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  • Top Things to do While Stuck in Transit

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    Emma
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Getting stuck in transit when traveling can be a dreadful thing, especially if you are the kind who doesn’t like waiting around too much (which is, most likely, the vast majority of the people out there). What to do when stuck in transit? Here are some of our best suggestions: Play Online Casino Games Games are a great way to pass the time because you get caught up in the thrill of the action, which ensures the time spent in transit goes really fast. You might feel overwhelmed trying to find a great online casino game to play as there are so many different options. It just takes some time…
  • Thursday Night Throwdown: a latte art tournament at Cuvée Coffee in Austin

    The Joy of Drinking
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The Joy of Drinking doesn't have to be just about booze. Whatever it is that you love to imbibe, we're here to celebrate it. This post is for all you coffee geeks out there.I recently attended a latte art tournament in Austin, Texas, and it was amazing. There's one tournament a month held at Couvee's brick and mortar, which you should definitely go to if you're in Austin. Couvee is famous for their roast house, and the coffee shop is relatively new. There's no WiFi, so you don't have to deal with the camped out techies, and the coffee is incredible.As we do here in Texas, this competition is…
  • Secret Recipe: Lolinda's Ceviche

    Cocktails News
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    With all this warm weather lately, turning on the oven isn't always so appealing. Luckily, we have a new recipe to alleviate that first world problem and give you a bit of a break in the kitchen.
  • The Martinez is supposedly the predecessor to...

    Liqurious
    abarabove
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The Martinez is supposedly the predecessor to the Manhattan and the martini. Perhaps that’s why it’s so delicious! (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • WhiskyCast Episode 530: April 18, 2015

    WhiskyCast
    Mark Gillespie
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    If distilleries have ghosts, the ones haunting the former Old Taylor Distillery in Kentucky finally have some people to scare. After nearly 43 years, the historic distillery is being restored with plans to begin distilling by the end of this year and open to visitors in the spring of 2016. Marianne Barnes left Brown-Forman recently to oversee the project for the distillery's partners and will be the master distiller when production begins. She joins us for this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth with an update on the progress of bringing the old site back to life and trying to recreate the Bourbon…
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  • Top Things to do While Stuck in Transit

    Emma
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Getting stuck in transit when traveling can be a dreadful thing, especially if you are the kind who doesn’t like waiting around too much (which is, most likely, the vast majority of the people out there). What to do when stuck in transit? Here are some of our best suggestions: Play Online Casino Games Games are a great way to pass the time because you get caught up in the thrill of the action, which ensures the time spent in transit goes really fast. You might feel overwhelmed trying to find a great online casino game to play as there are so many different options. It just takes some time…
  • Luxury On a Budget: Places Where 5 Stars Are Affordable

    Emma
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Everyone enjoys living in the lap of luxury when they travel. Who doesn’t like to be pampered? But the price tag that comes with five-star accommodations isn’t always so pretty. If you’re searching for an elegant spot to stay without breaking the bank, check out our list of five places where five-star stays are affordable: #5: Lisbon, Portugal Located on the Tagus River which empties into the Atlantic Ocean, this capital port city offers some steals on five star accommodations. Oftentimes you can find deals to stay at the new Porto Bay Liberdade for under $170/night. The…
  • Places not to miss on a multi-centre journey around Thailand

    Emma
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Thailand is one of the most popular countries for tourists in the world. And for good reason. The country is easy to travel, the locals are warm, and the food is incredible. While there’s a definite tourist trail full of backpackers exploring Southeast Asia, it’s also easy to find yourself completely alone, stumbling among ruins, or in a local neighbourhood eating Pad Thai. The weather is excellent in Thailand, and although there is a definite wet and dry season, it’s rare for a trip to be spoilt by bad weather. It’s also a good first-stop for travellers who want to see more in the…
  • Time to escape: and book your summer holiday

    Emma
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    You’re trapped in your nine-to-five, with the pale skin of long-term strip lighting exposure. You’ve got marks on your wrists from being handcuffed to your desk. It’s time to get out of Dodge – it’s time to take a holiday. Indeed, when the sun is rearing its head, who wants to be trapped in a musty office? What you want is some mystery, adventure and sun kissed delights. All you want to do is chuck a dart in a map and head where it lands. And that’s exactly what we’ve done. Using Stansted Airport as our base of operations, we’ve left our cars with the Stansted meet and greet,…
  • A change is as good as a rest

    Emma
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Getting to your destination from the airport is probably the most important part of your holiday, after all, it’s not like you can walk there, but how much consideration do you give to getting from home to the airport? If you can’t get to the airport, you can’t fly, and therefore no holiday! I find getting from home to the airport is made much easier by driving myself. I had this debate with my friend recently, who was always an avid coach booker when it came to getting from A to B, but despite that insistence on going by coach, she always moaned about how long it took to get there,…
 
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    The Joy of Drinking

  • Thursday Night Throwdown: a latte art tournament at Cuvée Coffee in Austin

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The Joy of Drinking doesn't have to be just about booze. Whatever it is that you love to imbibe, we're here to celebrate it. This post is for all you coffee geeks out there.I recently attended a latte art tournament in Austin, Texas, and it was amazing. There's one tournament a month held at Couvee's brick and mortar, which you should definitely go to if you're in Austin. Couvee is famous for their roast house, and the coffee shop is relatively new. There's no WiFi, so you don't have to deal with the camped out techies, and the coffee is incredible.As we do here in Texas, this competition is…
  • Taste of the Nation This Thursday: Top San Francisco Bites and Sips to Benefit No Kid Hungry

    24 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Photo Credit: Jena DoddPut on your fancy pants because Taste of the Nation is coming to San Francisco's City View at the Metreon this Thursday. In its 8th year, the annual culinary benefit will bring together some of the City's most celebrated chefs to raise money for No Kid Hungry, a campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger by providing children with healthy food and nutritional programs.Attendants can nosh on bites from some 56 Bay Area restaurants. This includes dishes from Michael Tusk (Quince, Cotogna), Mark Liberman (AQ, TBD), Thomas McNaughton (flour+water, central kitchen…
  • How to Make the Tilting at the Windmills Punch from Gitane in San Francisco [recipe]

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:45 am
    If you caught my recent article on Eater, you know that Gitane in San Francisco recently introduced a new punch menu to its bar program—and boy do those punches pack a wallop (har har). Well, if you're wondering how to make those punches at home, you can now make the Tilting at the Windmills punch. The recipe is a modern approach to punch—meaning that it doesn't follow the rigid 19th-century protocol of making punch using a sugar preparation called oleo saccrum and it doesn't follow the traditional pre-Prohibition proportions either ("One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, Four…
  • Meet the Drinks: Fun and Inventive Cocktails at Chino [Pictures Galore]

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    You could call the Mission District in San Francisco psychedelic. Home to the over 600 murals, the Mission is a canvas for epically large and intensely colorful paintings splashed all over the sides of its buildings. Add in a few spots known for drug exchanges and a newer reputation for hipster play, and it's no wonder everyone is seeing bright spots.Chino is a playful addition to that colorful scene. Owned by the same team as Tacolicious, Chino offers a take on Asian-inspired food. Fuchsia Dunlop fans and Yelpers, put your fingers down now—this is not an attempt on authentic cuisine.
  • Tosca Pares Down Its Cocktail Program, Continuing a Sad Streak in San Francisco Cocktails

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:26 pm
    We thought we were sad when The Coachman closed this month. Not to mention that Trou Normand closed its early morning and espresso service. Well, we got a heavy dose of salt in the wounds when we learned that one of our other favorite bar programs, Tosca Cafe's, is being cut down. Star bar director Isaac Shumway is out, and the general manager and chef will now run the bar instead––with what we can only imagine to be a drastically simplified cocktail menu. Call us the Sorrow of Drinking.Under Isaac, Tosca had one of our most favorite cocktail programs in the city. As a former cook, Isaac…
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    Cocktails News

  • Secret Recipe: Lolinda's Ceviche

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    With all this warm weather lately, turning on the oven isn't always so appealing. Luckily, we have a new recipe to alleviate that first world problem and give you a bit of a break in the kitchen.
  • How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    Okay, we've all been there. You're going to a party or a picnic, or maybe you're going to check out the Twilight concert at Santa Monica Pier on Thursday night, and you don't want to bring a really nice bottle of wine, but all the inexpensive bottles of wine just taste cheap.
  • This Asparagus Cocktail is Super-Refreshing

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Crisp, sweet asparagus is practically the official vegetable of spring. We've been known to eat it at breakfast, lunch and dinner , and now a San Francisco bartender has figured out how to drink it at cocktail hour.
  • Furlough and Bar Fancy: A bartender's bistro and a chef's bar. What could go wrong?

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:56 am
    In December of 2008, a bartender named Frankie Solarik opened an innovative new cocktail lounge called BarChef, on Queen Street West. These were innocent years on the city's drinks circuit; save a few pioneering exceptions, innovation behind the bar usually involved rivers of Kahlua or apple-flavoured vodka and ended with the suffix "-tini."
  • Boulder DA weighing charges against Fairview students in Molotov cocktail case

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Boulder prosecutors are considering filing criminal charges against some or all of the six Fairview High students accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into the school in an effort to set it on fire and extend their spring break. According to a police report, all six male students - whose names have not been released because they are juveniles - were referred to the Boulder District Attorney's Office restorative justice program.
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 530: April 18, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    If distilleries have ghosts, the ones haunting the former Old Taylor Distillery in Kentucky finally have some people to scare. After nearly 43 years, the historic distillery is being restored with plans to begin distilling by the end of this year and open to visitors in the spring of 2016. Marianne Barnes left Brown-Forman recently to oversee the project for the distillery's partners and will be the master distiller when production begins. She joins us for this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth with an update on the progress of bringing the old site back to life and trying to recreate the Bourbon…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 529: April 11, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:42 pm
    This week, we're on location at the Maker's Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky for the annual Maker's Mark Handcraft Festival and the running of the Maker's 46 Mile at Lexington's Keeneland Race Course. Friday also brought an estimated 1,000 whisky and Kentucky basketball fans to Keeneland for the annual signing of the Maker's Mark Keeneland charity bottle. This year's bottle honors legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp, and several of his former players spent hours signing bottles for the fans who turned out at Keeneland. We'll have a complete wrap-up of the…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 528: April 4, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    4 Apr 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Bacardi took a step into the Bourbon business this week with its acquisition of Angel's Share Brands, the parent company of Angel's Envy Bourbon and the Louisville Distilling Company's distillery under construction in Louisville. The deal is a friendly one, since Bacardi had owned a small stake in Angel's Share since it was founded by the late Lincoln Henderson and his partners in 2006. Henderson's son Wes and the other Angel's Share executives will run the company as a separate division within Bacardi, and he joins us to discuss the reasons behind the sale on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth.
  • WhiskyCast Episode 527: March 28, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Suntory Holdings CEO Takeshi Niinami is one of Japan's leading business executives. He's the first CEO from outside the founding Torii family, and is also a key economic adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. He inherited last year's $16 billion acquisition of Beam when he joined Suntory six months ago, and has been focused on making the deal work while changing Suntory's internal culture. We'll discuss the growing pains of the deal, which made Beam Suntory the world's #3 spirits company, with Takeshi Niinami on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, a preliminary ruling in…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 526: March 21, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    US President Barack Obama visited a whisky maker for the first time this week during his trip to Cleveland for a speech to the City Club of Cleveland. He visited the small business incubator that's home to Tom Lix's Cleveland Whiskey, along with nearly two dozen other small manufacturers. Lix's proprietary -- and controversial -- process takes young whiskey and gives it what Lix claims is the color, aroma, and taste of older Bourbons. He'll tell us about the President's visit and discuss his process on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the investigation into the theft of whiskey…
 
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  • That's Shallot...

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:42 am
    Thank you. It's been Emotional.  As posts go, this one will certainly go down as one of the most memorable ones that we have ever written on this humble website.  As many readers know, we began Caskstrength.net back in January 2008. We were fresh faced, wide eyed, particularly thirsty and in possession of a drinks cabinet stocked mainly with ubiquitous Scotch brands. We took it upon ourselves to seek out the most interesting whiskies we could lay our hands on.Once-upon-a-time we looked like this...Hard to believe really. Here we are in 2015 and we're just perusing the sidebar and a…
  • Come Fly With Me: The Redbreast Mano a Lamh, Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    As we speed away from Burn’s night and head towards St Patrick’s Day, it’s time to start cracking open some Irish whiskey. Once long forgotten, the rise of Irish whiskey has seen a plethora of new distilleries opening up, with plenty more in the pipeline. In our recent visits to Ireland to see either brand-spanking new facilities or those out in the market drumming up support, one thing has made itself very clear: Ireland will become more serious about Pot Still than any other style of whiskey.Scotland is a fairly simple place when it comes to whisky-making. You’ve got your single…
  • Great Odin's Ravin'

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The history of 'Truly Great Limited Edition Whiskies' is few and far between really. Odd ones pop up getting consumers frothy and excited, then every other brand decides to follow suit in some way, before we all end up gazing forlornly at an overpriced Whisky Auction Site: either regretting missing out on a sold-out purchase, or regretting drinking and finishing a matured investment. Sad really.  It's like the words 'Landfill Indie', a phrase that we bring with us from our time in the music business. One band would spring out of nowhere, redefining a stagnant music…
  • The First of The Last Great Malts: Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    The relationship between beauty and functionality is one I struggle with. I'm Scandinavian and subscribe to the ideal that, as far as you can make it, everything should be "both beautiful and functional". There are plenty of excellent examples of this, from coffee makers through to oyster shucking kits, but every so often in life there is an example of extreme functionality without beauty, and the embodiment of this has to be a certain Mr Dean Windass. A builder by trade, Dean Windass is what we humble chaps in the pub would call 'an ugly f*cker'. Dean signed as a professional footballer for…
  • Party Like It's 1985

    1 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    An Orville Piñata, shortly before his celebratory new year thrashing Hello one and all. We're back from our relaxed Christmas breaks now, heading into all manner of excitement in the new year. We look back fondly on 2014. It was a year that bought some truly exceptional spirits, many many journeys and friendships:  From Baijiu in China, Cachaca in Brazil, Armagnac in France and some wondrous drinks in-between, both of us can definitely say it was an enlightening year.  2014 also saw us bring out Distilled, our first book together which is shaping up really nicely for…
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  • DISCUS Says TPA and TPP Are Good for American Booze

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today announced its support for the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill just introduced in the U.S. Senate, calling the legislation, “key to opening foreign markets to American spirits products.”“This bill sends a signal to the rest of the world that the United States is serious about concluding important trade negotiations,” said outgoing Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO Peter H. Cressy. The membership of DISCUS includes both large and small distilled spirits companies who export their products to more than 130 countries.
  • The Bulleit Story

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    I wrote this up for another purpose but it seemed like a good thing to share here as well. I've posted all of this before, but perhaps not all in one place. At any rate, Bulleit continues to grow and remains a stand out product for Diageo, even with the success of Orphan Barrel and the recent American re-launch of I. W. Harper.This is the Bulleit Bourbon story, as succinct as I can make it.Bulleit was started by Tom Bulleit in 1995. He contracted Buffalo Trace to make it and mostly intended to sell it in Japan, where he was already doing business as an attorney. There were two expressions.
  • Brown-Forman Has the Kentucky Derby Locked Up

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    With the Kentucky Derby just a little more than three weeks away, let's make sure we have this straight. Brown-Forman's Woodford Reserve is the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. Meanwhile, Brown-Forman's Old Forester Mint Julep is the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby. For the last 20-some years, the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby has been Brown-Forman's Early Times Mint Julep. According to the Official Kentucky Derby web site, it still is.Both Old Forester and Early Times are selling a pre-mixed mint julep. The Old Forester version is a little more expensive. They…
  • Tennessee Whiskey Is Safe for Another Year, Perhaps for Good

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The AP is reporting that legislators opposed to the 2013 law defining Tennessee whiskey withdrew their repeal measure yesterday, "to try to generate more support before next year's legislative session." That's exactly what they said when it failed last year. Supporters of the current law, led by Jack Daniel's, have declared the effort dead.If you want more details on the whole debate, go here.Much of the media has portrayed this as Jack Daniel's law, but last fall the Tennessee Distillers Guild (TDG) polled its members and 17 of 20 voted in support of the current law.Although the…
  • This New Canadian Whisky Contains an Unusual Ingredient: Old Grand-Dad Kentucky Bourbon

    6 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
    Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky is a new product from Beam Suntory. It is an unusual whisky in several ways, and is further remarkable because it represents a coming-out of sorts for Beam's Alberta Distillers, which Beam has owned since the 1980s but rarely talks about.And, to pay off the headline, Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky is unusual because it contains 8 percent Old Grand-Dad Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Everything else in the bottle is made at the distillery in Alberta from Canadian-grown rye, except the one percent sherry component.To tell you the truth, most of this is…
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  • Whiskey or Whisky? The Technical File - Part 2

    David Havelin
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    The Irish Whiskey Technical File (see yesterday's article) takes no sides on the spelling question. Label it Irish Whiskey or Irish Whisky, according to your like or dislike of the letter e.I think that's a mistake.Yes, I know that up until little more than three decades ago, the non-e variant still had some currency in Ireland (Paddy Whisky was the last holdout). But then the one remaining distiller on the island standardised on whiskey and every Irish whiskey brand since then has embraced the convention.It is a wonderful, accidental gift to marketers that should not be lightly relinquished.
  • Irish Whiskey: The Technical File - Part 1

    David Havelin
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Until now we've been making do with the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980 to know what is and isn't Irish whiskey. It has the merit of being a quick read but it comes from an era when there was only one distilling company on the whole island and we weren't shifting much of the wet stuff. Not much nit-picking over definitions back then.Today we have dozens of operating and aspiring distillers, and Irish whiskey is coining it globally. We have something worth protecting and nurturing in a competitive world, and that means shoring up the legal underpinnings.The EU is useful here. It confers Geographical…
  • The Curse of Accessibilty

    David Havelin
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Is Irish whiskey taken seriously? Not according to Mark Reynier, speaking to The Spirits Business recently. He's the guy converting a former brewery in Waterford city to a whiskey distillery.“I don't think people take Irish whiskey seriously, because there isn't anything with which to take it seriously. It's easy doing accessible stuff, but there isn't a great deal of mind-fuckery going on; it's all just pretty simplistic stuff." “Our aim is the put some meat on the bones and actually produce some serious whiskey.” “It gives me the opportunity to challenge Pernod Ricard in…
  • Redbreast Mano a Lámh

    David Havelin
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Midleton Distillery is drawing attention to sherry cask maturation with its latest release, Redbreast Mano a Lámh. There are two 'hand's in that name, one Spanish, one Irish, linked across Europe by the journey those casks take.The oak grows in the forests of Galicia and Cantabria in the north of Spain and is crafted into casks at the Antonio Páez Lobato cooperage in the south. They then spend two years at one of several bodegas, filled with oloroso sherry, before being emptied and dispatched promptly to Midleton for immediate refilling with spirit.Sherry butts are big and expensive,…
  • The Liberties 11 Year Old Single Malt

    David Havelin
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Happy birthday, Dublin Airport! 75 years seeing us off the island and back again.Many airports are endured rather than enjoyed but I always hope for a good hour to squander airside at Dublin. It's a chance to survey the full landscape of Irish whiskey and chat with the sales staff, enthusiasts themselves and keen to offer information and opinions. (They have formed their own whiskey club, based at the airport: the Aviators Whiskey Society).There is the prospect of uncovering a previously unknown bottle since new releases sometimes surface at The Irish Whiskey Collection weeks before…
 
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  • Electric cars keep Hennessy up with current trends

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    It seems even 250-year-old Cognac houses want to be like Google these days.  Hennessy, the Cognac brand that was founded in 1765 and is part of Moet Hennessy, announced today that it has bought 45 electric cars for its employees to get around its various company sites. The move is similar to tech giant Google's fleet of electric transport at its California headquarters and is part of Hennessy's pledge to reduce its environmental impact. The silent, emission-free cars will also reduce noise pollution, thus making this beautiful part of France even more appealing than it…
  • [Checks watch] "I best be heading home"

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    It's not even available on pre-order yet, but Apple's latest piece of kit has already got a breathalyser app. US company BACtrack has today unveiled an Apple Watch-specific version of its breathalyser app. By blowing into the BACtrack breathalyser, data sent direct to the watch will detail the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the subject. “With the proprietary ZeroLine feature,” the company says, “a user can view an estimate of how long it will take for their BAC to return to 0.00%. The … feature then displays a continuous estimate of a user's BAC as it…
  • just-drinks closed for Easter

    2 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    just-drinks is now closed for the Easter weekend. We'll be back on Tuesday, 7 April. Wishing you all a peaceful Easter. Cheers
  • Diet Coke decline leaves Pepsi sitting pretty

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:39 am
    Last year was tough for The Coca-Cola Co. So staff in Atlanta won't be pleased to read that Pepsi has overtaken Diet Coke as the no. 2 soda brand in the US. According to the Wall Street Journal, citing industry data, PepsiCo's full-calorie Pepsi took an 8.8% share of the market in 2014 compared to 8.5% for Diet Coke. What will trouble both companies, however, is that Pepsi overtook Diet Coke only because it lost less volume that Coca-Cola's zero-calorie beverage (Pepsi down 1.8% in volumes and Diet Coke down 6.6%). Brand Coca-Cola, meanwhile, remains the top soda with a 17.6%…
  • Net-buster kicks-off Budweiser 'Dream Goal' campaign - video

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    A bit of football fun for a Friday. Anheuser-Busch InBev has released the ad that will accompany its new Budweiser 'Dream Goal' campaign, that seeks to find the UK's best amateur goal. Sky Sports' pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp do a decent job of treating this example with the same respect as a Wayne Rooney super strike.  Enjoy.   
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  • Very Possibly, Your Approved Label is Wrong

    Robert C. Lehrman
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    From the demise of Prohibition until about a year ago, you could fairly safely assume your label was right, if it was approved by TTB. Most people assumed they had a “safe harbor,” created upon approval, even if some of the claims were dubious. This has been changing, and fast. The causes are numerous. One big one is the Pom case, decided in mid-2014. Another is an onslaught of class action lawsuits (such as Tito’s, Makers Mark, Beam, Angel’s Envy, Templeton). I am not discussing these factors in detail in this post because we have covered them a lot in many other blog…
  • Louisville, Flavorman, Tito, Locke Lord, ADI

    Robert C. Lehrman
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Louisville is great. Such a nice break from the clamor of DC. I think I am nearly qualified to make this call because I have been going to Louisville half a dozen times per year for a few years now, and I have now hit all the top 50 or so bars and restaurants. I just got back from a 10 day stay. Some highlights of course are the great people at Flavorman, Moonshine University, Challenge Bottling, Grease Monkey Distillery, and the Distilled Spirits Epicenter (all seeming to be one big happy family). Another highlight was speaking at ADI. More on that in a few days. A major highlight was…
  • Scrapple Flavored Vodka

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    I am a tad late for April Fools Day but it’s one of my favorite national holidays and so, we present the above. Is it real or fake? Would you drink it?   Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll     Take Our Poll   No cheating or Googling allowed. A very good clue, and/or the answer, is here. Related Posts: Unspeakable Beer (0) Umami Spirits, with Mushrooms and Durt (0) Manly Parts and Booze, Part 5 (1)
  • 28 Proof and Not Beer, Wine or Spirit

    Robert C. Lehrman
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:44 pm
      It looks like moonshine. But it’s not spirits. It’s not even beer or wine, and yet it is 28 proof. I stumbled on Great America “Carolina Clear” at a gas station in Bardstown, Kentucky, of all places. It was just a couple miles from Jim Beam and Four Roses. I would have assumed the heart of Bourbon Country is roughly the last place for a product such as this to thrive. And yet, the guy loitering and smoking out front advised it is an excellent product and will get one messed up almost as good as the illegal stuff. The display had about 40 jars of the product, in…
  • Tito Case Moves Forward, Not in Tito’s Favor

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    3/23/2015 Update. Caution. The above headline seems fairly skewed. See below for what we think really happened last week. The case is not halted at all. Tito had another bad yesterday, this time in federal court in San Diego. This further makes it obvious that the world of labeling has changed markedly since the Supreme Court’s Pom decision of June 12, 2014. On March 18, 2015, Judge Jeffrey Miller (of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California) ruled that the Tito’s vodka case, relating to deception and the term “handmade,” should move forward. Since the case was…
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  • Barcelona trip

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    I had some business in Barcelona and managed to get some good eating in on the side. Things stared out in the AA Admiral's Club (gag...did USAirways really turn into this?) And then on the plane... Menu in Business Class A drink to aid reflection upon the menu.Not great, but not toxic. Bumpy flight. An odd appetizer of stuffed cucumber rolls. Note the tsunami in the wine glass. Out of focus for unavoidable reasons. A funny spongy filet. Just odd. Nice spinach. Nice cheese Slept thru breakfast on the plane but made up for it at the hotel with two plates. Spanish omelet at breakfast (plate 1)is…
  • Kitchen with no hood

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    I have a wonderful, modern home with one fatal flaw; it has no range hood.  In fact, the kitchen is on the main level with bedrooms overhead.  Nowhere to run a vent.  So I have existed for almost nine years with no vent in my kitchen.  I have a microwave oven over the range with the 'pretend' vent fan. I know I'm no alone since many people in large apartment buildings have kitchens with no ventilation. What to do? 
  • How thick is thin? A dough question.

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    This has been  puzzling me for a while,  how thick is thin?   When is say roll out thin, in my world it is   1- 2 mm  thin  or at max 3 mm.  But when I watch youtube  cooking channels from  other countries then mine it isnt the same.   Most English speaking channels  when they say thin it is about  5 mm and that is thick to me  while in some other  countries it is  1 mm or  see through thin.   I have also notice that if I say thin to some people  that none Swedes  they roll out doughs  as thick…
  • Storing Yeast

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Six or eight months ago I was gifted with several packages of this yeast:     How long can yeast remain stored in a sealed package like this before it goes bad?  What about in an opened package (Toots used about 1/3 of a package recently, saved the rest).  Does yeast go bad?
  • Sliceable fruit cremeux recipe

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    Hi,   I am looking for a sliceable, freezable fruit cremeux or similar recipe to use as a filling for a cake. It can also be yolk free but I am after a creamy, smooth texture and nice fruit flavor. I want to make it from cooked rhubarb. Thanks for any pointers,   Bojana 
 
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  • Barcelona trip

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:16 pm
    I had some business in Barcelona and managed to get some good eating in on the side. Things stared out in the AA Admiral's Club (gag...did USAirways really turn into this?) And then on the plane... Menu in Business Class A drink to aid reflection upon the menu.Not great, but not toxic. Bumpy flight. An odd appetizer of stuffed cucumber rolls. Note the tsunami in the wine glass. Out of focus for unavoidable reasons. A funny spongy filet. Just odd. Nice spinach. Nice cheese Slept thru breakfast on the plane but made up for it at the hotel with two plates. Spanish omelet at breakfast (plate 1)is…
  • Kitchen with no hood

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    I have a wonderful, modern home with one fatal flaw; it has no range hood.  In fact, the kitchen is on the main level with bedrooms overhead.  Nowhere to run a vent.  So I have existed for almost nine years with no vent in my kitchen.  I have a microwave oven over the range with the 'pretend' vent fan. I know I'm no alone since many people in large apartment buildings have kitchens with no ventilation. What to do? 
  • How thick is thin? A dough question.

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    This has been  puzzling me for a while,  how thick is thin?   When is say roll out thin, in my world it is   1- 2 mm  thin  or at max 3 mm.  But when I watch youtube  cooking channels from  other countries then mine it isnt the same.   Most English speaking channels  when they say thin it is about  5 mm and that is thick to me  while in some other  countries it is  1 mm or  see through thin.   I have also notice that if I say thin to some people  that none Swedes  they roll out doughs  as thick…
  • Storing Yeast

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Six or eight months ago I was gifted with several packages of this yeast:     How long can yeast remain stored in a sealed package like this before it goes bad?  What about in an opened package (Toots used about 1/3 of a package recently, saved the rest).  Does yeast go bad?
  • Sliceable fruit cremeux recipe

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    Hi,   I am looking for a sliceable, freezable fruit cremeux or similar recipe to use as a filling for a cake. It can also be yolk free but I am after a creamy, smooth texture and nice fruit flavor. I want to make it from cooked rhubarb. Thanks for any pointers,   Bojana 
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  • Ask Your Bartender: Job Insecurity

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    So after much deliberation, I decided to print this question and my response, as it’s a question that I get from you guys at least once a month. And therefore I think it’s important. So here we go: Hey Jeff, I’m new to the bar, but not our company’s restaurant group. I’ve done my research and understand how important fresh juice is, but have already had negative feedback from the bar manager when he “caught” me juicing lemons with my own juicer before my shift off the clock. In addition, I’ve been told they like my enthusiasm, but apparently only on a per case…
  • Build a Better ($5.63) Muddler

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    I was having this conversation with a writer about my new book on cocktail technique last week, and she got on the subject of bar tools. “A lot of this stuff is really expensive,” she said, “Do you have any advice for home cocktail enthusiasts who don’t want to spend a ton of money?” And I was thinking, you know, like – she’s right. Bar tools are super expensive, and there are some places where you can skimp, and some places where you can’t. Like, you just won’t find a substitute for a good 18/8 stainless steel cocktail shaker. A cheap one from the liquor…
  • I Wrote a Book!

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    So, for the past couple of years I’ve gotten a lot of emails from people who have visited this site, and many of them read something like this: To: Jeffrey Morgenthaler Subject: Web Form Submission From: Some Loudmouth Content-Type: text/plain; charset="UTF-8" Message-Id: <20140412235755> Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2013 16:57:55 -0700 (PDT) Hey Asshole When are you going to post more? I’m tired of not getting free shit on the regular. Well, have I got news for you: I wrote a book, and now you can see what you’ve been missing over the past two-and-a-half years while I worked on it in my free…
  • How to Take Inventory and Calculate Pour Cost

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Ever since I wrote on How To Price a Cocktail Menu like a million years ago, I’ve gotten requests from bartenders, bar managers, and bar owners for some guidance on how to perform inventory and calculate pour cost. Which is, like, super surprising to me since there are few tasks more reviled in our business than the dreaded monthly inventory. Regardless, I figured it was high time I shared. I never would have admitted it at the time, but I feel pretty lucky for the rude awakening I had back in 2001. I’d just come off of working in the clubs, and was immediately thrown into managing a…
  • Bar Tools for Your Feet

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:54 am
    Our good friend Erick Castro recently posited a question on Facebook about bartenders’ footwear of choice, which got me thinking about mine. So I thought I’d share my experience with you in the hopes that folks could chime in and build a discussion that might be of help to other bartenders out there. About thirteen years ago, after years of working on my feet in normal, uncomfortable, black dress shoes, it became nearly impossible for me to stand. It happened pretty quickly over the course of opening a new bar I started working in. The long hours on my feet spent getting the place off the…
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  • Rock Out With Your Cocktail Out Thanks To Concert Craft Cocktails

    Camper English
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:40 pm
    In my latest post for Details.com I have a story about how music festivals are embracing craft cocktails. This is happening in the US and a bit around the world.    Check out the story here.  Related articles Scotch to Drink, If You Are Very Rich Get Your Naming Act Together, Scotland! (A Story About Single-Grain Whisky) Armagnac Marquis de Montesquiou Visit
  • The Great American Distiller Shortage

    Camper English
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    America has no shortage of distilleries - there are over 900 registered now - but a big lack of people who know how to operate them. In a blog post for Whisky Advocate Magazine, I wrote about the shortage of experienced distillers in America.  Sure, everyone likes the process of running a still and fine-tuning the juice, but who are you going to get to install the equipment and tell you when you've bought a bad barrel? That's where consultant distillers come in.  In this story we hear from Maggie Campbell of Privateer Rum, former Tuthilltown distiller Joel Elder who has gone independent,…
  • Hey Bartenders! Last Week to Enter Disaronno's Mixing Star Competition

    Camper English
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Bartenders, how'd you like to win a free trip to New York to compete in the Mixing Star competition during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, with a grand prize of a trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans if you win? April 22 is the last day to enter Disaronno's Mixing Star competition. It's a pretty easy contest to enter, as far as these things go.  I'll be helping to judge the finals in New York and I hope to see you there, as well as at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July. 
  • Distillery Visit: Chateau de Maniban Armagnac at Chateau Castarede

    Camper English
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    I had the chance to visit the Chateau Castarede, a 17th Century estate/castle in the Bas Armagnac region where they produce armagnac. Florence Castarède was our host for the day. She says they're the oldest armagnac brand, but so too does Dartigalongue. They make three armagnac labels:  Armagnac Castarède Château de Maniban Nismes Delclou They grow the grapes for their products, primarily Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes. The region has the sandy soils full of fossils and shells of the former ocean floor.  They have two stills; one gas-powered, one wood-fueled.  While we were there, the…
  • A Visit to a Cooperage in Armagnac

    Camper English
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    I had a chance to visit the cooper M. Gilles Bartholomo in the armagnac region of France.  There was no sign out front and we were worried that we would miss it, but luckily a stack of air-drying barrel staves near the road clued us in.  This very small cooperage makes only barrels from local Gascony oak. On the property the staves are stacked up to air dry for between two and three years. On the day we visited it had been raining, so we wondered if that would slow the drying process. It turns out that rain is a good thing: it washes out some of the tannins. You may be able to see in this…
 
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  • Who wants to make me a cocktail?

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    CaptCrunch… you are seriously the most wonderful person! I can't thank you enough for your generous and lengthy reply and suggestions. I think I know now what my Sunday Project is… and a tasty one at that. I wonder what you think (and you have been so kind as to indulge me already) about premixing a batch for, say 20 drinks, in some sort of lidded big container with the egg whites and then shaking something so large before pouring into the individual cups? You have been much too nice to me already --- thank you again for your initial thoughts and I will definitely post back on how my test…
  • Help! How many jiggers in an ounce, or vice versa?

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Booze should be measured in glugs, not jiggers, ounces, ML, or the like. For example an oboe fox is a smidgen of a glug of water with a little sugar and Angostura bitters and three glugs of rye or bourbon. Ok...back to counting glugs.
  • gin in the freezer?

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    "Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel." (Casino Royale by Ian Fleming) So that's 3oz of gin plus 1oz of vodka and 1/2oz of wine. It was his 'pre-dinner drink' for when he was "concentrating". 4 and a half oz of alcohol on an empty stomach won't be watered down noticably by a few ice-chips :)
  • What to bring back from Japan

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Though not Japanese, I often bring back things you can't get in the US: -Elixir Végétal de la Grande-Chartreuse -Havana Club rum -Amer Picon Of course the many Japanese whiskeys and liquors previously suggested make great choices, too. I live here so I've had to broaden my take on omiyage! The things above are so easy to get and inexpensive.
  • Opinions on Arrogante Anejo tequila?

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Tequila afficionados often prefer blancos as they have the greatest amount of flavor from the agave. If your brother thought that the anejo was too smooth, try getting him a reposado or blanco next time. There are a number of well regarded bottles in the $30-50 range, although I haven't tried too many of them personally. I usually buy the cheaper stuff for making Margaritas, but have a bottle of Siete Leguas blanco that I am looking forward to trying.
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  • Drinking Holidays 2015

    Cheri Loughlin
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Drinking Holidays 2015, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... It’s always a good day when there’s a holiday. Where there’s a holiday rest assured there is a shot, drink or cocktail to pair with it. While many of the days on this list are not official holidays, we might as well raise a glass and be merry. Some days link to recipes or explanation of the holidays. The post Drinking…
  • San Martin Cocktail

    Cheri Loughlin
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading San Martin Cocktail, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... The San Martin cocktail is simply delicious. The first word I wrote on my tasting notes was, “YUM!” There is gentle spice and full, luscious mouth-feel. The post San Martin Cocktail appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Lucien Gaudin Cocktail Ward Eight Classic Cocktail Brainstorm
  • Papa Doble Punch

    Cheri Loughlin
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Papa Doble Punch, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... This Papa Doble Punch is loosely based on the Hemingway Daiquiri or Papa Doble cocktail. This variation uses Maraschino Cherry Infused Rum. The post Papa Doble Punch appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Barefoot Grigio Sour Punch Cherry Limeade Maraschino Cherry Sour
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  • Painkiller Peeps

    David Solmonson
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    While some may choose to debate the Christian versus pagan symbolism and circumstance surrounding the Easter holiday, we at 12 Bottle Bar instead turn our sights on that most eternal of vernal demagogues:  the PEEP®.  Whether you are in the love-em or hate-em camp when it comes to PEEPS®, we’re certain that you’ll appreciate the question that begat today’s Easter post:  Could we booze “peeps” up?  The answer proved to be simple, yet eloquent:  Hell, yeah. Of course, we first had to lay out the challenge before us and define what would constitute success: The “peeps” had…
  • Easter Sorbet Punch

    David Solmonson
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw As an only child, I have always attached enormous significance to holidays.  Without siblings or extended family to help create a festive mood, I tend to go a bit overboard.  If one Christmas tree is good, wouldn’t two be amazing?  And why have only one pie at Thanksgiving when I can make two – or even three?  But Easter, well, as an adult, Easter has always stumped me. Leaving religion out of it for a minute, this is really the only holiday that is purely for children.  As…
  • Get the 12BB Tasting Pack

    David Solmonson
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    We’ve always tried to make jumping into the 12 Bottle Bar easy. Today, we’re excited to share that we’ve made it even easier by launching the 5-bottle “Cocktail Unveil” tasting pack in partnership with Flaviar.com, one of the world’s leading spirits clubs. Working in conjunction with Flaviar, we’ve assembled some very, very special bottles: The pack includes samplings of all five bottles along with a copy of the 12BB book.  If you haven’t picked up a copy, now is the perfect time.  Already have a copy?  Thank you!  The set makes a perfect…
  • Ring in the New Year

    David Solmonson
    27 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
      It goes without saying that New Year’s and Champagne go together like good intentions and broken resolutions.  If you’re looking for a way to make things a little more interesting than just popping the cork on the bubbly, we suggest the following: Champagne Cocktail There is no easier drink to make than a champagne cocktail.  Add the sugar cube to a flute glass, dash in the bitters, top with something sparkling. Both white sugar and brown sugar work equally well here, and feel free to experiment with any and all bitters.  If you’re hosting a party, laying out a…
  • TABASCO: The Eye Opener

    David Solmonson
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:29 am
      Quick — name a drink that uses TABASCO. I’m going to take a wild guess and say you offered the Bloody Mary. Possibly the Snapper or the Caesar. Or, if you’ve built an appreciation for cocktailia arcana, you might have conjured up a Bullshot or Praire Oyster. Whatever your choice was, it certainly had something in common with all other famous TABASCO drinks, beyond the hot sauce itself, of course. Your choice was a restorative. In our previous post, we talked a bit about the stomach-settling, appetite-promoting qualities of the chili pepper family. It should come as…
 
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  • Review: Patron Extra Anejo 7 Anos Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Patron Extra Anejo 7 Anos Tequila Patron has always been very savvy about the tequila category. While they may not have been the first premium tequila on the market, they managed to own the category quite early on and establish themselves as the most known premium tequila in the world. Now, with the tequila category finally finding some major velocity, Patron continues to push the upper range of the premium tequila market with unique, luxury focused offerings. Earlier this year Patron released Roca Patron, a luxury line of tequilas produced using the traditional tahona style of crushing…
  • Review: Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bean Flavored Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bean Flavored Whiskey Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bean Flavored Whiskey (45% ABV, 90 Proof, $69.99) – Most flavored whiskeys are more about the flavor than the whiskey, but A. Smith Bowman shows that you can complement good whiskey with good flavors. Solid oak leads the nose on a flavored whiskey that smells like whiskey. Of course under the oak is vanilla, as well as toffee, cinnamon, and marzipan. The entry is softer and less oaky than the nose, with creamy vanilla mixed in with cinnamon and oak. The flavors are nice, but they aren’t very strong. What’s…
  • Review: Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin (50.05% ABV, 101.1 Proof, $44.99) – The next big wave of products we’re seeing from the craft world are aged gins. This one was aged for 12 months in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Oloroso sherry butts. Juniper screams from the glass: pine, bitter, oily, rubbery, and sharp. This is what juniper smells like when you pick a berry right off the bush and crush it in your fingers. Once you dig past the juniper, there’s lemon verbena along with the notes from the cask including cinnamon and oak. On the palate it’s…
  • Review: Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch Whisky Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky (40% ABV, 80 proof $39.99) – A non-age stated, unpeated whisky aged in American Oak and clearly aimed at the American Whiskey crossover audience. Light gold in color, there’s a slight amber tinge, showing off its American Oak cask aging. Dry malt is the star of the nose with sugar cookie, vanilla, green apple, light oak spice, and a touch of barnyard hay. The entry is pretty thin and light with dry malt, vanilla, light oak, and watered-down caramel. A weak and watery midpalate brings…
  • Oculto – Tequila Inspired Beer

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    Oculto In our 2015 Spirit and Alcohol Trends Predictions, we forecasted that 2015 will be a huge year for agave-based spirits (including both Tequila and Mezcal). While we rarely review non-distilled spirits on Drink Spirits, we felt it important to take a look at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s new agave inspired release, Oculto. This isn’t the first time a major beer company has tried its hand at a spirits-inspired beer. MillerCoors released Fortune in early 2014, a spirits-inspired beer that ended up coming off more like a malt liquor than a beer. The important thing about Oculto is…
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  • Review: Patron Extra Anejo 7 Anos Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Patron Extra Anejo 7 Anos Tequila Patron has always been very savvy about the tequila category. While they may not have been the first premium tequila on the market, they managed to own the category quite early on and establish themselves as the most known premium tequila in the world. Now, with the tequila category finally finding some major velocity, Patron continues to push the upper range of the premium tequila market with unique, luxury focused offerings. Earlier this year Patron released Roca Patron, a luxury line of tequilas produced using the traditional tahona style of crushing…
  • Review: Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bean Flavored Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bean Flavored Whiskey Abraham Bowman Vanilla Bean Flavored Whiskey (45% ABV, 90 Proof, $69.99) – Most flavored whiskeys are more about the flavor than the whiskey, but A. Smith Bowman shows that you can complement good whiskey with good flavors. Solid oak leads the nose on a flavored whiskey that smells like whiskey. Of course under the oak is vanilla, as well as toffee, cinnamon, and marzipan. The entry is softer and less oaky than the nose, with creamy vanilla mixed in with cinnamon and oak. The flavors are nice, but they aren’t very strong. What’s…
  • Review: Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin (50.05% ABV, 101.1 Proof, $44.99) – The next big wave of products we’re seeing from the craft world are aged gins. This one was aged for 12 months in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Oloroso sherry butts. Juniper screams from the glass: pine, bitter, oily, rubbery, and sharp. This is what juniper smells like when you pick a berry right off the bush and crush it in your fingers. Once you dig past the juniper, there’s lemon verbena along with the notes from the cask including cinnamon and oak. On the palate it’s…
  • Review: Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch Whisky Auchentoshan American Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky (40% ABV, 80 proof $39.99) – A non-age stated, unpeated whisky aged in American Oak and clearly aimed at the American Whiskey crossover audience. Light gold in color, there’s a slight amber tinge, showing off its American Oak cask aging. Dry malt is the star of the nose with sugar cookie, vanilla, green apple, light oak spice, and a touch of barnyard hay. The entry is pretty thin and light with dry malt, vanilla, light oak, and watered-down caramel. A weak and watery midpalate brings…
  • Oculto – Tequila Inspired Beer

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    Oculto In our 2015 Spirit and Alcohol Trends Predictions, we forecasted that 2015 will be a huge year for agave-based spirits (including both Tequila and Mezcal). While we rarely review non-distilled spirits on Drink Spirits, we felt it important to take a look at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s new agave inspired release, Oculto. This isn’t the first time a major beer company has tried its hand at a spirits-inspired beer. MillerCoors released Fortune in early 2014, a spirits-inspired beer that ended up coming off more like a malt liquor than a beer. The important thing about Oculto is…
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  • Amaro Lucano Review

    Kevin Gray
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    The recipe for Amaro Lucano dates back to 1894. Pasquale Vena was working in this family’s cookie bakery in Pisticci, a small town in Lucania, Italy, when he developed this special blend of 30-plus herbs and essential oils. Over the decades, the family recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and closely guarded. And with tastes for amaro on the rise, it was recently reintroduced to the United States market, which means it’s readily accessible to stateside drinkers. To make the stuff, Lucano sources the 30-plus herb varietals from around the world. They’re…
  • Westland Distillery Introduces Two New Whiskeys

    Kevin Gray
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Westland Distillery launched their flagship American Single Malt Whiskey in 2014. We liked it very much. And now, Westland is introducing two more expressions–Westland Peated American Single Malt and Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt. Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey This expression is a blend of two new-make spirits that are joined together after maturation. The first spirit is made from a mash of very smoky peated malt, while the second is made from a mash of 100% locally-grown pale malt. It’s matured in a variety of oak, including ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. The…
  • Swift Single Malt Texas Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Swift is a new single malt whiskey being produced in Dripping Springs, TX by husband and wife team, Nick and Amanda Swift. The twice-distilled whiskey is made from 100% Scottish malted barley and modeled after a traditional Speyside Scotch. The water is even controlled down to the molecular level to match the composition of Scotland’s water for some extra authenticity. From there, Swift Single Malt is aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels and finished in Oloroso sherry casks. In the days of “handmade” this and “craft” that, Swift is produced from start to finish by actual…
  • Bacardi Facundo Eximo Rum Review

    Kevin Gray
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The Facundo Rum Collection comprises four hand-blended sipping rums from Bacardi. We reviewed the entry level Facundo Neo, a silver rum, last year and found a lot to like. Next up in the collection is Facundo Eximo, a blend of medium to heavy bodied dark rums that are married prior to going into the barrel. The blend is then aged for 10 years in white oak. Facundo Eximo Rum pours amber in the glass. On the nose, it’s full of vanilla, caramel, toffee and burnt brown sugar. Let it sit for a few minutes, and hints of orange and chocolate show themselves. Taking a drink, it’s silky on…
  • Three Cocktails for Drinking This Spring

    Kevin Gray
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Most of the country is finally beginning to thaw out, which is great for everyone’s vitamin D uptake and general happiness. But it’s also a chance to break out some fresh spring cocktails. Drinks that utilize spirits and ingredients that often get pushed to the back of shelves during winter. So below: three spring cocktails from a few of the better barkeeps around. First up is Jim Meehan’s Sandeman Spritz. SANDEMAN SPRITZ By Jim Meehan (Please Don’t Tell, NYC) 1 1/2 oz Sandeman Founders Reserve Port 1 1/2 oz Grapefruit juice 1 1/2 oz Pellegrino Chinotto Combine the…
 
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  • Beer Review – Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose

    G-LO
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our relationship with Anderson Valley has been a rocky one. Over the past five years, we’ve reviewed eight of their beers, and our feelings about each of them has ranged from fair to middling. The beers haven’t been bad, but they haven’t been very memorable either. Meh all around is how I would sum it up. Since our experiences haven’t been great, I haven’t gone out of my way to try anything new from Anderson Valley. There’s just too much out there to explore, so why bother revisiting a brewery that hasn’t left you very inspired? Two years ago, I…
  • Whisky News Flash: Spring 2015 Whisky Extravaganza Schedule and a Promotional Code!

    G-LO
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    As most of you are well aware, we are big fans of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America, and have attended the last seven Fall Extravaganza events in Philadelphia, Spring Extravaganza event in New York in May of 2012, and the Fall Extravaganza event in LA in November of 2014. For Spring 2015, the Society has scheduled three events across the country. The first event will be held in Houston on Wednesday, April 29th and the last event will be held in Denver on Wednesday, May 6th. Below is some general information from the Society about this event, as well as a promotional code that will…
  • Whisky Review – The Exclusive Malts 2004 Tomatin 10 Year Old

    G-LO
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Several years ago, when we first started up this here blog, we were having issues with any whisky that came from a distillery whose name began with the letter “T”. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe it was a Tamdhu (we called it “Tam-don’t”) and a Tomintoul that soured our palate. And then there was the case of the Tullamore Dew (we called it “Tullamore Don’t”), which had less to do (or should I say Dew?) with the actual whisky, and more to do (Dew?) with consuming large quantities of it in a very short period of time. These not so…
  • Beer Review – Goose Island 2014 Bourbon County Stout

    limpd
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a prior post, I noted how G-LO and I try to exemplify the great parents that we are by getting our boys together for a little fun on the weekend. On this particular day, while the boys were doing their thing, G-LO and I had an opportunity to try the Moving Parts Batch No. 03 from Victory Brewing CompanyIn addition to that delightful beer, G-LO had raided his beer fridge and brought over a bottle of Goose Island’s 2014 Bourbon County Stout. I have made it no secret that I loves me some stout, so I was quite pleased that G-LO brought this bottle as well. Goose Island is a Chicago…
  • Booze Dancing TV Listings for the Week of April 6 – 13

    aaron197172
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Programming on the Booze Dancing Television Network for the week of April 6-13.  All times are EST but your mileage may vary. Please note that due to the potential writer’s union strike, all programming may be, without notice, substituted with a very pretty, geometric, and mesmerizing test pattern with a slowly spinning Booze Dancing logo embedded with clever and rather pithy tweet-like glib phrases as well as images of naked ladies taken from NBC when they had similar labor issues way back when. _____________________________________________ Weekday Mornings 2:00 am  Test Pattern 5:00…
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  • Blended Scotch Whisky 21yo (Scotch Whisky Experience)

    Ruben Luyten
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The Whisky Experience in Edinburgh released this 21 years old blend commemorating the opening of the new visitor experience. It was quite expensive (£ 100) so it was still available until recently. They also had a 25 years old version (blue label). I’ve read somewhere that it is made up of 60% grain whisky (mainly Girvan) and 40% malt whiskies from Mortlach, Balvenie, Aberfeldy and Bowmore. Not sure how reliable this information is though.     Blended Scotch Whisky 21 yo 1988 (48%, Scotch Whisky Experience 2009, 498 btl.) Nose: a pleasant nose with no harsh notes whatsoever.
  • Benromach Organic 2008

    Ruben Luyten
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Benromach Organic is made from biological barley and matured in new American oak barrels from sustainable forests. It meets the rigorous UK Soil Association standards for growing the ingredients, distillation, maturation and bottling – hence Organic. This concept was unique in 2006 when it was launched. Nowadays it’s still rare – few distilleries manage to certify entirely. We’re trying the latest Benromach Organic 2008 edition, matured in virgin American oak casks.     Benromach Organic 2008 (43%, OB 2014) Nose: still clearly a member of the family, but less un-modern than…
  • Glendronach 8 Years (Whiskymanufaktur)

    Ruben Luyten
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Whiskymanufaktur is a small chain of whisky shops in and around Berlin, Germany. It was started by Lars Wiebers, also the founder of the independent bottler Jack Wiebers Whisky World (Jack is his nickname, thank you Herbert for confirming). This Glendronach is a mixture of bourbon and sherry casks, which makes it kind of an independent version of the GlenDronach Octarine.     Glendronach 8 yo (43%, Whisky Manufaktur 2014, bourbon & sherry cask) Nose: starts with light whiffs of sulphur, but it freshens up after a while. Lots of sticky toffee pudding and caramel notes, as…
  • Bruichladdich 2004 (Malts of Scotland)

    Ruben Luyten
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Bruichladdich makes different profiles – let’s dive right in and find out what this 2004 cask is all about.   Bruichladdich 2004 (55,5%, Malts of Scotland 2015, bourbon barrel, MoS 15010, 312 btl.) Nose: okay, so it’s peated. Very interesting actually, it’s no ‘in your face’ peat but instead a kind of farmy smell that I really like.  Not quite a Brora farminess, but still. Wet forest soils and moss. Plastics. Mashed potatoes as well. Chives? A sea breeze. Old-style in a way. Hmm… Mouth: oily and peaty, with a weird side that holds the middle between fragrant herbs…
  • Macallan 1990 (Whisky Agency)

    Ruben Luyten
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    An independent Macallan, where do you find that nowadays? Especially from an ex-bourbon cask. It was bottled by The Whisky Agency in 2013 as a Formosa exclusive (that’s the name of Taiwan when it was in Dutch hands). Just 36 bottles…     Macallan 23 yo 1990 (47,3%, Whisky Agency 2013, Formosa exclusive, ex-bourbon hogshead, 36 btl.) Nose: very much on apples and pears, fairly neutral. Hints of sweet beer and Calvados. Ginger biscuits and almonds. Develops some damp leafy notes after a while and hints of porridge. After a long wait also nice orange blossom water. Mouth: very…
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  • Amaro Lucano Review

    Kevin Gray
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    The recipe for Amaro Lucano dates back to 1894. Pasquale Vena was working in this family’s cookie bakery in Pisticci, a small town in Lucania, Italy, when he developed this special blend of 30-plus herbs and essential oils. Over the decades, the family recipe has been passed down from generation to generation and closely guarded. And with tastes for amaro on the rise, it was recently reintroduced to the United States market, which means it’s readily accessible to stateside drinkers. To make the stuff, Lucano sources the 30-plus herb varietals from around the world. They’re…
  • Westland Distillery Introduces Two New Whiskeys

    Kevin Gray
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Westland Distillery launched their flagship American Single Malt Whiskey in 2014. We liked it very much. And now, Westland is introducing two more expressions–Westland Peated American Single Malt and Westland Sherry Wood Single Malt. Westland Peated American Single Malt Whiskey This expression is a blend of two new-make spirits that are joined together after maturation. The first spirit is made from a mash of very smoky peated malt, while the second is made from a mash of 100% locally-grown pale malt. It’s matured in a variety of oak, including ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. The…
  • Swift Single Malt Texas Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Swift is a new single malt whiskey being produced in Dripping Springs, TX by husband and wife team, Nick and Amanda Swift. The twice-distilled whiskey is made from 100% Scottish malted barley and modeled after a traditional Speyside Scotch. The water is even controlled down to the molecular level to match the composition of Scotland’s water for some extra authenticity. From there, Swift Single Malt is aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels and finished in Oloroso sherry casks. In the days of “handmade” this and “craft” that, Swift is produced from start to finish by actual…
  • Bacardi Facundo Eximo Rum Review

    Kevin Gray
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:09 pm
    The Facundo Rum Collection comprises four hand-blended sipping rums from Bacardi. We reviewed the entry level Facundo Neo, a silver rum, last year and found a lot to like. Next up in the collection is Facundo Eximo, a blend of medium to heavy bodied dark rums that are married prior to going into the barrel. The blend is then aged for 10 years in white oak. Facundo Eximo Rum pours amber in the glass. On the nose, it’s full of vanilla, caramel, toffee and burnt brown sugar. Let it sit for a few minutes, and hints of orange and chocolate show themselves. Taking a drink, it’s silky on…
  • Three Cocktails for Drinking This Spring

    Kevin Gray
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Most of the country is finally beginning to thaw out, which is great for everyone’s vitamin D uptake and general happiness. But it’s also a chance to break out some fresh spring cocktails. Drinks that utilize spirits and ingredients that often get pushed to the back of shelves during winter. So below: three spring cocktails from a few of the better barkeeps around. First up is Jim Meehan’s Sandeman Spritz. SANDEMAN SPRITZ By Jim Meehan (Please Don’t Tell, NYC) 1 1/2 oz Sandeman Founders Reserve Port 1 1/2 oz Grapefruit juice 1 1/2 oz Pellegrino Chinotto Combine the…
 
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  • Craft Distilling Needs Distillers

    Lew Bryson
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Craft distilling continues to recapitulate the history of craft brewing. Just as the explosion of craft brewing in the 1990s, and then again about twelve years ago resulted in a shortage of skilled brewers, craft distilling’s rapid growth has led to a shortage of savvy distillers. Here’s how some are dealing with it.  “Every few weeks I am contacted asking if I am interested, will I consult, or if I know a distiller for hire.  The offers are big and keep rising every year- six figures is common now,” says Maggie Campbell, head distiller for Privateer Rum. With 905 distilled…
  • It’s International Whisky Day: a Toast to Michael Jackson

    Lew Bryson
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Today is International Whisky Day. More importantly, to some of us, even those of us intimately entwined with whisky, it is Michael Jackson’s birthday. Michael died seven years ago, but we celebrate his birth, his life, rather than mourn his death. Despite what you may be told, Michael was not the first person to write about whisky or beer, not even the first person to write about them as a consumer, for consumers, and take them seriously. What he did was write about the whole of whisky and beer, the way all the history and current practice fit together, and give the long view, right up to…
  • Coffee Whiskey, Whiskey Coffee

    Lew Bryson
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The best part of waking up, is whiskey in your cup!   People have been putting whiskey in coffee (and tea) for a long time. It probably goes back to…oh, I’m guessing here, but probably about 20 minutes after the first time whiskey and brewed coffee were in close proximity. If it took that long. The Irish Coffee (which gets the David Wondrich Treatment in the Summer issue of Whisky Advocate) is a classic all-in-one real-to-life cocktail with coffee, whiskey, sugar, and cream, but most people just do what my old boss at the Timberline Bar used to do: brew a strong cup and pour a…
  • Irish Oak for Irish Whiskey

    Lew Bryson
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In the crisp morning light of southern Ireland, we regard the sentinel oak that has stood anchored to this hillside near Stradbally, Co. Laois for the past 150-200 years. Season after season, her buds have burst into leaf, unfurled, and stretched up for the light, the broad canopy sheltering the forest floor far below. But she has seen her last summer. Today, bright pink spray can markings signal the end for this swaying Irish giant. The buzzing of chainsaws breaks the morning stillness and in less than ten minutes, she is felled with a splintering crump. Don’t get too sentimental: she was…
  • Non-Distiller Producers? Or American Independent Bottlers?

    Lew Bryson
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to sourced whiskey bottled by the so-called Non-Distiller Producers (NDPs), the whiskey is sometimes lost in the conversation of transparency. In case you’re not glued into the American whiskey world, let me fill you in: these NDPs purchase whiskey from X distillery by the barrel and bottle it. Sometimes they slap a phony backstory on their label. Sometimes they try to hide the state of distillation on the bottle. And almost always, consumers, bloggers, and class-action lawyers will paint the Internet with “fraud” and “phony” comments about said NDPs. This exhausting…
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  • It's Glenfarclas 105 Day!

    The Master of Malt
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It's the 105th day of the year today, and we're celebrating 105 Cask Strength with our good friends at Glenfarclas! - Every 105 minutes throughout the day, one lucky customer will WIN a Signed Bottle (70cl) of Glenfarclas 105! Simply place an order (any order) by 23:59 (BST) to be in with a chance of winning one of these very special and extremely delicious prizes, signed by George Grant. - You can also WIN a very rare, not-available-for-sale, mahoosive 3 Litre Bottle of Glenfarclas 105 in our Facebook and Twitter competition! (Simply tell us why you deserve it most - full instructions can be…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Old Pal

    The Master of Malt
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    Right then - everyone about ready for a #MasterofCocktails? This evening we're going to make an oft-overlooked drink, the 'Old Pal'. The use of Dry vermouth lends this drink a light and very 'aperitiffy' (definitely not a word) character which makes it a wonderful springtime drink. We're going to start off by summoning up the energy to get off the sofa and walk over to the bar. This is arguably the hardest and most involved part of the drink. You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 40ml of Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye 30ml of Campari 30ml of Carpano Dry Vermouth Lemon Twist…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Bobby Burns

    The Master of Malt
    7 Apr 2015 | 1:22 am
    For #MasterofCocktails this week we made a twist on the Rob Roy (which I've decided on balance might be a rubbish drink). It's called a 'Bobby Burns' - and uses a healthy slug of Bénédictine to give the whisky and vermouth a much-needed lift. It's obviously named after the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, but in the week that Lynyrd Skynyrd's original drummer Bob Burns tragically died it seems a fitting tribute to him as well. So, let's get to it... You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 40ml of Naked Grouse 20ml of Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth 10ml of Bénédictine D.O.M. Liqueur…
  • Master of Malt Is Closing Down - Free Shipping Until Midday Today

    The Master of Malt
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    As some of you may have realised, the sudden and shocking news that Master of Malt was closing its doors did indeed have something to do with the fact that it was April 1st… The truth is, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, Master of Malt is stronger than ever. A huge thank you to all our customers and here's to another thirty hugely successful years! Today, after 30 years in business, it is with great sorrow that we shut our doors for good (figurative doors – we’re an online shop). It’s been one hell of an adventure but unfortunately due to the 1971 Endangered Species…
  • Master of Cocktails - IL Beetz

    The Master of Malt
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:45 am
    Right everyone - ready for another instalment of #MasterofCocktails? This week's is pretty awesome, and has a pretty awesome name too - IL Beetz. I'll explain the reasoning behind that later... We're putting together this drink using FEW Spirits American Gin - super-rich and 'whisky-like'. It's more than enough to stand up to the rich, roots-y quality of the Beetroot juice we're using. So - to business. You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 30ml of FEW Spirits American Gin 30ml of Beet It Beetroot Juice 20ml of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao 1 Pipette of Bitter Bastards Fennel Bitters…
 
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  • Breakfast Burritos

    Praveen Kumar
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    A delicious way to start your day with a Mexican-style breakfast dish packed with protein. Ingredients: Eggs – 3 Flour Tortillas – 2 Red Kidney Beans (Rajma) – 100 gms (optional) Tomatoes – 1/4 cup, chopped (optional) Red Capsicum – 3 tblsp, chopped (optional) Spring Onions – handful, chopped Cheese – 1/2 cup, grated Fresh […]
  • Mango and Cucumber Lassi

    Praveen Kumar
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A delicious and refreshing drink for the hot summer days. They also make a great breakfast drink. Ingredients: Mangoes – 2, ripe Cucumber – 1, medium Plain Yogurt – 3/4 cup Milk – 1/3 cup Ice Cubes as required Mint Leaves – handful, chopped Method: 1. Choose mangoes that are not too ripe. 2. Peel […]
  • Mango Adai

    Mallika Badrinath
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Adai is a popular breakfast/dinner dish across South India. This is a summer variation with grated green mangoes and potatoes. Ingredients: Idly Rice – 4 cups Ginger – 1 inch piece Green Chillies – 8 to 10 Salt as per taste Coconut – 2 to 3 tblsp, grated Potatoes – 2 Green Mangoes – 2 […]
  • Kidney Bean Burger (Rajma Burger)

    Praveen Kumar
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:25 am
    A very simple vegetarian burger with red kidney beans (rajma). Serve with potato wedges and fries. Ingredients: Rajma (Kidney Beans) – 200 gms Tomato – 1, finely chopped Garlic Paste – 1/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp Breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup Soy Sauce – 2 tsp Plain Flour – 2 tblsp Lemon Juice […]
  • Honey Pepper Chicken

    Praveen Kumar
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    An easy to make sweet and savoury chicken dish. Serve with cooked rice. Ingredients: Chicken – 400 gms, boneless, chopped Corn Flour – 100 gms Plain Flour – 100 gms Eggs – 2 Black Peppercorns – 3 tblsp, crushed Honey – 100 ml Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tblsp Capsicums – 100 gms, chopped Onions […]
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  • Sushi, Hip Hop and Vodka cocktails? We head to BonBonniere nightclub…

    Rebecca
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Watching a DJ spinning tunes from inside a huge Fabergé egg while sipping on a smooth, chilled Martini and nibbling sushi – Tuesday evenings don’t get much better than this. Social and Cocktail were lucky enough to join the revellers of a new night at the super-stylish and ever-so-luxe BonBonniere club, hosted by JPR Media Group – and boy, were we fortunate to get our names on the guest-list. The invite-only event was hotter than sunburnt Kardashian booty, and by half nine there was a queue snaking its way along Orchard Street, while the beautiful and the buffed waited…
  • Dinner and Cocktails – the restaurant that’s Rocketing ahead

    Rebecca
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    I can’t be the only one who’s had that dilemma when planning an evening – swanky cocktails or tasty meal? Cool bar or trendy restaurant? Whether it’s for a big night out, a date with your other half, or just a catch up with a good friend then sometimes it can be a hassle to cover all bases. And no one likes trawling from one place to the next.Which is why I was so impressed by my recent visit to Rocket in Holborn. There are now four of these restaurants in London (and one in Nottingham), all offering a relaxed vibe with global cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails. This Holborn…
  • BACARDI LEGACY COCKTAIL FINALS – ALLY MARTIN

    Rebecca
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Being blown away by Moscow, inventing a cocktail with peas, and mixing drinks to hip-hop… Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition finalist Ally Martin gives us an insight into his cocktail world.The Bacardi Legacy competition interested me because its about so much more than just making a cocktail. It requires you to create a level of awareness; to build brand around the drink; to generate hype and buzz. It’s been an invaluable experience. After all, the best way to learn is to be thrown in at the deep end, I suppose!Theres a lot of strategizing that goes into the whole thing. You often…
  • Lesser Known Cocktail Ingredients, and How To Use Them

    Rebecca
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    This guest post is from our lovely friends at Vinspire.We can all shake up something tasty to drink at the end of a long week, but one of the best things about making cocktails is learning about all the weird and wonderful spirits, liqueurs and bitters that bring the extra flavour to some of the world’s most iconic drinks.These days most supermarkets have an array of cocktail ingredients on the booze shelves, but even though they’re more accessible now, it can be daunting to know where to start. Here’s a handy guide to some of those wacky cocktail stars:1.VermouthMost famous for its…
  • Five Fantastic Craft Beer Venues in the UK

    Rebecca
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    The Vinspire team is always out and about looking for the next place to grab a bottle of some cracking craft beer, and we’ve been all over the world in search of the perfect places to have a pint.The UK has some of the best beer bars, breweries and beer shops in the world. Here are five of our favourites:1.Trembling Madness, YorkNot only is this a teeny, pint-sized bar serving excellent beer and food, and being totally unpretentious about it – The House of the Trembling Madness is also an almighty beer shop. It has a spirits shop in the cellar too – and stocks around 4,000 products in…
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  • An Excuse to Drink: National Amaretto Day is April 19th

    Alexander
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
     April 19th is National Amaretto Day! Happy Saturday everyone! Hopefully you’re out enjoying the weekend but if you aren’t then this might be even more reason to keep reading. April 19th is National Amaretto day so if you were looking for an excuse to drink, now you’ve got one. I can’t think of any brand better to use for the occasion than Disaronno, the undisputed king of the category.  To get you started, we’ve got a few sour recipes courtesy of the brand to help you out. Disaronno Sour (Pictured above) 1 part Disaronno ¾ part of lemon juice 1 teaspoon of…
  • Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire

    Alexander
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire Review  We’re starting the week off with a review of Tennessee Fire, the new cinnamon whiskey from Jack Daniels that launched nationally last month. It’s also the first flavored release since the highly successful launch of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. Over the past few months there’s been a lot of buzz about Jack Fire but the elephant in the room is still Fireball Whisky, the brand that OWNS the cinnamon whiskey category. Is this just the latest example of a brand jumping on the cinnamon-liqueur bandwagon or is this JD’s attempt…
  • Ciroc Ten: The $250 Bottle of Vodka

    Alexander
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Would you buy a $250 bottle of vodka? P. Diddy and Ciroc Vodka think someone will. He announced last month via social media that Ciroc, the brand he’s represented since the mid 2000’s will be releasing a new expression of Ciroc called Ciroc X or Ciroc Ten. It’s not gonna be an easy purchase. It’s gonna cost a cool 250 bucks and in case you’re keeping track that means a 750ML bottle will cost more than about 7 bottles of Grey Goose, 8 bottles of Belvedere and 8 bottles of the original Ciroc vodka. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t the first brand to…
  • Chivas Masters Global Competition: Apply Now

    Alexander
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Calling all our bartender friends out there! In case you missed it, the Chivas Masters Global Competition is going on right now and the deadline to enter is approaching fast. Entry can win you a trip to NYC to compete in the Global Competition and the US Global winner is then off to Tales of the Cocktail for an exclusive experience with Chivas. If you’re looking to show off your skills and just how passionate you are, this is your chance. Rules are below, for official entry visit HERE Cocktail Recipe Rules Entry One video entry per person. Four recipes per video entry/ 1 recipe per…
  • New Booze: Whiskey, Tequila, Liquers & More

    Alexander
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    We get a lot of booze in the mail. We get even more emails and press releases for new brands hitting the shelf sent to our email. I’m a pretty organized person but even I fall behind sometimes and things get forgotten. The Brand reps and PR teams that reach out to us are literally some of the coolest and down to earth people I’ve had the chance to network with so it actually does bother me when I realize weeks later I completely missed their email. This is my attempt to solve that. We can’t review every bottle that comes our way (although we have fun trying), and we…
 
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  • Top 10 Single Malt Whiksies To Invest In | Scotch Whisky Exchange

    scottyg1971
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:50 am
    In recent years, the Scotch whisky industry has seen more and more investors buying up rare and collectible single malt whiskies for the financial opportunities that are being created by whisky investment. Over the years rare, vintage and aged stocks in the Scotch whisky trade have been dwindling. Now at whisky exchange and [...] The post Top 10 Single Malt Whiksies To Invest In | Scotch Whisky Exchange appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Best Single Malt Whisky of 2015 | Whisky Exchange

    scottyg1971
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:41 pm
    The Whisky Exchange has now announced it’s best whisky for 2015. Of course picking a great single malt is never an easy job, but this year the Whisky Exchange people were able to narrow it down to a few factors: it had to be less than £60; it’s [...] The post Best Single Malt Whisky of 2015 | Whisky Exchange appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Glenfiddich Whisky – A Unique Single Malt

    scottyg1971
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:53 am
    In most whisky shops you will always find the iconic triangular bottle of whisky which is produced by the Grant brothers. Whether it is the blended whisky of ‘Grant’s’ or from the Glenfiddich Single Malt whisky range. The First Single Malt Marketed Overseas William Grant had a vision – [...] The post Glenfiddich Whisky – A Unique Single Malt appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Single Malt Whisky with No Age Statement

    scottyg1971
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Many will have noticed a growing trend in the single malt whisky market to produce whiskies with no age statement. So what’s behind the thinking of this? Will whisky drinkers find this more appealing? Single Malts With No Age Statement More and more single malt whisky producers admit that [...] The post Single Malt Whisky with No Age Statement appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Inspirational Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky Site

    scottyg1971
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:14 am
    Single malt whisky producers, Glenfiddich have always been at the forefront of whisky marketing and production. They were the first Scotch whisky producers to market single malts in a box or tin. They also have their iconic triangle shaped bottle. So it comes as no surprise that [...] The post Inspirational Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky Site appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
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  • Serendipity Ardbeg and Glen Moray Blend Review

    Josh Peters
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The story behind the Serendipity Ardbeg and Glen Moray Blend is one we’ve heard before. Someone in the bottling plant accidentally mixes 2 different whiskies when dumping into the vat which creates this combination, but after tasting the accident it’s deemed amazing and sent out as a happy accident and a special edition. This is story behind Wild Turkey Forgiven and it’s also the story behind Glenmorangie 80:20. There are two interesting things about the Glenmo one specifically as they relate to Serendipity. First there’s the fact that this “accident” happened in the same…
  • Ardbeg 17 Review – UK Release

    Josh Peters
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Ardbeg 17 is exactly what it sounds like. Ardbeg that has been aged for at least 17 years. If you’ve been following along during the last couple of weeks you’ll know I’ve been getting into the history of each dram and this lovely Ardbeg 17 year old is going to be no different. So let’s load up the Ardbeg history timeline on Ardbeg Project and take a look at what was going on at the distillery when this whisky was created. Looking at the bottle code it shows that this comes from a L 8 331 bottle which lets us know it was bottled on November 27 1998. That means it was bottled under…
  • Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist Review

    Josh Peters
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist is a 16-17 year old Ardbeg with a 1990 vintage statement on it which means that 100% of the whisky in the bottle was distilled in 1990. The distillery was closed from 1981 – 1989 and then from 1989 – 1996 it was only open for distillation 2 months a year. So not only was all of the distillate in this bottle distilled in 1990, but it was distilled during the 2 month period Ardbeg was open at the time. If we knew exactly what 2 months it was open for in 1990 we could nail down the exact age of this whisky. This bottle of Nam Beist being a L7 058 means it was…
  • Ardbeg Ardbog Review

    Josh Peters
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Ardbeg Ardbog was the 2013 Ardbeg Day release which made its debut at that year’s Fèis Ìle whisky festival. Aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-manzanilla sherry casks this is a peat n sweet lovers cask strength dream. Don’t get me wrong I looooove me some Uigeadail, but Oogie is aged in ex-Oloroso sherry casks which gives it a different kind of sweetness and overall character. The sherry sweetness given to the Ardbog by the Manzanilla sherry casks is more buttery almost frosting like and comes in thicker than it does with Oogie. Though that’s also a bit to its detriment.
  • The Wild Turkey #NeverTamed Bus Tour Los Angeles Stops

    Josh Peters
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
    The #NeverTamed Tour kicked off at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Dallas on April 3 and has now made its way to LA. Described by Campari as a “360-degree “distillery on wheels” that will educate and entertain Bourbon lovers across the United States” it’s a uniquely built bus that sets the stage for displaying, and tasting, Wild Turkey Bourbon. But the bourbon isn’t the only star on the bus, at select stops Jimmy & Eddie Russell will also be on board to ask questions and talk Turkey. The bus just rolled into town in LA and being a Los Angeles resident…
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  • Manatawny Still Works

    E-man Booze
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    The Distillery of the Month for April 2015 is Manatawny Still Works. April 1, 2015, by E-man Booze: A rising star shines brightly just outside of Bethlehem; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that is!  In fact, many stars are aligning as the once industrial town of Pottstown continues to experience momentum in its newfound revitalization.  Gone are the days of heavy industrial manufacturing; savvy small businesses, boutique shops, trendy restaurants and eclectic entertainment venues have replaced antiquity with vibrance!  One such enterprise committed to Pottstown’s reinvigoration is Manatawny…
  • Lost Ark Distilling, Co. to open in Howard County

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Howard Countym MD, March 23rd, 2015- Howard County’s first Craft Distillery gains county approval; set to begin production Summer 2015 Lost Ark Distilling, Co. is celebrating a big move forward as the company has signed a lease securing their location and is set to begin production in Summer 2015. The owners, Brad Blackwell and Andy Debenham have been planning the distillery for over a year. After working with the Howard County Economic Development Authority and receiving written approval from the Howard County Zoning and Planning department, the distillery now has plans to proceed. Lost…
  • Under Armour CEO to Open Craft Distillery in Port Covington

    admin
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:22 pm
    March 14th, 2015- Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s real estate firm to transplant a piece of Baltimore County to a waterfront parcel in Port Covington, building three, large, barn-like buildings to house a restaurant and whiskey-making plant. The Sagamore Spirit distillery, another Plank venture, is the first new construction to be discussed publicly for the more than 120 acres assembled by Plank’s Sagamore Development Co. on the South Baltimore peninsula. Sagamore Development is working on a master plan for the area, where Plank wants to build a mixed-use hub for Under Armour and its…
  • Florida Farms Distillers

    E-man Booze
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    The Distillery of the Month for March 2015 is Florida Farm Distilleries. March 1st, 2015 by E-man Booze:  There is harmony at a Florida farm distillery focused on producing exceptional craft spirits of unparalleled quality.  Bees collect pollen from resident orange trees; cows graze methodically in the meadow; dogs and cats coexist peacefully, relishing each other’s company.  Mother Nature, too, cooperates; bathing the landscape with adequate sunshine, rain and plenty of humidity to quickly age rare whiskies. It is in Umatilla that Florida Farm Distillers transforms grain into liquid…
  • The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Medal Winners Announced

    admin
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    February 19, 2015 AUSTIN, TEXAS The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Medal Winners Announced On Sunday evening, February 15, the winners of the Second Annual Craft Spirits Competition were honored during the Awards Dinner as part of the ACSA Distillers Convention and Vendor Trade Show in Austin, Texas. After a few comments from Judging Committee Co-Chairs Ted Huber and David Pickerell, Brian Christensen, publisher of Artisan Spirits Magazine, announced the medal winners. The complete list of winners is available on the ACSA website, americancraftspirits.org. Later that evening, ACSA…
 
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  • East Meets West: Japan’s Nikka Whisky & Seattle’s Westland Distillery

    DrinkInsider
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    This is part two of a two-part series. Check out Part I: ‘East Meets West (Whisky) At Craigie on Main here. It took a fortuitous dinner at the incomparable Craigie on Main to properly introduce me to Japan’s Nikka Whisky and Seattle’s Westland Distillery. A very unlikely pairing of whisk(e)y producers, I may add, that had come to be because of various distributor ties and fateful run-ins at whisky-related events over the years. Westland is an American craft distillery that has been making single malt for about five years. Nikka is a large Japanese distillery that has been…
  • Extreme Beer Fest 2015: Guide to Sours and Wild Ales

    DrinkInsider
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    If you’re going to Extreme Beer Fest this week, and you really like sour beer, there are a number of beers and brewers you won’t want to miss. Here’s my short list. The Rare Barrel I was really excited to see that The Rare Barrel was making it to Boston for EBF this year. I got a chance to visit these guys in Berkeley when I was out on the west coast this past holiday season, and was blown away—by their beer, their brewery and the people. When I was there, I chatted for a bit with Jay Goodwin, one of the founders, about The Rare Barrel’s vision as a sour-only brewer. Jay and his…
  • Extreme Beer Fest 2015: Guide to the Parties

    DrinkInsider
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    For craft beer geeks, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Fest (EBF) is the beer event in the Boston area. And this year’s fest is just a week away–taking place on March 20th and 21st. Here’s your guide to all of the best pre-parties and after-parties taking place for EBF 2015! For a downloadable guide by date, click here. As EBF has become more and more popular over the years, it has expanded out from smaller venues to the Seaport World Trade Center (where all of the other big drink events like Boston Wine Expo and American Craft Beer Fest take place). And even with this larger…
  • Yellow Spot Review: Another Great Irish Pot Still Whiskey

    DrinkInsider
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Just about a year after the long sought-after Green Spot Irish Whiskey landed in the US, Pernod Ricard has announced the arrival of Yellow Spot—the 12 year version of its younger, greener, sibling. And it will be a very welcome arrival, indeed.  Photo from mitchellandson.com The buzz for the “Spot” series has been constant ever since Green Spot arrived in the US. Many, including myself, have given the whiskey high praise. But, frankly, I’m even more excited for the new whiskey. Unlike Green Spot, which saw continued production over the years, Yellow Spot was out of production for…
  • East Meets West (Whisky) At Craigie On Main

    DrinkInsider
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    This is part one of a two-part series. For more about Nikka Whisky and Westland Distillery (and reviews) check out part two, coming soon. Also, don’t miss the Sicilian Emerald cocktail recipe below. Yum! Unlike beer and wine, whisky doesn’t naturally find its home with food. It finds its home in my mouth, often, yes. But I’ve never found food and whisky to really work well together. Dessert and Bourbon is one exception to that rule. There is no question in my mind that Pappy and pie is one of life’s true great wonders. But pairing a six-course savory tasting…
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  • It is Official. 30 Days To Derby.

    Demitrius
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Don’t expect much to get done around here! The post It is Official. 30 Days To Derby. appeared first on Bourbon of the Day.
  • Did Angel’s Envy Sell Out?

    Demitrius
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    When I first fell in love with bourbon, a draw for me was the fact that bourbon was all American. Nowadays, not so much. Most of our major brands have fallen been acquired by large multinational corporations, leading to exposure to (and excessive consumption by) overseas markets. I do my best to buy American, and I stood firmly behind the bourbon families that resisted the urge to sell their heritage. Angel’s Envy was one of those brands. Then there’s this: Bacardi on Monday disclosed it has acquired Louisville, Kentucky-based Angel’s Share Brands, which it says is one of the…
  • This Vet-Owned Company Is Crushing The Bourbon-Related Goods Market

    Demitrius
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    “You never own a 1776 co. flask. You simply are the care taker until you pass it on” Last year we came across a small company with a modest Kickstarter campaign seeking $7,000. Their project? Creating awesome, durable, handcrafted leather goods made right here in America. Turns out, in an age of cheaply made novelty products,  this is exactly what consumers wanted. Their campaign raised almost $25,000 – three times their funding request – and went into production late last year. Bourbon represents long standing traditions, commitment to quality and the rugged spirit…
  • Barterhouse Orphan Barrel Bourbon Review

    Demitrius
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Proof: 90.2 Age: 20 Year Old Distillery: Bernheim Distillery Master Distiller: Craig Beam and Denny Potter The Barterhouse Bourbon Story So apparently some mysterious barrels were found aging in the back of an old Stitzel Weller rick house. Stitzel-Weller was closed in 1991 for distilling, but the rick houses are still used to age barrels of bourbon that are used in bottles of Bulleit or Old Fitzgerald. Some of those barrels are never used, and instead just sit there aging…and aging…and aging. Dusty and forgotten, these barrels become “orphans.” Diageo – parent…
  • Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon Review

    Demitrius
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Proof: 135 Age: 7 – 8 years old Distillery: Old Pot Still Distillery at Buffalo Trace Master Distiller: Harlen Wheatley Season: Dead Winter! Introducing Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon Recently I had the privilege of meeting with Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley who introduced me to one of the flagship labels of the Sazerac Company Col. E.H. Taylor. Like most bourbon brands that harken back to the old days, Taylor is named after the famed distiller Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. – a Kentucky native and the adopted grand nephew of 12th U.S. President Zachary Taylor…
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  • Evan Williams White Label Bottled-in-Bond – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Evan Williams White Label Background Evan Williams White Label Evan Williams White Label is a part of the Evan Williams line from Heaven Hill Distillery. There are a number of Evan Williams bottling, but it seem the most popular are the 100-proof Bottled in Bond (AKA White label), 86-proof Black Label, 86.6-proof Evan Williams 1783, and an 86.6-proof Evan Williams Single Barrel. I’m a fan of the Evan Williams Single Barrel which is available in yearly batches. Actually I dig Heaven Hill in general with a number of pretty great Bourbons for the money. With Evan Williams White Label…
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15 (2014) – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Pappy Van Winkle 15 Background Pappy Van Winkle 15 So, Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old. I’ve been sitting on this bottle about five months. I wasn’t sure if I was going to post a review of this because, really, what’s the point? You’re not going to roll into your local Mega-Mart and find Pappy Van Winkle on the shelf and if for some freak reason you did, you’re not going to reference my or anyone’s review before buying. I’m also not sure how I feel about feeding into the hype where people are searching the seedy secondary market for any bottle of Pappy. I…
  • Charter 101 Bourbon – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Old Charter 101 Background Charter 101 Charter 101 comes from Buffalo Trace Distillery as part of their #1 low rye mash recipe. The Old Charter brand has roots back to 1874, but in more recent history the it was a part of the United Distiller (later reorganized as Diageo) portfolio until the 80’s From there it was sold to Buffalo Trace parent Sazerac. Old Charter had an 8 year and 10 year expressions, but the 10 year is gone and the 8 year lost its age statement. Old Charter 8 is still available at 80-proof, but the 8 is just a number on the bottle to make loyal customers feel warm and…
  • Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Background Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel comes from an unknown distillery and bottled up by Michter’s. No idea where this Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel comes from, but some speculate Brown-Forman and I can see similarities. Brown-Forman has a distinct flavor profile to me, and Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel seem ballpark. Other rumors suggest Heaven Hill, and that might correct too, but maybe for different Michter’s offerings. Or not. I honestly don’t care about solving these mysteries. The…
  • Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    7 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Four Roses Yellow Label Background Four Roses Yellow Label Four Roses Yellow Label is the entry of the three regular Four Roses Bourbons. Second is Four Roses Small Batch and third is the Four Roses Single Barrel. Four Roses Yellow Label is an 80-proof Bourbon that a blending of their 10 straight Bourbon recipes. Four Roses Yellow Label is also younger than the other bottles, said to be about 6.5 years or so. The wide array of recipes makes Four Roses unique, but also unique is how they age their Bourbon. They use single floor warehouses rather than multi-story buildings. Generally…
 
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  • Rye vs. Bourbon: What’s the Difference?

    Flaviar
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rye Whiskey and Bourbon have a lot in common: Their history goes way back to when distillation was brought to the New World from Europe and became a hit. At the end of 18th century even George Washington owned a distillery in Mount Vernon, producing Rye Whiskey. And it was no hobby: his distillery was the largest in America at the time. How many musician do you know that made a successful comeback?  Not many. Same thing happened to Rye; when the prohibition was over, Rye didn't restore its former popularity and Bourbon was the star of American bars for the decades…
  • This is Why Everyone is Crazy about Rye Whiskey

    Flaviar
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You might ask, why do we at 12 Bottle Bar prefer Rye to Bourbon or any other Whiskey? Granted, there are myriad choices out there and we’d be happy to get into a serious discussion about another favorite of ours: Irish Whiskey. But here’s the thing. Unlike Scotch or Irish Whiskeys, American Rye is undeniably American, being one of the country’s earliest spirits after Applejack. It's also far more old-school than Bourbon, no matter how much the Bourbon folks will try to tell you otherwise. And then, perhaps most important, there’s the flavor. Made from at least 51…
  • Have a G&T and help the Elephants!

    Flaviar
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Over 35,000 African elephants die every year because of uncontrolled ivory poaching. That’s one elephant every 15 minutes. “In 2011, I went to KwaZulu Natal mainly for some photography and filming, but became involved with a foundation called Space For Elephants – and since then was determined to find a way to aid elephant conservation. The poaching situation has become so critical that I couldn’t go back to London and ignore what I had seen and learned over the past months,” explains Tessa Wienker, one of the Elephant Gin founders. Elephant Gin is produced in…
  • A Cocktail Anyone can Make: The Buck or Mule

    Flaviar
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Odds are you've heard of the Moscow Mule, a quenching mixture of Vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Even at a modern speakeasy which otherwise eschews Vodka, you're likely to find a Moscow Mule served in a copper mug, for the simple reason that not only does it tend to be a best-seller, it also possesses 'Buck' lineage. And Bucks are drinks to be known and loved. Here's why. There are a lot of complicated drinks to be had out there. Jiggers and precise measurements are de rigueur. But just as a Michelin-starred chef may fancy up a simple fast food taco, bartenders too need a…
  • Call it Whisky or Wysgi, one thing's for sure: Welsh Whisky is Charming Kingdoms

    Flaviar
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What do British Royalty and Penderyn Whisky have in common? It’s Wales and rarity. You see Welsh gold used in the royal wedding rings is rare as hen’s teeth though arguably rarer was the existence of a Welsh Whisky. Penderyn is the first Welsh Whisky distillery to reopen after the last closed…only some 100 years ago! As for the gold, some of their bottles are cheekily adorned with a gold seam. Penderyn started production in 2000 and ever since they released their first Whisky in 2004, they’ve had nothing but rave reviews, Uncle Flaviar included! The distillery is…
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    Great Drams

  • Interview: Dan, Director of Distillery Operations, of the new Virginia Distillery

    Greg
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    Strange how this one came about really, one of my cousins who lives in the US Got in touch to inform me that he was meeting a chap from the leadership team of the new Virginia Distillery so naturally I asked to be connected and one thing led to another and here’s the resulting interview with […] The post Interview: Dan, Director of Distillery Operations, of the new Virginia Distillery appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Say hello to a French single malt whisky named Brenne

    Greg
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    Say hello to a French single malt whisky named BrenneExperience72%Packaging75%Taste73%Enjoyability70%Willingness to try again68%72%Très bienReader Rating: (0 Votes)0%Allison Patel has a nose for two things, business and whisky. Owning her own company, Local Infusions, a US drinks import/export company, as well as her own blog, The Whisky Woman, gives her insight into both. Her passion for […] The post Say hello to a French single malt whisky named Brenne appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Global whisky consumer report

    Greg
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    Hello and welcome to the inaugural GreatDrams Global Whisky Consumer Report questionnaire. There are quite a few questions and it will take a bit of time, for which I’m hugely appreciative in advance and by way of a thank you each person who fills the questionnaire out will be sent a voucher code that will give you […] The post Global whisky consumer report appeared first on Great Drams.
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    Whisky Saga

  • Glenrothes 1993 “Kumquat Cluster” (Wemyss Malts)

    Thomas Øhrbom
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    Glenrothes 1993 “Kumquat Cluster”, 21 YO, 46 % It is not very often that we come across independent bottlings of Glenrothes. But here we have one of those, from independent bottler Wemyss Malts. The Glenrothes 1993 “Kumquat Cluster” was distilled in 1993, matured in a sherry butt, and ultimately bottled in 2014. The total outturn […] The post Glenrothes 1993 “Kumquat Cluster” (Wemyss Malts) appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • SMWS 50.52 Tales of the River-bank

    Tone Øhrbom
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    SMWS 50.52 Tales of the River-bank, 23 YO, 53,1 % We have reviewed a quite a few of the whiskies from the independent bottler SMWS here on Whisky Saga. This independent bottler sure knows how to pick the right casks, most of the time I think. Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) uses numbers instead of the […] The post SMWS 50.52 Tales of the River-bank appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Laphroaig 15 YO 200th Anniversary

    Thomas Øhrbom
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Laphroaig 15 YO 200th Anniversary, 43 % Laphroaig Distillery on Islay is celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year. This will of course be celebrated with a number of special releases. The Laphroaig 15 YO 200th Anniversary is the first of these releases. So far, what we know will be released throughout the year is the […] The post Laphroaig 15 YO 200th Anniversary appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Fjord Line and Frode Harring launch Whisky Cruise in Norway

    Thomas Øhrbom
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    We have just learnt that Norway will get a Whisky Cruise! This new festival at sea will set off from Bergen on October 24, 2015, at 1.30 pm. The Whisky & Beer Cruise 2015 will follow this route: Bergen – Stavanger – Hirtshals (Denmark) – Langesund – Hirtshals – Stavanger – Bergen. The cruise will […] The post Fjord Line and Frode Harring launch Whisky Cruise in Norway appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Kilchoman 2009 5 YO Original Cask Strength

    Tone Øhrbom
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Kilchoman 2009 5 YO Original Cask Strength, 59,2 % On my very first trip to Islay we had our  own tasting with John MacLellan, General Manager at Kilchoman Distillery. My husband has already shared his thoughts on the tasting. One of the whiskies John MacLellan brought was a Kilchoman Original Cask Strength. This one was distilled in […] The post Kilchoman 2009 5 YO Original Cask Strength appeared first on Whisky Saga.
 
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