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  • Grapefruit Mojitos - a twist on the traditional...

    Liqurious
    bloggingoverthyme
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Grapefruit Mojitos - a twist on the traditional cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice, lime, and mint! (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Whisky Advocate’s Fall Issue Buying Guide’s Top Ten Reviews

    Whisky Advocate
    Lew Bryson
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The fall issue of Whisky Advocate will hit the newsstands September 1st. It’s a great issue from cover to cover, and the Buying Guide contains more reviews than ever before. Today we offer a sneak peek at the Top Ten whiskies reviewed. (As always, if the price is not listed in U.S. dollars, the whisky is not currently available in the U.S. market.) #10 - John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014 Edition, 46.8%, £500 Smoke begins Jim Beveridge’s public replication of the annual Directors Blend concept, built around Johnnie Walker’s signature characteristics. Peat smoke harks…
  • Laphroaig Select Review

    The Whiskey Jug
    Josh Peters
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Recently the lads at Laphroaig got the idea to take some traditional Laphroaig juice, which is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and give it an additional or “final” maturation in brand new American Oak barrels. During this maturation the barrels spent at least 6 months in the warmest parts of the Laphroaig warehouse (ie highest) during the warmest part of the year to ensure the wood fully expanded so the whisky could get in and absorb some of that American Oak flavor, but the idea didn’t stop there. After creating the “heart” of the Select they then vatted (blended) it…
  • Laphroaig Triple Wood Review

    The Whiskey Jug
    Josh Peters
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Laphroaig Triple Wood is basically the Laphroaig Quarter Cask that’s been finished in Oloroso sherry butts. Which means they take their traditional Laphroaig juice and then first age it in ex-bourbon barrels (wood 1), then they take some of that bourbon barrel juice and put it into their specially made quarter casks to age for a bit (wood 2) before finally dumping it all into some sherry butts for the last bit of aging (wood 3). Originally slated to be an European Travel Retail exclusive bottling, it’s now much more widely available and that’s definitely a good thing…
  • Review: Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky

    Drink Spirits
    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky With stocks of older whisky becoming more scarce and valuable, many whisky producers in Scotland have begun to supplement their offerings with non-age statement releases that are less focused on the age of whisky in the bottle and more on a specific flavor profile or character. Laphroaig has been a leader in this space, first with their extremely popular Laphroaig Quarter Cask release and then with a series of whiskies that explore the impact of different finishing casks on single malt whisky, including Laphroaig PX Cask, Laphroaig QA…
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  • Pedro Ximénez Phosphate

    Darcy O'Neil (dso@artofdrink.com)
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    When you think about the fortified wine called sherry, the soda fountain probably doesn't come to mind, but it should. People have done a great job sanitizing the evils of the soda fountain from our collective mind, but just like bars, soda fountains in the 1800s had a large repertoire of drinks including spirits and fortified wines. I'm sure you could get these alcoholic tipples straight, if you asked nicely, but the preferred way to serve them was mixed with soda, like the PX Phosphate.…...More
  • Chemical Compositions

    Darcy O'Neil (dso@artofdrink.com)
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Tales of the Cocktail 2014 is just about a month away. As usual, I am presenting this year and I'm going back to my roots, chemistry. The Chemical Compositions session is about what chemicals make spirits taste like spirits. The coolest part is that we will be sniffing more chemicals than a 1980s hair metal band. I'm packing a bag full—9 to be exact—of individual chemical compounds that are core components of a number of spirits and liqueurs. Curious? Understanding…...More
  • Raw Milk

    Darcy O'Neil (dso@artofdrink.com)
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Since this is a site dedicated to all things drink related, and milk is a delicious drink, I should probably tackle the debate over raw milk. This is an interesting topic because it encompasses science, politics, health and flavour and I have become increasingly interested with the future of food, hence my Yokel side project. But let's talk about milk. Louis Pasteur was one of the greatest scientists in human history. His research on germ theory and…...More
  • The Seven Year Itch

    Darcy O'Neil (dso@artofdrink.com)
    5 Feb 2014 | 7:04 am
    Ever hear of the seven year itch? It's a term that suggests happiness in a relationship declines around year seven of a marriage. I think thatterm applies to more things than relationships, like jobs and writing.  Many writers pen articles on multiple topics and I've decided to do the same to keep life interesting. I'm still going to write about drinks, but I'm now adding…...More
  • Honey Phosphate

    Darcy O'Neil (dso@artofdrink.com)
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Acid Phosphate is a cool ingredient to work with since it provides a pure sour taste without added flavours, like the oils in lemon or lime contribute. It also enhances flavours because it contains salts of calcium, potassium and magnesium. This means it can either crank up the flavour profile of a strong drink or enhance a more delicate flavour, like honey. Having moved out to the country I have taken to doing things, like…...More
 
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  • Tips for Traveling Solo

    Emma
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    There are too many people out there afraid of the idea of traveling solo, but the real truth is that it can be as rewarding an experience as traveling with friends or with a boyfriend/girlfriend can be. There are so many places to see in the world and it would be a real pity to miss out on them just because your friends are not available! There are lots of ways to have enjoyable singles holidays from organised tours to just traveling on the fly. Here are some great tips about traveling solo, having fun while doing it and staying safe too: Common Sense It does not matter if you are a woman or…
  • 5 Ways to Stay Fresh When Traveling Long Haul

    Emma
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Traveling long haul can feel both exciting and tiresome at the very same time. It can be very demanding on your body, your sleep and your patience. Even if you’ve been waiting all year for this trip, it can seem like a nightmare if you are dealing with some long haul flights. Of course, everything will pay off in the end when you will finally reach your destination, but until you get there, make sure to stay as fresh as possible because it can make all the difference! Good Deodorant This may seem like a basic thing to do, but do invest in some really good deodorant if you plan on…
  • Top 5 Places to Discover in Australia

    Emma
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Australia is, without any trace of doubt, one of the most magnificent places on Earth. Beautiful and still wild in some parts, this country really does have a lot to offer to those who want to visit it. The following places are among the top ones you will want to discover in Australia. They are all stunning and breath-taking and, once you get acquainted with them, it is very likely that you will want to come back again. Australia is a very large country, but it is also a fabulous place for a road trip. I’d love to visit with a Land Rover Discovery Sport and take a few months to make my…
  • Exquisite Holiday Locations in the UK

    Emma
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    So many prospective holiday goers set their sites on the most exotic or glamorous destinations, forgetting that beauty in this world comes in many different guises. The UK, for example, though not a tropical paradise or a land teeming with red-hot beach resorts, still has its fair share of beautiful and enchanting areas. Some of the very best of those are listed right here. The Magic of Cornwall If you speak to the older generations of true, Cornish-born folk, many of them will insist that the county isn’t in fact part of England. True, such a sentiment is largely a hangover from…
  • Top Places To Visit in Europe for a River Holiday

    Emma
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Europe is a lovely place to explore, whether you choose to do so by train, bus, car or boat. There are a number of rivers throughout Europe that make it a perfect destination for visiting on a river cruise. Many small, quaint towns are built around the rivers in Europe and traveling by river cruise is a unique way to see a different side of Europe. Many places you’ve been before can feel very different when you explore them on enchanting European river cruises. For some suggestions of the best places to enjoy a river cruise, read on.  Paris to Prague: Prague and Prague are extremely…
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    The Joy of Drinking

  • A brief introduction to sherry

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Last year, Noelle and I talked about the emergence of sherry in San Francisco, helped along by Michelin-starred Range in the Mission. Personally, I've been rooting for sherry for a few years now, and I'm excited that it's now taking root in a big way.I recently had the great good fortune to sample a flight of sherries from Tío Pepe, one of the sherry Spain's sherry bodegas. I was so blown away by the passion of these guys, as well as their lovely sherries, that I wanted to share some of what I learned here. This post is meant to be a basic sherry primer for anyone interested in sherry but…
  • A Glorious Range of Gins Showcased at Bourbon Steak's Juniper in July

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    There's a day left to do it! For a quick escape this month, Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak is featuring some gorgeous gins in its Juniper in July special. Located in the classic St Francis Westin in Union Square, the airy, cathedral-like steakhouse with high ceilings, classic arches, and roman columns offers a civilized spot for diners looking for a chance to try expertly crafted classic martinis with a unique selection of gins.Steered by bar manager Adam Reaume, the menu is comprised of martinis ($14) with made from eight different gins, mostly locally distilled. These include Barr Hill,…
  • Meet the Cocktails: Japanese ingredients, California style at Pabu

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Though I'm not Japanese, I grew up in Hawaii, a melting pot of people with a unique sway to Japanese culture and food. I spent my "small kid days," as they call them, eating comfort foods like spam musubis (spam laid over a bed of rice and wrapped with nori), melona bars, and oyako donburi (chicken and egg served over hot rice). On hot days, my summer fun friends and I would walk to the nearby Toyo Superette to buy Japanese candies and drinks, like cold Japanese sodas and soft Japanese gum.There are two times I've been taken back to my childhood in Hawaii while tasting cocktails. The first…
  • Meet the Cocktails: Drinks for eating at A16 Rockridge

    18 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Not too many people know that A16, one of San Francisco's favorite Italian joints, has a sister restaurant in Oakland, walkable from the Rockridge BART station. A16 Rockridge has all the class and atmosphere of the San Francisco location plus one more thing: a cocktail program. The space is beautiful––a sunny indoor spot those of us who want to get away from the foggy San Francisco summers. The bar is primarily a neighborhood bar, which you'll feel when you walk in. The staff is warm and hospitable, which makes you feel part of the in-crowd right off the bat.Blessed Thistle: Plymouth,…
  • Meet the Cocktails: The Dream of the '80s Is Alive at The Square

    16 May 2014 | 7:51 pm
    North Beach is one of San Francisco's most iconic, historic neighborhoods. When you're in North Beach, you feel like you're in a place with history. And Claire Sprouse's new bar program at the Square––an aptly named new restaurant across from Washington Square Park––it embraces North Beach. Claire didn't shy away from the 1970s and '80s style cocktails that were once (and in some places still are) so popular in North Beach. In fact, she took them in. She specifically designed her program to be a place North Beach locals would be proud to call their own.(Read more about Claire's…
 
 
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  • WhiskyCast Episode 492: August 16, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Chuck Cowdery is regarded as one of the top Bourbon writers around, and is one of the few writers to be inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame for his work. His latest book is "Bourbon: Strange", and Chuck debunks some of the mythology surrounding Bourbon while sharing some stories as well. He'll join us this week on WhiskyCast In-Depth for part one of a two-part interview, with the rest on next week's episode. In the news, Russia is now going after Jack Daniel's as the trade war with the West gets uglier, and we'll have the latest on new whiskies and new distilleries. Also, The…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 491: August 8, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Stuart Nickerson has kept a low profile since leaving Glenglassaugh Distillery following its sale last year, but he has several new projects coming on line in the coming weeks. He's about to launch the first single cask bottling from his own line of whiskies, and will launch a new gin this coming week as the first product from a new distillery he's working with on Shetland - with whiskies to come in the future. He'll discuss both projects with us on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Scotch Whisky narrowly avoids Russian economic sanctions in the dispute over Ukraine, while a…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 490: August 1, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Scotland's newest distillery has opened on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula along the western coast, and the first casks of spirit were filled on Thursday at Adelphi's Ardnamurchan Distillery. Veteran whisky maker Graeme Bowie left Balblair Distillery last year to oversee construction of the distillery and serve as its first manager, and he'll join us on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Diageo reported a sharp downturn in sales during the last fiscal year, and the drinks giant's shares are on a Barclays watch list for possible effects from next month's Scottish independence referendum.
  • WhiskyCast Episode 489: July 25, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Tasmania's distillers have been making some unusual and incredible whiskies in recent years, but many of them are flying under the radar of whisky lovers. Belgrove Distillery is one of those underrated distilleries, but when WhiskyCast listener Matt Wooler told us we had to check it out, we did. Peter Bignell built the distillery from the ground up on his farm, where he grows his own grain, makes his own whisky, and even fills and labels each bottle by hand. He's also making what may well be one of the few peated rye whiskies in the world, and shares his story with us on this week's…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 488: July 18, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Celebrity-branded spirits are a big trend these days, and the whisky world is no exception. Last week, we reported on the lawsuit filed by John Wayne's heirs against Duke University seeking to protect the family's trademark rights to produce a "Duke Bourbon" featuring the late actor. It's a little easier when the brand is based on a character instead of the actor, though...and this week, we'll hear from two entrepreneurs who have done just that. Michael Howard of Prairie Creek Beverages in Dallas is behind the J.R. Ewing Bourbon named after the legendary "Dallas" villain, and Ed Caan of…
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    Nonjatta

  • “The Nikka 12yo”: a new premium blended whisky

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoNext month – September 30th to be precise – Nikka is launching an exciting new product. Simple called “The Nikka 12yo”, this premium blended whisky is the latest addition to their core range.It’s exciting for a number of reasons. First of all, it ducks the recent trend – in Japan, as elsewhere in the world – towards NAS releases. Secondly, it is priced very reasonably in comparison with obviously younger NAS siblings on the Japanese (single malt / ‘pure malt’ / blended) whisky shelf – recommended retail price is 5,000 yen, but it will…
  • Chichibu Fino Sherry Single Cask for Shinanoya

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoOur friends at Shinanoya are celebrating another milestone with yet another really special release. Their latest bottling is the 100th since they started their flagship “Chess” series, way back in October 2007. They're not scared of a bit of hard work there, that's for sure. Their 100th bottling is a 4yo Chichibu. "So, what's new?" I hear you say. Well, what's new is that for the first time, we have a sherry-matured Chichibu: this single cask (#2625, 2010/2014) was drawn from a Fino sherry hogshead (bottled at cask strength, 59.7&abv). What a…
  • Mars launches 'The Revival 2011'

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoMars Shinshu (Hombo) has just launched their latest expression - the first one from the 'new regime'. Mars stopped distilling whisky in 1992. After a hiatus of almost two decades, they started again. The first spirit produced under the new regime - under master distiller Koki Takehira, that is - came off the stills in February 2011. It was kept in a stainless tank for a few months before being filled into wood - which is why the people at Mars had to wait until summer 2014 to be able to launch their first 3yo.'The Revival 2011' is a vatting of lightly…
  • ‘Spirits for Small Change’ raises over 6.5m yen

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo‘Spirits for Small Change’ has just announced the results of their fundraising efforts (which included a whisky charity event held at BrewDog Roppongi and the online auction of the highly-limited Karuizawa ‘4 Decades’ bottling). The highest bid in the online Karuizawa ‘4 Decades’ auction was 550,000 yen, and the lowest 220,000 yen.The total raised for the two charities comes to 6,509,114 yen (roughly 63,000 USD / 47,000 EUR) – of which 3,621,767 yen goes to Carillon Kodomo Centre, which operates shelters for abused and neglected children…
  • 5th Ghost: Karuizawa ‘4 Decades’ Auction

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoAs of today, interested parties can bid on a unique Karuizawa release. It is a special vatting of malt distilled over the course of 4 decades – from 1960, right through to the final vintage (2000) – which was married for several months. Only 24 bottles were produced of this, and it truly is liquid history… the history of Karuizawa distillery merged into a single dram. For detailed information about this release, please check this post.One of the things that makes this release very special for us, is that all proceeds (save for government taxes and…
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    www.caskstrength.net - whisky blog

  • Merry Christmas from Springbank. In August! : Spirit Of Freedom 30 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    It is yet another Friday on the global procession towards Christmas. For those of you who work in or around retail, you’ll be aware that around this time business start to propose their Xmas line ups to the world, in preparation for those magazines who need a good long run up at events such as this.Thankfully, running a website means that we don’t have to write about anything until the very last moment it is required- but our other print outlets in the media, such as magazines and books, do require a fair amount of notice, so it is nice to see the odd email popping into our inbox with a…
  • I Can See Clearly Now: Kininvie 23 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    It was exactly one year ago today that I found myself hopping up to Scotland to take part in the Ardbeg Islay Half Marathon.As you would expect from an event held on an island in the Inner Hebrides, in the 140 minutes it took me to complete the course I experienced pretty much every type of element known to man, save for a snow storm. From hail to bright sunshine, I have never seen such a variety of weather in just one morning.Preparing for such an onslaught of elements required some pretty decent kit and I’d purchased some good trainers, comfortable running kit and a pair of Oakley…
  • I Come From The Land Of The Ice And Snow: Benromach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Snow Joke: My Trip To BenromachOne of the scariest drives I have ever done in my life was early one March morning from Perth to Forres, a small town near Inverness. It was a Monday and I was up around 4am with the aim of arriving at the Benromach distillery at 8am, to start a day working at the distillery to learn about how the distillery works and document it for an article in Whisky Magazine. Benromach in the SnowHowever, just after waking I threw back the curtains to see somewhere in the region of 36 inches of snow clogging up the path below. Scurrying outside, I quickly dug a path for my…
  • All Hail The Cooper: Glenfiddich Excellence Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    The great author Jonathan Swift once wrote that “he was a bold man who first ate an oyster”. It is this sort of gastronomic experimentation which has given us such great delights as a human race, tickling our taste buds with incredible innovation.I often wonder who it was that first invented the meringue; they must have been the Heston Blumenthal of their day, but probably didn’t get the fame their invention should have rewarded them with, let alone a Michelin star or even their own range of cookware.And it is this need to create, to always push the boundaries, that man has…
  • Hug A Hoodie: Quick Fire Ramblings: Highland Park Dark Origins & Bowmore Tempest Batch 5

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Well, it's bloody hot today. At this time of the year in the UK, it's clearly impossible to predict any kind of temperature in advance. A day ago, I was sheltering from the howling gale and rain under a tree (wearing a hooded top) beside a tennis court, thinking why did I decide to peruse such a stupid outdoor pastime.  In an hour, I shall be slipping into the comfort (!) of a woollen dinner suit and bow tie for an evening event. Why?? Damn You Mother Nature!Anyway, with such complete contradictions afoot, it's probably a good time to review some arguably un-summery whiskies that we have…
 
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    The Chuck Cowdery Blog

  • It's Time for Jim Beam to Drop the Number One Bourbon Claim

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I like the Beam Suntory company very much. I like the people and most of their products.They are an outstanding operation. They do things the right way and they are very successful. They are truthful and reasonably open. They have been a leader and innovator and respectful participant in the bourbon business, and you know how much I love bourbon.It is because I have so much respect and affection for them that I am making this suggestion.Please stop claiming that Jim Beam is the world's #1 bourbon. It's not. You are bragging about a technicality. It's embarrassing.As most readers can guess,…
  • Diageo's New Distillery to Bear Bulleit Name

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Diageo held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its new Kentucky distillery in Shelby County and announced that it will make Bulleit Bourbon there. What's interesting is that the day this distillery opens, its namesake product will be selling more than its distillery can produce, based on estimates announced by Diageo.One-hundred-fifteen million dollars just doesn't buy what it used to.Diageo appears to be following the lead of rival Brown-Forman. Brown-Forman's Woodford Reserve has a beautiful, showcase distillery for the tourists, which makes some of the product. The rest is made in an…
  • Is Your Name Jim Beam? Let's Party!

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    If your name is James Beam, you may have heard that another guy named James 'Jim' Beam rather famously made whiskey a century or so ago, and one of the most popular whiskeys in the world still bears his name.That's the premise for a party in honor of legendary bourbon distiller Jim Beam's 150th birthday. Jim Beam Bourbon is inviting anyone named Jim Beam (who is of legal drinking age) to join a once-in-a-lifetime birthday party at the historic distillery in Clermont, Kentucky on September 18, 2014 at 11AM EDT. Anyone named James 'Jim' Beam who makes the journey will be an honored guest and…
  • Buffalo Trace Addresses Rampant Rumors About Portfolio Changes

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This may come under the heading of 'no good deed goes unpunished,' for them and for me, but here goes. Buffalo Trace has issued a press release to address some of the rumors that are going around. It follows but, first, a brief commentary.Buffalo Trace makes more different bourbon and rye brands than anyone else in the business. All of those brands have increased in popularity in recent years That is mostly good -- for them and us -- but a little bit bad, because Buffalo Trace has had a worse shortage problem than anyone else in the business. They also rely on the serious bourbon…
  • Confused About American Whiskey? The Answers Are Here

    17 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    A lot has been written in the last week or so about deceptive packaging and deceptive marketing of American whiskey. It started with Eric Felten in the Daily Beast with, "Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana." That article has been widely re-posted and commented upon. It also brought some new attention to the piece Wayne Curtis wrote for The Atlantic back in May, "Has Craft Distilling Lost Its Spirit?"The media isn't just writing about the Potemkin Distilleries and other fakers. Just today, Bruce Schreiner has a good story going out on AP that…
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    Olly Wehring's beverage industry blog - from just-drinks.com

  • Normal service to resume on Tuesday

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    It's a bank holiday here in the UK on Monday (25 August). just-drinks' team will be taking a well-earned lie down.  But, we'll be back bouncing around on Tuesday, with a full service.  You stay classy, San Diego.   
  • Will Russia ban bear fruit for Polish cider?

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Poland is hardly noted for its cider consumption, but all this could be about to change.  The reason? Russia's sanctions on European food imports. More than half of the apples produced (677,000 metric tons) in Poland go to Russia. But with the ban in place, growers are going to be left holding an awful lot of apples.  Aggrieved by the situation, the Polish press have come to the rescue by urging the country's population to eat more fruit and drink more cider, according to Bloomberg.  Like all good campaigns, Twitter is being utilised with the hashtags #jedzjablka and…
  • "Sell me more, sell me mo[CLICK]" - The Riesling Greasling

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Here's a brave move by the folk from Camerata at Paulie's in Houston: a wine-related parody of Summer Nights from Grease. If you can make it to the end, though, you're a far stronger person than I am.
  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    On just-drinks last week: Our top story came late, when The Coca-Cola Co announced its purchase of a near-17% stake in Monster Beverage Corp for US$2.15bn on Friday. The long-trumpeted tie-up - like all such transactions - was seen by many as a win-win, but could Coca-Cola be jumping out of the frying pan and straight into the fire? A full round-up of our coverage of Coca-Cola’s move can be found here. Constellation Brands made its own M&A play last week, when it boosted its spirits portfolio with the purchase of the Casa Noble Tequila brand. For more…
  • Timothy Taylor gets into the groove with Champion Beer of Britain win

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    UK brewer Timothy Taylor is back in the headlines after winning 'Champion Beer of Britain' at the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) today.  The Keighley, West Yorkshire-based firm, was recognised with the top award for its 4% bitter, Boltmaker - named after a favourite pub of the owners. But it's not the first time Timothy Taylor has attracted media attention in recent times. You may recall that around 10 years ago, Madonna, no less, revealed that the brewer's Landlord beer was her favourite tipple. (Landlord itself is a former winner of the Champion Beer of Britain award, handed out by…
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  • Rye Beer

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
      Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends. Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please. It is beer but it more or less screams spirits. In a variety of ways. (For example, the brand name refers to moonshine paraphernalia, as Tickle’s sidekick helpfully explains.*) Within the rules, probably. Even though spirits terms are not allowed on beer labels. Even though this product contains and purports to contain absolutely no…
  • Craft is about MADE in USA

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    It took me a long time (perhaps too long) to realize that — craft is (largely) about MADE IN USA. With an emphasis on made. And less emphasis on USA. This dawned on me when looking at gleaming copper, at Vendome in Louisville, with welders crawling around on the concrete floor — making stuff. It has become rare to have any real connection to people making stuff nearby, and quite apparently, we have a craving to get back to our roots, much as we flock to the beach every summer. If you have any doubt, take a look at the copper porn, arrayed here. In trying to get to the essence of…
  • Non-GMO Beer

    admin
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I would like to know if the above beer qualifies as Non GMO. I would also like to know, without a big hassle. I am sitting here with blazing fast internet and a big screen, and yet I remain in the dark as to whether this beer can be considered Non GMO. It would only be more confusing at the point of purchase, with less time and a smaller screen. On the one hand, a recent press release claims Peak beers are the first to qualify to use the logo depicted at upper right on the image above. On the other hand, I can’t find any approved labels with the same seal (and the above is of course not…
  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    As of this date and writing, we have 168 good surveys. Almost all of them are submitted by people with relevant experience; 77% of the respondents have more than two years of work experience in the alcohol beverage field. The term “craft” has become crucially important to thousands of producers and millions of consumers in recent years.  And yet it has no agreed meaning.  We intend to change that within one year from launch, and fill the term with meaning in a fair, flexible, enforceable, modern way, to save it from abuse. - Craft Beverage Association, July 19, 2014 These surveys…
  • Help TTB Break the Logjam (Free the Labels)

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    In this blog, every now and then, we talk about how the label and formula system at TTB can be quite slow, despite various TTB efforts to streamline things. Some top examples are here:  101 Days (to get a spirits label approved); Streamlining; Sen. Schumer Says Labels Take Too Long; more streamlining. It is not a pleasure to observe that it can take more than five months to get an ordinary French Vodka approved (30 or so days at the TTB Lab, then 60 or so days to write up the formula approval, then 60 or so days for label approval — to say nothing about potholes and glitches along the…
 
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  • Any place in the US that sells reindeer meat?

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    So I was in Sweden recently and was exposed to the wonders of smoked reindeer heart and smoked reindeer rump. I think it's my new favorite meat. Are there any online/mail-order sources in the US that sell it? Maybe in...Minnesota, or Alaska, or something?    
  • Blondies. Are they nice?

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    Hello,   I've just come across a recipe for blondies and I'm intrigued, never seen this before. Are they nice? Or too sickly?   I think I may make these this evening.   Thanks, Sophie
  • Making Bread that Lasts

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Note: There is no doubt a conversation on eGullet somewhere that addresses the issue, but my searching skills, despite years on the site, still remain markedly flawed. That said, I have a question.   The title of the post should read, rather, 'bread that lasts and is pillowy soft for days. I'm not scared of using those nebulous 'additives,' though I'd rather not. Here's the issue: I'd like to make buns like, say, In-n-Out or Chic Fil A. Buns that are inoffensive and squishy soft. I'd like to understand how they get the texture and - also important - how they get them to last that way.
  • Commercial grade manual citrus presses

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    It seems my pop-up bar is kicking into life again, and I dislike juicing dozens of lemons and limes in a hand press. It seems the two best rated commercial-style presses (on Amazon, at least) are the OrangeX Olympus and similar, and the Hamilton Beach 932 - the latter stands out as it appears to be the highly-rated only rack-and-pinion system. I just got back from Turkey, where on very street corner, someone is squeezing oranges, and they all have rack-and-pinion presses.    Is that setup really better than the OrangeX lever type? Is there a decent one for less than the very…
  • Creamed corn and other corn dishes

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    How do you make creamed corn?   Is there other yummy dishes with fresh corn?  ,Now when they are in season I want to  eat as much as I can. Please help.
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  • Any place in the US that sells reindeer meat?

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    So I was in Sweden recently and was exposed to the wonders of smoked reindeer heart and smoked reindeer rump. I think it's my new favorite meat. Are there any online/mail-order sources in the US that sell it? Maybe in...Minnesota, or Alaska, or something?    
  • Blondies. Are they nice?

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    Hello,   I've just come across a recipe for blondies and I'm intrigued, never seen this before. Are they nice? Or too sickly?   I think I may make these this evening.   Thanks, Sophie
  • Making Bread that Lasts

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Note: There is no doubt a conversation on eGullet somewhere that addresses the issue, but my searching skills, despite years on the site, still remain markedly flawed. That said, I have a question.   The title of the post should read, rather, 'bread that lasts and is pillowy soft for days. I'm not scared of using those nebulous 'additives,' though I'd rather not. Here's the issue: I'd like to make buns like, say, In-n-Out or Chic Fil A. Buns that are inoffensive and squishy soft. I'd like to understand how they get the texture and - also important - how they get them to last that way.
  • Commercial grade manual citrus presses

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    It seems my pop-up bar is kicking into life again, and I dislike juicing dozens of lemons and limes in a hand press. It seems the two best rated commercial-style presses (on Amazon, at least) are the OrangeX Olympus and similar, and the Hamilton Beach 932 - the latter stands out as it appears to be the highly-rated only rack-and-pinion system. I just got back from Turkey, where on very street corner, someone is squeezing oranges, and they all have rack-and-pinion presses.    Is that setup really better than the OrangeX lever type? Is there a decent one for less than the very…
  • Creamed corn and other corn dishes

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    How do you make creamed corn?   Is there other yummy dishes with fresh corn?  ,Now when they are in season I want to  eat as much as I can. Please help.
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  • Build a Better ($5.63) Muddler

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

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler
    7 Feb 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Here’s a fun little game you can play. Go ask someone – preferably someone not wearing arm garters or quoting Jerry Thomas – and ask them what’s in a Hot Toddy. The more people you try this game with, the better, because you’re going to get a lot of varied answers. But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that you’re gonna hear a few of the following ingredients: Lemon… ginger… honey… cinnamon sticks… cloves… cayenne pepper. The funny thing is that if you look at the earliest Hot Toddy recipe as it appears in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 Bar-Tender’s Guide, it…
 
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  • New Booze: Dark Origins from Highland Park

    NewBoozer
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Highland Park Announces Dark Origins Highland Park Single Malt Scotch announces the launch of a new core expression inspired by its founder, Magnus Eunson. Establishing a secret bunker in the hills of High Park in Orkney, Magnus ‘Mansie’ Eunson became a famed dark distiller back in the late 1700s, creating whisky for the people of Orkney. Dark Origins, a non-chill filtered single malt with an ABV of 46.8%, will start to appear on shelves in July and roll out internationally throughout autumn 2014. It uses twice as many first fill sherry casks than in the classic Highland Park 12 year old…
  • The Alcademics Alco-Haul for August 20: Whisky, Tequila, and Miscellany

    Camper English
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Here is what has landed in the Alcademics mailbag lately.  El Jimador Mexican Lime Tequila Cockburn Special Reserve Port Highland Park Dark Origins Scotch Laphroaig Select Scotch  Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila Apostoles Gin 
  • Recap: Jessi Lorraine Wins the SF Papa's Pilar #PilarCocktailShowdown

    Camper English
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Jessi "Mess" Lorraine of Reed & Greenough took home the prize for the first Papa's Pilar rum Pilar Cocktail Showdown, held at Woodbury in San Francisco. The competition was interesting in that not only did bartenders have 60 seconds to grab their ingredients in each round of competition, but after they had everything collected a secret ingredient was revealed to them that they also had to incorporate into the drink. Round 1: Blended Daiquiri All eight competitors went into the first round. They competed in pairs, with the secret ingredient changing every pair.  The…
  • Snap Shots: Jimador in White

    Camper English
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    A jimador in traditional garb near the Jose Cuervo distillery in Tequila, Mexico. Notes from a later trip are here.
  • Sacramento Drink Scene Story is Now Up on ImbibeMagazine.com

    Camper English
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    That big feature I wrote on Sacramento's cocktail, coffee, and craft beer scene has gone up on the magazine's website.  Even if you're not a subscriber (and you really should be), you can read the story online here.  Related articles Drink Books Published in 2013 in Consideration for Gifting or Reading Ginger Beer Cocktails in Saveur's June Drink Insert Drinking in Sacramento: A Feature in July's Imbibe Magazine
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  • Moroccan Cocktail???

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Think what you like, but your wrong. They make a great Soda and by extension will work fine in Cocktails. Try a Chanh muối/Vietnamese Salted Lemon/Lime Ade or Soda.
  • Everclear

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    You know, people in florida have waiting 7 years to find that out. ;) Sorry couldn't resist
  • Hemingway Daiquiris

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Inspired by a recent NY Times piece called "Lime is of the Essence," I was thinking of doing a batch of daiquiris tonight for some friends… I've actually never made one, much less a batch. Any other bits of wisdom apart from what is on this thread? Thank you all so much!
  • Is burnt rubber taste normal for Barbancourt 5 star?

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Yeah, I had no issues with it in a cocktail, except for an old-fashioned, so we were able to use up the bottle. After the Barbancourt, I went in a different direction after reading some suggestions from this board and purchased a bottle of El Dorado 15 year. Fantastic rum.
  • Question about Remy Martin Champagne Cognac.

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Without seeing it, that would be my guess . . .
 
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  • Boulevardier

    Cheri Loughlin
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Boulevardier, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... It’s no secret the Negroni Campari cocktail in its many variations is one of my favorite cocktails. The Boulevardier is the whiskey-based cousin of the Negroni. It is also the stepping stone cocktail of the Left Hand Cocktail that includes chocolate … Continue reading → The post Boulevardier appeared first on The…
  • Peachy Pina Colada

    Cheri Loughlin
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Peachy Pina Colada, 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 best Pina Coladas I ever sipped (repeatedly and often) were served on a cruise ship. That was seven glorious days of someone else making drinks while I basked in the sun. The delicious part of the Pina Colada wasn’t … Continue reading → The post Peachy Pina Colada appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts:…
  • Frozen Virgin Margarita

    Cheri Loughlin
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Frozen Virgin Margarita, 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... One of my daughters has been home from college with me for most of the summer. When I’m working on a cocktail development project she often asks if the drink I am working on can be made into a non-alcoholic … Continue reading → The post Frozen Virgin Margarita appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Easy…
  • Victory Champagne Quote

    Cheri Loughlin
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Victory Champagne Quote, 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... “In victory you deserve champagne. In defeat you need it.” – Unknown All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com The post Victory Champagne Quote appeared first on The Intoxicologist.
  • Broken Shed Vodka

    Cheri Loughlin
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Broken Shed Vodka, 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... Broken Shed Vodka is a product of New Zealand. The company announced their launch into the United States market in June of 2012. This vodka is four times distilled from natural whey product. Whey product is the excess sugar or … Continue reading → The post Broken Shed Vodka appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related…
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  • Catch Us on the Radio This Friday

    David Solmonson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    This Friday, we’re doing our first big radio blast in support of the book.   If you live in one of the markets listen below, please tune in — who knows what we’ll say live. All times are Eastern, so convert as needed: 7:15-7:30am CLEVELAND WINT-WELW-AM WAKE UP LAKE COUNTY 8:10-8:20am MINNEAPOLIS – LITTLE FALLS WYRQ-AM MINDLESS CHATTER 8:20-8:30am BALTIMORE – OCEAN CITY, MD WOCM-FM BULLDOG & THE RUDE AWAKENING SHOW 8:30-8:40am LOS ANGELES KEIB-AM THE MORNING BLAZE 8:49-8:54am DELAWARE REGIONAL WDOV-AM and WILM-AM ELLIOT IN THE MORNING 9:15-9:25am KEY WEST, FL…
  • It’s the DIY Cocktail Hour Sweepstakes!

    David Solmonson
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Two men enter; one man leaves — no wait, that’s Thunderdome.  How about this:  everyone should enter, and one lucky person’s gonna get a boat load (*boat not included) of swag courtesy of Workman, Villeroy & Boch, and Liquor.com. That’s right, a bunch of really cool folks want to help you throw the ultimate DIY Cocktail Hour, and here’s what they’re willing to give you to get started: - a $500 shopping spree at Villeroy & Boch - - an Urban Cheesecraft DIY cheese kit - - a copy of The 12 Bottle Bar book - - a copy of the One-Hour Cheese book -…
  • 50-50 Spritz

    David Solmonson
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Last month, FOX News Magazine asked us to contribute an original spritz recipe.  If you’re unfamiliar with spritzes (or spritzers, should you prefer), the general profile is a light, low-alcohol hot weather alternative to something like beer.  Currently, the Aperol Spritz rules the category.  Our take came about as the result of a long-seated desire to play with cream soda in a cocktail.  Don’t ask us; we just get ideas.  Cream sodas can be all over the place profile wise; some of the ones we auditioned were almost cotton candy like in flavor while others boasted strong…
  • Why Vodka and White Rum?

    David Solmonson
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    It’s certainly the most obvious question to come out of our re-launch: Why cast Irish Whiskey and Absinthe to the curb in place of white rum and — um, time for some back-peddling here — vodka? The short answer is “practicality”. The longer answer is below. It was 3 1/2 years ago that we were first approached to write the 12 Bottle Bar book. Given the opportunity to encapsulate the 12BB framework into bound form, we thought a moment to survey the parts of our bar well merited. In the tech world, we call this a sanity check. Where a web site is an easily changeable…
  • Welcome to 12BB v3.0

    David Solmonson
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    It’s a whole new day for the old 12 Bottle Bar.  Today, we’re unveiling what is essentially the third major version of the site since we launched in 2009.  With each version, we try to make things a little more useful and better looking.  Hope you like what you find. It also happens to be exactly 2 weeks until our book, The 12 Bottle Bar, is released.  We’ve been working on this baby for 3 1/2 years, and we not only hope that you’ll pick up a copy, we also hope that you truly enjoy it. So, what’s changed?   New Bottles – We’ll be posting in…
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  • Review: Highland Park Dark Origins Single Malt Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Highland Park Dark Origins Single Malt Whisky Non-age stated, single malt whisky releases are on the rise, and so far, consumers have shown that they have a good level of comfort buying Scotch Whisky that doesn’t disclose the age of the whisky inside. Highland Park has had some success in this space, and was an early mover with their Highland Park Warrior Series. The Highland Park Warrior Series features six non-age stated whiskies, ranging in price from $53 to $1300, available only through travel retail/duty free. Selling a whisky for over $1000 that doesn’t disclose…
  • Review: Jim Beam Kentucky Fire

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Jim Beam Kentucky Fire The flavored whiskey category is a very tough nut for spirit companies to crack. There’s a significant amount of velocity and enthusiasm over the category, but only a handful of products have really been able to capture the lion’s share of the business. Three standout products have really been able to dominate this space: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Crown Royal Maple and Sazerac’s Fireball. The problem is that the success of these products doesn’t necessarily seem to be tied to their flavor. Many other major companies have given a…
  • Review: Grey Goose VX

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Grey Goose VX The vodka category is beginning to go through a real identity crisis. Now that the flavored vodka boom is clearly ending, vodka companies are scrambling to figure out ways to hold on to their growth and remain relevant in a marketplace that is increasingly shifting towards whiskey. Bacardi’s Grey Goose is one of those brands that’s really trying to navigate these changing vodka waters. In 2013, Grey Goose saw a sharp drop in sales, with a whopping 5% decline (source: Impact Databank). Part of this sharp decline is attributed to Grey Goose’s decision to not…
  • Review: Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky With stocks of older whisky becoming more scarce and valuable, many whisky producers in Scotland have begun to supplement their offerings with non-age statement releases that are less focused on the age of whisky in the bottle and more on a specific flavor profile or character. Laphroaig has been a leader in this space, first with their extremely popular Laphroaig Quarter Cask release and then with a series of whiskies that explore the impact of different finishing casks on single malt whisky, including Laphroaig PX Cask, Laphroaig QA…
  • Review: Roca Patron Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Patron Roca When it comes to premium tequila, there’s no brand more dominant than Patron. The brand singlehandedly revolutionized the tequila segment, converting American drinkers from cheap, fiery mixto tequila to premium tequila made from 100% agave. Now, with literally hundreds of offerings in the premium tequila space, it’s hard to imagine a time when a liquor store might carry just a handful of brands. In the intervening years, Patron has expanded their offerings through innovation. At the lower end they’ve introduced a line of tequila-based coffee and chocolate…
 
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  • Review: Highland Park Dark Origins Single Malt Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Highland Park Dark Origins Single Malt Whisky Non-age stated, single malt whisky releases are on the rise, and so far, consumers have shown that they have a good level of comfort buying Scotch Whisky that doesn’t disclose the age of the whisky inside. Highland Park has had some success in this space, and was an early mover with their Highland Park Warrior Series. The Highland Park Warrior Series features six non-age stated whiskies, ranging in price from $53 to $1300, available only through travel retail/duty free. Selling a whisky for over $1000 that doesn’t disclose…
  • Review: Jim Beam Kentucky Fire

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Jim Beam Kentucky Fire The flavored whiskey category is a very tough nut for spirit companies to crack. There’s a significant amount of velocity and enthusiasm over the category, but only a handful of products have really been able to capture the lion’s share of the business. Three standout products have really been able to dominate this space: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Crown Royal Maple and Sazerac’s Fireball. The problem is that the success of these products doesn’t necessarily seem to be tied to their flavor. Many other major companies have given a…
  • Review: Grey Goose VX

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Grey Goose VX The vodka category is beginning to go through a real identity crisis. Now that the flavored vodka boom is clearly ending, vodka companies are scrambling to figure out ways to hold on to their growth and remain relevant in a marketplace that is increasingly shifting towards whiskey. Bacardi’s Grey Goose is one of those brands that’s really trying to navigate these changing vodka waters. In 2013, Grey Goose saw a sharp drop in sales, with a whopping 5% decline (source: Impact Databank). Part of this sharp decline is attributed to Grey Goose’s decision to not…
  • Review: Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky With stocks of older whisky becoming more scarce and valuable, many whisky producers in Scotland have begun to supplement their offerings with non-age statement releases that are less focused on the age of whisky in the bottle and more on a specific flavor profile or character. Laphroaig has been a leader in this space, first with their extremely popular Laphroaig Quarter Cask release and then with a series of whiskies that explore the impact of different finishing casks on single malt whisky, including Laphroaig PX Cask, Laphroaig QA…
  • Review: Roca Patron Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Patron Roca When it comes to premium tequila, there’s no brand more dominant than Patron. The brand singlehandedly revolutionized the tequila segment, converting American drinkers from cheap, fiery mixto tequila to premium tequila made from 100% agave. Now, with literally hundreds of offerings in the premium tequila space, it’s hard to imagine a time when a liquor store might carry just a handful of brands. In the intervening years, Patron has expanded their offerings through innovation. At the lower end they’ve introduced a line of tequila-based coffee and chocolate…
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  • Clyde May’s Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Clyde May’s Whiskey hails from Alabama, where it can trace its root back to a gentleman named… you guessed it, Clyde May. Old Clyde was a craft distiller in an age of moonshiners, and while he flouted the law making illegal hooch, he did it with panache. Because, as the story goes, while other distillers in the area were making white lightning, Clyde was making his whiskey with quality grains, fresh spring water and a copper still. He even aged his whiskey in charred oak barrels.Decades later, that whiskey remains mostly the same. The recipe — a mash of corn, rye and malted…
  • Selvarey Rum Review

    Kevin Gray
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    According to the barrage of press releases hitting our inbox, August 16th is National Rum Day. Oh, who are we kidding… it’s been marked on our calendar for months. So now seems like a good time to pull out these bottles of Selvarey Rum we’ve been sitting on. Selvarey hails from Panama, where they’re producing two rums: Selvarey White and Selvarey Cacao. The former is a blend of three and five year old rums that’ve been aged in bourbon casks. It’s filtered through carbon to remove the color. And Selvarey Cacao is a five year old rum that’s infused with…
  • Bowmore Small Batch Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Many, many years ago, Bowmore 12 Year was our first introduction to Islay scotch. And it proved to be quite the intro, quickly cementing our love for Islay whiskies and their rich, smoky qualities. Just recently, Bowmore announced a new addition to its lineup — Bowmore Small Batch — which is aged exclusively in first and second fill ex bourbon casks. Those casks are married together before bottling, and the result is a flavorful dram with pops of bourbon sweetness and fresh fruit.Bowmore Small Batch pours a crisp, clear gold in the glass. On the nose, it’s full of peat,…
  • A New Website Full of Flasks

    Kevin Gray
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    It’s just a fact of life that certain times — say, while attending church or when faced with the prospect of a dry wedding — necessitate the use of a discrete vessel full of liquor. So fortunately, flasks exist. But unfortunately, most flasks exude the same, lifeless form: stainless steel, leather if you’re lucky, and possibly monogrammed.One company has taken it upon themselves to eradicate this… I guess we’ll call it a problem. And that company is the newly-launched Flasking.com. They’re selling hundreds of unique flasks featuring everything from…
  • Westland American Single Malt Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Single malt whiskey typically conjures images of Scotland and rolling fields of heather. And while Scotland continues to produce the vast majority of single malts, more American distillers are getting into the game. Balcones and St. George are a couple fine examples. And introduced just last month is the American Single Malt Whiskey from Seattle’s Westland Distillery.The American Single Malt is the newest product in the Westland portfolio, which also includes a Peated Malt Whiskey, as well as a a handful of special release and single cask expressions. Its base is a pale malt grown…
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  • Beer Review – Sierra Nevada Rain Check Spiced Stout

    G LO
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    During most summers, our little corner of the blogosphere is dedicated to finding those warm weather friendly beers that we usually crave when the mercury starts to rise, but this summer hasn’t  been like most summers. Weather-wise, we couldn’t ask for much better. With very few days over 90, and very little rain and humidity, this has been one of the most pleasant summers that I can remember (I know, I know. It’s not over yet!). Given the unusually cool temperatures, I thought tonight would be the perfect time to try Sierra Nevada’s Rain Check, a beer that they…
  • Food Review – Beef Brisket Two Different Ways

    G LO
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Image courtesy of Food Republic.  “The house smelled of brisket and bourbon, that’s the music I grew up on.” – Billy Crystal Ahhhh, the lowly brisket. No really, look where it’s located on the cow in the above illustration. Just above the front legs and just below the shoulders. Those are some hard working muscles right there, and if you try to cook it like a Porterhouse or a Rib Eye, what you’re gonna get is the food equivalent of shoe leather. There’s no delicious fatty marbling to make this a tender cut that can be waved over a fire and thrown…
  • Two Lost Spirits Ruminate on Rum and the Legendario Amberlita

    aaron197172
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    A few words of wisdom by the great Hunter S Thompson, author of The Rum Diary On a weird Friday night recently, G-LO and I ventured into a few rums and babbled endlessly. It’s what we do. We find it very therapeutic, and it saves us $60 each on professional help. We’re cheap sumbitches when it comes to paying for therapy, but we’re very generous when it comes to sharing booze and our meandering therapy sessions.  Pour yourself a drink and enjoy the ride… AK: Ok, we ready? So, we’re going off the whisky rails here a bit tonight and trying some rum or rhum or…
  • Beer Review – DC Brau The Corruption™ India Pale

    limpd
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
      In an earlier post, I had referenced a trip I took to Kunda Beverage in King of Prussia to stock up for Beer Friday at work. At Kunda, we were able to pick up a mixed case of IPAs. We had the IPA from Avery, the IPA & a Half from the Tommyknocker Brewery, the Madra Allta from the Lavery Brewing Company and The Corruption™ from DC Brau Brewing. This review centers on DC Brau’s The Corruption™. DC Brau Brewing Company is the brainchild of Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock who found an appalling lack of local beer on the shelves in DC. They currently run out six different…
  • 40 Financial Analysts Walk Into a Bar…

    aaron197172
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
      Click to view slideshow. We talk a lot, maybe too much about the #whiskyfabric (don’t forget the hashtag), that internet sensational connection between people from all walks of life bound loosely or tightly by a love of our favorite spirit. The term takes a beating sometimes in the ether of social media for being trite or cutesy or not serious. And arguably in social media where life is boiled down to 140 characters, endless dissertations, malicious rants, and pithy one-liners, there may be a fair amount of truth to what the whiskyfabric is or isn’t. On a very hot, parching…
 
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  • Irish malt 2003 (Whisky-Fässle)

    Ruben Luyten
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Another Irish malt, why not? A younger version this time, distilled in 2003 and hand-picked by Whisky-Fässle.   Irish Single Malt Whiskey 10 yo 2003 (49,5%, Whisky-Fässle 2014, hogshead) Nose: again really fruity, but in a sweeter, more candied way. Banana candy, pear liqueur, mirabelles. Also a strawberry bubblegum note. Vanilla. Quite creamy, slightly buttery even, with less of the bright maracuja notes. Mouth: sweet and candied on all levels, Piña Colada style. Bananas of course. Nutmeg, pepper and ginger, which indicate some active wood. Malt whiskey that’s not too far from…
  • Irish malt 1991 (Whisky Fair)

    Ruben Luyten
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This one simply has Ireland written on the label. It’s a single malt whiskey, so it could be Bushmills or Cooley. We had a similar one from the same stable a few months ago, the Irish Malt 1991 Liquid Library.     Irish Single Malt Whiskey 22 yo 1991 (49,2%, The Whisky Fair 2014, Bourbon barrel, 184 btl.) Nose: oh this typical Irish fruit basket, even brighter than in other expressions, just lovely. Passion fruits, ripe banana and mango sherbet. Hints of mint and lime leaves. Some vanilla. Mouth: same, same. Very tropical, full of maracuja, pink grapefruit and sweet banana puree.
  • Royal Lochnagar 2000 Distillers Edition

    Ruben Luyten
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Royal Lochnagar is part of the Classic malts since 2005 (part of the second wave that also included Caol Ila, Cardhu and Clynelish) and the Distillers Edition was introduced in 2008. It is finished in old Muscat wine casks. Lochnagar is the training distillery of the Diageo group, a lot of distillery managers are trained there before being transferred. Maybe this is why it’s not being promoted very much, nor released often.     Royal Lochnagar 2000 ‘Distiller’s Edition’ (40%, OB 2012, Muscat finish, RL/00-12W) Nose: a floral nose that starts on bergamot and evolves towards…
  • Arran 1996 (Malts of Scotland)

    Ruben Luyten
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    This new Arran 1996 from Malts of Scotland was matured in a sherry butt for almost 18 years, but its colour indicates it’s not the usual Oloroso / PX influence. The same bottler already released a similar cask last year (ref. 13002).   Arran 17 yo 1996 (54,9%, Malts of Scotland 2014, sherry butt, ref. 14029, 612 btl.) Nose: fresh but quite discreet at first, in the sense that you get grains and acacia honey at first, not much more. After a while there’s a lot of apple, some vanilla and soft spices. The best part is a nice grapefruit / mint combo. Pretty naked, with a chalky / waxy…
  • Jura 1972 (SMWS 31.4)

    Ruben Luyten
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Try to look for Jura 1972 and you’ll probably only find two casks distilled December 1972 and bottled by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society in March and August 1991. That’s about all there is. This is SMWS 31.4, the latter of the two. Rare Jura bottlings, hardly ever seen in auctions or collections.   Isle of Jura 18yo 1972 (55,5%, SMWS 1991, ref. 31.4, 75 cl.) Nose: starts like a 1960’s-1970’s Islay whisky, with almost no peat but a camphory note, tobacco, cigar boxes and minty dental floss. Leafy notes. A superb fruitiness too, with mainly cavaillon, papaya and apricots that…
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  • Clyde May’s Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Clyde May’s Whiskey hails from Alabama, where it can trace its root back to a gentleman named… you guessed it, Clyde May. Old Clyde was a craft distiller in an age of moonshiners, and while he flouted the law making illegal hooch, he did it with panache. Because, as the story goes, while other distillers in the area were making white lightning, Clyde was making his whiskey with quality grains, fresh spring water and a copper still. He even aged his whiskey in charred oak barrels.Decades later, that whiskey remains mostly the same. The recipe — a mash of corn, rye and malted…
  • Selvarey Rum Review

    Kevin Gray
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    According to the barrage of press releases hitting our inbox, August 16th is National Rum Day. Oh, who are we kidding… it’s been marked on our calendar for months. So now seems like a good time to pull out these bottles of Selvarey Rum we’ve been sitting on. Selvarey hails from Panama, where they’re producing two rums: Selvarey White and Selvarey Cacao. The former is a blend of three and five year old rums that’ve been aged in bourbon casks. It’s filtered through carbon to remove the color. And Selvarey Cacao is a five year old rum that’s infused with…
  • Bowmore Small Batch Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Many, many years ago, Bowmore 12 Year was our first introduction to Islay scotch. And it proved to be quite the intro, quickly cementing our love for Islay whiskies and their rich, smoky qualities. Just recently, Bowmore announced a new addition to its lineup — Bowmore Small Batch — which is aged exclusively in first and second fill ex bourbon casks. Those casks are married together before bottling, and the result is a flavorful dram with pops of bourbon sweetness and fresh fruit.Bowmore Small Batch pours a crisp, clear gold in the glass. On the nose, it’s full of peat,…
  • A New Website Full of Flasks

    Kevin Gray
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    It’s just a fact of life that certain times — say, while attending church or when faced with the prospect of a dry wedding — necessitate the use of a discrete vessel full of liquor. So fortunately, flasks exist. But unfortunately, most flasks exude the same, lifeless form: stainless steel, leather if you’re lucky, and possibly monogrammed.One company has taken it upon themselves to eradicate this… I guess we’ll call it a problem. And that company is the newly-launched Flasking.com. They’re selling hundreds of unique flasks featuring everything from…
  • Westland American Single Malt Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Single malt whiskey typically conjures images of Scotland and rolling fields of heather. And while Scotland continues to produce the vast majority of single malts, more American distillers are getting into the game. Balcones and St. George are a couple fine examples. And introduced just last month is the American Single Malt Whiskey from Seattle’s Westland Distillery.The American Single Malt is the newest product in the Westland portfolio, which also includes a Peated Malt Whiskey, as well as a a handful of special release and single cask expressions. Its base is a pale malt grown…
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  • Georgie Bell of Diageo – In 140 Or Less

    Lew Bryson
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Another in our occasional series of Tweet-style interviews. As always, it’s 140 characters or less (we don’t count the spaces) in the answers from Georgie Bell, Diageo’s luxury brand ambassador (Mortlach’s her main focus). Georgie’s boundless enthusiasm ran us close to the wire on some answers, but we managed.  Where are you based and what’s the view from your office window (if you have one)? The center of Edinburgh; I have been for the last 8 years. The sun is streaming through the window (a rarity for August) and I have a cup of Vietnamese coffee to hand. Sounds…
  • Whisky Advocate’s Fall Issue Buying Guide’s Top Ten Reviews

    Lew Bryson
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The fall issue of Whisky Advocate will hit the newsstands September 1st. It’s a great issue from cover to cover, and the Buying Guide contains more reviews than ever before. Today we offer a sneak peek at the Top Ten whiskies reviewed. (As always, if the price is not listed in U.S. dollars, the whisky is not currently available in the U.S. market.) #10 - John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014 Edition, 46.8%, £500 Smoke begins Jim Beveridge’s public replication of the annual Directors Blend concept, built around Johnnie Walker’s signature characteristics. Peat smoke harks…
  • Bonhams, New York halts whisky auctions indefinitely

    Lew Bryson
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Where next for the whisky collector in America? There will be no further Bonhams whisky auctions in New York for the foreseeable future. The auction house has canceled its planned sale for October 19th at its Madison Avenue galleries and will review the situation on scheduling further auctions next year. Mariam Cebalo, director of business management at Bonhams confirmed to Whisky Advocate that the cessation of operations in this area was solely due to the whisky department’s profitability. In other words, the department may not have hit the targets set by the company to justify the…
  • Craft whiskey in the mountains: Berkshire and Catskill

    Lew Bryson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    I got a chance to visit two craft distillers in the Northeast last week: Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Catskill Distilling. I took a day off and drove up to Boston for the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Boston Beer Company (the brewers of Samuel Adams), and realized I could easily stop in to see some whiskey being made on my way back. It was a gorgeous day, and after I’d cleared the Boston traffic, a great drive west out the Mass Pike, past lakes, marshes, and forests, then into the rolling folds of the Berkshires. I got off the Pike, headed south, and watched as the roads my…
  • Paul McDonagh of Bon Accord – In 140 Or Less

    Lew Bryson
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Another in our occasional series of Tweet-style interviews. As always, it’s 140 characters or less (we don’t count the spaces) in the answers from Paul McDonagh. Paul is passionate about his Scotch whisky and the owner of Glasgow’s finest whisky bar, the Bon Accord. A man who’s enjoying the bar life. What’s the view from your office window – if you have one? I don’t have one but I do have some nice bottles of whisky to look at. Good answer! How long have you been owner at the Bon Accord? This is my 14th year but it seems like only yesterday that I took over. Am having a…
 
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  • Exclusive Overeem Bourbon Cask Release Competition

    The Master of Malt
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    WIN a place on the panel to choose which cask gets bottled as well as receiving a special personalised bottle of the resulting limited edition release! A proper competition this, for all you malt fans out there. The marvellous folk at the Old Hobart distillery in Tasmania are wonderful whisky makers, but are sometimes a little indecisive. Alongside his truly excellent Sherry and port cask releases, Head Distiller and distillery owner Casey Overeem has - for the first time - filled a small number of specially re-sized bourbon casks with his wonderful single malt! The trouble is they all taste…
  • Glenfarclas 60 Year Old

    The Master of Malt
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Back in the 1950s, when George Grant's daddy was quite literally still in nappies, George's grandfather was busy laying down stock for the future and to this day the family-run independent distillery and its followers have been reaping the rewards of this policy with some incredible releases. In 2007 they launched The Family Casks range showcasing some of the best single casks in their warehouses with vintages ranging from 1952 (!) to 1994 on release. Glenfarclas' envious inventory of maturing stock then saw them able to add a 40 Year Old to their core range in 2010. How many distilleries can…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Gimlet

    The Master of Malt
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Right then campers. Time for this week's #MasterofCocktails. This week it's a Gimlet recipe, one of those that's super-simple if you do a bit of prep. We're going to be venturing into slightly more prep-heavy territory soon, so this one's a decent bit of practice. As ever, we'll be publishing all the directions in advance (in the case of prep) here and on the Master of Malt twitter, along with the cocktail recipes so you can either make it along with us, or come back to the drink at a later date. As such, we'll be making our Gimlet using homemade Lime Cordial. You could make this drink with…
  • Dramboree 2014 - Another Whisky Weekend in Scotland!

    The Master of Malt
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Ah, Dramboree. A truly fantastic event, and one that’s difficult to convey in all its glory within a blog post. (One of the many reasons it’s taken me a little while to get round to this write-up.) For those who don’t know, Dramboree is a whisky weekend held in Scotland in early July that’s simply getting better and better with age. Next year it will be three years old. The requisite age for it to be referred to as the real deal? Well, based on the taste we had this time around, we think it's getting pretty close to perfect already. The second ever Dramboree was attended by 64 people…
  • Master of Cocktails - Coffee Cocktail

    The Master of Malt
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
    Well hello there Flip fans – it's time for another #MasterofCocktails. This week, we have a Coffee Cocktail recipe for you. Confusingly enough, there's absolutely no coffee (liqueur format or otherwise) anywhere near this drink. Nevertheless, I'd take it after a meal over a cup of joe anyday. So, straight to it. Starting with an ingredients picture that doesn't have all the ingredients... Since last week I've discovered that including sugar syrup and Angostura bitters makes for a yummier recipe. So grab those too. You’ll be needing these... (and a couple of other bits...) List of…
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  • Vinspire’s Cocktail of the Week

    Guest
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 am
    We’ve teamed up with drinks blog Vinspire to bring you an amazing new cocktail every week.Vinspire is a UK-based drinks blog, covering everything from wine to whisky, tea to tequila, cordial to cognac.The aim of the blog is to find the best drinks, merchants, accessories and resources for all their fellow beverage-lovers.So, we kick off the series with the…Blackberry & Apple Crumble BrambleA perfect cocktail for the end of summer and beginning of autumn. Ingredients:8-12 blackberries (depending on the size: wild ones may be smaller than supermarket ones)1.5 shots gin3…
  • All the Fun of the Festival

    Rebecca
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Live bands, a field in the countryside, the obligatory muddy wellies… and cocktails? Not usually the tipple of the festival goer – you’re more likely to see a reveler waving a glow stick and clutching a cider.But not at Wilderness, where the emphasis is just as much on the food as who’s playing. With tents from the likes of Hix, Polpo and St John, and tunes from London Grammar and Sam Smith, this is an Oxfordshire-based celebration of gastronomy, crafts and music.And if you’re chowing down on an organic burger or some specialty garlic bread then you need an appropriate drink…
  • Cocktail Bar Review: White Lyan, London

    Rebecca
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    The prospect of drinking in a bar with no ice and no citrus sounds dodgy. I’m kind of expecting a bunker somewhere where the cocktails are served in tin cups and the staff are dressed like extras from Dad’s Army. This scenario seems even more likely when we stumble across the actual venue – a cobbled side-street in the hip area of Hoxton. But we’ve veered off the main drag, where people are alternatively rocking neon sportswear and/or handlebar mustaches, and onto what looks like a deserted street.
  • Snap a Vodka Skull Selfie – Meet a Ghostbuster!

    Rebecca
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    We`ve all seen those wonderful bottles of Crystal Head Vodka glinting on the back bar. Shaped like skulls, they look macabre and exciting and a little bit voo-doo all at the same time. But did you know that the concept for this spooky spirit was created by Dan Aykroyd – none other than Dr Raymond Stantz in Ghostbusters!So how would you like to meet this Hollywood legend at a VIP party in September?! All you have to do it snap a  selfie of yourself with a Crystal Head Vodka bottle, upload it to your Facebook page and use the #useyourheadCHVA weekly winner will receive some ultra-cool…
 
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  • 10 Awesome Fireball Shots To Try this Weekend

    Alexander
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Ok, so we’ve been working on an article for next week that involves a lot of Cinnamon whisk(e)y. Turns out we overdid it and bought a little more than we needed and now we’re left with the problem of drinking the rest… Good problem to have right? I figured we haven’t shared shots in a while so when I typed in Whisk(e)y and Shooters, links to Fireball whisky recipes exploded on my internet browser. We visited their site and holy crap do they make a ton of shooters. Was fireball made specifically for taking shots? Either way, we went through them all and wanted to share…
  • Alcoholiday: National Rum Day 2014

    Alexander
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Did you know August 16th was National Rum Day? In my never ending search to find an excuse to drink, National Rum day coinciding with the end of Summer and Back to school is perfect. Whether you’re extremely happy or extremely sad your kids are headed back to the classroom, rum can help you through it. And if you’re like me looking to get one last trip or vacation out of the way before school starts, even better excuse to have a drink. This cocktail comes from Theo Lieberman, head bartender at the famed Milk & Honey in New York. This isn’t your typical rum drink so if…
  • Recap: Plymouth Gin’s Bartenders Breakfast

    Alexander
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    One of the coolest events we’ve been to recently was the Bartenders Breakfast presented by Beefeater 24 and Plymouth Gin. It’s an homage to the lifestyle that bartenders live to keep drunks like you and me happy. When a bartender has breakfast it tends to be at the late hours of the night after getting home from a late shift and not when they wake up like you or I. Tales of the Cocktail with the help of the two previously mentioned brands put on one hell of a tribute and here are some photos to recap the madness: Photos courtesy of Tales of the Cocktail and Jennifer Mitchell…
  • Recap: Las Vegas Invades Tales of the Cocktail

    Alexander
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    During this years Tales of the cocktail, one of the highlight events we took part in was BackBar USA’s “Las Vegas Invades Tales” Event. Backbar USA brought more than 30 of Las Vegas’ top mixologists to New Orleans at the Masquerade Nightclub inside Harrah’s in New Orleans on Thursday, July 17.  There they showed how Las Vegas has had an impact on the cocktail & spirits Industry by bringing the best mixologists the city had to offer down to Nola. Over 1500 enthusiasts like myself attended the sold out event that included music by DJ Ikon and yes there were even…
  • Recap: William Grant & Sons Portfolio Party

    Alexander
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
      We were fortunate to attend the annual William Grant & Sons portfolio party last month in New Orleans. There they celebrated Charles H. Baker Jr., a world-traveler and author of The Gentlemen’s Companion. More than 1,000 spirits professionals, mixologists, and enthusiasts were in attendance as homage was paid to Baker, an inspiration to many cocktailians. This years event borrowed its inspiration from Baker’s stories he shared, and epic parties he threw. As you could imagine, the drinks were exotic and amazing. Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons Portfolio Brand…
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  • Muirhead’s Silver Seal 16 Review

    Josh Peters
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    The Silver Seal 8 was a colossal disappointment in my opinion, so how does it fare when it’s been aged twice as long? Better, I’d even say it’s good, but it’s still not great. I guess that’s why it’s a 16 year that is only $45. All of the big names that have whisky around this age are clocking in at the $75 – $150 range these days. Which on a value scale makes this a good buy, but on a taste scale… In the last 6 months alone I’ve have over 100 new whiskies and all of the truly mesmerizing ones had layers of bold and subtle flavors that…
  • Muirhead’s Silver Seal 8 Review

    Josh Peters
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The Silver Seal 8 is such a light whisky it’s almost obscene. It’s actually hitting a point of lightness that’s distracting because I find myself hunting and searching for more flavor and more depth and it just refuses to come through. It feels like the whisky is purposely messing with me. Which, if you can’t tell from my tone, I’m not enjoying in the slightest. As a brand Muirhead’s is rather interesting. Founded in 1824 as a wine merchant the company soon became a Scotch blender and exporter with their Blue Seal label leading the charge and traveling around the world by…
  • Laphroaig Select Review

    Josh Peters
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Recently the lads at Laphroaig got the idea to take some traditional Laphroaig juice, which is aged in ex-bourbon barrels and give it an additional or “final” maturation in brand new American Oak barrels. During this maturation the barrels spent at least 6 months in the warmest parts of the Laphroaig warehouse (ie highest) during the warmest part of the year to ensure the wood fully expanded so the whisky could get in and absorb some of that American Oak flavor, but the idea didn’t stop there. After creating the “heart” of the Select they then vatted (blended) it…
  • Laphroaig Triple Wood Review

    Josh Peters
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Laphroaig Triple Wood is basically the Laphroaig Quarter Cask that’s been finished in Oloroso sherry butts. Which means they take their traditional Laphroaig juice and then first age it in ex-bourbon barrels (wood 1), then they take some of that bourbon barrel juice and put it into their specially made quarter casks to age for a bit (wood 2) before finally dumping it all into some sherry butts for the last bit of aging (wood 3). Originally slated to be an European Travel Retail exclusive bottling, it’s now much more widely available and that’s definitely a good thing…
  • FEW Rye Whiskey Review

    Josh Peters
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
      I can’t say I always agree with Whisky Advocate, the World Whisky Awards or the Beverage Tasting Institute, but FEW Rye being an amazing whiskey is something I agree with them on 1,000%. I had this rye for the first time a few months ago at the Sassafras Saloon here in Los Angeles and I instantly fell in love. If this stuff wasn’t so hard to find I would have bought a bottle the very next day, but luckily for my bank account all the bottle shops around me were out (see the aforementioned awards for the reason). If you look back at the review I did of the FEW Bourbon…
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  • Five Outstanding Tips for Rewarding Employees

    Spirited Gifts Team
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    It is important that every company has a reward system that is both strategic but also carefully aligned with their goals.  Generally, companies choose to recognize employees in four areas benefits, compensation (or monetary ways), general recognition and appreciation. However the problem is when it comes to general recognition and appreciation, many companies fall short. Creating a winning system that allows you to add a personal touch can be tough to figure out. Recognition means that you are taking the time to acknowledge an employee in front of their peers for specific accomplishments or…
  • Johnnie Walker Collection

    Spirited Gifts Team
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The brains behind LVMH have come up with the perfect gift for scotch lovers. The Johnnie Walker Collection has been redesigned and upgraded to get rid of the the average Red Label  and replace it with the coveted Platinum Label. The Collection stands out as one of the top whisky gifts you can send to scotch aficionado’s for any occasion. Johnnie Walker Collection Johnnie Walker Collection He’s a man who knows how to appreciate the best that life has to offer. She’s a woman who knows that quality should always come before quantity. That’s why when it comes to choosing…
  • 9 Alternatives to Green Beer on St Paddy’s Day

    Spirited Gifts Team
    5 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I love St. Patricks day. The jokes, the social acceptance of pinching people, wearing green that brings out my eyes… But I draw the line at green beer… It’s just not good, and if it was good beer – why would I put green food dye in it? I pride myself on being a bit of a snob in the drinks department- not too much, just enough to not drink green beer. Here are some drinks for St. Patricks day to class it up. Irish Coffee The only beverage in the world to satisfy  all four of the essential food groups! 2 oz Irish whiskey (such as Jameson Irish Whiskey)1 tsp brown or…
  • Proof that Wine is Healthy!

    Spirited Gifts Team
    19 Feb 2014 | 1:58 am
    If you are one of the many people that are worried about health (and lets face it, who isn’t?) you might start looking at your daily intake of sweets, fats and alcohol.  But, the one thing you don’t have to worry about on this list is alcohol, specifically red wine.  In fact, drinking red wine is healthy. Wine has all sorts of benefits you might not be aware of.  Red wine has a variety of ingredients in it that helps to boost your health and help with things like diabetes, brain function and even preventing colon cancer in men.  Red wine includes an ingredient called polyphenols which…
  • Valentines Day Gifts for HER (part 2)

    Spirited Gifts Team
    6 Feb 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Can’t decide what to give your girl this Valentines Day? Check out some unique valentines day gifts  for her that are sure to please. Cheers to a lovely February 14th! PINK ‘ROSE’ CHAMPAGNE  What is better than roses. Ok, roses are nice, give her roses AND Champagne. Send a bottle of Bubbly this Valentines Day and be guaranteed a romantic end to the evening. Or start that date off right with a bottle of your favorite rose. “Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.” ~Sir Winston Churchill   NUVO SPARKLING LIQUEUR If you…
 
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  • Pressing Charges

    Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    This bourbon cocktail will get you out of any sticky situation.
  • The Lock Pick

    Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This iced tea-and-bourbon cocktail is the key to great night.
  • 5 to 10

    Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This riff on the classic Manhattan will make you feel like you’re up to no good.
  • Smoky Sour

    Jim Kearns
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    This tantalizing cocktail is a smoky and frothy twist on the traditional Whiskey Sour.
  • Drunken Snow Cones: 3 Easy Recipes

    Jessica Battilana
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Sorry, Snoopy: These boozy snow cones aren’t for you. Instead of sugar and food coloring, these versions contain fresh fruit and citrus juice, strong espresso and, of course, alcohol. Though customarily made by pouring flavored syrup over balls of shaved ice, these sauced snow cones break from tradition. The booze-and-liquid combinations are frozen until solid, then the tines of a fork rake the ice block into fluffy, flavorful crystals.  No shaving required! They may not have the nostalgic appeal of the blue raspberry snow cones you had as a kid, but, let’s be frank: They taste much…
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  • Champagne Lesson 101 – What, you think you know it all?

    Alcohmahol
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Let's just give you the break down with this champagne 101 lesson!
  • The Search for Your Craft Beer

    Alcohmahol
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Quit being afraid to try those different beers, we promise it's a whole new world! And you will enjoy drinking so much more. Which, well, could be a bad thing or a good thing. But who cares!
  • How To Wash The Perfect Clean Beer Glass

    Alcohmahol
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A lot of people don't understand how crucial a clean beer glass is to the actual taste from your favorite brew, Let us talk about the process and show you how!
  • The Dangers of Energy Drinks Mixed With Alcohol

    Alcohmahol
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:18 am
    Why do people still do it and why are there no regulations on other drinks?
  • Vodka Infusion: The Tropical Storm Jungle Juice!

    Alcohmahol
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Introduction to “The Tropical Storm Jungle Juice” Concoction by: Josh Engle “Pretty much I was trying to come up with the perfect mix for an event called Tigerfest (it’s a festival at Towson University and you pretty much drink all day and go to a concert..LOL). I mainly wanted to focus on a cocktail using Rum […]
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    Main St. Distilleries

  • Mad Buffalo Distillery is Now Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    August 14th, 2014- Mad Buffalo Distillery is launching a major rebranding initiative, starting with its name. It’s now known as Coulter & Payne Farm Distillery. We talked to founder Chris Burnette about why the name change matters and what’s next for Missouri’s first craft distillery. “It was really hard for us to focus on anything other than explaining what Mad Buffalo was,” Burnette tells us. “We’re one of fifteen distilleries in the country that actually grow their own grain, and we wanted our name to reflect that and make it easier to get…
  • San Luis Spirits to Launch Gin

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    August 14th, 2014- San Luis Spirits which is based in the Texas town of Dripping Springs, is set to launch its first artisanal gin. Rolling out next month, Dripping Springs gin is billed as a “reinvention” of the traditional London dry style, featuring floral, spice and citrus notes. The 42.5%-abv entry, which is distilled in small 40-gallon batches, will be available at retail and the distillery. The new gin joins San Luis Spirits’ existing stable of craft brands, which include the Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs Texas Orange and 1876 vodkas. Dripping Springs Vodka is crafted with…
  • Proposed Lehigh Valley Distillery

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    August 6th, 2014- The wine makers behind an award-winning Slate Belt vineyard are looking to open a craft distillery in south Bethlehem, among the first proposed for the Lehigh Valley.  The owners of Franklin Hill Vineyards are seeking a limited-distillery license, which would allow them to make spirits on the South Side, offer tastings and sell the spirits directly to customers. The distillery would be housed in an old Prohibition-era bank across the street from the South Side campus of Northampton Community College and about two blocks from the SteelStacks entertainment complex. Called the…
  • Yellow Rose Distilling Kickstarter Campaign

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    August 6th, 2014- The Staff at Main St Distilleries love the website Kickstarter and we recently stumbled upon a campaign by Yellow Rose Distilling.  The goal of the campaign is to build a bigger and better distillery and Houston’s 1st tasting room. We are all for that. Yellow Rose was founded by a couple of local guys looking to do something different in the community.  They figured that while craft beer is really cool, no one was making whiskey around here, so why not them. Below are some details from their Kickstarter page. Yellow Rose Distilling is Houston’s first legal…
  • Catoctin Creek Expands Footprint into New England

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    July 31, 2014, Purcellville, VA – Catoctin Creek is now available in Massachusetts through Blueprint Brands and the Craft Beer Guild and will soon be available at fine restaurants, bars, and retail stores throughout the state. “We are thrilled to expand our distribution on the east coast of the United States.  Distribution in Massachusetts is a great next step in our efforts to grow our brand from its current mid-Atlantic region,”  said Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.  “We’ve had so much interest in our spirits in the New York region,…
 
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    Drink Insider

  • Announcing the First Brewdown Pop-Up: Harpoon Brewery & Ball and Buck

    DrinkInsider
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    As some of you may know, I have a full time gig that is not this (unfortunately, this whole blogging thing isn’t exactly paying for a lavish lifestyle of drinking and luxury just quite yet). I work at a marketing agency, GYK Antler, where I lead digital strategy and social media. Prior to GYK Antler, I founded Antler (which was later acquired by GYK… hence the name GYK Antler). Anyway, that’s not really the point. The point is that when my business partner and I started Antler we wanted to do something cool that celebrated our love of craft beer (and gave us an excuse to brew beer in…
  • Off to Maine for Beer Camp! And, of course, Allagash

    DrinkInsider
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    I took last Friday off from work to head up to Portland, Maine because, well… beer. More specifically, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America had finally made it to the great Northeast and there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to witness this little piece of craft beer history. Seven stops, thousands of breweries, and a bus full of some of the industry’s biggest names making its way across America. Yeah, that’s what you call a no brainer. I decided to go up early and swing by Allagash before the festivities kicked off. They were one of the 12…
  • The Pinot Heartland of America: Willamette Valley’s Boutique Wineries

    DrinkInsider
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    This is the second installment in The Pinot Heartland of America, a series about Willamette Valley wine.  On my recent trip to Oregon’s Willamette Valley, I discovered a wine region in its prime; brimming with greatness. Some of the best wines in the world are being made here, and many by small production wineries you may never have heard of. Wineries like Brick House, Bergstrom and Ayoub; these are the kind of producers that are giving Willamette the world-class reputation it has so justly earned. I could spend months exploring the boutique wineries of Willamette. But if you, like me,…
  • The Pinot Heartland of America: Oregon’s Willamette Valley

    DrinkInsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    This is the first post in a three-part series about Willamette Valley wine. On a hot afternoon in early July, I walked down Third Street in McMinnville, Oregon, toward R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar. It had been an amazing first day of wine tasting in Willamette Valley and I was looking forward to meeting up with R. Stuart’s proprietor, Maria Stuart, to get an insider’s glimpse into the area. If there’s one way to learn about a wine region fast, it’s by sitting down with a local winery/bar owner over a glass of Pinot. R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar in Downtown McMinnville The…
  • Beware, Session Beer Drinkers on the Loose in Massachusetts

    DrinkInsider
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Edit 7/25, 12:45pm: Rumor has it that the ABCC may not have called this Cambridge bar out on trying to host a liter beer party, after all, and that there were no laws in question. The ABCC claims that it was a hoax. That said, I don’t know who to believe, and irregardless of this particular incident, there are still plenty of archaic alcohol laws in MA that need to be addressed. Thus I’m leaving this article as is (only with this short edit as a precaution). Massachusetts, home of the most annoying Bud Light-drinking sports fans in the world, made a fool of itself yet again when…
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    Bourbon of the Day

  • To The Bottom! Old Crow Bourbon Review

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Proof: 80 Age: 3 years old Distillery: Jim Beam Master Distiller: Fred Noe Season: Doomsday I wont remember writing this article. Old Crow bourbon has that effect. Last night, I ran out of my old standby, Elijah Craig 12 Year Old, and I didn’t want to tap into my Booker’s reserve, so I made a store run. On a budget, I grabbed one of the bottles on sale near the front counter. Old Crow. I am of the opinion that there are no “bad” bourbons, just some that aren’t as good as others. Besides, Old Cow bears the namesake of a bourbon legend, Dr. James C. Crow, the 19th…
  • 3 Best Summer Bourbon Cocktails

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Who said the best time to drink bourbon is the wintertime! Any real Bourbonite cant enjoy a pour year-round, but when the 90 degree, 100% humidity of summer hits, you need a more refreshing way to enjoy America’s Finest. Bourbon purists, be at ease! These recipes are made to please! Honey Bourbon Tea   Ingredients 4 cups water 4 cups lemonade 4 black tea bags 1 cup fresh basil leaves ½ cup Wild Turkey Bourbon 1 ½ cups American Honey Build In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Remove from heat; add 4 teabags of black tea. Steep 8 minutes; discard teabags. Add 2 cups cold water…
  • Pure Kentucky versus Kentucky Vintage Bourbon Review

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Proof: Pure Kentucky – 107 proof, Kentucky Vintage – 90 proof Age: No Age Statement on Either Distillery: Both Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd. Bardstown,KY Master Distiller: Drew Kulsveen Season: Both Summer I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a Kentucky Proud bourbon flight at Louisville’s Down One Bourbon Bar. Down One is quickly becoming a main attraction on the bourbon scene. The food is amazing, the bourbon selection rivals that of Silks Jockey Lounge in the adjoining Galt House Hotel, and the bartenders know their stuff. Thanks to the staff for providing us with…
  • Kentucky Tavern Bourbon Review

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Proof: 80 Age: 4 Years Old Distillery: Barton Distillery (Under Sazerac) Bardstown, Kentucky Master Distiller: Drew Kulsveen Season: Summer Introducing Kentucky Tavern Bourbon! I was looking for a decent pub or restaurant to enjoy the World Cup 2014 matches and wound up at J. Gumbo’s on the campus of the University of Louisville. Being the multi-tasker that I am I figured what better time to do a bourbon review? Denise, our bartender, introduced herself cordially. “Whats the worst bourbon you have?” I asked “This stuff in the well, its $3″ Apparently”this…
  • Lexington Bourbon Review

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Proof: 86 Age: No Age Statement Distillery: Three Springs Bottling Company Master Distiller: Unknown Season: When Hell Freezes Over Introducing Lexington Bourbon Whiskey I had been eying the bottle of Lexington Bourbon Whiskey sitting on the shelf of my favorite watering hole for quite some time. The bottle reminded me of Woodford Reserve’s annual Derby bottles – and rightly so: The horse on the bottle is a portrait of Lexington, the stallion that sired the Duke of Magenta. For you horse-racing fans out there, In 1878 the Duke of Magenta won the Preakness Stakes, the Withers…
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    Whiskey Lately

  • Dickel 9 Year Old Hand Selected Barrel – Review #49

    Mike Flaminio
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    Background George Dickel 9 Year Hand Selected Barrel is one of two special bottlings from George Dickel. The selection line includes a 9 and 14 year bottled at 103 and 106-proof. The idea is this whiskey is sold to stores willing to purchase an entire barrel. So, it would seem they’re sort of rare, although if you do find a host store you’ll likely find plenty of bottles. This of course makes this a single barrel product and each store’s selection will vary slightly. The Dickel 9 Hand Selected Barrels are filtered in the Lincoln County Process style with charcoal. Dickel uses 13-foot…
  • Elmer T Lee – Video Review

    Mike Flaminio
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Video review of Elmer T Lee. I did a blog review of this single barrel Bourbon from Buffalo Trace a while back and revisiting one of my favorites in video form. Elmer T Lee Blog Review Bowman Brothers Small Batch Review Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Review Evan Williams Single Barrel Review   The post Elmer T Lee – Video Review appeared first on Whiskey Lately.
  • (ri)1 Rye Whiskey – Review #48

    Mike Flaminio
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    (ri)1 Background (ri)1, or “rye one,” is touted as an ultra premium rye whiskey from Beam-Suntory. From the marketing materials, bottling presentation, and goofy name, I’d guess they’re going after high-end mixed drink market. It seems to hit the mark as it has a mass-market appeal of light, crisp, and refined flavors. Beam was one of a small handful of companies regularly producing rye whiskey before it became trendy again. As a result, it seems reasonable Beam would interesting in branching out their portfolio of products. (ri)1 is aged a minimum of 4-5 years and that’s about all…
  • Angel’s Envy Bourbon – Review #47

    Mike Flaminio
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Angel’s Envy Background Angel’s Envy was launched by Lincoln and Wes Henderson after he spent 39 years at Brown-Forman. He started at Brown-Forman as a chemist and worked his way up to Master Distiller. He’s credited as helping to bring major products to market such as Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack. After he retired, he and his son Wes started the new brand Angel’s Envy. Angel’s Envy is a unique startup. They source this Bourbon and then barreled it in port casks for Portugal. The Bourbon is finished for about 6 months after aged 6-7 years in American…
  • Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Review #46

    Mike Flaminio
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Kentucky Spirit Background Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit takes claim of the second modern single barrel Bourbon. Blanton’s is the first, although there were most likely earlier bottles from a single barrel. But for practical purposed within the realm of modern Bourbon as we know it, they’re #1 and #2. Kentucky Spirit has the same bottling proof of Wild Turkey 101. The different would seem to be barrel selection and age. Wild Turkey 101 is a bottling of barrels blended together with ages of 6, 7 and 8 years old. Kentucky Spirit is a little older at 8-9.5 years old. And that barrel…
 
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    Flaviar - Blog

  • What a complete load of balls!

    Flaviar
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    And quite literally too – ice balls that is. And they’re making quite a… ahem… ‘stir’ at the moment in the fine drinks world. The reason is simple: if you bought a performance sports car, would you put diesel in the fuel tank? No, you wouldn’t. So when you order some of the world’s finest drinks served in some of the world’s finest vessels, is it right to get half-melted ice or semi-slush dunked into it? What Makes Ice Balls Better?  First up is pure math: The reduced surface area of ice means less melt and the ice-ball is frozen…
  • You’ll Probably Never Love Shopping. But Stores in New York Now Try to Make You Feel You Walked into a Bar.

    Flaviar
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We’re not usually the ones to give you shopping advice for other than what you should get for your liquor cabinet. This time, however, we’ll be making an exception. It came to our ears that good fellas in New York are adding lovely selections of liquid treats next to their racks of clothes. A few men's stores in Manhattan have paired their retail spaces with bars: rows of glasses and a selection of craft Beers and Liquors you can sip on while trying on new pair of shoes, Details report. They have been doing it for a while now and it looks like things are working out for them…
  • Home Bars of Flaviar Stars

    Flaviar
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Spirits cabinet, Home bar, Liquor shelf, whatever you call it, is a holy grail of every home. Three Flaviaristas stepped forward to show us theirs, so we’re peeking through their bottles today. ★ Garden Gnomes ★ Who’s up first? We can’t see him? Aaah, we need to look more closely – it's a collection of miniatures from the Garden State. Whilst spirits usually do their ageing in casks, these have been “aged” for a few decades on the shelf of our Flaviarista Justin. His father started the collection years ago – probably already during WWII…
  • Probably the Weirdest Way to Serve Drinks: Deep-Fried

    Flaviar
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Forget the whole neat vs. on rocks debate, the world is moving on! A Fish & Chips joint from Preston, England, now came out with the most unusual way to serve drinks. For £3, they will deep-fry any drink you’ll bring with you. To get to the crunchy shots, they soak a piece of sponge cake in the drink and then fry it. They’re not the first to come up with the idea of frying booze. As reported by MyDaily, already back in 2010 someone made the break-through by deep frying beer, sealed in dough. Putting crunchy AND booze in the same sentence definitely got our…
  • A True Story on How a Scot Started Drinking Scotch

    Flaviar
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There are two kinds of people in this world, says Thom*. Those that drink Whisky and those poor unfortunates doomed to go through a vague semblance of life never realising the true meaning of existence. My grandmother was Scottish, so I am one of those people genetically disposed towards Whisky. Why you Should Always keep Scotch Handy In our family Whisky was not only a very enjoyable experience, it was also a universal panacea for whatever ails you. My grandmother swore by it, and never a day went by without a nip of Scotch in her tea, prolific tea drinker was my Nan, industrial size box of…
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