Bourbon Maple Hops Blend
The sweet, rich flavor of our Bourbon Maple Hops Blend, comes from the surprising fusion of the deep aroma of maple and the sultry pine flavor of hops. Maple’s rich sweetness and the sunny charm of tangerine greet the tongue while paprika adds its sturdy base, built upon by pungent garlic and savory onion. Chipotle adds just a touch of heat and shores up the smokey flavor of bourbon barrel smoked salt. This blend ends on a verdant note; minty and peppery Mediterranean herbs mesh with the bitter resin of hops for a strong, puckery finish. We blend our Bourbon Maple Hops Blend in small batches in our facility, to safeguard freshness and flavor in our products.
Bourbon, a whiskey made of fermented corn mash and water, is officially designated as America’s Native Spirit. A product primarily made in the Kentucky hills, bourbon has been in production since Evan Williams opened the first commercial bourbon still in Louisville in 1783. Bourbon doesn’t have to be from Kentucky—though Kentucky makes upwards to 95% of the world’s bourbon—but it does have to be produced in the United States. It has to be aged in unused oak barrels, ones that haven’t previously held wine or port or whiskey. The mash that ferments has to be at least 51% corn, while the remaining 49% can be any suitable grain, like rye or barley, or more corn. And it cannot have any ingredients in it besides corn mash and water, which is what many Kentuckians suspect is the secret to their success. The state sits on a huge bed of limestone, which acts as a natural filter for harsh minerals like iron, and imparts the water with sweeter flavors from calcium and magnesium.
Tips From Our Kitchen
Our Bourbon Maple Hops Blend covers a wide gamut of flavors, but its strong profile has to be taken into consideration. It will perk up chicken or fish, but we recommend, particularly with more delicate fish, mixing this blend into a breading for rapid pan-frying. Hops are already somewhat bitter and can turn even more so after a long time over heat, so cook quickly or stir in at the end of cooking time. This makes a beautiful seasoned mayonnaise to spread on a rich and savory turkey club sandwich, or you can use the mayo as a dip for raw vegetables. For parties, roll this into a cheese ball or mix into a fruit compote for a savory topping for cheese. Dip homemade pretzels into this for a crunchy, spicy pretzel topper or sprinkle over popcorn.
Our Bourbon Maple Hops Blend is made from maple sugar, salt, paprika, garlic, onion, tangerine, chipotle, hops, rosemary, basil, oregano, sage and marjoram.
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