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Newsletter: Issue 21

Posted in Newsletters on November 24, 2011 by ocbc-admin

Bartender’s Cabinet
Issue 21
November 2011

Fall is in the air and the ghosts and goblins have come and gone, but OC Bartender’s Cabinet
carries on into the holiday season.

Our November meeting will be Monday, November 7, at 7pm at 320 Main. We will be
hosting Bowmore and GlenGrant Scotch for our first of three scotch intensive meetings!
Brand Ambassador Johnnie Mundell will be leading us on a spectacular and educational
tasting through the Bowmore and GlenGrant line-ups. Food will be provided and Jason is
planning some great Scotch cocktails including a Hot Scotch Milk Punch!

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

Logistical Information:
Bartender’s Cabinet meets monthly at various cocktail bars in Orange County.
Contact regarding membership.

Previous Meeting:
In October our members gathered at the Nolet North American Headquarters in Aliso Viejo.
During the meeting, we were treated to drinks made with Nolet Gin, as well as a presentation
on the history of Nolet, and samples of the entire lineup of Nolet gin products available.
The Nolet distillation dynasty that brought us Ketel One Vodka here are two excellent,
interesting and very unique gins.

Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin is directed toward the cocktail cognoscenti. Leading with aromas of rose
geranium, blackberries in cream, raspberries and peaches; the scents are beatific and inviting.
The flavors evolve with soft creamy juniper, orris, angelica, cubeb berry and grains of paradise
that all seem to imply a comforting walk in a flower/ herb garden buttressed by pine, spruce
and cedar trees. The finish is elegant, lengthy and demonstrative with a crisp restatement of
the aromas and flavors in a delicate fade. Try this on the rocks, with a twist or in a sexy
reinvention of your favorite Gin drink.

Nolet’s Reserve Dry is for the GIN Lover. It is the Gin that the Nolet’s spent 40 Years to perfect.
With a limited release of less than 500 bottles this is a rare treat of outstanding quality. It
begins with the nose of hundreds of flowers. It is daedal, soft and supple showing white
chocolate, verbena, saffron, mallow, conifers, egg creams and clean juniper– like the forest in
the spring after a morning rain. The finish is dimensional, spicy and awake with a lingering
demonstration of the residual flavors. The botanical components are separately distilled or
macerated then blended and laid to rest to achieve a perfect balance between the aromas, body,
flavors and finish—enjoy this neat or chilled.

After tasting and learning, our membership stepped behind the bar for a Mix-Off. When the dust and ice chips settled, Matt Robold of 320 Main and had been voted the winner, with Gabriel Dion of Broadway and Charlie Palmer taking second place.