Long time readers here will know I have a mild allergic reaction to corn. (Let’s just say I need never buy Exlax again…) For this reason, Bourbon is something I tend to avoid. Similarly, beer made with corn in it has a metallic flavor to me. So most of the time I drink Scotch or Irish Whisky as it is fairly universally based on Barley.
But there is another grain. Rye. It gives a bit more spice to the flavor of the drink. Some Whiskey sold as rye has only a little rye in it, and mostly some other grain. But Bulleit 95 Rye is 95% Rye.
Bulleit Rye tasting notes
Russet in color, with rich oaky aromas. The taste is exceptionally smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey, and spice. Finish is crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors.
90 proof (45% ABV) • 95% rye, 5% malted barley
Mostly rye, a bit of barley. No corn (maize) in sight!
For a long time, Irish coffee was a favorite of mine. But now I’m not keen on the sugar, milk, whipped cream, etc. etc. But still like coffee with a bit of a drop in it. So ordering Irish Coffee will get the wrong thing, and ordering coffee with a shot of “whiskey” in it will likely get bourbon (or it’s a crap shoot). Putting good Scotch in coffee would get me lynched in some quarters. Then there’s the variation between Islay Malt and others. Flavor will wander. What to do?
Well, I’m presently sipping a cup of black coffee with generous shot of Bulleit Rye in it. The rye stands up to the black coffee where a mild Scotch or Irish would be more hidden. It’s an ambitious drink, one with some bitter and kick in it. It reminds me of Texas, and camp coffee, with some ambition added.
I’ve done a short web search, but could find no name for a drink made of BLACK coffee with a shot of Rye Whiskey in it. So I’ve decided to christen this drink:
Texas Trailboss Coffee
Not for the sensitive palate. Yet curiously interesting. Rather like Altoids as the curiously strong mint…
Spicy without any spices. Full of flavor and rich depth. Like a “medicinal bitters” it reminds you of life. On the trail. In Texas. And, of course, only the Trail Boss gets Whiskey on the trail…