Cask & Crew Infused Whiskey
Confession: I’ve grown a bit weary of “flavored” spirits, having been burned by so many bad examples in my college days (whipped cream vodka anyone?).
So, when I first tried Cask & Crew’s small batch flavored whiskies, I didn’t have high expectations. Well, amazing things can happen when we throw our expectations to the wind and approach things with an open mind.
This stuff is good.
A blend of bold and spicy Canadian rye (51%) combines with sweet, full-bodied American corn whiskey (49%) to create a unique whiskey with two personalities. Cask & Crew has termed their creation “whiskey corrected,” meaning, in their lingo “the infusion of flavors that unite, yet respect, the whiskey’s blend of rye and corn.” Yes, these offerings still taste like good whiskey.
In fact, I enjoyed them neat for about a week to really get familiar with them (this is particularly ideal with the Ginger Spice option, as ginger is a proven way to settle your stomach). Note that they are sweeter than a typical bourbon, but this can work well in a mixed drink. The Roasted Orange makes a surprisingly good (and easy!) Old Fashioned. Just add whiskey and the bitters of your choice over ice, stir and enjoy.
Seeking to make something a little more interesting, I dove into some into some cocktail experiments and here is where I landed.
I’m a sucker for a good coffee cocktail boy does this one deliver. I’ve always been amazed at how well coffee is complemented by orange and pineapple flavors, so I had to try this pairing. Really enjoyed this one!
1.5 oz Cask & Crew Roasted Orange Whiskey
2-3 oz nitro cold brew coffee (I used Lucky Jack Triple Black)
.5 oz Gran Classico (or similar amaro)
.5 oz pineapple simple syrup
3 dashes Jerry Thomas Decanter bitters (I used Jerry Thomas Decanter)
Garnish: Orange twist
Glass: Old Fashioned
Ice: Medium cubes
Preparation: Add ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, stir to chill. Strain into a rocks glass with large ice cubes and express the oils from an orange peel over the drink, drop into cocktail as garnish or discard.
Ginger Spice Highball
I really wanted the ginger to come through in the drink so I opted for a simple, classic cocktail. The traditional Highball could use just a bit of added sweetness for my tastes, so the Ginger Spice was a perfect choice as it delivers this, followed by that subtle ginger bite. Very refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.
2 oz Cask & Crew Ginger Spice Whiskey
4 oz club soda
Garnish: Lemon twist
Preparation: Add whiskey to a Collins glass. Add ice, preferably a clear spear or large cubes, then pour high quality mineral water (club soda) slowly into glass (I recommend Fever Tree or Q Drinks). Express the oils from a lemon over the drink and drop rind into cocktail. Kanpai!
I’d definitely recommend looking into this line as a way to bring some variety to your liquor cabinet. Oh, and I also got to try their award-winning Walnut Toffee Whiskey. Yeah. It’s real. And it’s amazing. Visit the Cask & Crew site for more info.
This is a sponsored post for Cask & Crew. All opinions expressed are my own.