If you’re craving a blast of booze at breakfast but pesky social norms and gah, employment, prevent you from Irishing up your coffee and screwdriver-ing up your Sunny Delight, we’ve got just the sauce to steer you through to your double martini lunch.
It’s maple syrup aged in Pappy Van Winkle 23-year barrels, offered by a company called Pappy & Co, which offers interested parties a whiff of the bourbon they most likely can’t obtain, in products like Pappy barrel-aged hot sauce, bourbon balls and needlepoint flasks, sort of like a down-home version of offering key chains at the Porsche store. The maple syrup, which Cool Material finds is resplendent with vanilla, butter, and oak notes, costs $44, demonstrating just how much people are willing to spend on anything that’s even breathed the same air as Pappy.
But let’s say your bourbon-inflected breakfast requires stronger juju. Now you can reach for a bottle of “Hot Dickel,” the actual street name for George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish whiskey and potentially the most outlandish thing to happen to whiskey since this. Finished for 30 days in the same barrels Tabasco uses to age its chilies for three years, mingling with present traces of pepper mash, the resulting spirit is later blended with an essence generated from Tabasco’s hot pepper sauce. It comes in a bottle resembling a giant bottle of Tabasco, down to the green neck and red top.
The whiskey is said to have a kick and go well with a shot of pickle juice. And we’re liable to believe them, everything being good with a shot of pickle juice. In any case, a for 750L. bottle of the 2018 San Francisco Spirits Competition-Gold Medal winning Tennessee whiskey, which will be released nationally next month in celebration of Tabasco's 150th birthday, will set you back $24.99. Or $15 less than 12.7 fluid ounce of Pappy-aged maple syrup.