New Orleans Bourbon Society
Bourbon House is the official home of the New Orleans Bourbon Society (aka NOBS) -- a spirited society dedicated to the appreciation of fine bourbons. The society hosts regular whiskey events and tastings catered towards the bourbon enthusiast. Master Distillers from Jim Beam, Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Maker’s Mark & Bulleit have, and will continue to, host dinners at the Bourbon House. In addition, NOBS also host a number of other bourbon-related events (tastings, bourbon study halls, crafting cocktail lessons and more).
Membership is complimentary, and benefits include:
1. Invitations to Bourbon Events, including seminars with master distillers from the top Bourbon and American Whiskey producers, Bourbon Dinners and Cocktail Parties
2. A Bourbon "Passport" for members to record their tastes
3. Complimentary Pour of the featured Bourbon of the Month
4. Opportunity to meet and sip with other Bourbon enthusiasts
5. Master Taster Recognition with a plaque at Bourbon House engraved with the names of members who have tasted the entire Bourbon list - just think, your name could be immortalized!
New Orleans & Bourbon
New Orleans is closely connected with America’s only native spirit. Kentucky may be the birthplace of this distinctly American Spirit, but it was New Orleans who serendipitously helped develop the aging process that produces the bourbon we know and love.
In the 1820’s, bourbon was in high demand in New Orleans with almost 2.5 million gallons of the clear liquid (now known as “White Dog”) being shipped downriver from Kentucky. For transport, every available barrel from fish to nail storage was pressed into action and the inside charred to prevent contamination. The journey took 5 months, and soon after it arrived in New Orleans, distillers started getting orders for more of that “red liquor”. Puzzled by the “red liquor” comments, Kentucky distillers discovered that the whiskey was taking on a different color and taste due to the journey time and barrel charring. This gave rise to the aging process that gives us the beautiful Kentucky Bourbon that consumers around the world enjoy.
A New Orleanian through and through, Dickie Brennan was intrigued by New Orleans' bourbon connection and wanted to pay homage to the spirit at Bourbon House. Today, Bourbon House offers over 250 American Whiskeys, many of which are rare and/or hard to find. Bourbon House is home to the city's most extensive bourbon list.
February's Bourbon of the Month
Wild Turkey Longbranch
A very sweet bouquet of caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Nutmeg and oak flow throughout providing additional layering. Overall the aromas are bright and enjoyable and hard to dislike. Although the nose is overall mild in intensity, it still has a satisfying impact despite its 86 proof.
Its creamy mouthfeel nicely complements the bourbon’s sweeter notes of honey and orange. Spice is layered throughout, and seasoned oak provides a sturdy base. It’s well balanced and pleasant.
A pop of heat followed by a mild dryness powers the finish. Caramel and spice trail off giving way to a hint of smoke on the backend that is gratifying but fleeting. Nicely constructed and a fitting end to this bourbon.