"Official" bottled Sazerac Cocktail
I picked up a bottle of this the other night. The bottle indicates that it uses a mix of bourbon and brandy, plus "caramel and natural flavors." I poured some into an Old Fashioned glass and had it, and after I finished it, I mixed my own using Sazerac 6yo Rye/Peychaud's/Regan's/Herbsaint.
The official bottling is good, but the handmade version is better, IMO. I might try spiking the next pour of the official version with some extra Peychaud's, and maybe some Regan's Orange Bitters as well. I could clearly taste the brandy in the official version (and that is not a minus). I think it just needs a bit of perking up - maybe even an extra dash of Herbsaint.
I might also try experimenting sometime with something like 50% BT and 50% Cognac instead of rye in a future handmade mix.
More Sazerac experimentation
Well, I tried a few more variations on the Sazerac theme tonight. First up, some of the pre-mixed version, with a couple of extra dashes of Peychaud's added. This was a big improvement, IMO. The extra bit of bitters really perked it up!
Second, a homemade version, with VWFRR. :yum: :yum: This was very similar to the version made with 18yo Sazerac Rye.
Third, one mixed using Pierre Ferrand Reserve Cognac. Sublime! :drink: It was close to being too easy to drink! I might try using a bit less of the bitters for the Cognac version, but it was still wonderful. I might also try using Armagnac instead of Cognac - being single-distilled, Armagnac is a bit more strongly-flavored. Now that I know what it's like with Cognac alone, I think I'll try the BT/Cognac mix I was proposing earlier, as well.