Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Sierra Norte Single Barrel Black Corn Oaxacan Whiskey
We have known Master Distiller French for many years since he created Scorpion Mezcal. Not someone to sit back, he is a forward thinker, and with agave slowly depleting he was inspired to use native Oaxacan ancient heritage corn to create a series of Mexican Whiskeys. Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan Black Corn is one of a series of exceptional Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskeys (Black, Yellow, White, and Purple), each designed to maximize their own unique flavors. Cheers!

Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black Information: Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan Black Corn is made from 85% Oaxacan Heritage (non-GMO) Corn and 15% Malted Barley that is double distilled. Made in a single barrel in a copper pot still, the whiskey is aged for approximately 10 months in French Oak. 45% Alcohol by Volume (90 proof). Each bottle lists the barrel number and each bottle as a bottle number. Our bottle was Barrel No. 7, and Bottle No. 71-285-Batch 05. The back of each bottle proudly bears the signature of Master Distiller Doug French. With a price tag of around $57 bottle, Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan Black Corn is a luxury whiskey that fully delivers the flavor goods.  

Tasting Notes: The nose is at once aromatic with a slight sweetness. On the palate, there is a delectable sweetness with raisin notes along with a rich spiciness of cinnamon and cardamom, and a delightfully long smooth finish. This is an ultra-premium sipping whiskey that also plays well in a variety of cocktail as well as culinary recipes.  

Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" and proudly presents our cocktail and culinary recipes to tempt your palate as well as inspire creations of your own using Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan Black Corn.  

Luxury Experience - Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey made with Native Oaxacan Black Corn Cocktail and Culinary Menu  

The Cocktails  

Luxury Experience - Oaxaca Guava Lava 
Luxury Experience - Mexican "Black Coffee" Malt  

The Culinary  

Luxury Experience - T-Bone Steak with SN Marinade and Whiskey Mushrooms
Luxury Experience - Spirited Corn Crème Brûlée 

 

Cocktail Recipes  

Luxury Experience - Oaxaca Guava Lava 
Luxury Experience - Mexican "Black Coffee" Malt 

Luxury Experience - Oaxaca Guava Lava - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Oaxaca Guava Lava is our version of a Whiskey Sour. It combines Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black with guava juice, lime juice, and grenadine. To create a heady foamy head (the "lava") we used Fee Foam. Garnished with an orange cherry "bowtie" this cocktail makes retro deliciously new again.  

Luxury Experience - Oaxaca Guava Lava
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass: Collins 

Cocktail Ingredients

2

Ounces

Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black

1.75

Ounce

Guava Juice

0.25

Ounce

Fresh Lime Juice

0.25

Ounce

Grenadine Syrup

2

Dashes

Fee Foam

 

 

Orange Cherry "Bowtie", garnish

Method for the Cocktail: Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black, guava juice, lime juice, grenadine, and Fee Foam to a metal shaker and shake hard to create a foam.  Pour into the Collins glass and garnish with the orange cherry "bowtie" garnish. 

Method to create the "Bowtie" Garnish: Cut an orange slice, cut the slice from the center to one side, and twist the slice. Take a bar skewer and carefully insert into the middle of the orange, spear the cherry onto the skewer, then push the skewer through the rest of the orange slice. 

Luxury Experience - Mexican Black Coffee Malt - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Mexican "Black Coffee" Malt should come with the warning that the "coffee" is actually alcohol (Patron XO Café Coffee Liqueur). Mixed with Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black and Malta Goya, this is a sophisticated cocktail that showcases the best of Mexican ingredients. 

Luxury Experience - Mexican "Black Coffee" Malt
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass: Rocks Glass

Cocktail Ingredients

1.50

Ounces

Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black

1.5

Ounce

Patron XO Café (Coffee Liqueur)

2

Ounces

Malta Goya (non-alcohol malt beverage)

Method for the Cocktail: Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass, pour into an ice-filled rocks glass.

Culinary Recipes 

Luxury Experience - T-Bone Steak with SN Marinade and Whiskey Mushrooms
Luxury Experience - Spirited Corn Crème Brûlée 
Luxury Experience - T-Bone Steak, SN Marinade, Whiskey Mushrooms - photo by Luxury Experience

Steak and whiskey are a match made in culinary heaven. An excellent steak does not need much preparation to let the beef sing, however Luxury Experience - T-Bone Steak with SN Marinade and Whiskey Mushrooms proves that a little enhancement, in this case, with Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black goes a long way to perfection.

Luxury Experience - T-Bone Steak with SN Marinade and Whiskey Mushrooms
Serves 1

Ingredients

16

Ounce

T-Bone Steak

2

Tablespoons

The Trentasette Collection Organic EVOO

1

Ounce

Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black

 

 

Salt, Freshly Ground Black Pepper

 

 

Mushrooms

Method: Brush the extra-virgin olive oil on both sides of the steak. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in a zip plastic bag, add Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black. Massage into the steak. Let rest for at least 30 minutes. When ready to grill, remove the steak from the marinade. Heat grill and grill steak.  

Heat a sauté pan, add the mushrooms and marinade and sauté until tender. Serve over the grilled steak.

Luxury Experience - Spirited Corn Creme Brulee - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Spirited Corn Crème Brûlée

As Sierra Norte Single Barrel Whiskey Black is made with Native Oaxacan Black Corn, we created the luscious dessert, Luxury Experience - Spirited Corn Crème Brûlée, using fresh corn on the cob, heavy cream, Half & Half (or light cream), Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, Himalayan pink salt, and Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters. The result is decadently creamy and rich.   

Luxury Experience - Spirited Corn Crème Brûlée
Serves 12 (3.5 X 1 inch ramekins)  

Equipment Needed: Crème Brûlée ramekins or molds, Roasting pan large enough to hold ramekins for the water bath, kitchen torch

Preheat Oven: 325 Degrees F (163 degrees C) 

Ingredients 

1

Cup

Fresh Corn, removed from the cob

1.5

Cups

Heavy Cream

1.5

Cups

Half & Half (or Light Cream)

1

Can

Sweetened Condensed Milk

0.5

Teaspoon

Pink Himalayan Salt

2

Jumbo

Eggs

2

Jumbo

Egg Yolks

1

Ounce

Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey Black

6

Dashes

Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters

Method:  Add corn, heavy cream, Half & Half, and sweetened condensed milk to a blender and blend until very smooth. Add to a saucepan. Heat over medium. 

Meanwhile, add the eggs, egg yolks, salt, whiskey, and bitters to the blender and blend until smooth. When the cream mixture is heated through but not boiling, slowly add 1 ladle of the hot liquid to the eggs and blend. Repeat twice. This is to temper the eggs so that they do not curdle. Pour the egg mixture into the rest of the hot milk. Cook together for 1 minute to combines. 

Pour into ramekins, set into the roasting pan, and pour boiling water half-way up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until center are set. 

Use tongs to carefully remove from the water. Set on a cooling rack. Once cool. Place in the refrigerator for several hours (or overnight). 

Crème Brûlée Presentation: Just before serving, spoon 1 tablespoon sugar on each, and use kitchen torch to "burn" the sugar (brûlée). This will produce a hard sugar "shell" on the custard. 

Important Note: The custard must be very cold, or the kitchen torch will melt the custard. If you do not have a kitchen torch, place the chilled custards under the broiler. Watch carefully so they do not burn. 

Read more about and get more great cocktail and culinary recipes for Sierra Norte's line of whiskeys:  Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Yellow Corn Whiskey  and Sierra Norte Single Barrel White Whiskey in the Liquor Cabinet section. 

About Sierra Norte Single Barrel Mexican Whiskey 

"The Sierra Norte Mountains of Oaxaca Mexico, with their profuse flora, abundant wildlife, and crystal clear, flowing waters, support some of the world's most treasured biodiversity. More than any crop, corn embodies the life-giving relationship between these ancient mountains and their inhabitants. Descendants of the region's first farmers continue replanting the best seeds from each harvest, as they and their ancestors have done for over 7,000 years. 

Sierra Norte distilling started with Master Distiller Douglas French's passion to use different varieties of this ancient, flavorful Oaxacan corn to make a series of unique, outstanding whiskies. Each variety is distilled separately and matured in French Oak casks, to showcase its individual character and nuance." 

Sierra Norte Distillery

Contact Information - United States 

Barbara Sweetman
United States, Sales Director
Caballeros, Inc.
Telephone:   +1-914-921-6988
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Website:       https://sierranortewhiskey.com
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Contact Information - Mexico 

Scorpion Mezcal S.A. de C.V.
Sierra Norte Distillery
610 Calle Piru
San Augustin de las Juntas
Oaxaca
Mexico 71260
Telephone:   +59-951-511-5701 

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