· Bulleit Bourbon
· Distiller: Diageo
· Straight Bourbon
· Region: Kentucky
· Mash: 68% Corn, 28% Rye, 4% Malted Barley
· ABV: 45%
I paired Werewolf Nights with The Tabernacle cigar and Bulleit Bourbon (not interested in a pairing? Single reviews: Werewolf Nights, The Tabernacle, Bulleit Bourbon). It surprised me but the pairing went incredibly well together. I thought perhaps that The Tabernacle and the Bulleit Bourbon might be too heavy in taste to go with the fun romp that is Werewolf Nights. However, Werewolf Nights held its’ own among these two.
Mari Hamill’s Werewolf Nights begins with a mythos that establishes werewolves might truly exist in our world. The Tabernacle name comes from the Book of Exodus. The Bulleit Bourbon is based on a recipe 123 years old. Each starts with a story far in the past that sets the stage for it in the present day.
The Tabernacle wrapper is dark and nearly seamless, as is the world that Mari Hamill builds into her story. The romance that begins to develop is rich with possibilities, the same way the smell of the Bulleit Bourbon is rich with the scent of oaks and vanillas with a hint of caramel and spiciness. Also like the bourbon’s punch of spice in the first swallow, the book begins an onslaught of problems the heroes must overcome.
The pace of the book is quick and meets all the expected benchmarks for a supernatural romance with a touch of kitschy horror flavored thrills. The Tabernacle mirrors this with a consistent taste of pepper and chocolate mingled with cedar and earthiness from the its first puff to its last. Likewise, the Bulleit Bourbon maintains its single flavor profile of pepper and oak in its finish.
The book is easily consumable and fun to read, the Tabernacle matched as an enthralling smoke, and the Bulleit Bourbon as a solid companion drink. They were well matched and I would highly recommend them in combination to anyone with an interest in supernatural romance, a full bodied smoke, and a stiff drink.