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    28 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    A red diamond rattlesnake slithers across the open area of the zoo's reptile exhibit. Tis the season, when rattlesnakes come out to sun themselves among the rocks and brush of county trails, terrifying those who live or hike in those areas.
  • WhiskyCast Episode 526: March 21, 2015

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    Mark Gillespie
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    US President Barack Obama visited a whisky maker for the first time this week during his trip to Cleveland for a speech to the City Club of Cleveland. He visited the small business incubator that's home to Tom Lix's Cleveland Whiskey, along with nearly two dozen other small manufacturers. Lix's proprietary -- and controversial -- process takes young whiskey and gives it what Lix claims is the color, aroma, and taste of older Bourbons. He'll tell us about the President's visit and discuss his process on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the investigation into the theft of whiskey…
  • Irish Whiskey: The Technical File - Part 1

    Liquid Irish
    David Havelin
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Until now we've been making do with the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980 to know what is and isn't Irish whiskey. It has the merit of being a quick read but it comes from an era when there was only one distilling company on the whole island and we weren't shifting much of the wet stuff. Not much nit-picking over definitions back then.Today we have dozens of operating and aspiring distillers, and Irish whiskey is coining it globally. We have something worth protecting and nurturing in a competitive world, and that means shoring up the legal underpinnings.The EU is useful here. It confers Geographical…
  • Taste of the Nation This Thursday: Top San Francisco Bites and Sips to Benefit No Kid Hungry

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

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    28 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    This recipe was my dad's . Whenever we had shrimp for parties he made the brine and my mom cleaned the shrimp.
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  • Taste of the Nation This Thursday: Top San Francisco Bites and Sips to Benefit No Kid Hungry

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

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

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

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

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    This recipe was my dad's . Whenever we had shrimp for parties he made the brine and my mom cleaned the shrimp.
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    28 Mar 2015 | 12:07 am
    A red diamond rattlesnake slithers across the open area of the zoo's reptile exhibit. Tis the season, when rattlesnakes come out to sun themselves among the rocks and brush of county trails, terrifying those who live or hike in those areas.
  • Rise, Fernet: The Amaro Goes Gourmet in Local Cocktails

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:52 pm
    San Francisco is drunk on fernet, and many of us have decided to give it up for good. Like Burning Man or bone broth, there's no quicker way to lose your taste for something than to be oversaturated with the evangelizing of others.
  • Juiced up Green Cocktails

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Replacing spirits' usual mixers with fresh vegetable juice does a cocktail good by adding healthiness, and, more importantly, complex and compelling flavor. This green cocktail combines kale-infused rum with a housemade green harissa syrup, which adds sugar for balance and a hint of jalapeA o for pop.
  • MAP: The Best Places for Bottomless Brunches in Brooklyn

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Whether you're dragging yourself out of bed after a night out or rising early to jumpstart the day, those mid-day meals make it perfectly acceptable to drink champagne with your eggs and toast. a-o Sotto Voce 225 7th Ave. Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Unlimited: Mimosas, champagne, Bloody Marys, hot coffee or tea Sotto Voce offers bottomless drinks along with an entre for $18.95.
 
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  • WhiskyCast Episode 526: March 21, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    US President Barack Obama visited a whisky maker for the first time this week during his trip to Cleveland for a speech to the City Club of Cleveland. He visited the small business incubator that's home to Tom Lix's Cleveland Whiskey, along with nearly two dozen other small manufacturers. Lix's proprietary -- and controversial -- process takes young whiskey and gives it what Lix claims is the color, aroma, and taste of older Bourbons. He'll tell us about the President's visit and discuss his process on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the investigation into the theft of whiskey…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 525: March 14, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    Anthony Bourdain is many things...a chef, author, journalist, and media personality. At heart, though, he's a hedonist seeking pleasure from everything he encounters - including whisky. The host of CNN's "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" was the lead juror for this year's American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Awards presented by The Balvenie, and we spent a few minutes discussing whisky at Tuesday's awards luncheon in New York City. He'll share his thoughts on the global interest in whisky, along with his take on what defines a "craft" whisky and more on this week's WhiskyCast…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 524: March 7, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Lawyers are circling around the whisky industry, much like sharks around a shipwreck. At least five different US distillers and bottlers have been hit with class-action lawsuits since last September accusing them of misleading consumers. The litigation largely focuses on whether their whiskies are "hand-made," "small-batch," or claim to come from a small-scale distillery that actually purchases bulk whiskey from larger distillers. This week on WhiskyCast In-Depth, we'll hear from one of the attorneys targeting the whisky industry. Abbas Kazerounian's California law firm specializes in…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 523: February 28, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Lots to talk about this week, with news from all over the world! Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan joins us on WhiskyCast In-Depth to talk about the world's peatiest whisky ever -- his Octomore 6.3 with a phenol level of 258ppm! We'll also hear about new whiskies from Tomatin, Duncan Taylor, Midleton, and Whistlepig...the latest on Teeling Whiskey's new Dublin distillery that could be ready to make whiskey by St. Patrick's Day, and look at the Bourbon boom with Beam Suntory's chief of marketing and sales for Whiskies and Cognacs, Chris Bauder. 
  • 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 Brown-Forman…
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  • Modern Malt Market / Whisky Live Tokyo 2015

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:44 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoIt is not often we ask you to get out your agendas and reschedule some things, dear friends, but this is one of those occasions. The date(s) for Whisky Live Tokyo 2015 have just been announced, so we won’t beat around the bush: it’s Saturday 19 September from 12 noon to 6pm at Akiba Square in Akihabara.This year’s edition of Whisky Live Tokyo is completely revamped and it promises to be better than ever before. Whisky Magazine Japan has hooked up with Modern Malt Market (which used to be a trade-only event, but over the years, more and more…
  • Karuizawas for LMdW 2014: The Sherry Sessions

    15 Mar 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoLast week, we spent some quality time with 4 Karuizawas from the late 70s/early 80s matured in ex-bourbon wood. Today, we’re continuing with the two remaining Karuizawa single casks released by LMdW in 2014, matured – as is more habitual for this distillery – in ex-sherry wood: 1981/2014 (#152, 54.5%, Vintage Label) and 1981/2014 (#136, 55.3%, Artifices-series).On the nose, the initial impression is that the #136 is more fruity, whereas the #152 is more vegetal. With the #136, when you start off, you get dried fruits (dates, figs), rum-raisin butter…
  • Karuizawas for LMdW 2014: The Bourbon Sessions

    9 Mar 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoThis is the first of two posts in which we take a (long overdue – apologies!) look at a selection of Karuizawas bottled for and released by La Maison du Whisky last year. Today, we’ll focus on a quartet from the late 70s-early 80s, matured in bourbon wood: 1978 (#8383, 63%abv), 1979 (#8187, 58.8%abv), 1980 (Artifices series, #6476, 63%abv) and 1984 (#8173, 58.5%abv). We’ll make this a comparative tasting, and we’ll start – where else? – with the nose…On the nose, the 1978 opens with a variety of pastries (rum baba, pear tart, apricot Danish)…
  • 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…
 
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  • Tennessee Whiskey, Again

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    The Great Tennessee Whiskey Debate, about to resume in the Tennessee legislature, has involved a lot of misdirection and misinformation, some deliberate, some just ignorant. Without going through every jot and tittle, here is the gist of it.'Louisiana whiskey' merely means whiskey made in Louisiana because there is no expectation that it means more than that. Likewise 'Ohio whiskey,' or whiskey made in any other state, except Kentucky and Tennessee. Certainly there is pride of place in every case, but no one has ever identified 'Louisiana whiskey' as a whiskey style. It is simply a statement…
  • The I. W. Harper Launch and P. R. Extravagance

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    This is how Diageo delivered samples of I. W. Harper to journalists and others this week to announce the brand's reintroduction in the USA. It is a little hard to see, but "I. W. Harper" is embossed on the lid. The covering is faux calfskin. The hardware is steel, medium duty. It's very nice.Why such a fancy box to deliver two 100ml bottles, a glass, and some literature? It's a common practice, spanning my career (40+ years) and I'm sure many years before that. The idea is to make a splash, get attention, rise above all of the other things competing for a writer or editor's attention. The…
  • Odds and Ends

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Lots of interesting happenings here and there.Janet Patton, of the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper (Kentucky.com online) does an excellent job on the bourbon beat and is always worth reading. She is a real reporter who looks behind the press releases. Today she takes us to Diageo's Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, south of Louisville, for a rare interview with Pauline Rooney, vice president of North American distillation, maturation and engineering for Diageo.Ms. Patton observes that, for a tourist attraction, Stitzel-Weller is a little hard to find.
  • Some Advice on Conflict Resolution and the Making of a Successful Partnership

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    NOTE: As I've been working on a new issue of The Bourbon Country Reader, I haven't posted in the last week or so. This post contains no bourbon content. It is something I wrote for some friends about 12 years ago, at their request, on the occasion of their marriage. They're still married, if that tells you anything._____________________Considering my track record, my first thought was to suggest that you study my recommendations and then do exactly the opposite.But maybe I have learned a few things.Trust. There is nothing more important. If I am certain of anything it is that. To be with…
  • I. W. Harper Bourbon Is Returning to the USA

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Diageo announced yesterday that it is bringing the I. W. Harper Bourbon brand back to the United States after about a 20 year absence.The first releases will be I. W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (NAS) and a limited edition I. W. Harper 15-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.Associated Press Food Editor J. M. Hirsch got to break the story and received some information the rest of us did not.The NAS product will be 82° proof (41% ABV) while the 15-year-old will be 86° (43% ABV). Diageo says bottles should start to appear in stores by the end of this month. It's all…
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  • Whiskey or Whisky? The Technical File - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    A bit of football fun for a Friday. Anheuser-Busch InBev has released the ad that will accompany its new Budweiser 'Dream Goal' campaign, that seeks to find the UK's best amateur goal. Sky Sports' pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp do a decent job of treating this example with the same respect as a Wayne Rooney super strike.  Enjoy.   
  • Are New York's craft beer fans any the (Bud)weiser?

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    No sooner had Anheuser-Busch InBev taken a gentle pop at the US craft beer segment during February's Super Bowl, than the world's largest brewer has challenged the sub-category's target market in New York. Last month, Anheuser-Busch invited some of the Big Apple's hipsters to a bar in Brooklyn and got them to try a mystery beer. Take a wild guess.
  • The secret to a long life? Three cans of Dr Pepper a day - video

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    A few wry grins will have been raised in the offices of Dr Pepper Snapple Group today.  After months, if not years, of bad press for the CSD segment over health concerns, the tables have been turned. For a day at least.  Step forward 104 year-old Elizabeth Sullivan. Her secret to a long life? Three cans of Dr Pepper a day for "the last 50 or 60 years", apparently. My favourite line from Elizabeth: "Two doctors told me that if I keep on drinking it (Dr Pepper), I'll die. But they died first!"   I'm guessing her seemingly cheery disposition and…
  • Want to work for just-drinks?

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    It is with great sadness that I announce that just-drinks' deputy editor, James Wilmore, will be leaving us next month. After three years in the hot seat, James is heading off to UK retail magazine Retail Week to be their news editor. We'll miss him massively and both myself and Andy wish him all the best in his new position, which he is set to assume in mid-April. What this means now is that we're on the hunt for a new deputy editor. Here's the ad: Deputy Editor (B2B) Remote working, or from office in Worcestershire          …
 
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  • Tito Case Moves Forward, Not in Tito’s Favor

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

    Robert C. Lehrman
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Palcohol is back. After approval from out of nowhere about a year ago, and cancellation of the same approvals a few days later, it is back. I have it on good authority that TTB has ironed out the kinks and approved the labels this week. Sen. Schumer will not be pleased (aka, he may be very pleased to have this whipping boy back within striking distance). Many states have already banned it. But this gives new life to this new category. Hats off to Mark Phillips for weathering the storm and persevering. Below is the approved label as of 2014 alongside the label as approved on March 10, 2015.
  • ARTAL: The Movie

    Robert C. Lehrman
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    First there was ARTAL the list. Then there was ARTAL the blog post. And now, there is ARTAL:  The Movie. In which Oli tries to help you remember the power and pitfalls of the big list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels. In brief, this should help you remember that you don’t need a new COLA every time you make a change to your already-approved label. There are dozens of small and not so small changes that are ok to make, without any need of a new COLA — or the wait, frustration, and expense. Related Posts: Why on Earth Would Anyone Need a Lawyer to Help Get a COLA? (2)…
  • 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: ARTAL: The Movie (0) Vas Deferens Ale (0) Unspeakable Beer (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…
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  • Wet vs Dry Brine Sous vide?

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Is there any real proof that salting meat causes more moisture loss when cooking sous vide? I always wet brine my pork roasts for a day or so before sous vide cooking them for 36 hours. They always come out moist and tender. If was to dry brine that same roast for a day then sous vide, what reason would it have the opposite effect then a wet brine?   This is just an example of my experiences with wet brine and sous vide. The main reason i inquire about this theory is because i want to try to dry brine a chuck roast for a day to form a crust and then sous vide it for 24 hours. But theres…
  • Crispy sweet potato fries using Japanese style sweet potatoes

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Over here in the "Japanese Cooking at Home" topic a couple of people began discussing the use of Japanese-style sweet potatoes to make crispy oven fries. This sounded interesting to me so when I spotted these sweet potatoes in my local supermarket I decided to give it a try. I chose to follow a method I found on the web which called for a brief time in the microwave before cutting the potatoes into chips and tossing them with oil before baking them conventionally at a high temperature. I suppose "crispy" is very much a judgement call. The method described on the website "the clothes make the…
  • When Servers Spit in Your Food

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Disgusting topic, so forewarned and possibly suggesting an exit if squeamish. Lots of rumours/fears abound regarding food being adulterated before being served to diners if staff feel offended. This does happen, not often, but often enough to raise the issue. Yes, this is a disgusting and illegal act. The question is, would this bother you if you weren't aware of it? I am assuming you have no health concerns that would be impacted by this event and the perpetrator had no health issues that would affect you. If the above qualifiers are applied, is then is this any different/worse than the…
  • Buying Items That Have Been Reduced For Quick Sale

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Do you ever buy reduced foods at the grocers because the "Best Before" date is the current date or tomorrow's? I've seen price reductions of 30 - 50% off the original price. Items that come to mind are meats, vegetables and bakery goods. I've seen posts here from a few well respected members of this board who practise this buying strategy. What's your take/opinion on this habit? p
  • "Specials" vs "Clearance"

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:34 am
    Many restaurant menus feature "specials". Some are dishes made from unique and not usually available ingredients or a limited spin on a creative dish that isn't normally available. Others offer the diner a special price on an item because the chef was able to get a good price on an item and is passing the savings on to the diner. Finally the "special" might reflect that an ingredient is "going off" or while "good" today, might not be tomorrow and in the interests of economy must be used rather than be wasted. Just a couple of clarifications, I'm not suggesting "bad" food be served. There…
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  • Wet vs Dry Brine Sous vide?

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Is there any real proof that salting meat causes more moisture loss when cooking sous vide? I always wet brine my pork roasts for a day or so before sous vide cooking them for 36 hours. They always come out moist and tender. If was to dry brine that same roast for a day then sous vide, what reason would it have the opposite effect then a wet brine?   This is just an example of my experiences with wet brine and sous vide. The main reason i inquire about this theory is because i want to try to dry brine a chuck roast for a day to form a crust and then sous vide it for 24 hours. But theres…
  • Crispy sweet potato fries using Japanese style sweet potatoes

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Over here in the "Japanese Cooking at Home" topic a couple of people began discussing the use of Japanese-style sweet potatoes to make crispy oven fries. This sounded interesting to me so when I spotted these sweet potatoes in my local supermarket I decided to give it a try. I chose to follow a method I found on the web which called for a brief time in the microwave before cutting the potatoes into chips and tossing them with oil before baking them conventionally at a high temperature. I suppose "crispy" is very much a judgement call. The method described on the website "the clothes make the…
  • When Servers Spit in Your Food

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Disgusting topic, so forewarned and possibly suggesting an exit if squeamish. Lots of rumours/fears abound regarding food being adulterated before being served to diners if staff feel offended. This does happen, not often, but often enough to raise the issue. Yes, this is a disgusting and illegal act. The question is, would this bother you if you weren't aware of it? I am assuming you have no health concerns that would be impacted by this event and the perpetrator had no health issues that would affect you. If the above qualifiers are applied, is then is this any different/worse than the…
  • Buying Items That Have Been Reduced For Quick Sale

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:15 am
    Do you ever buy reduced foods at the grocers because the "Best Before" date is the current date or tomorrow's? I've seen price reductions of 30 - 50% off the original price. Items that come to mind are meats, vegetables and bakery goods. I've seen posts here from a few well respected members of this board who practise this buying strategy. What's your take/opinion on this habit? p
  • "Specials" vs "Clearance"

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:34 am
    Many restaurant menus feature "specials". Some are dishes made from unique and not usually available ingredients or a limited spin on a creative dish that isn't normally available. Others offer the diner a special price on an item because the chef was able to get a good price on an item and is passing the savings on to the diner. Finally the "special" might reflect that an ingredient is "going off" or while "good" today, might not be tomorrow and in the interests of economy must be used rather than be wasted. Just a couple of clarifications, I'm not suggesting "bad" food be served. There…
 
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  • Janneau Armagnac Distillery Visit

    Camper English
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Maison Janneau armagnac is located near the town of Condom. It is the #1 exported brand of cognac, and it was purchased 10 days before my visit.  The brand was founded in 1851. In the 1970s it was sold to Martell cognac, then Martell was sold to Seagrams, then when Seagrams broke up it was sold to an Italian importer, then just sold to Spirits France. It is not currently for sale in the US, but that could certainly change.  Making Armagnac at Janneau Janneau does not own vineyards. They purchase wine from about 20 different producers and distill it themselves. They purchase wine from all…
  • Armagnac Marquis de Montesquiou Visit

    Camper English
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Marquis de Montesquiou is an armagnac brand owned by Pernod Ricard. It is their smallest production facility of all their brands, according to cellarmaster Eric Durand. The brand was created after WWII.  Eau De Vie They do not own vineyards nor a winery: they purchase eau de vie (distilled grape brandy) and produce armagnac with it.  The eau de vie they buy is primarily from the Bas Armagnac region, but they do buy some from the Tenareze which Durand says adds structure and freshness. They buy primarily from 10 producers, a little bit more from others.  The grape varietals they use are:…
  • Reykjavik Sights and Bars

    Camper English
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Reykjavik, Iceland is a rather small city (120,000 people in the city, 200,000 in the metro region, 320,000 in the country altogether) that's pretty in that cold-climate Scandinavian sort of way, and full of charm.     I visited for the Reykjavik Bar Summit in February 2015 and you can read all about that on this other post.  The city center provides a few sights and plenty of souvenir shopping, but most of the truly thrilling stuff is found in nature outside of town. The city is known for nightlife, but what I saw (admittedly I didn't see very much) wasn't…
  • Snap Shots: Hot Times in the Warehouse

    Camper English
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    April 2012: Tabasco sauce ages in Louisiana for 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels: about 50,000 of them. Read more here.
  • Get Your Naming Act Together, Scotland! (A Story About Single-Grain Whisky)

    Camper English
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    My column at Details.com is going weekly!  In this week's article, I write about Single-Grain Whisky, which is not whisky made from a single type of grain. The article gives a broad definition of what single grain scotch whisky actually is, and lists a few new bottlings hitting the market. Check out the story here, or click on pictures of pretty bottles below.       Related articles Introduction to Armagnac: History and Production A Daylong Visit to Cognac Hine
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  • Gold Rush Cocktail Variations

    Cheri Loughlin
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Gold Rush Cocktail Variations, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... The Gold Rush cocktail is similar to a Whiskey Sour. The difference between the two: Honey Syrup. Substitute Honey Bourbon Liqueur for a delicious variation. More variations include using Irish whiskey rather than bourbon or ginger liqueur in place of the honey syrup. The post Gold Rush Cocktail Variations appeared first on…
  • Sun Kissed Vacation

    Cheri Loughlin
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Sun Kissed Vacation, 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... Sun Kissed Vacation: Moscato still wine is perfect for this beach and deck worthy cocktail. The Moscato flavor shines through with hints of green apple and lots of sweet juicy pineapple. Mint adds a great splash of fresh color and fresh aroma on the nose. The post Sun Kissed Vacation appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related…
  • My Favorite Mudslide

    Cheri Loughlin
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading My Favorite Mudslide, 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... Making homemade ice cream Mudslides is way better than using a mix and super easy. Ice cream turns Happy Hour into a huge dessert fest. The post My Favorite Mudslide appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Mudslide Shot Mudslide Dessert Takes a Spin
 
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  • Oculto – Tequila Inspired Beer

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

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Zodiac Potato Vodka Zodiac Potato Vodka (40% ABV, 80 Proof, $24.99) – Although it has “craft” and “handcrafted” written all over it, the back of the bottle indicates Rigby, Idaho as its source, which means it comes from one of the biggest private label distillers in the west, DRinc (Distillers Resource Inc.) Although it’s made from potatoes, you can’t really tell from the nose. Instead, it’s a plain Jane vodka with vanilla, lemon, pepper. On the palate, it’s soft and slightly watery with light vanilla, lemon, and black pepper. The pepper does intensify in the midpalate…
  • Meet The Next Fireball – Tijuana Sweet Heat

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Tijuana Brand Sweet Heat Sazerac has hit an unmitigated grand slam home run with their Fireball Cinnamon “Whiskey”.  The liqueur has become a national sensation, dethroning other shot-focused champion brands like Jägermeister and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. Fireball has not only been a major success financially for Sazerac, it also represents a win with a product that isn’t confined into a specific market segment. Middle-aged men and women have been shooting Fireball side by side with millennials, and both in massive amounts. But Sazerac realizes just how quickly…
  • Review: Captain Morgan Grapefruit, Coconut, and Pineapple Rum

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Captain Morgan Flavored Rum Diageo has realized something very important about its Captain Morgan brand – it’s a brand not of a single product, but a very specific lifestyle brand for a category of spirits. For a long time, Diageo has seen great success with the core Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, but slowly and surely they’ve been making efforts to expand the brand, slowly turning the Captain Morgan’s ship around and sailing it towards open waters. First, Diageo had a series of limited edition releases, mainly focused at targeting Captain Morgan at the “whiskey…
  • Review: Square One Bergamot Flavored Organic Vodka

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Square One Bergamot Square One Bergamot Flavored Organic Vodka (40% ABV, 80 Proof) – Square One has been an innovator with botanical vodkas that flirt the line with gin. Here they’ve got a riff on the citrus flower Bergamot (best known for being the floral element in Earl Grey tea). As you’d expect the nose is wonderfully floral with bergamot and fresh zested orange peel in equal amounts. As you move past the floral elements the core is bright orange with a touch of spice. The entry is soft, sweet, with bergamot, and orange peel backed with an undercurrent of vanilla. The…
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  • Oculto – Tequila Inspired Beer

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

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Zodiac Potato Vodka Zodiac Potato Vodka (40% ABV, 80 Proof, $24.99) – Although it has “craft” and “handcrafted” written all over it, the back of the bottle indicates Rigby, Idaho as its source, which means it comes from one of the biggest private label distillers in the west, DRinc (Distillers Resource Inc.) Although it’s made from potatoes, you can’t really tell from the nose. Instead, it’s a plain Jane vodka with vanilla, lemon, pepper. On the palate, it’s soft and slightly watery with light vanilla, lemon, and black pepper. The pepper does intensify in the midpalate…
  • Meet The Next Fireball – Tijuana Sweet Heat

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Tijuana Brand Sweet Heat Sazerac has hit an unmitigated grand slam home run with their Fireball Cinnamon “Whiskey”.  The liqueur has become a national sensation, dethroning other shot-focused champion brands like Jägermeister and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. Fireball has not only been a major success financially for Sazerac, it also represents a win with a product that isn’t confined into a specific market segment. Middle-aged men and women have been shooting Fireball side by side with millennials, and both in massive amounts. But Sazerac realizes just how quickly…
  • Review: Captain Morgan Grapefruit, Coconut, and Pineapple Rum

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Captain Morgan Flavored Rum Diageo has realized something very important about its Captain Morgan brand – it’s a brand not of a single product, but a very specific lifestyle brand for a category of spirits. For a long time, Diageo has seen great success with the core Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, but slowly and surely they’ve been making efforts to expand the brand, slowly turning the Captain Morgan’s ship around and sailing it towards open waters. First, Diageo had a series of limited edition releases, mainly focused at targeting Captain Morgan at the “whiskey…
  • Review: Square One Bergamot Flavored Organic Vodka

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Square One Bergamot Square One Bergamot Flavored Organic Vodka (40% ABV, 80 Proof) – Square One has been an innovator with botanical vodkas that flirt the line with gin. Here they’ve got a riff on the citrus flower Bergamot (best known for being the floral element in Earl Grey tea). As you’d expect the nose is wonderfully floral with bergamot and fresh zested orange peel in equal amounts. As you move past the floral elements the core is bright orange with a touch of spice. The entry is soft, sweet, with bergamot, and orange peel backed with an undercurrent of vanilla. The…
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  • Making Drinks with the American Juice Company

    Kevin Gray
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    The American Juice Company wants to simplify the process of making cocktails, so they created a varied lineup of fruit blends meant to enhance your drink. The idea is to lower the barrier of entry to serious cocktails–both at home and in bars–without sacrificing the final product. To create these juices, they enlisted the help of talented barman, Massimiliano Matté. The juice blends are comprised of seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices, which means that inventory will ebb and flow based on what’s currently fresh. They don’t add preservatives or artificial colors to…
  • Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Teeling Irish Whiskey dates back to 1782, when a Teeling ancestor began distilling whiskey in Dublin. And though it didn’t operate continuously since then, that’s a fine pedigree on which to hang your hat. So the brand was revived in 2011, when a couple of enterprising Teeling brothers started the Teeling Whiskey Co., thereby becoming the first new distillery in Dublin in 125 years. Fast forward to 2014, and Teeling began distributing the stuff stateside. They now offer a range of whiskeys, from the flagship Teeling Small Batch to a single grain whiskey and a few single malts.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

    Kevin Gray
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    St. Patrick’s Day is more than just leprechaun’s and green beer. It’s also about whiskey. Lots of whiskey. So this year, put down that beer and pick up a good St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. Here, we’ve got three. First up: a delightful whiskey smash recipe courtesy of Yellowtail Sunset in West Hollywood. GINGER SMASH 2 oz Reilly’s Rock & Rye Ginger Whiskey .75 oz Bertina Elderflower .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice .5 oz Agave Syrup .25 oz Yuzu Juice 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 6-8 Mint Leaves Shake all ingredients with ice, then fine strain into a rocks glass.
  • Hudson Valley Distillers Vodka Review

    Kevin Gray
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Hudson Valley Distillers sits on Spirits Grove Farm in Clermont, NY. Opened in April 2014, it’s a recent addition to the Hudson Valley’s craft distilling scene, which includes Tuthilltown Spirits (the makers of Hudson Whiskeys), Hillrock Estate and a handful of others. The distillery’s current product lineup includes a bourbon, a couple applejacks and a vodka, also made from apples. And they’re working on an old Tom gin and a whiskey, both set to be released this year. Hudson Valley Vodka first piqued our interest due to its apple base. While most vodkas are distilled…
  • Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey is now available in the US market, which should excite fans of its sibling whiskey, Green Spot. The single pot still whiskey is matured in a combination of American bourbon, Spanish sherry and Spanish Malaga casks. And unlike the Green Spot, which doesn’t specify its age, Yellow Spot carries an age statement of 12 years. Each batch of Yellow Spot is made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, which is then triple distilled in traditional copper stills. This, plus the aging, results in a rich, complex whiskey that balances sweetness with spice. On the nose,…
 
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  • The Thirsty Thursday Times for March 26, 2015

    G-LO
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Below are a “few” (scroll down to “see what I did here”) interesting press releases that recently landed in our inbox… The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Announces Downtown Move with Opening Night Gala at Cipriani Wall Street and Industry Invitational at the Newly Opened Pier A Harbor House, May 16-19, 2015 New Team Takes the Reins of the Four-Day Festival to Amplify Its Offerings and Engage the Wider Hospitality Sector and Beyond NEW YORK, March 18, 2015—The Manhattan Cocktail Classic (MCC), New York’s legendary multi-day celebration of cocktails and culture,…
  • Event Review – Brewer’s Plate 2015

    limpd
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s once again time for the Brewer’s Plate, a major fundraising event for Fair Food, an organization dedicated to bringing healthy local food to the marketplace while promoting a humane and sustainable agriculture system for the region. Brewer’s Plate was the brainchild of Bill Covaleski, Brewmaster & President of Victory Brewing Company, and Ann Karlen, Fair Food’s Executive Director. They saw this event as a way to pair local craft brews with fine, local food while raising funds to support Fair Food. I always try to include this event on my calendar because…
  • Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet?

    aaron197172
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Buckle up, Boys and Girls! G-LO and I are taking you on a rip roaring, pedal to the metal road trip through the Rocky Mountains and Big Sky country! Our journey begins in Bozeman, MT where we sample some RoughStock Montana Pure Malt Whisky. Our second stop will be in Kirby, WY for some Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon. And our last stop is in the Mile High City, i.e. Denver, CO where we ruminate over some Stranahan’s Colorado Whisky. As is usually the case on one of our road trips, we tend to stray off course every so often, so kick back, relax, and enjoy the ride……
  • Beer Review – Victory Brewing Company Moving Parts Batch 03

    limpd
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    As we do on the weekend, G-LO and I try to exemplify the great parents that we are by getting our boys together for a little fun. Oddly, this usually involves the boys cemented in front of a gaming station, while G-LO and I are ensconced at the kitchen table. Of course, we ARE watching the boys, but we’re not like those “helicopter” parents that everyone keeps talking about. We’re more of the “I think the boys are still here. So what’s next in the lineup?” kind of parents. This day would prove to be no different. I needed to disperse my bounty from a…
  • A Whole Lotta Whisky Love at Whisky Live NYC!

    Sarah -BeautifulTangibleThings
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    On February 25th, 9:48pm. G-LO and Aaron text each other: G-LO: Someone must be having fun. Or she was abducted by Scotsmen! AK: Fell into a big spit jug somewhere? Partying at St Patrick’s? * * Aaron meant to say St. Andrews.  Give the guy a break, he’s Jewish and doesn’t know one Saint from another. If G-LO was a betting man, he would have won. I WAS having a lot of fun and sadly saying my goodbyes after a great night at Whisky Live in New York City. The event came early this year (it usually takes place in early April). Maybe the organizers follow the Lunar Calendar to…
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  • Noah’s Mill

    Ruben Luyten
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Noah’s Mill is a Kentucky bourbon whiskey, highly sought after and difficult to get, especially when you’re not in US. For many years it was bottled as a 15 Year Old, but today it is said to be a mix of whiskey between 4 and 20 years old. It is produced in small batches (less than 20 barrels each time) by Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, which is now operating a proper distillery but acted as an independent bottler until recently. It has been suggested that at least some of their products (Johnny Drum, Willett, Michter’s and others) are distilled by the Heaven Hill distillery.    …
  • Aberfeldy 21 Year Old

    Ruben Luyten
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Aberfeldy 21 Year Old is a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. We’re trying the new version, part of the restyling process that was started late 2014. It’s the oldest expression at the moment, until we see the Aberfeldy 30 Year Old that will be launched later this year.     Aberfeldy 21 yo (40%, OB 2014) Nose: fairly neutral, it’s nice but a tad understated. Some berries and stewed fruits. Orange peel.  Subtle floral touches. A hint of coconut as well. Plenty of honey. All fairly standard notes, but I’m not complaining. Mouth: not exactly bold of course. A vague fruity…
  • Littlemill 1990 (Malts of Scotland)

    Ruben Luyten
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Another joint bottling for Massen, De Tongerse Whiskyvrienden and Dram Brothers. Number two is this Littlemill 1990 from Malts of Scotland, released together with a Highland Park 1994.     Littlemill 1990 (55,1%, Malts of Scotland for Dram Brothers & Tongerse Whiskyvrienden 2015, bourbon barrel, MoS 15006, 158 btl.) Nose: dried grasses and hay stand out here, as well as some oak dust. The usual fruity notes are present, but not in the first row. Some banana ice cream, vanilla and guava juice. Waxy notes / lemon balm as well. Spanish horchata. Warmer than others. Mouth: brighter…
  • Brora 30 years old (2010)

    Ruben Luyten
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    I’m not sure they are the best whiskies I’ve ever tasted, but some of them are close, and I still feel there’s something special about Brora 30 Year Old. When I started with whisky almost ten years ago, I thought of these bottles as the holy grails. I can’t stop thinking Brora has been surpassed (in terms of collectability or auction values) by other legends like Karuizawa, The Macallan or Port Ellen. It’s less in the spotlight than it once was, or so it seems. Yet I still think it’s the connoisseurs choice with the most unique character. I had already tried all yearly…
  • Benrinnes 2001 ‘Rhubarb Royale’ (Wemyss)

    Ruben Luyten
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Wemyss announced a new selection of single malts. There’s Bowmore 1995, Blair Athol 1991 and Glenrothes 1993 but we’ll try the Mortlach 1995, Aberfeldy 1999 and this Benriness 2001 ‘Rhubarb Royale’.     Benrinnes 2001 ‘Rhubarb Royale’ (46%, Wemyss Malts 2014, hogshead, 425 btl.) Nose: a rather naked but fairly aromatic nose. Lots of juicy fruits, apple compote, pears, indeed some rhubarb jam as well. Yellow raisins and red berries. Hints of vanilla biscuits and honey. A few beer-like / malty notes as well. Mouth: bright and sweet again, with stewed fruits and wine gums.
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  • Making Drinks with the American Juice Company

    Kevin Gray
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    The American Juice Company wants to simplify the process of making cocktails, so they created a varied lineup of fruit blends meant to enhance your drink. The idea is to lower the barrier of entry to serious cocktails–both at home and in bars–without sacrificing the final product. To create these juices, they enlisted the help of talented barman, Massimiliano Matté. The juice blends are comprised of seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices, which means that inventory will ebb and flow based on what’s currently fresh. They don’t add preservatives or artificial colors to…
  • Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Teeling Irish Whiskey dates back to 1782, when a Teeling ancestor began distilling whiskey in Dublin. And though it didn’t operate continuously since then, that’s a fine pedigree on which to hang your hat. So the brand was revived in 2011, when a couple of enterprising Teeling brothers started the Teeling Whiskey Co., thereby becoming the first new distillery in Dublin in 125 years. Fast forward to 2014, and Teeling began distributing the stuff stateside. They now offer a range of whiskeys, from the flagship Teeling Small Batch to a single grain whiskey and a few single malts.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

    Kevin Gray
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    St. Patrick’s Day is more than just leprechaun’s and green beer. It’s also about whiskey. Lots of whiskey. So this year, put down that beer and pick up a good St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. Here, we’ve got three. First up: a delightful whiskey smash recipe courtesy of Yellowtail Sunset in West Hollywood. GINGER SMASH 2 oz Reilly’s Rock & Rye Ginger Whiskey .75 oz Bertina Elderflower .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice .5 oz Agave Syrup .25 oz Yuzu Juice 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 6-8 Mint Leaves Shake all ingredients with ice, then fine strain into a rocks glass.
  • Hudson Valley Distillers Vodka Review

    Kevin Gray
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Hudson Valley Distillers sits on Spirits Grove Farm in Clermont, NY. Opened in April 2014, it’s a recent addition to the Hudson Valley’s craft distilling scene, which includes Tuthilltown Spirits (the makers of Hudson Whiskeys), Hillrock Estate and a handful of others. The distillery’s current product lineup includes a bourbon, a couple applejacks and a vodka, also made from apples. And they’re working on an old Tom gin and a whiskey, both set to be released this year. Hudson Valley Vodka first piqued our interest due to its apple base. While most vodkas are distilled…
  • Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey is now available in the US market, which should excite fans of its sibling whiskey, Green Spot. The single pot still whiskey is matured in a combination of American bourbon, Spanish sherry and Spanish Malaga casks. And unlike the Green Spot, which doesn’t specify its age, Yellow Spot carries an age statement of 12 years. Each batch of Yellow Spot is made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, which is then triple distilled in traditional copper stills. This, plus the aging, results in a rich, complex whiskey that balances sweetness with spice. On the nose,…
 
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  • It’s International Whisky Day: a Toast to Michael Jackson

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

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

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

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

    The Master of Malt
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    It was 11am in Gatwick airport on Saturday 14th March. The plane taking a small drinks press contingent over to Ireland for Jameson's extended #HelloDublin St. Patrick's Day celebrations was due to leave in just over an hour from Heathrow. Had I made a terrible mistake? In fact, I'd just arrived back from a holiday and had always known I couldn't make that flight, just as I now knew all I'd be seeing of blighty was Gatwick airport itself. My flight to Cork was later, and until then I'd simply be pretending I was Tom Hanks in The Terminal. (Although there were no Catherine Zeta-Jones love…
  • Master of Cocktails - Bijou Cocktail

    The Master of Malt
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Right then Ladies and Gentlemen - it's time for another #MasterofCocktails. Excited? Oh yes. This week we're making a Chartreuse-heavy 'Bijou Cocktail' recipe, though we're making it with slightly less Green Chartreuse as to not overwhelm the drink. 'Bijou' of course, is French for 'Jewel', and the cocktail's name comes from the colours of precious jewels (emerald, diamond and ruby) being similar to the colour of the ingredients (Chartreuse, Gin and Vermouth). You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 30ml of St. George Botanivore Gin 20ml of Green Chartreuse 30ml of Martini Gran Lusso A…
  • Winnings from the WWA, WDA & Icons of Whisky

    The Master of Malt
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    Yesterday saw the winners of the 2015 World Drinks Awards announced, as well as the winners of Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky and World Whiskies Awards - a very busy rotation of the Earth! It was also a fantastic day for many of the brands we work with / own / represent as you'll see from the veritable cornucopia of trophies and awards below. Drink by the Dram have also produced a selection of Winners Tasting Sets, which you can find here. Kicking off with the World Whiskies Awards results, our very own Master of Malt 40 Year Old Speyside Whisky Liqueur was named World's Best for the third…
  • #BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

    The Master of Malt
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Fancy getting your grubby mitts/filthy paws/noodly appendages on some free whisk(e)y? Then you're in for a treat, as we're running a competition which could bag you a bottle of spectacular whisk(e)y in just a few clicks of your mouse! Alright, here's the 4-1-1, folks. Every day of our #BagThisBottle campaign, we'll be giving away a different bottle to a different lucky winner on Twitter. To be in with a chance to win, you'll need to... 1) Follow the Master of Malt Twitter account. 2) Follow the Twitter account of that day (Today it's @Balblairwhisky). 3) Retweet our daily competition tweet…
  • Master of Cocktails - Pink Gin

    The Master of Malt
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Well greetings one and all. Ready for another installment of #MasterofCocktails? Good then. This week's is a very, very straightforward drink, but one that seems to have fallen somewhat out of favour recently. We're making a Pink Gin recipe. Probably one of the very first Gin cocktails? The original recipe here calls for simply gin and bitters, served at room temperature, in a tumbler. Not that, obviously. You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 60ml of Bathtub Gin 2 shakes of Angostura Bitters A lemon (garnish) We're going to marginally update the recipe, but without messing with the…
 
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  • Homemade Wheat Halwa

    Arthi Balaji
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    This homemade Wheat Halwa (Tirunelveli Halwa) is one of the most popular halwa varieties in South India, especially in Tamilnadu. This traditional halwa is made using flour, sugar and ghee. Often made during special occasions and festivals, the halwa makes a delicious dessert for any meal. Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 cup Sugar – 1 […]
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza

    Praveen Kumar
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    A simple recipe for delicious homemade roasted vegetable pizza. Add or remove vegetables as desired. Ingredients: Readymade 12″ Pizza Base – 1 (You can also use the Pizza Dough recipe here or here to make one) Brinjal – 1/4 cup, sliced Zucchini – 1/4 cup, sliced Capsicum – 1/4 cup, sliced Onions – 1/4 cup, […]
  • Strawberry Bruschetta

    Praveen Kumar
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    A great party snack or a weekend breakfast idea. Simple and easy to make. Ingredients: French Baguette (or Crusty Bread) – 1 Strawberries – 1 cup, sliced Olive Oil – 3 tsp Basil Leaves – big handful, chopped Cheese – 200 gms Method: 1. Slice the baguette into medium sized pieces. 2. Brush them with […]
  • Kovakkai Pickle

    Praveen Kumar
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:23 am
    Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd/Tindora) is a popular vegetable in South India and has numerous medicinal properties. Ingredients: Kovakkai (Ivy Gourd / Tindora) – 500 gms Tomatoes – 250 gms Green Chillies – 5 to 6 Gingelly Oil – 2 tblsp Cumin Powder – 2 tblsp Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tblsp Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp Lemons […]
  • Moong Dal Chaat

    Praveen Kumar
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    A nutritious, healthy afterschool snack for kids or even can be packed as a school snack. Ingredients: Moong Dal – 2 cups Salt as per taste Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 to 2 tsp Oil as required Onions – 1/2 cup, finely chopped Green Capsicum – 2 tblsp, chopped (optional) Tomatoes – 1/4 cup, finely […]
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  • Dinner and Cocktails – the restaurant that’s Rocketing ahead

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

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

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

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

    Alexander
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    This week I decided to go into the liquor cabinet and review a spirit that we’ve had at-least 3 or 4 requests for in the past few months. So we’ll be reviewing Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey and I’ll be honest we’ve had a sample for almost a year now and we never cracked it open. I’ve never been a fan of the white whiskey craze and to this day I still don’t get it. Let’s call this what it is. White whiskey is a “sneaky” cool way for brands to get out their product faster. Bypassing the aged process allows brands to offset some…
  • SXSW – The Silicon Hills Cocktail

    Alexander
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    I know what I’m drinking this weekend. It’s a SXSW inspired cocktail sent to us by Sauza this past week and it was so good I wanted to share it with you all. If you don’t know what SXSW is, it’s a gathering of the who’s who in film and music with a host of events in both categories that’s been taking place for almost 3 decades now in Austin, Texas. It’s on my bucket list of events to attend, hopefully we’ll be there in 2016. But in the meantime we can drink like we’re there, and after enough of these we won’t know the difference.
  • A Few Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

    Alexander
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    St. Patrick’s day falls on a Tuesday this year, and for most of us that means this past weekend we went hardcore. The bar crawls here in Orlando were EVERYWHERE. For the die hard drinkers you’re probably gonna keep the party going all the way through Tuesday and hit the bars for round 2. But for those of us that aren’t, because you know we have jobs, here’s a few recipes you can make at home. It’s a compromise but still a win win. Several of the brands we work with sent us in a few suggestions and they’re a step up from the typical green beer and Irish Car…
  • An Excuse to Drink: Ginger Ale Day

    Alexander
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    St. Patrick’s day isn’t until Tuesday, but if you’re looking for a good excuse to drink NOW, I’ve got one for you. March 13th is National Ginger Ale Day… I know, but it’s Friday so just about anything is a good enough reason for me. Ginger ale and Ginger beer just happen to be two of my favorite mixers so why not take advantage. I know there’s a few brands out there, but I usually use Canada Dry ginger ale and  Goslings ginger beer. Recently Q Drinks, the guys that make that awesome tonic, launched their own ginger beer and we cant wait to try it.
  • Q Drinks Adds Ginger Beer to their Lineup

    Alexander
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    New Q Drinks Ginger Beer    Q Drinks, the brand behind the dangerously good Tonic Water is officially launching the 8th flavor in their collection. We spend a lot of time fussing over the ingredients used in our cocktails but thats usually aimed at the colorful sugary stuff. Tonic water isn’t any different and it pays to use a good brand. Q Ginger Beer is made with all-natural ingredients: real ginger, organic agave, a touch of coriander, cardamom and lime. Fans of the Moscow Mule or Dark N Stormy might want to give this one a try. Check our the press release below: The carbonated…
 
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  • Top 10 Single Malt Whiksies To Invest In | Scotch Whisky Exchange

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

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

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

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

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

    Josh Peters
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Tyrconnell Irish Single Malt is a no age statement Irish Whiskey owned by the Kilbeggan Distilling Company who owns the oldest distillery in Ireland, but they do not produce this whiskey there. The only whiskey they make at Kilbeggan is the whiskey of the same name. The whiskey for this brand comes from the Cooley distillery which is owned by Beam Suntory and who also owns the Kilbeggan Distilling Co. Tyrconnell gets it’s name from a race horse that won a long shot race (100 to 1 odds against) back in 1876 which was owned by the Watt family. The Watt family were also the owners of the Watt…
  • Tullamore Dew 10 year Review

    Josh Peters
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    Tullamore DEW 10 year Irish Single malt is a whiskey that’s been aged in bourbon, oloroso sherry, port and madeira casks which give it the rich, raisiny, dark and fruity notes that permeate the dram from start to finish. It’s this unique 4 wood approach to an Irish single malt that sets it apart from most of it’s competition and gives it an aroma and flavor profile all it’s own. Tullamore DEW is currently made by the folks at Midleton Distillery, which is the same place Jameson and Redbreast come from. However, that’s all going to change over the next couple of years because…
  • Connemara 12 yr Peated Review

    Josh Peters
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Connemara 12 yr Peated Irish Single Malt is the only peated Irish Whiskey on the market today and it was created by the Kilbeggan Distilling Co., and is distilled at the Cooley distillery like all of their other products besides their namesake. In a nutshell, it’s an irish Whiskey that’s been given the Islay treatment. What I mean by that is that to halt the malting of the barley they pump hot air, created by burning peat from Irish bogs, over the barley to stop the malting process and retain the sugars needed for fermentation. This process of using burning peat instead of hot air is more…
  • Midleton Very Rare Review

    Josh Peters
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Midleton Very Rare is a blended Irish Whiskey and, coming from Midleton, is basically a high-end Jameon. Think of it like the Johnny Walker Blue in the line up, only it tastes much, much, better than Johhny Blue does in my opinion. It has a high quantity of Single Pot Still whiskey in it which gives it a wonderful flavor and aroma that is complex yet approachable and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. This particular bottle is from the 2008 batch. Midleton Very Rare was first created in 1984 and since then has been a staple of the Midleton line-up with it’s dated, yearly release.
  • Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey Review

    Josh Peters
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey is a 12 year old version of the Green Spot which is mighty tasty on it’s own, but the extra age isn’t the only thing separating the Yellow from the Green. Like the Green Spot, Yellow Spot is aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. However, unlike the Green, Yellow Spot contains single pot still whiskey that was aged in Spanish Malaga wine casks. This additional wine influence adds a bit of complexity and sweetness not found in it’s NAS counter part; giving it additional dimension and complexity. This whiskey has ties back to the original Yellow Spot of the…
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  • Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon for John Wayne

    Spirited Gifts Team
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Relived John Wayne’s legacy through Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon Image source: John Wayne Facebook Page     Another addition to Duke Spirits is the Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The birth of this brandy is to honor John Wayne, a legend in American Film history whose real name is Marion Mitchell Morrison. Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon is produced by Monument Valley Distillers of California to have similarities with John Wayne’s favorite bourbon during the 60’s. Remember, last 2013, Duke Spirits released a $350 worth per bottle of the limited edition brandy.
  • Move over green beer. Here are our top 10 Irish Whiskies for St Paddy’s Day

    Spirited Gifts Team
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
              Did you know Irish whiskey was once the most popular spirit in the world? No one ever thought of true quality Irish Whiskey becoming extinct until the 19th century when its popularity waned. From the late 19th century until the 1990’s Irish whiskey brands and distilleries slowly disappeared until there were only about seven left in all of Ireland. Seven. Fortunately for this generation Irish Whiskey has been making a steady comeback, with sales growing by twenty percent each year and prompting the expansion and opening of many distilleries. What this…
  • 5 Must-Try Flavored Whisky Brands

    Spirited Gifts Team
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over the last few years, flavored spirits have gotten more creative.  We’ve seen odd flavors like “smoked-salmon vodka to tequila with hints of cacao. Whisky distillers have jumped on the bandwagon too releasing a large range of flavored bourbons and ryes. Jim Beam’s extremely popular Red Stag line is one that comes to mind immediately.  The reason behind the introduction of flavored whisky?  It seems many are looking to target those that are fans of other spirits like flavored vodkas. It’s a way to open the pallets of a whole new group of aficionados. Here are 5 flavored whisky…
  • Spirits to Pair with Thanksgiving Dinner

    Spirited Gifts Team
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s time to gift and pair.  If you are bringing a host or hostess gift this year to Thanksgiving dinner or if you wish to gift something to someone since you won’t be able to make their get together its smart to pair the meal with a spirit that embodies the flavors of fall and complements the classic dishes of the holiday. There’s not a Bourbon that pairs better with the flavors of Thanksgiving desserts than Woodford Reserve.  This Bourbon hosts flavors or chocolate, oak and just an hint of spice along with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Top 10 White Wine Gifts

    Spirited Gifts Team
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Top Ten White Wine Gifts 10. Spectacular Sauvignon Blanc Gift Basket  Sauvignon Blanc, that refreshing lovely wine that is perfect for summer (and the end of summer) AND a gift basket. No way. Send this beautiful white wine gift basket with an assortment of goodies that complement this refreshing sipper perfectly. 9. The Summer of Riesling comes to an end… Restaurants around the country celebrate the summer of Riesling annually with a tour bus and enticing dishes to honor the perfect pairing grape. But why not bring it home? Celebrate Riesling in your own home with our Riesling Gift…
 
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  • Lost Ark Distilling, Co. to open in Howard County

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

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

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

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

  • East Meets West: Japan’s Nikka Whisky & Seattle’s Westland Distillery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Demitrius
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Proof: 135 Age: 7 – 8 years old Distillery: Old Pot Still Distillery at Buffalo Trace Master Distiller: Harlen Wheatley Season: Dead Winter! Introducing Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon Recently I had the privilege of meeting with Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley who introduced me to one of the flagship labels of the Sazerac Company Col. E.H. Taylor. Like most bourbon brands that harken back to the old days, Taylor is named after the famed distiller Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. – a Kentucky native and the adopted grand nephew of 12th U.S. President Zachary Taylor…
  • 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…
 
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  • Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel – Review

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

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

    Mike Flaminio
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7 Last three weeks I’ve been sipping on the latest batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7. I’ve posted about Batches 3-6 and thought I could mention something about Batch 7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7 is the lowest proof of the releases as you can see in the table below. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7 comes in at 64% / 128-proof. The earlier “hazmat” 140-poof bottle got everyone excited just on proof alone. Being the other end of the spectrum I’m curious how people feel about Batch 7. For me, I don’t really care about the…
  • 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 Rye If 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 Batch I think the entire EH Taylor Jr line is generating buzz at retail with its Fancy tube packaging. I think…
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  • What Cocktail to Order? Five Steps to Finding your Signature Drink

    Flaviar
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    What maketh man? Common wisdom dictates that manners come first, and I won't argue against the need for individual civility. Quite the opposite. Achieving the status of gentleman or lady relies largely upon the ways in which we carry and present ourselves - from how we wield please and thank you to our dress, use of knife and fork, and, of course, to the what, when, and how we drink. Sidle up to a bar, shoulder to shoulder with a prime specimen of the opposite sex, and silkily let slip "Vodka martini, shaken not stirred" and you're destined to make a statement - just not the…
  • In Search of the Perfect Manhattan

    Flaviar
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Nothing is perfect.” How often did we hear that as kids – or even now as adults? Well, in the cocktail world, perfect does exist. If you sit down at a bar with a knowledgeable bartender and ask for your drink perfect, you’ll get your base drink order with a 50/50 split of sweet and dry vermouth. Of course, that presupposes you are ordering a drink with vermouth in it. For example, a perfect Manhattan is Whiskey, sweet and dry vermouth, and bitters. Now, there are classic cocktails and then there are classic cocktails - drinks by which the craft is defined. The…
  • Home Bars of Flaviar Stars, Vol. 3

    Flaviar
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You know the kind of people who secretly go through your medicine cabinet when you invite them over? Well, we're not that kind of people. But we never, ever, miss a chance to peek into a home bar. In the third edition of our home bar series, it was Jeff's turn.  It’s actually quite possible Jeff was looking up to a liquor store, because he works in one in New Jersey. “My boss is very good to me as far as letting me buy from him, tasting samples, and getting first crack at limited bottles, like the new Glenmorangie Tusail. I love working there, and enjoy talking about…
  • Cask Strength Whisky is Like Having a Sip Straight from the Barrel

    Flaviar
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Cask strength Whisky doesn’t just do what it says on the tin, it is the tin, and everything in it. Whisky is usually diluted with water before it’s bottled, following distillation and maturation in casks. Cask strength, scandalously, hits the bottle straight from the casks. Cask strength Whisky is also non-chill filtered, a process which usually removes chemical compounds following maturation. That's why cask strength Whisky can go a bit cloudy, which is perfectly natural, and why some people love it – it’s not missing anything. Cask strength means high alcohol…
  • What is Single Malt Scotch?

    Flaviar
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Well, its actually a blend. Yes campers, Single Malt Scotch is indeed a blend but, as opposed to Blended Scotch, Single Malt is a blend of Malt Whiskies from one distillery only. Blended Scotch has a large base Whisky, usually a grain, that is then topped up with a blend of Single Malt Whiskies from anywhere up to about 40 distilleries. It all started off as a perk for the staff Single Malt has been around for a couple of hundred years or more but was mostly sold or handed out to distillery staff and locals, especially in Speyside at Glenfiddich and on Islay at Ardbeg, Laphroaig and…
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  • Review: Chapter7 Whisky, single cask Whiskies with a story

    Greg
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    I’m a huge fan of entrepreneurial spirit and people taking leaps of faith to create something they can call their own. That’s exactly what Selim has done with Chapter7 Whisky, and in doing so created not just a great product, but a really nice brand to go with it. You all know I’m a sucker […] The post Review: Chapter7 Whisky, single cask Whiskies with a story appeared first on Great Drams.
  • The Macallan Brand

    Greg
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    The Macallan brand, a global powerhouse and the embodiment of all things luxurious in the whisky world, can seem inaccessible and a bit too exclusive at times but nothing could be further from the truth. Started by Alexander Reid in 1824, it typified farming life in the area at the time – farmers had been […] The post The Macallan Brand appeared first on Great Drams.
  • What America Drank On St. Patrick’s Day: Infographic | VinePair

    Greg
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:24 am
    What happens when St. Patrick’s day falls on a weekday? When it’s a weekend, you know where people are headed, but after a long day of work, were people across the country really heading out to the bar for their requisite Guinness or were they heading to each other’s homes instead? It turns out, many people decided […] The post What America Drank On St. Patrick’s Day: Infographic | VinePair appeared first on Great Drams.
 
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