The Multnomah Whiskey Library Journal – June 2021 | Vol. 06, Ed. 06
GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
We love this time of year – whiling away the long evenings, watching new produce pop up at the markets, and getting back into the swing of things as we head towards summer.
Drop by mid-month to check out our newest cocktails. Both the Green Room and the Library lists will be refreshed for early summer, with $1 from each house Old Fashioned in the Library continuing to go to Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), while The Green Room will be celebrating Portland Pride all summer long by donating a portion of it’s menu proceeds every month to The Q Center.
Keep reading for more information on what’s new and exciting at MWL including details on reserving a table on the patio, a citrusy cocktail recipe to make at home, and a new House Pour.
As always, thank you for your support. Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Your Friends at the Library
OPENING THIS WEEKEND – THE GREEN ROOM PATIO
Enjoy your favorite summer sipper while lounging outside and soaking up the warm Portland evening on the new patio next to The Green Room! To request a seat outside, members can add a note to their reservation or make a request through the Reserve By Email link in the member’s portal.
We hope you enjoy this newest addition to the MWL space!
SHINOBU PURE MALT MIZUNARA OAK
Pure Malt Whisky, ck Mizunara, nas, 43 abv
ST. GEORGE – BREAKING & ENTERING
American Whiskey, nas, 43 abv
FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH SELECT
Kentucky Straight Bourbon, nas, 52 abv
Given the ubiquity of the Paper Plane, you might imagine it hails from a beloved classic cocktail book. However, this industry favorite is a relative newcomer, only entering the stage at The Violet Hour in Chicago in 2008.
“It has a beautiful balance of citrus, bitterness and herbal notes,” says MWL Lead Bartender Cody Mucahy, who thinks the Paper Plane is perfect for those who love a dry citrusy cocktail or something like an Aperol Spritz.
Use a high proof bourbon to power this drink, and don’t over shake, warns the cocktail’s creator, Sam Ross – you want it chilled, but not watered down.
.75 oz bourbon
.75 oz Amaro Nonino
.75 oz Aperol
.75 oz lemon juice
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and enjoy!
HOUSE POUR – COOPERS’ CRAFT BARREL SELECT
MWL has partnered with some of our favorite brands to bring our members the House Pour: a complimentary taste of a new, classic, interesting, or just plain-fun spirit.
June’s House Pour is Cooper’s Craft Barrel Select. Members who drop by this month can request a half pour on the house!
UNDER THE SCOPE – FOUR ROSES SMALL BATCH SELECT
Four Roses is one of the most unusual and interesting distilleries in Kentucky. Most bourbon makers find a mashbill and a yeast strain that they love, and they stick to it. Four Roses, on the other hand, makes use of two separate mashbills and five different yeast strains to make their award-winning bourbons.
This combination of different yeast strains and mash bills allows them to create ten distinct whiskies which can then be bottled as single barrels or blended into their iconic Four Roses Straight Bourbon or Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. Each bottling has its unique character and is great on its own, but they also work well in cocktails like an Old Fashioned or a Whiskey Sour.
Now, for the first time in over twelve years, Four Roses has introduced a new whiskey into their permanent lineup – Four Roses Small Batch Reserve. To create this new bottling, Master Distiller Brent Elliot blended six out of the ten possible bourbons, each of them aged a minimum of six years old, and then bottled it at 104 proof or 52% abv.
The blend is made up of batches OBSV, OBSK, OBSF, OESV, OESK and OESF, and although it’s bottled at a higher proof it is still a very approachable bourbon neat or on the rocks.
This whiskey opens up with some sweet red berry notes on the nose along with a little clove and nutmeg spiciness. On the palate, you’re greeted with a bit of stone fruit, such as apricot or peach along with some stronger notes of clove and allspice. It finishes nicely with warm caramel and vanilla, some hints of peppercorn and cinnamon, and a wisp of spearmint.
The Small Batch Select is a great addition to one of our favorite brands, and we’re excited to add it to our collection!
If you’d like to learn more about Four Roses’s process and line up, they share the specs on their mashbills and yeast strains on their website. You can check it out here.
THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO WEAR YOUR MASK
Things are looking up! We appreciate your support as we navigate these final steps towards returning to our traditional service. Though we know plenty of you (and plenty of us!) are vaccinated, we are keeping our mask protocols in place for the time being.
We are reassessing our policy on a weekly basis and are considering all angles including local and national recommendations, our staff’s comfort levels and vaccination timelines, and the feed back of our members and guests.
We welcome all feedback, comments, and questions on this and all of our policies and procedures. Just send us an email at [email protected].