Yesterday’s Whiskey Wednesday offered samples of three very different and very good Single Malt Scotches. For $10 customers sampled Highland Park 12, The Dalmore 15 and Laphroaig Quarter Cask. BWG’s job was made easy once again by the folks at Savoy. It’s pretty hard not to have a great time drinking great whiskey with great people.Here’s to the next Whiskey Wednesday on April 2nd. Hope to see you there, cheers!
Hudson Whiskies are produced by Tuthilltown Distillery in Gardiner New York. They have a line of five different whiskies that includes a single malt variety. BWG is always interested in American variations of the single malt style and were excited to try a New York made version of one. Tuthilltown uses 100% whole-ground malted barley in making their single malt and pot-distills it, one small batch at a time. Its aged in new charred American oak and wax-top bottled at 46% abv. The Hudson Single Malt‘s deep amber color looks wonderful in the glass and puts off aromatic notes of sweet, raw grains. Dried fruits mixed with fresh, grassy, charred-barley type flavors make up a pleasant palate and mouth feel. The finish is long and dry, with a wee bit of minty spice. We love the labeling on the Hudson Whiskey’s fun little grenade shaped bottles – but that’s also its one big negative. The Hudson Single Malt is quite expensive for such a small bottle (375 ml). We really liked this New York made whiskey, but just wish it was more affordable and/or came in a larger bottle. Locally available at Gates Circle Liquors for $46. Rating: 87/100.
Last weekend BWG made a quick stop into the popular Buffalo brewery, Community Beer Works. CBW started in 2012 and has steadily grown in production and in popularity ever since. They brew multiple styles of craft beer and consistently distribute fresh kegs to several local restaurants and bars. Due to massive local demand for CBW’s award winning Buffalo made beer, they’re currently in the process of planning for brewery expansion – and hopefully, by 2015, bottling their beer for local retail. In the meantime, when in the mood for deliciously fresh, golden carbonated goodness, stop into CBW, grab a growler, get it filled with your beer of choice, buy a t-shirt, support local, and treat yourself to an original Buffalo brew. Cheers.
BWG made it out to Més Que last Friday to watch the USA vs. Canada Olympic hockey game. The Hertel Ave. bar was packed with hockey fans decked out in red white and blue. The atmosphere was awesome with the whole bar chanting “U.S.A-U.S.A.” from puck drop, to closing whistle.
Though the game ended up being a disappointment, our experience at Més Que was certainly anything but. We opened the first period with a few locally made brews from Community Beer Works and Southern Tier Brewing. Our lunch consisting of their seared duck breast panini and bbq onion pizza. Its was served promptly and tasted delicious.
As the third period was coming to a close and USA’s chances of winning seemed bleaker and bleaker, we delved into some whiskey. We chose a flight of samples from their drink menu and ordered an American Rye that had been on our list of “must try’s”.
The service and attention from Més Que’s staff was excellent, the bartenders, the servers and Més Que’s friendly and accomodating manager Greg Nicotera, made our afternoon thoroughly enjoyable. BWG will definitely be making Més Que a more frequent social destination. We recommend that you do too, cheers.
In our continuous search for places to get good whisky in Buffalo, we recently stumbled across Més Que, a unique little place on Hertel Ave. Més Que is a European style soccer bar. One of the only, if not the only dedicated soccer bar in Buffalo. Més Que was designed from its inception to be a place where locals can go to enjoy sports other than just football, baseball and basketball.
Més Que’s bar has a mostly craft European tap list that includes a few local favorites, like Flying Bison and Community Beer Works. In addition, they offer over 40 bottles of US craft beer. They have a modest, but very good wine selection and their bartenders specialize in original recipe cocktails. There is also a nice, inexpensive food menu that includes things like a seared duck and bacon panini, to a charcuterie and gourmet cheese plate.
Finally, we come to the whiskey. Més Que has an beautiful whiskey selection. From industry staples, to good high-end bourbons, to several older single malts – their bar menu has something for everyone. They offer several different affordable whiskey flight options that range in price from $10 to $30.
Something fun is always going on at Més Que, from wine tastings, to beer tastings, to whiskey specials, to soccer parties and to massive gatherings of fans watching the US hockey team on their quest for the gold medal. To stay updated on all of Més Que’s goings on, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. BWG will be going back to Més Que to enjoy a flight of whiskey, try some food and to take in the European sports-style atmosphere. We’ll be posting an update of our experience soon…
Widow Jane Straight Bourbon Whiskey is produced by the Cacao Prieto Disillery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In addition to making Widow Jane Bourbon, they manufacture gourmet chocolate and small batch cacao based liquors and rums. Widow Jane Bourbon is distilled at 45.5% ABV. and is aged for seven years in American white oak barrels. The nose starts off heavy, with a grassy, earthy tone. It opens up into tropical fruit flavored nail polish. The palate has a bitter, burnt citrus type flavor and a spicy vanilla sweetness. The finish is strong, spicy and tannic. Widow Jane’s astringent flavors are somewhat different and a-typical for a bourbon, but they leave us wanting just a little bit more… Locally available at Gates Circle Liquors for $60. Rating: 83/100.