How lucky am I to have made friends in the whiskey business? Very. I Recently spent some time at House Spirits Distillery in Portland checking out their operation and tasting some of their fine spirits.
They’ve been producing White Dog, which is one of their limited releases. If you aren’t familiar with White Dog, it’s a new whiskey straight from the still. Colorless and plenty strong, this is whiskey that’s never touched a barrel. Typically whiskey will be aged in charred oak, all the while darkening in color and mellowing from the process. The aging process can be used to mask imperfections in lesser whiskeys, but with new whiskey like this – there’s nothing to hide behind. The level of craft at House Spirits makes for an amazing and wonderfully drinkable spirit.
Made from 100% malted barley, you can really breathe in the distinctive malt flavor when sipping. A bit of sweetness, and a light spiciness make it easy to drink neat, but with enough heat to really shine though in a cocktail.
Evan Kinkel from House Spirits even suggested a couple cocktails perfect for the occasion:
The White Zombie
- 1 1/2 oz. White dog
- 3/4 oz. Fresh pressed lime juice
- 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
- 1/2 oz. B.G. Reynold’s Don’s Mix
- Dash of Angustura bitters
- Garnish with mint &lime
- 1 1/2 oz. White Dog
- 1 oz. Stumptown cold brew
- 1/2 oz. Molasses syrup
- 3/4 oz. half & half
- Dash of Reagan’s bitters
- Garnish with an orange disc & cinnamon
If you try some, let me know what you think. If you’d rather stick to your favorite aged whiskey, I’ve got a DIY coming up for you… I’m gonna try to micro-age some White Dog. I’ll post in a few weeks and let you know how it turns out and show you the simple process.photos taken by Lisa Warninger