A friend and I traveled to Codex, a 1920’s style speakeasy in Nashua, NH, to celebrate our respective birthdays (almost the same week,) For some reason Albert still insists on being a year younger than me each time, to which one can only attribute stubbornness and/or chronological facts. But as the esteemed political commentator Stephen Colbert points out “reality has a well-known liberal bias”, so perhaps my elderly status is fake news.
Albert has the classic Sazerac cocktail, made with rye, bitters, sugar and absinthe. It’s a classic New Orleans cocktail; the name comes from the Sazerac de Forge et Fils brand of Cognac brandy, which was the original spirit. It was quite excellent. I had the 1792 Small Batch Bourbon, a Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey produced at the Barton 1792 Distillery, owned by Sazerac Company. Review follows the photo.
I had the 1792 Small Batch Bourbon, a Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey produced at the Barton 1792 Distillery, owned by Sazerac Company. So what is this whiskey? It’s essentially an upscale version of their Very Old Barton, much like Booker’s is an upscale version of Jim Beam. Likely the same mash bill, yeast, barrels, and warehouse, but chosen from select barrels, aged for a longer amount of time than the standard release.
No age statement. 93.7 proof (46.85% ABV) 75% Corn, 15% Rye, and 10% Barley.
1792 is the year that Kentucky became a state. To learn more about the history of the distillery see Touring the Forgotten Distillery – Barton 1792 Distillery.
Nose: Honey, tannins, oak.
Palete – it’s a rich whiskey, there is a lot going on in here. Drier than many others that I have tasted, I first noted tannins and vanilla. On the back palete I noticed the rye kick, perhaps cloves. As the ice melted it began to open up, and I tasted a slight , plesant fruity ester, and a bit more sweeteness. I realized that many of the bourbons that I had enjoyed recently had more in the way of toffee notes, so this was a refreshing change of pace. Quite a good bourbon, and a steal if you can find it on sale for $25.
So where did we do this evening’s tasting? At the Codex BAR, a 1920s-Inspired Speakeasy Bar in Nashua, New Hampshire.
[During the Prohibition] Speakeasies popped up in every city across America…. Codex isn’t an ordinary bar, it’s a speakeasy. Inspired by the Prohibition Era, this bar is hidden. And by hidden I mean it’s disguised as a used bookstore on Elm Street… This storefront, however, is not the actual entrance… To get in, you’ll have to go down the side alley and find the unmarked door… Once you enter the “bookstore” you’re presented with a large bookcase and an apparent dead end…. take another look at the books. One of them is actually a secret lever! Pull the right book on the shelf, and you’ll be granted entrance through a secret door into the bar…. Read on: New England Today: Codex speakeasy