A weekend in the Poconos isn’t complete unless some fine liquor is consumed. While the food was fantastic (well mostly, I made a forgettable Scotch Broth), I am going to focus on an amazing Poire Williams from France and a lovely 16-year-old Whiskey from Ireland.
Poire Williams is a pear flavored ea-de-vie/brandy/schnapps made mainly in Germany and France. Most of the times it is around 70 proof (35% alcohol), but this special bottle of Joseph Cartron Poire Williams from France is 98 proof (49% alcohol) and packs a delicious punch. The sealing wax used to keep the cap on is always a pain to break through, but it gives it a beautiful touch. Unfortunately I cannot find it anywhere in the United States, so it is one of those items that I get when I travel to Germany.
As for the Irish Whiskey, it is 16-year-old single malt from Bushmills (Northern Ireland). It is a fantastic whiskey with nutty flavors and a lot of character. I am guessing that comes from the fact that it ages in three different casks: an American Bourbon cask, a Oloroso Sherry cask, and finally finished off in port wine pipes. Long story short: Delicious!