Archive for September, 2010

Newsletter: Issue 7

Posted in Newsletters on September 18, 2010 by ocbc-admin

Bartender’s Cabinet
Issue 7
September 2010

Happy September! We hope that your summer was full of fabulous beverages and excellent travels! An influx of college students at our establishments and the leaves changing from green to lighter shades of green hint at the end of summer’s frivolity, while the smell of wildfires and the smoke stretching across the horizon mark the change of season from summer’s fizzy drinks to fall’s smoky flavor.

Bartender’s Cabinet is dedicated to educating bartenders and enthusiasts about great spirits and quality ingredients. We also focus on having a good time through interacting with those who share an enthusiasm for tasty beverages that come from fine spirits and fresh ingredients.

Logistical Information:
Bartender’s Cabinet meets monthly at 320 Main in Seal Beach.
Contact regarding membership.

Previous Meeting:
Fortaleza Tequila showed off their amazing line at our previous meeting. The Blanco, Reposado and Añejo hit the spot on that sultry evening. Here is what Forrest has to say about their products in a write up he did for the company.

Cristal clear, Fortaleza Blanco reveals immediately aromas of baked agave and stones that are simultaneously fleshy and earthy while maintaining a hardy raciness with elusive back notes of dried berries and citrus. The flavor begin soft and sweet showing classic citrus pith, cardamom, white pepper and minerals with a creamy oily mouth-feel that is delicate, elegant and posh. The finish is clean, full and brisk with the svelte touch of sweet agave, bold spice and crisp minerals. Overall Fortaleza Blanco is balanced and rich, a demonstration of skillful distillation and an unparalleled opportunity to taste the history of tequila!

Spun, liquid gold in a glass, Fortaleza invites you to drink with aromas that imply raisins, figs, roasted nuts, caramelized agave honey, fragile earth, lemon butter and graceful cinnamon. The flavors do not disappoint, swimming in an oily mouth-feel, with no bitterness, that initially show dried fruit and enlarge to graciously include agave, toasted wood, luxurious baking spice and handsome minerals. The finish is vibrant and lively, with lingering residual spice. The art of balancing the wood influence with the fresh nuances of the Blanco is a grand achievement in a Reposado, and Fortaleza is a fantastic example of this harmonious balance.

Laid down for 2 – 3 years in oak, Tequila Fortaleza Añejo is worth waiting for! The color is unclouded imperial topaz with medium bodied legs. The scents are rich and luscious: caramel, cinnamon, honey, nutmeg and a myriad of oak spice. On the palate the flavors start rich, sweet and soft in a creamy full mouth-feel; they range from supple agave honey, to copious newly turned soil with wood sugars and spice articulating throughout. The finish shows recherché zest, bracing minerals and hints of baked agave, creamy fruit; it is spirited, contemplative and warming. Fortaleza Añejo divulges the powers of patience and the brilliance of tradition.

The Tasty Beverage:

1½ oz. Fortaleza Blanco
¾ oz. White Crème de Cocoa
¾ oz. lemon
Pernod rinsed coupe
Lemon twist

Created by Jim Meehan of PDT in New York City. An updated take on the 20th Century cocktail.
Congrats to Gabrielle Dion for representing OC at the Bombay Sapphire competition in Vegas! Go Gabrielle!