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  • Writer's pictureCarol Berger

๐€ โ€œ๐“๐จ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐‘๐ž๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐’๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ญโ€



Last year I had the opportunity to celebrate the 50th birthday of a local โ€œwine rebelโ€ Sommelier with his family and friends leading a Bourbon Eventure Adult Ice Cream Social whiskey pairing event.


๐™„ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™™๐™™ ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ, therefore, the first bourbon sampled by guests was the ๐™ˆ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™จ๐™š๐™ง๐™ซ๐™š 12 ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง, boasting a "toast to the rebellious spirit". This straight bourbon aged over 12 years is finished for up to an additional year in ๐’„๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“๐’๐’†๐’• ๐’”๐’‚๐’–๐’—๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’” from the central coast of California. I selected this particular bourbon to honor his love of wine, as well as to introduce the other wine loving guests to the world of whiskey. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’—๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’„๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž for the sweet notes of vanilla, dried fruit and sherry in the profile.


๐๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฉ, ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐œ๐จ๐ญ๐œ๐ก. While she prefers a peated scotch, many do not because they may start off tasting the wrong one, being too strong, smoky and peaty. What is peat? The smokey flavor of the peat fires used to dry malted barley. The longer and hotter the stronger the flavor! Your peated scotch, to name a few, would be Laphroaig and Ardbeg. I selected a ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™š๐™™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ, ๐™‚๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ž๐™™๐™™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™๐™ž๐™ง๐™š & ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™š, considered a โ€œmarriage of peated and non-peated whiskiesโ€ finished in Latin rum casks. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’„๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž to balance the smokey and sweet.


๐‹๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐’๐š๐ ๐š๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ฌ๐ค ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก ๐‘๐ฒ๐ž for itโ€™s balance of sweet and spice. With notes of chocolate, hazelnut, molasses and black pepper, it was perfectly ๐’‘๐’‚๐’Š๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’„๐’๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’„๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž. One guest shared with me how much she loved this pairing as it reminded her of her โ€œfavorite chocolates on her honeymoon in Parisโ€!



After the tasting, guests were able to enjoy an additional pour of their favorite spirit for a special birthday toast, as well as an opportunity to make an ice cream sundae, drizzled with their choice of my homemade peanut butter or salted caramel bourbon cream!


You donโ€™t need a special occasion to have ice cream, but it is perfect if you are looking to celebrate whether for a public or private event. Donโ€™t want to do ice cream, no problem! I can pair with any dessert ~ pies, cakes, chocolates, and any other desserts we can have fun with!


๐˜ผ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š "๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™—๐™š๐™ก"

"I want to give a quick shout out to Carol for the wonderful whiskey and ice cream pairing led at our house for my birthday! We paired up three premium whiskeys with three ice cream flavors and they were all sublime! I'd absolutely recommend this experience for your next private gathering!! "


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