Ask any parent who their favorite child is, and they (should hopefully) say that it would be impossible to choose. That's kind of how we feel about whiskey. Some days we really love our charcoal-filtered Tennessee stuff, other days its the sweet Kentucky bourbon. We'll even have a single-malt scotch moment from time to time. One thing that really gets us excited is when a whiskey comes along that doesn't quite fit into any existing category. Made in Virginia, Wasmund's Single Malt Whisky flaunts whiskey traditions, and that makes us all tingly.
Wasmund's starts with a unique production method. For starters, they use all barley. No corn in this bottle. They also smoke their malt with apple and cherry wood, which no one else does. On top of that, they never chill their whiskey during production, another thing hardly anyone does, which helps preserve the rich flavors throughout the process.
What does all this do for us, the drinker, you might ask? Well, the end result is a complex, smoky-yet-fruity whiskey that tastes more like a scotch than it does any whiskey from its neighbors in Tennessee and Kentucky. Wasmund's is produced and bottled in small batches, so it might just taste a little different from bottle to bottle, but we think it's scotch-like characteristics make a damn fine cocktail. The herby flavors of Carpano Antica and Yellow Chartreuse bring the whiskey to life and a touch of a good-quality grenadine adds just enough sweetness to even it all out.
cocktail mixing glass
Combine all ingredients with ice in mixing glass. Stir and strain into a rocks glass