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A 140yr-old Gold Rush whiskey returns

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As the saying goes, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, or if you’re from Cleveland, “you burn your LeBron jersey”. Proving absence makes the liver grow fonder too, Cyrus Noble Bourbon.

Born in Kentucky and raised in SF by the spirits-wholesaling Haas Brothers, Cyrus Noble is a Barbary Coast-era 90-proof bourbon formerly liked on Facebook by Gold Rush miners and SF mayors, now triumphantly returning to the city where it earned its stripes after a nearly 30yr hiatus.

Named after one of probably many dudes who fell into their own whiskey vats, CN uses a 140yr-old family mashbill recipe that incorporates 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5% malted barley, is aged in American white oak for 5yrs, and — before being bottled in SF — is “married” for 72hrs, before being asked by Britney Spears and Jason Alexander what the key to such a lasting relationship is.

So you’ll know what to tell other people when they watch you sip it, expect a rich/velvety taste with notes of caramel, toasted hazelnut, and buttery toffee, thanks in large part to craft-distilling processes that “keep the bourbon small batch”, also what Ben Roethlisberger tells his drink-ordering backup QB Charlie at the bar before inquiring, “which way is the nearest ladies restroom?”

But don’t take our super-reliable, handsome, and incredibly accurate word for it, actually taste this sweet liquor Wednesday at an exclusive 40-person just-for-Thrillist party from 6-8p in the basement of Taverna Aventine, where you can sip on CN cocktails and play Old West gambling hall fave card game Faro, or more appropriately if you’re a Cavs fan, un-Faro.