Enjoying an American Trilogy using roughly contemporary spirits to when this drink was invented (2007, by Michael McIlroy and Richard Boccato at New York’s Little Branch). I used the old-label Wild Turkey 101 rye and a Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy circa 2005. The 2005 Laird’s is outstanding; I’ve tasted it side-by-side with three other vintages of the bonded stuff and the premium 12-year bottling, and the 2005 compares favorably, in fact surpasses, the 12-year. I’m guessing for whatever reason there was much more age in that 2005 bottle than in bottles since. So here we are with this wonderful and entirely seasonally appropriate Old Fashioned variation, and using historically appropriate spirits (it’s true but I say that with tongue firmly planted in cheek). And because it’s awesome this way I used a few dashes of the one-off @mmbitters Clusterfuck bitters, an accidental combined batch of orange bitters and toasted pecan bitters, since those flavors are perfect for these spirits. Damn it’s good: 1 oz rye (WT 101), 1 oz applejack (Laird’s Bonded), 3 dashes orange bitters (Clusterfuck), brown sugar cube (half-teaspoonful rich demerara syrup), stirred and strained over a large rock, orange garnish.