The Omni Mount Washington Resort located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire knows how important their food and beverage program is to their valued guests. Most recently, the resort took things to the next level by partnering with the Woodford Reserve Distillery to create an exclusive bourbon for guests to enjoy. Swig Contributor Kristen Oliveri sits down with Robert Hunt, the assistant director of the Food and Beverage program at the Omni Mount Washington Resort to learn about the partnership, why it’s special and what types of bourbon cocktails guests can expect to see on their new cocktail menu.
Q: Omni Mount Washington Resort and the Woodford Reserve distillery have teamed up to create a bourbon exclusively for the resort. Can you tell us about how this partnership came to be?
A: We heard about Woodford’s program of personal blend barrels and contacted our distributor to introduce us.
Q: Why was making a bourbon a good fit for the hotel brand?
A: We couldn’t imagine a better blend than Woodford’s and Omni Mount Washington Resort.
Q: What was the barrel blending process like to come up with your own signature flavor profile?
A: We traveled to the Woodford Distillery where we met Elizabeth O’Neill, Woodford’s Master Taster. Ms. O’Neill presented us with tasting bottles from six individual barrels. After tasting each barrel individually, we compared notes and discussed which two barrels we thought would be interesting to blend. We focused on the individual barrel’s flavors and purposely went for blends of similar barrels and ones with differing characteristics. In the end, we chose a blend that consisted of the two barrels with the most subtle presentation of flavors. The idea worked perfectly as we had created a very smooth, classic, Mount Washington – Woodford Bourbon.
Q: Will there be any unique cocktails created with your own bourbon?
A: Yes, we have the Elevation and the Blueberry French Toast Martini. We also believe this blend to be the perfect opportunity to enjoy neat with a touch of rocks and the time to relax and enjoy.
1/2 ounce New Hampshire maple syrup (Grade A Dark)
2-1/2 ounces Omni Mount Washington Woodford Reserve II
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Pour the maple syrup into the bottom of a martini glass, then slowly add chilled bourbon. Lastly, slowly pour in the lemon juice and mix. Serve with a lemon twist.
Blueberry French Toast Martini
1/2 ounce New Hampshire Maple Syrup (Grade A Dark)
1/2 ounce blueberry syrup
2 ounces Omni Mount Washington Woodford Reserve II
1/2 ounce Frangelico
Blueberries for garnish
Pour the maple syrup into the bottom of a martini glass. Add the blueberry syrup, then slowly pour in chilled bourbon. Add the Frangelico and mix. Garnish with blueberries.
Q: How does this partnership fit into your overall food and beverage program that you offer guests?
A: We believe that this classic distillery and classic resort pride themselves on individuality and consistency and complement each other perfectly. I cannot imagine a more relaxing evening than to settle into a chair on the back veranda looking over the Presidential Range and enjoying this amazing blend.
Q: What can we expect next from Omni Mount Washington Resort in terms of beverage programming?
A: This experience was so educational and entertaining we thought that the idea of creating this opportunity here at the resort would be a perfect experience in our elegant Princess Room. The beautiful bar lends itself to a single malt and bourbon experience where guests will be able to indulge in a flight of whiskeys from around the world and Kentucky bourbons from a variety distilleries. There will be no wrong answers to the quiz of your own flavor experience, and you will walk away with a distinct appreciation for this timeless craft.