See that Knob Creek Smoked Maple sticking out there on the end? It was my favorite and it was delicious. It is most definitely a sipping bourbon for me as it's a little heavy for most cocktails. But wow, the maple flavor was just sweet enough without being over-kill and it was very smooth going down.
I couldn't pass up a taste of my all time favorite bourbon whiskey, Bulleit 10. I have been making all my Manhattans with Bulleit now and I am never disappointed. It is a very good tasting whiskey. I never thought that 20 years ago when I would serve the old folks their Manhattans at the restaurant that I would be drinking these things, but now I love them!!
The tasting was fun and informative. We sniffed, swirled and then discussed the different bourbons in our glasses. the staff was knowledgeable and had good recommendations, but one of our friends is also a bit of a whiskey aficionado himself and shared quite a bit of his knowledge with us. I think we found a new place to come regularly for bourbon whiskey tastings.
We made our way through their pretty gift shop, paid for our tastings and purchases and headed out to the back to sit by the fire pit and listen to the music. We brought our whiskey samples, and then also purchased their hot mulled blueberry wine, one of the best mulled wines I have ever had, so I get it every winter here at Riverwood.
Okay, I couldn't leave without sampling at least one of my favorite wines here, the Asian Pear. Super fresh pear flavor, not to sweet, and goes well with my favorite dish, spicy shrimp. I grabbed a bottle before we headed out to Weston. It was a great way to celebrate a birthday!