Limoncello Hot Toddy + Shanao Peruvian Chocolate- Jan/Feb 2020

Winter Warmer- Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

$27.95 /750 ml.

Give me a bourbon that won’t blow my ears off.” -Bill Samuels, Sr.

  In 1953 Bill Samuels set out to make a bourbon that he liked using his family’s 170 year old recipe as a starting point. After accidentally burning a set of drapes in the process, Bill experimented with different flavoring grains, searching for a mash bill all his own. To save years of aging time, Bill baked several loaves of bread with various grain combinations instead of distilling them. His quick thinking not only saved time but also led him to swap out the traditional rye grain that is commonly used in bourbons, for soft, red winter wheat. This replaced the hot bite of rye with the delicate sweetness that Maker’s® is known for today.

The flavor of Maker’s Mark stood out from the crowd, so co-founder Margie Samuels wanted to ensure the bottle did the same on store shelves. It’s said that Margie is the reason most folks buy their first bottle of Maker’s Mark and Bill is the reason they buy their second. The shape of the bottle, look of the label, signature red wax topper and even the name itself are all thanks to Margie.

  The distillery is located in Loretto, Kentucky in the Samuels family’s original Star Hill Farm. It covers more than 1,000 acres and includes North America’s first natural water sanctuary. The limestone shelf where the distillery is located is key to crafting the unique taste of Maker’s Mark – the only distillery with its own water source and watershed. Kentucky limestone filters out iron from water, which is unpleasant in bourbon. The pure calcium- and magnesium-rich water surrounding the distillery makes better drinking water and a better sour mash in which yeast can flourish.

Makers Mark has aromas of oak, caramel, vanilla and wheat. The palate is sweet with a balance of caramel and vanilla with hints of spicy fruits. While 90 proof,  the finish is smooth and subtle, this sipping bourbon will warm you on cold nights. Don’t miss this pricing and try Dutch’s Winter Warmer.

Dutch’s Limoncello Hot Toddy

Squeezed lemon wedge 2 oz. bourbon

½ oz. Limoncello 1 TBSP lavender honey

hot water

Squeeze the lemon wedge into a coffee mug. Add bourbon, limoncello and honey. Pour hot water to fill mug. Stir and garnish with lemon.

by Li and Robin Loomis

When given the task to write about Shanao Cacao we must admit that we were more than happy to oblige, and how else to start a chocolate review than to sample the goods, you know, to refresh our buds and minds of the chocolaty delight. Well, that sample was the new blueberry flavor, WAS being the key word because we annihilated that long before these words were written. We clearly loved the blueberry, so much so that our co-worker Mikey followed suit and devoured a bar as well. The Shanao Cacao bars have minimal yet pure ingredients, all of which are vegan dark chocolate variations (plain, blueberry, raspberry, cherry, cacao nibs and salted). We fancy ourselves experienced in the world of dark chocolate, and no joke these are the best we’ve ever had and we are proud to carry them here at Pettyjohn’s.

Not only are we proud to carry Shanao Cacao for their objectively tasty products, but also because it is owned and operated by local South Boulder folks who have a righteous vision for their company/nonprofit. The cacao beans are sourced and fermented in Shanao, Peru then shipped to the production facility in Boulder with a mission to be as ethical and sustainable as possible; they have formed a cooperative with the local cacao growers and producers to retain wealth within the indigenous community, raise the quality of cacao and implement organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming practices. Shanao Cacao works on the highest of standards and should give those with environmental concerns (like us) a refreshing ease of mind. Mmmmmm, delicious with a hint of clean conscience!

$6.99 per bar