In the News: Raylen Vineyards, Olde Mecklenberg Brewing, Walton’s Distillery, Mystery Brewing, Fortnight Brewing, JOLO Winery, Crude Bitters.
Meet the Maker: Oliver Mulligan from Great Wagon Road Distillery is in and we talk about his fantastic spirits. He gets high marks, especially from his Rua, which has basically made the distillery famous! We try several more, though. A lot of good stuff from Great Wagon Road!
Food for Drinkin’: Chef Tim Grandinetti sends a fantastic Irish-inspired sausage and pasta dish for us to try.
Mix It Up (the art of the drink): Get Down with the Brown.
2oz Rua Single Malt Whiskey
3oz Molasses Black Pepper Sage Reduction¹
¾oz Roses Lime Juice
Top with Crude Rizzo Bitters
Rosemary Lemon Oil²
Two sage leaves (slapped)
¹Molasses, Black Pepper, Sage Reduction
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 cup molasses
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 cups water
1 tbsp coriander seed
2 fresh sage leaves
3 tbsp whole black pepper
Reduce on high heat by half. Refrigerate until cool
²Rosemary Lemon Oil
3 rosemary sprigs
Juice and zest ¼ lemon
1½ cup olive oil
Let set for 24 hours to meld flavors
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Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, located in Charlotte, NC, has been the darlings of the award circuit this month. GWR was given a bronze medal for their Rua Single Malt Whisky at The New York International Spirits Competition and they were also named the the North Carolina Single Malt Distillery of the Year. That’s impressive. And, they won silver at the Seattle International Spirits Awards.
Also, Garden & Gun Magazine awarded them 1st place for their “Made in the South Awards.” These are big-time accolades for this small distillery.
Rua is a single malt American whiskey that, according to their website, is warmly mellowed by charred white oak and finishes with a soft chocolate tone. I know that we can’t wait to have Great Wagon Road Distilling on SippingNC: The Art of the Drink in the very near future. I really want to taste this award-winning whiskey. My mouth is already watering.
You can find more about GWR by visiting their website. Right now and until the end of the year, as a thank you to all of their supporters, GWR will be giving $5 tours and tastings. They have also extended tour times for their Holiday Open House.
Grab some at your local NC ABC store and let us know what you think. Go take a tour, too!
Slàinte mhath! – Tim