Sutliff: Archduke Ferdinand 1.5oz
Though most widely known for having been shot, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was a real person, and thus had an actual life before and beyond his often brief mention in high school textbooks. The complexities of royal lineage led to Franz backing into his position as heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and the complexities of politics spelled his death. A complex character himself, he was described as wild for the hunt and well-traveled, casting a dark shadow amongst the foppishness of Austrian high society at the time, stormy in temperament yet morally earnest, with an ambition to strengthen the position of the central throne not by tightening down, but by rendering the empire's various nationalities greater autonomy; his final words, with a bullet in his neck, were a plea to his mortally wounded wife to live for their children.
With all that complexity behind a single name, what was Sutliff to do but create a complex blend: a vanilla aromatic mixture derived from the just-right combination of seven different sub-blends.