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  • Best International Bar Nomination: VCC

    Art of Drink
    Darcy O'Neil (dso@artofdrink.com)
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    It is that time of year when Tales of the Cocktail requests nominations for the best bars and bartenders from around the world. This year I will enthusiastically tip my hat to the Vintage Cocktail Club in Dublin Ireland. So why I am so enthusiastic about VCC? Well, read on and find out. In February 2015, my girlfriend and I decided that a trip to Ireland would be a fun way to escape the brutal cold of a Canadian winter. Sure, Ireland is not quite…...More
  • How to Find the Best Wines While Traveling

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    Emma
    20 May 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Do you fancy a wine and steak dinner? Or do you simply want to make the most of our vineyard tours around the world? When you’re searching for the best wines in a country, it is only logical to also look for the best wineries and steakhouses. So where else in the world can you find the finest wines? Napa Valley in California could be one but how about the full-bodied wines in Bordeaux and Rhone Valley France? Wine tour destinations like Italy, US, France, Australia, and South Africa are top destinations. But New Zealand doesn’t get lag behind these places, too. Not to mention, its highly…
  • The Buzz: Four Drinks to Try Right Now in New York City

    Cocktails News
    25 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    Looking for a good place to drink this weekend? If you're tired of the same old options, here's a guide to some of the city's best drinks of the moment. Some come from places that have just opened, some are new to the menu, and some are just pitch perfect choices for this particular weekend.
  • This Refreshing Raspberry Mule combines lime...

    Liqurious
    selfproclaimedfoodie
    24 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    This Refreshing Raspberry Mule combines lime sweetened raspberry puree with vodka and ginger beer to create a tasty, refreshing, and easy to make cocktail. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • WhiskyCast Episode 536: May 23, 2015

    WhiskyCast
    Mark Gillespie
    23 May 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Gordon & MacPhail reopened Benromach Distillery in Speyside in 1998 after 15 years of inactivity, and Keith Cruickshank has been there since the stills were fired up. After two years as a stillman, he was promoted to distillery manager, and remains one of the three men who tend the stills at Benromach. He'll take us on a tour of the distillery on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, a lawsuit has been filed in connection with last month's explosion at the Silver Trail Distillery in Kentucky, and we have the first interview with the man who built Silver Trail's still and now faces a…
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    Art of Drink

  • Best International Bar Nomination: VCC

    Darcy O'Neil (dso@artofdrink.com)
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    It is that time of year when Tales of the Cocktail requests nominations for the best bars and bartenders from around the world. This year I will enthusiastically tip my hat to the Vintage Cocktail Club in Dublin Ireland. So why I am so enthusiastic about VCC? Well, read on and find out. In February 2015, my girlfriend and I decided that a trip to Ireland would be a fun way to escape the brutal cold of a Canadian winter. Sure, Ireland is not quite…...More
  • Last Call for Abbott’s Bitters

    Darcy O'Neil (dso@artofdrink.com)
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    The barrel is dry and the last of the Extinct Abbott's bitters have been bottled. That means there are only 300 bottles left and once they are gone, that will probably be the end. Have no doubt they are a great tasting bitter and the research does point to this being the original Abbott's recipe. However, these bitters are not easy to produce and even harder to market. Getting the key ingredient requires a flight to the Caribbean and the Tempus Fugit trademark application has created too…...More
  • Pedro Ximénez Phosphate

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

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

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

    Emma
    20 May 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Do you fancy a wine and steak dinner? Or do you simply want to make the most of our vineyard tours around the world? When you’re searching for the best wines in a country, it is only logical to also look for the best wineries and steakhouses. So where else in the world can you find the finest wines? Napa Valley in California could be one but how about the full-bodied wines in Bordeaux and Rhone Valley France? Wine tour destinations like Italy, US, France, Australia, and South Africa are top destinations. But New Zealand doesn’t get lag behind these places, too. Not to mention, its highly…
  • The 5 best night spots in Canada

    Emma
    18 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    With the summer months approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning the best ways to spend your evenings. It can be easy to assume that the most interesting and exciting nightlife spots are anywhere but on your own doorstep. Whilst there are undoubtedly some brilliant nights out to be had all over the world, it is best to start closer to home. Taking the time to experience your local area through the eyes of a tourist will enable you to see new places in a fresh and exciting light, and will save you the cost of an expensive plane ride! Here are 5 of the best night spots in our very…
  • The Future of Travel

    Emma
    11 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    With the developments in technology, it’s hard to imagine how travel will be in 10, 20 or even 30 years time. If you go back a few decades, travel was a luxury rather than something of leisure. Now days more and more people are traveling the world, staying in other people’s apartments through websites such as Airbnb, using their mobile phones overseas and connecting to WIFI on planes. It’s a completely different world. IntoTheBlue are focused on vouchers for experiences and adventures and it got me thinking about the future of travel and what experiences I’d love to…
  • Sailing the seas

    Emma
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Trends come and go in life, whether we’re talking about fashion, beauty, or technology, but in terms of travel, certain trends come and often stick around, mingling into the general run of things with ease. Take cruises for example; they’ve always been around, but of late their popularity has exploded, meaning more and more of us are now considering visiting several destinations within the space of a holiday, rather than just one. Whilst cruises used to be the go-to of the wealthy or older generations, the new style of cruise ship, effectively a floating holiday resort, means families,…
  • Top Things to do While Stuck in Transit

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

  • The Buzz: Four Drinks to Try Right Now in New York City

    25 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    Looking for a good place to drink this weekend? If you're tired of the same old options, here's a guide to some of the city's best drinks of the moment. Some come from places that have just opened, some are new to the menu, and some are just pitch perfect choices for this particular weekend.
  • In Cuba, a culinary window on culture

    24 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    If you consider yourself a foodie in any way, know this: If you travel to Cuba, be prepared for a squash fest. At every lunch and dinner, we were offered pumpkin soup or cooked butternut squash or squash stew.
  • Cool tools for your home bar

    24 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    Modern bartenders have all sorts of complicated gizmos they use to create cocktails, such as an immersion circulator for flash infusing. But do we cocktail enthusiasts really need the equipment to get into barrel-aging Negroni or concocting our own bitters or distillates? Wizard Los Angeles bartender Gabriella Mlynarczyk, of Cadet , is into all that techno-gear, but she also makes some lovely old-school, new-school cocktails with stuff anyone can have at home.
  • City bars mix up cocktails with the taste of the ocean

    23 May 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Bar Director Michael Neff shakes bar patrons' hands at Holiday Cocktail Lounge at 75 St. Marks Place, where they serve the Copy That. New York City beaches opened this weekend - but they're not the only way to get a taste of the ocean.
  • Fine-tuning Mozart's: Owners take popular Leavenworth restaurant in new direction

    23 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Deanna Bryston and her mother Lenora Johnston, of Vancouver, Washington, enjoy Mozart's Cheese Fondue for Two, while eating in the newly remodeled dining area at the restaurant. Notable: Lunches served beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 536: May 23, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    23 May 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Gordon & MacPhail reopened Benromach Distillery in Speyside in 1998 after 15 years of inactivity, and Keith Cruickshank has been there since the stills were fired up. After two years as a stillman, he was promoted to distillery manager, and remains one of the three men who tend the stills at Benromach. He'll take us on a tour of the distillery on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, a lawsuit has been filed in connection with last month's explosion at the Silver Trail Distillery in Kentucky, and we have the first interview with the man who built Silver Trail's still and now faces a…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 535: May 16, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    16 May 2015 | 10:07 pm
    The labels on whisky bottles often give us more than just the legal description of what's inside the bottle. Good ones convey the character and heritage of the spirit...perhaps even a sense of what it tastes like. Author Noah Rothbaum has been looking at whisky labels from before Prohibition to the present day, and picked 100 of them for his new book "The Art of American Whiskey." He'll share the story behind the book in this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, one of the victims of last month's Silver Trail Distillery explosion has died, distillers in Ireland have ambitious plans for…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 534: May 9, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    9 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    This episode wraps up our special coverage of the Spirit of Speyside Festival in Scotland, and we'll hear from soccer's Michael Owen. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is working with Speyside Distillery as a global ambassador for its Spey single malts, and surprised visitors touring the distillery last Monday. He'll tell us why his whisky is better than David Beckham's Haig Club. We'll also look at another pairing -- this one matching whisky with bacon rolls, and George Grant of Glenfarclas let festival visitors pick the distillery's next Family Cask release. In the news, two…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 533: May 2, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    2 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Lots of people try to pair whiskies with foods, but pairing whiskies with music? That's the challenge Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison took on when they curated the "Sound of Aberlour" tastings for this year's Spirit of Speyside Festival. We'll continue our special coverage from Speyside with Neil and Joel, along with the drams and musicians they put together. In the news, Glen Grant's Dennis Malcolm received the inaugural "Spirit of Speyside Award" for his contributions to both the whisky industry and the community, and we'll have the latest on a bunch of new whiskies from Speyside, the…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 532: May 1, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    2 May 2015 | 7:26 am
    We're kicking off this weekend's special coverage of the Spirit of Speyside Festival in Scotland this time around! Thousands of people from around the world are in Speyside this weekend, and you'll hear some of them take part in a blind whisky nosing and tasting competition. With the "PappyGate" arrests fresh in the news, we'll get a glimpse into the ancient art of whisky thievery with Glenfiddich's Ian Millar, and there's plenty of news as well!
 
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    Nonjatta

  • 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…
  • Karuizawas for LMdW 2014: The Sherry Sessions

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

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

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

    23 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    WPSD-TV, the NBC affiliate in Paducah, Kentucky, is reporting today that Silver Trail Distillery owner Spencer Balentine and Jay Rogers, one of the employees injured in the distillery accident on April 24, are jointly suing Oregon still maker Revenoor for damages.The family of Kyle Rogers, 27, who died from injuries he received in the explosion, has not yet decided how they want to proceed.Investigators for the Kentucky Fire Marshal's office in Frankfort have said the explosion was most likely caused by a "catastrophic equipment failure." The Fire Marshal has not announced an official…
  • Distillery Security Post Pappygate

    21 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Today I would like to direct your attention to the Whisky Advocate website, where I will regale you with stories of empty bottles falling out of walls and other tales of distillery security.Not surprisingly, considering the value of their products, distilleries have extensive human and technological resources devoted to security, yet for every tall fence someone else builds a taller ladder, and folks with larceny in their hearts always find a way, like bribing a security guard to look the other way (allegedly).Click here for my Whisky Advocate story about distillery security.Click here for…
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Issues Third Annual Bourbon Inventory Update

    13 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Buffalo Trace started all of the bourbon shortage hysteria with their first report three years ago. Since then, they have gotten increasingly careful about how they word things. I will, therefore, let them speak for themselves. By the way, Buffalo Trace is owned by Sazerac, which also owns the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown. This press release refers to Buffalo Trace and its brands only._____________________There’s good news and there’s bad news coming from Buffalo Trace Distillery in its third annual bourbon inventory update. The good news is that supplies of fully-aged whiskey at…
  • Use of the 'Master Distiller' Title in Kentucky

    9 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I should have been clearer about this in yesterday's post. The Louisville Courier-Journal's headline, "Bourbon Leaders Debate Term 'Master Distiller,'" wasn't true. There is no debate. Nobody is talking about it unless a reporter calls around asking questions. As a distiller friend of mine commented, "real distillers are too busy to worry about titles."That has been the history of the term's use in Kentucky. As Fred Minnick pointed out last year, its use was not unknown in the past. Minnick's Kentucky citations are to obituaries of people like Joseph L. Beam and Michael J. Dant, whose mastery…
  • What Is a 'Master Distiller'?

    8 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    This headline topped a story in today's Louisville Courier-Journal (C-J): "Bourbon Leaders Debate Term 'Master Distiller.'" (The article may be protected by a pay wall.)Although it looks like the 'debate' was contrived by the paper, the subject is of interest nonetheless and comes up from time to time. Ever since the micro-distillery boom began, the industry has been flooded with self-appointed master distillers. There are many different opinions about what the term should mean.This is where the history lesson usually goes, medieval trade guilds and all that stuff. The principle established…
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  • (What's not in) The Technical File - Part 3

    David Havelin
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    I've been flipping through the Irish Whiskey Technical File in recent posts (part 1, part 2). The document is a map of the Irish whiskey landscape, compiled by the industry and its trade body, the Irish Whiskey Association. The Department of Agriculture endorsed it and lodged it with the EU. It's now a map with legal force, staking out territory defensible at home and abroad.The rest of us should now ponder what we have signed up to. If we are to place our gunboats on standby, it should be in the service of something we believe in. That "Irish" in "Irish whiskey" belongs to all of us, and we…
  • Whiskey or Whisky? The Technical File - Part 2

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

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

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

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

    20 May 2015 | 2:45 am
    The second annual London Wine Week is in full flow, coinciding with UK wine trade event London Wine Fair. The week of events and offers involves loads of on- and off-trade outlets around London. Joined up thinking, really.  Last year, more than 7,000 Londoners took part, and it is the brainchild of the team behind London Cocktail Week/London Beer Week. Events include winemaker dinners, quizzes and masterclasses. Wristbands for special offers and events are GBP10 but trade members go free if you’re registered. Franciacorta, Rothschild, Nyetimber and Berry Bros & Rudd…
  • All aboard the Aperol bus

    14 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    Commuting in London, like pretty much any capital city, is a drag. It’s overcrowded, sweaty and rarely goes to plan. In fact, it’s enough to turn a person to drink. It's welcome news, then, that Campari's Italian brand, Aperol, has decided the twain shall meet, with a mystery 5pm bus marketing ruse. Route 321 (named after the ratio of prosecco, Aperol and soda in an Aperol Spritz) will call at a secret destination furnished with a ‘celebrity DJ’ – and yes, there will be a supply of Aperol Spritz. This sounds like something you might find…
  • New Coke - the movie

    11 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Hot on the heels of Kidnapping Mr Heineken comes news of another explosive episode in beverage history set for the Hollywood treatment. Last week, Deadline Hollywood reported that writers are to turn the New Coke débâcle into a script, with hopes of getting it up on the big screen. The script will be based on Thomas Oliver's book, The Real Coke, The Real Story, which charts the magnificent failure of The Coca-Cola Co's New Coke launch in the 1980s and its genesis out of the success of PepsiCo's Pepsi Challenge. There's no word yet on who will play the lead…
  • Diageo's echo quotes

    5 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    When it comes to market speculation, a company holds the prerogative to comment or not. Most times it is the latter, but we journalists are always grateful for any quote that we can get. Even if it's the same one as last time. Consider these two responses, both from the same company, three months apart. “We are sure there are many people who would love to own Gleneagles and have received numerous expressions of interest over the years. As you would expect we have a duty to consider such interest carefully.” "We are sure there are many people who would love to own our wine…
  • Carlsberg's rapid response sets the right tone

    1 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Carlsberg's Russian unit may be grinding down the gears, but its UK marketing team is proving to be no slouch. Just days after a media stramash over a London tube ad that showed a toned model in a skimpy bikini asking “Are you beach body ready?”, Carlsberg has rolled out a parody response. Check out the picture to the right, which shows the two ads together.  Carlsberg said: “We’ve decided to remind the public at major commuter spots across London that it’s not about the way you look, or having probably the best body this summer, its about…
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  • Where Art Tito and Blue Moon? June 4 Webinar

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    I am very pleased to announce that we will be joining with Chicago law firm Locke Lord to provide the following webinar. Simon and Tom have lots of experience representing consumer products companies in defending class action lawsuits. They have been closely involved with the wave of litigation that has descended upon the alcohol beverage industry in the past couple of years. Robert has worked with Simon and Tom on some of these cases in the past, and has more than 25 years of experience focused on how federal and state governments, and private plaintiffs, work together to affect alcohol…
  • A Great Day for Maker’s Mark. A Good Day for Tito(?)

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Whoa! The first of the “handmade” cases wrapped up within the past week. On May 1, 2015 the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee dismissed the class action lawsuit against Maker’s Mark “with prejudice.” The now-defunct case alleged that Beam Suntory was bs’ing about whether the bourbon was “handmade.” The court seems to be saying “handmade” is a puff term, like “delicious.” The term at issue has been amorphous, over the centuries, and Judge Hinkle seems to have dumped that burden on the plaintiffs: the plaintiffs have been…
  • Not The Onion. California Man, “Beer Aficionado,” Alleges He is Last to Know Blue Moon is Coors and Not a Real Craft Beer. Sues.

    Robert C. Lehrman
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Yet another lawsuit about beverage labeling. This time it’s Blue Moon beer. The class action lawsuit (Parent v. MillerCoors LLC) was filed April 24, 2015 in state court, in San Diego. It alleges that MillerCoors is tricking consumers about whether Blue Moon is craft beer. There are now literally dozens of class action lawsuits, filed all around the country in just the past couple of years, in state and federal courts, against many of the most popular beer and spirits products in the country. Wine is notably absent, so far. The complaint alleges that MillerCoors: makes more than 2.4…
  • Bad Medicine, Good Disclaimer

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    There should be no doubt that a solid disclaimer can help make your label ok. And if there was, the Bad Medicine brand of spirits should put it to rest. In at least two places, the Bad Medicine labels say “The name Bad Medicine does not refer to any claimed health benefits.” Not so long ago, it would be unthinkable that TTB would allow “medicine” or “health” talk — outside the mandated Government Warning. But the case law keeps changing, and so do the labels, along with it. What other disclaimers are out there (beer, wine, spirits) and what ones…
  • Very Possibly, Your Approved Label is Wrong

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

    24 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I don't know whether to laugh or to cry <sigh>   Click here to read the article
  • Fat in pate de fruits

    24 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Before I start experimenting, does anyone here have an understanding of how pate de fruits would be affected by fatty ingredients?  Boiron has a formula for coconut, but I don't now how fatty their coconut puree is.  I recall eating an olive oil pate de fruit somewhere in Australia and wondering how it worked.  Is pectin gel formation affected by fat?  Would the texture be softer?  Greweling does not make any mention of fat in the section on jellies, obviously with most fruit it is not an issue.   Berries and cream, pbj, melon with prosciutto... will it work?
  • What are These Fried, Extruded Mashed Potatoes Called?

    24 May 2015 | 2:49 am
    Okay, here is something I came across in Cadiz, Spain, about 10 years back and am looking for what it is called or anybody who can shed some light on the process, which appears quite simple to me (but may have a few hidden tricks involved). Outside a Carrefore supermarket near the fresh produce market there was a street vendor who was making deep fried "fries". He had a tank of what must have been mashed potato, with a flexible pipe and a nozzle, similar to a large star tip on a piping bag, and a hand valve. He then had a small deep fryer heated with LPG. On order, he extruded the mash…
  • La Potence - Where can I eat this?

    23 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Not sure if this is the right place to be posting this. I'm looking for a restaurant that serves La Potence, had it a few times on holiday in the French Alps several years ago and want to introduce this to my girlfriend. Does anyone know of anywhere that serves this??? I live in the South East (Milton Keynes - an hour out of London) but enjoyed it so much last time that would be willing to travel a fair distance to have this meal again.
  • Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, MA

    23 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Last weekend I finally had the chance to visit Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, MA.  It’s a market that specializes in food, wine, and kitchenware from Portugal. It’s been on my radar screen since I read about it in the Boston Globe last year: Portuguese specialties fill a former mill in Fall River   It’s definitely worth the visit if you’re in that part of the world.  I went especially for the bacalao (salt cod), but there are lots of other tempting and unusual things here. You won’t leave empty handed.   The store itself is bigger than it looks from…
 
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  • Americans Support Labeling of Food Containing DNA

    24 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I don't know whether to laugh or to cry <sigh>   Click here to read the article
  • Fat in pate de fruits

    24 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Before I start experimenting, does anyone here have an understanding of how pate de fruits would be affected by fatty ingredients?  Boiron has a formula for coconut, but I don't now how fatty their coconut puree is.  I recall eating an olive oil pate de fruit somewhere in Australia and wondering how it worked.  Is pectin gel formation affected by fat?  Would the texture be softer?  Greweling does not make any mention of fat in the section on jellies, obviously with most fruit it is not an issue.   Berries and cream, pbj, melon with prosciutto... will it work?
  • What are These Fried, Extruded Mashed Potatoes Called?

    24 May 2015 | 2:49 am
    Okay, here is something I came across in Cadiz, Spain, about 10 years back and am looking for what it is called or anybody who can shed some light on the process, which appears quite simple to me (but may have a few hidden tricks involved). Outside a Carrefore supermarket near the fresh produce market there was a street vendor who was making deep fried "fries". He had a tank of what must have been mashed potato, with a flexible pipe and a nozzle, similar to a large star tip on a piping bag, and a hand valve. He then had a small deep fryer heated with LPG. On order, he extruded the mash…
  • La Potence - Where can I eat this?

    23 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Not sure if this is the right place to be posting this. I'm looking for a restaurant that serves La Potence, had it a few times on holiday in the French Alps several years ago and want to introduce this to my girlfriend. Does anyone know of anywhere that serves this??? I live in the South East (Milton Keynes - an hour out of London) but enjoyed it so much last time that would be willing to travel a fair distance to have this meal again.
  • Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, MA

    23 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Last weekend I finally had the chance to visit Portugalia Marketplace in Fall River, MA.  It’s a market that specializes in food, wine, and kitchenware from Portugal. It’s been on my radar screen since I read about it in the Boston Globe last year: Portuguese specialties fill a former mill in Fall River   It’s definitely worth the visit if you’re in that part of the world.  I went especially for the bacalao (salt cod), but there are lots of other tempting and unusual things here. You won’t leave empty handed.   The store itself is bigger than it looks from…
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  • The Cocktail Chronicles: 10 Years On

    Paul
    16 May 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Ten years ago today, I was bored. And probably a little buzzed. That’s nothing new on either front, but on May 16, 2005, instead of putting on a movie or goofing around online or frittering away my time in some other unproductive way, I decided on a different alternative. I’d been collecting cocktail books for a couple […]
  • Thanks

    Paul
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    I have a ridiculous career. A little over nine years ago, I started The Cocktail Chronicles as a way to document and keep track of my experiments and explorations of cocktails — and, with fingers crossed, as a way to build up a portfolio of my drinks-related writing that might, someday, lead to paid writing […]
  • Holiday Drinks that *Still* Don’t Suck, December 8, 2013

    Paul
    23 Nov 2013 | 8:43 pm
    As much as I hate it when department stores (and hyper-festive neighbors) break out the Xmas decorations well before Thanksgiving, I need to figuratively stand before you for a moment with my Santa hat in hand, to beg a bit of your attention for something coming up quick on the calendar. It’s been two years […]
  • A look back at whisk(e)y season, Part II

    Paul
    5 Apr 2013 | 8:55 am
    Yesterday, I launched into a wandering and long-overdue meditation on the whiskies that, for me, made the long, grisly winter of ’12-’13 endurable. Yesterday’s post covered bourbon; today, it’s all about the Scots and the Irish. When looking back on brown-booze season, it wasn’t all a bourbony blur around here. These are a few approachable, […]
  • A look back at whisk(e)y season, Part I

    Paul
    4 Apr 2013 | 9:06 am
    Some people — okay, me — are of the mindset that brown booze is a year-round sort of thing, the kind of drink you keep in your glass on winter’s darkest evenings as well as summer’s brightest afternoons. But there are also people — okay, me again — who think that whiskey and other aged […]
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  • Snap Shots: Untouched Forest

    Camper English
    24 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    August 2011: The protected Bialystok forest in Poland is home to free-roaming herds of bison. I visited on a trip with ZU (Zubrowka) vodka. Read more here.
  • Prehistoric Cocktail Technology Live! at Tales of the Cocktail

    Camper English
    22 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    At the Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans this July I'm giving a talk called Prehistoric Cocktail Technology Demo (Saturday morning), and surprisingly there are still tickets available. I say surprisingly because this seminar is going to be amaaaaaazing. Some things I'm researching to demonstrate in the seminar include: Making natural food coloring to use in drinks Early carbonation technology and can we make a drink that fizzes instantly like Alka-Seltzer? There is going to be a lot of carbonation stuff, including ways to get better carbonation out of cocktails Clarification…
  • Disaronno Mixing Star USA Finals Judging Recap

    Camper English
    22 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    Last week I helped judge the Disaronno Mixing Star USA finals in New York. The winner, David Perez from 27 Restaurant and Bar in Miami, will be sent to Tales of the Cocktail, where he will join other international Mixing Stars in... enjoying the event. Unlike most cocktail competitions, they will not announce a global winner but treat all the national winners to the educational and cultural experience that is Tales.  The winning cocktail was: The Fresco by David Perez1 ½ oz Disaronno Originale¾ oz Home Made Vanilla Apricot Orgeat½ oz Lemon Juice½ oz Peach Juice½ Osborne Manzanilla…
  • Creative Cocktail Menus From Around the World

    Camper English
    21 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    I love the trends of: 1. Bars producing elaborate, creative cocktail menus. 2. Especially when they are offered as purchasable souvenirs.  3. And extra-specially when bartenders mail them to me for keeping! Here are a few that have come into my hands lately. Sorry about my lousy photography skills. I guess you'll have to fly around the world and see these in person... Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London Chris Moore of Beaufort Bar mailed me their incredible pop-up menu, which was made in a limited edition of 1000 copies.  Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia While at the Bacardi Legacy…
  • The Cocktail Bars of Sydney, Australia

    Camper English
    20 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    I visited Sydney, Australia for the first time in May 2015 with the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition and had time to hit most, but not all, of the good cocktail bars I'd heard about.  Below is a very brief write-up on bars I visited.  Barbershop I walked into this bar thinking it was Baxter Inn at first, but it just shares the same alley. This bar sort of looks like a British pub meets a speakeasy, and highlights a heavy gin and genever selection (including some vintage gins available for drinking), and selection of cocktails calling for those spirits. There are 20 cocktails on…
 
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  • Desperately seeking Hibiki 17-year-old in bottle decorated with cranes and wisteria (available May 2013 in Narita duty free)

    24 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Lovely bottle and thanks. The issue was that we were transiting at Dulles and had to go through security again with our luggage (and did not have enough space/time to cram the bottle in/recheck before reentering). Really too bad we weren't on a direct flight. By the way, the same thing happens in Tokyo if you are flying through there en route to other Asian destinations. We had a duty-free bottle of Scotch confiscated en route to Shanghai last time.
  • Bourbon vs. Tennessee whiskey

    24 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    Please... Bleeping Computer. Check your inbox. This is the only other place I know to try...
  • Have you heard? Cocktail Companion Cookbook of the Month!

    23 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Why isn't this fun new project being coordinated on the Wine, Spirits or Beer board to begin with? It would certainly expand the scope of the Spirits discussions to add books that focus on cocktails.
  • Big Batch Margarita Help - selecting tequila (Cazadores vs Hornitos vs Kirkland)

    23 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    I've have the Kirkland Annjo, Resposado, and Silver tequilas in my liquor storage, and I prefer the sliver in a margarita. It's 100% agave and around $22 for a 1.75 in MN (pregnant so haven't priced it out in a while. . .) If you are at costco, they sell a margarita mix which is actually quite tasty, and has "real" ingredients of lime juice and cane sugar. Just add your booze and go!
  • Best "cheap" gin?

    21 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Ha, almost never found anything totally totally undrinkable with enough whatever, tonic water, grapefruit juice. Interesting reactions to that gin!
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  • Silver Sunshine Low Calorie Cocktail

    Cheri Loughlin
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Silver Sunshine Low Calorie Cocktail, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... There’s no reason to ditch the diet when the weekend rolls around. It’s possible to sip skinny and enjoy lots of delicious flavor in your cocktail. The Silver Sunshine lower calorie cocktail is lemony with light citrus flavor. The flavor The post Silver Sunshine Low Calorie Cocktail appeared first on The…
  • Tropical Banana Split

    Cheri Loughlin
    20 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Tropical Banana Split, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... This Tropical Banana Split tastes like you’re sipping from the islands. It’s tropical with fruity coconut, banana and even chocolate! Make this your new beach and backyard favorite. The post Tropical Banana Split appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Banana Split Shot Banana Cream Pie Shots Frozen Rum Runner
  • Refreshing Red Sangria

    Cheri Loughlin
    18 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Refreshing Red Sangria, 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... Sangria is one of the easiest pitcher drinks to mix together for a crowd. It’s perfect for summer sipping. It’s cool and refreshing with lots of fresh fruit to nosh on while enjoying good company. Refreshing Red Sangria Recipe Refreshing The post Refreshing Red Sangria appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts:…
 
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  • Marvel Cocktail

    David Solmonson
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
      2 1/2 ounces amber rum 1/2 ounce Sirop de Citron (see below) 1/2 ounce grenadine (or to taste) Add all ingredients to a mixing glass Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe Garnish with your best Stan Lee or Jim Lee story (Yes, I know that Jim Lee is at DC now ) You could see the fear in his eyes, as he lay paralyzed in the hospital bed while the crazed figure sat in the chair beside him, revolver in hand. The barrel of the gun was thrust against his brow, the trigger hurriedly pulled back – KLIK – on an empty chamber. At the best of times, Russian roulette isn’t a sport…
  • Beyond the 12 Bottles: The Root 58 Julep

    David Solmonson
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:34 pm
    This post features a drink outside of the regular 12 bottles.  If you’re a 12BB purist, feel free to substitute rye in place of the bourbon, but hey, even we break our rules on good occasions. At the turn of the millennium, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami promoted the term “Superflat” to describe his work.  Much like the Western pop movement before him, Murakami noticed a wide gap between “fine” art and “low” art, and he set out to blur the lines between the two worlds.  Where Warhol gave us Brillo boxes and Rosenquist leveraged his experience as…
  • Painkiller Peeps

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

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

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

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    12 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Amaro di Angostura In the spirits industry, there are a number of iconic brands which are universally recognized and well regarded. Angostura is one of those brands, and their bitters have become the de-facto standard in most cocktail bars in the world. While Angostura bitters may be Angostura’s flagship product,  Angostura is also a major producer of rum, with products on the market under their own brand, Angostura Rum, as well as private labeled brands including The Kraken, Zaya Rum, and the new Rumson’s Rum. Over the past few years, Angostura has sat back and witnessed…
  • Best Tequila and Mezcal for Cinco de Mayo

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    3 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    Harvesting Agave for Tequila Cinco de Mayo is the official kick off of “Tequila Season” (not that tequila needs a season, it’s great year around). To help you pick the best tequila for your celebration, we’ve pulled together excerpts from almost all our tequila and mezcal reviews we’ve done over the years, all in one place for easy reference as your guide for the Best Tequila and Mezcal for Cinco de Mayo. If you are looking for our top picks we heartily recommend the following tequilas and mezcal: Drink Spirits Recommended Tequila (alphabetical order): Tequila…
  • Review: Patron Extra Anejo 7 Anos Tequila

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

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

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

    Kevin Gray
    22 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Parce Rum hails from Colombia, where the brand is creating two expressions–an eight year old rum and this, Parce 12 Year. We found a lot to like about Parce 8, so naturally we had to sample its older brother. Parce Rums begin with a selection of sugar cane from Colombia, Barbados and Trinidad. The pressed and fermented juice is blended with natural spring water, and the rum is aged at sea level in charred American oak barrels. TASTING NOTES Parce 12 Year Rum pours a deep copper in the glass with aromas of toffee, vanilla, tropical fruits and baking spices. It’s rich and…
  • Defiance Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    20 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Hailing from St Louis, Defiance Whiskey (not to be confused with Defiant Whisky) is a new high-rye bourbon that’s aged in Missouri oak barrels. Like many new whiskeys, Defiance is sourcing its juice from MGP Ingredients, the large scale distiller in Indiana. Founder Daniel Fort works with MGP to create the high-rye mashbill, and after distillation, the spirit is aged in locally-sourced white oak barrels. Those barrels are then individually sampled, and the best batches are blended together to bottle as the final 90-proof product. The result is an approachable whiskey that has strong rye…
  • Crown Royal Releases Northern Harvest Rye Whisky

    Kevin Gray
    13 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Crown Royal, the ubiquitous, purple-bagged blend from Canada, has just released its first rye whisky. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye combines the richness of northern harvest rye grains with that traditional Crown Royal flavor profile. Rye grains have played an integral role in the Crown Royal Deluxe blend for more than 75 years, so it’s a natural jump for the brand to expand into a rye whisky offering. Produced at Crown’s Manitoba distillery, this expression features a mashbill that’s 90% rye. The distinct Canadian climate provides ideal conditions for growing rye grains.
  • Orphan Barrel Forged Oak 15 Year Bourbon Review

    Kevin Gray
    11 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company locates and bottles forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world. It’s noble work. And their fifth release is Forged Oak, a 15 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Forged Oak was produced at the current Bernheim Distillery between 1997-1998, and it was found in the Stitzel-Weller warehouses in Louisville. The whiskey is hand-bottled in Tullahoma, TN and sports a mashbill that’s 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye. TASTING NOTES Orphan Barrel Forged Oak Bourbon pours a shimmering, red-hued caramel in the glass. On the nose, there’s…
  • Introducing Hennessy 250 Collector Blend

    Kevin Gray
    4 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Drinkers of fine cognac will want to take note: Hennessy has just released a limited edition expression called Hennessy 250 Collector Blend. This special bottling commemorates the brand’s 250th anniversary, and in keeping with the anniversary theme, Hennessy only produced 250 barrels of 250 liters each. Hennessy 250 Collector Blend is an expertly assembled merger of 15 to 35 year old eaux-de-vie selected by Master Blender Yann Fillioux. The cognac was aged in barrels at ground level near the banks of the river Charente. The result is a rich and expressive spirit that achieves a…
 
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  • Beer Review – Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout

    G-LO
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    After a couple of days in a row that got dangerously close to 90 degrees, on the night of this tasting, the temps took a small dip into the 70s, with evening temps going down into the high 40s. In other words, it was the perfect night for a Stout. When I opened the fridge to see what I had in stock, I noticed that I still had a bottle of Bear Republic’s Big Bear Black Stout. Given all of our very good experiences with Bear Republic, I was psyched to try this. Before we get to my impressions, here’s what Bear Republic has to say about this beer: Big Bear is a big, black, stout you…
  • Whisky Review – Single Cask Nation Glen Moray Cask #797

    limpd
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    A long while ago, G-LO received some boozemail. While he works the corners of the whisky world like … well, like someone working a street corner, he is able to score samples from time to time. Fortunately, he shares his samples and passed along this bottle from Single Cask Nation. Unfortunately, I am such a procrastinator that I gladly accepted the bottle and then failed to deliver on the promised review. I hope to rectify that situation now. As referenced in the title, this is the Glen Moray #797. The label indicates that this is 1st file ex-Bourbon cask that was distilled in June of…
  • The Thirsty Thursday Times for May 14, 2015

    G-LO
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Below are a couple of the more interesting press releases that have recently landed in our inbox… LOCAL PASTOR WRITES BOOK ABOUT SCOTCH WHISKY “Did you know that Darth Vader prefers Lagavulin? Were you aware that Santa Claus keeps a bottle of Caol Ila on the shelf? Have you heard that Scoresby was squeezed from the very veins of the Devil himself? Emerging from the mind of a surprising whisky connoisseur, The Angels’ Portion: A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative is a substantial assortment of whisky reviews like none you’ve ever read before. By means of storytelling, and with…
  • Beer Review – Boulevard Brewing Company 2015 Stout X – Coffee

    limpd
    12 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Once again, G-LO darkened my doorstep with another request that I “split a beer”. Not one to be a bad neighbor, I begrudgingly (ok, so maybe not so begrudgingly) obliged. This bottle was the 2015 Stout X – Coffee from Boulevard Brewing’s Smokestack Series. Boulevard has been a favorite of mine since my first trip to Kansas City for work. A couple of bottles of Boulevard’s Tank 7 and the fact that I was away from home didn’t seem so bad. Now, with a much farther distribution network, Boulevard comes all the way to Southern NJ. G-LO and his exhaustive…
  • Post #1000: A Review of “Under The Table: A Dorothy Parker Cocktail Guide”

    G-LO
    7 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    In a recent Esquire magazine interview, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson said the following when asked about a National Academy of Science award that he received for his teaching efforts: “You’re lecturing me” is never a compliment. So I realize that’s not what I should be doing if I have any interest in compelling people to become scientifically literate. I wish my history teachers and most history book writers would have taken his advice. For me, history classes and reading history books has always been a one way ticket to nap time, which isn’t a bad thing on…
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  • anCnoc 24 Years

    Ruben Luyten
    24 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Like anCnoc 22 Years, this brand-new anCnoc 24 Year Old is a combination of ex-bourbon casks and sherry-seasoned casks.     anCnoc 24 yo (46%, OB 2015) Nose: aromatic, with a nice interplay of fruits (baked apple, grapefruit, orange marmalade) and honey with a bit of sherry influence (toffee and a Christmas cake kind of spiciness). After a while mint sets in and keeps growing. Dried flowers. Mouth: vanilla custard, raisins and toffee. Malty notes and candied orange. A light hint of popcorn. Quite some citrus again, as well as a hint of toasted, almost smoky oak. A nice leathery note…
  • Ardbeg 1974 (Gordon & MacPhail)

    Ruben Luyten
    21 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    This is a late 1980’s bottling of Ardbeg 1974 in the Connoisseurs Choice series from Gordon & MacPhail. Many expressions from this legendary vintage have been bottled with a CC label, but this is probably the first (youngest) of them all, with the classic brown label. Until 1974, Ardbeg relied almost entirely on its own maltings to produce peated malt. After that it started to use more external malt and the maltings were closed down entirely in 1977. Therefore 1974 is widely considered the end of a style era.     Ardbeg 13 yo 1974 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs…
  • Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

    Ruben Luyten
    20 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    I admit I don’t have much experience with official releases of The Glenlivet. I will try to remember this the next time I order a bunch of samples. Anyway here’s the Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, launched in March and named in honour of the distillery’s founder, George Smith. It is supposed to replace the pretty iconic Glenlivet 12 Year Old by summer. That means one of the best selling malt whiskies in the world is replaced, at least in a list of key markets! When people lamented over this news, Glenlivet’s brand ambassador said the Founder’s Reserve is more vibrant…
  • Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve

    Ruben Luyten
    19 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve, the youngest expression in the core range, is a mix of young spirit matured in red wine casks with +/- 20 years old malt from sherry casks and some 12 years old malt from Mizunara casks.     Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve (43%, OB 2014) Nose: quite attractive, a little on the soft side but nicely fruity (strawberries with cream, red berries, lemon candy) with some coconut flakes. A lot of vanilla ice cream. Interestingly there’s also the typical oriental touch, with sandalwood, floral notes, incense and ginger. Mouth: sweet and spicy. Peaches on…
  • Longrow 18 Year Old (2014)

    Ruben Luyten
    18 May 2015 | 3:38 pm
    You all know Longrow is the double distilled, peated single malt from Springbank distillery. It’s been a while since I tried the 2011 edition, so let’s try the latest version.     Longrow 18 yo (46%, OB 2014) Nose: dry cigar ashes, with hints of flax and wet limestone. Some fruity notes (apples, maybe papaya) but they are a bit hidden behind a greasy / oily layer. A hint of vanilla. Tobacco leaves. Some wet earth too. Mouth: sweeter and more syrupy than expected, with stewed apples, plums and a hint of vanilla custard. Walnut cake. An uncommon combination with the mineral notes…
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  • Parce 12 Year Old Rum Review

    Kevin Gray
    22 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Parce Rum hails from Colombia, where the brand is creating two expressions–an eight year old rum and this, Parce 12 Year. We found a lot to like about Parce 8, so naturally we had to sample its older brother. Parce Rums begin with a selection of sugar cane from Colombia, Barbados and Trinidad. The pressed and fermented juice is blended with natural spring water, and the rum is aged at sea level in charred American oak barrels. TASTING NOTES Parce 12 Year Rum pours a deep copper in the glass with aromas of toffee, vanilla, tropical fruits and baking spices. It’s rich and…
  • Defiance Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    20 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Hailing from St Louis, Defiance Whiskey (not to be confused with Defiant Whisky) is a new high-rye bourbon that’s aged in Missouri oak barrels. Like many new whiskeys, Defiance is sourcing its juice from MGP Ingredients, the large scale distiller in Indiana. Founder Daniel Fort works with MGP to create the high-rye mashbill, and after distillation, the spirit is aged in locally-sourced white oak barrels. Those barrels are then individually sampled, and the best batches are blended together to bottle as the final 90-proof product. The result is an approachable whiskey that has strong rye…
  • Crown Royal Releases Northern Harvest Rye Whisky

    Kevin Gray
    13 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Crown Royal, the ubiquitous, purple-bagged blend from Canada, has just released its first rye whisky. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye combines the richness of northern harvest rye grains with that traditional Crown Royal flavor profile. Rye grains have played an integral role in the Crown Royal Deluxe blend for more than 75 years, so it’s a natural jump for the brand to expand into a rye whisky offering. Produced at Crown’s Manitoba distillery, this expression features a mashbill that’s 90% rye. The distinct Canadian climate provides ideal conditions for growing rye grains.
  • Orphan Barrel Forged Oak 15 Year Bourbon Review

    Kevin Gray
    11 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company locates and bottles forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world. It’s noble work. And their fifth release is Forged Oak, a 15 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Forged Oak was produced at the current Bernheim Distillery between 1997-1998, and it was found in the Stitzel-Weller warehouses in Louisville. The whiskey is hand-bottled in Tullahoma, TN and sports a mashbill that’s 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye. TASTING NOTES Orphan Barrel Forged Oak Bourbon pours a shimmering, red-hued caramel in the glass. On the nose, there’s…
  • Introducing Hennessy 250 Collector Blend

    Kevin Gray
    4 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Drinkers of fine cognac will want to take note: Hennessy has just released a limited edition expression called Hennessy 250 Collector Blend. This special bottling commemorates the brand’s 250th anniversary, and in keeping with the anniversary theme, Hennessy only produced 250 barrels of 250 liters each. Hennessy 250 Collector Blend is an expertly assembled merger of 15 to 35 year old eaux-de-vie selected by Master Blender Yann Fillioux. The cognac was aged in barrels at ground level near the banks of the river Charente. The result is a rich and expressive spirit that achieves a…
 
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  • Making Barrel-aged Beer at Weyerbacher Brewing

    Lew Bryson
    22 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    We have an article in the latest issue, Summer 2015, titled “Big Beer, Whiskey Chaser,” about the popular practice of aging beers in bourbon barrels. We talked to a number of the foremost brewers of such beers, like Tomme Arthur of Port Brewing, Todd Ashman of Fifty/Fifty and Eclipse, Matthew Brynildsson of Firestone Walker, and Chris Wilson of Weyerbacher. I decided it would be cool to get some video to go with the piece, and Weyerbacher is just over the hill from our offices — okay, over about five hills, but who’s counting! — so one morning I went up there…
  • Bourbon Security: making theft more difficult

    Lew Bryson
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    When Ray Schuhmann, president of Louisville’s Kinetic Corp., bought the National Distillers maturation and bottling plant now known as Distillery Commons about 35 years ago, one of his first acts was to remove all of the fixtures associated with its former use. He intended to convert the buildings into photography studios, laboratories, offices, and other uses. He told me that every time he removed a fixture or opened a wall, he discovered dozens, sometimes hundreds, of empty Old Grand-Dad pints. All businesses have to contend with employee theft. At distilleries, it’s usually limited to…
  • Tragedy in Kentucky

    Lew Bryson
    13 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    We were sad to read of the death of Kyle Rogers on Monday. Kyle, only 27 years old, was caught in the explosion at Silver Trail Distillery last month. The Hardin County (Kentucky) distillery exploded and burned to the ground on April 24. Rogers and his cousin, distiller Jay Rogers, were caught in the blast; Jay remains in stable condition at the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville. Spencer Balentine, the founder of Silver Trail, paid tribute to Kyle on the distillery’s Facebook page, saying he “left a legacy etched in our minds.” Working as a…
  • The 10 Highest-Rated Whiskies of the Summer Issue

    Lew Bryson
    11 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Today we present the ten highest-rated reviews from the summer issue of Whisky Advocate magazine. This issue’s Buying Guide is brimming with 110 whiskies reviewed and 19 beers. We start with #10 and conclude with the highest-rated whisky of the issue. Redbreast Mano a Lámh, 46%, €65 Oh, hello there. Meaning hand in hand in two languages, this Redbreast was solely matured in Galician oak seasoned with oloroso for 2 years at the Páez Morilla bodega in Jerez. A slightly closed nose of eucalyptus, menthol, and apple pre-empts a rich, fruity, cherry bomb of dark sugars, strawberry…
  • The Blenders’ Gathering

    Lew Bryson
    7 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Jonny McCormick reports from “An Evening with the Blenders” at the Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh. Seated before us, high above Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, was what can only be described as a smoothness of master blenders.* We were spending an entertaining evening in the company of these men and women, little knowing it would be the final time for one of them. But before all that, let me take you back to the start of the evening. As we sipped our cocktails, a man slipped unnoticed through the crowd at the Scotch Whisky Experience, armed with a microphone. It was John Ramsay,…
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  • Master of Cocktails - Fair Yuzu Has a Posse

    The Master of Malt
    18 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    Right then ladies and gents. Time for another #MasterofCocktails - this week we're making a cognac-sour/sidecar sort of affair. We're making it with Yuzu Juice. If you've not had it before it's sort of lemon/limey, but much more aromatic and potent. You can get it online using the power of googles. There's a tiny bit of prep to do a couple hours before we make this one - we need to sugar-rim our glasses... Do this by running a dash of curacao round them: Then dunking into a plateful of golden caster sugar: This is what we're aiming for. Now give it a couple of hours to set up rock-solid. And…
  • Fèis Ìle - The Islay Whisky Festival 2015

    The Master of Malt
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    As some of you may already know, we're sadly not going to be at Fèis Ìle this year. I know, I know. We had a good run though - attending the last four years in a row as Master of Malt, keeping you all (hopefully) entertained whether you'd made it along or not, running some great promotions and even kitting many of you out with some top notch drams, t-shirts and snazzy tote bags. And it was our absolute pleasure to do so. There'll be no Malt Mobile to look out for this year though (much to the delight of Bowmore's bollards), no gratuitous shots of limited edition whiskies next to hot tubs or…
  • Jake & Sam's Top 10 Greatest Ever Whisky Appearances in Film & TV!

    The Master of Malt
    12 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Something of a rarity this - a joint blog post! Jake and Sam are proud to present our top whisky appearances on the big and small screen. So, with Blur's new album still relatively fresh off the press, we give you Whisky & TV! (You know, like Coffee & TV... Geddit?) Sam: If you're going to call it that, I'm going to make my own list. Jake: But... Sam: Yeah. I'm definitely just doing my own list. Jake: Fine, after you then. I didn't want any of your suggestions in my (super-fun-better-than-Sam's) list anyway. [Jake holds back tears long enough to look a bit sulky.] SAM'S TOP 5 Hi. I'm Sam…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Penultimate Paragraph

    The Master of Malt
    11 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    Right then all - we all ready for a cocktail? Time for #MasterofCocktails... Today's drink is a creation based around this bad boy. It's Bathtub Gin aged in an ex-Ardbeg cask. This batch is all sold out (I did tell you all to buy it...), but there's a new batch available from the second-fill. Why, here it is. So - this week's #MasterofCocktails is going to be a variation on the Last Word cocktail. One of my all time favourites. You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 20ml of Darkness!-Aged Bathtub Gin (Ardbeg) (Batshit Mental Ideas) 20ml of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 20ml of Liquore…
  • The Charity Run of the Bumblebee!

    The Master of Malt
    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This bank holiday/Star Wars day weekend saw the Charity Bee Run take place! Wheels that were put in motion back on Glenfarclas 105 Day with our Facebook competition saw a bee's tired limbs still in motion at the end of a 21 mile scurry for charity seventeen days later. Raising over £1,000 for Ripple Africa's Malawian secondary school scholarships; Andrew Wheelhouse, we salute you! Ably supported by his brother Chris, 'The B Team' got lost a couple of times, travelled through Pratt's Bottom, were nearly cornered by a herd of dairy cows and were forced to stop briefly when star struck by the…
 
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  • Bengali Cabbage Stir Fry

    Praveen Kumar
    20 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    This quick and easy Bengali style cabbage stir-fry goes well with any dish/meal. Ingredients: Cabbage – 350 to 400 gms, finely chopped Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp Ginger Paste – 1 tsp Onion – 1, chopped Panch Phoran (Five-Spice Powder) – 2 tsp (substitute with Garam Masala Powder if not available) Coriander Leaves – […]
  • Spicy Scrambled Eggs

    Praveen Kumar
    19 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Also known as Anda Bhurji, this delicious Indian dish is quick to make and makes a healthy breakfast to start your day. Ingredients: Eggs – 2 Onion – 1, finely chopped Tomato – 1, finely chopped Turmeric Powder – a pinch Oil – 2 tsp Green Chilli – 1, chopped Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 […]
  • Bengali Murgir Jhol (Bengali Chicken Curry)

    Praveen Kumar
    19 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    Bengali Chicken Stew
  • Chilli Paneer

    Sunita Karthik
    18 May 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Chilli Paneer
  • Kandhari Murgh Tikka

    Praveen Kumar
    18 May 2015 | 10:54 pm
    A popular Afghani dish where chicken is marinated in pomegranate juice and spices. Best served with rotis, naans or parathas. Ingredients: Chicken Breasts – 250 gms, skinless, boneless, chopped Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped Plain Yogurt – 3 tsp Besan Flour (Chickpea Flour) – 1 tsp Red Chilli […]
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  • EAST MEETS WEST!

    Rebecca
    24 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    We’re seeing a very welcome Asian invasion of exotic ingredients in cocktails at the moment – in London especially there are a host of places to get libations with oriental influences. We round up some of the best.The Hakushu Sawa from IppudoIppudo are famous the world over for their delicious ramen, but it seems they have another string to their bow – they’ve also got a rather divine selection of cocktails. Sake and Japanese Whisky make for rather excellent libation, and this is evident in the Hakushu Sawa – an exciting twist on a whisky sour. Made with Hakushu…
  • Cocktails Abroad – Thailand

    Rebecca
    11 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Summer is nearly here (honest…) and if you’re anything like us you’ve been planning where you’re going to spend your hard-earned time off this year. It’s also possible that, while away, you might fancy indulging in the odd exotic tipple. Since Rebecca Milford recently found herself in Thailand, she thought it only fair that she discovers the best place for some libations in the sun…Exotic cocktails with a stunning view at Moon Bar, BangkokPhoto opportunities come thick and fast in Bangkok, and it is known for the vibrancy and chaos of its streets. So what better way of…
  • Sushi, Hip Hop and Vodka cocktails? We head to BonBonniere nightclub…

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

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

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

    Alexander
    23 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    I hope you’ve made some plans for this weekend even if the plan is to be lazy and do nothing. . Its OK to sit back and relax sometimes, but just make sure you’ve got something cold and tasty in your hands. We’ve got a list of memorial day drinks we’ll be making and sampling over the next four days and wanted to share them with you. Happy holidays! Cheers, Alex Basil Hayden’s Spiced Blueberry Punch:  Created by Debbi Peek (Louisville, KY)  Recipe serves 4-5 4 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon 8 parts Blueberry Juice 8 parts Passion Fruit Juice Sparkling Wine…
  • Review: Southern Comfort Caramel

    Alexander
    12 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Southern Comfort is one of those liqueurs you either really love or really hate. It’s cheap, it’s strong, and it’s got flavor so it’s not hard to understand why it’s popular. I can remember my first time having Soco with friends at a house party on campus my Freshman Junior year in college. I didn’t know much about drinking and I didn’t care. All you had to do was pour it in a cup with some sprite or coke and it was good to go. Great for parties, perfect for tailgating, and no mess or fuss, but if you didn’t watch out you were left with a nasty…
  • 5 Mother’s Day Cocktails to Make Her Smile

    Alexander
    8 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Let’s not pretend that mom doesn’t like to have a drink every now and then, and for some of us maybe that’s an understatement. You can go anywhere on the web and get literally hundreds of gift ideas to make your mom feel special this Mother’s Day, but we’ve put together a list of drinks that she’ll really be thankful for. I’ll be honest some are one’s we’ve tried and LOVE, and others are suggestions from brands we work with that sound delicious. You can be the ultimate judge and decide what works best for you. If you tried these and just…
  • Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey Cupcakes

    Alexander
    6 May 2015 | 4:55 am
    Mothers Day is this weekend and after everything mom did for us it’s time to give her something back. You can go the usual route and buy her a card, maybe some flowers, or take her out to eat but if you wanna REALLY get on mom’s good side bake her a batch of these boozy cupcakes courtesy of Creative-Culinary! They’re made with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey. Who says you have to drink whiskey anyway? Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey Cupcakes with a Bourbon Drizzle  ¾ cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract 1½ cups flour ½…
  • A Pomegranate Gin Rickey

    Alexander
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Have I ever told you how much I love gin? I fell in love with it in college and I’ve been on a mission to convert people ever since. I get strange stares though a lot, so I guess it’s their loss and more gin for me. When we get Gin in the mail I get a big grin on my face, so you can imagine how I felt when a bottle of Bluecoat Gin arrived at our door. It’s not just any gin, it’s their new barrel aged expression. The classic Bluecoat gin aged 3 months in charred American oak barrels. Yes, I went nuts, and Yes I’m drinking some now. But, before I had even opened…
 
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  • Glenfiddich Director Gives Interview

    scottyg1971
    14 May 2015 | 11:42 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

    scottyg1971
    11 May 2015 | 7:27 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

    scottyg1971
    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.
  • Top 10 Single Malt Whiksies To Invest In | Scotch Whisky Exchange

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

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

    Josh Peters
    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    Blade and Bow bourbon is kind of a unique animal in the bourbon world because it’s created using a solera system where liquid is mixed in large vats that are never fully emptied so that some of the first liquid in the vats is always in the vats (but less and less every cycle). This is how Glenfiddich 15 is made and isn’t an unusual practice in Scotch, beer, wine, sherry, port, vinegar, rum, brandy, and so on, but the only other solera aged bourbon I know of is Hillrock.For Blade and Bow’s particular solera setup they do a 5 barrel system where the 5th barrel is the one that was aging…
  • Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Review

    Josh Peters
    21 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition was created to celebrate Captain William McCoy who supposedly smuggled Cutty Sark into the the USA during prohibition. He was renowned for never cutting his liquor and always delivering the good stuff which was dubbed “the real McCoy”. There’s no way to validate whether Captain McCoy ever smuggled in Cutty Sark, but he was an actual rum-runner during prohibition (bootlegger). However the term “the real McCoy” is more often accredited to a story involving an early 1900’s bare knuckle boxer named Kid McCoy, though even that’s in dispute and term…
  • Blood Oath Bourbon Pact No.1 Review

    Josh Peters
    20 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Blood Oath Bourbon Pact No.1 is a blend of a 3 different bourbons with 3 different characteristics. The brain child of John Rempe, Director of Corporate Research and Development at Luxco, Blood Oath 1 is a blend of a 6 year wheated bourbon, a 7 year high rye bourbon and a 12 year “traditional” bourbon that resulted in a 15,000 bottle release. It comes in a beautiful bottle with great labeling and is bottled at 98.6 proof (body temp). Pact No. 2 will be out in 2016 and while blending bourbons isn’t a unique approach (High West has been blending whiskeys for years) it is an interesting…
  • Blade and Bow KSBW Released In 2 Editions

    Josh Peters
    19 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Introduces Two Unique Variants that Pay Homage to the Legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery Louisville, Ky., [May 12, 2015] – Generations of distillers along Kentucky’s bourbon trail have poured decades of time into perfecting the art of making whiskey in distilleries that have since become the place of legend. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, DIAGEO’s newest brand within its American Whiskey portfolio, pays homage to the artful passion and renowned craftsmanship of the celebrated Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville,…
  • Royal Canadian Small Batch Review

    Josh Peters
    19 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Royal Canadian Small Batch whisky is imported by the Sazerac company (owners of Buffalo Trace) and comes in, what appears to be, the same bottle as Eagle Rare and the BTAC releases. This small batch release is supposed to be a bit older than the regular Royal Canadian whisky and amongst Canadian Whisky fans this is a label that’s been picking up steam in the US. You’ve already seen the image at this point so you can already tell that I’m not amongst those fans. There’s not a whole lot about exactly what’s happening with this particular whisky online (blend ratios, ages, etc.) so…
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  • Mother’s Day Shipping Schedule

    Spirited Gifts Team
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    See our Mother’s Day Shipping Schedule and make sure your gift is sent in time! | SPIRITEDGIFTS.COM The post Mother’s Day Shipping Schedule appeared first on Spirited Gifts | Blog.
  • Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon for John Wayne

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

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

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

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

    admin
    13 May 2015 | 6:56 pm
    May 13th, 2015 -Now in its 7th year, the San Diego Spirits Festival is back bigger than ever! Set in the beautiful San Diego Bay, the 2 day festival promises to deliver the latest in cocktail mixology and culinary cuisine, not to mention an unforgettable experience of true Californian lifestyle, it’s a celebration of what’s new in cocktail and culinary culture it’s a multi-faceted event which will appeal to the novice cocktail lover, culinary enthusiast, fashionista and even the experienced Mixology professional. With bartender competitions, grand tastings, mini seminars and a…
  • Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

    E-man Booze
    1 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The Distillery of the Month for May 2015 is Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. May 1, 2015 by E-man Booze: As rye whiskey gains momentum in the world of craft spirits, a small artisan producer from Virginia continues to blaze a trail of acceptance for this often misunderstood spirit. There is a lot more to rye than meets the eye! Ask Scott Harris to reveal the impetus behind the founding of the Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and he will unequivocally tell you he was experiencing a mid-life crisis! So, too, was his wife, Becky. For Scott, a departure from the mundane information…
  • American Moonshine Distillery Launching First Bottle of Liquor Into Space

    admin
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    EAST HARTFORD, Conn., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Onyx Spirits Company, a New England craft distillery, will launch a full sized bottle of their signature spirit, Onyx Moonshine, into space from Connecticut on Saturday May 2, 2015. The announcement is being made today to commemorate Earth Day and Onyx Spirits Company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. A team of scientists spent two years constructing “Onyx 1″, a custom-built, weather balloon-powered space apparatus that will carry a 750 mL bottle of Onyx Moonshine and accompanying rocks glass, mounted on…
  • Manatawny Still Works

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

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

  • A New Batch of IPAs: Memorial Day 2015 Edition (Ratings & Reviews)

    DrinkInsider
    24 May 2015 | 7:53 pm
    There’s been a flurry of new IPAs coming into the market lately, many of them new year-round additions to brewery lineups. Of course, this isn’t much of a surprise seeing that we’re coming into prime beer drinking season and India Pale Ales have remained the most favored craft beer style in America.  So with Memorial Day here and summer just around the corner, we’re taking a look at some of the new IPA’s—including session IPAs and imperial IPAs—that have hit retail shelves within the last few months. In this post, we take a look at Otter Creek’s Backseat Berner,…
  • Allagash, Russian River and Cantillon’s Wild Friendship Celebration

    DrinkInsider
    11 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    I’m not going to sugar coat this one, the Wild Friendship Celebration at Allagash this past weekend was easily one of the best beer events I’ve ever been to. Yes, partly because it featured some of the most exciting sour beers in the world from three of the very best breweries: Allagash, Cantillon and Russian River. But also because it succeeded where so many other beer events fall short: it was a relaxed environment where people could actually enjoy, celebrate and savor these world class beers with the brewers that made them. Not rush to down samples and sprint to the biggest and…
  • New Holland’s Zeppelin Bend: When Brewers Get Distilling Right

    DrinkInsider
    4 May 2015 | 7:22 pm
    I’ve written a lot about the convergence of craft beer and whiskey over the past few years. Brewers and distillers are, at an increasing rate, joining forces to create products that are a result of their collective efforts. And as an equal opportunity drinker, I’m a huge supporter of this trend. You can’t make delicious bourbon barrel-aged beers without used bourbon barrels, right? But the convergence of beer and whiskey has gone well past the point of sharing resources. There are a host of breweries in the US that have started distilleries under the same roof as their…
  • Innovation and the Braggot

    DrinkInsider
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Like your best friend from college, the craft beer industry couldn’t stay young and carefree forever. You know at some point it had to grow up and get all businessy (how boring, right?).  Nevertheless, as much as we may want to believe that craft beer is all unicorns and rainbows about the love of great beer, the reality is that this industry has become incredibly competitive. Especially at the upper tier, where battles for shelf space are hard fought and growth is measured in fractions of points. But even the big craft breweries (at least the good ones) recognize that keeping the…
  • East Meets West: Japan’s Nikka Whisky & Seattle’s Westland Distillery

    DrinkInsider
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:16 pm
    This is part two of a two-part series. Check out Part I: ‘East Meets West (Whisky) At Craigie on Main here. It took a fortuitous dinner at the incomparable Craigie on Main to properly introduce me to Japan’s Nikka Whisky and Seattle’s Westland Distillery. A very unlikely pairing of whisk(e)y producers, I may add, that had come to be because of various distributor ties and fateful run-ins at whisky-related events over the years. Westland is an American craft distillery that has been making single malt for about five years. Nikka is a large Japanese distillery that has been…
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  • Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon Review

    Demitrius
    22 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Proof: 114 Age: No Statement Distillery: Old Grand-Dad Distillery, Jim Beam Master Distiller: Fred Noe Season: Any Introducing Old Grand-Dad 114 ! Look at that majestic glow, baby! Here is a little fun fact that you may not have known: the bust on the front of the bottle is of a distiller named Basil Hayden. Hayden passed his recipe down to his son who then passed it down to his son, who paid homage to his “Old Grand-Dad” with both the bourbon’s namesake and the portrait of Old Grand-Dad himself on the bottle. One might also note that the author Charles Bukowski was a big fan, and…
  • It is Official. 30 Days To Derby.

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15 (2014) – Review

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

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

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

  • 9 Questions About Scotch People Secretly Google All the Time

    Flaviar
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We've all been told there are no dumb questions. Yet there are some things many Whisky drinkers don't know, but would never dare to ask out loud. These are 9 questions about Scotch that Google gets asked a lot. 1. Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years. The snobs will tell you that once you have half a bottle left, you’ve only got another 1-2…
  • BBQ & Booze: 4 Tips on Pairing Cocktails with your Backyard Feast

    Flaviar
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For every way to do something right, there are ten ways to get it wrong. Turning classic TV shows into feature films is a prime example (1998's "The Avengers", anyone?) as is styling of mid-priced American cars. In the world of drinks, one place where we repeatedly tend to drop our guard is pairing something tasty to go along with our barbeque. Given the amount of time some of us spend on our meat - frequenting a special butcher, brining, dry aging, marinating, applying rubs, or basting - it's ironic that the drinks we serve with the main course are often an afterthought.
  • Greetings from Venice! Love, Flaviar

    Flaviar
    13 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We went to Venice! Not for gelatto and gondola rides - one can even get them in Vegas - but for the art. Beacuse in May, we turned artsy (Art is the New Black, anyone?). And for art, Venice Biennale is THE place to be.  We teamed up with two artists, exhibiting this year in Venice. Representatives of Ireland and Slovenia Sean Lynch and Jasa each got to choose one of the drinks for our tasting pack. Sean chose Poitin, mainly for its shady and illicit existence in Ireland. The mystery that surrounds it even led another Irish artist, Steve Maher, to film a video about Poitin. And no,…
  • Hop on, we're Visiting the Lowlands, the Master of Blended Whisky

    Flaviar
    11 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Lowlands of Scotland are ensnared between the Scottish Highlands and northern England. A kingdom left in limbo, teased with both mainland convention and distinct tradition, the Lowlands are master of the Whisky blend. Though the land may be less mountainous, rugged and complex than its northern counterpart, this region is far from a humdrum. Moonshine distilleries, loathed laws and Whisky artistry shape this place’s past. More distillation used to happen in the Lowlands than any other Scottish region, in fact. A region well-versed in the marriage of multifarious influences, the…
  • If You can only Stand Gin in a G&T, You Simply Haven’t Tasted a Gin You Like

    Flaviar
    7 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Sipsmiths could easily be the name of a UK Indie band from once heavily Industrialised Birmingham. But truer to its name, Sipsmith represents a collective of purist craft distillers, whose take on classic London Dry Gin is one of the very best you can possibly get. Anywhere. Sipsmith’s distillery is based in Hammersmith, London in the same building that was home to Michael Jackson (the one esteemed for his Whisky expertise, not moonwalking) and a microbrewery. This historic site’s use has been resurrected by Sipsmiths Fairfax, Sam and Jared and blessed with a coppery soul, the…
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    Great Drams

  • A belated celebration of World Cocktail Day 2015

    Greg
    22 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    Intrigued as to what makes our cocktail nation tick this World Cocktail Day, Hayes & Jarvis, surveyors of ‘holidays as individual as you’, commissioned a survey of over 1,000 cocktail drinkers to find out which is their favourite and have recently published the definitive Top 15, which I will get to soon.  I have been a cocktail drinker for only a year or two, well no, let me clarify that: […] The post A belated celebration of World Cocktail Day 2015 appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Distillery Stories: Ardbeg

    Greg
    21 May 2015 | 3:37 am
    On a recent trip to Islay, I was fortunate enough to speak with a number of senior people at the Ardbeg distillery, including island legend Dougie about the history, the people and the romance of distillery life at Ardbeg over the last two centuries.  The story starts two hundred years ago on what was a […] The post Distillery Stories: Ardbeg appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Suntory Whisky 3-D Printed the World’s Most Incredible Ice Cubes | Adweek

    Greg
    20 May 2015 | 3:11 am
    Original article here: Suntory Whisky 3-D Printed the World’s Most Incredible Ice Cubes | Adweek. Suntory Whisky 3-D Printed the World’s Most Incredible Ice Cubes TBWA creates landmarks and characters in miniature By Tim Nudd March 31, 2015, 1:37 PM EDT Advertising craft doesn’t get more delicate than this. Check out the crazy ice cubes TBWA\Hakuhodo […] The post Suntory Whisky 3-D Printed the World’s Most Incredible Ice Cubes | Adweek appeared first on Great Drams.
 
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    Whisky Saga

  • Monkey Shoulder

    Thomas Øhrbom
    24 May 2015 | 5:26 am
    Monkey Shoulder, NAS, 40 % Monkey Shoulder is a blended malt (previously known as a vatted malt). It is a mix of three different single malts all owned by William Grant & Sons; Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. Here’s the explanation for the rather unusual name gracing this whisky: The term ‘whisky shoulder’ harks back to […] The post Monkey Shoulder appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Bowmore Enigma 12 YO

    Tone Øhrbom
    23 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    Bowmore Enigma 12 YO, 40 % Bowmore is the only distillery on Islay that has given me very mixed experiences. A couple of weeks ago I shared my tasting notes on Bowmore 100 Degrees Proof which I really like. Todays whisky is a limited release from Bowmore exclusively for Travel Retail. My husband and I have […] The post Bowmore Enigma 12 YO appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Clynelish 1997 17 YO Liquid Art

    Thomas Øhrbom
    22 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    Clynelish 1997 17 YO, 53,3 % There seems to be something slightly magical about Clynelish from the mid 1990s. Or maybe it’s just that Clynelish at cask strength and an age in the mid to late teens hits a sweet spot? It could also be that there seems to have been a lot of casks […] The post Clynelish 1997 17 YO Liquid Art appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Aultmore 1991 “Sweet Mint Infusion” (Wemyss Malts)

    Thomas Øhrbom
    21 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Aultmore 1991 “Sweet Mint Infusion”, 21 YO, 46 % It is not very often we get to try a whisky from the Speyside distillery Aultmore. This Aultmore 1991 “Sweet Mint Infusion” was distilled in 1991, matured in a hogshead, and bottled in 2013. The total outturn was 354 bottles. Independent bottler Wemyss Malts launched this whisky in […] The post Aultmore 1991 “Sweet Mint Infusion” (Wemyss Malts) appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo

    Tone Øhrbom
    20 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo, age, 50 % My interest for whisky has made me curious about other spirits as well. Tequila is one of the spirits that can be enjoyed the same way as whisky; room temperature and in a Glencairn glass. I do not know a lot about tequila, but I do know […] The post Arette Gran Clase Extra Añejo appeared first on Whisky Saga.
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    A History of Drinking

  • May 22, 1985 – Pete Rose Breaks Hank Aaron’s Scoring Record

    Gregory Priebe
    22 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Baseball player Pete Rose passes Hank Aaron as National League run scoring leader with 2,108. The following cocktail recipe is from one of our perennial favorites, our Tales of the Cocktail/Twitter friend Abigail Gullo,... The post May 22, 1985 – Pete Rose Breaks Hank Aaron’s Scoring Record appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Star Wars Cocktails – The Empire Strikes Back

    Gregory Priebe
    21 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Listen up Star Wars cocktails fans! Today marks the thirty-fifth anniversary for the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Commonly regarded as the best film of the series, “Empire” chronicles our heroes desperate flight across the... The post Star Wars Cocktails – The Empire Strikes Back appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • 4 Drinks to Celebrate the Birth of the Railroad Timetable

    Gregory Priebe
    20 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    185 years ago today, the first railroad timetable was published in the newspaper the Baltimore American. to mark the occasion, here are a few vaguely railroad-themed drinks to get you on your way. Absolut... The post 4 Drinks to Celebrate the Birth of the Railroad Timetable appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Lorraine Hansberry and the “Raisin in the Rum” Cocktail

    Nicole Priebe
    19 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    Eighty-five years ago today, African American playwright Lorraine Hansberry was born in Chicago, Illinois. Best known for A Raisin in the Sun (1959), which dealt with prejudice and African American  pride, it was the first... The post Lorraine Hansberry and the “Raisin in the Rum” Cocktail appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • An Excuse To Drink – Happy Mercuralia!

    Gregory Priebe
    15 May 2015 | 10:25 am
      Today, the “Ides of May” marks the traditional day of the ancient Roman Festival or Mercury or Mercuralia as it was better known. During the festival, merchants would bless their endeavors be sprinkling their, ships, merchandise and... The post An Excuse To Drink – Happy Mercuralia! appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
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    Bevvy Speakeasy

  • How to Make Your Own Bitters

    Will Shenton
    21 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Making your own bitters is a great way to spice up any cocktail. Our guide shows you how! The post How to Make Your Own Bitters appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • Cocktail Lab: The Starguide

    Aubrey Schuster
    19 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Featuring rye, Pernod, and port, give this Bevvy original a try at your barbecues this Memorial Day weekend. The post Cocktail Lab: The Starguide appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • Bar Review: The Violet Hour, Chicago

    Aubrey Schuster
    14 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Explore one of the best-known craft cocktail bars in America, the James Beard Award-winning Violet Hour in Chicago's Wicker Park. The post Bar Review: The Violet Hour, Chicago appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • Cocktail Lab: The Black Forest

    Aubrey Schuster
    13 May 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Trouble getting out of bed on those rough Sunday mornings? The Black Forest has plenty of kick to get you going. The post Cocktail Lab: The Black Forest appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • World Cocktail Day Mezcal Giveaway!

    Will Shenton
    12 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    To celebrate World Cocktail Day, Bevvy is giving away a fantastic bottle of Mezcal. Join for free to win! The post World Cocktail Day Mezcal Giveaway! appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
 
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    The Whiskey Wash

  • Whiskey Review: White Pike Whiskey

    Derek Sun
    21 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
    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. From Finger Lakes Distilling in upstate New York comes White Pike Whiskey, one of the most prominent white whiskey brands available. A white whiskey is basically whiskey that usually is unaged, created by removing the whiskey immediately from the still and something that’s not typically put into barrel – hence it has no real color and is clear. The distilled mash used to…
  • Kilchoman Distillery Debuts 10th Anniversary Scotch Whisky

    Nino Marchetti
    21 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The Kilchoman distillery on Scotland’s mystical whisky isle of Islay is currently the youngest Scotch making operation there. It is celebrating its 10th anniversary year in fact right now, and has dropped word of a very limited edition bottling being made available to mark the occasion. The Kilchoman 10th Anniversary Release, according to the distillery, is being made available only onsite starting this weekend. Hand numbered and limited to just 3,000 bottles, what you’ve got here is a single malt mix of sherry and bourbon cask aged Scotches from 2005-2012. It happens to include…
  • WhistlePig Old World Series Kicks Out A Port Cask Finished Rye

    Nino Marchetti
    21 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    And so we’ve come to what looks to be the end of the line for the WhistlePig Old World Series of limited edition rye whiskey bottlings that saw time in former wine barrels. First there was a 12 year old rye finished in ex-French Sauternes casks. This was followed up in short order by a 12 year old rye that wrapped up its aging in ex-Madeira barrels. The final release of the three has now just been announced, The Old Word Series: Port Finish. The WhistlePig Old World Series: Port Finish and a new best friend (image via WhistlePig) For this release WhistlePig took another 12 year old rye…
  • Remote Scottish Distillery Isle Of Harris Wants You

    Nino Marchetti
    20 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    As you head northwest off the coast of Scotland, some 30 miles or so over open water, you come across the remote Outer Hebrides island chain. It is here, in the Harris part of the islands, that you find the tiny, tiny village of Tarbet, population 1,916. If a new distillery on the scene in this speck of rugged, but very scenic, land has its way, that population value could double, in a virtual sort of way, via a new membership program. The Isle of Harris distillery under construction (image via Isle of Harris Distillers) The 1,916, as the program is called, aims to bring more awareness to…
  • Rare Cask Reserves 21 Year Old Cruinnich Surfaces Down Under

    Nino Marchetti
    20 May 2015 | 1:38 pm
    The William Grant & Sons independent Scotch whisky company is aiming to make its Rare Cask Reserves releases – focused upon bringing rarer in house aging spirit and sourced whisky alike to a thirsty public – something of a global brand it looks like. The latest expression in this line up, Cruinnich, is being made available for purchase only in Australia. So far we’ve seen Rare Cask Reserves offerings turning up exclusive to European travel retail stores, select UK retailers and a few American liquor stores. Now Cruinnich, a 21 year old Scotch drawn from unknown older…
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