We recently visited our son who is a freshman in college. On our way in, he texted to us a request for a housewarming gift for his dorm room. What did he have in mind? Bourbon. We stopped at a local liquor shop, a small dive next door to a guns and ammo store. We frankly thought we would jump in, grab a bottle of Beam and jump out. We were surprised. Once inside, the place was a carnival of activity. The small place was packed with staff and visitors. A small bar was set up with free tastes of a flavored vodka, and the selection of bourbons was spectacular. Yes, I bought a bottle of Beam for my son, but I couldn’t help but compliment the clerk for the store’s collection of whiskey. Well, he called out Randy, the owner, and the next thing you know, he’s opening bottles and giving my wife and I tastes of bourbons and rums and specialty liquors we had not before enjoyed. We were there about an hour.
I bring this up because that night I purchased a couple of bottles which I brought home with me. It’s now been about a month since we’ve been home. My wife has since been to Argentina and Uruguay and back with a girlfriend (she returned with some wonderful wine, which may qualify for another of the 300 drinks at a later date). Tonight is her first night home, and after unpacking and going through mail, etc. she was not interested in a fancy cocktail, but she was interested in a drink.
Then she remembered our trip to our son’s college and, in particular, our trip to that liquor store, and our tastings with Randy. She asked for a shot of Hochstadter’s Rock and Rye, Slow & Low Orange and Honey Straight Rye Whiskey. This is an orange-infused rye whiskey (84 Proof) and has a wonderful flavor reminiscent of an Old Fashioned, even served neat, which is how we drank it.
It was as we remembered it when Randy served it to us in his store. My wife enjoyed it as an easy to enjoy drink at the end of a long night and day of travel. Not something she would drink everyday – far too much sweet flavor for that – but nevertheless, a nice drink to remember and return to now and again.