It is hard to remind yourself that sometimes when there is nothing particularly spectacular going on it doesn’t mean that you are being stagnant. After a whirlwind year of constant adventure the slower times can seem a little unproductive and often leave me very restless at the end of a day focusing on what I am not doing rather than what I am headed towards. Luckily both Shannon and I have the luxury of working in the industry we want to end up in allowing us to gain experience while working on other projects on the side. Every now and then it is nice to get little reminders that things are moving forward. Last night my sister and I headed down to SoHo for a dessert sitting at the French Culinary Institute featuring our very own Chef Shannon Tebay and her pastry class peers! Over the past few months it has become all too obvious that Shannon has a knack for pastry. She has translated a talent for art, a precise hand, and seemingly limitless creativity into edible delights which constantly fill our fridge. Night after night I get to indulge in tarts, trifles, and truffles and I have yet to stop being impressed, but to go and see Shannon in her element at the helm of a professional kitchen serving fine dining quality plates is another level of awe all together. Shannon’s Creme Yvette Mousse dessert was supremely decadent, and an awesome reminder of what she has accomplished in such a short time.
Producing something physical, whether it is a beautiful dessert or a barrel of bourbon, is a nice way to remember that you are actually working towards a goal. When I am not sure what it is I am actually doing in New York I find that wandering through the room where our bourbon barrels are stacked at the distillery reminds me of results that you can’t actually see come to fruition. The reason I originally sought out work in a distillery was an infatuation with the lore and legend of every single bottle of single malt I have ever tasted, seen, or know of. Every single bottle of spirit was tended to with great care by some one for years just so that I could enjoy it for a moment. 4… 10… 12… 21 YEARS of work went into a small bottle of alcohol. You can’t help but admit that the knowledge of someone watching over that very drop of liquid in your glass somewhere across the planet over a decade ago doesn’t make it infinitely more precious. It’s the thought that someone might scrutinize or romanticize an unknown random bottle of the bourbon that I make at the distillery that makes me care about every single step of everyday of work. Hopefully I can imbue as much history and care into my bottles I as get from the spirit I myself enjoy.
Lately we have been getting quite a lot of attention from local, national, and international media. It is flattering to find our bottle popping up in places I would have never thought to find them, thank you J. Crew. Most recently we had a TV crew from Tokyo do a story about us for the local news: I thought you might enjoy the clip, so here is our distillery from a different sounding point of view: Click Here To Watch!
For everyone back home here is a real look into the distillery and our products, just click each link to take a look:
Here are some pics from the new (yet to be named) place, unfortunately I was unable to hold the camera still… not sure what was going on there. Hopefully I will be able to dig up some good pictures of Shannon’s supreme dessert work in the next couple of days!