June 22, 2016
This past winter, Longman & Eagle was invited down to Maker’s Mark to participate in their Private Select program. Our team was able to select some non-traditional types of wood to add to a barrel of Maker’s, creating a whiskey exclusive to Longman & Eagle. This was one of the most amazing tasting and selection processes we’ve ever participated in, and we’re incredibly excited to be able to share this exclusive bourbon with our L&E friends and family. We will be launching this exclusive bourbon on June 29 in the OSB at L&E starting at 7:30pm. Please join us to try our signature Longman & Eagle Private Select bourbon!
The Maker’s Mark Private Select program is unlike any other barrel selection we’ve participated in. In most barrel selections, you are just choosing from samples of existing bourbons. This program allowed us to manipulate the flavor of the whiskey beforehand to control the final flavor profile of the whiskey.
Makers 46 is essentially Maker’s Mark that has been “finished,” or aged, slightly longer. French oak staves (a wood post used in whiskey aging) are inserted into the barrel and left to age for an extra nine weeks. This adds a whole new layer of flavor to the original whiskey. The Maker’s Private Select program is similar in process, however, there are a variety of different type of wood staves to choose from. There are French and American Oak, toasted and charred to different levels. We went through a full tasting of bourbons finished with each different stave, then the fun began. We were able to choose a combination of those different staves and blend those whiskies back together hoping to get an idea for what our finished whisky will taste like.
We broke into two teams in order to have a lot of variety of options. One team wanted to find a combination that would emphasize the existing flavors already in Maker’s, while the other wanted to contrast those flavors and add a layer of complexity. But when we both started working on our first blend, both teams chose the same combinatioin of staves. After tasting through nine different blends, we eliminated a few, and then tasted through them again – this time, blindly. After eliminating a few other options in the blind test, we finally selected our signature Longman & Eagle Private Select. Ironically, the one we chose was that first combination of staves that both teams came up with!
We inserted the staves in our barrel, filled it, then rolled it to its new home in the rickhouse where it would sit for another nine weeks.
We have been impatiently waiting those whole nine weeks – this is one of the most exciting programs we’ve been lucky enough to participate in, and we’re thrilled to share this bourbon with our friends and family at L&E.
Categories Featured, friends of L&E, whiskey
June 14, 2016
A lot of us at Longman are Dads, and a lot of us at Longman love whiskey. So we thought the perfect Father’s Day gift for YOUR Dad is one of OUR whiskeys. We’ve been lucky enough to have a variety of whiskey bottled just for us here at L&E and are really proud of these bottles and know they would make a great addition to any Dad’s home bar. Available only in house at L&E, so stop in and pick one up for a Dad in your life.
Bernheim Wheat Whiskey L&E $35
Named for I.W. Bernheim, a bourbon pioneer responsible for the I.W. Harper brand, this wheat whiskey was made by Heaven Hill after they moved into the Old Bernheim Distillery in Louisville.
Four Roses Single Barrel L&E $75
Hand picked by the team at Longman, this 10 year old bourbon has a rich, full body with notes of spice and dark chocolate. Bottled at 54.4%, it is aggressive, but still finishes with a pleasant dryness. For the nerds, this bottling is recipe: OESK and Barrel EN 52-2 O.
High West Double Rye L&E $50
Hand Selected by the Longman bar crew, this double rye blend was re-barreled in 5 yr old bourbon barrels for an additional two years before being bottled exclusively for L&E. Non-chill filtered and bottled at 104 proof, this whiskey is rich, spicy, with a pleasant, smooth finish.
Jefferson’s Small Batch L&E $30
Jefferson’s Reserve Very Small Batch L&E $55
Aged in lightly charred barrels, these high rye bourbons were selected by the team here at Longman along with Jefferson’s Master Blender Trey Zoeller. The lighter char on the barrel allows the flavor of the grains to be present while the vanilla and caramel notes from the barrel still come forward.
Knob Creek L&E Single Barrel #2 $45
This is the second barrel of Knob Creek selected by the staff at L&E. Distilled in 2005, and aged on the 9th floor of the rickhouse, this bourbon has picked up flavors of maple, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Sure to be a favorite.
Redemption Rye 8yr Barrel Proof L&E $100
This barrel strength version of Redemption’s classic 95% Rye recipe is hot and spicy on the initial taste, but it’s 8 years in oak gives it a rich, sweet finish. Surprisingly balanced for such a high proof, this is a truly exceptional rye.
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel L&E $65
Selected by a handful of veteran Longman bartenders, this single barrel from one of our favorite distillers is sure to please both the casual and seasoned bourbon drinker. Non-chill filtered, this full flavored bourbon is sweet, but balanced by a bit of spice and a long, smooth finish.
No, the Willett 21 year bottles “Longman” and “Eagle” are not for sale, not now, not ever, never again. Don’t ask, the answer is no, and will be no. Thanks for understanding the limited nature of this kind of product. Cheers!
May 16, 2016
Join us for Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 3-5pm. We have a $2 Woodford Reserve shot, a weekly $4 draft beer and $1 cans of PBR!
May 10, 2016
In addition to overseeing a stellar cocktail and whiskey program, Longman & Eagle bar manager Phil Olson has been building and curating an amazing vintage bourbon collection. Over the last several months, he has grown the collection considerably and Olson has been able to acquire some really exciting bottles.
There is some lovely Jim Beam from the 60s, and some Old Crow and Old Grand Dad from the 70s, back it when it was still produced by National Distillers. The real gems are some very limited offerings from the now legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery, bottled when Pappy Van Winkle was still president of that distillery. There are also a couple of bottles of Old Fitzgerald from that same era, and even a beautiful decanter of Old Rip Van Winkle bottled in 1974.
These bourbons are extremely limited and rare, and the team at Longman couldn’t be more excited to now offer them as a part of our already extensive list. But, just like all of the whiskey at L&E, it’s meant for your mouth, and not the shelves…come in and get a pour while you can.
Categories bar manager phil olson, Featured, whiskey
May 9, 2016
Anthony Bourdain stopped by Longman & Eagle during his recent trip to Chicago for Parts Unknown, his show on CNN. He and Second City main stage performer Paul Jurewicz tried (and enjoyed!) many of Chef Jared Wentworth’s & Chef Matt Kerney’s specialties, including the Slagel Family Farms Bone Marrow. Check out a clip HERE.
Categories Featured, press, television
March 11, 2016
Whiskey Fest After After Party (aka Hangover Brunch)
$8 Bloody Beams (Jim Beam, House Bloody Mary Mix, Old Style)
$8 Kentucky Coffee (Basil Hayden’s, Dark Matter Coffee, Fresh Whipped Cream)
Representatives from Beam Suntory and Dark Matter Coffee will be on hand sampling out their collaboration coffee aged in Basil Hayden’s Barrels.
Samples of Longman’s private Knob Creek Barrel will be available as well.
March 9, 2016
Please join us at Longman & Eagle on Tuesday, March 22 at 9pm for an opening reception featuring photography from Carolina Mariana Rodriguez, Eva Deitch and Lucy Hewett. Their work will be on display at L&E through the end of May.
Some background on the project from the artists :
In March 2015, Eva, Carolina, and Lucy met for breakfast. It had been a long winter for us as photographers and we needed some inspiration. Our conversations about uncertainty quickly turned into a plan for an eleven-day road trip across the state of New Mexico. In a week’s time, we were driving twenty-five hours south of Chicago through white deserts, red rocks and endless open skies.
We returned with a deep respect for one another, the landscape and our craft. One year later, we want to share what we’ve made.
We’ll be showing work, selling prints and enjoying desert inspired cocktails.
Carolina Mariana Rodríguez
Categories art & design, Featured, friends of L&E
March 4, 2016
Its that time of the year again!
- Date: Sunday, March 27th
- 11am registration, 12pm-2pm egg hunt, 2pm-4pm block party/egg count/prizes
- Food and music by L&E crew and friends
- Charity: One Tail at a Time
- Price: $5 per person, $10 per team (2 person teams) – will cap at 150 teams (300 people) – all of these proceeds go to charity
- RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Categories easter egg hunt, Uncategorized
February 15, 2016
Longman & Eagle is excited to display “Cats & Plants & Cats & Plants”, a collaborative installation from floral design company The Foxglove Studio and Chicago-based artist Stephen Eichhorn.
The installation, which will be on display from February 16 – March 8, combines Eichhorn’s cat collage pieces with plants and flowers from Foxglove. Join us at 9pm on February 23 for a reception in celebration of the collaboration at Longman & Eagle.
Categories art & design, friends of L&E, fun
January 26, 2016
Turns out the rest of the country likes Longman & Eagle’s Fried Chicken & Waffles as much as we do here in Chicago – Food Network just named the dish the #2 Best Friend Chicken in America! They loved the sweet potato and pork belly hash we top it with, too. Come and in try for yourself – Food Network recommends you pair it with one of our Bloody Mary’s (or Larry, or Maria).
Check it out HERE.