GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
Hello, July! The sun is shining, the AC is on, and we are mixing up fantastic summer libations in The Green Room and the Library. This month’s featured cocktail is the Brickyard – a smoked variation of an Old Fashioned. Read on for the story behind this drink, as well as the lowdown on our newest entree – MWL’s new take on the classic hamburger!
Also in this edition, MWL Education Manager, Colin Howard, has shared his tasting notes on the newest Highland Park release “The Dark,” plus he’s put together a new Featured Spirits list on the Library menu, showcasing interesting finds from each section of our wall. Stop by and see what’s new!
Thank you for your readership, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Your Friends at the Library
NEWLY ACQUIRED SPIRITS
Single Malt, d. 2003, b. 2013, ck Second Fill Ex-Bourbon, 46 abv
LOCK STOCK & BARREL
Straight Rye, 100% rye mashbill, unfiltered, 54.5 abv
HIGHLAND PARK “THE DARK”17-YEAR-OLD
Single Malt, d. 1996 b. 2016, ck First Fill Sherry Hogshead, 52.9 abv
Orkney Islands, Scotland
SAMAROLI JAMAICA RHAPSODY RUM 2017 EDITION
blend of Jamaican rums, b. 2017 in Scotland, 45 abv
UNDER THE SCOPE: EDUCATION MANAGER COLIN HOWARD FEATURING HIGHLAND PARK THE DARK
With summer heating up here in Portland (well, sort of), Highland Park dispatches a new single malt our way. Going by the name “The Dark,” this whisky seems to deliver the stark message that winter is never that far away. The Dark, and it’s sibling “The Light,” are part of a new limited release from Highland Park honoring the winter and summer solstice events. For an island like Orkney, which Highland Park calls home, each solstice is a big deal.
Orkney is Scotland’s most northerly island, putting it within reaching distance of the Arctic Circle’s seasonal extremes. Living here gives Orkney’s residents, known as Orcadians, an intimate relationship with the sun’s illuminating gaze, or at times, the lack thereof.
The Orcadians’ connection to the sun also has cultural roots in their many years spent as a Norwegian territory, roughly from the 9th-15th century. Although Christianity was sweeping through the Norwegian population at this time, pagan spirituality, customs, and art were still very prevalent in their society, which naturally influenced the daily life and beliefs of the Orcadian people. This impact is still reflected in Highland Park’s new bottle designs that feature elaborate and mystical imagery from across Norse culture.
This impact is still reflected in Highland Park’s new bottle designs that feature elaborate and mystical imagery from across Norse culture.
Before one even takes a sip of The Dark, the pitch black bottle, embossed with a sea serpent in a figure-eight, jolts the senses to attention. The first pour of the spirit also catches the eye with its tawnied and red-tinged color – a result of its 17 years in casks that previously aged a famously spicy and leathery style of sherry called Oloroso.
One sip of this brooding, layered and savory spirit and one can see why Highland Park chose this whisky to pay tribute to winter’s longest stretch of night. The pervasive warmth and spice of this whisky, however, seem more likely built to protect one from a cold, dark night rather than recall it. This bone warming charge within The Dark is what makes it so irresistible though, no matter what the season is.
While we look forward to many more months of sunny weather here in town, The Dark reminds us not to pack the winter coat too deeply in the closet, because (as they say) winter is coming.
Named after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Brickyard, by MWL bartender, Brett Adams, is a summer drink through and through.
“I wanted to make a drink that tastes like you’re barbecuing at a tailgate party before a race,” Brett says, and we think this cocktail is right on the money. Check out this spirit forward, smoky, spicy Old Fashioned variation the next time you are in the Library.
1.5 oz Russell’s Reserve Rye
.25 oz Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
.25 oz Townshend’s Tea Spirit No. 5
.25 oz Black Pepper syrup
1 barspoon Combier Crème de Mure
8 drops Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Measure ingredients into mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain over a big cube, garnish with beef jerky.
LIMITED EDITION MWL KNIVES BY BENCHMADE
If you love our MWL steak knives, you can now get one (or a set) for your own kitchen! For over thirty years, Benchmade has been designing and manufacturing world-class products for discerning customers. The limited edition MWL knife by Benchmade, like all their knives, is a hand assembled work of art.
With a 6″ stainless steel blade, this is not only a perfect steak knife, but an ideal all-around kitchen knife. The blade is hand-finished and custom fit to each piece. The stabilized Winewood handle was made with longevity in mind for years of use and durability against the elements. Each knife is hand sharpened for consistency and cutting performance.
440C Stainless steel blade material
58-60 HRC hardness rating for superior edge retention
Steel sourced from US domestic mill
Components made and assembled in Oregon City, OR
Available for purchase here.
MWL CLASSIC HAMBURGER
If you haven’t tried the new burger in the Library, now is the time! It’s designed along the lines of a classic American cheeseburger and highlights some of the best products Oregon has to offer.
We start with fresh, all natural local ground chuck, topped with melted five-year-old cheddar.
The crisp honey bacon brings out the honey notes in the sesame bun – custom made by our friends at Pearl Bakery – and is a natural pairing with bourbon.
The burger is finished with chopped shallots and our own “special sauce,” featuring a secret spice blend and house-made dill pickles with a side of our Salt and Pepper Kennebec French Fries.
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