Black Denim Spice Whiskey

Inspired by the 80s rock scene, this whiskey infusion captures an era when the aroma of clove cigarettes filled clubs in LA. This recipe can be easily created from dried ingredients in your pantry. If you choose to infuse with pipe tobacco, use only a small amount and be sure to select a high-quality, aromatic pipe tobacco from a tin (like Petersen, Mac Baren or 4th Generation).


  • 3 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (or add 1 TBL vanilla extract after infusion is complete)
  • 3-4 slices of fresh orange peel (or 10g dried orange peel)
  • 2g pipe tobacco (optional)
  • 750ml bourbon (or rye)


  • Infuse 24-48 hours