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Let the Spirit Lead You

Let the Spirit Lead You

I never really fancied myself a brown liquor fan — that is, until we were introduced to Whiskey Wednesdays. Top-shelf whiskey cocktails for the price of a Starbuck’s coffee concoction provides us all the reason we need to belly up to the neighborhood bar mid-week. And, in turn, has converted me to a whiskey drinker. Of sorts. As an amateur whiskey drinker, I’ve pretty much stuck to the mildest of cocktails on the tiered libations menu. I couldn’t tell you the exact ingredients of the delicious drink that’s put in front of me by our favorite bartender, Jordan, but I do know it has some kind of whiskey and persimmon. A delightful combo that’s not only yummy, but when served up in a classic champagne glass, makes for a pretty Happy Hump Day. Dave, a more experienced and learned whiskey drinker, ops for the Quadropehnia on most visits. A mix of barrel-aged wild turkey, rye, vermouth, the drink is rimmed with a flamed orange. Think liquid fire. Yummy, yes. But definitely not intended for amateurs like me. In the past year, Dave has become not only a more seasoned whiskey drinker, but he’s become quite the learned whiskey / bourbon student. Apparently, for example, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. To be a bourbon, it must contain 51% corn, be bottled at no less than 80 proof and must not contain any added flavoring or coloring. These facts (and more) we learned on a recent visit to the Woodford Reserve in Kentucky. On our drive home from a road trip to Canada a few weeks back, we exited I75 for a...