Over there, out on the perimeter of the inter-webs, a great deal of information is being disseminated and accepted by the masses as the only way to do very important- yet completely misunderstood things pertaining to Cannabis. There are dozens and dozens of internet magazine articles and books on the market that explain how to make infused foods- but have you seen any about infused beverages? Probably not because there are very few tested ways to infuse spirits safely with THC. It’s always advisable to start with small amounts of Cannabis when infusing, then build up from there in a thoughtful manner. It’s easy to scan over the reams of misinformation and accept it as correct- especially if this misinformation is on the internet! This can be a real problem when dealing with Medical grade Cannabis, primarily because of the expense. Organic, lab-tested Cannabis is extremely expensive and the afflicted will not want to make any cooking mistakes with their hard earned money. Now, the availability of ultra high quality, microprocessor controlled machinery, such as the MB2E, has succeeded in making life easier for the end-user. The MB2E is such a product that has broad-reaching flexibility, especially when it comes to infusing craft spirits with fully decarbed THC for medicinal purposes. There has to be an easier way to do this task that the slow-motion infusion process that clogs the inter-webs. Each method has its time and place, but the MB2E method is far superior.
Sherryfest is returning to New York!
Some notes from this weekend’s ‘Virtual Cruise of Scotland
Single Malt Tasting’
Whisky or Whiskey?
- It’s called Scotch Whisky. Whiskey (with an e) is bourbon from the United States and Irish Whiskey- the process of making Irish Whiskey is awfully similar to making bourbon whiskey. I’m not sure why Ireland uses the e, but no matter, they don’t use it in Scotland and that is what you are here to taste!
- Whisky can be from Japan, France, America, India, Germany, Russia (it’s pretty darned good- I tried rye named Polgar) really all over the globe. The Japanese whiskies are beating the Scots at their own game to some palates. I find them too light and aromatic for this tasting (put that out of your head!) They don’t have any peat either in Japan. But that’s another story.
What is Single Malt Scotch?
- A single malt is one that is entirely produced from malt in one distillery
- Single Cask means the bottling comes from one, single cask
- Labels may read the region of distillation and is helpful to the consumer!
- Labels are permitted to show the various kinds of casks (also helpful)
- This is sometimes shown as wood finished or sherry/port finished, ex-bourbon aged, American Oak aged,… etc. etc.
- Age Statements on the label is the age of the YOUNGEST whisky in the batch (if blended)
- Distillation only takes place in pot stills, no column stills are permitted in Scotch Whisky (this is not vodka!) although some whisky distilleries do use column stills…
- Independent bottlers are not necessarily better- but it wouldn’t hurt to drink more spirits from independent (non-William-Grant, Diageo… etc.) companies.
McClelland’s Lowland Single Malt Scotch.
- Made by Bowmore-a distiller of fine measure-although this whisky is more of a private lable without a distillery of their own
- A good entry level dram- about $30 dollars
- Hardly a sophisticated dram- but a good intro to Single Malt Scotch
Hazelburn 9 year (Barolo Cask)
- Finished in a Cask that formerly held Barolo wine
- Spent the first six years in a used bourbon cask
- Spent three years in a used Barolo cask that previously held Springbank Whisky
- Malt is 100% barley done by the distillers themselves!
- Non-chill filtered nor caramel colored
- $ 64
Talisker 10 year Single Malt
- .Massive slurp of peat and iodine
- Made by the sea and you can taste every drop of the ocean in each sip
- Peated? Absolutely!
- Aged ten years in the Isle of Skye
- 45.8% ABV
- Ex-Bourbon casks make up the aging process in Hogsheads- (large casks)
Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Unpeated
- No peat to get in the way of the nose and your enjoyment
- Islay beauty!
- 100% Scottish Barley
- Produced by Jim McEwan and aged in American Oak (bourbon) Casks
- Bottled at 50% ABV
- Non-chill filtered, nor caramel colored!
Caol Ila 12 year Single Malt
- Brine Bomb!
- Islay (the other island in Scotland)
- Pronounced Cull- EELA.
- Peat Monster.. Earth. Smoke
- Salt.. Brine. Seaweed..
- IS Chill-Filtered
- Possibly caramel colored
- $ 64
If I was to suggest several must haves for Father’s Day, I would recommend some items that are esoteric, yet attainable on the national market. And why my recommendations? I have, according to many, the abilities as a “taste-maker” so please allow me that small slice of an opportunity to share some of my Father’s Day gifts for the home cocktail bar.
Bartenders and mixologists love the versatility of STROH. At the Miami Rum Festival 2015 (USA) we met a dedicated mixologist who calls himself the “Cocktail Whisperer” and who is known among American mixologists for his special cocktail creations.
Warren Bobrow, who is a dedicated fan of STROH, has written several books (e.g.”Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails) and hundred magazine articles globally. He knows how to present the smooth STROH aroma in drinks and we are delighted to share some of his cocktail creations with STROH on our website.
Where to buy Warren Bobrow’s books:
Authors talk butter, cannabis cocktails in Woodstock
This week the Golden Notebook bookstore, 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock, brings us two gastro-literary events.
The first, at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 3 at the bookstore features Award-winning food writer and chef Elaine Khosrova reading from and discussing her book “Butter: A Rich History.” From the ancient butter bogs of Ireland to the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, Butter is about so much more than food, she tells us. She includes the essential collection of carefully developed core butter recipes, from beurre manie and croissants to pate brisee and the perfect buttercream frosting, and provides practical how-tos for making various types of butter at home — no churning necessary.
Then, in what may be a perfect complement to the Butter event, Warren Bobrow brings us Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics, this one at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 3 at the Golden Notebook.
Bobrow is the creator of the blog cocktailwhisperer.com, and he’ll teach you how to create your own cannabis infused cocktails. He insists that combining cannabis and cocktails is a hot new trend and he’ll show you the essential instructions for de-carbing cannabis to release its full psychoactive effect. He’ll urge you to ‘look beyond cocktails and create successful tonics, syrups, shrubs, bitters, compound butter and exotic infused oil to use in any drink. Start your day with coffee, tea, and milk-based cannabis beverages for healing and relaxation. Get your afternoon pick-me-up with gut healing shrubs and mood enhancing syrups.’ Bobrow is the author of Apothecary Cocktails, Whiskey Cocktails and Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails. He has taught classes on spirits and cocktails all over the world, including an advanced class on rum at the Moscow Bar Show.
For more information, call 845-679-8000 or see www.goldennotebook.com.
Back in the day before we were all born, Mezz Mezzrow was playing jazz clarinet in the normally segregated jazz clubs around the United States. He wasn’t well known, and his history may have escaped all but the most die-hard Jazz aficionados if it wasn’t for one rather large fact.
He was Louis Armstrong’s weed dealer.
In order to properly pay homage to this figure in the Jazz age, who played with Sidney Bechet, (one of my favorite Jazz musicians) I created a cocktail that is featured in my 4th book, Cannabis Cocktails.
The Mezzrole Cocktail
I’m a huge fan of Manhattan-style cocktails; they make great aperitifs. This one is named after Milton “Mezz” Mezzrow, a jazz musician who lived in Harlem in the 1920s. And, as Mezz himself would have known, the term for a well-rolled cannabis cigarette was a “mezzrole”—so I just had to commemorate both man and medicine in this elegant cocktail. It combines cannabis-infused sweet vermouth, handmade cocktail cherries, and quality bourbon into a small, but well-formed, libation that’s deeply healing. When you’re infusing your vermouth, consider choosing a Sativa-Indica hybrid strain called Cherry Pie. It’s redolent of sweet and sour cherries, and it complements the toasty, oaky flavors inherent in the liquors. As for making crushed ice, it’s best to place the ice in a Lewis bag—a heavy canvas bag that’s made for the job—before whacking it with a wooden mallet or rolling pin.
• 4-6 Greenish Cocktail Cherries (we infused Barrell Bourbon with a quantity of Cannabis in an infusion, then soaked Rainier Cherries in the thc infused liquor for a month- hence Greenish Cocktail Cherries)
• 1/2 ounce (15 ml) cannabis-infused vermouth, such as Uncouth Vermouth’s Seasonal Wildflower Blend
• Handful of crushed ice
• 1 ounce (30 ml) bourbon whiskey
• Aromatic bitters
Muddle the Greenish Cocktail Cherries with a wooden muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, then top with the vermouth. Continue to muddle for 30 seconds to combine the flavors. Cover with the crushed ice. Top with the bourbon, then dot with aromatic bitters. Don’t have two: one should be more than enough. And never more than one per hour!
1. Grinder pipe Not only can you grind you bud, but you can also smoke it with the grinder pipe. Moreover, this product will make your smoking experience more convenient.
2. Grinders for every personality
3. Cottonmouth gum
Of course, simply drinking some water can put a stop to cottonmouth. Still, it’s kind of cool that some soul out there is inventing gum just for cottonmouth. Although the face behind it all wishes to remain nameless, it’s exciting nevertheless.
4. Smell-proof stash case
There are different ones to choose from based on how you like to consume cannabis. And they even come with accessories, such as a grinder card and dab mat, depending on which kit you choose.
5. Weed treats for your dog
Don’t worry, these treats won’t make your four-legged friend stoned. However, they will help calm your furry pet. These, in particular, are made with hemp seeds by a Canadian company called True Hemp.
6. THC bubble bath
High Gorgeous, a company that makes infused beauty and topical products, has different kinds of medicinal bubble bath. Although they focus on women, men can enjoy the weed bubbles too. Not to mention, smell amazing afterward.
7. All-in-one pipe
8. Snazzy stash jars
The days of storing our bud in a plastic bag are long gone. Although some folks still resort to a Ziploc, others use stash jars. As a result of legalizing the herb, we now have clear stash jars, colorful stash jars, and even stash jars that light up.
9. Cannabis mouthcare
10. Coffee infused with pot
11. Cannabis cocktails
Did you ever imagine being able to enjoy alcohol and cannabis at once? Well, now you can, thanks to legalization. Warren Bobrow has published a book that will help you create your very own cannabis cocktails.
12. Lube that helps you orgasm
13. Potato chips that will get you high
Step aside Lays, there’s no way you can compete with potato chips that contain cannabis. In fact, a 1.5-ounce bag contains exactly 50mg of THC, which means they’re rather potent. Taking your medication has never been so delicious.
14. Buckle Puffer Belt
Not only does this product allow you to have a pipe attached to your belt, but it’s also magnetically attached, which is perfect for those that stay on-the-go. Whether you are several feet in the air or inside a cave somewhere, you can sneak a toke in with the Buckle Puffer Belt.