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Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
No. 14 Bourbon - Vermont SpiritsVermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey with Vermont Maple Syrup is destined to become an American classic. Vermont Spirits Master Distiller Joe Buswell created Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey by deftly combining five-year old Bourbon made in Vermont and Vermont maple syrup to create a smooth spirit with a warm and lasting finish. Sipped alone or used in a cocktail, Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey is gathering fans.

 

No. 14 Bourbon - Vermont SpiritsBourbon Whiskey is a distinctly American product that has a long history in the United States, and is on the rise in popularity with its burnished rich, deep copper color, aromatic sweet bouquet on the nose, and lingering finish. Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey honors the long tradition of this American spirit by crafting it at Vermont's Original Craft Distillery where Master Distiller Joe Buswell combines 5-year old Bourbon made at the distillery and blending in another iconic Vermont product, Vermont maple syrup. Its name, No. 14, is a reference to 1791 when The Vermont Republic became the 14th state admitted to the United States. Vermont made, Vermont proud.

Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes: 45% Alcohol/90 proof, in the glass, the color is deep, rich burnished copper that beckons you to take notice, on the nose, the bouquet is headily aromatic with tawny sweet notes of vanilla, cocoa, and maple. There are luscious layers of flavors on the palate, with spice notes, toasted nuts, caramel, and black cherry, with a warm, lingering long finish. It has a nice viscosity that coats the glass with its long legs and imparts a memorable finish on the palate.

Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey may be sipped neat, with a little water to release more of the notes, or with ice; the choice is yours, which is how it should be. It is also a delicious and versatile ingredient in cocktails such as the No. 14 Old Fashioned (3 ounces No. 14 Bourbon, 2 teaspoons simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, 2 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters), and the No. 14 Sidecar (2 ounces No. 14 Bourbon, 1 ounce DeKuyper Orange Curacao Liqueur, 2 ounces fresh lemon, and garnish with fresh orange slice).

Joe Buswell - Master Distiller - Vermont Spirits
Master Distiller Joe Buswell

To show the versatility of Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey, "Luxury Experience was In the Kitchen and Behind the Bar®," and created a culinary and cocktail pairing menu to tempt your palate. All culinary recipes created by Luxury Experience's Chef Debra C. Argen. All cocktail recipes created by Luxury Experience Mixologists Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta.

Luxury Experience
Vermont Spirits Bourbon Whiskey
Cocktail and Culinary Pairing Menu

The Pairing Menu

Luxury Experience - No. 14 Mint Julep
with
Luxury Experience - Baked Brie in Phyllo Pastry with
Bourbon Fruit Chutney

Luxury Experience - Bull and Bourbon
with
Luxury Experience - No. 14 Barbecue Shrimp with
Polenta and Asparagus

Luxury Experience - Cold Poached Salmon in an
Orange Bourbon Sauce
with
Luxury Experience - Smooth Operator

Luxury Experience - Dark Side of the Moon
with
Luxury Experience -
No. 14 Bourbon Cake with Bourbon Pastry Filling and Chocolate Glaze

The Cocktail Menu

 

Luxury Experience - No. 14 Mint Julep
Luxury Experience - Bull and Bourbon
Luxury Experience - Smooth Operator
Luxury Experience - Dark Side of the Moon

The Culinary Menu

Luxury Experience - Baked Brie in Phyllo Pastry with
Bourbon Fruit Chutney
Luxury Experience - No. 14 Barbecue Shrimp with
Polenta and Asparagus
Luxury Experience - Cold Poached Salmon in an
Orange Bourbon Sauce
Luxury Experience - No. 14 Bourbon Cake with
Bourbon Pastry Cream Filling and Chocolate Glaze

The Cocktail Recipes

Luxury Experience - Mint Julep - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - No. 14 Mint Julep

A Mint Julep is the quintessential bourbon cocktail and the calling card of Southern hospitality, it is headily aromatic, strong, sweet, and absolutely delicious. Luxury Experience - No. 14 Mint Julep shows New England's hospitality is just as gracious by combining Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey with homemade mint simple syrup and a fresh mint garnish to add to the aromatics. Easy to make, this cocktail may well become a staple in your cocktail party repertoire.

Paired with Luxury Experience - Baked Brie in Phyllo Pastry with Bourbon Fruit Chutney, your party will be off to an excellent beginning.

Luxury Experience - No. 14 Mint Julep
Yield:              1 Cocktail
Glass Used:     Rocks Glass or Stemmed Glass

Ingredients:

2
Ounces
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey
2
Ounces
Homemade Mint Simple Syrup* (See recipe below)
   
Fresh Mint, garnish

Method: Crush ice in a blender, fill glass with ice. Add the Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey and mint simple syrup. Stir gently. Add fresh mint. Add 2 cocktail straws, sip, and enjoy all summer long.

Mint Simple Syrup Ingredients:

1
Cup
Water
1
Cup
Sugar
1
Cup
Fresh Mint, garnish

Method: Bring water and sugar to a boil for about 5 minutes. When liquid turns clear, add the fresh mint, simmer for 1 minute. Let syrup rest until cool. Strain liquid into a glass jar, discard mint. Store syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use. Keeps well for several weeks.

Watch the video on how to make a Luxury Experience - No. 14 Mint Julep on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/LuxuryExperience

Luxury Experience - Bull and Bourbon - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Bull and Bourbon

Two great American institutions, Bourbon and Blues come together to create Luxury Experience - Bull and Bourbon, our take on the classic Bloody Mary (tomato juice and vodka) and the Bloody Bull (tomato juice, vodka, and beef bouillon) by deftly combining Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey, Beef Bouillon, V-8 Vegetable Juice, Devon Allman's Chipotle Blues Born to Hula Hot Sauce created by the ultimate Bluesman Devon Allman (son of the legendary Gregg Allman), Fee Brothers Celery Bitters, freshly ground black pepper, and fresh lemon and fresh lime juice.

Luxury Experience - Bull and Bourbon goes well beyond brunch, and is a delicious counterpoint to the main course of Luxury Experience - No. 14 Barbecue Shrimp with Polenta and Asparagus which uses complementary ingredients.

Luxury Experience - Bull and Bourbon
Yield:              1 Cocktail
Glass Used:     Highball Glass

Ingredients:

2
Ounces
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey
1
Ounce
Beef Bouillon
3
Ounces
V-8 Vegetable Juice
1
Teaspoon
2
Dashes
1
Squeeze
Fresh Lime
1
Squeeze
Fresh Lemon
   
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
   
Garnishes: Cucumber slice, Carrot stick, Lemon and Lime Wedges

Method: Mix all in mixing glass with the exception of garnishes, add 2 ice cubes, and shake briefly to mix. Strain into an ice filled highball glass. Add long thin cucumber slice, carrot stick, and lemon and lime wedges.

Luxury Experience - Smooth Operator - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Smooth Operator

We paired Luxury Experience - Smooth Operator with Luxury Experience - Cold Poached Salmon in an Orange Bourbon Sauce, which mirrors ingredients to create the perfect pairing. When pairing cocktails and with food either like to mirror ingredients, meaning using many of the same components in both the culinary and cocktail recipes, or by using complementary or contrasting flavors to create a yin yang element of style.

Luxury Experience - Smooth Operator
Yield:              1 Cocktail
Glass Used:     Rocks Glass

Ingredients:

2
Ounces
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey
1
Ounce
Orange Juice
1
Ounce
Tonic Water
2
Dashes
   
Garnishes: Long Orange Peel

Method: Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass. Pour into an ice filled rocks glass. Tightly roll a long orange peel, place the rolled side into the glass and leave the "tail" hanging out of the glass.

Luxury Experience - Dark Side of the Moon - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Dark Side of the Moon

Bourbon is a dark spirit that easily blends with other dark ingredients. Luxury Experience - Dark Side of the Moon combines Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey, Guinness, Root Beer, Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters, and is rimmed with dark chocolate and garnished with an orange slice dipped in dark chocolate. The dark chocolate imparts luscious notes without sweetness, to create a perfectly balanced and delectable cocktail.

Luxury Experience - Dark Side of the Moon pairs with Luxury Experience - No. 14 Bourbon Cake with Bourbon Pastry Cream Filling and Chocolate Glaze for the perfect finale to the pairing dinner.

Luxury Experience - Dark Side of the Moon
Yield:              1 Cocktail
Glass Used:     Rocks Glass

2
Ounces
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey
1
Ounce
Guinness
1
Ounce
Root Beer
3
Drops
   
Melted Dark Chocolate to rim glass
   
Orange Slice dipped in dark chocolate as garnish

Method: Melt dark chocolate. Rim the rocks glass and rim the orange slice peel with chocolate.

Fill the rocks glass with ice. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, stir, and strain into prepared rocks glass. Garnish with the orange slice.

The Culinary Recipes

Luxury Experience - Baked Brie in Phyllo Pastry with Bourbon Fruit Chutney is a delectable yin yang, a meld of sweet with savory that works well as an appetizer, or served with mixed greens as a salad course. Dates, golden raisins, and orange zest are cooked in freshly squeezed orange juice, maple syrup, and Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey to meld the flavors, with toasted pecans added to create delicious chutney; spread the chutney over (1) round brie wrapped in Athens® Fillo Dough (Phyllo Pastry Sheets) and baked. The result is fabulous; crispy, flaky pastry, warm and tangy brie, and sweet chutney. Make two; one to enjoy now and one to freeze and bake later to enjoy at another time.

Luxury Experience - Baked Brie - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Baked Brie in Phyllo Pastry with Bourbon Fruit Chutney

Luxury Experience - Bourbon Fruit Chutney Ingredients:

1
Cup
Deglet Noor Dates, pitted and chopped
1
Cup
Golden Raisins
1
 
Orange, zested
0.75
Cup
Fresh Orange Juice
0.25
Cup
Maple Syrup
2
Ounces (59 ml)
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey

0.25

Cup

Toasted Pecans, chopped

Method for the Fruit Chutney: Add all ingredients to a saucepan with the exception of the Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey and the pecans. Bring mixture to a boil for 3 minutes stirring continuously. Add the bourbon and pecans and boil for an additional 1 minute. Set aside while preparing brie or store the chutney in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator until ready to use. Mixture may be made ahead; keeps well.

Brie in Phyllo Pastry Ingredients:

6
Sheets
Athens® Fillo Dough (Phyllo Pastry Sheets)
2
Tablespoons (28 gr)
Butter, melted
13.2
Ounce (374 gr)
Round Baby Brie

Luxury Experience - Baked Brie set-up - photo by Luxury Experience
Brie set-up

Method for the Brie in Phyllo Pastry: Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Spray with vegetable oil or brush with melted butter. Place a sheet of phyllo pastry on the parchment, and brush with butter. Angle a second angle of phyllo pastry on top of the previous sheet, and brush with butter. Repeat with each of the (6) sheets. Place the brie in the center of the buttered phyllo pastry sheets, add three generous tablespoons (or more if needed) to cover the top of the brie. Using the parchment paper as an aide, bring the corner of the phyllo pastry onto the brie. Repeat, so that the brie is completely enclosed in the phyllo pastry sheets.

Luxury Experience - Baked Brie ready to be baked - photo by Luxury Experience
Brie ready to be baked

Bake in a pre-heated 350° F (177° C) oven for 30 minutes until pastry is golden. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve alone as an appetizer or accompanied with mixed lettuce for a salad course.

Luxury Experience - No. 14 Barbecue Shrimp with Polenta and Asparagus

Luxury Experience - Shrimp - photo by Luxury Experience

Summer is barbecue season, and Luxury Experience - No. 14 Barbecue Shrimp with Polenta and Asparagus is so luscious that you will want to make an extra large batch of sauce to save and use on chicken and ribs as well.

Luxury Experience - No. 14 Barbecue Shrimp with Polenta and Asparagus
2 Servings

Luxury Experience - No. 14 Barbecue Shrimp Ingredients:
Yield: 1.5 cups of Barbecue Sauce

4
Tablespoons (57 gr)
Butter, melted
0.5
Cup
Onion, finely minced
0.25
Cup
Light Brown Sugar
1
Cup
Ketchup
1
Teaspoon
Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce
3
Ounces (89 ml)
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey
0.75
Teaspoon
1
 
Scallion, minced

Method for the Barbecue Sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan; add onions, cover and sweat onions for 5 minutes until onions are translucent. Add the light brown sugar stirring to dissolve sugar and to caramelize the onions. Add the ketchup, Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce, Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey, and Devon Allman's Chipotle Blues Born to Hula Hot Sauce. Cook for 3 minutes. Cool. Then store in the refrigerator in a glass jar overnight to meld the flavors. When ready to use, pour into a saucepan with the minced scallion and cook for 3 minutes to thicken the sauce.

Shrimp Ingredients:

8
Colossal
Shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail left on

Method for the Shrimp: Place shrimp in a bowl, add enough barbecue sauce to generously coat shrimp. Place on the grill for 3 - 4 minutes.

Polenta Ingredients:

0.5
Cup
Polenta
2
Cups (500 ml)
Water
3
Tablespoons
Butter
0.25
Teaspoon
Salt
0.25
Teaspoon
Ground Black Pepper

Method for the Polenta: Add water, butter, salt, and pepper to a boil in a medium saucepan. Gradually add the polenta stirring constantly to create a smooth consistency for 5 minutes. Set aside.

Asparagus Ingredients:

8
 
Asparagus stalks

Debra C. Argen  with Shrimp Dish - photo by Luxury Experience
Chef Debra with No. 14 Barbecue Shrimp

Method for the Asparagus: Steam asparagus for 2-3 minutes until tender but still firm.

Presentation: Create a box frame with the asparagus on each plate. Add a mound of polenta to the middle of the box. Position the 4 grilled shrimp standing up on the polenta. Serve with extra sauce in a pitcher.

Luxury Experience - Cold Poached Salmon in an Orange Bourbon Sauce

Luxury Experience - Salmon - photo by Luxury Experience

Summer dining should be easy and Luxury Experience - Cold Poached Salmon in an Orange Bourbon Sauce is sure to please as it is made ahead and chilled until serving time. We poached the salmon in orange juice and Fee Brothers Gin-Barrel Aged Orange Bitters, and then finished it with a reduction sauce of orange juice, Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey, orange zest, and tonic water. We paired it with the cocktail, Luxury Experience - Smooth Operator.                    .

Luxury Experience - Cold Poached Salmon in an Orange Bourbon Sauce
Serves 2

Ingredients:

2
4-Ounce (113 gr)
Salmon Fillets
1.25
Cups (295 ml)
Orange Juice
4
Dashes
   
Orange Zest
2
Ounces (59 ml)
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey
1
Ounce (30 ml)
Tonic Water
   
Garnish: Orange Slice, Thyme Sprig

Method: Heat a large pan; season the salmon with salt and pepper. Place the salmon in the pan, pour the orange juice over the salmon, add 2 dashes Fee Brothers Gin-Barrel Aged Orange Bitters, cover and bring liquid to a boil. Poach in the orange juice for 3-4 minutes (or to your own preference) depending on the thickness of the salmon. Remove salmon and set on a plate to cool, then refrigerate until serving time. Poach the salmon and the sauce several hours ahead.

Strain the poaching liquid, and return strained liquid to the pan. Reduce to 4 ounces. Add the Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey, orange zest, and tonic water, and reduce for 3 minutes until thickened (about 2 ounces). Pour into a small bowl or jar and refrigerate until serving time.

Presentation: Place the salmon fillets on 2 plates. Spoon the sauce over both fillets. Garnish each fillet with a long orange peel rolled up and secured with a thyme sprig.

We finish the pairing menu with a grand finale of a dessert, Luxury Experience - Bourbon Cake with Bourbon Pastry Cream with Chocolate Glaze.

Luxury Experience - Bourbon Cake - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Bourbon Cake with Bourbon Pastry Cream and Chocolate Glaze

Cake Ingredients:

8
Ounces (227 gr)
Unsalted Butter
1
Cup
Sugar
1.5
Cups
Sifted Cake Flour
1.5
Teaspoons
Baking Powder
0.25
Teaspoon
Salt
1
Teaspoon
Maple Syrup
2
 
Eggs
0.25
Cup
Milk
0.25
Cup
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey

Method: Preheat oven to 350° F (177° C). Spray square pan with baking spray (or butter and flour the pan).

Cream the butter in a food processor. Gradually add sugar and process until light and fluffy. Add one egg, process, add the other and process.

In a bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir well. Gradually add the flour mixture a little at a time to the creamed sugar and eggs, alternately adding the milk, maple syrup, and Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey. Process until smooth, but do not over process or cake will be dry.

Pour batter into square pan. Bake 20 - 25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on baking rack.

Freeze the cake until ready to use. Slice cake in half to create 2 equal layers.

Bourbon Pastry Cream Ingredients:

2
 
Egg Yolks
½
Cup
White Sugar
2
Cups
Whole Milk
¼
Cup
Corn Starch
1/3
Cup
Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey

Special Notes:

Add a ¼ cup sugar as you heat the milk and it will not stick to the bottom
Slurry is a pale yellow paste made by mixing egg yolks, sugar, and corn starch in a bowl.

Method: Scald milk and sugar mixture, remove from heat and add the hot milk a little at a time, a tablespoon at a time up to ¼ cup, to the slurry mixture and stir, this will temper the slurry mixture. Then add the slurry milk mixture to the rest of the hot milk and stir. Return to the heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium for 2 more minutes to finish. Wait a couple of minutes (2 -4) for the mixture to cool then add the Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey to the mixture and stir. Pour the mixture into a 4" x 8" pan and cover with clear wrap and let it cool and firm up.

Glaze Cream Ingredients:

7
Ounces (200 grams)
72% Dark Chocolate
2
Tablespoons
Light Corn Syrup
6
Ounces (117 ml)
+1 Tablespoon
Heavy Cream
3
Tablespoons (50 grams)
Unsalted Butter, at room temperature

Method: Break up the chocolate in small pieces and add to a small bowl along with the light corn syrup. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium-heat. Bring to a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate. Whisk until smooth, let rest 5 minutes, then whisk in the butter to give the glaze a shine.

Assembly: Remove the cake from the freezer. Place one layer of the cake on a wire cooling rack placed on a large parchment lined baking sheet. Brush the cut side of the cake with 2 ounces of the Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey mixed with 2 ounces of water.

Using a narrow, metal spatula, create an outline with the chocolate glaze along the edges of the bottom cake layer to prevent the filling from spilling out. Fill the center of the cake with the pastry cream.

Brush the cut side of the top layer with 2 ounces of the Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey mixed with 2 ounces of water. Place the cut side layer of the cake on top of the bottom layer, and gently press down on the top of the cake to make a seal.

Presentation: Pour the glaze over the cake. Smooth the top with the metal spatula and along the sides.

Optional: Once the glaze sets, melt white chocolate and place in a small pastry bag or a plastic sandwich bag, twist, and cut a small hole in the tip of the bag. Write BOURBON on the top of the cake with the melted white chocolate.

For addition product information on Vermont Spirits No. 14 Bourbon Whiskey as well as to discover their full line of excellent spirits, please visit the website: www.VermontSpirits.com.

Going to be in Vermont? Why not visit the Vermont Spirits Distilling Co. and retail shop? The Distillery and Retail Store are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week.

Vermont Spirits

Vermont Spirits Distilling Co.
5573 Woodstock Road (Route 4)
Quechee, Vermont 05001
United States
Telephone:      +1-866-99VODKA (+1-886-998-6352)
eFax:               +1-802.295-7595
Website:        
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