Having received copious amounts of weed for my birthday last week (best friends ever!), I fondly thought back to the birthday before last, when I received my very first flask of Kings County Bourbon Whiskey.
Let’s start with the bottle itself. There’s nothing I love more than drinking out of a glass bottle. I had been searching for a flask for some time, and kept coming up short on metal, metal + leather, canvas, etc. The thought of a glass flask hadn’t occurred to me.
And there it was. The concave curvature you expect of a classic flask. Thick glass you could get a little rough with. It was the perfect shape, the perfect size, and oh-so-easy to slip into a sleeve of my WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie bag.
And now for that first sip. Wow. Characterized by a rich aroma of fresh corn, balanced with the sweet caramelized oak sap from small casks, it has a very strong sweet base with flavors of vanilla and caramel, a deep molasses taste to the middle notes, and leaves a smooth finish with hints of cinnamon and autumn spices. Aged a minimum of 12 months, this bourbon is a precocious whiskey, surprisingly robust for its age.
Kings County Distillery, makers of Whiskey, Bourbon and Moonshine ($20), is New York City's only operating whiskey distillery, and the first since before prohibition. You can only get it from select spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan. If you’re outside of Gotham City, good ol' Astor Wines and Spirits will ship it to you.