The Percy & Small Old Fashioned
The Percy & Small is named after the last wooden shipyard
in the United States, set up in nearby Bath, Maine. The shipyard operated in the early 1900s and made seaworthy schooners. The boats’ masts, Gatchell notes, were made from American oak (as are bourbon barrels). Thus, connection. It’s a light link, but it reinforces the approach that Gatchell brings to this Old Fashioned: it’s not about trumping the bourbon’s nature. It’s not about watering down something good. Instead, it’s taking a strong drink and giving it some subtle, light hints of something more. The orange sits in the background; the cherry is notional. Weller Reserve is a delicious bourbon, and you taste that, with just a hint of sweetness. In other words, it’s a true, worthy Old Fashioned.
1 ounce Demerara Syrup
2 ounces Weller Reserve Bourbon
5 dashes Owl & Whale Persimmon Bitters
Using the jigger, pour into the glass 1 ounce Demerara, 2 ounces Weller Reserve bourbon and 5 dashes of Owl & Whale persimmon bitters. Add ice to fill the glass.
Place the bar spoon into the glass with the rounded edge to the outside touching the glass always. Stir, going around the glass 5 to 7 times.
Peel a portion of orange zest over the glass. Twist and squeeze said zest over the glass to release additional oils, then place in glass.
To complete garnish, place a Luxardo cherry in glass. Serve.
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