons for traffic accidents in the United States. Not only could you potentially kill someone or yourself, but you could also lose your car, end up in jail, and face expensive traffic and court costs. Make a plan to get home safely before you attend any holiday party event. Even if you have only one alcoholic drink, you should keep away from getting behind the wheel. The effects of alcohol can stay for several hours after you finish your last drink of the night. Drunk driving causes at least 10,000 deaths every year.

Create a list of cab and taxi companies in your phone. There are also plenty of ride-sharing apps like Lyft or Uber you can download as well that may offer discounts during the holidays. If you can’t afford a ride home, at least have a designated driver in mind that can get you home safely. To make sure you don’t drive home, hand over your car keys to someone you can trust before you start drinking. If you are hosting a party, you may want to consider having a plan to get your guests home or making room for them to spend the night in order to keep them safe.

Get Physically Active

Photo of people dancing

While we all enjoy eating and drinking to our heart’s content during the holidays, find some fun physical activities to participate in as well. Activities such as dancing can help you burn off the alcohol faster at a holiday party if you don’t continue consuming it. Alcohol also contains quite a bit of sugar which can make you gain weight if you don’t find a way to burn it off. Your liver will thank you for it. Spending just 10 minutes a day being physically active can also help us live longer and have better mobility.

Be careful when exercising after consuming alcohol. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on you. It may not be a good idea to exercise the day after drinking as it can lead to muscle cramps. Whenever you decide to drink, make sure to drink plenty of water afterward to help your liver get rid of your alcohol intake. It will also help you sweat so you don’t feel bad while exercising. Engaging in physical activity will also help minimize other effects alcohol has on your health such as lack of energy, altered heart rate, poor muscle growth, and slower recovery times after an injury.

The holiday season can be dangerous with more people who are out late at night already tired from all the festivities and driving in dangerous winter weather conditions. Adding alcohol to this mix definitely doesn’t help and can make it even worse. It’s up to you to make the right decisions and have a safety plan in place before you go to any event that alcohol will be served. Keep these four tips in mind for the next holiday event you plan on attending. Eat, drink, and be merry but stay safe and drink responsibly this holiday season.

“As craft spirits ambassadors, we want to ensure consumers enjoy our members’ products responsibly,” said Margie A.S. Lehrman, Chief Executive Officer, ACSA. “Partnering with TIPS provides our members with an opportunity to build a responsible culture by offering the best training in the industry at an accessible cost.”

Tia Maria Espresso Martini with Whitley Neill Gin

Shaken & Stirred: A Whitley Neill Gin Cocktail for National Espresso Day

We’re a bit late on our National Espresso Day cocktail highlight due to unforeseen forces but we’re determined to share a cocktail that brings so many memories. Using the South African-inspired Whitley Neill Gin (made with baobab fruit and Cape gooseberry), we wanted to honor National Espresso Day with a cocktail from our childhood. Don’t worry, there are no unfit parents in this story. We grew up with our very talented mom making homemade Tia Maria for friends and family. While we could not partake for obvious reasons, we knew it was amazing by the number of people who came over to enjoy and begged her to make some for them. So in honor of her and all things caffeinated, we’re sharing a Tia Maria Espresso Martini made with Whitley Neill Gin and inspired by mom’s Tia Maria recipe.

Whitley Neill Gin Espresso Martini Ingredients

Along with the previously stated baobab fruit and Cape gooseberry, the original Whitley Neill Gin boasts Coriander Seed, orange, and lemon. This British gin is slightly softer and much smoother than traditional gins but still boasts the traditional rich notes of juniper and citrus ingredients. It features a long finish with subtle fades of herbs, cocoa, and candied lemon peels; and a nose that is both citrus-sweet and peppery, with a distinctive floral aroma. The complete list of botanicals includes Juniper, Coriander Seed, Cassia Bark, Orris Root, Angelica Root, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Cape Gooseberry, and Baobab.

The below Tia Martia Martini we prepared is dairy-free, as Thanksgiving seemed to have cleared the shelves of cans of Evaporated Carnation Milk; nevertheless, it was still quite a delicious, one that coffee lovers will greatly enjoy.

Tia Maria Espresso Martini

Tia Maria Espresso Martini with Whitley Neill Gin

Whitley Neill Original Gin
3/4 cup espresso
1/2 cup Tia Maria (see recipe to make your own below*)
1/2 cup vanilla essence
1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar (go for light for less sugar)
Ice
Cocktail Shaker
Add all ingredients into your cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon powder to garnish (this works better if you’re adding milk).

*Tia Maria Recipe

Sugar
Water
Cinnamon sticks or Powdered cinnamon
Nutmeg
Clove powder
Instant Coffee
Angostura Bitters
Whitley Neill Gin
Evaporated Carnation Milk (optional)

Make a syrup using equal parts sugar and water and add in the cinnamon sticks or powdered cinnamon, grated nutmeg, and a little clove powder. Bring to a boil until the syrup is a little thick and a golden brown. Add coffee until you reach your desired level of strength; finish it up with two or three dashes of the original Angostura Bitters. Add ice to chill, add in your milk (optional), then pour in your Whitley Neill (a substitute for the traditional rum). Serve with or without ice, or use as a base for another cocktail as we did with our Martini.

Did you enjoy an espresso cocktail on National Espresso Day? Whether you did or not, we encourage you to add Whitley Neill Gin to your home bar.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese Launch “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

We’d never thought two of our favorite things together, especially since they are not normally paired together. When one thinks of bourbon, it’s usually pertaining to strong, classic cocktails. Bourbon isn’t normally mentioned in the same sentence with cheese and we know when it comes to cheese, wine is the pairing go-to. Thanks to Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and Beehive Cheese‘s collaboration, we had the great pleasure of experiencing the unconventional pairing of bourbon and cheese. We enjoyed a wonderful evening at the official unveiling of their latest partnership, the Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese. The result is a one-of-a-kind bourbon-infused cheese that’s sweet and creamy with a hint of bourbon spice.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

As stated, Pour Me A Slice is sweet and creamy. It boasts three ingredients – Vegetarian rennet, cow’s milk, and Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon. As you near the rind, the spiciness of the bourbon becomes more pronounced. This beauty will be enjoyed by bourbon and cheese enthusiasts alike. It pairs wonderfully with any of Basil Hayden’s premium bourbons, medium to full-bodied red wines, all ales, and ciders. Creating a platter, it’s recommended to be served with toasted nuts, chocolate, berries, and charcuterie.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Beehive Cheese’s production of deliciously unique and complex cheeses, make them number 1 in this category of American cheeses. With one taste you will surely understand why. Basil Hayden’s Brand Ambassador, Tim Heuisler, and Beehive Cheese’s Co-Founder, Pat Ford played host to our amazing night of bourbon and cheese pairings; a combination we highly recommend trying. We enjoyed three bourbon and cheese pairings concluding with the Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

Our wonderful pairing started out with Basil Hayden’s Sweetest Sting cocktail paired with Beehive Cheese Promontory, a Beehive staple; this full-bodied, lively cheese offers snappy, citrus-like fruity notes to fans. It warms on your tongue and leaves subtle sharp notes in your mouth. The citrus notes of the cheese complemented the extra dry bourbon, white port, simple syrup, orange bitters, sage leaves, and orange peel ingredients of the delicious cocktail.

 Promontory Cheese

The next pairing was Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye paired with Barely Buzzed, an American original cheese that’s hand-rubbed with lavender buds and coffee to impart notes of butterscotch and caramel into the cheese; perfect with a full-flavored, sipping spirit like the Dark Rye. The beauty of this cheese is for some the coffee stood out while others picked up more of the lavender.

Barely Buzzed Cheese

Last was the classic Basil Hayden’s Bourbon paired with the special-edition Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice”. Made with Jersey cow’s milk, this semi-firm cheese infused with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon tastes sweet with a hint of spice.

Basil Hayden’s x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese

We ended the spectacular evening celebrating Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese with a wealth of knowledge of cheese and how wonderful it is paired with bourbon. We got to go home with a set of small, personalized plates thanks once again to the artistic calligraphy talent of Nancy Moy; thanks to her, we went home with these wonderful hand-lettering decorated plates.

Nancy Moy Calligraphy

Now, we know most of you are used to wine and cheese pairings, but after falling head over heels for bourbon and cheese, we highly recommend getting yourselves a wedge of Basil Hayden’s X Beehive Cheese “Pour Me a Slice” Cheese and a bottle of  Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whisky. We promise you won’t regret it.

Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

Brunch with Bread & Butter Wines and Chef Ashton Keefe

Growing up, there’s nothing we enjoyed more than watching with than our mom creating delicious treats in our kitchen. It was with total adulation that we watched her every move and of course the gift of participating was priceless. We watched our mom make the best cakes, bread, drinks, and much more; as you can imagine, this fueled our love of creating. This is why when we were invited to brunch with Bread & Butter Wines and Chef Ashton Keefe to bake bread, we were ecstatic.

Bread & Butter Wines Brunch Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

Although we were a little late, we jumped right into the breadmaking process with the approachable wines. The classic California wine company boasts easy-drinking wines with rich and lush fruit flavors. The entire breadmaking process brought back memories of helping our mom and how much fun we had creating delicious dishes in the kitchen.

Bread making Dough Rising

While we were waiting for our dough to rise and our delicious brunch by Chef Ashton Keefe, we learned quite a bit about Bread & Butter Wines. Throughout the day’s event, we enjoyed three of their varietals, Bread & Butter Chardonnay California, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir California, and their Rosé. The wines were wonderfully paired with the courses of our brunch.

Bread & Butter Rosé wine

Pre-brunch, and again with our starters, we started with the Bread & Butter Wines Rosé. This delightful rosé features generous aromas of fresh strawberry, green melon with hints of hibiscus and rose petal. Its rich texture is complemented with balanced acidity leading to a refreshing and supple finish. The event started with “welcome toasts” consisting of eggs and prosciutto toast and mushroom and ricotta toast. Our brunch featured Gem Lettuce Salad with Bread & Butter Cabernet Sauvignon dressing; Harvest Panzanella with heirloom tomatoes, plums, fig, burrata and toasted bread; Vegetable Tart with eggplant, peas, parsley & eggs; Quiche with roasted zucchini and goat cheese with squash blossoms.

Bread & Butter Wine

The Chardonnay (shown above) opens with rich notes of vanilla bean and almond husk, reminiscent of a decadent crème brûlée. The creamy notes are balanced by a soft minerality and a hint of tropical fruit.  Those creamy notes continue to your palate where they are joined with bright acidity and well-integrated oak that leads into a long, creamy finish.

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The Cabernet Sauvignon expresses captivating aromas of mocha, ripe berries, violets, and blackcurrant with intertwining layers of subtle black pepper, toasted oak, and rich vanilla. This beautifully crafted Cabernet Sauvignon enters the palate with layers of ripe blackberry and chocolate-covered cherries. The round mouthfeel is accented by soft tannins and a little spice that weaves into a smooth, lingering finish.

Red Wine

The above Pinot Noir boasts juicy red fruit. Think cherries and raspberries with a touch of cassis. It features delicate hints of cedar and bay leaf to balance the sweetness of the fruit; this creates an enduring bouquet.  That luscious fruit bouquet continues onto the palate, where it’s joined by soft flavors of oak and savory notes. The rich mouthfeel is complemented by a long and beautifully smooth finish.

Bread & Butter Wines Brunch

For dessert, we had a Boozy Bread Pudding with Bread & Butter Chardonnay and berries. We love the idea of adding the heavy berry and subtle spice of the Cabernet as a component of this delicious dessert. As you can imagine, we were quite full after that hearty brunch and was excited to take our dough, along with a bottle of Bread & Butter Wines, home to bake in own ovens. Let’s just say, once we did, our fresh bread did not last very long.

Have you tried one or more of the Bread & Butter Wines? What are your thoughts on these easy-drinking California wines?