Journeyman O.C.G. Apple Cider Liquer — Flavor of the Week

A list of reasons why the Craft & Barrel team loves autumn in Chicago (in no particular order):

  • Brisk, fresh air
  • Foliage
  • Pumpkins
  • Spiked mulled cider
  • Halloween
  • Comfort food
  • Fires in fireplaces
  • Spiked mulled cider
  • Football season
  • Cinnamon everything
  • Hay rides
  • Spiked mulled cider
  • Harvest moons
  • Spiked mulled cider
  • Spiked mulled cider
  • Spiked mulled cider

You may have noticed that of all the wonderful autumnal things listed, one is well worth repeating. The perfect spiked mulled cider embodies everything there is to adore about the season. It takes all the fall flavors and combines them into a blissful sip. It’s worth the wait if you’re going to make it from scratch, but we think we’ve found the perfect way to enjoy it without any of the work.

Meet Journeyman Distillery’s O.C.G., our Flavor of the Week: 

Photo Courtesy of Melinda McGinley

Photo Courtesy of Melinda McGinley

Journeyman Distillery was founded by Bill Welter after he golfed his way through Scotland and learned the art of making whiskey. Journeyman rehabbed the old Feather Bone Factory building in Three Oaks Michigan. The distillery’s doors opened in 2011 and they haven’t looked back. You can read more about their history here.

The Craft & Barrel team have been fans of Journeyman bourbon and whiskey for awhile now, so they had high expectations when they were introduced to this spirit. Expectations were definitely met — as we could have guessed — and even exceeded. O.C.G. is a gold medal winner for a reason, after all. 

The only way to describe the flavor is as a mouthful of your favorite apple pie that has been drizzled with a honey and bourbon syrup. It’s an 11/10 and you should pick some up to enjoy with all your fall festivities. 

Melinda McGinely