A sip for the solstice

Today is the winter solstice. That means tonight is the longest night of the year, and if that doesn’t call for a bourbon, I don’t know what does.

My suggestion: Black Maple Hill Small Batch, a 95-proof bourbon made by Heaven Hill. Blended from barrels that have aged an average of eight years, it’s smooth and sweet, with notes of butterscotch and vanilla and a nice, lingering finish.

It retails for about $33; I’ve also found it on the bourbon list at Ramsi’s Cafe on the World, 1293 Bardstown Road, one of the stops on Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail.

Whatever you choose to sip tonight, Happy Solstice, and may your days be increasingly merry and bright.

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