A Southern Blend
Sure, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offer unique bourbon experiences, and for good reason—the two cities serve as endpoints of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. And while you can likely see and potentially taste some special blends at the Woodford Reserve distillery just west of Lexington, there’s one that you will only find at the St. Regis Atlanta. This particular bourbon, the St. Regis Special Selection Harmonious 6.0, is a proprietary blend created by a small group that included the property’s wine manager, Jennifer Sollinger; the director of food and beverage, Robert Brandenburg; and Woodford Reserve’s master distiller, Chris Morris. It offers hints of date, prune, and dark cherry, with strong buttery and vanilla notes that soften it beyond most other bourbons. The batch was unfiltered, which allows its subtle flavors to shine. It also gives the spirit a bit more punch up front, though that strength mellows quickly.
This year’s iteration, which is limited to about 180 bottles, arrived at the property only a couple of weeks ago and is the sixth special selection to be blended for the St. Regis Atlanta. “Sometimes you aim for something and you miss the target by yards or by inches, but you never hit the bull’s-eye,” Brandenburg says. “With this one, we felt like we really got it where we wanted to be. It works now in the summer because of the dark-cherry notes, and the prune and date notes take it into the fall.”
In September, for National Bourbon Heritage Month (which you already knew about, right?), the St. Regis Atlanta will be rolling out a Special Selection Stay package that includes a bottle of the bourbon and a Superior room ($599 per night). Fortunately, bourbon aficionados yearning for a taste of the Harmonious 6.0 won’t have to wait until the end of the summer. The hotel has added a bottle of the bourbon to its tailgating basket, which is available year-round; and bartenders at the hotel are pouring the special blend neat, as a part of vertical tasting flights, and in various cocktails, such as the Dramatist (see recipe).