Bourbon tasting at Coastal Living

April 16, 2009 | By | Comments (4)



Coastal Living staffers are called on for all sorts of duties. Today it was bourbon tasting.

Our assignment: Gather by the coffee pot and sample a drink for our "Toast of the Coast" column. Today’s concoction: the Tupelo Tangerine Toddy, provided by Jason Carlen the sommelier (and spirits expert) at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina.

The drink includes bourbon, lemon, tangerine, and honey syrup over ice. One sip and we were zoomed away to the beach, each lost in the flavor of a perfect summer beverage. It was citrusy and sweet but not cloying. We all wanted more. Be warned: This is the type of drink that goes down too smoothly for your own good.

We tried it with two mid-priced bourbons,Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek. Alas, we weren’t very discriminating. Both tasted wonderful, the Knob Creek perhaps a slight bit fruitier.

Food editor Julia Rutland figured that whatever bourbon you like drinking neat, you’d love in this drink.

But our work here is not done. Julia has more bourbon and more drinks for us to try tomorrow and next week. Look for the recipes in Coastal Living later this year.


  1. Jessica

    You guys need an Accountant? LOL

    April 17, 2009 at 7:54 am
  2. Mari’

    Oh gosh! I’m up for some taste testing. I have to say the ingredients in the Tupelo Tangerine Toddy drink sound delightful, I think I’ll be sharing this post in the next few days after I give the drink a try myself. Hmmm, cocktail hour is a favorite time ’round my place!

    April 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm
  3. Mari’

    I can’t seem to find a recipe. Would you happen to have one? I could just try to mix it on my own.

    April 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm
  4. Larry Bleiberg

    So sorry we can’t reveal the recipe yet. It’s planned for the September issue — an end of summer surprise!

    April 21, 2009 at 7:56 am

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