Being asked to be someone’s best man is like being asked to sleep with the Queen. It’s a great honour, but no one wants to do it. When our friend told us he was getting married, we wondered how he managed to pull it off. He’s a nice guy, but his only other redeeming qualities are that he’s got a great job, went to Oxford and his stomach is so tight he can bounce £1 coins off it. Other than that, he has very little going for him.
Hunter Sheetz, we’ll call him ‘Hunter Sheetz’ because that’s his name, was married in a forest of sequoias under a canopy of fairy lights. Hunter and his fiancé Pima, we’ll call her ‘Pima Sheetz’ for comedic value, planned the wedding with military precision. The agenda included optional time for toilet breaks. Seriously. We’re not taking the piss.
Signature cocktails were part of their preparations because having an open bar is even more important than inviting your uncle who wears a short sleeve shirt with a tie. Pima Sheetz’s signature cocktail was a ‘Pima margarita’. The Pima margarita had about 14 ingredients, but we stopped reading after sugar because sugar has as much place in a cocktail as a photographer in a colonoscopy. Hunter asked us what he should call his ‘signature cocktail,’ which was simply Bulleit Bourbon with an ice cube. In a delicious pun, we suggested: Three Sheetz to the Wind. He decided to call it ‘The Hunted’. But that’s the sort of lack of originality one would expect an Oxonian. The tragically named drink was the first time we had Bulleit Bourbon.
Bulleit Bourbon has a romantic back-story. A tavern keeper in 1830’s Kentucky, Augustus Bulleit, created bourbon with a high rye content that gave it a bold, spicy character with a smooth, clean finish. While taking his barrels from Kentucky to New Orleans, Augustus vanished and was never seen again. In 1987, Thomas E. Bulleit, Jr, inspired by his great-great-grandfather, breathed live back into the family bourbon recipe and started the Bulleit Distilling Company. Even if you don’t like the whiskey, you’ve got to love the story.
Nose: Rich and spicy like a perfectly orated best man’s speech.
Mouth: The tear on a father’s cheek when he gives his girl away, there is a fruitiness that soften out the edges.
Throat: The spice vanishes quickly, but the memory lives on.
Every wedding has that moment where the groom shifts in his seat, gripping the tablecloth in nervous anticipation. That moment when they give him the bar bill. But with Bulleit Bourbon, it isn’t as terrifying as it might be if, for example you had a margarita with 14 ingredients including cane sugar. Bulleit is cracking value, you can sometimes find it on offer for as little as £20.
3/5 – Buy a measure of it. Everybody's got to believe in something. We believe we’ll have another of these.
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