At the weekend I put up a bottle of "Usquebaugh, or Irish Cordial"...
So... at the weekend, this infusion came ready and I strained out the sultanas and larger solids as I poured it into a filter, and left the last of it, covered, to pass through the paper overnight.
I got a good volume with little or no wastage, other than than what the sultanas soaked up. I've set them aside and not yet made a cake up with them.
I think this is the best of the photos I took, overexposed as it is:
I'm very pleased with the sweetness, which i think is just right, and better than over-sweet commercial drinks like Southern Comfort, Drambuie or Bailey's Irish err, Toffee.
The aroma is, surprise, surprise, spicy, wit the citrus still subtle. There 's a big nutmeg flavour, the cardamom's noticeable and the clove in the background where it should be. Of course with all that it has a long, long finish. I'm interested to see how it mellows over time, but for now it's a nice sipper that got here just too late for winter.
I think the Teacher's blend was a good choice, but I'd happily try this preparation with Famous Grouse, too.
Edited by Blether, 18 March 2010 - 05:53 AM.