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  • A change is as good as a rest

    TalesBlog
    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,…
  • Tosca Pares Down Its Cocktail Program, Continuing a Sad Streak in San Francisco Cocktails

    The Joy of Drinking
    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…
  • Terrariums: Why we're digging these tiny gardens inside glass jars

    Cocktails News
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:26 pm
    In a small store window in downtown Tacoma, Washington, there's an unusual landscape. Strewn across hot white sand like abandoned objects on a Star Wars planet sit a Bulbosa airplant, lime-green moss, and a large quartz crystal.
  • The espresso martini (and other great ways to...

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    26 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The espresso martini (and other great ways to enjoy espresso) (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • WhiskyCast Episode 522: February 21, 2015

    WhiskyCast
    Mark Gillespie
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    For the second straight year, a Texas whiskey has won Best in Show honors at the American Craft Spirits Association competition. San Antonio's Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling .36 Single Barrel Straight Bourbon beat a field of whiskies and other spirits from around the US. Ranger Creek co-founder Mark McDavid joins us this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth to share the story behind that whiskey and the distillery. In the news, a California law firm is challenging Beam Suntory on two fronts now over claims that Jim Beam and Maker's Mark are "hand-made", a distilling prodigy is leaving…
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  • 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,…
  • A-Z of Camping in Devon

    Emma
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    We might have already dried and packed away the tents for 2014, but the ever-prepared camper is plotting his or her next adventure for spring 2015. If you’re considering where to head to next year, Devon has to be close to the top of your list. It’s a beautiful region with a diverse environment – ranging from the wild and rocky moors, to the soft and rolling countryside, and not forgetting – of course – the stunning coastline to be found in both the North and South of the county. You will be spoilt for choice about where to stay because of the wonderful array of campsites in…
  • Making the most of the airport

    Emma
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Do you enjoy the airport, or do you loath it? There are people that fall into both camps, with a few in the middle that are quite indifferent about the whole palaver! Whichever side you’re on, I always think it’s best to try and enjoy every single drop of your time away, from the moment you leave the house, to the moment you return. If you’re one of those people who constantly worries about problems with travel plans, then it’s a good idea to reassure yourself before you leave the house. How can you do that? Well, it’s easy, simply head online to check your flight status in the…
  • All Happening in Dubai

    Emma
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
    A city known for its outlandish buildings and world-class shopping, Dubai is strewn with world-challenging concepts. There’s the Burj al-Khalifa, the world’s highest building, but if that weren’t enough, you can ascend to admire the view encased in the world’s fastest lift. If you prefer your hotel suites a little more opulent, the Burj al-Arab will sort you out, with its Royal Suite which is one of the most expensive in the world. Then there’s the Mall of the Emirates, which can claim the world’s largest indoor ski slope. But what really makes this city exciting is that it’s…
  • Traveling the Easy Way: Home Exchanges

    Emma
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Whether you’re traveling around your state, or traveling around the world, you will need to find a decent place to rest your head at night. While most are usually aware that traveling isn’t cheap, some only allot a certain budget for accommodations. However, there have been some ingenious ways that travelers have come up with in order to save money in this aspect. One such way is known as a home exchange. Now while a home exchange is generally regarded as a low-cost alternative to hotels, in order for it to work, a traveler must own a home. This is why home exchanges are more optimal for…
 
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    The Joy of Drinking

  • 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…
  • Bar Agricole and Trou Normand: Tipping and Tax All Included

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:37 am
    Owner Thad Vogler is going the way of a select few other restaurant and bars in the San Francisco and, starting this year, began including service, sales tax, and the healthy San Francisco surcharge in the menu prices at his ever popular SOMA restaurants and cocktail watering holes, Bar Agricole and Trou Normand. In other words, the price you see on the menu is what you get. The reasoning behind the change, said the staff, was to ensure that the cooks, who typically don't get a share of tips, benefited from service charges as much as the front of house.I can't seem to tear myself from either…
  • What to Drink: The Michelada at Namu Gaji’s Brunch

    7 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I’m not really a person who gravitates to the Hair of the Dog. The occasional punch or Ramos Gin Fizz with friends will sometimes fit my mood on weekend mornings, but generally speaking, I prefer a strong, black coffee to start my day.When I do have the occasion to enjoy a long brunch on slow weekend days, I’ve recently started ordering Virgin Marys as my drink of choice. They come quick, burst with flavor even without liquor, and can spice up a couple of fried eggs. And they’re usually about half the price of the spiked version. But this all changed when I came upon the Michelada…
  • Why The Coachman Is Like Second City for Cocktails—And It Just Closed

    1 Feb 2015 | 2:31 pm
    The Coachman on its penultimate night.Chances are that if you haven't heard of Second City, you probably have and just don't know it.If you have ever used a 30 Rock gif to describe your life, quoted Billy Murray's character in Caddyshack, gotten your news entirely from The Colbert Report, or ironically or unironically used the phrase "win-win-win" from Steve Carrell in The Office, then you have benefited from Second City, Chicago's infamous live improv group. The full list of Second City alum reads like a who's who of the most influential, funniest comedians of the…
  • All the Cocktails on the Opening Menu at Mourad

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
    I feel for restaurant owners on opening night. Despite what often seems like glitz and glam from the outside, I can only imagine how difficult it must be to open your doors for the first time and invite in hoards of San Francisco sophisticates with high expectations. Yet when Mourad Lalou opened his latest project, Mourad, in San Francisco's neo gothic Pacbell Building in SOMA last night, he did so with seeming ease. Service seemed calm. And the cocktails—of course my interest point here—were elegantly executed.The opening menu is put together by Christ Aivaliotis, of consulting firm…
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    Cocktails News

  • Terrariums: Why we're digging these tiny gardens inside glass jars

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:26 pm
    In a small store window in downtown Tacoma, Washington, there's an unusual landscape. Strewn across hot white sand like abandoned objects on a Star Wars planet sit a Bulbosa airplant, lime-green moss, and a large quartz crystal.
  • Goodness Juice Bar Serves Up a Surprisingly Well-Balanced Cocktail

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    I walked into Goodness Juice Bar on the UA campus with some preconceived notions. "Surely," I thought in a flurry of booze hauteur, "a juice bar can't possibly be making good cocktails."
  • Verde Kitchen & Cocktails review

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Mexico City "street tacos" of roasted pork shoulder and pork belly, coriander and cumin, are served at Verde Kitchen and Cocktails in Bay Shore. Verde Kitchen & Cocktails reaches the top tier of Mexican restaurants for fine imbibing, lively food, absence of cliches and considerable style.
  • Rockin' the booze: Recipes for music-inspired bevvies.

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    About a dozen years ago, I threw a blowout so bombastic it required its own signature cocktail.
  • Peas? Yes, please 0

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:32 am
    While piles of snow are building up outside and temperatures dipping below zero, a shot of bright color and a reminder that spring is just around the corner are welcome additions to the dinner menu.
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 522: February 21, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    For the second straight year, a Texas whiskey has won Best in Show honors at the American Craft Spirits Association competition. San Antonio's Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling .36 Single Barrel Straight Bourbon beat a field of whiskies and other spirits from around the US. Ranger Creek co-founder Mark McDavid joins us this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth to share the story behind that whiskey and the distillery. In the news, a California law firm is challenging Beam Suntory on two fronts now over claims that Jim Beam and Maker's Mark are "hand-made", a distilling prodigy is leaving…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 521: February 14, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    It's Valentine's Day, and who better to explain his passion for making whisky than Rifino Valentine of Valentine Distilling. His Woodward Ltd. Bourbon is named after Detroit's legendary Woodward Avenue, which runs just a couple of blocks away from his distillery in the suburb of Ferndale, Michigan. Valentine is preparing to move from his original site to a brand-new facility in Ferndale, and is part of a craft distilling boom in the Detroit area. We'll talk with Rifino Valentine and his head distiller, Justin Aden, on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. There are plenty of new whiskies to talk…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 520: February 7, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ian MacMillan has been overseeing the whiskies from Deanston, Tobermory, and Bunnahabhain for years...but Cognac casks were one thing he hadn't experimented much with until the opportunity presented itself several years ago. The result is the new Deanston 18 Cognac Matured single malt that's being released in the US this month. We'll discuss Cognac casks with Ian on WhiskyCast In-Depth, along with his other single malts and his new take on the Black Bottle blend In the news, there's word that The Glenlivet may be replacing its flagship 12-year-old expression with the no-age-statement…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 519: January 31, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Graeme Macaloney gave up a secure career in the pharmaceutical industry to pursue his dream of making whisky, and the Scottish expat is getting closer to realizing his dream. He's hoping to begin construction on the Victoria Caledonian Distillery in Victoria, British Columbia soon, and has already brought Dr. Jim Swan and former Diageo distillery manager Mike Nicolson as consultants. Graeme explains why he and his family mortgaged their future (and their house) on his dream on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Wild Turkey's Eddie Russell joins us to discuss his promotion to Master…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 518: January 24, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Kentucky's Four Roses Distillery announced this week that supply problems will prevent this spring's release of the annual Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon. In his first interview on the subject, master distiller Jim Rutledge explains why dropping the limited-edition release will make more single barrel bottlings available to consumers, along with the prospects for bringing back the annual release in the future. In the news, Scotch Whisky producers are preparing for a fight with Westminster over taxes, we have more details on last weekend's Sunday Herald report about water…
 
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  • Suntory ‘Wa-Kyo’ Blended Whisky for Shinanoya

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:31 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoTowards the end of last year, we unveiled that the good folk at Shinanoya were about to release an extraordinary blended whisky crafted by Suntory chief blender Shinji Fukuyo. It’s been 6 years since Shinanoya last released a Suntory exclusive bottling, so it’s a bit of an understatement to say that this is an eagerly anticipated release. The blend is composed around malt matured in mizunara casks and it’s called “Wa-Kyo” (which roughly translates as ‘Japanese harmony/resonance’).“Wa-Kyo” will officially go on sale this weekend, and is…
  • Japanese Toddlers Galore at Whisky Festivals in Chichibu & Kyoto

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoThere’s no shortage of whisky shows in Japan, but it’s probably the first time two festivals as big as the Chichibu Whisky Matsuri and the Whisky Festival in Kyoto have coincided. That’s what happened yesterday, though, so it kind of divided the country. People in Kanto went to the Chichibu Whisky Matsuri, whereas whisky fans in Kansai flocked to the inaugural Whisky Festival there (organized by Tsuchiya-san and his team at the Scotch Whisky Research Centre).On the Japanese whisky front, the most noteworthy thing is an avalanche of very young single…
  • Fuji Gotemba Small Batch Releases: 17yo Malt & 25yo Grain

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:28 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoFuji Gotemba Distillery seems to have shifted gears as far as new releases is concerned. Fresh on the heels of its Blender’s Choice pair – the grain release of which was awarded Best Japanese Grain Whisky in the World Whiskies Awards 2015 – they are releasing another malt/grain pair. The new release comes in the usual 700ml bottles, but it is significantly more ‘premium’, at least in price. The 17yo Small Batch Malt is priced at 20,000 yen (plus tax); the 25yo Small Batch Grain will go for 30,000 (plus tax).Bottled at 46% (not vatting strength,…
  • Mars 606 & 615, or: Why One Rarely Comes Across Old Japanese Bottles at Bars in Japan

    8 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoThere are two things foreign whisky fans visiting Japan never fail to remark on: the difficulty in buying interesting Japanese whiskies (i.e. anything other than the standards) in Japan, and the incredible whisky bar scene – the latter offering more than enough consolation for the pain suffered when discovering the former. Those who sample a few of the specialist whisky bars in Japan quickly notice a third thing: that, while there are old and rare bottlings of Scotch (and bourbon, grappa, calvados, cognac, vintage liqueurs, etc.) to be found aplenty, one…
  • 11 Samurai: SMWS Japanese Releases Launch Event

    5 Feb 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoAt the end of November 2014, we were thrilled to announce the imminent release of 10 new Japanese SMWS single casks. In the meantime, some of these have been available from Society chapters around the world. Fans back home have had to wait a little longer for these bottles to be shipped back and made available in Japan, but the wait is almost over. The “11 Samurai” have made their way back and to celebrate the occasion, the good folk at the SMWS in Japan are organizing a special event.You read that right: 11, not 10, Samurai! In addition to the 10…
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  • 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…
  • Guest Post: The Science of Drinking and Shopping this Christmas by Tim Ridley

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    Hello festive friends. This week, our good friend Tim Ridley (no relation) has penned this superbly constructed discussion on the science of flavour and the psychology of choosing the right thing to buy this Christmas. Tim has made considerable waves in the artisanal coffee world is a founder of Department of Coffee and Social Affairs.  If you have yet to explore the world of coffee like you have your spirits,  Tim is your sherpa through the world of beans, blends and single estates.   QUALITY AND ALL THAT CARRY ON: A GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR CHRISTMAS DRINKS As the festive…
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  • States Are Clamping Down on Illegal Alcohol Shipping

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    According to the software company ShipCompliant, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) announced at their board meeting last week that they have sent more than 100 cease and desist letters to retailers, wineries, and fulfillment houses. The letters state that the ILCC "has evidence that your business is transferring alcoholic liquor into Illinois from a point outside of Illinois without a license."Letter recipients have five business days to respond if they believe they received the letter in error or would like to apply for the required license. The ILCC is threatening to notify…
  • The Hard and Un-True Story of George Dickel

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Whiskey fans are always glad to see a neglected brand get some love but, as with the Old Grand-Dad reboot, doing it with made-up history dampens our enthusiasm.George Dickel is a small brand, a mere speck in drink giant Diageo's eye. It's hard to even find on Diageo's brand lists, so buried is it by Goliaths like Smirnoff, Capt. Morgan, and Johnnie Walker.So here comes the new Whisky Advocate with a bright, shiny, 12-page insert for Dickel inside, with the title "Handmade the Hard Way, the Hard and True Story of George Dickel American Whiskey at Its Best."Except the story they tell…
  • The Good and Not-So-Good of the Old Grand-Dad Reboot

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Beam Suntory has given Old Grand-Dad Bonded a bright new look and a fancy new price, $24.99 MSRP. (It has been selling at closer to $20.) But the upgrade is a nice job and Old Grand-Dad bourbon deserves more attention. It's also good that Beam is emphasizing the bond, rather than the other Old Grand-Dad expressions. Historically, Old Grand-Dad Bonded was the #1 bonded bourbon when bottled-in-bond meant something to bourbon drinkers.The new label emphasizes the brand's high rye mashbill. The label is printed on the glass and the bottle is tall and sleek, for a modern look. It now has a cork…
  • No Additives in Bourbon, No Way, No How

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    WARNING: This entire post is about geeky labeling rules stuff.The picture above came to me from Germany. It is the back label of a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon. In English, the phrase indicated means "Contains Caramel." I posted it elsewhere and a lively discussion ensued. Another correspondent in Germany theorized that, because Diageo sells so many scotches, and they contain caramel (which must be disclosed in Germany), the person in charge of their German label compliance must have assumed bourbon contains caramel too. The statement no longer appears on Bulleit Bourbon labels in Germany, so…
  • Whiskey Shortage? What Whiskey Shortage?

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Readers of this space know I don't have much patience with clickbait "whiskey shortage" claims, but I haven't broken it down like I do in my guest post today on the Whisky Advocate Blog. There you can see how both The Tennessean and The Wall Street Journal managed to get 'shortage' into the headline of a story about something else entirely.About the nascent Spanish-American War, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst famously wrote to one of his photographers in 1898, "You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war." Modern journalists have decided they don't need the war,…
 
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  • 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…
  • Makers & Brothers Select Reserve Glass

    David Havelin
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you're anything like me, you'll be thinking about getting around to buying Christmas presents one of these days. If the intended recipients of those presents are anything like me, you won't need to stray much further than the Makers & Brothers pop-up shop on Dame Lane in Dublin.I visited the shop recently and several items caught my eye that would delight the spirits drinker.Select Reserve Whiskey TumblerThis was the initial draw that lured me to the shop. I met Midleton's Master Blender, Billy Leighton, back in October and he told me some of the qualities in his ideal whiskey glass.
  • Writers Tears & The Irishman Cask Strengths 2014

    David Havelin
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Walsh Whiskey announced this week that Duggan Lynch of Kilkenny will be building their new distillery in Royal Oak. Completion by Spring of 2016 is the plan, though the spirit should already be flowing from late 2015.The company continues in the meantime to dip into Irish Distillers' warehouses for its Writers Tears and Irishman brands. This year, as usual, we are treated to a new Cask Strength version of each.They come with very similar descriptions: a vatting of single pot still and single malt, all triple-distilled and aged in ex-bourbon casks. They are non-chill filtered and…
  • Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition

    David Havelin
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    For three decades now, Midleton Very Rare has marked the passage of time with an annual vintage release. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first bottling in 1984, Irish Distillers has produced a very, very rare Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition. It's a collaboration between Master Distillers present and former, Brian Nation and Barry Crockett, the bottle carrying the signatures of both.Back in 1984, the new Midleton distillery had been producing for just nine years, so the first Midleton VR was relatively young (the latest edition, in contrast, contains components between 15 and 22…
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  • Does Oscar glory beckon for 'Mr Heineken'?

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    Alcohol always has a big presence at the Oscars, albeit mostly in a supporting role. For last night's ceremony, Diageo was the official spirits sponsor of the after-show party while Piper-Heidsieck made sure its Champagnes received their share of the stardust. Next year, though, Heineken may well find itself centre stage. 'Kidnapping Mr Heineken' is the story of how Freddy Heineken, the Dutch brewer's CEO from 1971 to 1989, was taken hostage and ransomed for an attempted NLG35m (about EUR16m). The film, which is due out in the US next month, stars Anthony Hopkins as Freddy Heineken. As…
  • Is pisco preparing to make some noise?

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    Business is booming at copper pot still makers Chalvignac - you can tell from the loud noise coming from its factory floor in the French town of Jarnac-Champagne. That's where the company's skilled craftsmen shape the giant sheets of copper into the beautiful swan-neck pot stills that find their way into the region's nearby Cognac distilleries, and increasingly those of spirits makers around the world. Olivier Flamand, Chalvignac's marketing and communications head, gives a little laugh when asked if demand is good right now. “Very good,” he says, and lists orders from Russia,…
  • Heineken has eye on the (soccer) ball in US

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    Heineken is betting big on the long-term opportunity around soccer in the US. The subject of football, as we call it here in Europe, cropped up yesterday during a CNBC interview with the Dutch brewer's CEO, Jean-François van Boxmeer, following the group's full-year results CNBC presenter Geoff Cutmore asked Boxmeer if he thought Americans would ever take to soccer in the same way Europeans have. “We bank on that on the long term, that's for sure ... I mean, everybody can go in American football or in baseball and with a brand like Heineken we are far away off that…
  • Sierra Nevada heralds its new hop oil beer - video

    6 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    California's Sierra Nevada Brewing Co is very proud of its new Hop Hunter IPA, which contains hop oil.  And to celebrate it becoming part of its permanent portfolio, the brewer has released a video explaining exactly what hop oil is. Essentially it comes from steam-distilling hops out in the field. Fortunately the company can really start the push now, having avoided a legal battle with fellow Californian craft brewer Lagunitas over Hop Hunter IPA's label.  
  • Djokovic learns Chinese as Jacob's Creek tries to love-all

    2 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    Tennis player Novak Djokovic was on top of the world yesterday after defeating Andy Murray in four sets to take the Australian Open title. He looks just as delighted in this new Jacob's Creek promotional video when he finally nails some Mandarin Chinese. Somebody find that man a net to jump over. Djokovic started working with the Pernod Ricard wine brand last year and will no doubt be a potent force in cracking the Chinese market. 
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  • Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA?

    Robert C. Lehrman
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Ladies and gentlemen it is with great pleasure that I introduce Oli, the sporadically employed climate scientist, from Chichester. What does that have to do with labels and COLAs? Watch and see. Find out why some may benefit from having a small group of specialized lawyers and paralegals to help you get things moved through TTB and to the marketplace with less pain and delay. Related Posts: Vas Deferens Ale (0) Unspeakable Beer (0) Umami Spirits, with Mushrooms and Durt (0)
  • A Great Bud Ad

    Robert C. Lehrman
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    What was the best beer ad, or ad of any type, in yesterday’s Super Bowl broadcast? Hint, it was a Bud ad, but not the one with the dogs, horses, and wolf. Instead, it was the one above. The one in which Bud took on its main competition, directly and powerfully, roughly like those on the field. It’s the first time in many years that Bud did not seem to be on the defensive. It seems clear that Bud’s plan is to defend Bud the brand such as above, and defend Bud the company by buying a bunch of esteemed craft brewers. Maybe they can have their cake and eat it too. Before I scope…
  • Oak Aged Vodka

    Robert C. Lehrman
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    TTB does not allow Aged Vodka, or Aged Gin. But this would seem to show it’s pretty easy to work around these arcane, antiquated restrictions. Note how the word “aged” is nowhere but everywhere on this label, and Absolut does not mind throwing in a reference to “craft” for good measure. Related Posts: Tito Responds (16) The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval (15) Rye Beer (1)
  • Tito Responds

    Robert C. Lehrman
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Over the years many have suggested that Tito’s vodka is not really made in small batches or by hand. I tried to keep an open mind, as the brand grew, and even in the face of the lawsuits summarized here. So I have been particularly looking forward to a response, on the merits, at long last, from the source. Tito finally responded, on November 17, 2014, in the form of a motion to dismiss the Florida case. (The defendants also filed a similar motion, a month later, in the California case. The California motion is 28 pages and substantially similar to the one filed in Florida, right down…
  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon Got Tito’d

    Robert C. Lehrman
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    I have focused on beverage labeling law since 1988. During that time it has been very rare for a private party to bring any action against a beer, wine or spirit supplier’s labeling or advertising — unless the basis was trademark. Instead, most people assumed the states, TTB, and FDA would take care of this, pretty much to the exclusion of anyone else. Pom began to unravel this in a big way over the past couple of years, and this trend seems to be gaining momentum. A San Diego law firm filed a class action lawsuit, on December 8, 2014, in federal court in California. The case is…
 
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  • Favorite non-obvious uses for stock

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Help me use this:     Winter is prime stock making season in my house. A foot of snow on the ground totally eliminates the need for an ice water bath to cool finished stock down to storage temperatures so I go crazy and make more than I can use. I've started to compulsively buy up prime stock-making ingredients at the grocery when they go on sale... whenever there are markdowns on short ribs, oxtail, spare ribs, pork neck bones, chicken wings, etc.I buy a bundle of them, roast them off, and move them to the pressure cooker. Then I stick it outside until it's ice cold, skim off the…
  • Ice Cream Hardening Freezers

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Hello all:   This year I decided to tackle ice cream alongside my chocolates.  We do a fair amount of business with bought ice cream, but since I've always wanted to make my own, I'm just going to do it.   I am looking for feedback anyone's experience with hardening freezers.  There are the traditional full height freezers (holds 20 - 3 gallon tubs) and then the small units (hold 3 - 3gal tubs). There are the standard hardening freezers that hold a certain temp and then blast freezers that cycle down a program as needed.     Any comments on what works better?
  • Which gin should I use for batching martinis?

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I am having my book club to the house this weekend and we have decided cocktails are the way to go. I am doing the drinks and they will bring food. I am going to batch mix the Manhattans and Martinis as the will probably be the most popular. I have my Manhattan down but am not sure on the martini. My friends are all confirmed gin lovers but most are only familiar with Hendricks or Bombay. I have the following and wondered which to go with. Hendricks, Monkey 47, Bulldog, St George Botinavore, and Haymans Old Tom. I think the old Tom will be too sweet. My plan is to do a batch that will total…
  • New college-based certificate program in craft brewing

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Right here in GR, aka Beer City USA   ...the college worked with regional brewers, such as Founders and Perrin, to design the program, which is expected to take students three semesters to complete.  
  • Wendy's ?

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    no one I can see has taken a few hits for the team at Wendy's   So I did today.  w a coupon, of course !   I had the crispy chicken sandwich  ( 2 )  it comes w a bun, lettuce, tomato and mayo.   I asked for added mayo.   the chicken piece was generous in size, hot, crispy and not greasy.   the bun was bland and very dough-ey.;   I added some ketchup, and a packet or two of black pepper.  better.   FD:  I was hungry, which affects the review.   as served, C-.  w ketchup and pepper, C.   I went to the web site to add a…
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  • Favorite non-obvious uses for stock

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Help me use this:     Winter is prime stock making season in my house. A foot of snow on the ground totally eliminates the need for an ice water bath to cool finished stock down to storage temperatures so I go crazy and make more than I can use. I've started to compulsively buy up prime stock-making ingredients at the grocery when they go on sale... whenever there are markdowns on short ribs, oxtail, spare ribs, pork neck bones, chicken wings, etc.I buy a bundle of them, roast them off, and move them to the pressure cooker. Then I stick it outside until it's ice cold, skim off the…
  • Ice Cream Hardening Freezers

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Hello all:   This year I decided to tackle ice cream alongside my chocolates.  We do a fair amount of business with bought ice cream, but since I've always wanted to make my own, I'm just going to do it.   I am looking for feedback anyone's experience with hardening freezers.  There are the traditional full height freezers (holds 20 - 3 gallon tubs) and then the small units (hold 3 - 3gal tubs). There are the standard hardening freezers that hold a certain temp and then blast freezers that cycle down a program as needed.     Any comments on what works better?
  • Which gin should I use for batching martinis?

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I am having my book club to the house this weekend and we have decided cocktails are the way to go. I am doing the drinks and they will bring food. I am going to batch mix the Manhattans and Martinis as the will probably be the most popular. I have my Manhattan down but am not sure on the martini. My friends are all confirmed gin lovers but most are only familiar with Hendricks or Bombay. I have the following and wondered which to go with. Hendricks, Monkey 47, Bulldog, St George Botinavore, and Haymans Old Tom. I think the old Tom will be too sweet. My plan is to do a batch that will total…
  • New college-based certificate program in craft brewing

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    Right here in GR, aka Beer City USA   ...the college worked with regional brewers, such as Founders and Perrin, to design the program, which is expected to take students three semesters to complete.  
  • Wendy's ?

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    no one I can see has taken a few hits for the team at Wendy's   So I did today.  w a coupon, of course !   I had the crispy chicken sandwich  ( 2 )  it comes w a bun, lettuce, tomato and mayo.   I asked for added mayo.   the chicken piece was generous in size, hot, crispy and not greasy.   the bun was bland and very dough-ey.;   I added some ketchup, and a packet or two of black pepper.  better.   FD:  I was hungry, which affects the review.   as served, C-.  w ketchup and pepper, C.   I went to the web site to add a…
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  • A Daylong Visit to Cognac Hine

    Camper English
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    I visited a bunch of cognac houses in the fall of 2014, and spent nearly a whole day with Cognac Hine at their vineyards, winery, distillery, and blending house. I didn't realize that there are 250 or so cognac houses, so my visit to less than 20 of them is small potatoes. The big potatoes belong to Hennessy, which makes 42% of all cognac. They, plus the other 3 of the Big Four houses, create 80% of cognac sold. Hine does about 1 percent of Hennessy's volume.  The Vineyards Hine owns 70 hectares under vine in Grande Champagne but don't grow all of their own grapes - they produce about 25%…
  • The Complicated Aging Process for Cognac, as Seen at Cognac Hardy

    Camper English
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    In 2014 I visited several cognac houses, and had the pleasure to spend several hours with Benedicte Hardy of Cognac Hardy in their aging and blending facilities. We got really nerdy with specifics on aging cognac. But first, some background. Hardy specializes in luxury cognacs, and in general is blended in an "approachable" and "feminine" style. It's a very large operation, with 20,000 barrels aging at their warehouses valued at more than 50 million dollars worth of booze. It was Benedicte's father who made the company famous in recent years putting the emphasis on luxury. She herself has a…
  • Snap Shots: Pears

    Camper English
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    September 2008: Piles of pears to be made into eau de vie at St. George Spirits in Alameda, California. Read about it here.
  • Cognac Deau Visit

    Camper English
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    While in France last year, I had time for a quick unscheduled visit to the house of Deau Cognac.  Deau is located about 40 minutes from the town of Cognac, between the Fin Bois and Petite Champagne. They grow about 30 hectares of grapes, and buy wine from other growers (Fin Bois, Grande Champagne, and Petite Champagne) that they distill on-site.  The distillery itself is quite large, with 12 stills.  I met Véronique Bru Legaret, who along with her son heads up the company.  They actually produce three cognac brands: Deau, Moisans, and Roland Bru (named for Véronique's father, who…
  • A Visit to Merlet Cognac and Liqueurs in France

    Camper English
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    The Merlet family has been distilling in France for 5 generations, but have only launched their own brand of cognac in recent years. They have a really interesting history that I learned on a visit to their chateau, vineyards, and distillery in 2014.  A Brief History of the Cognac Market Many people from different countries around the  world (occupying as well as liberating armies) discovered cognac in World War II. The demand for cognac was very high globally after the war.  In the 1960s based on the brandy's success, the region planted a lot of vines. In the 1970s there was a big glut in…
 
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  • castries peanut butter rum

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Does anybody know where I can purchase this in the Chicago area? I can't wait to make a peanut butter chocolate martini!
  • Discovering Tequila & I Like It!

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    My go to for sipping is Patron Anejo. For less expensive, I really like Milagro Silver for mixed drinks.
  • What to do with Gosling's 151 Rum?

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    No but you will be pouring another and not worrying about it
  • The Misguided Return of the Crappy Drink

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    http://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/a9916/the-misguided-return-of-the-crappy-drink-david-wondrich/ Quick read out of this month's Esquire from David Wondrich. It prompted me to open up the liquor cabinet and make myself a very pedestrian Sidecar with Courvoisier VS, some plastic bottle triple sec, and a couple of fresh squeezed lemons. I had two of them and felt strangely wealthy afterwards, having not shelled out $22 + tip at a bar for some kid's "take" (so tired of hearing that) on a Sidecar. I paired my drink with a carnitas burrito on my patio.
  • Which amaro for cocktails?

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    I don't know...I really like the saffron aspects in it, though, yeah...it doesn't get used all that often.
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  • DIY Homemade Coffee Liqueur

    Cheri Loughlin
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading DIY Homemade Coffee Liqueur, 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... I am a huge fan of Kahlua Especial coffee liqueur. The flavor is deeper and richer than the original coffee liqueur and it tastes like there is substantially less sugar. Oh, and it’s higher proof. What’s not to love?! I’ve The post DIY Homemade Coffee Liqueur appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: DIY…
  • Barefoot Grigio Sour Punch

    Cheri Loughlin
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Barefoot Grigio Sour 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... Pinot Grigio wine contains flavors of tart apple, peach and citrus. This is a lighter wine that some might not associate with cool weather sipping. However, mix this wine with a few fruit juices and you have a winner cocktail The post Barefoot Grigio Sour Punch appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Barefoot Lucky…
  • Tips & Tricks: Vodka Keeps Hair Shiny

    Cheri Loughlin
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Tips & Tricks: Vodka Keeps Hair Shiny, 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... Use Vodka for Shiny Hair Add 2 ounces of vodka to a 12 ounce bottle of shampoo for cleaner, shinier hair. Subscribe to the monthly Newsletter All content ©2015 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist The post Tips & Tricks: Vodka Keeps Hair Shiny appeared…
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  • Review: Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine Not every spirit we receive has a deep back story attached to it, and many readers have requested that we try to cover more products that cross our desk. To do this, we’re trying out a shorter form review. This won’t supplant our long form, analytical reviews for landmark products, but it should enable us to cover more ground and give you more intelligence on more products. The first of these products is Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine. It has debuted at the Ole Smoky Distillery and is set to roll out nationally in the middle of this year.
  • Review: Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Rye

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Rye The boom in American Whiskey has really happened on two fronts, bourbon and rye whiskey. While Jim Beam has clearly benefited from the boom in bourbon, they haven’t had the same kind of traction in the rye space as some of their competitors, namely Bulleit Rye. It hasn’t been for lack of trying – Jim Beam has a wide range of rye offerings, from the higher end Knob Creek Rye to the value focused Old Overholt and Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (aka Jim Beam Yellow Label). Then there’s (ri)1, a product that had its debut long…
  • Review: Mellow Corn Kentucky Straight Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Mellow Corn Whiskey It’s really no surprise that, with such fervent frenzy among consumers over the high end of the American whiskey market,  a whiskey from the low end of the spectrum would emerge with some solid buzz. This is the case for Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Mellow Corn Kentucky Straight Corn Whiskey, which sells for a whopping $12. Mellow Corn is one of those brands that has been around forever (the bottle bears the copyright from 1945), but has been hiding in plain sight, along such heritage brands as Old Crow, Old Overholt, and Old Grand-Dad. These whiskeys are…
  • Review: DeLeon Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    DeLeón Tequila Trying to catch lightning in a bottle in the spirits industry is nearly impossible. What worked once for one segment of the industry often doesn’t work in another. This is one of the many challenges facing Sean “Diddy” Combs (aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy), Diageo, and their co-operative new brand, DeLeón Tequila. Together Combs and Diageo have achieved meteoric success with Ciroc Vodka. In an ocean of failed celebrity spirits, Ciroc stands as an anomaly: an unmitigated success which has found a home not only with Diddy’s core fan base, but also with…
  • Interview With DeLeon Tequila Distiller Miguel Cedeño Cruz

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    DeLeón Distiller Miguel Cedeño Cruz The response to our DeLeón Tequila review was so great, it lead to this follow-up interview with DeLeón Distiller Miguel Cedeño Cruz, who helps shed some light on the production process for DeLeón. How many times is DeLeón Platinum Distilled? DeLeón Tequila is produced using Alembic-style pot distillation and is twice distilled, allowing the tequila to retain its richness and nuanced character. Does DeLeón use a diffuser in the production of its tequila? No diffusion band extraction is utilized in the process of producing DeLeón Tequila. We…
 
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  • Review: Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine Not every spirit we receive has a deep back story attached to it, and many readers have requested that we try to cover more products that cross our desk. To do this, we’re trying out a shorter form review. This won’t supplant our long form, analytical reviews for landmark products, but it should enable us to cover more ground and give you more intelligence on more products. The first of these products is Ole Smoky Blue Flame Moonshine. It has debuted at the Ole Smoky Distillery and is set to roll out nationally in the middle of this year.
  • Review: Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Rye

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    Jim Beam Pre-Prohibition Rye The boom in American Whiskey has really happened on two fronts, bourbon and rye whiskey. While Jim Beam has clearly benefited from the boom in bourbon, they haven’t had the same kind of traction in the rye space as some of their competitors, namely Bulleit Rye. It hasn’t been for lack of trying – Jim Beam has a wide range of rye offerings, from the higher end Knob Creek Rye to the value focused Old Overholt and Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey (aka Jim Beam Yellow Label). Then there’s (ri)1, a product that had its debut long…
  • Review: Mellow Corn Kentucky Straight Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Mellow Corn Whiskey It’s really no surprise that, with such fervent frenzy among consumers over the high end of the American whiskey market,  a whiskey from the low end of the spectrum would emerge with some solid buzz. This is the case for Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Mellow Corn Kentucky Straight Corn Whiskey, which sells for a whopping $12. Mellow Corn is one of those brands that has been around forever (the bottle bears the copyright from 1945), but has been hiding in plain sight, along such heritage brands as Old Crow, Old Overholt, and Old Grand-Dad. These whiskeys are…
  • Review: DeLeon Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    DeLeón Tequila Trying to catch lightning in a bottle in the spirits industry is nearly impossible. What worked once for one segment of the industry often doesn’t work in another. This is one of the many challenges facing Sean “Diddy” Combs (aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy), Diageo, and their co-operative new brand, DeLeón Tequila. Together Combs and Diageo have achieved meteoric success with Ciroc Vodka. In an ocean of failed celebrity spirits, Ciroc stands as an anomaly: an unmitigated success which has found a home not only with Diddy’s core fan base, but also with…
  • Interview With DeLeon Tequila Distiller Miguel Cedeño Cruz

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    DeLeón Distiller Miguel Cedeño Cruz The response to our DeLeón Tequila review was so great, it lead to this follow-up interview with DeLeón Distiller Miguel Cedeño Cruz, who helps shed some light on the production process for DeLeón. How many times is DeLeón Platinum Distilled? DeLeón Tequila is produced using Alembic-style pot distillation and is twice distilled, allowing the tequila to retain its richness and nuanced character. Does DeLeón use a diffuser in the production of its tequila? No diffusion band extraction is utilized in the process of producing DeLeón Tequila. We…
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  • Sherry: It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Drink

    Julia Tunstall
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    For most of the last several decades, sherry has been relegated to grandmother’s cupboards, cooking and sickly sweet cocktails. This was partially due to the influx of low price (and low-quality) sherry that dominated the US market for much of that time. But thankfully, in the last couple of years craft bars have begun putting sherry back on the menu, celebrating its unique versatility and flavor in both classic and new cocktails alike. One of sherry’s best qualities is its versatility. A fino Sherry tastes completely different from a cream or oloroso sherry, and must be treated…
  • New Scotch: Chivas Regal Extra

    Kevin Gray
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    This week Chivas Regal unveiled their first new blended whisky in eight years. Dubbed Chivas Regal Extra, the rich scotch was created with Strathisla Single Malt at its core, plus a high percentage of Chivas’s rarest house malts that have been matured in Oloroso sherry casks. From Chivas: The new blend has a fruity, sweet nose with notes of ripe pears, creamy toffee and a hint of ginger. The ripe pears continue on the palate, with sweet tropical flavors of melons and soft notes of vanilla and caramel, blending with spicy notes of cinnamon and hints of almonds. Chivas Regal Extra can be…
  • Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Recently we had the opportunity to taste the brand new Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey with the man who made it: Master Distiller, Chris Morris. In introducing the rye, Morris noted that he’s not actually a rye whiskey fan. He’s a bourbon guy, through and through. So he decided that if he’s going to make rye, it’s going to be one that he likes personally. One that’s easy to drink. To accomplish that, he started with the same three ingredients that go into Woodford Reserve Bourbon: corn, rye and barley. The age, the proof and the barrels are the same, too. But here…
  • A Baijiu Cocktail for Chinese New Year

    Kevin Gray
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Happy Chinese New Year. Like most Chinese celebrations, this calls for Baijiu, that strong, clear spirit distilled from sorghum, rice and other grains. It’s already one of the world’s best selling spirits, and though the majority of baijiu is consumed in China and other Asian countries, its popularity is picking up stateside. Baijiu is a potent spirit with a proof often topping 100. Then consider its distinct aroma and flavor–which can range from dry and earthy to sweet and fruity to something akin to fermented solvent. So… it’s an acquired taste, but one that…
  • Easy Valentine’s Day Cocktails to Impress Your Date

    Julia Tunstall
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Making cocktails at home is a fun and easy way to impress your date on Valentine’s Day. And thankfully, you don’t have to be an experienced bartender to make a delicious and great looking drink. Because here are four festive, easy-to-make cocktails that are sure to start (or end) your evening right. For the vodka fan, here’s a drink that’s like a vodka cranberry all dressed up for Valentine’s Day. Originally from Bon Appetit, this cocktail can be prepared in advance by mixing all the ingredients without ice, and then chilling with ice before serving. AMARETTO…
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  • Brew News Flash: The 11th Annual Brewer’s Plate is Just Ten Days Away…

    G-LO
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Reflections of Brewers Plate While the good people of Punxsutawney, PA rely on the weather forecasting ability of a groundhog to tell them when winter will be over, the Boozedancing crew knows that the real first sign of Spring is The City of Brotherly Love’s annual Brewer’s Plate, a Craft Beer and Philly Food extravaganza that will be held at the Kimmel Center on The Avenue of the Arts. Below is more information about this event. Hope to see you there! ______________________________________________ PHILADELPHIA, PA —Fair Food is proud to announce details for The 11th Annual…
  • Whisky Review: SMWS Cask No. 93.61 and Cask No. 36.67

    G-LO
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    At the end of January, I received an email from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America (SMWSA) announcing that we would soon be receiving a small Valentine’s Day gift in the mail. As a general rule, I don’t care for Valentine’s Day, but when there’s delicious whisky headed our way, I’m all for it! This cheery little email from the SMWSA made us feel a little like this… Let’s get on with our reviews… Cask No. 93.61 aka CalMac Welder’s Tea Break What they say… On the nose, the sweet charabanc of sugar puffs, Crunchy-nut cornflakes,…
  • #BloggerFest14 Recap and a Review of Nocino Caselli

    G-LO
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Back stories. Love em! Can’t get enough of em! So before I get to my review of the Italian liqueur that you see in the above photo, let me tell you a bit about how I got my grubby mitts on this sample…  ______________________________________________ Way back in late October (October 28th, 2014 or NYC WhiskyFest Eve), our dear friend The Coopered Tot (aka Josh Feldman aka Coop) hosted an intimate #WhiskyFabric gathering at The Morgan Library in Midtown Manhattan. In addition to Josh and yours truly, the following people traveled great, and not so great distances to join us:…
  • Beer Review – Victory Anniversary 19 Ale

    G-LO
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Wedding Slinger, a cocktail that we discussed briefly in our review of “Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Cocktails and Stories from the World’s Hippest Borough“, takes a seriously potent and delicious cocktail (i.e. the Manhattan), and adds a healthy dose of Ginger Ale to it, thus transforming it into an ALMOST session worthy libation that can be enjoyed over the course of a celebration that could last well into the wee small hours of the morning. While I doubt that this Manhattan variation will be as low ABV as a session beer like Evil Twin Brewing’s Bikini Beer, it will…
  • Whisky Review – Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve

    G-LO
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Glenlivet. Glenfiddich. Glen Grant. Glenfarclas. Glengoyne. Glenmorangie. Glenrothes. Glen Campbell. Scott Glenn. Glengarry Glen Ross (a double Glen!). There are other Glens out there. So so many Glens. This of course begs the question: Will any Glen do? It might if you’re Jon Favreau in Swingers… But not if you’re part of the whisky loving Boozedancing crew! We’re fussy about OUR Glens and are always on the hunt for “The Ultimate Glen”. The next stop on our “Ultimate Glen” journey has brought us to Glen Garioch (pronounced Glen Geary, not Glen…
 
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  • Karuizawa 1981 Sakura (cask #158)

    Ruben Luyten
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Blimey. I have so many samples that I tend to forget some of the interesting ones that are hidden in my drawers… how stupid is that? Not that I mind discovering three Karuizawa expressions that I hadn’t tried, of course. One of them is this Karuizawa 1981 Sakura cask #158, a release of only 45 bottles! The rarest Karuizawa ever? Sakura is the typical Japanese sherry blossom. It was a special release for Prineus, the German distributor for No.1 Drinks and Karuizawa.     Karuizawa 31 yo 1981 (62,8%, OB 2012, Sakura series, sherry cask #158, 45 btl.) Nose: the fruity, sweet kind of…
  • Glenlivet 1973 (SV cask #3307)

    Ruben Luyten
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
      Glenlivet 25 yo 1973 (57,2%, Signatory Vintage 1998, sherry butt #3307, 570 btl.) Nose: heavy sherry, GlenDronach-style. Raisins, figs, some orange peel. Quite oaky, with peppery notes, menthol and eucalyptus, as well as bit of smoke. Hints of cedar and pine needles. Mouth: the mentholated hints now become frankly medicinal, bringing cough syrup and antiseptics. Also big toasted wood and ashes. Charred meat. Walnut cake, bitter chocolate and plums in brandy. Oak polish, pepper and nutmeg. Quite firm, even a little aggressive but water helps. Finish: long, herbal, with liquorice and…
  • Chichibu ‘On The Way’

    Ruben Luyten
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Chichibu On The Way is the work in progress of Ichiro Akuto. He founded his distillery in 2008 at the foot of a mountain in the region of Saitama, and he is on the way to release his first 5 years old whisky. The current Chichibu On The Way is a vatting of three casks: one Mizunara oak hogshead filled in 2008, in fact this was the second oldest cask in the distillery one American oak ex-bourbon barrel filled in 2009 (used for ‘The Floor Malted’ batch 2009 another American oak ex-bourbon barrel filled in 2010 (used for ‘The Floor Malted’ batch 2010 Although the packaging says five…
  • Tamdhu 2005 cask #353 (The Ultimate)

    Ruben Luyten
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    The Ultimate is a series from the well-known Dutch bottler / importer van Wees. It’s a wide range with a fairly good value for money ratio. We’re trying the latest Tamdhu 2005 bottled in January 2015. Several 2004-2005 casks have been bottled before.     Tamdhu 9 yo 2005 (60,3%, The Ultimate 2015, sherry butt #353, 631 btl.) Nose: lots of toffee, butterscotch and marzipan for starters. Then the more typical dried fruits (dates, figs), as well as blueberries, candied orange peel and a hint of eucalyptus. Something of a creamy vanilla / raspberry combination, which gives it a hint…
  • Talisker Skye

    Ruben Luyten
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Talisker Skye is the latest release from this distillery, which is effectively on the Isle of Skye. It’s the fourth (and supposedly youngest) No Age Statement release in under two years (after Talisker Storm, Talisker Dark Storm and Talisker Port Ruighe). Apparently it’s here to stay as a permanent extension of the core range. Talisker Skye is matured in refill and toasted American oak casks, with that last type having the biggest proportion.     Talisker Skye (45,8%, OB 2015) Nose: fairly sweet and youngish with pears, orange juice and a little apricot. This mixes with a soft,…
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  • Sherry: It’s Not Your Grandmother’s Drink

    Julia Tunstall
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:26 pm
    For most of the last several decades, sherry has been relegated to grandmother’s cupboards, cooking and sickly sweet cocktails. This was partially due to the influx of low price (and low-quality) sherry that dominated the US market for much of that time. But thankfully, in the last couple of years craft bars have begun putting sherry back on the menu, celebrating its unique versatility and flavor in both classic and new cocktails alike. One of sherry’s best qualities is its versatility. A fino Sherry tastes completely different from a cream or oloroso sherry, and must be treated…
  • New Scotch: Chivas Regal Extra

    Kevin Gray
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    This week Chivas Regal unveiled their first new blended whisky in eight years. Dubbed Chivas Regal Extra, the rich scotch was created with Strathisla Single Malt at its core, plus a high percentage of Chivas’s rarest house malts that have been matured in Oloroso sherry casks. From Chivas: The new blend has a fruity, sweet nose with notes of ripe pears, creamy toffee and a hint of ginger. The ripe pears continue on the palate, with sweet tropical flavors of melons and soft notes of vanilla and caramel, blending with spicy notes of cinnamon and hints of almonds. Chivas Regal Extra can be…
  • Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Recently we had the opportunity to taste the brand new Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey with the man who made it: Master Distiller, Chris Morris. In introducing the rye, Morris noted that he’s not actually a rye whiskey fan. He’s a bourbon guy, through and through. So he decided that if he’s going to make rye, it’s going to be one that he likes personally. One that’s easy to drink. To accomplish that, he started with the same three ingredients that go into Woodford Reserve Bourbon: corn, rye and barley. The age, the proof and the barrels are the same, too. But here…
  • A Baijiu Cocktail for Chinese New Year

    Kevin Gray
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Happy Chinese New Year. Like most Chinese celebrations, this calls for Baijiu, that strong, clear spirit distilled from sorghum, rice and other grains. It’s already one of the world’s best selling spirits, and though the majority of baijiu is consumed in China and other Asian countries, its popularity is picking up stateside. Baijiu is a potent spirit with a proof often topping 100. Then consider its distinct aroma and flavor–which can range from dry and earthy to sweet and fruity to something akin to fermented solvent. So… it’s an acquired taste, but one that…
  • Easy Valentine’s Day Cocktails to Impress Your Date

    Julia Tunstall
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Making cocktails at home is a fun and easy way to impress your date on Valentine’s Day. And thankfully, you don’t have to be an experienced bartender to make a delicious and great looking drink. Because here are four festive, easy-to-make cocktails that are sure to start (or end) your evening right. For the vodka fan, here’s a drink that’s like a vodka cranberry all dressed up for Valentine’s Day. Originally from Bon Appetit, this cocktail can be prepared in advance by mixing all the ingredients without ice, and then chilling with ice before serving. AMARETTO…
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  • There Is a Bourbon Shortage

    Lew Bryson
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    When I agreed to take the affirmative for the bourbon shortage argument, the words of Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge echoed in my mind: “We are having trouble meeting demand.” There’s a thought that the bourbon shortage is a bunch of bull mess smelling of marketing foul. But Rutledge is the one guy in this business I trust above all. His words are the golden truth. Fast forward a few months after Rutledge uttered his comments, I broke the story of Four Roses discontinuing its Limited Edition Single Barrel on my blog. That’s when I knew that the bourbon shortage was real, so…
  • There Is No Whiskey Shortage

    Lew Bryson
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Is there a shortage of bourbon? Will there be one soon, as booming demand dumbs down age statements and kills off favorite brands? Or is there plenty of good bourbon, with just a few hyped bottles in short supply as the collectors scurry to fill their shelves? We knew two writers with very different opinions, so we invited them to have it out. This Friday, in the Plenty O’ Bourbon corner, Colonel Charles K. Cowdery. Next week it’s Fred Minnick’s turn to argue the gloom and doom side of the issue. Feel free to leave your own opinions in the meantime!   “Is there a…
  • Whisky Advocate’s Spring 2015 Issue’s Top 10 Whiskies Reviewed

    Lew Bryson
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Whisky Advocate’s Spring issue’s Buying Guide is brimming with reviews; 114 of them to be exact. We’re going to give you a sneak preview by revealing the 10 highest-rated whiskies right here, right now. We start with #10 and conclude with #1. #10: Tomintoul Reserve 37 year old, 43%, $600 Not what you’d expect from a malt at this age. Instead of oak dominating the nose, it’s citrus in focus, with orange marmalade, candied orange, and even orange blossom. On the palate this whisky is light and delicate, leading with the citrus notes from the nose. This symphony of…
  • Kentucky Bourbon: “The Spirit of Compromise”

    Lew Bryson
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    With the mantle of America’s Spirit comes not only support and loyalty, but a certain amount of historical responsibility. Bourbon has been entwined with the history and making of the United States for almost as far back as the Constitutional Convention, but perhaps never so much as when Henry Clay, Kentucky’s “Great Compromiser,” represented the Bluegrass State in Washington. Clay served as Speaker of the House and Secretary of State, argued landmark cases before the Supreme Court, and gained his greatest fame in the Senate, where he successfully brokered a compromise between…
  • Latest DISCUS Numbers Confirm Whiskey Growth Still Strong

    Lew Bryson
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    Partisanship nearly defines America today. But on Tuesday morning, the Distilled Spirits Council of the US offered some information that all parties can applaud: the American whiskey can claim a banner year. Again. The total whiskey category was flat for years, then in 2011 it picked up steam and it hasn’t shown signs of flagging. This year’s industry review, which the trade organization presents each February, revealed that the total supplier sales in the US were worth $23.1 billion. With American whiskey, it’s the same happy story: the category is booming and it’s the high-end and…
 
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  • Celebrate The Holi Festival and Win Great Prizes!

    The Master of Malt
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Holi, the spring festival of colours, is almost upon us. You know, it's the one with all the powder and paint that always looks like loads and loads of fun! This year we've teamed up with our friends at Paul John to offer you a fantastic opportunity to get involved - one that includes delicious whisky and prizes... How to Enter Simply buy any bottle of Paul John single malt whisky from now until 23:59 (GMT) Friday 6th March to be in with a chance of winning one of the great prizes below. The Prizes First Prize: £250 Master of Malt Gift Voucher + a signed Paul John Whisky (your choice of…
  • Master of Cocktails - Flower Arranging With Mr. Gumby

    The Master of Malt
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:09 am
    Hi there folks. If you tuned into the @MasterOfMalt Twitter feed on Sunday night for another edition of #MasterofCocktails, you may have noticed it was a bit late. Sorry about that. Been doing a spot of flooring. My whole house smells like young Bourbon. I quite like it. Right then. Onto today's cocktail. This'n's called 'Flower Arranging with Mr Gumby'. Reasons for the name will become apparent very soon. You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 40ml of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 30ml of Belsazar Vermouth Rosé 15ml of Lanique Rose Petal Liqueur Spirit A single barspoon of St Germain…
  • Tasmanian Whisky - Everything You Need to Know! (Part 8: William McHenry and The Small Concern)

    The Master of Malt
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    This is the final instalment in my series on Tasmanian Whisky and we begin with William McHenry and Sons; a distillery located about as remotely as you could imagine, on the southeastern tip of Tasmania. The distillery has its connections with the Gaelic whisky world; the owner, William McHenry, being a descendant of an Isle of Skye whisky smuggler. By trade, McHenry was in the pharmaceutical industry, and lived in Sydney, and one balmy Australian day at a barbecue, a friend made a passing comment about William’s Scottish roots, and the idea of making a whisky in honour of them. A few years…
  • Coastal Whisky: The Curious Relationship Between Whisky and the Seas

    The Master of Malt
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Some whiskies can be said to have a 'coastal' or 'maritime' character, and invariably these are also whiskies that I absolutely love. In fact, these seaside malts are the reason I became interested in whisky in the first place, and the very best examples are still probably my favourite spirits in the world. This is personal taste, of course, and whilst I love most of the gods' rich tapestry of whisky flavour profiles, I just happen to be a sucker for the Neptunian ones. So, consider me your Neil Oliver as we embark on a journey of discovery and also consider exactly how is it that some malts…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Naked Barista

    The Master of Malt
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    Greetings cocktail-lovers. Who's up for a swift whisky cocktail then? The second #MasterofCocktails whisky cocktail in a row, no less. Is it you? If it is indeed you, that's perfect, as that's what we're doing for this week's #MasterofCocktails! This week we're making a drink I've named 'The Naked Barista'. The reasons will hopefully become clear as we go through the recipe. You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 50ml of The Naked Grouse Half a Pipette of Bitter Bastards Cardamom Bitters 1 Drop of Mozart Chocolate Bitters 15ml of Punt E Mes Cold Brewed Coffee A Wintersmiths Ice Baller…
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  • Strawberry Gin Martini

    Praveen Kumar
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:50 pm
    A great gin based cocktail for any weekend party or occasion. Ingredients: Strawberries – 125 gms, hulled, chopped Dry Vermouth – 20 ml Gin – 75 ml Mint Leaves – few Slices of twisted Orange Zest to garnish Caster Sugar as required Ice Cubes as required Method: 1. Dip the rim of a martini glass […]
  • Chilli Garlic Chicken

    Praveen Kumar
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 pm
    A popular chicken dish best served with rice or roti. Ingredients: Chicken – 350 to 400 gms, boneless, skinless, chopped Onion – 1, big, finely chopped Tomatoes – 100 gms, chopped Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 to 3 tsp Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp Cloves – 2, crushed Black Cardamom – 1 Cinnamon – 1/4 […]
  • Corn Flour Laddu

    Praveen Kumar
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:32 pm
    This easy to make corn flour ladoo is perfect as an after-dinner dessert or for any occasion. Ingredients: Corn Flour – 1 cup Dates – 20, seedless, chopped Almonds (or Cashew Nuts) – 1/4 cup, chopped Water – 1/2 cup Ghee as required Method: 1. Dry roast the corn flour over low flame for a […]
  • Banana Pancakes

    Riya Karthik
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Banana Pancakes
  • Mint Potato Rice

    Praveen Kumar
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:18 am
    Mint Potato Rice (or Aloo Pudina Rice) is a simple to make and delicious lunch box dish. No need for any side dish. If preferred, serve with raita. Ingredients: Mint Leaves – 2 bunches, cleaned, chopped Potatoes – 4 to 5, chopped Coriander Leaves – big handful, chopped Cooked Rice – 2 cups Green Chillies […]
 
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  • Is this the bar with the best view of London? We think it might be.

    Rebecca
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    There are so many cocktail bars in London these days that it can be difficult to decide where to go that might be that extra bit special. Sometimes a great USP can be the clincher – and this is where Skygarden holds its own.Situated in the Walkie Talkie building – that massive structure on Fenchurch Street that stretches upwards in an eye-bending curve – this is taking sipping in the sky to new, well, levels. The 35th level, to be precise. Not only does Skygarden tower above London, turing pedestrians into mere ants, but the panorama is spectacular. With 360 degree views,…
  • Cocktail Bar Review: Bar Sixtyone, London

    Rebecca
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    It seems like absolutely donkey’s years ago now, but back in December Social and Cocktail was lucky enough to cover the Benedictine cocktail finals. This completion saw four of the UK’s top bartenders travel to Fecamp in Normandy to present their exciting and unique libations in the home of the liqueur, and boy did we enjoy trying them. The London representative was talented Frenchman Jeremy Pascal, who wowed us with his version of a flip, using ingredients such as rosemary, vanilla butterscotch, stout and earl grey tea.
  • The Cocktails on our FROW

    Rebecca
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    Food and Fashion? No Darling, it’s all about the Liquid Lunches…Well, London Fashion Week is taking the city by storm – look out for ‘uniquely’ dressed Fashionistas, women in bug-eyed sunglasses carting around tiny dogs and huge Birkin bags, and the odd harassed looking photographer lurking outside shows. During this time everything becomes a catwalk – the pavement, the escalator on the tube – even, it seems, our favourite cocktail bars.Bang on trend is TwoRuba, the lusciously luxe bar situated in the Hilton in Tower Bridge. Their later range of libations is as…
  • NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY – SUNDAY 22nd MARCH!

    Rebecca
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    For those not in the tequila know, tomorrow (Sunday 22nd March) is NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY! Not that we need any excuse to quaff these refreshing, zingy and punchy cocktails… but hey, it’s always nice to have an extra reason.The first mention of the margarita in print is in the December 1953 issue of Esquire, where the following description can be found –‘She’s from Mexico, Señores, and she is lovely to look at, exciting and provocative’.Yep, sounds about right to us. So, where are the best places in London to grab this Mexican staple of the cocktail menu?El CamionEl Camion on…
  • Community Cocktails at Cluny Lodge

    Iain Gorman
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    Social and Cocktail Events continues “Community Cocktails” initiative at Cluny Lodge Care Home in EdinburghThe Community Cocktails initiative continued on Friday 13th Feb with a prohibition style cocktail party at the Cluny Lodge Residential Care Home in Edinburgh. Social and Cocktail Events provided a state-of-the art mobile cocktail bar, a professional cocktail bartender, snacks, cocktail glassware, decorations and a mixture of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, including the classic Strawberry Daiquiri and the alcohol-free Blueberry Mojito cocktail.To help create a more authentic…
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  • Let’s Celebrate National Margarita Day

    Alexander
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    Happy Friday everyone, National Margarita Day is this Sunday, but there’s no reason you can’t get started a little early. Below we’ve got a few recipes courtesy of the brands we’re using in each recipe. Have fun and drink responsibly!   Chocolate and Peanut Butter Margarita 1 ½ parts Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila ½ part DeKuyper® Buttershots 8 parts chocolate ice cream 2 parts milk ¼ part creamy peanut butter Chocolate sauce (to rim glass) Peanut butter (to rim glass) Rim cocktail glass with half creamy peanut butter and half chocolate sauce by…
  • Jack Daniels Partners with K. Michelle

    Alexander
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:40 am
    In her song “Amen”, singer K. Michelle admits “Jack Daniels is the only man I’ll ever trust” and now it appears it’s paying off. The Atlantic Records singer has joined forces with the brand to become the new face of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey for 2015: “I’ve always been a huge Jack Daniel’s fan – especially Tennessee Honey which reflects my Southern roots. I’m excited to work with a brand I’ve personally enjoyed for years.”  “Our partnership with K. Michelle is a natural fit, she’s a Tennessee native and has always been a huge fan and…
  • His & Hers Drinks: Valentine’s Day Cocktails

    Alexander
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Valentine’s Day is almost here and let’s be honest, it isn’t for everyone. If you’re in a good relationship you’re spending it with the one you love giving or receiving flowers, candies, and amazing dinners. If you’re single or in a rocky relationship this day can be the pits. I’m not a relationship counselor, but I think one thing both “types” of people would agree on is that this weekend is a great excuse to drink, and it’s always helpful when a holiday falls on or near the weekend so you aren’t headed into work the next…
  • Sex and Cocktails: 50 Shades of Grey Inspired Cocktails

    Alexander
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:34 pm
    February 13th is the national release of the 50 Shades of Grey movie. If you haven’t heard of it chances are you’re a man and even then its pretty ridiculous you haven’t . But chances are your wife/girlfriend/mother/sister has. The 2011 best-selling novel became the fastest selling series in years with over 31 million copies sold world-wide in a short span of time. It’s no coincidence its release is the day before Valentines day. It’s kinky, it’s naughty, it’s romantic, and it’s passionate. Bottom line is women everywhere are obsessed with it.
  • Super Bowl XLIX: The Unofficial Super Bowl Drinking Game

    Alexander
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    Who doesn’t love drinking games? People under 21 that’s who, so stop reading here if you’re under 21 nd stumbled on this post… I’ll Wait… Ok, now for the rest of you, it’s Superbowl Sunday and millions of people around he country will have their eyes glued to what might be the best Super Bowl matchup we’ve had in years. Last years mega meeting of the top offense vs the top defense turned out to be a huge dud (unless you were a Seahawks fan) so fortunately there are always other ways to keep entertained during the game and we’ve got one for…
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  • 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.
  • Scotch Whisky Giants Glenfiddich Change Branding

    scottyg1971
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    Glenfiddich has been making Scotch whisky since 1886 and is now the top seller of single malt Scotch whisky worldwide. Glenfiddich literally means “Valley of the Deer” in Gaelic. So it’s fitting that Glenfiddich single malt whisky is known by the stag logo.   The New [...] The post Scotch Whisky Giants Glenfiddich Change Branding appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • New Film To Promote Johnnie Walker starring Jude Law

    scottyg1971
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    A new film to promote Johnnie Walker whisky is set for release on 30th July. The film stars British actor and star of the film Alfie, Jude Law and is directed by Ridley Scott’s son Jake Scott. Johnnie Walker is sold online by the Whisky Exchange [...] The post New Film To Promote Johnnie Walker starring Jude Law appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
 
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  • Old Scout Bourbon 8 years Review – Bottled Exclusively for Randall’s Wines and Spirits

    Chris Uhde
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Old Scout Bourbon is put out by Smooth Ambler Spirits who is a Merchant Bottler (NDP) and it is so very cool that they do not try to hide the fact they source their juice from other distilleries. Why is that? Because even if they do not make it they manage to source and bottle great bourbon! We here at the Jug have no problem with brands using distillate from other sources as long as they are transparent about it and, like High West, these guys are completely upfront about it. Heck, selling independent bottlings of Scotch is how I learned about whisky and some of the best whiskies that…
  • Orphan Barrel Barterhouse Review

    Josh Peters
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    When the Orphan Barrel Barterhouse came out Diageo was claiming that they “found” these barrels in Stitzel Weller and didn’t know where they came from. That ruse lasted about 2 seconds on the internet as folks like Chuck Cowdery picked up the scent of misinformation and ran with it. The long and short of it is that you can’t lose a barrel in a warehouse. It’s almost completely impossible. I bring this up because at a recent Diageo tasting for the 2 latest Orphans, Forged Oak and Lost Prophet, Diageo has changed their story and even the brand ambassador in charge that night was…
  • Tomatin Cask Strength And Cù Bòcan Virgin Oak Available Everywhere… Except The USA

    Josh Peters
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd, has this week announced the launch of a new Cask Strength Edition as part of its permanent core range, along with a new Virgin Oak variant of its lightly peated Cù Bòcan series of whiskies. Tomatin Cask Strength Edition (57.5% ABV) is the distillery’s first permanent cask strength release and allows consumers to experience the Tomatin, Highland style of whisky in its most natural state. Matured in a combination of Bourbon and Sherry casks, Tomatin Cask Strength Edition joins a strong award-winning core line-up which presents varying styles, matured in…
  • Faultline Blended Scotch Whisky – 2015 Review

    Josh Peters
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Faultline Blended Scotch is K&L’s very own proprietary blended scotch they worked out with Douglas Laing & Co. This blend is unique in that it has a high quantity of malt (well over 50% from what I hear) that puts it way above the blended industry averages of 20-40%. This keeps the whisky from picking up any of those harsher grain alcohol notes you can find in things like Johnny Walker Red. This K&L blend is a mix of “Island whiskies” (typically mean Islay & Skye), a Highland whisky and then finally some grain whisky. And speaking of Johnny Walker Red… let’s chat…
  • The Macallan 1824 Masters Series Gets Revealed To The World

    Josh Peters
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The Macallan, the world’s ultimate luxury single malt whisky, has unveiled The Macallan 1824 Masters Series featuring two stunning decanters. The range, including Reflexion and No.6, features the finest single malt, 100% sherry seasoned in oak casks. The Macallan’s Master Whisky Maker expertly crafted the whiskies to showcase the signature style of The Macallan and honour the beautiful spectrum of natural colour unique to this exceptional single malt. Sitting atop Ruby within the current 1824 Series, these striking new decanters, each one magnificent in status and appearance, will carry…
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  • Bartenders Only: Beaver Gland and Real-Deal Coziness in Copenhagen

    Liza B. Zimmerman
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    An American moves to the capital of Denmark to open a bar in a building that is older than America itself. Sounds like the set-up for a creaky punch line. Not this time. The bartender: Geoffrey Canilao, who formerly worked at New York City’s Pastis and the East Side Social Club, a now-shuttered venue from the team behind the legendary Employees Only. The bar: the months-old Balderdash, a commingling of local ingredients, that enviable Danish cozy vibe and the clear vision of one cocktail veteran.  The clarified Hemingway Daiquiri is as clear as water. COCKTAIL PLAY Canilao’s drinks…
  • 7 Jaw-Droppingly Stunning Distilleries From Around the World

    Amanda Marsteller
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    Snow-powdered mountains; crystal waters; dense green forests. These sights certainly aren’t required to enjoy a stiff drink, but a little eye appeal sure amplifies the experience. To bring your favorite spirit into blazing Technicolor, you need to imbibe it in its natural habitat. Taste Japanese whisky on a mountain set high above sea level and Venezuelan rum while whizzing past the sugarcane fields. One sip at these stunning distilleries might spoil you for life—but booze tastes better with a view. 1. Lagavulin Distillery, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay Image: islay.org No matter how you…
  • 7 Terrific Cocktails That Give Tea Time an Exciting New Meaning

    Amanda Marsteller
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    The days of tea bags bobbing lazily in hot water are about to be behind you. Those humble little pouches are ready to prove their cocktail prowess by infusing spirits and syrups with fruity, floral and herbal flavors. Craving the warmth of chai? Double down on the spice and lace your favorite rye with loose chai. Can’t get enough chamomile? Brew a soothing tea-based simple syrup and top it with tequila. Tea time isn’t just for teetotalers. 1. I Saw Red Image: onemartini.com  Spice twins chai and rye play off each other’s strengths in this dark and brooding ’tail. Their union begins…
  • 5 of the Most Complicated Cocktails on the Internet

    Anna Archibald
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Most cocktails aren’t a big commitment to make, if you’re a cocktail fan of any sort. You’ve got the supplies, a well-stocked bar and the know-how to mix them. There are some cocktails, though, that take far more effort than the average Margarita or Martini (though getting even these drinks just right is no small feat). We’re talking dozens of ingredients, complicated home-made tinctures and infusions and fire. That’s right—fire. Intrigued? Take a look at five super-complicated cocktails and see if you’d be game to make them at home. 1. The Commonwealth The Commonwealth contains…
  • These Are the Drinks You Should Make with Hybrid Alcohols

    Crystal Sykes
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    It’s time to bust one myth wide open: You can mix your liquors in one night—and even in one cup. There are historic cocktails containing more than more spirit, but the notion that jumping between different liquors leads to a disastrous morning-after has permeated our culture. Rest easy, drinkers: Swapping liquors alone does not a hangover make. Some recent proof is  the introduction over the last couple of years of a new type of liquor: hybrid spirits that combine two types of liquors into one bottle. Mezcal or gin? Why not both? Vodka or tequila? Now, you don’t have to choose.
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  • 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…
  • New Columbia Distillers

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Our gin is a truly unique artisanal spirit. Each batch of Green Hat Gin is crafted in our small DC distillery. The result is a super-premium gin that excels both in the finest cocktails and with a small cube in the gin-lover’s neat glass. Phone:202-733-1710 Email Address: Website: http://greenhatgin.com We mill the highest quality soft winter wheat fresh for each batch and mash it in a temperature-controlled process to release the sugars needed for fermentation. The mash is then fermented to create the “beer” that feeds our distillation process. After being concentrated and clarified…
  • Two James Distillery

    admin
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Two James Spirits…The Spirit of Detroit™ Located in Corktown Detroit Two James Spirits is Detroit’s first licensed distillery since Prohibition. Url: http://twojames.com/ Email: twojamesspirits@gmail.com Born out of the belief that family, friends and community are essential parts of life, Two James is far more than just an extraordinary product. Two James commemorates the exceptional lives of two great men who through hard work, perseverance and passion for life, were able to leave lasting impressions on the people they loved and the communities in which they lived. Two James is…
  • Bloomery Plantation Distillery to Close

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    12 Feb 2015 | 7:32 pm
    CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Blaming regulations that lump distilleries in with retail liquor stores in West Virginia, the owners of Bloomery Plantation Distillery closed Jefferson County’s only private distillery last week, saying they no longer can make a profit. The business on Charles Town Road was opened in 2011 by partners Linda Losey and Rob Losey, a divorced couple. They created a product called SweetShine, a bottled drink combining corn liquor and home-grown ingredients such as raspberries, pumpkins, walnuts, ginger and lemons, Rob Posey said. About 75 percent of their business came…
  • Journeyman Distillery

    E-man Booze
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The Distillery of the Month for February 2015 is Journeyman Distillery. February 1st, 2015 by: E-man Booze In the world of craft spirits, whiskey is now king!  Waning are the days of chatter about the newest small batch vodka; few seem to care!  And while artisanal gin and rum still raise eyebrows – as they rightly should – the demand for barrel aged whiskies continues to fuel the surging craft spirits renaissance.   Leading the charge is Journeyman Distillery, one of a handful of artisan distilleries known best for producing fine whiskies that rival – or dare I say…
 
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  • In The Hills Above St. Helena: Napa Valley’s Mountain Wineries

    DrinkInsider
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    Beyond the glitz and decadent wine estates of Highway 29 in California’s Napa Valley, a mountainous landscape emerges on the horizon. You can’t miss it, really. Driving toward St. Helena, or even further up toward Calistoga; a landscape of beautiful rolling hillsides and rocky cliffs shoots up in the near distance. They’re the ranges of Mayacamas and Vaca, dotted with plush trees and hiding deep within them glorious mountain vineyards that are mostly invisible to the wandering eye. Pride Mountain Vineyards, courtesy of springmountaindistrict.org Some of the best wines in the entirety of…
  • Boston Wine Expo 2015 Countdown & Ticket Giveaway!

    DrinkInsider
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    The holidays are over. The Super Bowl was last weekend (go Pats!). There’s not going to be a warm day in Boston for another three months. Yes, it’s that time of the year… again. Thankfully, there are a number of great drink events on the horizon that are sure to keep you warm and happy during this last stretch of winter. Not least of which is the always impressive Boston Wine Expo which takes place at the World Trade Center on Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14th-15th. As most of you fellow New England wine lovers know, BWE is a wine event of massive proportions that has been…
  • Canadian Whisky: A Primer, Plus Five Whiskies Reviewed

    DrinkInsider
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    As a Bostonian, the last place I wanted to go for vacation in January was Alberta, Canada. Going from cold to colder is not my idea of fun and relaxation. But, despite my trepidation and initial perceptions, I must admit that the Canadian Rockies in the middle of winter is absolutely beautiful. Of course, while I was there, I took the opportunity to explore the local drink culture, and in particular, Canadian whisky. Over the past few years, Canadian whisky has been getting more attention in the global whisky conversation–thanks to folks like Davin de Kergommeaux (author of the book…
  • Chasing The New California Wine Frontier (Part II: Scribe)

    DrinkInsider
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    This is the second post in an ongoing series about wineries that are charting the new frontier of California wine. For Part I on Idlewild Wine, click here. If you were wondering where all the cool kids from SF and Berkeley go when they head up to wine country for the weekend, they go to Scribe–a new generation winery started by brothers Adam and Andrew Mariani in 2007. What Scribe represents in this new frontier of California wine is a vast departure from the traditional Napa/Sonoma (or anywhere wine country) experience. And this departure is exactly what many new and forward-thinking…
  • Chasing The New California Wine Frontier (Part I: Idlewild)

    DrinkInsider
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Just about five miles north of Healdsburg in a small industrial complex hidden amongst a picturesque landscape of vineyards and rolling hills, a winery is breaking down boundaries between what is and what is not California wine. 40 miles south of that, just outside the town of Sonoma and down a narrow dirt path flanked by tall, swaying palm trees, another winery—plucked from the hip mindscapes of urbania— is redefining the next generation of wine culture and tasting experiences in their ultra-cool hacienda-side outpost. These forward-thinking California wineries—Idlewild and…
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  • 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…
  • Taste the Grain-Bow: Whats in a Mash Bill?

    Demitrius
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The absolute most important aspect of a bourbon’s production is the mash bill – the grain recipe that is used to give a bourbon its distinct flavor. By changing up the recipe, distillers can change the taste, texture, and character of the bourbon. We have discussed the sources of bourbon flavor in this previous article, but in terms of how different grain affect the flavor of bourbon, here is a quick recap: Corn  – Corn gives bourbon its distinct sweetness and provides the highest yield of alcohol per bushel of all the grains. Barley – Barley is a beast when it comes to…
  • Knob Creek Bourbon Review

    Demitrius
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Proof: 100 Age: 9 year Old Distillery: Knob Creek Distillery (Jim Beam), Clermont Kentucky Master Distiller: Fred Noe Season: Late Summer Introducing Knob Creek Bourbon This is another bourbon that shouldn’t need an introduction, but because new bourbonites tend to reach for what are perceived to be more ‘fashionable’ brands, Knob Creek might get overlooked. For some, Knob Creek is one of those that ‘just gets the job done’. Knob Creek is the brainchild of one of my favorite bourbon personalities – Booker Noe – and rounds out the Jim Beam Small Batch…
  • Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Giveaway: We Have A Winner!

    Demitrius
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    For the past few years, Bourbon of the Day has brought you reviews from the heart of bourbon country, and every now and then we like to reward our loyal readers with a free bottle of bourbon! Of course, we cant send all of you a bottle, but we can do a contest and randomly select a winner. This month we launched a contest to give away a bottle of the very fine Ridgemont Reserve 1792 Bourbon. To win, contestants had to send us a pic of their #BourbonLife – images of them enjoying bourbon or their favorites. Ladies and Gents, we have a winner! E. Michael Helms! His shot of Old Ezra was…
  • A Letter From Jimmy Russell at Wild Turkey

    Demitrius
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    The very first bourbon I ever drank was Wild Turkey. For the friends who were around me (and for the new friends I made) that night became legendary! As I grew into manhood, Wild Turkey came to represent more than wild summer nights. It came to represent tradition and the ability to appreciate the fine bourbon craftsmanship. Men like Jimmy Russel and the other Kings of Kentucky bourbon were legends who held the line against cotton candy vodkas and Jaeig… heinous tasting mystery concoctions. In keeping with tradition, Jimmy has been working closely with his apprentice and son, Eddie to…
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  • Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye (Caribbean Cask)

    Mike Flaminio
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye Background Angel’s Envy Rum Finished RyeIf you’re sourcing whiskey to bottle, it’s always interesting to give it a unique twist. This can be a blend of straight whiskeys like successfully done at High West or another idea is to finish the product in another barrel. Angel Envy’s Bourbon is finished in port barrels and not only makes it unique from other similar sourced whiskeys, but the residual port complements the Bourbon well.With Angel’s Envy Rum Finished Rye, they took a similar approach. In this limited release bottling…
  • Your Top 10 Bourbons for 2014

    Mike Flaminio
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    End of the year is always a popular time for reflection and lists. Here are the top 10 most popular Bourbon reviews as determined by my site analytics. Certainly those Bourbons reviewed earlier in the year have an edge with more time to gather hits, but whatever. This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. So please, no wagering.Below are some thoughts on each Bourbon and feel free to click-through to read my full review.1 – Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small BatchI think the entire EH Taylor Jr line is generating buzz at retail with its Fancy tube packaging. I think gives…
  • Bulleit Bourbon – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Bulleit Bourbon Background Bulleit BourbonBulleit Bourbon is a brand of Diageo and was introduced in 1999. It’s widely assumed to be entirely, but certainly at least in part, distilled at Four Roses. Bulleit Bourbon is then aged at Diageo’s Stitzel-Weller warehouses. The Bulleit brand includes Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon, and Bulleit Rye. The source of Bulleit Bourbon has changed or will be changing shortly away from Four Roses. This deal goes back to when Seagrams sold off many of its brands, which included both Bulleit and Four Roses and the Four Roses Distillery to…
  • Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof Background Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel ProofColonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof is the big brother in the new-ish Taylor Jr line from Buffalo Trace. Current Bourbon releases also include Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch and Colonel EH Taylor Jr Single Barrel. There’s also a Colonel EH Taylor Jr Rye out there.There have been three releases of Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof and I’m looking at the last two. The first release was 134.5-proof (67.25%), second was 135.4-proof (67.7%), and the third for 2014 is 129-proof (64.5%). I never got a chance to…
  • Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch – Video Review

    Mike Flaminio
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch is part of a line of Colonel EH Taylor Jr bottles from Buffalo Trace Distillery. This video review talks about the history of the brand, Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch, and compares Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch to Colonel EH Taylor Jr Single Barrel.Blog Review: Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch  The post Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch – Video Review appeared first on Whiskey Lately.
 
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  • Tequila Cocktail Recipes: Margarita and Beyond

    Flaviar
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Looking for great Tequila cocktail recipes for your next party? We've got a few ideas for you - from the universally loved classic that is Margarita to a Tequila twist on the popular Old Fashioned. ★ The Margarita ★ One of if not the most popular cocktails on the planet, the unofficial sponsor of Spring Break in the United States, and one of the easiest drinks to make. There are many origin stories but it seems to have emerged from Northern Mexico sometime between the first and second world wars and really become popular in the 40’s and 50’s. The formula is…
  • This is the Man Behind the Jameson Flavour

    Flaviar
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you only know one Irish Whiskey, it’s Jameson. And the man who’s played one of the key roles in the Jameson team for nearly ten years, is Billy Leighton, Master Blender at Irish Distillers. On top of the best selling Irish Whiskey in the world, he’s also involved with other Irish gems, like Redbreast, Green Spot, Yellow Spot, and others, well over 60 products altogether! How does one become a Master Blender? Well, there’s no such thing as a standard career path. For Billy it started years ago when he became a trainee accountant at the distillery. He then moved to…
  • What do XO and VSOP in Cognac stand for?

    Flaviar
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Getting a bit confused by those ALLCAPS letters on the Cognac labels? We’re making things clear on what VSOP, XO and others stand for, and sharing some extra Cognac know-how for you to use when selecting your next crystal bottle. Do the ALLCAPS letters on a Cognac bottle really mean anything? Yes, they tell you how long the youngest element in the Cognac has been aged in oak barrels. Blending is common and is generally a way for the maker to find an ideal flavour balance. Generally, the longer you age Cognac in oak, the rounder and softer it will become. Oak can contribute incredible…
  • Islay, the home of Peated Whisky

    Flaviar
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Join us on our trip to the Whisky regions of Scotland, as we make a stop on Islay!  Whisky throbs through the veins of Islay; its salinity permeates the waters, its smoke percolates the peat, its spirit imbues the islanders. The southernmost island of the Southern Hebrides is characterised by carbolic, smoked malts with a pitch northern soul. Even the island’s name is shrouded in complexity; the proper pronunciation of Islay is ‘eye-la’. Whisky from the verve of youth to final goodbyes  Whisky is entwined within the islanders' lives. It's customary for…
  • Peated Whisky: You Either Love it or Hate it

    Flaviar
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Peated Whisky! It’s probably the most polarizing flavour in the Whisky world. It takes time to appreciate, but those who swear by it, can’t imagine their sipping pleasures without the peat. So give peated Whisky time and read on dear Flaviarista.  But first things first:  What is Peat? Rubbish, really. Peat is thousands of years’ worth of decaying vegetation, animals and moss which have evolved into layers; a bog if you will. Peat’s substance varies; some bogs are more woody, whilst other peat is more watery. A peat bog grows by 1mm every year, so just a…
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  • Distillery stories: Laphroaig

    Greg
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:37 am
    On a recent trip to Islay, I was fortunate enough to speak with a number of senior people at the Laphroaig distillery about the history, the people and the romance of distillery life at Laphroaig since 1815. We heard stories of how the distillery spent a century owned by the Johnston family until the 1920s, […] The post Distillery stories: Laphroaig appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Upgraded Boulevardier – the GreatDrams cocktail

    Greg
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:11 am
    If there’s anyone out there who doesn’t like a Negroni or an Old Fashioned, well, for shame. With a Negroni, you have a great aperitif that wakes up your taste buds. While with an Old Fashioned, you’re getting a spectacular post-drink sipper. What if there was a way to combine the two? To take the […] The post Upgraded Boulevardier – the GreatDrams cocktail appeared first on Great Drams.
  • More classic whisky adverts

    Greg
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:11 am
    On the back of the roaring success of the “Michael Owen and literally the worst advert ever made” article recently, Neil MacKinnon (@NeilMacKinnon1) tweeted GreatDrams with a few links to classic whisky adverts so I thought I’d include them here for your viewing. Are there any other ads I should include? Let me know by emailing […] The post More classic whisky adverts appeared first on Great Drams.
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