Hi-Spirits is importing limited supplies of the unaged and unbarrelled Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1, distilled in autumn 2012, as the appeal of clear spirits for bartenders continues to increase.
Buffalo Trace Mash #1 is the recipe used to make acclaimed Bourbons including Buffalo Trace, Benchmark, Eagle Rare and George T. Stagg. These Bourbons develop their complex flavour characteristics in the oak barrel, as a result of years of interaction between the spirits and the wood.
The unaged spirit – traditionally nicknamed ‘white dog’ or ‘moonshine’ – has more of the fresh, sweet flavours of the grain used to make the spirit. Bottled at 62.5% ABV, White Dog can be used by bartenders to add extra flavour to cocktail recipes, while its ‘cleaner’ character makes it ideal for infusing with flavours such as fruit and herbs.
Paul Loki, bar supervisor at the Mint Leaf Lounge in the City of London, began working with Buffalo Trace White Dog in the run-up to Christmas 2011. He said: “It’s basically old fashioned moonshine whiskey, and there’s a lot of interest amongst bartenders in traditional drinks at the moment. However, because of its strength, I wanted to work with ways of serving it to customers without overpowering them.
“White Dog has a fresher, sweeter flavour than aged whiskey. You get much more of the cereal flavour, there’s a real corn aroma, and you can balance it with strong flavours such as the chestnuts and cinnamon we used in our Old Fashioned.”
Why you should buy it:
Jeremy Hill, chairman of Hi-Spirits, UK distributor of Buffalo Trace, said: “There’s strong interest in White Dog bourbons amongst bar professionals, mainly because it’s a flavour profile they haven’t worked with before. Unaged whisky made in the UK isn’t sold commercially, so this is a point of difference for the UK bar market.”
White Dog Walnut Sour (Created by Loki from Mint Leaf Lounge)
45ml Buffalo Trace White Dog infused with caramelised walnuts
25ml Ruby red grapefruit juice
10ml fig liqueur
10ml gomme syrup
Dash of cinnamon bitters
Dash of orange bitter
1 egg white
- Combine the liquid and the egg white.
- Dry shake, then shake with ice
- Fine strain into a stemmed glass
- Garnish with walnut and a slice of fig