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  • Hornitos introduces new blue agave tequila

    DBR - Spirits News
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Hornitos Tequila, a brand owned by American spirits maker Beam, has introduced a new 100% blue agave tequila - Hornitos Black Barrel.
  • Tennessee Moonshine Infographic

    Drinking Made Easy » Spirits
    drinkadmin
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Moonshine, also known as White Lightning, Hooch, Catdaddy, Rotgut, City Gin, Cool Water, and plenty more, is an important historical component of American spirits. So appreciate our liquor heritage and learn more about good ol’ kickapoo with this handy infographic provided by Marriott International. This Infographic was powered by Marriot
  • So You Want Some Pappy Van Winkle …

    Drink Music City
    Dipsomaniac
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Sure, we’d all like to get our hands on a bottle of the virtually unattainable elixir of the gods, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. In truth, it’s only released once a year now instead of twice, and the allocation per market is painfully small. Pappy is indeed some delicious stuff, and if you get a chance to buy some, do it! (And call me immediately.) But we need to face facts about how difficult it is to do. Fortunately if you’re really determined, we here at Drink Music City have discovered a handy-dandy guide to the hunt for Pappy. Check it out here, and then come back to this…
  • Johnnie Walker Collection

    Spirited Gifts | Blog
    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The brains behind LVMH have come up with the perfect gift for scotch lovers. The Johnnie Walker Collection has been redesigned and upgraded to get rid of the the average Red Label  and replace it with the coveted Platinum Label. The Collection stands out as one of the top whisky gifts you can send to scotch aficionado’s for any occasion. Johnnie Walker Collection Johnnie Walker Collection He’s a man who knows how to appreciate the best that life has to offer. She’s a woman who knows that quality should always come before quantity. That’s why when it comes to choosing…
  • Announcing a New Series — Three-Word Reviews! Beginning with Greenall's London Dry Gin

    The Joy of Drinking
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Things are getting a little crazy up in here, and we are excited to introduce a new videos series to mix things up: Three-Word Reviews!That's because we love trying new ingredients and have been wanting to share our general impressions in a really simple, fast, fun way. It's actually a series we first thought of about a year ago, and now we're happy to finally test it out in the world. Go, young grasshopper, go.To mark our very first Three-Word Review, we made two versions (a long version and a short version), and we'd love to hear from you guys which one you like better. We're still shaping…
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    The Joy of Drinking

  • Announcing a New Series — Three-Word Reviews! Beginning with Greenall's London Dry Gin

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Things are getting a little crazy up in here, and we are excited to introduce a new videos series to mix things up: Three-Word Reviews!That's because we love trying new ingredients and have been wanting to share our general impressions in a really simple, fast, fun way. It's actually a series we first thought of about a year ago, and now we're happy to finally test it out in the world. Go, young grasshopper, go.To mark our very first Three-Word Review, we made two versions (a long version and a short version), and we'd love to hear from you guys which one you like better. We're still shaping…
  • New Spirit: Barsol Perfecto Amor

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    Earlier this year, Anchor Distilling Company brought a new product to the U.S. market, Barsol Perfecto Amor, a Peruvian aperitif.Josh and I were both excited to try it. Funnily, Josh kept referring to it That Pisco, and I kept referring to it as That Wine, and when we both tried it, we found that we were both terribly right and terribly wrong!Barsol Perfecto Amor is a fun blend of both pisco and aperitif—pisco is added to the fermenting grapes. Sweet like a dessert wine and savory like a sherry, the aperitif wine pleasantly balanced the two.According to the distributor, the spirit has some…
  • At TBD, A Warm Hearth and Low ABV Cocktails That Pack a Tasty Punch

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:50 pm
    One of my guilty home fantasies is to have a fireplace. A big, warm hearth to gather around when the San Francisco fog rolls in—and also so I can burn that perennial almond wood from Whole Foods that always looks so good. But as a city dweller, this is far fetched. Luckily, with the opening of TBD in SOMA, I think I might have found a dream come true. TBD is the second restaurant project by the young, energetic, and enterprising team that opened the seasonally focused AQ restaurant—which incidentally is right next door to TBD in SOMA.And if AQ is affordable fine dining, owner Matt…
  • Meet the Cocktails: Holy Water

    23 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Bernal Height's newest (only?) cocktail bar, Holy Water is meant to be a neighborhood bar, but after our visit last week, I think it's well worth a trip from across town. Here, we found some refreshingly simple, classic cocktails beautifully made, some serious tiki favorites, and carefully curated California beers in an enjoyable, casual atmosphere.John Ottoman, below, owns Holy Water, along with a team that was is also involved with Bloodhound, Prize Fighter, and Brass Tacks.John specifically designed this bar to fit into the neighborhood, Bernal Heights, which is known as a cozy community…
  • Heaven's Dog Re-Opens: A Small Peek at The Coachman

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Anyone who has ever seen the TV show Cheers knows what it’s like to have A Place.It doesn’t have to be a bar. It could be a coffee shop or a lunch place, a tea shop or maybe even a favorite stretch of beach. It’s a place where, well, yeah—everybody knows your name. You know the people there; they know you. You feel so comfortable there you could find the bathroom blind. And you already know what comes next in the Spotify/Pandora list.Have you ever had a place like that? Well, for us, that was Heaven’s Dog.Josh and I have shared countless memories at Heaven’s Dog. We first started…
 
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    Liquor Snob

  • Arctic Chill - Ice Ball Maker Molds

    Jay Brewer
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:46 am
    If you're looking for an easy way to make ice balls for all of your favorite drinks we've found a great way - Arctic Chill - Ice Ball Maker Molds. You're drinks will stay cold for longer, but also have less water mixed with your more expensive whiskey and other liquors.  These 2.5 inch ice spheres are made of quick release, non stick silicone molds. They're also made of High quality BPA Free, FDA approved, nonporous silicone. Easy to clean just pop it in the dishwasher, and you're good to go. We received a set of 6 of these ice ball molds to review over the past 4 weeks. We've made countless…
  • Whisky: The Manual [Book Review]

    Jake Jamieson
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Whisky is one of the most popular spirits in the world, and everyone seems to have an opinion on how you should drink it. Even people who've never drunk a drop beyond Jack n Coke have no qualms about telling you how you should enjoy it. The myth is that you can't mix single malts with anything, even water, and if you try people aren't worried about looking at you like you've been kicked in the head by a mule. Even your buddy who's drinking Grey Goose and Red Bull will sneer at you if you want some ice in your Glenmorangie. Does that seem fair? Dave Broom, author of Whisky: The Manual knows…
  • Flaviar Liquor Tasting Packs - Sample, Sip, and Save

    Jay Brewer
    18 Feb 2014 | 5:01 am
    Flaviar has something unique to offer liquor lovers everywhere - samples of high end liquor that are sure to impress your friends and even yourself. Flaviar is a Community of Spirits Lovers who want to discover new & exciting drinks in the company of their friends, and their members receive 5 Premium Spirits in 1 tasting pack every month. We were sent the “Spanish Brandy Inquisition”, and a really nice tasting guide with the 5 tasting bottles. The presentation is exceptional, and all of your Liquor Snob friends will surely be impressed with the details of each of the liquors along…
  • Avua Cachaca - Small-batch Single estate-sourced Cachacas

    Jay Brewer
    3 Feb 2014 | 4:51 am
    We received two samples recently of an amazing cachaca from a small batch single estate source - Avua Cachaca.  Avuá Cachaça Prata and Avuá Cachaça Amburana offer a glimpse into what we can safely call - excellent cachaca. Cachaca is often misclassified as ‘Brazilian rum’ by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and if you have a taste of these two cachacas you’ll know why.  The two cachacas from Avua are created in two different ways resulting in two very different cachacas. They produce one unaged (Prata), one aged in Brazilian wood (Amburana) – that showcase the…
  • PAMA Bar Stars Series and Holiday Punch!

    Jake Jamieson
    15 Dec 2013 | 9:00 am
    Welcome to our series of Liquor Snob posts in partnership with PAMA pomegranate liqueur. If you like this one, check out all of our PAMA-related stories. Take a guess about what our favorite holiday-related thing is. Here's a hint: we love the excuse to see our families, get together with friends, and go to holiday parties. Give up? Our favorite thing about the holidays is that we are often in the presence of many other people, giving us an excuse to whip up large amounts of boozy concoctions in the form of delicious punch. Oh, and the hanging out with all those people is a nice side effect…
 
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    About.com Cocktails

  • A Spicy Campari Cocktail?

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    One of the joys of exploring cocktails is to experience all of the unique flavors that are possible and today I have a very, very interesting one for you. Campari... What do you think of when it comes to a Campari drink? Vermouth, clear soda, some fresh, light fruits, maybe some herbs, but what about a jalapeno pepper? It's true, it is the 'magical' ingredient that makes Brian Hawthorne's Celebration of Citrus...Read Full Post
  • Where's My Lime?

    4 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    Maybe you have noticed it... a higher priced (or no) lime Margarita, a lemon instead of lime garnish in your favorite drink, or fewer limes at the market. There is currently a lime shortage and it has bartenders and consumers scrounging to fill the gap or pay the price....Read Full Post
  • 2014 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Results

    2 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    The results are in and we have winners in the 2014 About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Over the last two months readers have been nominating and voting for their favorite distilled spirits in 10 categories and today I get to announce the winning brands. It is an interesting mix and it is apparent that these brands (some of which are relatively unknown) have a strong following and loyal fans. This may be an indication that they're something to try if you haven't already....Read Full Post
  • New Cocktail Contest: Fruit Cocktails

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    It is April 1st and that means that it is not only April Fool's Day, but also time to announce this month's cocktail contest and it is the easiest one yet. The theme for April's contest is: Fruit Cocktails....Read Full Post
  • New Season, New Cocktail Menu

    19 Mar 2014 | 5:03 am
    The signs are everywhere, spring is finally in sight and, beyond many other things, it is time to switch out our drink routines. For spring we tend to go with light, refreshing cocktails that are filled with the tastes of the season and there are plenty of recipes to choose from. These are a few of my personal favorites....Read Full Post
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 474: April 11, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Craft distillers took center stage during Whisky Live New York on Wednesday evening, and we'll hear from several of them on this week's episode. Chip Tate of Balcones and Mike Reppucci of Sons of Liberty both won World Whiskies Awards last month for their whiskies, while Daric Schlesselman of Brooklyn's Van Brunt Stillhouse was making his Whisky Live debut with a four-grain American whiskey and a single malt. There's also plenty of news this week, as David Beckham takes some flak for teaming up with Diageo and Simon Fuller on the Haig Club single grain Scotch, the Scotch Whisky Association…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 473: April 5, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Many of Scotland's historic distilleries have faded into history, to be remembered only by archivists and the occasional whisky lover. While the actual malts from Auchnagie, Stratheden, and others no longer exist -- a group of whisky lovers and entrepreneurs are trying to keep the names alive, and replicate those old malts as best they can using present-day whiskies. We'll find out more about The Lost Distillery Company's whiskies on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, we have word on new whiskies from Glenglassaugh, Bowmore, and Buffalo Trace, along with a new look for Benromach,…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 472: March 29, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:53 pm
    James Espey has created some of whisky's legendary brands during his career, along with the Keepers of the Quaich, and was named an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II last year for his services to the whisky industry. Now, he's busy with a brand of his own...and his own brand. The Last Drop is a boutique whisky brand he and his longtime friends created, and his story of personal brand-building is the subject of his new book "Making Your Marque." He'll share his story on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth, and you'll have a chance to win a signed copy, too.
  • WhiskyCast Episode 471: March 22, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Dave Broom has written and edited many books on whisky and other spirits, but none quite like his latest book. "Whisky: The Manual" is for whisky drinkers who just want to enjoy a dram without having to know everything about it. He'll explain the logic behind his new book on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Australia's Sullivan's Cove French Oak scores an upset win in the World Whiskies Awards as the "World's Best Single Malt", and we'll hear from distillery manager Patrick Maguire. There's more to talk about in the noisy debate over what the definition of a "Tennessee Whiskey"…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 470: March 15, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    15 Mar 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Bruichladdich expressions come and go...sort of like the waves on Loch Indaal do. Laddie fans are lamenting a decision to pull the Laddie Ten, Sixteen, and Twenty-Two single malts out of retail, but Bruichladdich's leaders say short supplies and global demand gave them no choice. We'll chat with CEO Simon Coughlin, Production Director Jim McEwan, and Commercial Director Douglas Taylor on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Campari moves into Canadian whisky with its acquisition of Forty Creek, Brown-Forman and Diageo square off in Nashville over standards for Tennessee Whiskey, and…
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    www.caskstrength.net - whisky blog

  • The Eagle Has (Finally) Landed? Arran 17 Year Old

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Here at Caskstrength, we have a distinct soft spot for the Arran distillery. Back in 2011, when we decided to embark on our epic journey into the A-Z of Whisk(e)y, we began with A for Arran- a particularly fine 14 year old expression in our opinion, which quickly sold out.  The Arran itself was deliciously light in character, full of orchard fruit, caramel malt and zest. When looking at the range of Arrans available We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the 10 year old to anyone looking to experience a single malt for the very first time (a steal at around £30) and the 14 year old…
  • Blend It Like Beckham - The New Haig Club Grain Whisky

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Well, sometimes prophecies do come true it seems.In January, we looked into our crystal whisky glass and thought long and hard about what was going to happen in the whisky world. Our first prediction was that the world of grain whisky would get a lot more popular with several major players entering the market place with new products. Our second prediction was that there would be the unveiling of a huge celebrity endorsement whisky.  At that point, the waters went cloudy and we couldn't quite make out just whose face was disappearing back into the haze -  but they looked familiar,…
  • Cheap As Chips: Cadenhead's 1973 Glenfiddich and 1976 Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskies

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Those of you who have read this site for a while will remember back to my 30th birthday. In the years leading up to it, I had assembled a collection of bottles from the year of my birth, 1979. Doing so wasn't too difficult (this was in the days when one could purchase a bottle of 1979 Port Ellen from an indie bottler for under £100, and an OB for little over that) and the army of drams which were opened on my celebration day would grace any high end hotel nowadays. I'm not one of those people who perpetually complain about the price of whisky rising. I understand that it is a finite product…
  • Liquid Football: Ardbeg AuriVerdes Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Rather like Christmas seemingly coming earlier every year (FYI ONLY 267 shopping days to go folks!) the attention on Brazil being this summer's most desirable media/product tie-in nation has well and truly begun in advance of the big event. Only last night did we witness the first domino falling in the commercial build up to the World Cup, with Budweiser producing an 'emotional' (their words, Lynn, not mine) black and white TV advert around the passion of football. As the official beer of the World Cup, Bud have produced some limited edition bottles clad in gold, which, will no doubt…
  • The Great Tennessee Whiskey Debate: Jack Daniel's Old No.7 Review

    28 Mar 2014 | 10:12 am
    I have a new favourite spot of an evening to sit and write. It is outside one of my new local pubs. Having recently moved house, I have had an opportunity to explore the array of local ale houses, on a mission to work out which shall eventually become my (second) home.At present, my chosen haunt is a classic English freehouse: yards from Windsor Castle, it is steeped in history, has real ale on tap and, more importantly, has Lagavulin 16 on an optic (on an optic!!).Handily, along with two open fires inside, it also sports a small group of outdoor tables, allowing for a large glass of whisky…
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    The Chuck Cowdery Blog

  • Join the Chuck Cowdery Bourbon Tour Experience, June 11-13

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Just about a month ago, we wrapped up the first Chuck Cowdery Bourbon Tour Experience. It was a great success. The feedback from our guests was very enthusiastic. Several said they would like to do it again. The great folks at Mint Julep Tours and I reviewed all the comments and our own notes, made a few tweeks, and are now accepting reservations for the sequel, June 11-13.The first tour sold out quickly. This one probably will too, as there are only 20 places, so don't wait. To reserve your spot, contact Josh Dugan at 502-583-1433, ext 107, or email him at josh@mintjuleptours.com.I'll be…
  • Why Kentucky Should Support Its Bourbon Industry

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    What maple syrup is to Vermont, wine is to California, orange juice is to Florida, and cheese is to Wisconsin, bourbon whiskey is to Kentucky. That makes 'Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey' a valuable brand. Last week, Kentucky lawmakers wisely invested $13 million in that brand. The details aren't important, but you can find some of them here.A few days ago, Fruit of the Loom announced that it is closing its last factory in Kentucky. Fruit of the Loom, which makes underwear, was once one of Kentucky's largest employers. Using that news as a bridge to talk about why the whiskey business is…
  • Indiana Oak Is in Whiskey Barrels, But Not Very Much

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is from the web site of a new micro-distillery in Indiana: "Did you know that a significant portion of the whiskey in the world, both in Kentucky and Scotland, is matured in barrels made from oak trees grown right here in Indiana?" The accuracy of that statement depends on your definition of the word "significant." Other Indiana distilleries have claimed it as well. Basically, the statement is false. They all seem to be getting their information from someone they believe is a good source, who told one of them that the world's largest barrel maker gets 60 percent of its white…
  • Fruit of the Loom to Close Last Kentucky Factory

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Underwear maker Fruit of the Loom announced today that it is closing its last factory in Kentucky, in Jamestown, at the cost of 600 jobs. The company, which still has its headquarters and a distribution center in Kentucky, is moving the Jamestown operations to Honduras. In Janet Patton's story about the announcement, the town's state representative is quoted as saying there was no warning, but there kind of was. Twenty-five years ago, Fruit of the Loom was one of the commonwealth's largest employers. Only General Electric was bigger. At the time there were many textile plants in Kentucky.
  • ADI Announces Its Winners

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The American Distilling Institute (ADI) today announced the winners of its 8th Annual Judging of Craft American Spirits. The announcement was made last night at the dinner concluding ADI's annual convention, held this year in Seattle. The American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA) announced its awards last week.Like ACDA's list, ADI's is never-ending. The concept of 'less is more' apparently does not appeal to America's craft distillers. These would appear to be the key awards, based on being listed first in the press release.Best of Class - Certified Craft Distilled Spirits™ WHISKEY…
 
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    Liquid Irish

  • The tortilla revolution

    David Havelin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    This is going to seem very like a story about tortillas, rather than whiskey. Think of it as allegory.According to Philip Martin, owner of the Little Ass Burrito Bar in Dawson Street, we don't know tortillas in Ireland, or even in Europe. The real deal is a corn tortilla (by corn, I mean maize), not the wheat imposters that we have latched on to. And the corn must have been nixtamalized first, which means steeping and cooking in limewater. This increases its nutritional value and improves flavour.Philip Martin. Photo courtesy Blanco Niño.Philip, who is a connoisseur of Mexican cuisine, has…
  • The Irish Whiskey Association

    David Havelin
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    I spied an original 1887 edition of Alfred Barnard's Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom yesterday.The archivist from Irish Distillers in Midleton had brought it along to the launch of the Irish Whiskey Association (IWA) and it was very appropriate to the occasion. Barnard's tour is both a 19th century record of past glories in Irish distilling and an aspirational document for today describing an island dotted with dozens of world-renowned distilleries.Eighteen whiskey companies have joined forces under the IWA banner to make sure that aspiration becomes reality. Most were represented…
  • Alltech First Principals - Whiskey by the Cask

    David Havelin
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    It's a tantalising time for Irish whiskey lovers. New distilleries are filling casks day after day, but those casks won't leave the warehouse again for years. We won't entirely go thirsty in the meantime but we must nevertheless dig deep into our reserves of patience as the whiskey matures.What might help is if we could each adopt a cask and look in on it every now and then to check how it ages, stealing a quick sip to make sure. Alltech is now offering exactly that chance, to snag one of three hundred young casks right now. They are inviting you to meet the Master Distiller, and to…
  • How many Irish whiskey distilleries are there?

    David Havelin
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Update 30 March 2014: Added new information about whiskey production at West Cork Distillers.Global interest in Irish whiskey peaks around this time each year (eg Google searches). Let's do a quick run around the existing and proposed distilleries to see where we are and where we are going in 2014 and beyond.I have only included announced projects. I have seen plans for more distilleries and heard rumours of others but until they are ready to go public I won't mention them here.There are eight whiskey distilleries currently producing. There could easily be another five by the end of the…
  • Irish handmade whiskey tumblers

    David Havelin
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    In the Makers & Brothers pop-up shop in Dublin before Christmas, I found a whiskey tumbler made by Jerpoint Glass in Kilkenny. It had remarkable heft - heavier than any other glass I've held - handy, perhaps, for working some bicep curls into one's drinking routine.I love glass as a material - it's not just an enclosure for conveying whiskey from shop to home. The look and feel of the bottle while pouring is part of the enjoyment of consuming whiskey. A tumbler that fits the hand and the mood elevates and extends the experience of drinking. With the proliferation of new distilleries and…
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    Olly Wehring's beverage industry blog - from just-drinks.com

  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    On just-drinks last week: Bacardi bade farewell to its president & CEO, Ed Shirley, who announced his intention to retire. Shirley was Bacardi’s third CEO in ten years and held the role from March, 2012. The previous two incumbents were in the hot seat for three-and-a-half years and three years and three months, respectively. All three retired: Could it be time for a young gun? Meanwhile, Diageo unveiled a partnership with global you-name-it David Beckham. I’m tired of footballing analogies, so shall merely ask: Could this tie-up prove successful for the company and…
  • Will Kestrel take flight with golfers?

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Most marketing campaigns have familiar goals - an increase in sales, wider consumer recognition. Others, such as the latest from Scottish beer brand Kestral lager - seek to change the entire lexicon of one of the world's most popular and venerable sports. The Kestrel Brewing Company, owned by former Wells & Young's MD Nigel McNally, is asking golfers to call a hole-in-one - when the ball finds the cup in one shot - a “kestrel”. The company claims this would dovetail nicely with golf's other bird-based terms such as birdie, eagle and albatross, while also raising awareness of…
  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    The latest just-drinks webinar is almost upon us. The hour-long presentation, which takes place tomorrow (8 April) at 1400 UTC, looks at the results of our industry confidence survey. We’d love for you to join us for the free-to-attend webinar, full details of which can be found here. Meanwhile, on just-drinks last week: The spirits rumour mill cranked into operation again, with Brown-Forman being mooted as looking to buy Remy Cointreau. The noises come just over a month after Brown-Forman was supposedly a takeover target itself, with Bacardi being linked to a move. Our…
  • Olly & the London Marathon

    7 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Just over three years ago, my wife gave birth to our son, Conor. He arrived eight weeks early. To thank the charity that supported his premature arrival - and the neo-natal ward that kept him alive - I am running the London Marathon on Sunday, 13 April. You can read Conor's story - and sponsor me, should you wish - by clicking here. Please, give as generously as you can. Thank you.
  • Fooling around on 1 April

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    Despite the often cut-throat nature of the drinks industry, it's good to know some companies still have a sense of humour.  And today, 1 April, was the day to indulge that. Kentucky Bourbon producer Buffalo Trace had some fun with news of its plans to build an open-air whiskey barrel storage 'farm'. A world first, the company claimed, which would see up to 150,000 barrels being stored in outdoor trenches. A press release suggested that a tornado that tore off a warehouse roof, leaving barrels exposed for six months to the elements, had led to some excellent whiskey being produced. …
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    Bevlog | beer, wine, spirits trends | beverage blog

  • 9 Common Needs Correction Issues

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Earlier this week Robert had the pleasure of presenting a speech at the American Distilling Institute conference in Seattle. The speech was entitled “Needs Correction:  9 Common Label & Formula Controversies for Spirits at TTB.” A copy of the PowerPoint is here. The speech covered common Needs Correction issues such as proper class/type statements for moonshine labels, when age statements are required and prohibited, and the term “craft.” On the formula side, the speech covered when a formula approval is and is not required, and common issues that can make a…
  • Wine Growlers

    admin
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Environmentally-conscious and corkscrew-phobic wine lovers alike will be thrilled to hear that TTB issued a ruling on March 11, 2014, allowing the filling of wine growlers by TTB-licensed tax-paid wine bottling houses (“TPWBH”). The ruling is in response to a new Washington state law allowing state-licensed wineries to sell wine off-site in kegs or “sanitary containers” (i.e., growlers) for off-premise consumption. Oregon passed a similar law in April 2013. These laws are particularly helpful to wineries that operate both a production facility and a separate tasting room, allowing…
  • Don’t Mess with a Vampire

    admin
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:55 am
    I am thinking this may be the best label ever, about lawyers. If I am not mistaken, that is a garden-variety lawyer, right below “Welcome, Trademark Attorneys!” and right above the briefcase. The lawyer just happens to be wearing a pink shirt, white suit, and closely resembles a werewolf. It all started when Clown Shoes beer company got label approval for a Vampire Slayer beer in 2011. It is important to note that this beer claims to be made with “holy water” and “vampire killing stakes.” In short order, the company that controls various VAMPIRE-related…
  • NJ Law Journal

    admin
    2 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    The New Jersey Law Journal recently featured Lehrman Beverage Law in a story about the growth of craft beer producers, craft spirits producers, and the law firms that have sprung up to support them. An excerpt of the story is here (the full version is here and requires registration). We are pleased to report, further, that our firm typically has at least five or six professionals working directly on alcohol beverage matters in a typical day. This particular article highlights Dan, who is a trademark and beer lawyer; John, who is an avid home brewer and handles a range of alcohol beverage…
  • Pom v. Coke, Battle of the Misleading Fruits

    admin
    20 Jan 2014 | 5:55 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court, on January 10, 2014, agreed to hear Pom’s argument that Coke’s fruit beverage labels (such as the one at right) are misleading. The excellent FDA Law Blog has good coverage of the controversy here. Coke’s Minute Maid product only has a tiny amount of pomegranate juice — less than 0.5% — and so Pom (rather than the government) argues that this is misleading especially inasmuch as the labels show pictures of pomegranates. Pom’s superfamous lawyer argued: This is a classic false advertising case. Pom and Coca-Cola compete directly in…
 
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  • Why let pastry cream filling sit in pie shell overnight?

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    I'm taking a coconut cream pie to my MIL's for Easter.  Having not made it in a bit, I'm looking at it tonight to see what I can do ahead of time since we'll be at church all Easter morning.  I'm going to make the dough for the crust on Friday and bake it off on Saturday.  I was thinking that I could make the filling on Saturday, too, and fill the pie and top with whipped cream on Sunday.  But in reading the recipe it specifically says to fill the crust and cover and chill overnight.  Why?  Is there some reason that you would want to do this?  Doesn't it…
  • Recipe for uttapam wanted

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Is there a recipe for uttapam that doesn't use rice in the batter? I remember having them in D.C. that were thicker and denser than most of the recipes I see. It seemed as it the batter was made only of dals. The vegetables were mixed into the batter rather on top. Maybe it was the restaurants version? Thanks.
  • Modding a Cooler for Immersion Circulators

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    A lot's been mentioned about this, but I'm starting a new thread, since the topic doesn't really fit under Cooking or under a specific brand of circulator.    Anyone want to share tips?   I just got a 30 quart coleman performance cooler, and a can of non-expanding foam ... I'd like to hear more war stories before diving in with a jigsaw.
  • Garlic Powder

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Garlic powder is on my shopping list, but I've only bought it once, years ago, so I'm not familiar with what's available.   Is most garlic powder pretty much the same, apart from the US v Chinese origin?  Have there been any taste or quality tests done - couldn't find anything?  Any favorite or most-used brand that you use?   Thanks!
  • Preferred brand of soy sauce

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    what is your preferred brand of soy sauce for cooking and dipping?    the brands i only know are yamasa and kikkoman. which among the 2 you prefer more? i havent seen yamasa being sold in my neighborhood but which among the 2 is cheaper
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  • Why let pastry cream filling sit in pie shell overnight?

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    I'm taking a coconut cream pie to my MIL's for Easter.  Having not made it in a bit, I'm looking at it tonight to see what I can do ahead of time since we'll be at church all Easter morning.  I'm going to make the dough for the crust on Friday and bake it off on Saturday.  I was thinking that I could make the filling on Saturday, too, and fill the pie and top with whipped cream on Sunday.  But in reading the recipe it specifically says to fill the crust and cover and chill overnight.  Why?  Is there some reason that you would want to do this?  Doesn't it…
  • Recipe for uttapam wanted

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Is there a recipe for uttapam that doesn't use rice in the batter? I remember having them in D.C. that were thicker and denser than most of the recipes I see. It seemed as it the batter was made only of dals. The vegetables were mixed into the batter rather on top. Maybe it was the restaurants version? Thanks.
  • Modding a Cooler for Immersion Circulators

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    A lot's been mentioned about this, but I'm starting a new thread, since the topic doesn't really fit under Cooking or under a specific brand of circulator.    Anyone want to share tips?   I just got a 30 quart coleman performance cooler, and a can of non-expanding foam ... I'd like to hear more war stories before diving in with a jigsaw.
  • Garlic Powder

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Garlic powder is on my shopping list, but I've only bought it once, years ago, so I'm not familiar with what's available.   Is most garlic powder pretty much the same, apart from the US v Chinese origin?  Have there been any taste or quality tests done - couldn't find anything?  Any favorite or most-used brand that you use?   Thanks!
  • Preferred brand of soy sauce

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:38 pm
    what is your preferred brand of soy sauce for cooking and dipping?    the brands i only know are yamasa and kikkoman. which among the 2 you prefer more? i havent seen yamasa being sold in my neighborhood but which among the 2 is cheaper
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  • NEW BUM APP FILLS TIKI GAP

    Beachbum Berry
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    250 exotic drink recipes — many of them “lost” drinks rediscovered by your humble Bum — can now be had on your iPad or iPhone.  Talk about Apple juice! Get all the details here: BEACHBUM BERRY’S TOTAL TIKI  
  • THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

    Beachbum Berry
    24 Oct 2013 | 4:43 pm
    The critics seem to like our Potions.  Here’s what they have to say about the new Beachbum Berry book: “With his new encyclopedic and entertaining ‘Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean,’ the tiki expert Jeff Berry distills 500 years of tropical-drink history into 300-plus pages. He takes you from the days of pirates, explorers and […]
  • KRISPY KOCKTAILS

    Beachbum Berry
    23 Oct 2013 | 4:30 pm
    The closest the Beachbum will ever come to having class is having Class magazine, the high-toned free weekly cocktail digest put out by Simon Difford. Class covers the international drinks scene in general, and the London bar scene in particular, thoroughly and critically — the latter particularly refreshing in a world where trade publications routinely […]
  • MIRACLE IN MILAN

    Beachbum Berry
    19 Oct 2013 | 4:51 pm
    “You’re gonna taste a bit of history now, guys,” said Salvatore Calabrese as he uncorked a bottle so old that the dust had fused to the glass, giving it the look of a frosted window pane (pictured above). The dean of London’s expat Italian bartenders, Mr. Calabrese was in his element: at the Super-Bar show […]
  • BUENAS NOCHES IN BUENOS AIRES

    Beachbum Berry
    1 Sep 2013 | 12:48 pm
    Meat, maté, tango, amaro. This may sound like army field code from a WWII movie, but it’s actually the four pillars of Argentinian R&R. The Beachbum encountered each during a recent trip to Buenos Aires with Tales of the Cocktail On Tour, where he led a Tiki seminar for local bartenders (you can read about […]
 
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  • How to Take Inventory and Calculate Pour Cost

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler
    2 Jan 2014 | 9:12 am
    Sometimes when I put up a new post on this site, it’s because I have what I think is a good idea and I want to say, “Hey world, here’s an idea I came up with and I’d like to share it with you.” Other times I put up a new post because I want to say, “Hey, quit emailing me and asking me how to do this.” So, like a million years ago I put up a couple of blog posts on this site, one about making your own ginger beer, and one about bottled carbonated cocktails, both which require some pretty tricky methods for making bubbles: one that called for using…
  • How *Not* to Kick Someone Out of a Bar

    Jeffrey Morgenthaler
    12 Dec 2013 | 11:05 am
    For years before I ever got into this whole cocktail thing, I worked in the sort of places that served beer and shots, had jukeboxes and ashtrays, sported video poker machines,and usually involved kicking a few people out over the course of every night. I have, like any bartender who’s done this sort of work, a ton of stories about times I’ve kicked people out. A lot of them are kind of sad, a few of them are really scary, but most of them are pretty hilarious. Here’s one of my favorites that I shot for my friends over at Small Screen Network. I hope you enjoy it. I had a great time…
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  • New Booze: Woody Creek Distillers Potato Vodka

    NewBoozer
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Potato Vodka by Woody Creek Distillers Woody Creek Distillers started distributing its potato vodka in New York this month. Union Beer Distributor's craft spirits division, BluePrint Brands, is joining forces with Woody Creek Distillers to develop and expand the market throughout New York State. Woody Creek Distillers’ Woody Creek Colorado 100% Potato Vodka (MSRP: $37) is a potato-based vodka, made from just three ingredients: alpine potatoes (native Colorado Rio Grande), local mountain spring water, and yeast. After being washed and mashed on-site at the WCD distillery, the potato mash is…
  • New Booze: Rested Tennessee Rye from Jack Daniel's

    NewBoozer
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Jack Daniel Distillery’s Rested Tennessee Rye As a continuation of its entry into the rye whiskey category, the Jack Daniel Distillery is offering a limited release of Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye, a follow-up to its 2012 Unaged Tennessee Rye offering. This marks the distillery’s first barrel-matured expression in the rye category. A one-time offering, Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye is scheduled to be available in select U.S. markets beginning in April. Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye is crafted using the same Cave Spring water from the Jack Daniel’s Hollow, proprietary yeast and…
  • New Booze: Milenio from 1800 Tequila

    NewBoozer
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    1800 Tequila releases Cognac-finished Milenio Tequila 1800 Tequila announces its new extra-aged, Cognac-finished tequila: Milenio. After a long aging process, the Blue Weber Agave extra-aged tequila is matured for a short period in French oak Cognac barrels. This is the second edition of Milenio, the first of which was produced in the year 2000. 1800 Milenio is bottled at 40% ABV, and available in the United States for the suggested retail price of $125 for 750ml. For more information, please refer to www.1800tequila.com About 1800 Tequila: 1800 Tequila is named after the year it was created…
  • Snap Shots: Agave Fibers

    Camper English
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    February 2011: Agave is a very fibruous plant that must be cooked and shredded before fermentation and distillation into tequila. Picture taken at the Casa Noble distillery near Tequila, Mexico. Read more here. [Visit Alcademics.com for the full post.]
  • Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor Arrivals at the Office 4/12/14

    Camper English
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Here's what landed in the inbox at Alcademics over the past couple of weeks: Brockman's Gin Bols Foam D'USSE XO Cognac VDKA 6100 Jack Daniels Rested Rye [Visit Alcademics.com for the full post.]
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  • St. Germain Elderflower Liquer

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Okay, this is my favorite liqueur you are discussing. I'm not from New York, although I luv it. I'm from Texas. My favorite drink is a Paris Manhattan. Use a nice-sized martini glass and make it cold. Pick up 2 shots of bourbon. Maker's Mark, while it is not something I usually like in a bourbon, it is perfect for this drink. Two shots of Makers, 1 shot of St. Germain, 1/2 shot of sweet vermouth, 1/2 shot of dry vermouth, Angostura bitters. Shake it. Put it in a frosty martini glass. Add a cherry or two. Voila! Beautiful!
  • Best ways to use St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Maybe the hint of elderflower would work for someone who prefers the citrus taste of Tangeray.
  • What is/was Tango?

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I remember this well late 70's there was also a tango tequila Sunrise that they made stuff was cheap, still trying get some of the stuff for a reunion we have every year! Does anyone know where it could be bought??
  • Jack Daniel's is not Bourbon.

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    wellllll, except for the charcoal mellowing and the TN/KY rivalry, Jack Daniels would generally be called a bourbon
  • Cutting Sambucca with water............

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    I've seen crystals form in liqueurs a few times. Not a worry.
 
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    The Intoxicologist

  • Green Confetti Smoothie

    Cheri Loughlin
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Green Confetti Smoothie, 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... What started out as a green smoothie turned into a red and green confetti smoothie. A plain green smoothie just didn’t have the flavor I was looking for. It was kind of bland and needed a little more flavor *pop* … Continue reading → The post Green Confetti Smoothie appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related…
  • Kir Cocktail

    Cheri Loughlin
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Kir 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... A traditional Kir drink calls for dry white wine and crème de cassis with lemon twist. It is served chilled in a wine glass. Simple. Elegant. The Kir drink is said to be named in recognition of Mayor Canon Felix … Continue reading → The post Kir Cocktail appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: White Peach Sangria…
  • Raspberry Watermelon Mojito

    Cheri Loughlin
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Raspberry Watermelon Mojito, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... The Raspberry Watermelon Mojito takes advantage of fresh raspberries and succulent watermelon. It is light and refreshing; perfect for what we can only hope are long warm days ahead. The recipe below calls for traditional club soda topper, but take … Continue reading → The post Raspberry Watermelon Mojito appeared…
  • Dark Cherry Manhattan

    Cheri Loughlin
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Dark Cherry Manhattan, 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... A well made classic Manhattan is just one of my many favorite cocktails. I seldom grow tired of trying different recreations of this particular drink. Recently I started tinkering with one of my own Manhattan variations. Though the adjustments are … Continue reading → The post Dark Cherry Manhattan appeared first on The…
  • Negroni

    Cheri Loughlin
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Negroni, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... The Negroni is one of my all-time favorite cocktails. The classic Negroni cocktail calls for equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. The layering of flavors in this particular drink has opened the door for so many variations. Gin has … Continue reading → The post Negroni appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts:…
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  • Great Cocktails: Gin Old Fashioned

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Tanqueray 10 Gin Old Fashioned For us to feature a cocktail at Drink Spirits, it has to be something really special. While we’ve quite enjoyed many of the original cocktails we’ve had on our journeys, very few have the ability to transcend the bar that they were created in. Many original cocktails are unnecessarily complicated, or use obscure ingredients or techniques which are hard to reproduce at home (which is also why you might wait a good amount of time for your drink to be made). We don’t blame the legions of very talented mixologists trying to innovate in a space…
  • Review: Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye Whiskey In 2012, Jack Daniel’s created quite a stir when they released their Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye.  The release created a spirited debate about what exactly to call the Jack Daniel’s special release, with some putting the spirit in the white dog/unaged whiskey camp and others (including the TTB) calling it a neutral spirit. Now, two years later, Jack Daniel’s adds to the conversation with an updated special release called Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye. This time around there should be no debate about what to call it, as…
  • Review: ArteNom Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
      ArteNom Tequila Tequila is one of the more highly regulated spirits on the market. To be labeled “Tequila”, a spirit must be made from Blue Webber Agave grown in Mexico, and distilled and bottled in a small set number of regions, with the majority coming from Jalisco, Mexico. Each bottle of tequila has a unique number on it called “NOM” which lets you know exactly which distillery manufactured it. Because there are a limited number of distilleries located in approved tequila producing areas, some distilleries manufacture spirits for a number of tequila labels.
  • Review: Lost Distillery Auchnagie, Stratheden, and Gerston Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    The Lost Distillery Blended Whisky The Lost Distillery Company was created with an interesting premise: attempt to re-create the flavor and style of historical distilleries that are no longer in existence. This strategy is possibly driven by the intense fanaticism shown by fans of some of Scotland’s most notable “ghost” distilleries, including places like Port Ellen. The difference here is that spirit from these “lost” distilleries is a re-imaging, whereas the spirit from a “ghost distillery” like Port Ellen is the actual spirit produced from a closed…
  • Review: Abraham Bowman Double Barrel Bourbon

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    A. Smith Bowman Limited Edition Double Barrel Bourbon Whiskey One of the successful trends in American Whiskey, as it has been with Scotch Whisky, is the technique of finishing a whiskey (or aging for additional time) in a barrel other than the original aging barrel. There are a number of good reasons to finish a whiskey in another barrel, and most have to do with what that finishing barrel may have held prior to finishing (sherry, port, cognac, rum or other compatible spirits). When you age a wine or spirit in an oak barrel, the barrel absorbs a percentage of that spirit which can…
 
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  • Great Cocktails: Gin Old Fashioned

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Tanqueray 10 Gin Old Fashioned For us to feature a cocktail at Drink Spirits, it has to be something really special. While we’ve quite enjoyed many of the original cocktails we’ve had on our journeys, very few have the ability to transcend the bar that they were created in. Many original cocktails are unnecessarily complicated, or use obscure ingredients or techniques which are hard to reproduce at home (which is also why you might wait a good amount of time for your drink to be made). We don’t blame the legions of very talented mixologists trying to innovate in a space…
  • Review: Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye Whiskey In 2012, Jack Daniel’s created quite a stir when they released their Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye.  The release created a spirited debate about what exactly to call the Jack Daniel’s special release, with some putting the spirit in the white dog/unaged whiskey camp and others (including the TTB) calling it a neutral spirit. Now, two years later, Jack Daniel’s adds to the conversation with an updated special release called Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye. This time around there should be no debate about what to call it, as…
  • Review: ArteNom Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
      ArteNom Tequila Tequila is one of the more highly regulated spirits on the market. To be labeled “Tequila”, a spirit must be made from Blue Webber Agave grown in Mexico, and distilled and bottled in a small set number of regions, with the majority coming from Jalisco, Mexico. Each bottle of tequila has a unique number on it called “NOM” which lets you know exactly which distillery manufactured it. Because there are a limited number of distilleries located in approved tequila producing areas, some distilleries manufacture spirits for a number of tequila labels.
  • Review: Lost Distillery Auchnagie, Stratheden, and Gerston Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    The Lost Distillery Blended Whisky The Lost Distillery Company was created with an interesting premise: attempt to re-create the flavor and style of historical distilleries that are no longer in existence. This strategy is possibly driven by the intense fanaticism shown by fans of some of Scotland’s most notable “ghost” distilleries, including places like Port Ellen. The difference here is that spirit from these “lost” distilleries is a re-imaging, whereas the spirit from a “ghost distillery” like Port Ellen is the actual spirit produced from a closed…
  • Review: Abraham Bowman Double Barrel Bourbon

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    A. Smith Bowman Limited Edition Double Barrel Bourbon Whiskey One of the successful trends in American Whiskey, as it has been with Scotch Whisky, is the technique of finishing a whiskey (or aging for additional time) in a barrel other than the original aging barrel. There are a number of good reasons to finish a whiskey in another barrel, and most have to do with what that finishing barrel may have held prior to finishing (sherry, port, cognac, rum or other compatible spirits). When you age a wine or spirit in an oak barrel, the barrel absorbs a percentage of that spirit which can…
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  • The Beer Enthusiast Springs Back to Life

    The Beer Enthusiast
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    We know. We’ve received the flood of emails. The constant phone calls. The handwritten letters. The singing beer-o-grams. But alas, we’re only now getting around to the first Beer Enthusiast column of 2014. We hope it’s worth the wait. First, an explanation. Imagine it. You’re sitting in a leather chair, wearing a silk robe, a sleeping hound on one side of you and a roaring fire on the other. Outside your window, snowflakes wander their way toward the ground. Your mind’s wandering, too—wondering if you should put chains on your truck’s tires, wondering how the Prince Fielder-Ian…
  • Cruz Silver Tequila Review

    Kevin Gray
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Cruz Tequila is a relatively new operation that got its start in 2005 when three friends in Arizona decided to enter the tequila business. Their distillery is based in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, and they produce three 100% blue agave tequilas — silver, reposado and anejo — by employing traditional methods. We’ve got a bottle of silver on our hands, so let’s take it for a spin. Cruz Silver Tequila pours crystal clear in the glass. On the nose it’s light and sweet, with notes of baked agave, vanilla, citrus and mild pepper. The aromas are soft and pleasant…
  • Willa Vodka Review

    Kevin Gray
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Willa Vodka is a new entrant to the market, first hitting shelves in 2013. It’s distilled from Italian grain and blended with water from Nantucket, but Willa’s origins begin in Chicago, where two guys with a love for vodka and healthy living hatched the plan to create an easy-drinking low calorie vodka. Low calorie vodka is pretty much the antithesis of what we typically cover, but hey, there’s probably a market for it. Low calorie beers have proved popular, so maybe these guys are onto something. Of course, to achieve lower calories you need a lower alcohol content, so…
  • Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Jack Daniel’s continues to make waves with the new announcement of Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye, a follow up to the brand’s Unaged Tennessee Rye, which hit the market in 2012. And, unrelated to these products, Jack also unleashed a cinnamon whiskey last month, so the Lynchburg distillery is certainly keeping busy. Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye is the brand’s first barrel-aged rye whiskey. It’s a one-time offering, rather than a permanent addition to the brand’s portfolio. It’s comprised of 70 percent rye, 18 percent corn and 12…
  • Scotch Cocktails for Spring

    Kevin Gray
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Scotch: it’s not just for sipping neat in your smoking robe beside the fire. Although, that’s certainly a fine use of both scotch and your leisure time. But scotch also makes a fine addition to cocktails, whether you’re fortifying something rich and warming or you’re looking for a lighter drink more indicative of spring. So below, we’ve got a couple refreshing cocktails made with The Black Grouse, a smooth blend of The Famous Grouse with smoky peated malts. It’s a fine whisky for crafting cocktails — neither too overpowering nor too light — and…
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    It's just the booze dancing...

  • Beer Review – Evil Twin Brewing Bikini Beer

    G LO
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here’s what Evil Twin Brewing of Denmark has to say about their Bikini Beer… Named after atom bomb test grounds, designed by a French car engineer – the bikini was to many a disturbing and degrading creation but fortunately for others a symbol of emancipation. This is attractively light bodied, seductively well balanced and very drinkable Bikini Beer is anything but a sissy beer. And here’s my take… I’ve heard of Evil Twin Brewing, but I can’t say that I’ve ever tried any of their beers. Much like Mikkeller, Evil Twin is based in Denmark. Also,…
  • “It’s just the booze dancing…” Turns Four!

    G LO
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Dancing booze! Yay! The above photo, which was created by Jon of the Pastrami Basket blog for our 4th Blogiversary, is what the fourth year of “It’s just the booze dancing…” was all about, i.e. collaboration and making connections. While there were plenty of beer and whisky review posts this year, there were also numerous occasions when we had the opportunity to either meet up with other bloggers or have them help us out with a post. Here are just a few of the collaborative things that happened over the past twelve months: Enlisted the aid of The Alemonger so that we…
  • Beer Review Poetry – Great Divide Lasso IPA

    G LO
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    A guy named Lew digs session beer, So that you can drink it for hours with a bit less fear! When it comes to IPA, this Booze Dancer likes them bold, With a firm hop bite that won’t leave you cold. Founders and Stone have gone the Session IPA route. I have tried their attempts thinking they might be a hoot! They’re solid brewers with a gold standard line up, So if they bring something new to the table, you know that I’ll show up! All Day IPA was thirst quenching and quite a delight, But Stone’s Go To lacked their signature arrogant bite. In comes Great Divide with this…
  • Listen to Us Talk About Irish Whiskey on this Month’s WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings

    G LO
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The great Mark Gillespie at The Barthenon! Mark Gillespie is either a glutton for punishment, or perhaps he genuinely likes us, because this past Saturday he invited us to record yet another episode of WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings. Not only did he invite us, he even took his show on the road and recorded the March 2014 episode at the Barthenon, i.e. Limpd’s kitchen where we spend a lot of time conducting our extensive adult beverage research. For this month’s episode, Mark went with an Irish theme and selected three very different Irish whiskies for us to nose, taste, and discuss.
  • Boozing and Disney Cruising Part Two

    G LO
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sunset in Nassau If you’re a regular reader, then you are well aware of the G-LO family’s last vacation which was a four night cruise aboard the recently “re-imagineered” Disney Magic. For our second Disney Cruise in under six months (this time around, we went on a three night cruise aboard the Disney Dream), Mrs. G-LO and I decided to leave the kids at home with the grandparents. Before you start saying things like “You went on a Disney Cruise without your kids? I’ve never heard of such a thing!”, let me begin by telling you that this was a triple…
 
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    A Wardrobe of Whisky

  • The Lost Distilleries Blend Batch 4 Reviewed

    Miguel
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Master of Malt launched a few years ago a blended whisky called The Lost Distilleries Blend. The idea is that the whisky is created, crafted, using malts and grain whiskies from silent distilleries. The list of closed distilleries of Scotland is a bit long but malts that can be obtained nowadays are Littlemil, Port Ellen, Caperdonich, Brora, Glenury Royal, … so the idea of creating a blended whisky with this is simply awesome. The second batch of this The Lost Distilleries Blend has recently won the World’s Best Blended Whisky at World Whiskies Awards ( or WWA for friends ) 2014.
  • Piece Of Islay: The new Bowmore Duty-Free Single Malts

    Miguel
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    Yesterday Bowmore did a twitter tasting introducing their new (to me) Duty Free bottles: Black Rock, White Sands and Gold Reef. Ally Dickinson manned the twitter tasting with many fellow bloggers. One really interesting experience of this tasting was that it was paired with chocolate: little cocoa with crushed coffee beans and toffee filled chocolates. Well, let’s taste them. Bowmore Gold Reef The first bottle of the night with a retail price of £59.99 for a one litre bottle. “Very nice whisky. Just the perfect amount of peat on a malt with a lovely nose” 89 This dram…
  • Glendronach 15 years old Tawny Port Finish Review

    Miguel
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    Ok, more Glendronach today… a 15 years old Tawny Port, a type of Portuguese Port wine. This whisky is aged in bourbon barrels and then finished in Port Pipes, a huge kind of cask. “It is a nice whisky with notes of fruits, spices and chocolate... but the Virgin Oak finish was so nice” 88 70cl / 46% / Distillery Bottling - Introduced to the Glendronach range in 2011 the 15 year old Tawny Port finish continued the distillery's new owner's plans of taking the bourbon matured whisky from the old owners and bringing it more into line with their idea of the traditional…
  • Diageo to release NAS Port Ellen whisky

    Miguel
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today Diageo has unveiled their plans to satisfy the hordes of deep pocket whisky investors connoisseurs with the release of a non age statement bottle of Port Ellen: an Espens Iveone This new addition to the range of Diageo’s whiskies will be bottled at 53.9% ABV and they have promised that only the best of the best of Port Ellen whisky is inside this bottle. In fact they have reopened the distillery to add a dash of young whisky to invigorate this ancient single malt. With a retail price of barely £59999.99 it will surely make the delight of whisky aficionados all around the…
  • Best from Ireland: #JamesonWhiskey Tasting

    Miguel
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:06 am
    Tasting Jameson’s range of whiskeys for celebrating St. Patrick day. A wonderful sweet and delicate pot still experience like only Irish know how to do. It is about time for a Jameson whiskey review! Ouch! I am seriously lagging behind. I were going to do this tasting for St. Patrick’s day with Steve from The Whisky Wire but unfortunately was ill and couldn’t attend. So Miss Whisky stood up and manned this tasting with a lot of great whisky friends. To be fair, I tasted some of the Jameson on the old days when I began drinking whisky and the experience wasn’t nice or…
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  • Earth Day Cocktail - AOTD 82

    19 Mar 2014 | 11:54 pm
    For Earth Day, Art of the Drink teams up with Glass Dharma to bring you a cocktail that's as eco-friendly as it is delicious!
  • Talking Pisco with Junior Merino - AOTD 81

    22 Feb 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Here's one from the vaults that was never released! Junior Merino and I visit the Pisco Porton distillery in Ica, Peru, for the brand launch, and I have the chance to get his take on all things Pisco!
  • Science of Mixology: Vodka Flash - AOTD 80

    19 Feb 2013 | 10:54 pm
    Anthony gives his engineering degree a workout in this special Science of the Drink episode when he combines lasers and spirits to create the seemingly impossible Vodka Served as a Flash of Light featured on the hit TV series Parks and Recreation!
  • Truvia Natural Sweetener Demo

    17 Aug 2011 | 6:00 pm
    Anthony heads down to the House Beautiful 2010 Kitchen of the Year and mixes up some fresh smoothies using Truvia™ natural sweetener.
  • Science of Mixology: Physics of Flair - AOTD 79

    17 Aug 2011 | 12:02 am
    Join Anthony in the Drambuie LaBARatory at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and discover how flair bartenders flip bottles without spilling!
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  • Glen Grant 21 Years (70° Proof)

    Ruben Luyten
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Pre-war whisky, it’s one of these things any serious whisky enthusiast should have experienced. The recent ‘Pre-War Whisky Tour’ that you may have seen on Facebook could make you think otherwise, but you don’t usually stumble upon these things easily. They’re lucky cellar finds or expensive auction items. This Glen Grant 21 Year Old 70° proof is one of the best examples I’ve come across. It was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in their semi-official distillery series. We’re lucky when it comes to dating this bottle: it is sealed with a securo cap. That’s a special kind…
  • Kininvie 1990 (Batch 001)

    Ruben Luyten
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Kininvie was the ‘secret distillery’ within the William Grant & Sons production site that also houses Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Although its stillhouse was separate, it used to share mash tuns and washbacks with The Balvenie. But now it has been expanded with its own dedicated equipment. So far we’ve only seen a couple of Hazelwood-branded releases from these stills. They were only fired when extra blending whisky was required (it’s the core ingredient of Monkey Shoulder) and there was officially never any intent to bottle Kininvie as a single malt. Until this first official…
  • Balmenach 1979 (Sansibar)

    Ruben Luyten
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    Another rare oldie brought to us by Sansibar. There seem to be different strengths and bottle amounts on the internet for this Balmenach 1979. I can only tell you what’s on the label.   Balmenach 35 yo 1979 (53,4%, Sansibar 2014, bourbon cask, 127 btl.) Nose: dry and herbal, with lots of forest associations. Dried flowers, moss and leafy notes. A proud nose but a little unsexy, although there’s a subtle fruity side of yellow apple and overripe banana. A little chalk, as well as milky cereals. Last but not least: a nice, dry layer of 35 years old dust. Mouth: thick and sweet, slightly…
  • Stagg Jr.

    Ruben Luyten
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Stagg Jr. was the highly anticipated younger version of Buffalo Trace’s power bourbon George T. Stagg. Its age is still above average though, and they share the same recipe and strength, so ‘Junior’ may have an adverse effect of making it seem more approachable. This American bourbon has no age statement, although the label says it was aged for nearly a decade. We’ve heard it’s slightly over 8 years old. Contrary to the yearly senior version, Stagg Jr. will have three to four batches a year.     Stagg Jr. (67,2%, OB 2013, first batch) Nose: I believe my nostrils are gone.
  • Highland Park Freya

    Ruben Luyten
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Highland Park Freya spent 15 years in first fill bourbon casks. After Highland Park Thor and Highland Park Loki, it’s the third release in The Valhalla Collection which unites whiskies named after Norse Gods. This whisky was originally made for blending purposes. The barley was malted with mainland peat and then matured nearby Glasgow in bourbon casks. It’s technically not even Orkney whisky this way, but the result turned out too nice to be blended.   Highland Park 15 yo ‘Freya’ (51,2%, OB 2014) Nose: quite honeyed for a HP, with juicy pear, melon, pink grapefruit and a soft…
 
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  • The Beer Enthusiast Springs Back to Life

    The Beer Enthusiast
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:11 pm
    We know. We’ve received the flood of emails. The constant phone calls. The handwritten letters. The singing beer-o-grams. But alas, we’re only now getting around to the first Beer Enthusiast column of 2014. We hope it’s worth the wait. First, an explanation. Imagine it. You’re sitting in a leather chair, wearing a silk robe, a sleeping hound on one side of you and a roaring fire on the other. Outside your window, snowflakes wander their way toward the ground. Your mind’s wandering, too—wondering if you should put chains on your truck’s tires, wondering how the Prince Fielder-Ian…
  • Cruz Silver Tequila Review

    Kevin Gray
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Cruz Tequila is a relatively new operation that got its start in 2005 when three friends in Arizona decided to enter the tequila business. Their distillery is based in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, and they produce three 100% blue agave tequilas — silver, reposado and anejo — by employing traditional methods. We’ve got a bottle of silver on our hands, so let’s take it for a spin. Cruz Silver Tequila pours crystal clear in the glass. On the nose it’s light and sweet, with notes of baked agave, vanilla, citrus and mild pepper. The aromas are soft and pleasant…
  • Willa Vodka Review

    Kevin Gray
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Willa Vodka is a new entrant to the market, first hitting shelves in 2013. It’s distilled from Italian grain and blended with water from Nantucket, but Willa’s origins begin in Chicago, where two guys with a love for vodka and healthy living hatched the plan to create an easy-drinking low calorie vodka. Low calorie vodka is pretty much the antithesis of what we typically cover, but hey, there’s probably a market for it. Low calorie beers have proved popular, so maybe these guys are onto something. Of course, to achieve lower calories you need a lower alcohol content, so…
  • Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Jack Daniel’s continues to make waves with the new announcement of Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye, a follow up to the brand’s Unaged Tennessee Rye, which hit the market in 2012. And, unrelated to these products, Jack also unleashed a cinnamon whiskey last month, so the Lynchburg distillery is certainly keeping busy. Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye is the brand’s first barrel-aged rye whiskey. It’s a one-time offering, rather than a permanent addition to the brand’s portfolio. It’s comprised of 70 percent rye, 18 percent corn and 12…
  • Scotch Cocktails for Spring

    Kevin Gray
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Scotch: it’s not just for sipping neat in your smoking robe beside the fire. Although, that’s certainly a fine use of both scotch and your leisure time. But scotch also makes a fine addition to cocktails, whether you’re fortifying something rich and warming or you’re looking for a lighter drink more indicative of spring. So below, we’ve got a couple refreshing cocktails made with The Black Grouse, a smooth blend of The Famous Grouse with smoky peated malts. It’s a fine whisky for crafting cocktails — neither too overpowering nor too light — and…
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  • The Rush of Flavor

    Lew Bryson
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Stick with me; this is going to be about whiskey, but first we need to make a detour. I’ve done some writing about vodka and FMBs — what’s an FMB? It’s like an RTD. RTD? Well, it’s an alcopop. You know: like Smirnoff Ice. An FMB is a “flavored malt beverage,” which is basically beer with all the beer flavor stripped out and replaced with a variety of fruit flavors. (“RTD” means “ready to drink,” which seems redundant to me, but then, I’m not a marketer.) Anyway, the vodka category is dominated by the talk and advertising of flavors (though unflavored vodka is still the…
  • Bourbon Tax Credit Passed

    Lew Bryson
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    As Tennessee legislators are in the middle of a used barrel fight, Kentucky lawmakers are taking concrete steps to improve the commonwealth’s cherished bourbon whiskey industry. On March 31, Kentucky passed House Bill 445, which allowed distillers a corporate income tax credit for the ad valorem barrel taxes paid on aging whiskey. According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, distilleries pay $13 million a year in barrel taxes. Although ad valorem taxes—“according to value,” usually a tax on real estate or property—on Kentucky distilled spirits have existed off and on since…
  • Finger Lakes Whiskey Ramble

    Lew Bryson
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:44 am
    I’ve been a fan of New York’s Finger Lakes region for years. The unique views afforded by these long lakes and the bluffs above their shores, the startling white deer in the woods of the Seneca Army Depot, the wineries that cling to the frost-free microclimate of the lakeside hills…it’s a great place to spend an afternoon, a weekend, a whole vacation. Recently it’s become an area for whiskey distilling as well. As New York loosened regulations on distilling, including the creation of a “farm distillery” license, the agricultural bounty of the area and the hordes of tourists that…
  • Staying Local in Eastern Iowa

    Lew Bryson
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:19 am
    For more than 150 years, Le Claire, Iowa had been known primarily for one reason. The picturesque Mississippi River town was the birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody, and there’s a street named after him…a road, actually: Cody Road. More recently, Le Claire, located just north of Davenport, has become more widely known as the home base for the History Channel’s popular American Pickers series. In just the last couple of years though, another business has become a must-visit destination in this charming small town: Mississippi River Distilling (MRD). Perched above the river at the eastern…
  • A Revealing Chat With WhistlePig’s Raj Bhakta

    Lew Bryson
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    When Robert Simonson alerted me recently that the makers of WhistlePig rye were finally ready to “come clean” and confirm that the whiskey* they bottle is from Canada, I was skeptical. However, in an article written for the upcoming summer 2014 issue of Whisky Advocate, Simonson quotes WhistlePig’s master distiller, Dave Pickerell, saying that the original WhistlePig came from Canada’s Alberta Distillers (ADL), and that some of it still does. Here’s some of what that piece will say: “It’s fairly common knowledge that that’s where we started,” Pickerell said of ADL.
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  • Recipe: Income Tax Cocktail

    Mr. Boozenik
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
      “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin I’d like to add a third, and that would be my perpetual need to file an extension. And I suppose that goes for this cocktail, too, given this is the third time I’ve tried to publish it in a timely fashion for April 15, and I’m playing beat the clock on having to extend another year. This cocktail is what I would tend to call a semi-classic. It’s certainly old, having appeared sometime in the 1920s. It’s based (one would assume) on the Bronx, a…
  • NW Spirits & Mixology Show 2014

    Mr. Boozenik
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
      The 2014 NW Spirits and Mixology Show brings the craft cocktail world to you. This is Central Oregon’s chance to meet and mingle with the Northwest’s most exciting craft distillers and bartenders. Sample over 150 varieties of Whiskey, Brandy, Liqueurs, Vodka, Gin,Mezcal, Tequila and Rum, representing the Northwest and beyond. Join Master Distillers, Craft Bartenders and Connoisseurs, and feed your palette and imagination with cutting edge artisan cocktails, distilling education and spirits tastings. The event is held at 6pm Friday June 27, 2014 at SHARC (Sunriver Homerowners…
  • TOAST 2014

    Mr. Boozenik
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
      The Oregon Distillers Guild presents the 4th Annual TOAST: The Original Artisan Spirits Tasting, April 11-12, 2014 in downtown Portland, Oregon The 4th Annual Toast event is an opportunity to taste from a wide variety of over 120 spirits from across the Northwest, the Country and the Globe. Whether your spirit preference is Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Brandy, Liqueurs – or even unique spirits like Absinthe and Aquavit – the estimated 30 distillers and producers at TOAST will have it covered. TOAST allows small distillers and producers to showcase their handcrafted…
  • Tales of the Cocktail: Spirited Seminars for 2014

    Mr. Boozenik
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:02 pm
      Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Spirited Series of Seminars for 2014 This year’s lineup of 74 original and innovative seminars includes two new special programs—Technique Seminars and Exclusive Tasting Seminars. NEW ORLEANS – February 10, 2014—Tales of the Cocktail®, the world’s premier cocktail festival, returns to New Orleans July 16-20 with another spirited lineup of original, informative and inspiring seminars. This year’s series of 74 new seminars will further Tales of the Cocktail’s commitment to education and development by offering opportunities to learn about…
  • Recipe: Martinez

    Mr. Boozenik
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:20 am
      The classic cocktail, that proceeded the classic cocktail (Martini), the Martinez is a richer, sweeter, and I’d say more savory and tasty cocktail. Benefiting from an “old tom” gin, popular before the London Dry gins came to prominence, the Martinez has more depth and, to me anyway, is a more pleasurable sipping cocktail. Martinez 1 1/2 oz. Hayman’s Old Tom Gin 1 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth (we prefer Dolin for this cocktail) ¼ oz. Luxardo Maraschino 2 dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir ingredients gently with ice. Strain into a…
 
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  • The Singleton Whisky Night Market with Tailfire and Sunray

    The Master of Malt
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    The Singleton of Dufftown recently launched two new NAS expressions. You may have seen them, they’re the ones named after hot rod car paints fishing flies (in keeping with the Singleton logo): Tailfire and Sunray. The colours correspond to the flavour profiles of the whiskies, which makes it a little easier for folk who may otherwise find choosing from a shelf of single malts a daunting proposition. The new releases are set to be celebrated at The Singleton Whisky Night Market on Thursday May 15th (18:30-22:30) down at Southbank, where they will be paired with specially made chocolates…
  • Master of Cocktails - (1970s) Negroni

    The Master of Malt
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    This week we have a very special #MasterofCocktails as we’re indulging in some cocktail porn – or, more accurately, some utter, unrepentant cocktail filth. We're going to be making a Negroni, but with ingredients that all come from the 1970s! Not a cheap serve this, admittedly, but it is completely, unequivocally epic so you do very much need to get involved still. Sorry. Incognito window open? Let's get to it then... You’ll be needing these... List of Ingredients 45ml 1970s Beefeater 30ml 1970s Campari 25ml 50:50 mix of 1970s Punt e Mes, and 1970s Martini Rosso Orange Peel…
  • Callooh Callay - Bar Review

    The Master of Malt
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    The streets of Shoreditch are roamed by tight-chino’d packs of hip London youth, gyring and gimbling in the wabe like those slithy toves in Lewis Caroll’s brilliant work of nonsense, Jabberwocky. Fitting, it will transpire, that cobbly little Rivington Street’s Callooh Callay should be named after the poem. I must confess I remember little of my first visit (an ill-fated absinthe tasting some years ago), and thinking up preconceptions at Callooh Callay is nigh-on impossible. In the main bar there’s that kind of Victorian chic thing that a lot of cocktail bars go in for, only, not…
  • Ardbeg Auriverdes – Coming Soon

    The Master of Malt
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    So – it’s that time of year again isn’t it? I checked my calendar the other day, and realised it’s 6 weeks until Feis Ile. 6 weeks. I’ve got no idea who’s stealing all the time, but as whoever it is takes with one hand, they surely give with the other – we’re only 7 weeks away from the release of this year’s Ardbeg Day special edition. This year’s offering is called ‘Auriverdes’ – a portmanteau of the latin ‘Aurum’ (Gold) and Portuguese ‘Verdes’ (Green) – Gold for the colour of the whisky, and Green for the iconic green* bottle in which…
  • How to make clear ice for cocktails – redux

    The Master of Malt
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:05 am
    As I’m sure you all remember, about 3 months ago I told you all how to make beautiful clear ice for your cocktails. Today, I’m going to show you an easier way. You know how much we all like things that are easy, right? It started when a chap called Dan Skinner* posted an innocent comment at the end of the post mentioned above, saying that there were some guys in the USA making directional freezing equipment. Some of you may have guessed this was coming if you’ve been following the Sunday evening #MasterofCocktails (or the blogs each Monday) and seen the clear sphere in The Boulevardier,…
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    Drink Music City

  • Wet Your Whistle with Whistle Pig Rye and a Special Dinner

    Dipsomaniac
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey has rightfully earned a cult status among whiskey lovers across the US, but until recently was not available in the Nashville market. Well, that’s finally changed! Whistle Pig is a 100-proof, straight rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years through a unique double-barrel process at the distillery in Shoreham, Vermont. Owner Raj Bhakta and Master Distiller Dave Pickerell have created a product that “embodies the perfect combination of proof, purity, and age — hitting the sweet spot in all three categories,” and you should be looking out for…
  • So You Want Some Pappy Van Winkle …

    Dipsomaniac
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Sure, we’d all like to get our hands on a bottle of the virtually unattainable elixir of the gods, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. In truth, it’s only released once a year now instead of twice, and the allocation per market is painfully small. Pappy is indeed some delicious stuff, and if you get a chance to buy some, do it! (And call me immediately.) But we need to face facts about how difficult it is to do. Fortunately if you’re really determined, we here at Drink Music City have discovered a handy-dandy guide to the hunt for Pappy. Check it out here, and then come back to this…
  • Black Magic Rum Puts You Under a Spell

    Dipsomaniac
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:50 am
    Trust me, spring is actually coming. Even though the mercury in the thermometer seems to be jumping up and down like a teenager on a trampoline, the time will soon arrive when you’ll want to stop wearing socks and get outside for some serious porch-sitting and drinking. Black Magic Rum, the latest release from Sazerac may be just the impetus to get your wooly butt outdoors for some fun. Even the label on the bottle screams “fun,” with a picture of an old pirate ship named the “Sea Czar” (rearrange the letters to get “Sazerac”) and the advice…
  • Fat Tuesday’s Gonna Be Phat at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar

    Dipsomaniac
    26 Feb 2014 | 9:18 am
    At last check, a round-trip ticket to New Orleans for next week is running about $600 on Southwest, so if you haven’t already made plans, you’re probably gonna spend Fat Tuesday in Music City. Fret not, because the honorary coon-asses at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Printer’s Alley have got your Mardi Gras plans covered. They’ve got a big party planned for next Tuesday March 4, with everything you need for an authentic Big Easy experience. They’re working on menu specials like Shrimp & Crawfish Étouffée, Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, Jambalaya…
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb…and A Lot of Wine

    Dipsomaniac
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Regular readers of Drink Music City probably think I only drink booze, but that’s not true. I also really like wine. Y’know…like the vermouth in my Manhattan. Just kidding, the recycling bin at the Dipsomaniac house does have some green and brown bottles to accompany all the clear whiskey ones. That’s why I’m excited about the upcoming Shannon Ridge Wine Extravaganza Dinner coming up next Wednesday February 5 at Lockeland Table. Check out the menu: Snack: Sweet Grass camembert, caramelized onions, apple, cracker Wine Pairing-Shannon Ridge Sauvignon Blanc Course…
 
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  • Moscow Mule with a Twist

    Alex
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
      We’re all punched out and ready for the weekend. A random trip to Tallahassee is in our plans, so hopefully the weather won’t be it’s usual bitchy self. We wanted to share a drink before we left, so we’re featuring a twist on a classic that we like when springtime hits. Let me make this clear now, I go out of my way to find a reason to drink ginger beer. So Dark N Stormy’s are a staple at our bar, but for those that don’t prefer rum (or the calories it brings), there’s a lighter ginger beer cocktail alternative that uses vodka, and it’s…
  • The Açai Caipirinha

    Alex
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Last summer during our trip to Tales, I think both Lori and I would agree, our favorite new brand we tried was a spirit named Cedilla. If it’s eye catching bottle doesn’t get you, the taste would. It’s an Acai berry based liqueur thats both rich and flavorful. It only further made up our minds when we found out it was made from the same company that brought us Leblon, aka Lori’s favorite Cachaca. So needless to say we made more than a few trips to the Leblon Cachaca Food  Drink Truck where they were serving cold Leblon and Cedilla cocktails. On ice, or in a cocktail,…
  • Chila Brandy Punch

    Alex
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:03 am
    Late last week we shared our review of Chila Orchata Cinnamon Cream Rum. To date it’s been one of our favorite new brands. Since then we’ve been playing with Chila finding different recipes to use it in. I could probably just continue chugging this stuff straight out of the bottle, but I suppose I should try it in at least one cocktail. So here’s one we picked… I’m not going to lie, I was thinking of ideas for what I wanted to mix this with, and then I saw this recipe on their website and got pretty thirsty. I’m what you call a visual eater/drinker. We…
  • DAMOISEAU VIRGIN CANE RUM REVIEW

    Alex
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Damoiseau Virgin Cane Rum is an agricole rum from the French West Indies (Guadeloupe), and is made from the distillation of sugar cane juice and aged 3-6 months in oak barrels. The name might not be familiar, but they aren’t new to the game. Damoiseau has actually been producing quality rhums since 1942. No, that’s not a typo. At the top of the bottle you’ll see the word rhum, and may have even seen it on several other brands when shopping and thought it was another countries way of spelling it, but there is actually a difference. Generally, Rum is made with molasses, while…
  • Chila Orchata Cinnamon Rum Cream Review

    Alex
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    It’s been a while since we had time to sit down and review some of the awesome (and sometimes not so awesome) brands that get sent our way. Between trying new recipes, and working on outside projects we’ve kept pretty busy. But we’re back at it ready to share one we both loved: Chila ‘Orchata Cinnamon Rum Cream. Chila ’Orchata is a unique blend of Virgin Islands Rum, real dairy cream, and a sprinkle of exotic cinnamon. The spirit comes inspired by the popular spanish drink, Horchata which varies in taste from country to country but is traditionally made of almonds,…
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  • The Best Whisky in 2014 | Not Scotch Whisky!

    Scott Gibson
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    It may come as a complete surprise to many, but the best whisky in the world for 2014 has come, not from the home of single malt whisky, but from Tasmania. Actually here at singlemaltwhiskyshop.org we have already blogged about the fantastic whisky from Tasmania (click here to see [...] The post The Best Whisky in 2014 | Not Scotch Whisky! appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • Mortlach – The Heart of Johnnie Walker Whisky

    Scott Gibson
    7 Dec 2013 | 11:00 pm
    Mortlach has usually only been found in blended whiskies like Johnnie Walker. Last week, however, Diageo announced a massive investment in this whisky distillery, which is nestled in Speyside – the heart of whisky production in Scotland. Now from 2014 the distillery will produce four expressions of it’s single malt [...] The post Mortlach – The Heart of Johnnie Walker Whisky appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • A Rare Blended Scotch Whisky

    Scott Gibson
    1 Dec 2013 | 11:30 pm
    When looking for the top blended whisky, many people overlook this fantastic blend – Vat 69. It is slightly more expensive generally than other blended whiskies and certainly can’t be called a cheap whisky. Vat 69 used to be blended and bottled in South Queensferry, Scotland. [...] The post A Rare Blended Scotch Whisky appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • The Fake Single Malt Whisky Market

    Scott Gibson
    27 Nov 2013 | 10:58 pm
    Here we’ve written about the emergence of a new commodities market – investing in single malt Scotch whisky. This can be done by exchanging whisky or buy whiskies through a reputable online whisky seller, like the Whisky Exchange. However, now it’s emerging that whisky collectors [...] The post The Fake Single Malt Whisky Market appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • What Is The Best Single Malt Whisky Ever?

    Scott Gibson
    6 Nov 2013 | 11:11 pm
    What would you say is the best single malt whisky ever?  Each person of course will have their own favourite – some like the peaty whiskies from Islay with their strong pungent flavours, others prefer the sweeter crisper single malts from the Highlands. But in an experts opinion – what is the best whisky ever? We’ve written [...] The post What Is The Best Single Malt Whisky Ever? appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
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    Drinking Made Easy » Spirits

  • Martin Miller’s Gin

    drinkadmin
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Martin Miller’s Gin was founded in 1999 by gin connoisseur Martin Miller and his friends David Bromige and Andreas Versteegh.  Their goal was to find a way to bridge the gap between gin enthusiasts and those who might otherwise not try this juniper driven spirit. Before Martin Miller’s Gin, the market was very flat and traditional like a calm, country pond. Martin Miller knew that it was time to change things up and put a few ripples in the water. Miller kept the classic gin recipe, but added his own unique twist by splitting the distillation process into two separate methods. First, he…
  • Tennessee Moonshine Infographic

    drinkadmin
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Moonshine, also known as White Lightning, Hooch, Catdaddy, Rotgut, City Gin, Cool Water, and plenty more, is an important historical component of American spirits. So appreciate our liquor heritage and learn more about good ol’ kickapoo with this handy infographic provided by Marriott International. This Infographic was powered by Marriot
  • The Finger Lakes Region Is Home To More Than Wine

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    6 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Finger Lakes Region in Central New York is widely known for its wineries. But, wine isn’t the only alcohol of choice. Myriad craft breweries and craft distilleries are starting to pop up all over the area. Brian McKenzie started Finger Lakes Distilling in 2007. “The bank I was working for was sold in 2006 and I was looking at moving on to start a business in the Finger Lakes, the area where I was born and raised.” He knew that wine tourism was one of the brightest spots in the economy. “My interest had always been more with spirits – any time my family would be on vacation,…
  • WELCOME SPRING WITH CRUZAN® PEACH RUM

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    30 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    Spring is in the air and so are the refreshing flavors of crisp, ripe fruits like peach, apple, tangerine, orange, and pear. If you’ve had it with the doldrums of winter and are ready to indulge in the kind of weather that makes you “haaaaaapppppeeeee” like the chorus of Pharrell’s latest musical sensation, then prepare your palate for the launch of CruzanRum’s juicy new flavor—PEACH! If you loved grandma’s peach cobbler, you will absolutely go wild over this! It’s sort of like peach pie in a glass. And, it just really doesn’t get much better than that.  But, don’t take…
  • WhiskyFest Weekend 2013 In New York City

    drinkadmin
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:30 am
    In 2013, it was a pleasure to attend another WhiskyFest Weekend here in New York City without a portentous super-storm looming in the background, unlike 2012.  Here’s a summary of some of the highlights I experienced in the 2013 celebration of the brown spirit.  Kicking things off was Johnnie Walker Platinum, which will reportedly sell for $110 per bottle.  Aged 18 years, this new expression is peatier than Gold or Blue but not as peaty as Black – it was described to me as a combination of the Gold and Blue and is best tried with a drop of water. Bowmore introduced The Devil’s Cask,…
 
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  • Jim Beam Rye Review

    Josh Peters
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Jim Beam rye is one of my least favorite ryes. Clocking in with the bare minimum mashbill of 51% rye it feels like a phoned in effort to hop on the rye whiskey band wagon. It doesn’t feel like a fully thought out, realized or appreciated vision and comes across rather lackluster. There is a whole list of rye whiskeys I would rather have than this one and I could spend a paragraph or two talking about the aspects I don’t like about it, but I hate being negative except when absolutely necessary so I’ll just say this. It makes a great cocktail mixer and, due to it’s…
  • McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Review

    Josh Peters
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    The McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt is another bottle of whiskey I picked up on my trip to Portland, and man am I glad I did. It’s smoky, it’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s robust it’s… it’s just plain delicious is what it is. It’s made in the Islay style and if you’re looking for something to compare it to think along the lines of Lagavulin 16. There is such a similar color and character to this whiskey that you could almost be fooled into thinking that you’re actually drinking a young Lag. Overall this is just plain fantastic.
  • Johnnie Walker Black Review

    Josh Peters
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Johnnie Walker is synonymous with scotch. Walk into an average bar, order “a scotch”, and that’s what you’re going to get. At most open bars, weddings, work events and the like they have this; The Johnnie Walker Black. One step up from the red, but miles ahead from it’s bottom shelf brother. A blend of grain alcohol and various single malts that are at least 12 years old, the Johhnie Walker Black is a big improvement over it’s younger red brother. It has a more matured and rounded flavor but to me it’s still a bit unbalanced with the grain alcohol and…
  • WhipperSnapper Oregon Spirit Whiskey Review

    Josh Peters
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Whippersnapper is a spirit whiskey and, if you remember from the Kansas Clean Distilled Whiskey Review, to be considered a spirit whiskey the beverage in question must have a grain neutral spirit content of more than 80% but less than 95%. I also mentioned in that review I had a favorite spirit whiskey that had yet to be reviewed. The WhipperSnapper Oregon Spirit Whiskey is that whiskey and this is it’s review. The bottle boasts that this Hi-Falutin’ whiskey is entirely hand made without the use of computers or robots. The bottle also goes on tell us how after the grains are…
  • Jura 10 yr. Review

    Josh Peters
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    Let’s just get this out of the way right now… I am not a fan of Jura 10. Are there other Jura’s out there that are delicious? Sure. Superstition is tasty and their 16 yr is also quite nice. This however I’m having troubles finding something to like about it. It’s one of the few whiskies where after the review I had zero urge to pour myself a second glass. According to George Orwell the Isle of Jura is “Extremely unget-at-able”. It remains that way even today and is difficult to get to in even the best of weather. I’ve never been there, but…
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  • Johnnie Walker Collection

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

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

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

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    6 Feb 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Can’t decide what to give your girl this Valentines Day? Check out some unique valentines day gifts  for her that are sure to please. Cheers to a lovely February 14th! PINK ‘ROSE’ CHAMPAGNE  What is better than roses. Ok, roses are nice, give her roses AND Champagne. Send a bottle of Bubbly this Valentines Day and be guaranteed a romantic end to the evening. Or start that date off right with a bottle of your favorite rose. “Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.” ~Sir Winston Churchill   NUVO SPARKLING LIQUEUR If you…
  • Valentines Day Gifts for HIM (part 1)

    admin
    6 Feb 2014 | 6:41 am
    If you don’t know what to give your guy this Valentines Day check out some unique valentines day liquor gifts that are sure to please.  Remember the 14th is coming up soon!   Engraved Bourbon Bottles Engrave a bottle of your man’s favorite Whiskey. Send a bottle ofJack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack (you know he is a gentleman…) or Jack Daniels Single Barrel for the classier guy. Woodford Reserve is another option for a truly sensational Bourbon.  Say I love you with a personalized bottle on V-Day. Appreciation guaranteed.     Buchanan’s Special…
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  • Raising the Bar: Pamela Wiznitzer

    Alia Akkam
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I didn’t take bartending seriously at first; it was just a way to drink free booze before college parties.” Now, Pamela Wiznitzer is a fixture at The Dead Rabbit, the acclaimed multi-story cocktail saloon in New York’s Financial District that gets as much attention for its clever menu (the current iteration is a graphic novel) as its sublime cocktails. While she is most often seen making elaborate libations like the Head of Steam (Redbreast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey, Noilly Prat Ambre Vermouth, Pedro Ximénez sherry, The Dead Rabbit Orinoco Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole…
  • White Dragon

    Jim Meehan
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Try this lemon twist on the classic Margarita, with an egg white for extra richness.
  • Cacao Old Fashioned

    Selvarey Rum
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    A delicious chocolate-flavored rum is the base for this spin on the classic.
  • Cafe Panama

    Selvarey Rum
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    This coffee-chocolate-rum drink is tasty hot or cold.
  • Selvarey Rum

    ljason
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Pop superstar Bruno Mars is part-owner of this high-quality Panamanian rum.
 
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    Main St. Distilleries

  • New Orleans Craft Distillery Tours

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    13 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    April 13th, 2014- Craft Distillery fans take notice the New Orleans area is home to a few local distilleries, but unfortunately not all of them provide public tours or tasting events. Visitors to the annual New Orleans Jazz Festival will find a couple of NOLA distilleries that readily offer tours on a regular basis, as well as weekend sales and tasting opportunities. Old New Orleans Rum Distillery and Tasting Tour Celebration Distillation 2815 Frenchmen St. New Orleans, LA 70122 (504) 945-9400 www.oldneworleansrum.com The best distillery tour in all of New Orleans is at the Old New Orleans…
  • Flag Hill Distillery has an Eye for Grow

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    13 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    April 13th, 2014- Flag Hill’s vineyards and winery put the company on the map, but owner Frank Reinhold believes its future lies in spirits production. “We expect the distillery to overtake the winery as the industry grows and acceptance of micro distilleries continues,” Reinhold said in an interview this week, noting that spirits sales have matched wine sales. “We’re looking forward to being known for our bourbon and rye and rums. That’s the future of the industry,” he added. Flag Hill began making wine nearly 20 years ago from grapes grown from its 110-acre…
  • Corsair Named ‘Distillery of the Year’ by ADI

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    13 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Seattle, WA, April 2, 2014 — Corsair Distillery has won the highest honor in the world of craft distilling: the “Bubble Cap” award from ADI, the American Distilling Institute.  ADI President Bill Owens said, “No one has given more back to the distilling community than Corsair. No one has been more innovative, yet open. They are the future of craft distilling.” The Bubble Cap award is given to the one distillery of the year that represents the very best in the world of artisan distilling: excellence in quality of spirits, innovation, transparency, authenticity of approach,…
  • Four Kings Craft Whiskey Collaboration

    admin
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Chicago, IL, April 2, 2014  – Four of the Midwest’s top craft distilleries are teaming up for an unprecedented collaboration.   Corsair Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee, Few Spirits in Evanston, Illinois, Journeyman Distilling in Three Oaks, Michigan and Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire, Iowa each contributed 30 gallons of whiskey that was blended into what is being called “Four Kings” Bourbon Whiskey. The project has brought a wide group of professionals to the table for a first of its kind offering.  Four distilleries with four different distributors along with…
  • Coppersea Distilling Buys New Paltz Farm

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    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    April 7th, 2014- Coppersea Distilling, the Heritage-Methods craft distillery in West Park, New York, announced that it has purchased a 70-acre farm on Springtown Road in the town of New Paltz. The farm, situated on the western bank of the Wallkill River and containing a stretch of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, will be transitioned to the cultivation of certified organic corn, barley and rye for use in Coppersea’s line of New York Farm-Distilled whiskies. Coppersea Distilling was founded in 2011 as a New York Farm Distillery with the mission of producing ultra-premium whiskies and eaux…
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