1 1/2 oz W.L. Weller Special Reserve
3/4 oz Gentiane des Pères Chartreux (from all accounts, very similar to Suze)
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Bittercube Orange Liqueur (Cointreau is close, but add a dash of Regan's Orange Bitters)
Shaken, strained and topped with a few drops of Lemon Bitters (Bittercube's 2010 Limited Release Lemon Tree Bitters, to be precise).
The pre-shake volume is high, because I originally planned to only use 1 oz of Weller and none of the Orange liqueur. At first taste, the bourbon was completely lost and needed to be upped, and it needed something else...the Orange was my best guess.
Flavor is pleasantly sweet upfront, with a forcefully bitter finish that demands another sip. This is at the heart of what I love about the Paper Plane, so in that I guess it was a success. However, I think the proportions are off, and I don't think the Yellow Chartreuse is contributing at all.
Well, a switch to Rye might help the whiskey express itself, and Green Chartreuse is never lost in the background...here's what came next:
1 1/2 oz Rittenhouse 100 Rye
3/4 oz Gentiane des Pères Chartreux
1/2 oz Green Chartreuse
1/4 oz Cassis des Pères Chartreux
1 dash Fee's Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
Stirred and strained.
The idea of combining the Gentiane with Cassis came from the Chartreuse website, and it's pretty spectacular. To paraphrase Jeffrey Steingarten, this is a drink I would pay for in a bar. Without the citrus, there is perhaps less depth, but the Cassis adds rounded fruitiness and the switch to Rye/Green Chartreuse lends piquancy that were previously contributed by the orange liqueur and lemon juice. The bitterness of gentian, always present in the background, is most obvious in the long lingering finish.
Edited by KD1191, 02 July 2010 - 07:29 PM.