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  • Where to Drink in Italy: Ditta Artigianale, a surprising gin and coffee bar in Florence

    The Joy of Drinking
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I went to Florence because it was the birthplace of the Renaissance. I wanted to see Brunelleschi's famous and world-changing dome. I wanted to walk the medieval streets and take in some art. But then I stumbled on Ditta Artigianale: a coffee roaster and, for some reason, an epic gin bar. Sorry, Michelangelo's David, I've got some gin to imbibe.The funny thing about Ditta Artigianale is that, on the surface, it seems like any speciality coffee place in San Francisco or Austin. They roast their own beans and sling pour overs—the works of which you'd find at any self-respecting hipster coffee…
  • Special cocktails put stories, people & places into the mix

    Cocktails News
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:17 am
    The Portlandia cocktail at Park Avenue Summer offers ironic comment on a "Portlandia" episode in which bartenders take their art very seriously. Some drinks are more than just a mixture of ingredients that work well together.
  • The Lovini - a romantic twist on the classic...

    Liqurious
    FrancoiseLaPrune
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    The Lovini - a romantic twist on the classic Bellini (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • WhiskyCast Episode 546: August 1, 2015

    WhiskyCast
    Mark Gillespie
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Scotland's Bladnoch Distillery will be 200 years old in 2017, but for more than a year, it was fair to question whether one of the oldest Lowlands distilleries would be around for that milestone. The questions about Bladnoch's future have been answered with the distillery's sale to Australian entrepreneur David Prior, who's making a "substantial investment" in equipment upgrades with plans to resume distilling in 12 to 18 months. We caught up with Prior in Bali during a combination business and surfing trip to discuss his plans for Bladnoch, including a release this fall of vintage casks…
  • Ghost 6 on the loose…

    Nonjatta
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoThe 6th installment in the Ghost series has been out for a while, but this one’s a little different from the previous 5. The bad news is: you won’t be able to get your hands on a bottle. The good news is: your chances of trying it are much higher than any of the previous releases… How can that be? Well, bear with us. This is the story, in a nutshell.We’ve been longtime fans of Ichiro’s Wine Wood Reserve, from back in the days when he produced this ‘leaf label’ release as a one-off for the liquor department in Takashimaya, Shinjuku (about 5…
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  • Where to Drink in Italy: Ditta Artigianale, a surprising gin and coffee bar in Florence

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I went to Florence because it was the birthplace of the Renaissance. I wanted to see Brunelleschi's famous and world-changing dome. I wanted to walk the medieval streets and take in some art. But then I stumbled on Ditta Artigianale: a coffee roaster and, for some reason, an epic gin bar. Sorry, Michelangelo's David, I've got some gin to imbibe.The funny thing about Ditta Artigianale is that, on the surface, it seems like any speciality coffee place in San Francisco or Austin. They roast their own beans and sling pour overs—the works of which you'd find at any self-respecting hipster coffee…
  • Where to Drink in Italy: Nottingham Forest, molecular mixology in Milan

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:49 pm
    At a certain point, all cocktail bars start to look (and feel... and taste) alike. Whether you're in London, Paris, Copenhagen, or San Francisco, you can rest assured that there will be a solid array of well-executed classics and a relaxed ambiance. Sure, it's good, but routine.That's why I didn't expect much from Nottingham Forest, widely hailed as the best cocktail bar in Milan. That is also why I was totally unprepared for the mad molecular mixology taking place there.The bar describes itself as "a mercurial oasis where you can hear the echo of the world." A place where "Water can become…
  • How One Man Went from Homeless to an Airbnb Chef: Support the Homeless at This Friday's SummerTini

    2 Jun 2015 | 11:33 pm
     If you told Gary Smith last year that today he’d work at one of San Francisco’s most desirable employers, Airbnb, he would not have believed you. As of last year Smith, 52, did not have a job for some 36 years. Suffering from mental illness and without the life skills to manage the ups and downs, he was living on the street and just getting by with social security. With some guidance, he enrolled in the Episcopal Community Services (ECS) of San Francisco’s Conquering Homelessness through Employment in Food Services (CHEFS) program, a six-month course designed to give homeless…
  • Negroni Week 2015 Kicks Off Today: Classic cocktails for a good cause

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    It's that wonderful time of the year. Starting today, bars across the country put out their best negroni to support a good cause of their choice.Negroni Week first started in San Francisco two years ago, and now Austin, Chicago, New York are just a few of the other cities participating this year. Each bar spotlights their own take on a negroni and a portion of the proceeds go to a charity of the bar's choice. Last year more than 1,300 bars globally raised more than $120,000 for good causes. This year there are over 3,500 bars taking part globally.Negronis are one of the most classic…
  • Gaspar Opens New Cognac Room as Johnny Codd's Next Project: 50 Brandy Cocktails, Oh My!

    1 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    After the untimely closing of The Coachman, many have been wondering what the former bar manager Johnny Codd would do next. Well, today Johnny opens a new bar program in San Francisco called The Cognac Room at Gaspar’s glittering upstairs bar.The Cognac RoomWhile Johnny is known for his creative execution (like deconstructed Sazeracs made from Peychaud ice cups, blended negronis, or Campari ice cream made to order at the bar), with The Cognac Room he is also establishing a track record in taking classic drinks and creating balanced renditions using modern techniques, something he first did…
 
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    Cocktails News

  • Special cocktails put stories, people & places into the mix

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:17 am
    The Portlandia cocktail at Park Avenue Summer offers ironic comment on a "Portlandia" episode in which bartenders take their art very seriously. Some drinks are more than just a mixture of ingredients that work well together.
  • Celebrating 250 years of Hennessy with cocktails, food pairings, and the Collector Blend

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:03 pm
    There are very few invitations that could have made me happier than this one: an opportunity to celebrate 250 years of Hennessy cognac with a special paired dinner at La SociA©tA© in Toronto . The only thing that could have possibly topped this invitation would have been an invite to the distillery in France.
  • What to drink right now: Texas distillers put a new spin on gin for perfect summer cocktails

    1 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Gin starts life as a wallflower. In the beginning, it is nothing more than colorless, odorless, flavorless liquor, sort of like vodka.
  • Cocktail recipes to go

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Matt Sullivan has launched his Charlottetown-based IT product into select PEILCC stores. Be Your Own Bartender kiosks are interactive touch screen computers where customers at a liquor store can browse to find a fun cocktail to make.
  • Katrina 10th anniversary: creating a cocktail that cares

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
    "Elysian Fields Forever" is a new drink, especially concocted by Windsor Court's lead mixologist Kent Westmoreland, to commemorate Katrina's 10th anniversary Where were you on August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the coastal region off Louisiana? The levees didn't hold and huge swaths of the Big Easy flooded; rescuers could not nearly manage to reach all of the hundreds who would need them. And sadly, over 1,500 people died as a direct result of Katrina.
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 546: August 1, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Scotland's Bladnoch Distillery will be 200 years old in 2017, but for more than a year, it was fair to question whether one of the oldest Lowlands distilleries would be around for that milestone. The questions about Bladnoch's future have been answered with the distillery's sale to Australian entrepreneur David Prior, who's making a "substantial investment" in equipment upgrades with plans to resume distilling in 12 to 18 months. We caught up with Prior in Bali during a combination business and surfing trip to discuss his plans for Bladnoch, including a release this fall of vintage casks…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 545: July 25, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The history of Bourbon is filled with enough myths to make a dozen Disney movies, enough crimes for years of True Detective, and enough mysteries to make Sherlock Holmes hang up his deerstalker cap. In part two of our conversation with "Bourbon Empire" author Reid Mitenbuler, we'll look at the crimes, corruption, and prejudice that are part of Bourbon's past, as well as the resurgence of craft distilling and other factors that give Bourbon a bright future. In the news, Brown-Forman has started work on its new Old Forester Distillery on Louisville's Whiskey Row two weeks after a four-alarm…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 544: July 19, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Bourbon has a unique place in American history, but as with other elements of American history...many of the stories of Bourbon are based more on myth and legend than actual facts, and the truth often gets lost over decades of marketing mythology. Reid Mitenbuler debunks many of the myths and provides historical context in his book "Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey." He'll share some of his stories with us in the first of a two-part interview on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, a more recent whiskey tale will cost Templeton Rye thousands of dollars in…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 543: July 11, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:41 pm
    There are dozens of stakeholders in the Scotch Whisky industry, and while they do work together on a few key fronts, their competitive nature makes it difficult to set aside their own needs for the common good. Victor Brierley is on a one-man mission to change all that with an ambitious dream of creating a unified marketing platform for Scotch Whisky. He'll share his plans with us on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, sparks from a construction worker's tool are being blamed for this week's Whiskey Row fire in Louisville, while high winds get the blame for tearing roofs off two…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 542: July 4, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Jim Rutledge gets most of the credit for reviving Four Roses Bourbon in the US over the last decade after years of neglect by the brand's previous owners, who shipped the distillery's high-quality Bourbon to export markets while giving domestic consumers a cheaply blended Four Roses American Whiskey instead. This week, Rutledge announced his plans to retire September 1 after 49 years with Seagram and Four Roses, and will become the distillery's Master Distiller Emeritus. We'll talk with Jim about his plans for the future, and how the success of Four Roses in recent years came with a personal…
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  • Ghost 6 on the loose…

    14 Jul 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoThe 6th installment in the Ghost series has been out for a while, but this one’s a little different from the previous 5. The bad news is: you won’t be able to get your hands on a bottle. The good news is: your chances of trying it are much higher than any of the previous releases… How can that be? Well, bear with us. This is the story, in a nutshell.We’ve been longtime fans of Ichiro’s Wine Wood Reserve, from back in the days when he produced this ‘leaf label’ release as a one-off for the liquor department in Takashimaya, Shinjuku (about 5…
  • The ‘Nikka Shock’: Nikka Radically Restructures their Whisky Line-up

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoNikka has shocked whisky fans at home and abroad with their new whisky strategy. It has been in the news for a while now – even the mainstream media in Japan have reported on this (strangely enough always focusing on Yoichi, even though it applies to their other distillery, Miyagikyo, as well, and some of their blends, too) – but we got so many messages form readers asking for clarification, we'd better clarify the situation a bit. Here's a quick overview of what’s (been) happening.Nikka is discontinuing their entire single-malt line-up, for both…
  • A new whisky bar in Hong Kong: Club Qing

    28 May 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoWe have good news for those of you who are based in or frequently travel to Hong Kong: a new whisky bar is opening its doors for the first time today. Big deal, you think... Well, yes, because this is no run-of-the-mill whisky bar. Aaron Chan, the driving force behind the project, is an aficionado of Japanese whiskies - and has been for the past 8 years - so the main attraction will be the selection of malts from the land of the rising sun. He will have 150 different bottles of Japanese whisky open at any given time. Even in Japan, there are few bars that…
  • TIBS / Whisky Expo 2015 Highlights

    18 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Post & Photos by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoLast weekend marked the first edition of the revamped Tokyo International Bar Show (that is to say, separate from Whisky Live Tokyo, which will be held in September this year). Reading reviews of festivals is a bit like listening to other people’s holiday stories, so we’ll keep things brief and focus on the Japanese whiskies at the show.There were three official single cask festival bottlings: two Japanese whiskies (a Chichibu 2009/2015 and a Mars Komagatake 2011/2015) and a Martinique rum (Neisson 2003/2015). All three were excellent –…
  • Modern Malt Market / Whisky Live Tokyo 2015

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

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Old Taylor Distillery has been silent since 1972. It still is, but its current owners have already done more in a year than anyone else has in the last 45.Old Taylor is just outside of Frankfort in the valley formed by Glenn's Creek and reached by Glenn's Creek Road. It is near Millville, a small town that once housed many of the distillery's workers. It was built early in the 20th century by E. H. Taylor, Jr., who built and owned many distilleries during his long career. Since it was going to carry his name, he wanted a showpiece. He intended it as a place for lavish parties, especially…
  • Templeton Rye Is Still Lying

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Earlier this month, it was widely reported that Templeton Rye has settled the three class action lawsuits brought against it for deceptive marketing. If approved by the court, the settlement will entitle anyone who has purchased Templeton Rye since 2006 (about when the brand was launched) to up to $36 in compensation, depending on whether or not they have receipts, and other factors.The Iowa-based non-distiller producer’s problem has always been that while its claims may be technically true, they have been deliberately framed to be misleading as hell. Templeton’s apologists have argued,…
  • Diageo Goofs, Catches and Fixes It

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The good news in this story is that everyone is taking label compliance more seriously these days. Case in point. Yesterday, a correspondent at a liquor store in New York state opened a case of Seagrams 7 and noticed a label change.He also noticed a serious omission.Section 5.39(a) of the TTB rules for American Blended Whiskey reads, in relevant part, --  “if neutral spirits have been used in the production thereof, there shall be stated the percentage of neutral spirits so used and the name of the commodity from which such neutral spirits have been distilled. The statement of…
  • We Find the "Jack Daniel's Is Bourbon" Smoking Gun, Or Do We?

    10 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    A Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) is a form producers submit to the TTB, the federal regulator. Producers can't bring a product to market until its label is approved. Where the producer signs it, it says, "Under the penalties of perjury, I declare; that all statements appearing on this application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief."Pretty serious stuff.It is with that background that we provide TTB ID 11018001000381, submitted by Brown-Forman Corporation on behalf of its Jack Daniel Distillery, approved and issued on February 15, 2011. It is for a 50 ml bottle…
  • No Scotch Allowed

    8 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    'The Spirits Business' published an odd and oddly interesting list earlier this week. They call it 'Top 10 Best Selling World Whisky Brands,' but a clearer title would be 'Top 10 Best Selling Whisky Brands that Aren't Scotch.'As it happens, the list consists of whiskeys from the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Japan. The United States leads the medal count with four. Canada has three, Japan has two, Ireland has one. Three of the four Americans are straight whiskey. Everything else on the list is a blend. Beam Suntory has three of its brands included, Diageo has two. No other company…
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  • Kalak Vodka

    David Havelin
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Vodka MartiniOne part vermouthSeven parts Kalak vodkaA strip of lemon peelA stick of cinnamonA week ago I had yet to taste my first martini. Now I'm ready to elbow James Bond aside at the bar to demand it be made just so.Until recently I had the usual whiskey drinker's prejudice about vodka: that all the flavour had been intentionally distilled out of it. But the recipe above goes light on the vermouth, leaving Kalak to carry the martini. Which it does, easily. Kalak is a vodka with substance.The big vodka brands (Grey Goose and Absolut, for example) are typically made from wheat. A couple of…
  • Tullamore Dew Cider Cask Finish

    David Havelin
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    "More apples, dammit!" The Director of Product Strategy paused to chomp deeply on a Cox's Orange Pippin. "We've made whiskey that smells of apple. We've served it up with apple juice. We're really close on this, people. We just need a touch more apple."... That is how I imagine the challenge was laid out for the boffins at Tullamore Dew HQ last summer. The solution they came up with: the cider finish.About 100 casks were assembled near the end of October in a warehouse in Clonmel. They were filled with freshly pressed Irish apple juice which was allowed to ferment naturally. The…
  • An Púcán / Teeling Single Cask Single Malt

    David Havelin
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The revival of Irish whiskey is usually quantified as the number of working and planned distilleries. One indicator I'd like to hear is the number of whiskey bars in Ireland, where a "whiskey bar" would have a minimum of, say, 100 whiskeys on the shelf. (And, of course, bar staff who can explain the virtues of each.)The supply of whiskey is assured into the distant future but we have hardly begun to stimulate a matching demand. As the fresh spirit is laid down, we need to be forging new whiskey drinkers ready to soak it up.The small craft producers will need a local fan base to support their…
  • Green Spot Château Léoville Barton

    David Havelin
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    If we were taking bets on the next "Spot" whiskey to follow Green Spot and Yellow Spot, the smart money would have favoured Red, with Blue attracting few takers at very long odds. I wish I had been running that book because Irish Distillers surprised all of us yesterday with a wine-finished Green Spot instead.A few years ago the official line from Midleton distillery would have been "we don't do finishes". Last year, though, we had the beer-finished Jameson Caskmates, which was more of a happy accident than something planned. More recently we had the Midleton Dair Ghaelach, pot still whiskey…
  • Whiskey Class at the Dingle Whiskey Bar

    David Havelin
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    One of the attractions of whiskey drinking as a lifelong pursuit is the sure knowledge there are always fresh flavours yet to be discovered. But the same infinite variety can be daunting when approaching whiskey for the first time.Last week I was at the Dingle Whiskey Bar in Nassau Street, Dublin, for their weekly tasting event. If you live in the city and have been meaning to get better acquainted with the spirit, start freeing up your Tuesday evenings because the moment for action has arrived.Mr Fionnán O'Connor has a residency there for the next while, and there is nobody on this island…
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  • Carlsberg - Right. Stop that: It's silly

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    It would appear that the folk at the UK arm of Carlsberg have this year found the 'gimmicky' drawer in the marketing office. In early-April, the unit unveiled a billboard poster ad that included a beer-tap. Then, last week, Carlsberg loaded a luggage carousel at London City Airport with crates of beer for travellers to take home. Thankfully, the activity has coincided with the launch of some rather more substantial fare. The UK roll-out of the brewer's 'Crafted' range last month brings some very interesting-looking beers to these shores. You can keep your drone-delivery…
  • No, I don't wish to see what you're about to drink, thanks

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    It's a popular grizzle and one I'll admit to having on at least one or two occasions… a day. Why do people post photos of their food and/or drink on to my social media feed? It's not as if we all sent photos of pretty-looking glasses to each other in the pre-internet days, is it? In the latest push for its Sauza Tequila brand in the US, Beam Suntory is looking to tap in to this most irritable of crazes. “Sauza will kick-off its "Pitcher Perfect Picture" campaign, with a focus on taking crave-worthy cocktail photos and encourages fans to share their…
  • Fridges see cool returns for Treasury Wine Estates

    16 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    After a 2014 it'll want to forget, Treasury Wine Estates has some good news. The Australian-based wine producer was in all sorts of trouble last year, after some well-documented write-downs in the US and significant net profits declines. Now, one of the strategies CEO Michael Clarke implemented to turn things around seems to be paying off. And it's all because of cheap fridges. In June last year, Clarke announced a promotion in Australia that saw wine fridges offered at discount prices. The 32-bottle fridges had an SRP of AUD640 (US$470) but were available for about AUD200 to any…
  • Making gin in the shed

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    The garden shed is usually home to some spiders, a lawnmower and a few half-empty paint tins. For Jonathan Engels in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park, it's much more inspiring. He renovated a chicken hut, using bits of an old chapel, to create the dream shed: a drinking parlour complete with gin distillery. And the work only cost him GBP500 (US$780). Apparently the former architect ended up in the Cairngorms because there's loads of wild juniper there - and so Crossbill Gin came about. The shed just won TV network Channel 4's Shed of the Year in the UK - beating 2,520 other…
  • Ol' blue eyes has a new excuse for drinking

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Frank Sinatra liked a drink. He was famous for it. When asked about his philosophy of life, he told a reporter: "Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquillizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels." Apparently he was buried with a bottle of Jack, and the Tennessee whiskey brand even launched Sinatra Select to celebrate the link. All this time, I thought it was the hedonistic lifestyle of a Hollywood high-flyer that gave him legendary status in the booze stakes, but it might just have been those baby blues. In the latest Daily Mail…
 
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  • Red Stripe: Another One Bites…

    Robert C. Lehrman
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    This morning I awakened to find yet another lawsuit about sketchy alcohol beverage labels. It sounds like Red Stripe is being sued for being a fake Jamaican, like the guy depicted off to the right. I am going to see if my colleagues John and Frank are around to liveblog this with me, this Friday morning. John:  is the above label roughly representative? Not really. This one is more representative because it shows Red Stripe made in Pennsylvania, instead of the above label showing a beer made in Great Britain. Most of the recent label approvals show made in the U.S. (not Jamaica or Great…
  • Angel’s Envy Rye Case, Not Going Away

    Robert C. Lehrman
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Those three little words, above (CRAFTED BY HAND), are causing a ruckus for Angel’s Envy Rye, in Judge Aspen’s court in Chicago. In the great whiskey wars commencing in 2014, Maker’s Mark had a great day, here, in May. By contrast, Angel’s Envy had a much less propitious day early this week. A federal judge in Illinois dismissed a small part of the class action fraud case against Angel’s Envy, but let big parts go forward. My friends at the Locke Lord law firm, who recently and successfully wrapped up the similar case, against Templeton, explained: The decision…
  • Blue Moon Asserts it is Plenty Craft Enough

    Robert C. Lehrman
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    At long last, MillerCoors filed its response, in the Blue Moon case, on July 13. The company makes some good arguments, and to my ear, these seem best: MillerCoors is expressly authorized by state and federal law to use the Blue Moon Brewing Company trade name. The safe harbor doctrine applies where either state or federal law has blessed the conduct at issue. (Here, MC nemesis, A-B, did the former a huge favor in the form of winning the Lime-A-Rita case just in time.) The company is careful to point out that the laws and regulations, not necessarily the label approvals, create the safe…
  • Gluten-Free Labeling

    Robert C. Lehrman
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Sorry to disappoint anyone, but that’s not Attorney John Messinger over to the left. But it is John, over to the right, covering Gluten-Free Labeling for Beer, Wine and Spirits, in a recent issue of Beverage Master Magazine. The full article is here. The first few paragraphs are here: Gluten-free foods and beverages were one of the popular trends of 2014. In the past year, over 70 new alcohol beverage label approvals mentioned “gluten-free,” which is more than the combined total of gluten-free labels in 2012 and 2013. Breweries, wineries and distilleries who wish to cater to the…
  • Beer with Lots of Protein – The Moderately Mighty Squirrel

    Robert C. Lehrman
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    A couple times a year I hear about an alcohol beverage that is somehow, against all odds, “good for you.” It happened again this week and so I eagerly rushed to the Public COLA Registry to see what was new. Lo and behold, I found the squirrel. A mighty one — or so it purports to be. The press release purported this new beer to have something like 10 times the protein compared to Bud Light. The average analysis for Bud Light is above, to the right, and the one for Mighty Squirrel is to the left. The TTB-approved label shows the product to be a “Whey Beer.” Whey is apparently some…
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  • Savoury Blueberry Ideas

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:58 pm
    My local supermarket has fresh blueberries. I'm planning a welcome dinner for my dear friend who will return to China after studying in Washington state for a year, and thought I'd like to incorporate them somehow.   But! Big but! Neither of us are particularly into sweet dishes. Anyone have any suggestions/ideas on blueberries in savoury dishes?
  • Barrel and Ashes

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    As a favour for my niece, during my visit to LA, I took myself out to Barrel and Ashes to sample their apparently famous hoecake and report back to her on what it was like (she saw it on TV some time ago and wanted to replicate it for some reason back home in CT). Unfortunately I wasn't in a position to try anything else on the menu, and the hoecake was, in my view, not really worth a detour to Studio City. Has anyone else been, and is the rest of the menu any good?
  • Egg Sizes in Europe and United States

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    This morning I was reading some recipes the origin of which was France.  These recipes called for large eggs.  Are large eggs in France and Europe the same size as large eggs here in the U.S?  I vaguely recall reading that the eggs in Great Britain are sized differently than eggs here.
  • Northampton MA restaurants

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    I'll be spending some time next week in Northampton, MA - and since my daughter is moving there, there will certainly be more visits. I understand it is a good town for restaurants. Does anyone have any recommendations? Elaina
  • Dining in Vermont

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:46 pm
    We are heading up to Central Vermont and will be staying in White River Junction. Where should we dine around here? We have 2 kids  with adventurous pallets. Thoughts?   Dan
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  • Savoury Blueberry Ideas

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:58 pm
    My local supermarket has fresh blueberries. I'm planning a welcome dinner for my dear friend who will return to China after studying in Washington state for a year, and thought I'd like to incorporate them somehow.   But! Big but! Neither of us are particularly into sweet dishes. Anyone have any suggestions/ideas on blueberries in savoury dishes?
  • Barrel and Ashes

    1 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    As a favour for my niece, during my visit to LA, I took myself out to Barrel and Ashes to sample their apparently famous hoecake and report back to her on what it was like (she saw it on TV some time ago and wanted to replicate it for some reason back home in CT). Unfortunately I wasn't in a position to try anything else on the menu, and the hoecake was, in my view, not really worth a detour to Studio City. Has anyone else been, and is the rest of the menu any good?
  • Egg Sizes in Europe and United States

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    This morning I was reading some recipes the origin of which was France.  These recipes called for large eggs.  Are large eggs in France and Europe the same size as large eggs here in the U.S?  I vaguely recall reading that the eggs in Great Britain are sized differently than eggs here.
  • Northampton MA restaurants

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    I'll be spending some time next week in Northampton, MA - and since my daughter is moving there, there will certainly be more visits. I understand it is a good town for restaurants. Does anyone have any recommendations? Elaina
  • Dining in Vermont

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:46 pm
    We are heading up to Central Vermont and will be staying in White River Junction. Where should we dine around here? We have 2 kids  with adventurous pallets. Thoughts?   Dan
 
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  • Hey, Who Put Science In My Drink?

    Camper English
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    In a story I wrote for Details.com, I discussed some of the hidden technology used to improve cocktails out of site of the bar customer. At molecular-mixology bars, the science is a big part of the show: Mists of vaporized cocktails, spherified Negronis, and tanks of liquid nitrogen used to freeze glassware and "nitro-muddle" basil. Increasingly though, other bars are working with the same high-tech equipment but being more subtle about it. While you may recognize that you're having the best gin and tonic of your life, you may not realize that's because the lime was treated with Pectinex…
  • Snap Shots: Distillery Row

    Camper English
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    May 2008: Inside the still room at Glenmorangie in Scotland. Read more here.
  • Camper English Speaking at the National Archives in DC this August

    Camper English
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    I'll be a panelist at an event at the National Archives in Washington, DC. You know, the place where they keep the Declaration of Independence? That place. No big deal.  This is one talk in a series on cocktail history by the National Archives Foundation curated by Chief Spirits Advisor (and DC bar owner) Derek Brown.  This accompanies and exhibit called Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, an exhibit in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, through January 10, 2016. You can see some highlights from the exhibit here.  The specific…
  • The 99 Items I Packed to Give a Cocktail Seminar...

    Camper English
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    ...and I didn't even make drinks.  I gave two full-length seminars and one mini-seminar at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this year. For my seminar on Prehistoric Cocktail Technology, I went kinda big.  Here is my packing list, without multiples. 99 things, dayumn.  ice cream maker balls cream lemon + lime juice knife sugar simple syrup eggs orange flower water East Imperial soda water East Imperial tonic water batch container measuring containers rock salt (1/2 cup container) ladel ice cracker tool Bar towels pipettes Clamp post clamps plastic poster tubes with perforated red caps…
  • Snap Shots: Who Cut the Peat?

    Camper English
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    June 2012: Laprhoaig's master distiller John Campbell cutting peat on Islay. Learn more about it here.
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  • Pickled Veggie Recipes for Cocktail Garnish?

    1 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Kaleo, it isn't a recipe but my bride likes a spicy pickled okra in her martini and calls it a marthibideaux. Cheers!
  • Gin and tonic Info please

    1 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
    Tonic water available in the USA blind taste test. Surprisingly, Canada Dry #1. http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/04/taste-test-tonic-water-best-brand-of-tonic-for-gin-canada-dry-fentimans-seagrams.html
  • Punt E Mes?

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Bitter with sour is just about impossible to achieve without homemade ingredients. All amari (and friends) that I know of contain large amounts of sugar*. Thus the resulting amaro sour would be bitter + sweet + sour. An example would be gin + Campari + lime/lemon. There is a thread on eGullet about different gustatory templates, and bitter + sweet + sour is one of them. The Paper [Air]Plane would be another great example. *Amaro Sibilia and dell'Erborista are the least sweet (driest) amari that I know. They still have sugar, but much, much less so than others. I recommend both if you love…
  • Need Recipe -- Gin, Cucumber, Jalapeño Cocktail

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Unfortunately I'm having trouble coming up with the name, but I had a cocktail a while back at Cure in New Orleans that consisted of muddled cucumber, Aperol, lemon juice, gin, and a bit of simple syrup. Awesome combination, should be easy enough to balance without a recipe, and certainly wouldn't be hurt by the inclusion of a bit of jalapeno, nor a splash of soda if that's your thing. A lemon twist garnish would be nice too. Just be careful with the jalapeno as too much can leave an (IMO) unpleasant vegetal flavor.
  • Medivka (Ukrainian Honey Liqueur) Questions

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:18 pm
    This cookbook IS gold! It has an entire section on Borcht along with the line "contrary to popular belief, it is not just a hot beet soup. There is a borscht for every occasion and season." The recipe before the Medivka is Krupnyk, another vodka infusion with peppercorns,lemon,and cinnamon. The book says it's a lifesaver on a cold winter night.
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  • Sorbet Snowball

    Cheri Loughlin
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Sorbet Snowball, 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... When I was little we rarely stayed indoors during the summer. We passed the time building forts, climbing trees, playing tag, and yes, pulling weeds. My oldest sister would sometimes make cookies for us. We could smell them baking through The post Sorbet Snowball appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Lighthouse Lemonade…
  • Easy National Tequila Day Drinks to Remember

    Cheri Loughlin
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Easy National Tequila Day Drinks to Remember, 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... National Tequila Day 2015, is just another excuse to bust out the bottle of booze that memories are made of. Share your #NationalTequilaDay drinks & stories The post Easy National Tequila Day Drinks to Remember appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Cabo Wabo Tequila Rocks National Tequila…
  • Frisco, Frisco Sour & the Frisco Kid

    Cheri Loughlin
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Frisco, Frisco Sour & the Frisco Kid, 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... Frisco is an easy two ingredient drink with room for modification according to the discerning drinker’s palate preference. Make one. Make two. But definitely try this delicious drink for yourself. The post Frisco, Frisco Sour & the Frisco Kid appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Welcome…
 
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  • Review: Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish Cask finished releases are extremely common in the Scotch Whisky category, especially among single malt whiskies. While many Scotch Whisky blends use a variety of cask-aged spirits to construct their flavor profile, very few releases actually discuss or focus on the finishing process. It’s noteworthy then that Johnnie Walker, one of the largest blended whiskies in the world, would jump into this space with a new line of limited edition blends acutely focused on cask finishes. The first in the Johnnie Walker Select Cask series is a…
  • Review: Aylesbury Duck Vodka

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    Aylesbury Duck Vodka To understand the importance of Aylesbury Duck Vodka, you need to understand the company behind it. The 86 Company was started by three key figures in the craft cocktail revival, Dushan Zaric, founder of the landmark New York bar Employees Only,  Jason Kosmas, a co-worker at Employees Only, and Simon Ford, a key ambassador at Pernod Ricard, and The 86 Company was created under the notion that a small, nimble brand could serve the needs of bartenders (and, by extension, consumers) better than large spirit brands could. The pair literally bet everything on this…
  • Review: Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey When it comes to American Whiskey, Diageo has been slightly nomadic in their approach. Diageo’s showcase American Whiskey brand, Bulleit Bourbon, is produced at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, while their Bulleit Rye is produced at Midwest Grain Products in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This nomadic approach has extended to Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey, which brings together whiskeys from various sources under a single brand. Orphan Barrel was an interesting move for Diageo, which created an entirely new…
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  • Review: Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish

    Geoff Kleinman
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish Cask finished releases are extremely common in the Scotch Whisky category, especially among single malt whiskies. While many Scotch Whisky blends use a variety of cask-aged spirits to construct their flavor profile, very few releases actually discuss or focus on the finishing process. It’s noteworthy then that Johnnie Walker, one of the largest blended whiskies in the world, would jump into this space with a new line of limited edition blends acutely focused on cask finishes. The first in the Johnnie Walker Select Cask series is a…
  • Review: Aylesbury Duck Vodka

    Geoff Kleinman
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    Aylesbury Duck Vodka To understand the importance of Aylesbury Duck Vodka, you need to understand the company behind it. The 86 Company was started by three key figures in the craft cocktail revival, Dushan Zaric, founder of the landmark New York bar Employees Only,  Jason Kosmas, a co-worker at Employees Only, and Simon Ford, a key ambassador at Pernod Ricard, and The 86 Company was created under the notion that a small, nimble brand could serve the needs of bartenders (and, by extension, consumers) better than large spirit brands could. The pair literally bet everything on this…
  • Review: Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    Geoff Kleinman
    27 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey When it comes to American Whiskey, Diageo has been slightly nomadic in their approach. Diageo’s showcase American Whiskey brand, Bulleit Bourbon, is produced at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, while their Bulleit Rye is produced at Midwest Grain Products in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. This nomadic approach has extended to Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey, which brings together whiskeys from various sources under a single brand. Orphan Barrel was an interesting move for Diageo, which created an entirely new…
 
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  • For the Wine Enthusiast

    CE Staff
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    SPONSORED POST It’s no surprise that we here at Cocktail Enthusiast enjoy the occasional cocktail. But one cannot live on cocktails alone. That’s why beer and wine exist. So today we’re turning our attention to red wine. From origins and varietals to consumption habits, wine is a category full of fun facts. For example: the thirsty masses drank 144 billion glasses of wine in 2013; Vatican City consumes the most wine per person; and China is now the fifth most prolific wine-producing country in the world. See? Fun. So open a bottle for yourself, and then look below to learn…
  • Tequila Cocktails for National Tequila Day

    Kevin Gray
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Hardly a week goes by these days without the opportunity to observe a food- or drink-related holiday. We’re content to skip nearly all of them, but July 24th–better known as National Tequila Day–is one that we’re happy to support. So are brands and venues, if our flooded inbox is any indication. So below, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite cocktail recipes in honor of National Tequila Day. Celebrate accordingly. INDIAN SUMMER By Angela Laino, NYC 2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco 1 oz fresh lime juice 1 oz simple syrup 1.5 tsp curry powder 2 sprigs cilantro…
  • The London No 1 Gin Review

    Kevin Gray
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Putting “No 1″ on your bottle is pretty bold, especially when you’re a London gin that’s competing with a horde of other fine London-style gins. And when you’re owned by a Spanish company (Gonzalez Byass) that primarily makes wines and sherry. And when your gin is blue. That’s right, it’s blue. It says “gin with certified color” right there on the label. But no matter. The London No 1 Gin is gin that’s actually made in London, and it’s quite good. It employs pot stills to make small batches of the spirit. It’s steeped…
  • Usquaebach 15 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Usquaebach. It’s pronounced “oos-ke-bah,” and it’s a line of blended malt whiskies from the Highlands. With a blend dating back to the 1700s and the name trademarked since 1877, it’s also one of the oldest games in town. We got our hands on a bottle of the Usquaebach 15 Year Blended Malt Scotch, which is a marriage of Highland single malts all aged for at least 15 years with some as old as 20 years in both oak and sherry casks. The company also produces Reserve Premium Blended Scotch, which is comprised of 16, 17 and 18 year old malts. And then there’s Old…
  • St. Augustine New World Gin Review

    Kevin Gray
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    You know gin. It’s that juniper-forward spirit distilled from grains. Usually. But in this case, it’s a citrus-forward spirit distilled from sugar cane. It comes to us from St. Augustine Distillery in Florida, so suddenly this whole thing makes sense. St. Augustine New World Gin, as the name implies, is not your standard London Dry style of gin. It’s distilled in small batches in a copper pot still with more than a dozen botanicals, including juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon peel and cassia bark. And while there’s enough juniper to give it the familiar gin…
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  • You Say Tomato, We Say Hibiki!

    aaron197172
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The honorable G-LO-san and I recently experienced the serenity and harmony that is a well known Japanese whisky. Once the musing started, we found ourselves immersed in tranquility as we became one with nature and its beauty in a glass of the “water of life”. Then the kids started running around the house trying to get in on the action, and all hell broke loose, making my brain turn to thoughts of Agony of Ninja Slayer. Luckily, we both had whisky before The War of Vengeance started and the darkest shadows cast down over the innocent people in the City. WHOA!! That was weird!
  • Beer Review – Evil Twin Hipster Ale

    G-LO
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    What is a Hipster? Dictionary.com tells us that this word, which they consider to be slang, is a noun with three possible definitions: A usually young person who is trendy, stylish, or progressive in an unconventional way; someone who is hip. A person, especially during the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by a particularly strong sense of alienation from most established social activities and relationships; a beatnik or hippie. A performer or admirer of jazz, especially swing; a hepcat. The Urban Dictionary gives us a MUCH more detailed definition. Here are a few of the highlights:…
  • Pour-A-Palooza 2015!

    G-LO
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Pour-A-Palooza puts a smile on everyone’s face!PALOOZA! Slap that word on the end of just about any other word and you instantly think FUN! BaconPalooza? FUN! WhiskyPalooza? OH HELL YES! That would be SUPER FUN! Milk Of MagnesiaPalooza? Umm. No. No fun at all! Of course, there’s always Lollapalooza, which is a super famous Palooza, but to be honest, that doesn’t scream “FUN!” to me. 25 years ago? Maybe. Now, at the ripe old age of 48? Definitely not. As Roger Murtaugh would say… Now that we’ve ruled out Lollapalooza as a G-LO worthy Palooza,…
  • Whisky Review – The Exclusive Malts Batch #8, Part 1

    G-LO
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Back in May, we received six whisky samples from Impex Beverages. The collective name for these whiskies is The Exclusive Malts Batch #8 which includes a Balmenach 2007, Laphroaig 2005, Invergordon 1984, Irish Whiskey 2002, North Highland 2005, and Speyside 1991. While it’s always fun to split the samples with Limpd and compare notes, this time around we decided to take three whiskies each and write them up on our own. As you can see in the above photo, I went with the Irish Whiskey, North Highland, and Laphroaig. Here are my thoughts… The Exclusive Malts Irish Whiskey 2002 13…
  • Beer Review – Stone Delicious IPA

    G-LO
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Yes. The Gargoyle is there. On the label. On the neck. And even on the cap. But this time around, there’s no Arrogance or Self Righteousness to be found. Deliciousness is what this IPA is all about. It says so on the label. Lemondrop and El Dorado Hops? According to the label, they’re in there. Enjoy by 7/13/2015? Perfect! Cause today just happens to be 7/13/2015. Never let it be said that I don’t meet my deadlines! As far as the beer itself, it sure is pretty. Even without the funky lighting in the above photo. Pale orange color. Fluffy off white foam. A bit of lacing.
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  • Karuizawa 1988 (The Whisky Fair)

    Ruben Luyten
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    This Karuizawa 1988 was part of a duo that was bottled for The Whisky Fair in 2007. A small part of this sherry butt was bottled by Whiskysite.nl in their Great Cask series. You know, I believe this may well be one of the last Karuizawas I’ll ever review. I have no samples left and with the current prices, who can afford to actually open one, let alone share it with others?     Karuizawa 19 yo 1988 (58,3%, The Whisky Fair 2007, refill butt, 480 btl.) A surprisingly pale colour on this. Nose: a rare chance to try Karuizawa without the heavy sherry, but not the usual bourbon profile…
  • Dos Maderas 5+3

    Ruben Luyten
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    It has been a while since we’ve reviewed a rum, but I stumbled upon this interesting one through my sherry exploration. Dos Maderas (which means Two Woods) is a molasses rum produced by the sherry bodegas Williams & Humbert. They start from Caribbean rums, matured for 5 years in Barbados and Guyana. These are shipped to Jerez de la Frontera, where they are blended and finished for three years in Palo Cortado casks (used in the solera of the very good 20 year-old Dos Cortados VOS sherry). They also have a 5+5 version (which is the 5+3 with an extra 2 years in Don Guido Pedro Ximénez…
  • Strathisla 1948 / 1961 ‘Royal Wedding’

    Ruben Luyten
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Did you notice we’ve been reviewing more old bottlings lately? It is rather quiet in the whisky scene – summer, you know. Gordon & MacPhail has a tradition to do special bottlings to commemorate royal weddings (we’ve tried Andrew & Fergie before). For the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Di on 29th of July 1981 they released vattings of 1948 and 1961 casks. There’s Glen Grant, Glenburgie and Strathisla, as far as I know.     Strathisla 1948 / 1961 ‘Royal Wedding’ (40%, Gordon & MacPhail 1981, for Charles & Diana) Nose: maybe not the…
  • Knockdhu 1974 (G&M Connoisseurs Choice)

    Ruben Luyten
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Knockdhu is the distillery that makes the current-day anCnoc. This is a young expression in the Connoisseurs Choice series (brown label) from Gordon & MacPhail.     Knockdhu 10 yo 1974 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice +/- 1984, 75cl) Nose: a lot of sweet grains, with hints of pear schnapps. Some silver polish and mint. Pine wood. A little paraffin. Musty warehouses. Almonds and wet papers. It’s not very expressive but it’s certainly not unpleasant either. Mouth: sweet start, quite soft yet a little spirity and bitterish. There’s grapefruit and lemon zest,…
  • Clynelish 1996 (Signatory for TWE)

    Ruben Luyten
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:48 pm
    This is the third and last of the Signatory Vintage casks that were bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange. It is a sherried Clynelish 1996.     Clynelish 18 yo 1996 (55,5%, Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange 2015, refill sherry butt #6509, 606 btl.) Nose: not the cleanest start, with a earthy and slightly sulphury hint, but this disappears. Overripe melon. Then some nice baked apple and raisins, rhubarb jam, even a bright hint of raspberries. Lots of leathery notes and pepper. Hints of waxed paper as well as some very light potpourri. Mouth: sweet and spicy. The pepper…
 
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  • For the Wine Enthusiast

    CE Staff
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    SPONSORED POST It’s no surprise that we here at Cocktail Enthusiast enjoy the occasional cocktail. But one cannot live on cocktails alone. That’s why beer and wine exist. So today we’re turning our attention to red wine. From origins and varietals to consumption habits, wine is a category full of fun facts. For example: the thirsty masses drank 144 billion glasses of wine in 2013; Vatican City consumes the most wine per person; and China is now the fifth most prolific wine-producing country in the world. See? Fun. So open a bottle for yourself, and then look below to learn…
  • Tequila Cocktails for National Tequila Day

    Kevin Gray
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Hardly a week goes by these days without the opportunity to observe a food- or drink-related holiday. We’re content to skip nearly all of them, but July 24th–better known as National Tequila Day–is one that we’re happy to support. So are brands and venues, if our flooded inbox is any indication. So below, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite cocktail recipes in honor of National Tequila Day. Celebrate accordingly. INDIAN SUMMER By Angela Laino, NYC 2 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco 1 oz fresh lime juice 1 oz simple syrup 1.5 tsp curry powder 2 sprigs cilantro…
  • The London No 1 Gin Review

    Kevin Gray
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Putting “No 1″ on your bottle is pretty bold, especially when you’re a London gin that’s competing with a horde of other fine London-style gins. And when you’re owned by a Spanish company (Gonzalez Byass) that primarily makes wines and sherry. And when your gin is blue. That’s right, it’s blue. It says “gin with certified color” right there on the label. But no matter. The London No 1 Gin is gin that’s actually made in London, and it’s quite good. It employs pot stills to make small batches of the spirit. It’s steeped…
  • Usquaebach 15 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Usquaebach. It’s pronounced “oos-ke-bah,” and it’s a line of blended malt whiskies from the Highlands. With a blend dating back to the 1700s and the name trademarked since 1877, it’s also one of the oldest games in town. We got our hands on a bottle of the Usquaebach 15 Year Blended Malt Scotch, which is a marriage of Highland single malts all aged for at least 15 years with some as old as 20 years in both oak and sherry casks. The company also produces Reserve Premium Blended Scotch, which is comprised of 16, 17 and 18 year old malts. And then there’s Old…
  • St. Augustine New World Gin Review

    Kevin Gray
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    You know gin. It’s that juniper-forward spirit distilled from grains. Usually. But in this case, it’s a citrus-forward spirit distilled from sugar cane. It comes to us from St. Augustine Distillery in Florida, so suddenly this whole thing makes sense. St. Augustine New World Gin, as the name implies, is not your standard London Dry style of gin. It’s distilled in small batches in a copper pot still with more than a dozen botanicals, including juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon peel and cassia bark. And while there’s enough juniper to give it the familiar gin…
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  • More About Portland Distilleries — Part 1

    Lew Bryson
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We ran a piece by Geoff Kleinman on Portland, Oregon’s “Distillery Row” in the current issue (“Beer and Whiskey”, Summer 2015). It’s a good piece, but Geoff had a lot more material, so we decided to run it here. This is the first part, about House Spirits. Enjoy! In many ways House Spirits Distillery been one of the more precocious of Portland’s craft distillers. As one of the early tenants of Portland’s Craft Distillery Row, House Spirits helped craft and shape the community and culture of Portland’s craft distilling scene. This was a…
  • Does It Really Have To Be Oak?

    Lew Bryson
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    First thing you need to know: this is not a story about whiskey. At least, not on the surface. It’s about gin. But it’s very much about the kind of innovative thinking small distillers are bringing to the shelf, and that encompasses whiskey. Read on, you’ll see. I took a vacation with my family (my wife, and our two adult children) recently. We traveled to Iceland (where we visited the Eimverk distillery), then Scotland (where we dropped in at Talisker), then wound up in Ireland. While we were relaxing in Lismore after some long driving days, I took the opportunity to pop…
  • Johnnie Walker Rye Cask: some new wood for Mister Walker

    Lew Bryson
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Diageo’s Johnnie Walker line will see the debut of a new series of limited bottlings, the Johnnie Walker Select Casks, different wood-finished whiskies (the number of releases is unknown at this time). The first will be a Rye Cask Finish, released in September in U.S. markets. Diageo North America marketing director for Scotch whisky Brian Cox was quoted about the new series in Shanken News Daily, saying, “We’re considering Select Casks as an annual limited edition.” The whisky grew out of Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge’s ongoing experimentation with the Johnnie…
  • Destruction in Bourbon Country

    Lew Bryson
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Warlike destruction came to Louisville this week. When I saw the Whiskey Row ashes, the smoldering charred wood, facades holding on by historic bricks, I was reminded of the carnage of war and my personal moments in it. I was taken back to a time I once tried to forget, only to fail and be forced to deal with the memories. In Iraq, I was an Army photographer. I walked through the streets and villages, and in homes, with an M-16 slung from my side and a Nikon D1X firmly gripped, always ready to capture combat or whatever. Halfway through my 2004 deployment, I lost count of how many car bombs I…
  • A Couple Whiskey Gadgets

    Lew Bryson
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Along with the whiskey samples we get here at the magazine, we get whiskey-related gadgets. Most of them aren’t worth your time — hats with flasks and sippy straws, “whiskey pong” sets — but some of them are things that pique our interest. Those fall mainly into four categories: flasks (we’ll always try out a new flask), chilling ideas for individual glasses of whisky, apps and guides, and the new rush of wood insert ‘whisky improvers.’ We try them out, and if they’re interesting, or superior, we’ll let you know. To be honest, most…
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  • Free Shipping to Commemorate Black Tot Day

    The Master of Malt
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The 31st July 1970 was the day on which the Royal Navy issued the final ever daily rum ration, or daily tot. To commemorate the end of this naval tradition, observed for over three centuries, we're offering Free Shipping* on all orders containing Pusser's or Rumbullion! rums, or indeed the Black Tot Last Consignment, up until midnight (BST) Friday 31st July. That includes Pusser's 'Gunpowder Proof' Black Label, the new rebranded name (introduced in 2014) for their classic 54.5% British Navy rum. Previously known as Blue Label, that name is now reserved for a brand new 40% offering, the reason…
  • Master of Cocktails - The-Candy-Apple-Jack-Hammer

    The Master of Malt
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    It's the return of #MasterofCocktails! And there are a few changes to the format... We're going to be making this a much less step-by-step affair - in return though, you'll be getting more advanced, exciting recipes, with more focus on presentation and garnish. We're also moving to once a fortnight, although still at the usual time of 6pm Sunday on twitter and on the blog the very next day. List of Ingredients 40ml St. George California Reserve Apple Brandy 40ml Cynar Liqueur 20ml Cocchi Barolo Chinato 1 pipette Bitter Bastards Cinnamon Bitters Method Stir, strain, orange twist, pickled…
  • New 50cl Cocktails from The Handmade Cocktail Company!

    The Master of Malt
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Handmade Cocktail Company's range of Pre-Bottled Cocktails has had a bit of a shake-up! From today, the entire 2015 selection will be available in 50cl bottles alongside the award-winning 70cl editions that were first launched over four years ago. As well as updated recipes, there's also a brand new addition for 2015 - another graduate from the Experimental Series: The Boulevardier! Do you enjoy a delicious Negroni? How about a classic Manhattan? Well if you answered yes to either or both of those questions then you'll love The Boulevardier, made with top quality bourbon with a very high…
  • An ISC Trophy for Master of Malt's #WhiskySanta!

    The Master of Malt
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Oh ho ho! What do we have here? An International Spirits Challenge Trophy, for me? Why it's like Christmas in July! Although, for the avoidance of doubt, not at all like the choas of the film "Christmas in July" (which is one of my favourites). Mrs. Claus tells me I need to stop mentioning 1940s cinema, as it'll stop me being "down with the kids", but now I have a Digital and Social Trophy! How much more hip and with it can you get? Specifically, the trophy is for the Best Digital and Social Media Campaign in the spirits industry during the last year. A huge accolade and one that myself,…
  • Kininvie Special Release To Mark Distillery's 25th Anniversary

    The Master of Malt
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Almost exactly a year after we told you about Kininvie single malt's UK launch (along with some information on the distillery and too many 12 Monkeys references), we have some news of further releases for you. Celebrating the 25th anniversary at the weekend, three casks that were filled on day one, quarter of a century ago, were selected by Brian Kinsman. Three casks for three markets: the UK, Europe and Taiwan. Collectively named "Special Release #1" or "the first drops", three unique single cask, cask strength Kininvie bottlings are planned for release between November 2015 and February…
 
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  • முந்திரி பக்கோடா

    Praveen Kumar
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    இது ஒரு எளிய மற்றும் சுவையான மாலை சிற்றுண்டி.
  • Misal Pav

    Anjali Anand
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    Misal Pav is a very popular street food in Mumbai. A traditional Maharashtrian chaat dish, Misal Pav is made using moth beans, green gram and served with pav buns. Highly nutritious, they are generally served as a breakfast dish but these days they are served all round the day. Ingredients: Moth Dal (Moth Beans) – […]
  • Chow Chow Payasam

    Praveen Kumar
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    A unique and a different payasam (kheer). Chow Chow (or Chayote Squash) is low in calorie and has a high nutritional value. They are a very good source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber and folates. Ingredients: Chow Chow – 200 gms Milk – 400 ml Sugar – 200 gms Cashew Nuts – 15 to 20 […]
  • Chow Chow Kesari

    Praveen Kumar
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:38 am
    Chow Chow (Bangalore Brinjal) is a popular and common vegetable in South India. Typically used as a vegetable to make kootu and poriyal, this kesari is different and unique. Ingredients: Chow Chow – 200 gms Moong Dal – 200 gms Ghee – 200 ml Cardamoms – 4 to 5, powdered Milk – 400 ml Almonds […]
  • Chow Chow Cutlet

    Praveen Kumar
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    A healthy and different variety of cutlet made with chow chow (chayote). Chow Chow (or Chayote or Bangalore Brinjal) is a popular South Indian vegetable often used to made Chow Chow Kootu. Ingredients: Chow Chow (Chayote) – 200 gms Ragi Flour – 200 gms Onions – 100 gms Green Chillies – 5 to 6 Cumin […]
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  • The Artesian – New Menu is a Surrealism dream

    Rebecca
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    It’s not every day that ones drink arrives hanging suspended in a scented net, or riding high atop a futuristic Lego-constructed elephant – but then it’s not every day that one is trying out the new menu at the World’s Best Bar. Yep, those trailblazers of the cocktail universe have done it again, producing a show-stopping new selection of libations that are as much fun to take photos of as they are to drink.Whereas last year’s list was based on Unfolding and Exploring, the new menu is inspired by Salvador Dali and his Les Diners de Gala – a rare cookbook that embraces and…
  • Allachburn Care Home, Aberdeenshire

    Iain Gorman
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    On Thursday 25th June Social and Cocktail Events brought its Community Cocktails project to the North East, with a cocktail party in the Allachburn Care Home in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.The Social and Cocktail team arrived at 2pm and began to set up in the main lounge of the care home, in which many of the elderly care home residents had already arrived. The resident were visibly excited about the party and were keen to see the menus featuring the cocktail and mocktails the bartender would be serving. The bar was set up and banners and props displaying scenes from 1920s prohibition America were…
  • Noir W1

    Rebecca
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Sometimes thinking of a bar to grab some cocktails when you’re in Central London can be a pain. You want someplace that’s easy to get to, but nothing that has become a tourist trap. Equally, you want fun and inventive cocktails that are going to be worth the money you pay for them. And, if it’s a Friday night and you’re like me, you want somewhere that has an atmosphere combining chilled-out cool with chic surroundings.Enter Noir W1 – located just West enough to be classed as Mayfair, and exuding all the slick style one would expect from such geographical partiality.  The exterior…
  • TOZI Restaurant and Bar

    Rebecca
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    The lovely thing about TOZI is that it doesn’t feel like a hotel bar. Although The Artesian at The Langham is the frequent winner of Best Bar accolades, the words ‘hotel bar’ always bring to mind an image of middle-aged businessmen, mournfully nursing a whisky in a dimly lit, dated room where the bar-staff have learnt not to ask too many questions.But I was so enjoying the casual atmosphere and attentive waiting staff while drinking in TOZI that it prompted me to ask whether this was a family run business, or was branching out to more sites, at which point I was told that it was…
  • No.32 The Old Town

    Rebecca
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Seasoned Londoners will know all about the famous North/South divide. Depending on the postcode you live in then you often have very strident views on where is best to spend time, and I find it usually equates to the first place you really settled.I’m a Southerner all the way, having first alighted in Clapham many years ago, and although I no longer live there it’s still fairly local and it has a very special place in my heart.So okay, maybe I’m biased, but I think Clapham is just lovely. Parts don’t even feel like you’re in London – there’s a bit of a village-y aspect to it,…
 
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  • Introducing Bacardi Tangerine

    Alexander
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    Nothing says Summer like Rum, unless you’re a tequila fiend, but I’m a rum kind of guy so I love this time of year because we tend to see a lot of awesome products hit the shelves. Bacardi Rum is keeping that trend going with the announcement of their newest flavored rum, Bacardi tangerine. It’s infused rich tangerine flavors to create a really tangy but fresh taste, inspired by the brands Caribbean heritage. I’m interested to give it a try mostly because I was a fan of Bacardi O, their orange rum, for years, which I’m not sure if it’s going away or not.
  • Tales of the Cocktail 2015 Spirited Awards Winners

    Alexander
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    Last weekend the years best bars, bartenders, writers, and cocktail experts from around the world were recognized at the 9th annual Spirited Awards held at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Sadly we missed the festivities this year for the first time since 2011 but we’ll be there next sure, we’re already making our plans. The Spirited Awards are the Oscars of the drink industry and not only does it recognize a lot of hard-working individuals from around the world but it sets a roadmap for the drinkers and cocktail snobs around the world looking for the best bars to go to, best…
  • Review: Herradura Ultra Anejo Tequila

    Alexander
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Most people think of tequila and have flashbacks to drunken and regrettable nights in college or on vacation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A fine tequila, much like a fine glass of Scotch or Wine can be sipped and appreciated. We had the pleasure of tasting such a tequila, it’s the newest launch from Casa Herradura called Herradura Ultra. When we first sampled Herradura Ultra it was only sold in Mexico and that wouldn’t be fair to share how awesome we thought it was with everyone only to say, “sorry you can’t have it”. That all changed recently when…
  • Jim Beam Kentucky Dram: When Scotch meets Bourbon

    Alexander
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:49 am
    Jim Beam Kentucky Dram is what I like to call a Frankenstein liquor. It’s when brands try to get “creative” and combine more than one spirit to create something new and exciting. Plenty of lesser known brands have tried it, usually with little success but so have several of the big brands. Malibu Red was a combination of tequila and rum. Grey Goose recently launched Grey Goose VX, a vodka made like a cognac creating an interesting love child. Now Jim Beam is next in line with the release of Jim Beam Kentucky Dram, a premium bourbon infused with highland Scotch whisky.
  • Coming Soon: Jim Beam Citrus Highball

    Alexander
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Stacked cans of Jim Beam Citrus Highball Grapefruit. Megumi Fujikawa/The Wall Street Journal You know how trends tend to pop up, and then get overdone, and then it becomes SO trendy that eventually a new trend starts in the opposite direction? This might be one of those things… Those of you tired of hearing the term “Craft Cocktail” might be happy to know Jim Beam is keeping it classy with a release of their new ready to drink cocktail in a can, Jim Beam Citrus Highball. Now TECHNICALLY, pre-bottling cocktails is pretty trendy now too, but typically those are still pretty…
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  • Ardbeg Whisky Distillers Produce First Whisky Vapour For Cocktails

    scottg1971
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Islay single malt whisky distillers, Ardbeg create a whisky vapour. It’s created in a special carafe. Special droplets in the carafe turn the whisky to vapour when vibrated. Always looking to come  up with something new, single malt whisky makers – Ardbeg have produced the first whisky vapour. The special mist is whisky [...] The post Ardbeg Whisky Distillers Produce First Whisky Vapour For Cocktails appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • China Whisky Fund to Boost Scotch Whisky Sales

    scottg1971
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Members of the Single Malt Club China (SMCC) have created a £3m fund so that Chinese whisky connoisseurs can invest in some of Scotland’s rarest single malts. The fund will facilitate the buying of rare and valuable single malt whiskies, such as limited editions released by distilleries or bottles from single caskets. The [...] The post China Whisky Fund to Boost Scotch Whisky Sales appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Glenfiddich Director Gives Interview

    scottg1971
    14 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    William Grant and Sons, the company behind the Glenfiddich range of single malt Scotch whisky, is still family-owned. Glenfiddich has been making Scotch whisky since 1887 in the Speyside region of whisky production. Recently director, Peter Gordon, gave an interview to a US based TV show The Street. Glenfiddich has published a [...] The post Glenfiddich Director Gives Interview appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Have the Best Dram Time In Scotland | Whisky Month

    scottg1971
    11 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    This month is whisky month in Scotland. In our last blog be wrote about some of the planned events. So, if your prefer a Glenfiddich to a Glenlivet, or a Bowmore to Bunnahabhain – you will find something for you. It’s expected to attract over 70,000 people over the course of the [...] The post Have the Best Dram Time In Scotland | Whisky Month appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Whisky Month | Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

    scottg1971
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    May is Whisky Month when Scotland’s national drink, uisge beatha’ as we call it – the ‘water of life’, is celebrated through the country. So it would seem natural that things are kicked off in Strathspey. This region of Scotch Whisky has the highest concentration of distilleries in Scotland. In fact, even though it is in [...] The post Whisky Month | Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
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    The Whiskey Jug

  • Highspire Rye Whiskey Review

    Josh Peters
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    My first thought when tasting the Highspire Rye Whiskey was “ooof, that’s a lot of sawdust”. So I let it sit and open up for about 20 minutes. When I came back to it most of that had blown off and was replaced by a marshmallowy vanilla and tropical-like fruitiness along with some raisiny sweetness, but that saw dust character hadn’t fully abated and that character led me to believe that this whiskey was a whole lot younger than its stated “barrel aged less than 4 years” might lead one to believe. That “<4 years” statement + the use of Pure Rye (which isn’t a valid TTB…
  • 1976 Glen Mhor 28 years Rare Malts Review

    Josh Peters
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    1976 Glen Mhor 28 years Rare Malts comes from a distillery founded in 1894 and stood for 92 years in the Scottish Highlands. A small distillery equipped with only 1 wash and 1 spirit still, Glen Mhor was somewhat of a leader in distilling innovation during its time on this planet. It was the first distillery to use a Saladin Box and was among the first distilleries in Scotland to implement steam heating. However, all of this innovation and couldn’t keep the little guy in production. Glen Mhor Timeline (via Malt Madness) 1892 – Founded by John Birnie and James Mackinlay (Charles…
  • Yoichi 15 years Review

    Josh Peters
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Alas poor Yoichi 15 I knew thee kinda well, but now you’re gone. I’ve had a few glasses of you at the bar, I’ve had you at tastings and then there was the afternoon this review stems from where a friend brought this bottle of you over and I took notes over several glasses. I do still have a 2 oz sample of you left from that afternoon, but with your recent disappearance I don’t know if we’ll ever see each other again because there’s no way in hell I’m paying secondary prices for you or any of your kin. A Victim of it’s own success (so the story goes) Yoichi and the rest of the…
  • Glenfiddich 15 Cask Strength Review

    Josh Peters
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Glenfiddich 15 Cask Strength is the Glenfiddich I want to drink everyday. I want cases of this stuff, but unfortunately it’s not made any more. I’m not exactly sure when it stopped being produced, but looking through a couple of forums it seems like this bottling went from being available in retail in the mid / late 90’s, to duty free and distillery only, to distillery only and then was replaced by the current distillery exclusive which is a cask strength version of the 15 year Solara. So what makes this so spectacular? Simplicity. It’s not peated, it’s not heavily sherried, it’s…
  • Talisker 10 Review

    Josh Peters
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Talisker is one of my favorite distilleries and their workhorse, the Talisker 10, has been among my favorite go-tos ever since I encountered the distillery. Though one thing we learned at the Talisker Malt Nuts event was just how much the Talisker 10 has changed over the years and how much it can vary even within a relatively short amount of time. This particular Talisker, which some of you might notice from the label, is from around ’93. This was my favorite of the 10 year old Talis from our Talisker event and thought it deserved a proper review. It is a little bit different than the…
 
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    Drink Insider

  • Drinking Colorado: Spirits Edition (Feat. Stranahan’s, Leopold Bros & more)

    DrinkInsider
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    In the past ten years Colorado has gone from just one craft distillery to fifty, making it one of the foremost states for craft spirits in the county. For part two in our Drinking Colorado series, we take a look at a few standout distilleries in the Denver area: Stranahan’s, Leopold Bros and Laws Whiskey House. Plus, we’ll throw in a few spirit-friendly restaurants and bottle shops for good measure from our recent trip out west. First, let’s start with the distillery that put the state back on the distillation map. Stranahan’s, Denver Stranahan’s became Colorado’s…
  • New 18- and 42-year Whiskies from Tobermory… I mean, Ledaig

    DrinkInsider
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    I’ve always been a little confused by the Tobermory/Ledaig story. First of all, this is a distillery that has been in and out of operation numerous times since it was founded in 1798. It has also switched ownership hands perhaps as many times. So the whole history thing is a little bit hard to follow. But the bigger point of confusion for me, and probably for many other whisky drinkers as well, has been this dual identity issue. Is it Tobermory distillery? Is it Ledaig? Well, the answer to that question depends on what point of the distillery’s history you are referring to. The…
  • Drinking Colorado: Craft Beer Edition

    DrinkInsider
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    When I went to college in Colorado in the late 90s, there was already a burgeoning craft beer culture in the state. Fast-forward 15+ years and Colorado has become a haven for great drinks; featuring a craft beer scene that has now surpassed 200 breweries, a growing number of distilleries and, yes, even 100 or so wineries. And, of course, there are plenty of great restaurants and bottle shops with well-curated drink selections as well. All of this combined, Colorado has easily become one of the best states in the country for drink travel. On my recent trip to the area I explored Denver,…
  • Laphroaig 15, Reincarnated & Reviewed (200th Anniversary)

    DrinkInsider
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    As I reported back in November, Laphroaig has a host of new releases planned for their 200th Anniversary this year. According to Laphroaig’s Distillery Master John Campbell there are seven new whiskies in total coming out in 2015. Not least of which is the limited edition return of Laphroaig 15. Yes, you heard that right, Laphroaig 15 is baaaaaaaack! (Okay, maybe just for a short spell, but I’ll take it!) If you couldn’t tell by my friendly intro, I’ve always been a big fan of Laphroaig 15. It was one of the first whiskies I ever purchased and I have more than a few fond memories…
  • On Craggy Range: Exploring The Diversity of New Zealand’s Wines

    DrinkInsider
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    It’s important to remind ourselves from time to time that our perspectives of a region’s wine may be skewed by the realities of a local market. I realized I was guilty of this the other night when I spent an evening at Boston’s iconic L’Espalier restaurant with Craggy Range’s Chief Winemaker, Matt Stafford. It occurred to me throughout the dinner that for years I’ve been pigeonholing New Zealand wine into the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc bucket because that’s what’s mostly available in my local area. The reality, however, is that New Zealand is producing a diverse array of…
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  • Larceny Wheated Bourbon – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Larceny Background Larceny Every great Bourbon needs a great story, and as we know, sometimes these stories can stretch the truth if not be an outright fantasy. Old Fitzgerald was a fantasy of the best distiller (John E. Fitzgerald) making the best Bourbon in the land that most can’t buy. As it turns out, there actually may have been a John E. Fitzgerald, but he wasn’t a distiller. Fitzgerald was actually a Treasury agency working for the Feds. The new story goes that John E. Fitzgerald was charged with safeguarding stocks of whiskey, but he happened to have a taste for the…
  • Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel Background Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel I walked into my usual whiskey monger and was greeted with the latest store selection. I was excitedly shown a fancy bottle of a single barrel Crown Royal with a box and nifty bag. Nice presentation, but Crown Royal? I’m mostly a Bourbon guy, so I was skeptical, but hey I’ll give a shot. Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel is actually pretty unique. My experiences of Crown is limited to the standard bottle that is typically a blend of up to 50 different whiskeys. One particular whiskey is their Coffey Rye…
  • Old Forester 1870 – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    31 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Old Forester 1870 Background Old Forester 1870 Bourbon lore has Old Forester as the longest selling brand of Bourbons and the first to be sold in pre-packaged bottles. George Garvin Brown was a pharmaceuticals salesman and partnered with his brother JTS Brown to begin buying Bourbon barrels and packaging them in sealed bottles. As a practice, they would buy multiple barrels and “batch” them together to be bottled. The batching helped to create a more consistent product compared to the variations found in individual barrels from multiple distilleries. The practice of both batching for…
  • Grand Traverse Cask Strength Rye Whiskey – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Grand Traverse Cask Strength Rye Whiskey Background Grand Traverse Cask Strength Rye Whiskey Grand Traverse Distillery is based out of Traverse City, Michigan where they have a couple tasting rooms. Currently they said they’re not retailing their whiskey widely since it’s in short supply, so you most likely need to visit the distillery or one of their tasting rooms. They make all their whiskey themselves and have been at it for about eight years.  They promote themselves as a farm to bottle operation sourcing all their grains/cereal from local farms. Grand Traverse Distillery has…
  • Evan Williams White Label Bottled-in-Bond – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Evan Williams White Label Background Evan Williams White Label Evan Williams White Label is a part of the Evan Williams line from Heaven Hill Distillery. There are a number of Evan Williams bottling, but it seem the most popular are the 100-proof Bottled in Bond (AKA White label), 86-proof Black Label, 86.6-proof Evan Williams 1783, and an 86.6-proof Evan Williams Single Barrel. I’m a fan of the Evan Williams Single Barrel which is available in yearly batches. Actually I dig Heaven Hill in general with a number of pretty great Bourbons for the money. With Evan Williams White Label…
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  • Flaviar App is here! The Closest You'll Get to Tasting a Whisky Before Actually Tasting it.

    Flaviar
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Do you ever find yourself staring at shelves full of bottles, with no clue what to get, because prices, labels and bottle shapes can’t tell if you're going to like the drink or not. From now on, you’ll always have a liquor advocate by your side: the Flaviar App! We made it to give you the closest experience to tasting a drink before actually tasting it. There are roughly 10,000 spirits in the Flaviar App, each with information about the distillery and production methods, tasting notes and ratings & reviews by you, dear Flaviaristas! But the real kicker is the ability…
  • There are More Ways to Drink Whisky Than You Think

    Flaviar
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Whilst many purists will assure you that neat is the nectar style to go for, no one can dram up your measurements better than you. Here’s some classic Whisky drinking styles, try them out and suit up. Neat Whisky straight up, on its own, is the championed method of many connoisseurs. This method can taste overpowering if you’re not used to alcohol, but it does lend itself to showcasing the various flavour notes in your drink. On the rocks "Scotch on the rocks" still sounds pretty hardcore anyway, doesn’t it? This could be a refreshing drinking method if…
  • Arran Whisky: Made by Rockers, Fit for the Queen

    Flaviar
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Scottish Isle of Arran is home to less than 5,000 people, but also to a great Scotch Whisky of the same name. When first Arran Whisky was distilled in 1995, it was first legally distilled spirit on the island since 1836. Two decades later, it remains the only one. Speaking to the great popularity of Arran is a fact that its visitors center gets 50,000 visitors a year. They still remember their first one, though – it was Her Majesty The Queen that opened it in 1997 and Arran still stores two casks of Whisky for her grandsons, the princes. James MacTaggart is the Distilery Manager and…
  • One Girl's Journey into the World of Premium Spirits

    Flaviar
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    As an outsider to the premium spirits industry, a simple intrigued-drinker-turned-passionate-spirits-blogger, peaking through the letterbox of those imposing, wooden doors, initially seemed the only way I could get any glimpse of what the hell was going on inside that mammoth, alcoholic mansion! But I wanted in. And since launching my spirit blog back in March 2015, I soon found those doors were a lot less ominous, a lot less towering and I didn’t need any special members-only key. Boozy beginnings Before I started blogging about premium spirits, this industry always seemed…
  • Home Bars of Flaviar Stars, Vol. 6

    Flaviar
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Jason's introduction to the Whisky world was through the Dalwhinnie 15 year old. "I call this my gateway whisky and recommend it to anyone that doesn't really drink whisky. With a little water, it has a very mellow, smooth finish."  "My father's lifelong appreciation of the Aqua Vitae was what encouraged me to explore the wide variety of Single Malt Whisky and I began collecting about 10 years ago. He lives in the Highlands of Scotland in the Speyside region near to many famous distilleries." Whenenever Jason visits the area, he always tries to sample…
 
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  • New Small Batch Gin from the Forefather of Quality English Gin Launches in Manchester

    Greg
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    In a world first for Manchester, a new small batch gin has launched in Manchester. Thomas Dakin Gin is a classic style juniper- led gin, whose namesake created the world’s first quality English gin and founded the world’s oldest gin distillers in 1761. This new gin, named in honour of Thomas Dakin, the young gin […] The post New Small Batch Gin from the Forefather of Quality English Gin Launches in Manchester appeared first on Great Drams.
  • The problem with the terms craft distilling and limited edition

    Greg
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    Do you know your craft distilling from your small batch distilling? Your limited release from your limited edition? Yeah, I didn’t think so, it can be a murky world of terminology to navigate, and that does my head in. The root of this problem? Big distillers and the lack of a standardised view on what […] The post The problem with the terms craft distilling and limited edition appeared first on Great Drams.
  • The top three bottles of whisky to take to a dinner party

    Greg
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    I don’t know about you but every time I go to a party nowadays I feel like I should be taking a bottle of whisky instead of a bottle of wine. More expensive? Yes. But it is more suited to me, my expertise, and by the sound of some of my friends when I don’t… […] The post The top three bottles of whisky to take to a dinner party appeared first on Great Drams.
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  • Akashi 5 YO Single Cask

    Thomas Øhrbom
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Akashi 5 YO Single Cask, 50 % The Eigashima company actually got their license to distill whisky as early as 1919, four years before Japan’s first whisky distillery, Yamazaki, was established. Eigashima did not use their license, however, until 1984, when they built their White Oak Distillery. Eigashima released their first single malt in 2007, […] The post Akashi 5 YO Single Cask appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Bunnahabhain 1991 Wheskykôrka 2 Lightly Peated

    Thomas Øhrbom
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Bunnahabhain 1991 Wheskykôrka 2 Lightly Peated, 22 YO, 49,7 % The Swedish independent bottler Svenska Eldvatten are at it again. Today we review their Bunnahabhain 1991 Wheskykôrka 2 Lightly Peated. Distilled in November 1991, matured in a bourbon hogshead, and bottled in September 2014 with an outturn of 120 bottles. This whisky was released on April […] The post Bunnahabhain 1991 Wheskykôrka 2 Lightly Peated appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Aultmore 2007 7 YO A. D. Rattray Single Cask #900015

    Tone Øhrbom
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Aultmore 2007 7 YO A. D. Rattray Single Cask #900015, 56 % I am not so familiar with the independent bottler A. D. Rattray, yet. I have only tasted eight of their whiskies. All of them have been good. Well, I am not so familiar with Aultmore either. I have only tasted four whiskies from […] The post Aultmore 2007 7 YO A. D. Rattray Single Cask #900015 appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Nordic Whisky #50 – Audny Series 3 Single Cask

    Thomas Øhrbom
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    Audny Series 3 Single Cask, 4 YO, 46 % This is the third release in the Audny series from Norwegian Distillery Det Norske Brenneri (formerly Agder Brenneri). The Audny Series 3 Single Cask is a four year old, sherry matured whisky. It is released in a limited run of 1000 50 cl bottles The Audny […] The post Nordic Whisky #50 – Audny Series 3 Single Cask appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Koval Single Barrel Bourbon

    Thomas Øhrbom
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Koval Single Barrel Bourbon, NAS, 47 % Koval is a small distillery in Chicago, Illinois, established in 2008 – the first distillery in the city since the mid-1800s. They produce organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits. From day one they decided to make organic spirits from scratch, avoiding the common industry practice in the USA of bottling spirits […] The post Koval Single Barrel Bourbon appeared first on Whisky Saga.
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    A History of Drinking

  • National Tequila Day 2015

    Gregory Priebe
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    National Tequila Day It’s National Tequila Day 2015 and to celebrate, we’re serving up a veritable treasure trove of facts and recipes to help you mark the day in appropriate fashion.   Tequila classics... The post National Tequila Day 2015 appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Raise a Glass to Ulysses S. Grant

    Gregory Priebe
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    This past week, I was lucky enough to get a seat at Philip Green (author of “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion”  and Mark Will-Weber’s fantastic “Cheers to the Chief” seminar... The post Raise a Glass to Ulysses S. Grant appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Bordeaux for Bastille Day

    Nicole Priebe
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Bordeaux for Bastille Day Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité! July 14th is Bastille Day, commemorating the storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, so what better way to celebrate than with a a wine... The post Bordeaux for Bastille Day appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Book Review: Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails

    Gregory Priebe
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails by Warren Bobrow What’s inside: In Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails, the third offering from author Warren “The Cocktail Whisperer” Bobrow, we are plunged into the lore and usage of bitters and... The post Book Review: Bitters & Shrub Syrup Cocktails appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Infographic – A History of the Piña Colada

    Gregory Priebe
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    A History of the Piña Colada Today is National Piña Colada Day, so it’s time to break out the rum, pineapple juice and coconut cream and celebrate the official drink of Puerto Rico (since... The post Infographic – A History of the Piña Colada appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
 
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    Bevvy Speakeasy

  • 5 Decadent Daiquiri Variations

    Will Shenton
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    The classic Daiquiri is one of our all-time favorites, but these (gasp!) might be even better. The post 5 Decadent Daiquiri Variations appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • The Best Bars in the World: Tales of the Cocktail 2015

    Will Shenton
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    It's the most wonderful time of the year, folks: Tales of the Cocktail and The Spirited Awards have officially crowned the best bars in the world. The post The Best Bars in the World: Tales of the Cocktail 2015 appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • How to Make a Daiquiri

    Will Shenton
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    A simple combination of rum, lime juice, and sugar, the Daiquiri is a crowd-pleasing classic that couldn't be easier to make. The post How to Make a Daiquiri appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • The History of the Mojito

    Will Shenton
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    The history of the Mojito is as fascinating as it is controversial - from Sir Francis Drake to Ernest Hemingway, we trace the origins of this classic cocktail. The post The History of the Mojito appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • 5 Delicious Mojito Variations

    Will Shenton
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    As the summer's beachy cocktails begin to lose their novelty, these variations are the best medicine for a jaded palate. The post 5 Delicious Mojito Variations appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
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    The Whiskey Wash

  • New Holland Brewing Names Wheat Whiskey After A Pitchfork

    Nino Marchetti
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    New Holland Brewing is an outfit out of Michigan that’s very well known for its wide selection of tasty craft beers. They, like Rogue Ales out of Oregon, also have a distilling side to them which happens to include some rather interesting whiskies. One of these, a wheat whiskey, has gone through a name change and is now known as Pitchfork Wheat. The New Holland Pitchfork Wheat Whiskey, formerly known as Bill’s Michigan Whiskey, is a 90 proof bottling that’s non-chill filtered and matured a non-stated amount of time in smaller American oak barrels. Its mash bill contains…
  • Suntory Whisky Heading To Space For Aging Experiments

    Nino Marchetti
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Some Suntory whisky like this will soon be floating in space. Japanese whisky, already having reached new heights in popularity among reviewers and collectors, is set to soar even literally higher, courtesy of a planned trip to the International Space Station. Suntory said it plans to send a selection of its bottlings, among other alcoholic beverages, into orbit above the Earth as part of an experiment. Suntory officials said samples of its whiskies, which are aged 10, 18 and 21 years, will be shot into space in mid-August to be kept at the International Space Station’s Japanese Experiment…
  • Whiskey Review: Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Derek Sun
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    image copyright The Whiskey Wash Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article. Buffalo Trace Distillery proudly proclaims itself to be the oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States, and traces its roots back to pioneers settling westward during the 18th century. Even during Prohibition, the distillery remained open through the creation of “medical” whiskey, and up through today has won a number…
  • Kentucky Distilleries Are Now Sprouting Like Bourbon Weeds

    Nino Marchetti
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    It is getting so now we can’t seem to keep up with bourbon growth news out of Kentucky, and I don’t mean new bottlings being released. Rather, what I’m referring to, is the redevelopment and/or building of new distilleries and related facilities, sometimes right atop the remains of distilleries which once were. To date, just to name a few: Old Forester in downtown Louisville Four Roses at both its Lawrenceburg and Cox’s Creek facilities Bardstown Bourbon out of Bardstown Buffalo Trace at its historic Frankfort campus Bulleit at its Shelbyville facility You can see what…
  • New Rogue Chipotle Whiskey Aims To Spice Things Up

    Nino Marchetti
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Flavored whiskey, as always, is an odd bird of a category for this spirit type. There certainly is a market for it, though if you suggest that’s mostly women I would say you are quite wrong on that in this day and age. Distillers love to see what, shall we say, unique concoctions they can come with based upon ingredients at hand, such as the just announced Rogue Chipotle Whiskey. Rouge Ales and Spirits is a multi-location distillery and brewery in Oregon, including its primary distilling operation in coastal Newport that’s complete with its own barrel-making cooperage. They are…
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    Tipsy Bartender

  • THE MEXICAN CANDY SHOT

    Skyy john
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:50 pm
    1/2 oz. (15ml) Tequila1 oz. (30ml) Watermelon Pucker2 Dashes of Hot Sauce Some fans of the show stopped by to teach me THE MEXICAN CANDY SHOT! It's a mix of tequila, watermelon pucker and hot sauce!
  • THE ULTIMATE SUPERBOWL PUNCH

    Skyy john
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Large Watermelon9 oz. (270ml) Tequila3 oz. (90ml) Triple Sec2 oz. (60ml) Peach Schnapps3 Oranges10 Limes1 Mango THE ULTIMATE SUPER BOWL PUNCH...we created a large margarita style punch inside a watermelon; the perfect treat for the big game. It's loaded with tequila, more booze and fresh juices.
  • RAINBOW BREEZE

    Skyy john
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Bottom Layer:1 oz. (30ml) GrenadineFill Glass with IceMiddle Layer:1 oz. (30ml) Orange Juice1 oz. (30ml) Pineapple Juice1 oz. (30ml) Pineapple Rum1 oz. (30ml) Banana Rum1 oz. (30ml) Triple SecTop Layer:1 oz. (30ml) Mango Vodka1/2 oz. (15ml) Blue CuracaoInstagram Photo Credit: @bread_man32 Watch make the Barbados Surprise:
  • Jungle Juice

    Skyy john
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    STRAWBERRY JUNGLE JUICE1 bottle vodka1 bottle rum1 bottle Sour Apple Pucker2 bottle strawberry sodaStrawberriesLemonsGreen ApplesPINEAPPLE JAM FRAT PUNCH2 pineapples, cut into chunks1 Bottle of Bacardi 1511 Bottle of Coconut Rum1 Bottle of Vodka1 Bottle of Peach Schnapps1 Gallon of Orange Juice2 2L SpriteJUNGLE JUICE STYLE BLUE HAWAIIAN1 bottle White Rum2 bottles Coconut Rum1 bottle Blue Curacao2 cans of Pineapple JuicePineapple SlicesOrange SlicesInstagram Photo Credit: @dropitlikeasquat412 Watch us make an Epic Green Jungle Juice:
  • THE DONALD TRUMP COCKTAIL

    Skyy john
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:17 pm
    1/2 oz. (15ml) Hennessy1/2 oz. (15ml) Grand Marnier1/2 oz. (15ml) Vodka1/2 oz. (15ml) Peach Schnapps1/2 oz. (15ml) Blue Curacao1/2 oz. (15ml) Sweet & SourOrange HalfBacardi 151Instagram Photo Credit: @tipsybartender Finally a drink based on DONALD TRUMP! It's green for his money with a flaming orange top for his hair!
 
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    Words of Whisky

  • Glenkinchie 1999/2012 Distillers Edition

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    The last time a Glenkinchie Distillers Edition was released, was back in 2012. It proves to be a prototypical 80 point dram for me. The post Glenkinchie 1999/2012 Distillers Edition appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Karuizawa 1981/2011 ‘Geisha Label’

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    Legendary and priceless whisky, Karuizawa is now almost unattainable for regular whisky enthusiasts. Almost... The post Karuizawa 1981/2011 ‘Geisha Label’ appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Yamazaki 10yo

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    The now discontinued Yamazaki 10yo is fetching ridiculous prices at auction, but is also pretty tasty. The post Yamazaki 10yo appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Cooley 1999/2012 Thosop

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    An Irish whiskey from the handwritten label-series by Thosop. A delicious single cask from Cooley. The post Cooley 1999/2012 Thosop appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Lagavulin 1991 Triple Matured (Feis Ile 2015)

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:43 am
    The Feis Ile-releases from Lagavulin are always highly anticipated. The Lagavulin Feis Ile 2015 sold out almost instantly. The post Lagavulin 1991 Triple Matured (Feis Ile 2015) appeared first on Words of Whisky.
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    Drunk Passion

  • The Rainbow Shot

    Brandon Boswell
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    This fancy little setup is guaranteed to wow your customers if you can get it perfected. Tell everybody to pick their favourite color and then pour away! 1 oz. Grenadine 2 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix 2 oz. Orange Juice 1/2 oz. Vodka 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao First take a shaker tin and pour the Grenadine on the bottom. Make sure it doesn’t touch the side of the tin on the way down. Next step is to softly place ice in the tin while not allowing the Grenadine to splash. Layer Orange Juice into the tin over a spoon. Then layer the Sweet & Sour Mix into the tin over a spoon. Then the Vodka.
  • The God Of War Inception Bomb

    Brandon Boswell
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:37 pm
    As a tribute to the movie Inception, this shot within a shot within a shot will put you in a fantasy land lightning fast. Can’t even imagine what you would have to charge a customer for one of these. 3/4 oz. Fireball Whisky Grenadine 3/4 oz. Crown Royal 2 oz. Red Bull 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao 1/2 oz. Creme de Menthe 1 oz. Lemon Lime Soda 3/4 oz. Raspberry Liqueur 1/4 oz. Bacardi 151 3 oz. Grape Juice Pour Bacardi 151, Raspberry Liqueur, and Grape Juice into a pitcher. Put Blue Curacao, Creme de Menthe, and Lemon Lime Soda in a rocks glass. Put Red Bull in a different rocks glass.
  • Following This One Rule Will Reveal Unlimited Opportunity

    Brandon Boswell
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” -Ayn Rand I don’t pretend to know it all. In fact, I’m probably more aware of my own ignorance than the majority. If you came by my house you would most likely think I spend my day stealing books. At any given time I’ll have about seven on the go. It’s an addiction. Do I like reading? Not really, as it takes up a huge amount of time. But I HATE not knowing things. It drives me crazy. I take every opportunity I can to calm my anxiety by absorbing whatever information is needed in my life at the…
  • The Shark Attack Shot

    Brandon Boswell
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:34 pm
    To celebrate shark week it’s time to dress like a seal and jump in the water. Shark attacks are rare but if you’re lucky you can probably find one. Just don’t go swimming alone… 1oz. (30ml) Tequila Splash Blue Curacao 3 oz. (90ml) Lemon Lime Soda 1/2 oz. (15ml) Grenadine 1/2 oz. (15ml) UV Cherry Pour Grenadine and UV Cherry into a cordial or pousse cafe glass and put it off to the side. Fill a shaker tin with ice and add the Tequila, Blue Curacao, and Lemon Lime Soda. Stir gently, not like an animal. DO NOT shake or the soda will explode all over your face and all of…
  • The Billion Dollar Question

    Brandon Boswell
    4 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    “If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing thing you don’t like doing, which is stupid.” -Alan M. Watts “What do you want to do with your life?” The majority of people are stuck in state of mind so entrenched in complacent mediocrity that the mere thought of this question makes them want to cry. Society tells you that you should go to school. Society tells you to that you should get a…
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    Drink Heavy:

  • COLA MAISON

    sheldon911
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am
    Tired of mixing cheap cola with that expensive bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select you just bought ? Old Faithful Shop has the perfect cocktail syrup for this exact problem, The Cola Maison is a cola flavored syrup that acts as a delig…The post COLA MAISON appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
  • Elephant Dry Gin

    sheldon911
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Every year more than 35,000 elephants die because of uncontrolled ivory poaching; in other words, one African elephant dies every 15 minutes. By contributing 15% of its profits to Big Life Foundation and Space For Elephants, Elephant Gin…The post Elephant Dry Gin appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
  • Death Wish: The Worlds Strongest Coffee

    sheldon911
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Do you shutter at the sight of decaf coffee? Death Wish Coffee is for you then, Made with coffee beans that have 200% the amount of caffeine as your typical coffee shop coffee your only going to need a few cups to get you through your day.  Buy i…The post Death Wish: The Worlds Strongest Coffee appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
  • GrowlerWerks Ukeg Pressurized Growler

    sheldon911
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Portland based Growlerwerks has developed the uKeg, a pressurized growler that should eliminate one of life’s disappointments, flat beer from a growler. Through a very successful kick starter campaign Growlerwerks raised a lit…The post GrowlerWerks Ukeg Pressurized Growler appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
  • Tactical Nuclear Penguin

    sheldon911
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:48 pm
    If you love beer but can’t seem to get the benefits of an adult beverage from more than a couple drinks or if you find yourself drinking 40′s just to get a buzz you may need to cut back…or grab a Tactical Nuclear Penguin from Brewdog. Claim…The post Tactical Nuclear Penguin appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
 
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