Free Friday Tasting: Whiskey & Wine

‘Tis the season for whiskey. We’re tasting our very own single barrel selection today, along with a fine red wine, at our Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m. Stop by for a sip!

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Black Shoe Hospitality Single Barrel 1792 Bourbon – We’re on our third single barrel selection, because we love having our name on a bourbon. We picked this one out specifically to be a crowd-pleaser – it’s easy-drinking, yet complex – great to drink alone or in a cocktail.

It’s a tawny caramel color, and hits you with sweet honey and vanilla, and then some orange and spice. It finishes nice and woody, but not too oaky. It’s bottled at 93.7 proof, so a little hotter than usual but smooth enough that you can still enjoy it straight.

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Portada, Winemaker’s Selection Tinto Red, Red Blend, Lisboa, Portugal 2011 – This is a deep, dark wine with rock-solid structure you’d expect from a more expensive wine. Plum and berry fruit flavor is balanced by lively acidity. Very pleasant, and elegant, with a medium body. It’s a Wine Enthusiast 90-point Best Buy, if you’re into that sort of thing.

This is a great reminder of the value of Portuguese wine and its lesser-known varietals (it’s a blend of Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Castelão, Pinot Noir and Touriga Nacional).

Enjoy our Free Friday Tasting, whether you’re buying a case or just in for a taste, 4-6 p.m. at Story Hill BKC

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