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  • WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey Review

    Cocktail Enthusiast
    Jeff Dufour
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Dave Pickerell has been tinkering. The guy who’s maybe America’s foremost maker of rye whiskey has taken lately to aging his rye in casks more common to scotch whisky production. He started with an extremely limited-release Sauternes finished rye, the first ever American whiskey so finished, followed by a Madeira finish and a Port finish. “What’s coming out now is the marriage of the three,” Pickerell told us recently at a meeting in DC. WhistlePig Old World is a 12-year old expression aged in 63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes and 7% Port casks, and will be a permanent addition…
  • Smoked Americans

    Whisky Advocate
    Lew Bryson
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Known mostly for rye and bourbon whiskeys, the American whiskey genre has increasingly used a handful of Scotch whisky production techniques. We’ve seen the success of American single malts and used barrel-finish programs in bourbon and rye. Now U.S. distillers are smoking grains. “American whiskey has been great, but it’s been like going to Baskin & Robbins and getting 31 flavors of chocolate and vanilla,” says Paul Tomaszewski, distiller and founder of MB Roland distillery in Pembroke, Kentucky. “There’s only been two kinds of American whiskey for a long time.” Tomaszewski…
  • The best whisky glass

    WhiskyNotes
    Ruben Luyten
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:44 pm
      Well… rather… my favourite whisky glasses. I am being asked about my preferred whisky glass regularly, and I was planning to write about this for a long time. In the picture we have seven glasses. I have used them regularly and they all have advantages and disadvantages in my opinion. Let’s have a look, but first, I’d like to stress this is not a scientific comparison. I haven’t tried the exact same whiskies in all of the glasses to see which one works better for which type of whisky, for instance. It’s just a rough summary of several years of experience. Somehow I keep…
  • Disappointing First Visit, Why Is This Place Popular?

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    29 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    My wife and I went to a popular diner in Upland yesterday for lunch. It was our first visit. They were not particularly busy, Maybe half of the booths occupied. It may well be our first and last visit. My DW said she would be willing to try them for a breakfast. I'm not so sure. The food. We both ordered cold sandwiches off of the menu. My DW ordered a turkey with cheddar, I ordered roast beef and Swiss. They left the cheese off of my sandwich and put American cheese on her sandwich. It took about 10 minutes to get some slices of Swiss cheese brought to the table so that I could add them to…
  • Chocolate White Russian with a Brownie Garnish

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    yearroudgiving
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Chocolate White Russian with a Brownie Garnish (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
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  • The best ways to experience Amsterdam

    Emma
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    It’s a steadfast city, according to its motto, and Amsterdam has stood steadfast against the sea for centuries, positioning itself at the heart of European trading routes and gaining enormous material and cultural wealth in the process. This makes it a fascinating place to explore today. It’s still a really cosmopolitan city where you can meet people from all over the world and sample their different cuisines. It’s also a place where you’ll never run out of things to do. What to do There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam that you could spend months there and never have time to…
  • The Best Nightlife in the United States

    Emma
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Whether you’re planning a hens or stags night, or simply looking forward to an amazing night out with your significant other or a group of friends, you may have been considering where you should go in the United States. One thing I love about the United States is how each state is so different, with different accents, foods, atmosphere, and clubbing. Whether you’re after a chilled evening in a cool bar, or you want to spend the night dancing on some tables, here is some of the best nightlife in the United States: Beach Nightlife in Miami As Will Smith once said “Ain’t no city in the…
  • Virginia: connecting with American history in the heart of the old country

    Emma
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    The state of Virginia is known as both the Old Dominion and the Mother of Presidents, reflecting its hugely important role in American history. From the establishment of the New World’s first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607, to the Revolutionary War in which Virginia played a significant part, and the writing of the US constitution, Virginia is in many ways the birthplace of the modern American nation. Virginia is also the site of more Civil War battlefields than any other state, many of which are now historic landmarks that are open to visitors. A historic tour of…
  • Florence style to bring the essence of Italy home with you

    Emma
    31 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Florence, city of bridges and domes, cradle of the Italian Renaissance, and one of the fashion capitals of Europe, is an easy place to fall in love with and a difficult place to forget. If you’re there on vacation, you won’t want to leave, so why not take a little of it home with you? By incorporating aspects of Florentine style in your own home, you can recapture the trip you loved and all the wonderful memories that went with it. You can also create beautiful rooms that will be the envy of all your friends. A city steeped in history Florence was founded by the Romans in 80 BC. Some…
  • Tips for Buying a New Mattress

    Emma
    31 May 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Buying a mattress can be a little overwhelming, since it’s a purchase we usually only make a few times in our lifetime, and we know we’ll have it for at least a few years. Here are some tips if you’re thinking about buying a new mattress: Do some research Before you go shopping, do some research online and see if you can find some reviews for the mattresses you’re considering. You’ll find plenty of options, and websites for Tempur mattresses which are the best on the market. Get some advice If you have friends who have recently purchased a new mattress, it can be a good idea to ask…
 
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  • Where to Drink in Italy: Nottingham Forest, molecular mixology in Milan

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

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

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

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

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The Joy of Drinking doesn't have to be just about booze. Whatever it is that you love to imbibe, we're here to celebrate it. This post is for all you coffee geeks out there.I recently attended a latte art tournament in Austin, Texas, and it was amazing. There's one tournament a month held at Couvee's brick and mortar, which you should definitely go to if you're in Austin. Couvee is famous for their roast house, and the coffee shop is relatively new. There's no WiFi, so you don't have to deal with the camped out techies, and the coffee is incredible.As we do here in Texas, this competition is…
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  • Retro cocktails popular at Vail area restaurants

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Shake and serve in a Collins glass on the rocks. The egg white will give the drink body and froth.
  • Where to find frozen cocktails in NYC

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Back in college, I spent a lot of time at Dallas BBQ drinking those huge frozen margaritas. You know, the ones with the extra shot in a test tube and side of self-loathing? I'm relieved to say that those days are behind me, but every once in a while, especially on super hot days, I do miss those massive ice-cold goblets.
  • Cocktails for Canada Day

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Canada Day is a day of celebration, and what could be better than a signature cocktail to complement the festivities! In honour of our great nation, check out these 3 delicious cocktail recipes that are as easy to make as they are to drink! Cheers! While it's unfortunate that Canada Day falls smack dab in the middle of the week, we're making every second count with this shot which takes less than a minute to make and pays homage to a dessert known only to Canadians. 1. Slide one of the orange slices along the rim of a shot glass, then dip the rim in white sugar and cinnamon.
  • Cocktail Chronicles: Verge lounge at Los Gatos' Toll House Hotel

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The decor of Verge, the restaurant and lounge at the Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos, has a more modern and futuristic touch than that of its predecessor, Three Degrees. Verge, the reincarnation of the Toll House Hotel's Three Degrees restaurant in Los Gatos, is a definite improvement on its quaint predecessor.
  • Lobster rolls, oysters and cocktails with a kick at Catch and Release

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Name: Catch and Release. An ocean-to-table seafood restaurant in Marina del Rey by Jason Neroni , that's meant to channel the chef's childhood memories of summers in Maine.
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 541: June 27, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Just as whisky brands need to change things up once in a while to remain fresh, so do whisky festivals. Tickets have gone on sale for this September's Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and while most of the changes this year are taking place behind the scenes, next year's 25th edition of the festival should look very different. We'll talk with the Bourbon Festival's new executive director, Jill Hawkins, on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Silver Trail Distillery's Jay Rogers is back home two months after the explosion that destroyed the distillery, Heaven Hill is planning to expand the…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 540: June 20, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:46 pm
    It's Father's Day weekend, and we have two stories to share on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. Euan Henderson didn't want to work in the whisky business when he left school, but when your father is veteran distillery manager Iain Henderson, it's hard not to wind up in the family business. Euan's now a team leader at Aberlour, Glenallachie, and Tormore distilleries...and he'll share his story - and his dream to ultimately follow in his father's footsteps - with us. We'll also talk with Phil Brandon, who's beaming like a proud papa this weekend as his Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock,…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 539: June 13, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Dave Schmier and Michael Kandar started Bardstown Barrel Selections five years ago to bottle some casks of good whiskey they'd come across from MGP-I in Indiana, but their Redemption Rye business took off. In this case, success was too much of a good thing, and the partners ran out of capital to keep investing in new casks. This week, they sold Redemption Rye to Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, which has already completed a long-term supply contract and plans to take the brand nationwide as part of its push into the whiskey business. We'll hear from Dave Schmier and Deutsch president Tom…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 538: June 6, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:32 pm
    This week, we're looking at the end of an experiment nearly 14 years in the making...Buffalo Trace's Single Oak Project. The attempt to create "Bourbon's Holy Grail" used 96 trees to make 192 special casks filled with whiskey for 8 years, with nearly 1,400 different possible variables that could have an impact on the final whiskey. More than 5,000 people posted their tasting notes on the 192 different bottlings, but it took a team of whisky writers to make the final selection from five finalists. We'll discuss the results with Buffalo Trace CEO Mark Brown, along with the fallout from the…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 537: May 30, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    31 May 2015 | 12:06 am
    Irish Whiskey once dominated the world, but several factors combined to nearly wipe the country's distillers out over time. While it's now the fastest-growing segment of the whisky industry, Ireland's distillers only have a 4% share of the global market - and now have ambitious plans to triple that over the next 15 years. Irish Whiskey Association chairman Bernard Walsh explains just how he and his colleagues plan to do that on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, more details are coming out about exactly what happened in last month's Silver Trail Distillery explosion, along with…
 
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    Nonjatta

  • The ‘Nikka Shock’: Nikka Radically Restructures their Whisky Line-up

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

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

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

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

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

  • RIP David Beam, Bourbon Maker

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    David Beam (left) and his three sons (left to right) John Ed, Bill and Troy.I was saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of David Beam. He died peacefully at his farm. He was 74.Daniel David Beam was the son of Carl 'Shucks' Beam and was born in the master distiller's house on the grounds of the Jim Beam Distillery at Clermont. He and his older brother, Baker, succeeded their father at the distillery, which runs on a 24-hour schedule. Baker had the day shift and David had the night. He worked there for 38 years, retiring in 1996.A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday at the…
  • Bud Light Is Not a Beer

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is not about whether or not Bud Light was ever beer. This is not a shot at bland, tasteless corporate lagers. Let's stipulate that AB InBev is a brewer and makes beer. For purposes of this exposition, Budweiser is a beer, Beck's is a beer, Stella Artois is a beer, Brahma is a beer. (Those are all AB InBev brands.)Yes, it says 'beer' right there on the label, but Bud Light is not a beer. Furthermore, 'Light' is not a promise of low calorie refreshment.If Bud Light is not a beer, then what is it?Bud Light is a brand.The product in the picture, that Bud Light product happens to be a beer.
  • Make No Little Plans, Kentucky, Even If That Goes Against Every Instinct You Have

    15 Jun 2015 | 2:23 pm
    I don't know Stephen Thomson but David Mann's article about him in Louisville Business First today has me steamed. In it Thomson, a former Brown-Forman executive and current investor in Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, Kentucky (a posh Louisville suburb) wonders "whether there's a big enough market of tourists to support this many attractions."He's talking about Louisville's current and planned bourbon-themed attractions such as the Evan Williams Experience.And that's the sum of his argument. He wonders. He frets. He probably purses his lips and furrows his brow. He offers no…
  • Learn Craft Distilling in the Heart of Bourbon Country

    14 Jun 2015 | 1:43 pm
    As craft distilling has gained steam, so have the educational opportunities. One good choice is Moonshine University in Louisville. Right downtown, you get hands-on instruction in distilling while enjoying everything else Louisville has to offer. Not just for distillers, Moonshine University also has courses for whiskey enthusiasts who want an educational immersion experience.Moonshine University is part of the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, located at 801 S. 8th St. in downtown Louisville. It also hosts Grease Monkey Distillery and Challenge Bottling. "Through hands-on distilling instruction,…
  • Barton to Release 1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon

    10 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    In January of 2009, Sazerac acquired from Constellation Brands the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown as well as a large portfolio of brands, including a super premium bourbon, 1792.As Sazerac (which also owns Buffalo Trace) dug in, they discovered that Barton had been making wheated bourbon for no apparent reason, i.e., they had no wheated bourbon products nor was there any indication that they had been making it for a customer. At the time, Sazerac said they weren't sure what they were going to do with it. Now we know.Wheated bourbon is a style of bourbon that uses wheat in the mashbill…
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    Liquid Irish

  • Tullamore Dew Cider Cask Finish

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

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

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

    David Havelin
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    One of the attractions of whiskey drinking as a lifelong pursuit is the sure knowledge there are always fresh flavours yet to be discovered. But the same infinite variety can be daunting when approaching whiskey for the first time.Last week I was at the Dingle Whiskey Bar in Nassau Street, Dublin, for their weekly tasting event. If you live in the city and have been meaning to get better acquainted with the spirit, start freeing up your Tuesday evenings because the moment for action has arrived.Mr Fionnán O'Connor has a residency there for the next while, and there is nobody on this island…
  • (What's not in) The Technical File - Part 3

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

  • How a visit to the dentist helped Muthar Kent get ahead in business

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    Want to know how to make it to the top of the beverage business? According to Muhtar Kent, it's all about the networking. In an article in Forbes this week, the Coca-Cola Co CEO recounts the time he struck up a friendship with a dentist on a trip to Albania. It was 1989 and Albania was behind the Iron Curtain. But after their initial meeting, Kent kept in touch by sending the man Western magazine articles. The following year, the dentist - Salih Berisha - became the first elected president of Albania. Kent continues: “Coca-Cola became the first foreign investment (in Albania), and…
  • What's on offer in the UK off-trade?

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    A red sticker to a shopper is like a red rag to a bull. And as the masses charge at the deals, UK off licences and supermarkets are finding new and novel ways to entice the herd. Some drinks seem to be constantly on offer, which after a while makes people think they aren't worth their original RRP. Then there are cheap drinks that some shoppers think twice about picking up because they've never heard of them. Ultimately, consumers want to feel like they've got a good deal when it comes to price and quality. And although unknown brands don't spell poor quality, there is a…
  • Hennessy's time capsule is for the ages

    11 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Cognac brand Hennessy is trumpeting a virtual time capsule, making a parallel between it and a barrel of Cognac. The Hennessy Time Barrel (virtually) rolls into London this week and people are being invited to share 15-second videos or text messages for future generations. The barrel will be 'opened' in 2065. It's hard to image what the world will look like in 2065. To give you some idea of how far we've come in the last 50 years, here are a few stories from 1965... Winston Churchill dies The Who release their first studio album Malcolm X is…
  • Monster Beverage Corp backs the right horse

    8 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    Rarely do sponsorship deals pay off so quickly. On Wednesday, Monster Beverage Corp struck a reportedly record-breaking agreement with the owners of US racehorse American Pharoah. By Saturday, the horse, wearing Monster Beverage livery, had won the 2015 Belmont Stakes, and with it the fabled Triple Crown after victories this season in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The move signalled a departure for Monster Beverage - American Pharoah was its first horse sponsorship. But American Pharoah is not the average racehorse. The three-year-old is the first Triple Crown winner for 37…
  • It's Brew-Tang Forever as producers get creative

    5 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    I've just got back from New York, where the owner of a successful string of Manhattan bars showed me one of his latest best-sellers. It was Jefferson's Ocean, a small-batch Bourbon aged in the hold of a ship that is continually circumnavigating the world. There's a thin veneer of logic to this, as apparently casked spirits age faster if in motion. But, more importantly, as the bar owner told me: Tell the customer this back story and they immediately want to try it. “Never fails,” he said. I've got high hopes, then, for on-trade sales of a new beer from…
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  • Webinar: The Class Action Lawsuits

    Robert C. Lehrman
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    A few weeks ago I had the great honor of traveling to Chicago to co-present a webinar with Simon Fleischmann and Tom Cunningham. Tom and Simon are expert defense litigators at the Locke Lord law firm, and they have deep experience representing food and beverage companies in class action lawsuits around the country. I say it’s an honor because I have learned a huge amount about class action litigation over the past year, from Tom and Simon. For any company in a jam, I don’t think they could do better than to have these fine lawyers on their side. The webinar is entitled…
  • Cocktail Caviar: Pearl Size Can Make All the Difference

    Robert C. Lehrman
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Here is an innovative new spirits product called Cocktail Caviar. It is “burst-able pearls of naturally flavored spirits.” You can toss them in some wine, or freeze them and add them to other drinks. The product is so new that there is not much about this product on the web so far. If I understand correctly, these chickpea sized “pearls” are a giantized version of the tiny booze droplets that make up Palcohol. Here, the alcohol is encapsulated in a layer of kelp and so it not quite a liquid and not quite a solid. Maybe there is shock fatigue after the Palcohol…
  • A-B Finds Safe Harbor

    Robert C. Lehrman
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Earlier this week a federal court decided that TTB’s approval for Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita provides a “safe harbor” to protect certain label elements. Largely on account of this safe harbor, the court dismissed the class action lawsuit. The plaintiff had contended that the reference to “light” on the Rita products was misleading because it leaves an impression that the flavored malt beverages are low in calories and carbohydrates. The Cruz v. A-B decision is in stark contrast with the Tito’s decision of three months ago. In the vodka dispute, Tito tried to…
  • Bulleit Takes a Bullet

    Robert C. Lehrman
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Another week, another lawsuit, another whiskey brand. The above video features Bulleit Bourbon and covers the labeling and legal controversies swirling around the whiskey industry. Bloomberg did a good job with the video, published a few days ago. It needs more views than the 1,250 as of this writing. The images are beautiful. The video avoids the sensationalism and oversimplification common to so many other mainstream media stories about whiskey. The shots of whiskey bigshots like Chuck Cowdery and Jim Rutledge are a bonus. Bulleit got sued June 1, five days after the video surfaced. The…
  • Where Art Tito and Blue Moon? June 4 Webinar

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

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:18 pm
    I've been working in commercial kitchens for over 35 years and have never seen or heard of a really good way of dealing with this situation.   We run a tight ship and very clean operation but, despite every possible effort, every once in a while we see a house fly in the kitchen.  We use fly predators outside, bug zappers & sticky sheets, good screens on everything and positive refuse controls but they still come in sometimes.  Usually I can shoo them away from the production area and then swat them, clean & sanitize and be good to go again.   My personal dread is to be in…
  • How much did you spend on your kitchen?

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:27 am
    i lived with my parents before and just moved out few months ago .i want to equip my kitchen and realized it should be a lots of money !!   right ?  i think i couldn't finish it right now . so many gadgets you need to buy ! countless .... i have to equip my kitchen little by little . first of all is something you must own i already got .    this is what i got today  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X5WQO1E.  i want to know normally how much do you cost for your kitchen ?
  • Dinner 2015 (part 4)

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    [Host's note:  To avoid an excessive load on our servers this topic has been split.  The discussion continues from here     Shelby, it is a slate. Comes in handy a lot. Wild striped bass with crushed striato de Napoli zucchini
  • Disappointing First Visit, Why Is This Place Popular?

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    My wife and I went to a popular diner in Upland yesterday for lunch. It was our first visit. They were not particularly busy, Maybe half of the booths occupied. It may well be our first and last visit. My DW said she would be willing to try them for a breakfast. I'm not so sure. The food. We both ordered cold sandwiches off of the menu. My DW ordered a turkey with cheddar, I ordered roast beef and Swiss. They left the cheese off of my sandwich and put American cheese on her sandwich. It took about 10 minutes to get some slices of Swiss cheese brought to the table so that I could add them to…
  • Storing Flour

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Allow me to preface my questions by saying that I don't bake very much, and often a 5-lb bag of flour may hang around for months, and then I may engage in a flurry of baking.   So, what's the best way to store flour, both white AP and whole wheat?  I am thinking of getting one of those canisters with a tight fitting lid, something like these.  I'd like to stay away from plastic and go with stainless steel, or some other non-plastic material, but that's not a requirement.  Are these types of containers a good choice for storing flour?  Is there another alternative?
 
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  • Best way to deal with a house fly with Inspector watching?

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:18 pm
    I've been working in commercial kitchens for over 35 years and have never seen or heard of a really good way of dealing with this situation.   We run a tight ship and very clean operation but, despite every possible effort, every once in a while we see a house fly in the kitchen.  We use fly predators outside, bug zappers & sticky sheets, good screens on everything and positive refuse controls but they still come in sometimes.  Usually I can shoo them away from the production area and then swat them, clean & sanitize and be good to go again.   My personal dread is to be in…
  • How much did you spend on your kitchen?

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:27 am
    i lived with my parents before and just moved out few months ago .i want to equip my kitchen and realized it should be a lots of money !!   right ?  i think i couldn't finish it right now . so many gadgets you need to buy ! countless .... i have to equip my kitchen little by little . first of all is something you must own i already got .    this is what i got today  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X5WQO1E.  i want to know normally how much do you cost for your kitchen ?
  • Dinner 2015 (part 4)

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    [Host's note:  To avoid an excessive load on our servers this topic has been split.  The discussion continues from here     Shelby, it is a slate. Comes in handy a lot. Wild striped bass with crushed striato de Napoli zucchini
  • Disappointing First Visit, Why Is This Place Popular?

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    My wife and I went to a popular diner in Upland yesterday for lunch. It was our first visit. They were not particularly busy, Maybe half of the booths occupied. It may well be our first and last visit. My DW said she would be willing to try them for a breakfast. I'm not so sure. The food. We both ordered cold sandwiches off of the menu. My DW ordered a turkey with cheddar, I ordered roast beef and Swiss. They left the cheese off of my sandwich and put American cheese on her sandwich. It took about 10 minutes to get some slices of Swiss cheese brought to the table so that I could add them to…
  • Storing Flour

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Allow me to preface my questions by saying that I don't bake very much, and often a 5-lb bag of flour may hang around for months, and then I may engage in a flurry of baking.   So, what's the best way to store flour, both white AP and whole wheat?  I am thinking of getting one of those canisters with a tight fitting lid, something like these.  I'd like to stay away from plastic and go with stainless steel, or some other non-plastic material, but that's not a requirement.  Are these types of containers a good choice for storing flour?  Is there another alternative?
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  • Cocktail: Harvard Fizz

    9 Jun 2015 | 3:05 am
    The original version of this drink was known as the "Harvard Cocktail" from 1895, which had a slightly different recipe. This "Fizz" version of it evolved from that one and is served as a traditional "Fizz" instead of in a cocktail glass. The original Harvard Cocktail recipe was: "One dash gum-syrup, three dashes Angostura bitters, half-jigger Italian vermouth, half-jigger brandy in half a mixing-glass of fine ice. Mix, strain into cocktail-glass, fill up with seltzer."
  • Cocktail: Penicillin

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  • Cocktail: Bramble

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    One of the early "new modern classic" cocktails to come out of London, from famed bartender Dick Bradsell.
  • Cocktail: French Pearl

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    This elegant modern classic provides a delightful tribute to the French Beaux-Arts movement from the late 1800's when Absinthe and afterwards Pastis were all the rage. The term "Pearl" refers to the opalescent louching effect that occurs when pastis and cold water mix.
  • Cocktail: Journalist

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This drink also goes by the name "Periodista", which is Spanish for "Journalist"
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  • The Cocktail Chronicles book preview, June 28

    Paul
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    Ten years in the making, The Cocktail Chronicles is now at the printer, with the first copies headed to bookstores and other retailers in early July. But readers (and drinkers) in Seattle will have a head start — because some of the first batch of books coming off the press will be express-shipped directly to […]
  • The Cocktail Chronicles: 10 Years On

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

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

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

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

    Camper English
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    October 2008: Rows of tiki mugs at Forbidden Island in Alameda. A bit about that day's tiki crawl here.
  • Camper English's Schedule at Tales of the Cocktail

    Camper English
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Tales of the Cocktail is a wonderful hellish nightmare of a cocktail convention held in New Orleans every year. I'm still filling out my schedule and may update this page, but here is where I am sure to be.  Also, please enjoy this picture of me taken on Bourbon Street about 6 years ago at Tales of the Cocktail. I was, and remain, a class act. Thursday 16th July  from 330-5pm Seminar #SED Talks: Tales Talks in Just 15 Minutes Grand Ballroom South in the Royal Sonesta  #SEDTalks presents the distilled insights of the sharpest minds in our industry, presenting for no more than 15 minutes…
  • New Booze: Whiskey Edition - 7 American and 4 new Scotch Whiskies

    Camper English
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    Below are 4 new scotch whisky releases and 7 American whiskies of all sorts. Glenmorangie Duthac (Travel Retail Exclusive) A king’s historic pilgrimage to the hometown of Glenmorangie is the inspiration for the Distillery’s latest expression.  Glenmorangie Duthac, the first release in the Legends Collection, draws on King James IV’s annual pilgrimage to Saint Duthac’s shrine in Tain, home to the Glenmorangie Distillery since 1843.  The bottling is available now in travel retail outlets in around the world. Glenmorangie’s Legends Collection celebrates stories from the lands that…
  • Snap Shots: Poland's Treat

    Camper English
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    August 2011: This huge distillery makes a lot of vodka, including Zubrowka bison grass vodka. Read more here.
  • Camper English a Finalist for Best Writer at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2015

    Camper English
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Your host here at Alcademics, Camper English, is once again up for the Best Cocktails & Spirits Writer award at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this July. I won this award in 2011 and have been nominated a few times before and after.  My fellow finalists are:  Dave Broom, whisky writer extraordinaire (also up for Best Spirits Book for The Whisky Manual) Jeffrey Morgenthaler, very occasional blogger and author of The Bar Book (also up for Best Book) Robert Simonson, New York Times cocktail writer and author of The Old Fashioned (also up for Best Book) I'm thinking I should probably…
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  • Seven Layer Dip

    Cheri Loughlin
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Seven Layer Dip, 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... Seven Layer Dip Perfect Pairing: Sweet and salty go hand in hand. Try a Cowgirl Margarita, Chocolate Mint Cookie Cocktail or Cherry Cola. The post Seven Layer Dip appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Banana Cream Pie Shots King Alphonse and Angel’s Tip 11 Girls Night Out Shot Recipes
  • Olives Tapenade

    Cheri Loughlin
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Olives Tapenade, 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 happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except sometimes the sociable bartender reaches behind the bar, slips a piece of paper across the polished wood and sends me home with a special house recipe. It wasn’t a recipe for the The post Olives Tapenade appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Kindred Spirits & Blue Cheese…
  • Figuring Cocktail Proof

    Cheri Loughlin
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Figuring Cocktail Proof, 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... You know what ingredients go into your cocktail. You know how much alcohol is in each spirit you mix into your drink. But have you ever wondered what your cocktail’s percentage of alcohol by volume is after adding mixers and The post Figuring Cocktail Proof appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Zero-Proof Kir…
 
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  • Review: Aylesbury Duck Vodka

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Dufour
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Dave Pickerell has been tinkering. The guy who’s maybe America’s foremost maker of rye whiskey has taken lately to aging his rye in casks more common to scotch whisky production. He started with an extremely limited-release Sauternes finished rye, the first ever American whiskey so finished, followed by a Madeira finish and a Port finish. “What’s coming out now is the marriage of the three,” Pickerell told us recently at a meeting in DC. WhistlePig Old World is a 12-year old expression aged in 63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes and 7% Port casks, and will be a permanent addition…
  • Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review

    Kevin Gray
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Old Forester has something new for us. It’s called Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond, and it’s a new bourbon that honors the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. Crafted by Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris, this is the second release in the brand’s Whiskey Row series and a follow-up to Old Forester 1870 Original Batch. “Bottled in Bond” probably sounds familiar, as you’ll find those words on a handful of whiskeys at your local liquor store. To be labeled as Bottled in Bond, whiskey must have been the product of one distillation season, one distiller…
  • Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Cask Finish Bourbon Review

    Kevin Gray
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Jefferson’s Bourbon has just introduced a new expression to its portfolio: Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Cask Finish, a bourbon that was aged in new American white oak barrels in Kentucky prior to being finished for nine months in French oak barrels that once held Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s Groth Vineyards & Winery. This wine-cask finish adds lush fruit flavors and soft, supple textures to the bourbon. “When I’m not drinking bourbon, I enjoy a good Cabernet. I’d been a long-time fan of Groth’s wines, specifically the Groth Cabernet Sauvignon,” said…
  • Koval Rose Hip Liqueur Review

    Jeff Dufour
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:42 pm
    If you happen to live in the Midwest, you’re probably familiar with Koval Distillery, which in 2008 became Chicago’s first booze producer since Prohibition. But even if you’re from the heart of Big Ten country, you’re probably mostly familiar with the brand’s single-barrel whiskey expressions and their solid dry gin. But every now and then, we come across one of their eight liqueurs—everything from coffee to walnut to caraway–packaged in slender, handsome-looking, batch-numbered 375ml bottles. And when we saw a bottle of their Rose Hip variety, we had to try it. Uniquely,…
  • Tanquery Introduces Bloomsbury Gin

    Kevin Gray
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Tanqueray has something new for us with the limited release of Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin. This juniper-forward expression comes from Master Distiller Tom Nichol, who found inspiration for this gin from an old Tanqueray family recipe dating back to about 1880. At that time, the distillery was located in Bloomsbury, England. Hence the name. Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin features prominent notes of Tuscan juniper along with botanicals like coriander, angelica, winter savoury and cassia bark. “I wanted to make something that was completely different from our other limited editions and with this gin I…
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  • One FEW Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    aaron197172
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our crackercrack Human Resources (HR) department, flush with grant money from a little known government agency designed to help blogs that need it most, has wondered during their overly long lunch breaks about the personality types of the Booze Dancing staff. HR thinks that the Booze Dancing staff in many ways mirrors the public at large with regards to pathos, consumer behavior trends, and devilishly good looks (our words, not theirs). They also believe that in all likelihood, the Booze Dancing staff could benefit from years of intensive shock therapy (their words, not ours) and at least one…
  • Whisky Review – Laphroiag Cairdeas 2014

    G-LO
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Although I own a ” square foot of Islay“, I have never actually set foot on the island to visit my minuscule plot of land, but thanks to the multimedia rich world in which we live, you don’t actually have to visit a place to get a feel for what it’s like… On May 3, 2015, CBS aired a story on 60 Minutes called Whisky Island which focused on Islay; the island, the people, and of course, the whisky. This story belonged to Bob Simon. Unfortunately, Mr. Simon died before he was able to finish it, but thankfully he left behind plenty of footage and notes for the…
  • Beer Review – Shmaltz Brewing Company Manna on Rye

    limpd
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last Thursday, G-LO and I came home from a hard day at work and found that our urchins were playing outside, so as all good parents are wont to do, we sat down at the table to supervise from a distance. For the record, “hard at work” for G-LO meant spending the afternoon at Citizen’s Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, for a business person’s special, while I spent the day toiling away at my desk. Given all that, saying that we came home from a “hard day at work” is a bit of a stretch. Anyway… Always a gracious host, G-LO offered up a bottle…
  • Event Review – Whisky Jewbilee 2015

    G-LO
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Jason Johnstone-Yellin wants YOU to join the Single Cask Nation! As they say in the movie business, Whisky Jewbilee 2015 is “in the can”. Done. Finito. History. There have been four of them. We’ve been to three of them, and they get better and better every year. This year was extra special, because in addition to sampling some outstanding whisky, we got to spend time with many of our #WhiskyFabric friends… We’ve talked about the #WhiskyFabric before; a diverse group of whisky lovers, whisky bloggers, and whisky industry professionals from across the country and…
  • Whisky Review – Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel

    limpd
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The other day, G-LO opened some recently received boozemail and discovered samples of two different whiskies from Crown Royal. He tackled the Northern Harvest Rye review and I took on the Hand Selected Barrel review. Over the years, we have reviewed the XR, the Maple, the XO, the Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend, and the Regal Apple. As you can see from the list above, we have had the opportunity to sample several Crown Royal expressions. Some of have been very good (the XO and the Monarch), and some … eh, not so much (the Apple was just not to my liking). So, I was intrigued to try the…
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  • Dailuaine 1997 (Signatory for The Bonding Dram)

    Ruben Luyten
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This is the second new Signatory bottling for The Bonding Dram: Dailuaine 1997. The yield is shared with Maison Baelen, Toby Vins and restaurant De Cluysenaer.     Dailuaine 17 yo 1997 (52,1%, Signatory Vintage for The Bonding Dram 2015, hogshead #7188, 215 btl.) Nose: fairly naked and malty, with sweet apples, meadow flowers and linseed oil. Subtle spices. A bit of heather honey. Slightly overripe oranges. Also hints of asparagus. Hmmmokay then. Mouth: fruitier and quite oily. Stewed apples and pears, oranges again, with lemon candy. Some biscuity notes (vanilla) with candy sugar…
  • BenRiach 35 Year Old

    Ruben Luyten
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    The BenRiach 35 Years Old, according to the distillery, is designed to compliment its award-winning 25 years old which came out in 2006, as a replacement for the 30 Year Old. If we count back in time, the casks used for this whisky must have been filled in 1979 or earlier. Excellent years for The BenRiach (which was owned by Glenlivet back then), so I have high expectations. It is a mix of bourbon and sherry casks.     BenRiach 35 yo (42,5%, OB 2014) Nose: pretty wonderful. A big fruity core of ripe banana, dried apricots, oranges and raisins. Also the classic pink grapefruit and…
  • Mortlach Rare Old

    Ruben Luyten
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    This is the new entry-level expression for Mortlach (in terms of pricing several steps below Mortlach 18 Years and Mortlach 25 Years). It is a mix of their three styles of spirit (delicate, medium and meaty) matured in a series of different casks: first-fill American and European oak casks, as well as some refill and rejuvenated casks.     Mortlach Rare Old (43,4%, OB 2014) Nose: I get three main layers. A big malty core, a floral top note and an earthy base. The malty core also brings some biscuits, vanilla and raisins. The floral note moves towards orange oils and cinnamon, and…
  • Glenfarclas ‘The Legend of Speyside’ – Team

    Ruben Luyten
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:13 pm
      Glenfarclas – The Legend of Speyside is a small series of three bottlings, originally for the German market but now also available elsewhere. Alongside Passion and Springs, it is a tribute to important elements in the history of this family-owned distillery.     These expressions are matured in Oloroso sherry casks provided by the Spanish cooperage José & Miguel Martin, a long-time partner of Glenfarclas and other whisky distilleries around the world. It’s based in the province of Huelva, outside of the official sherry triangle. That means their wines cannot be…
  • The best whisky glass

    Ruben Luyten
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:44 pm
      Well… rather… my favourite whisky glasses. I am being asked about my preferred whisky glass regularly, and I was planning to write about this for a long time. In the picture we have seven glasses. I have used them regularly and they all have advantages and disadvantages in my opinion. Let’s have a look, but first, I’d like to stress this is not a scientific comparison. I haven’t tried the exact same whiskies in all of the glasses to see which one works better for which type of whisky, for instance. It’s just a rough summary of several years of experience. Somehow I keep…
 
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  • WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey Review

    Jeff Dufour
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Dave Pickerell has been tinkering. The guy who’s maybe America’s foremost maker of rye whiskey has taken lately to aging his rye in casks more common to scotch whisky production. He started with an extremely limited-release Sauternes finished rye, the first ever American whiskey so finished, followed by a Madeira finish and a Port finish. “What’s coming out now is the marriage of the three,” Pickerell told us recently at a meeting in DC. WhistlePig Old World is a 12-year old expression aged in 63% Madeira, 30% Sauternes and 7% Port casks, and will be a permanent addition…
  • Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review

    Kevin Gray
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Old Forester has something new for us. It’s called Old Forester 1897 Bottled in Bond, and it’s a new bourbon that honors the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. Crafted by Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris, this is the second release in the brand’s Whiskey Row series and a follow-up to Old Forester 1870 Original Batch. “Bottled in Bond” probably sounds familiar, as you’ll find those words on a handful of whiskeys at your local liquor store. To be labeled as Bottled in Bond, whiskey must have been the product of one distillation season, one distiller…
  • Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Cask Finish Bourbon Review

    Kevin Gray
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Jefferson’s Bourbon has just introduced a new expression to its portfolio: Jefferson’s Reserve Groth Cask Finish, a bourbon that was aged in new American white oak barrels in Kentucky prior to being finished for nine months in French oak barrels that once held Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley’s Groth Vineyards & Winery. This wine-cask finish adds lush fruit flavors and soft, supple textures to the bourbon. “When I’m not drinking bourbon, I enjoy a good Cabernet. I’d been a long-time fan of Groth’s wines, specifically the Groth Cabernet Sauvignon,” said…
  • Koval Rose Hip Liqueur Review

    Jeff Dufour
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:42 pm
    If you happen to live in the Midwest, you’re probably familiar with Koval Distillery, which in 2008 became Chicago’s first booze producer since Prohibition. But even if you’re from the heart of Big Ten country, you’re probably mostly familiar with the brand’s single-barrel whiskey expressions and their solid dry gin. But every now and then, we come across one of their eight liqueurs—everything from coffee to walnut to caraway–packaged in slender, handsome-looking, batch-numbered 375ml bottles. And when we saw a bottle of their Rose Hip variety, we had to try it. Uniquely,…
  • Tanquery Introduces Bloomsbury Gin

    Kevin Gray
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Tanqueray has something new for us with the limited release of Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin. This juniper-forward expression comes from Master Distiller Tom Nichol, who found inspiration for this gin from an old Tanqueray family recipe dating back to about 1880. At that time, the distillery was located in Bloomsbury, England. Hence the name. Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin features prominent notes of Tuscan juniper along with botanicals like coriander, angelica, winter savoury and cassia bark. “I wanted to make something that was completely different from our other limited editions and with this gin I…
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  • The Bowman Line

    Lew Bryson
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hey, remember that coffee-finished whiskey from Bowman I posted about back in March? Distiller Brian Prewitt was going to decide whether to bottle it or not, after tasting it. Well…he did. It came out as Abraham Bowman Coffee Finished Bourbon, and all of it was sold at the distillery in Fredericksburg, Va. I got a sample, and while the coffee aroma isn’t that present, the coffee flavor in the whiskey is solid, and pure, and — to this coffee drinker — right tasty. But it’s gone, as most of the Abraham Bowman line is. This set of bottlings is designed to be…
  • Smoked Americans

    Lew Bryson
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Known mostly for rye and bourbon whiskeys, the American whiskey genre has increasingly used a handful of Scotch whisky production techniques. We’ve seen the success of American single malts and used barrel-finish programs in bourbon and rye. Now U.S. distillers are smoking grains. “American whiskey has been great, but it’s been like going to Baskin & Robbins and getting 31 flavors of chocolate and vanilla,” says Paul Tomaszewski, distiller and founder of MB Roland distillery in Pembroke, Kentucky. “There’s only been two kinds of American whiskey for a long time.” Tomaszewski…
  • The Curious (Canadian) Case of the 9.09% Rule

    Lew Bryson
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    A new Canadian whisky recently introduced across America is raising a few purist’s eyebrows. Meanwhile, at home, Alberta Rye Dark Batch has become a favorite cocktail rye with Canadian bartenders. The controversy? Dark Batch is made by adding about 8% bourbon and 1% sherry to mature whisky distilled from 100% rye grain. And though Canada’s 9.09% rule allows this, it has some whisky enthusiasts scratching their heads. We may wonder why Canadian regulations permit distillers to add foreign spirits to Canadian whisky. I know I did. While researching my book I interviewed over a dozen retired…
  • Buffalo Trace Continues to Lead

    Lew Bryson
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    I’ve just spent two days at Buffalo Trace with other journalists, learning more about the Single Oak Project, the coming distillery expansion, and the philosophy that drives their continued experimentation. It’s been a great time, and really makes me feel good about bourbon’s future. Here’s what happened. First, I added two words to my vocabulary: “de-ricked” and “re-ricked.” Buffalo Trace has bought back Warehouses R,S,T, and U, the remaining original buildings on the distillery campus. They had been built fast and filled fast in the late 1940s, when the distillery owners…
  • About That Barrel Shortage

    Lew Bryson
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last week, the Wall Street Journal wrote a brief, yet detailed, story about a bourbon barrel shortage. The piece quoted a university professor, a Brown-Forman executive, the Hardwood Market Report and respected coopers, all of whom pointed toward fewer white oak trees and stave mills to turn logs into barrel staves. It was a reasonable story that got chopped up into unreasonable pieces that became what Chuck Cowdery calls clickbait. But people wouldn’t click if they were not interested. And the entire world is interested in… bourbon barrels. Who knew? Before long, neighbors were…
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  • The Day of the Dalmunach

    The Master of Malt
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    If you’ve long been wondering about what Chivas Brothers will be doing with the site of the Imperial distillery, which was mothballed in 1998, you can wonder no longer. Today, the 22nd of June 2015, the Dalmunach distillery will be officially opened by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. Plans were put in place to construct the Dalmunach distillery back in 2012, and the stills were ready to be fired up in October of last year. With the capability of producing 10 million litres of spirit each year, Dalmunach will be supporting the continued growth of Chivas Brothers well known…
  • Tasting Ledaig 42 Year Old Dùsgadh 1972

    The Master of Malt
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Crikey it's been busy around here lately! Father's Day is upon us and we also have imminent releases coming out the wazoo! Sometimes you simply have to drop everything though, for a short while at least, because, just occasionally, a very special whisky demands that. A 42 year old Ledaig? Yeah, that'll certainly do it. This 1972 vintage is the oldest ever release of the peated single malt from Tobermory distillery, and Burn Stewart informs us that the earliest possible date they could release another Ledaig that's at least 40 years old would be in 2036! Special, this most definitely is. The…
  • Gift Vouchers Are Evil

    The Master of Malt
    11 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
    Vouchers… Vouchers, vouchers, vouchers. They’re the dirty little secret of retailing. They are a little bit of magic. Shops have somehow convinced people to hand over their money in return for something which becomes literally worthless anywhere between 6 months and a couple of years later or whenever you lose it (whichever comes sooner). In the meantime they get to have your hard-earned money sitting in their bank account earning interest, or financing the operation of their business. And in return for this you, the gift voucher owner, the Lord of the gift voucher manor get… nothing.
  • Gascony Calling: A Single Cask Series Armagnac!

    The Master of Malt
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    So it may be gorgeous, So it may not be famous, Armagnac, twenty-one years old. There's a new release in the Master of Malt Single Cask Series charts, and the artist isn't even Scottish! In fact, it's not even whisky. (We do have some more Single Cask whiskies on the way shortly though... and not necessarily all from Scotland...) Extending the range into different spirit types entirely, we're delighted to present our very first independent bottling of Armagnac! Armagnac is located in South West France, on the other side of Bordeaux in comparison to Cognac. Less well known, and far less…
  • Master of Cocktails - First-Press Terroir Sour

    The Master of Malt
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:04 am
    Greetings to you all. Time for another #MasterofCocktails? I think so. Last one for a few weeks this, due to impending progeny. Today we're making a drink that sounds thoroughly weird, but I assure you is delicious. It's a gin sour that uses olive oil as an emulsifier. Now - you can make this drink by shaking, but there is a better way if you're making at home instead of in a bar. So - we're going to repair to the kitchen. You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 3 Basil Leaves 15g of Olive Oil A Whole Fresh Egg White 25g of Lemon Juice 50g of St. George Terroir Gin 24g of Sugar Syrup…
 
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  • Vegetable Fried Rice

    Anjali Anand
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:40 am
    Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Baked Potato Salad

    Praveen Kumar
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:04 am
    An easy and delicious dish, this baked potato salad is perfect for any occasion, any meal and is bound to be a hit with everyone. Serve as a side dish to a meal or on its own. Ingredients: Potatoes – 4 to 5 Juice of 1 Lemon Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp Spring Onions – […]
  • Spiced Chickpeas

    Praveen Kumar
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    A popular snack typically found in various beaches across the country, these simple to make and delicious spiced chickpeas are ideal as a teatime / evening snack or can also be packed for kids school lunchboxes. Ingredients: Chickpeas – 1 cup Cumin Powder – 3/4 tsp Coriander Powder – 1/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder – […]
  • வரகு அரிசி தயிர் சாதம்

    Praveen Kumar
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:26 am
    ஒரு சுவையான மற்றும் ஆரோக்கியமான தயிர் சாதம். தேவையான பொருட்கள் வரகு அரிசி – ஒரு கப் தண்ணீர் – மூன்றை கப் சீரகம் – அரை டீஸ்பூன் தயிர் – தேவையான அளவு கறிவேப்பில்லை – சிறிதளவு பச்சை மிளகாய் – ஒன்று உப்பு – தேவைகேற்ப எண்ணெய் –…
  • Lemon Ginger Buttermilk

    Praveen Kumar
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:21 pm
    A delicious and healthy drink to cool down your body. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Ingredients: Thick Curd – 1 cup Water – 2 1/2 cups Juice of 1 medium Lemon Fresh Ginger – 1 inch piece Salt as per taste Ice Cubes Chaat Masala Powder – a pinch (optional) For Tempering: Oil – […]
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  • Noir W1

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

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

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

    Rebecca
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    Father’s Day is almost upon us – and don’t leave it too late like last year. You might be able to hastily cobble together a bunch of drooping flowers and a framed photo of your grinning face as a last minute present on Mother’s Day, but dads might not be so easily swayed. What you really want is something amber, smooth, and that you can share (naturally!). So when Sunday June 21st rolls around, make sure you have one of these fine whiskies to show you care.The Glenlivet Founder’s ReserveGet personal this Father’s Day by treating your dad to a single malt that draws on almost…
  • Summer cocktails in full force at Drake and Morgan

    Rebecca
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:35 am
    Drake and Morgan establishments just scream summer – there’s something about the whimsical fun of The Fable, the fresh conservatory of The Parlour, or the cooling tones of The Drift that make us think of sunny lunches and long, languorous evenings. What’s more, their cocktail list is a triumph of pretty and perky libations that is bound to get you in the holiday spirit.All the usual suspects are present of course –Mojito? Check. Old Fashioned? Check. Famously fabulous Bloody Mary? Indeed. These come under ‘Cleaner Cocktails’ – carefully crafted, wonderful to look at, and great…
 
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  • Review: Bluecoat American Dry Gin

    Alexander
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    I love anytime a new bottle of Gin shows up at our door and this one came with perfect timing. Bluecoat American Dry Gin is an American made spirit from Philadelphia, and is anything but your typical gin: “Bluecoat American Dry Gin is a craft distilled spirit, made one small batch at a time. We believe hand-crafted quality and fun-loving independence are the best American traditions. Be Revolutionary!” Kind of makes you feel warm inside right? This sounds like a gin for the “Murica” faithfuls, but to be fair anyone that yells “Murica” is probably more…
  • Louis Royer Presents the 4th Annual Show Me the Proof! Cognac Cocktail Competition

    Alexander
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The 4th annual Show Me The Proof competition starts June 15th and runs through August 31st. Cognac fans will love this. Louis Royer Cognac is back with their 4th annual “Show Me The Proof” high proof cognac cocktail competition. It’ll feature Louis Royer “Force 53″ VSOP cognac which leads the overproof cognac trend since it’s arrival in the U.S. Cocktail recipe guidelines and submission forms are listed on www.shakestir.com/louisroyer. Recipes may be submitted from June 15 through August 31, 2015, with the final competition taking place in October 2015 in…
  • Enter The Jack Honey Summer Swarm Conest!

    Alexander
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    It’s hot as hell here in Florida. We only have two seasons down here, Summer one and Summer two! Summer two aka the unbearable one, is officially in fully swing with almost every day hitting 95+ so forgive me if we’re a little lazy updating the blog lately, we’re too busy hanging out at the pool trying to cool off. I wanted to let everyone know about a really cool sweepstakes going on right now courtesy of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. It’s called the Summer Swarm and it’s a really cool way to win awesome prizes for doing stuff you already do this time of year.
  • Rum Fest Orlando Returns

    Alexander
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
    If you’re in the Orlando area and looking for a great time this weekend then the 11th Annual Rum fest Orlando might be the perfect event. Saturday June 27th there will be 20 different types offering unlimited samples for 3 hours in the heart of downtown Orlando at Wall St. Plaza. . Combine that with a crazy reggae festival featuring several bands and you’ve got one hell of a night. This year Rum booths include: Bacardi, Kraken, Margaritaville, Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry to name a few…as well as a bunch of new, exciting and rare rums too. In addition there will be a VIP…
  • 3 Kahlua Salted Caramel Recipes to try NOW

    Alexander
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:34 am
    Ok, so I couldn’t keep these to myself. Kahlua Salted Caramel… Yes, you read that right. If you follow the blog you’ll know we own pretty much every flavored Kahlua that they’ve released. So when we heard they were making a Salted Caramel I literally jumped off the couch and made a trip to the store. Ok, so first I actually looked it up to see who had it, I hate wasting gas. Anywhoo, I tend to stay away from the dessert cocktails these days, unless of course it’s got Kahlua in it. I fell in love with Kahlua when I was young and tried a White Russian cocktail…
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    The Whiskey Jug

  • Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Review

    Josh Peters
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye is the first true rye whisky put out buy Crown Royal, a Canadian whisky company that’s been around for over 75 years, and they didn’t cut it short. This rye comes in with a whopping 90% rye whiskey and the other 10% is… a mystery. Crown Royal hasn’t said so it could be some kind of grain whisky, corn whisky, malt whisky or a mix of it all. The only thing we know for sure is that 90% of what’s in this bottle is good ‘ole Canadian rye whisky. Their purple labeled and bagged workhorse whisky does have some rye in it, but it’s not a large amount,…
  • Cutler’s 33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

    Josh Peters
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    Cutler’s 33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey comes to us by way of Cutler Artisan Spirits in Santa Barbara, CA but they do not distill it. However, unlike many NDPs in the bourbon world, they openly state it on the left side of the bottle: “Blended in small batches from a limited number of hand selected barrels. Sourced from a quiet barrel house in the heart of America’s back country, 33 Bourbon Whiskey is carefully blended and bottled by hand at Cutler’s Artisan Distillery.” Honesty… how refreshing. True we don’t know exactly where it comes from, but the part about “America’s…
  • 14 Non-Finished Expressions of Bruichladdich Tasted – A Malt Nuts Event

    Josh Peters
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The Malt Nuts met once again, bringing with us a selection of 14 different Bruichladdichs. Which, for a brand that once had an obscene number of expressions available once upon a time, doesn’t sound like much – but we’re nothing if not particular. The particular requirements for this particular evening was that it had to be from a single type of cask. Meaning it couldn’t be finished in anything, like the wine cask finishes they were known for doing, so that requirement alone cut out a large number of their previous expressions. This meant that we had to find expressions of…
  • Four Roses Single Barrel Review – Flask Fine Wines ME 25-26

    Josh Peters
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Four roses is just an all around great brand and the Four Roses Single Barrel bourbons are easily some of the most delicious and well priced bourbons around – and that’s just eh regular releases. Where things get even more exciting are with the store selections. Why are they so impressive? Because store selections come in at barrel proof and you can get recipes other than the OBSV, that’s why. Your typical Four Roses Single Barrels are usually the OBSV recipe and get cut down to 50% before being bottled and shipped out, but the gold necked store bottlings have no water added and get…
  • Rebel Yell American Whiskey Review

    Josh Peters
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    Rebel Yell American Whiskey is a blend of 2 year old Rebel Yell and a 2 year old MGP rye. This puts it in the same bourbon and rye blend category as High West’s Bourye and Son of Bourye and Wild Turkey’s Forgiven. The main difference being that, unlike the HW & WT, the Rebel Yell American Whiskey uses a wheated bourbon instead of the high rye bourbons used in the other two. Age would be the other big difference as this is quite a bit younger than the other 3. it’s kind of fun to see a brand that’s seen so little innovation over the years start to do something interesting and new.
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    Spirited Gifts | Blog

  • 7 Classic American Cocktails for the Fourth

    Spirited Gifts Team
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    We took seven classic cocktails and modernized them using Craft Spirits from the USA. The Manhattan Remade with Breuckelen Distillery Whiskey, this classic is now a Brooklyn. The Brooklyn 3/4 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth 2 1/2 oz Breuckelen Distilling 77 Local Rye and Corn Whiskey 1 dash Fee Brothers Bitters 1 maraschino cherry 1 twist orange peel White Russian This classic is usually made with Kahlua but when we tried the new St George NOLA Coffee Liqueur we knew we had a winner on our hands. Whether white or black this is a classic in the making. Americano White Russian 2 oz Hangar One Vodka 1…
  • Mother’s Day Shipping Schedule

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

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

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

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

  • One Eight Distilling to release Ivy City Gin on June 12th

    Jeremy Phillips
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Washington, D.C. (June 4, 2015) – The wait is over – the gin is in! One Eight Distilling will introduce its first gin to market with the release of Ivy City Gin, an American dry gin distilled from locally-sourced grains (63% rye, 26% corn, and 11% malted rye), with forward notes of Juniper and Spicebush, and a subtle bouquet of additional botanicals. Ivy City Gin will be sold at the distillery and at participating Washington, D.C. retailers beginning on Friday, June 12th, followed by distribution to area bars and restaurants later in June. As part of its ongoing commitment to the Ward 5…
  • Myer Farm Distillers

    E-man Booze
    7 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The Distillery of the Month for June 2015 is Myer Farm Distillers by: E-man Booze June 5th, 2015 The art of producing fine craft spirits can often be described in poetic terms. Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Rita Frances Dove once wrote: “Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” A poet masterfully weaves words to express feelings and ideas using rhythm and style. Metaphorically, spirits are the rebirth of grain (or other foodstuffs: fruits, herbs, etc.) into a purer, more ethereal form. An artisan distiller utilizes a keen understanding of aroma and taste and manipulates…
  • Atelier Vie Releases Louisiana’s First Barrel-Aged Gin and New Gin Packaging

    admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:14 pm
    May 18, 2015 – New Orleans. Atelier Vie, home of Real New Orleans Spirits, announces the release of the first Barrel-Aged Gin from Louisiana. This new gin expression is created from Atelier Vie’s award-winning Euphrosine Gin #9 and is officially called Euphrosine Gin #9 Barrel-Finished Reserve. Both Barrel-Finished Reserve and the standard version of Euphrosine Gin #9 are being released in new packaging which reflects the premium nature of these spirits. Barrel “Aged” vs. Barrel-Finished “After your gin wins two gold medals in craft spirits competitions, what is the next step?
  • Old Line Spirits to Open in Baltimore Maryland

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 7:06 pm
    May 28th, 2015- Old Line Spirits, Baltimore’s newest distillery, will begin production later this summer of its flagship product, Old Line American Single Malt Whiskey, said founders Mark McLaughlin and Arch Watkins. The distillery’s permanent home will be in the city and its location will be announced shortly. Baltimore residents, McLaughlin and Watkins acquired award-winning Golden Distillery in Washington State in April, and have moved the equipment and barreled whiskey to the city. The rebranded product will be available this summer under its new name: Old Line American Single Malt…
  • The San Diego Spirits Festival in its Seventh Year

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

  • On Craggy Range: Exploring The Diversity of New Zealand’s Wines

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

    DrinkInsider
    13 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    Boston beer drinkers, you’re in luck. Next week Brooklyn Brewery and Goose Island are each taking over the Boston area and they’ve got a whole bunch of great events going on. Including one event that you can WIN A FREE PAIR OF TICKETS to (read on). Brooklyn Brewery Mash, Boston: June 15-June 21 Brooklyn Brewery is bringing its Mash tour back to Boston this year, with events kicking off on Monday, June 15th. As Brooklyn Brewery describes it, Mash is an international traveling food, beer and arts festival featuring what’s next in food, film, comedy, beer and more. The tour stops in six US…
  • Ardbeg’s 200th, and Perpetuum

    DrinkInsider
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:49 pm
    There are thirteen working distilleries in Scotland that are part of the 200-year club. That’s like the mile high club of Scotch, just much rarer and a wee bit cooler. And it just so happens that the most recent inductees–both celebrating their bicentennial in 2015–are two iconic Islay producers: Ardbeg and Laphroaig. The other Islay member of the 200-year club is Bowmore, by the way, which was the second inductee and is a geezer of a distillery by any definition. Photo from Ardbeg But, 200 years is no small feat. The world has changed many times over in two centuries. There…
  • Being Steve Heimoff (Part I): On Writing & Wine

    DrinkInsider
    29 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Do you remember when you first got into wine… when the wine bug bit you? For Steve Heimoff, it happened in an instant. It was 1978 and he was with his cousin in a Safeway supermarket in California. Lightning struck in aisle seven (okay, sorry, I have no idea what aisle it was), and from that day forward there was no looking back. It was true love at first sight. “There was no way of explaining it,” Steve said to me in an interview I conducted with him a few weeks ago. “Zero to a billion miles an hour. I started buying books and hanging out in wine stores and picking the brains of…
  • A New Batch of IPAs: Memorial Day 2015 Edition (Ratings & Reviews)

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

  • Old Weller Antique 107 Bourbon Review

    Demitrius
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Proof: 107 Age: 7 Years Old +/- Distillery: Sazerac/ Stitzel-Weller Distilling Company at Buffalo Trace Master Distiller: Harlen Wheatley Season: Late Summer / Fall Introducing Old Weller Antique 107 Proof! This review has been a long time coming. W.L. Weller is a spectacular value and a fantastic bourbon in an overcrowded field of generally unimpressive bourbons. I freakin’ love W.L. Weller, and any real bourbon enthusiast shares my enthusiasm with good reason: W.L. Weller has the exact same wheated mash bill as Pappy Van Winkle. Not that being associated with the most overhyped…
  • Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon Review

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

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

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

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

  • Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel – Review

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

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

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

    Mike Flaminio
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Evan Williams White Label Background Evan Williams White Label Evan Williams White Label is a part of the Evan Williams line from Heaven Hill Distillery. There are a number of Evan Williams bottling, but it seem the most popular are the 100-proof Bottled in Bond (AKA White label), 86-proof Black Label, 86.6-proof Evan Williams 1783, and an 86.6-proof Evan Williams Single Barrel. I’m a fan of the Evan Williams Single Barrel which is available in yearly batches. Actually I dig Heaven Hill in general with a number of pretty great Bourbons for the money. With Evan Williams White Label…
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15 (2014) – Review

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

  • Campbeltown, Former Whisky Capital of the World

    Flaviar
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The whitewash windows and grey-brown bricks of Campbeltown might be described as bleak against the slate-sapphire irises of Kintyre’s untamed waves. Chimney smoke marls with mist in this elusive corner of Scotland, which used to be the ‘Whisky capital of the world’. Of an inky evening nowadays, you would be forgiven for forgetting this. Campbeltown used to be home to no fewer than 34 distilleries, but now boasts only three. Many of Campbeltown’s distilleries dwindled during trying years in the 1850s, which involved improved transportation links to the rival…
  • 5 Reasons why Absinthe Will be Your Next Obsession

    Flaviar
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Paris, 1888. The City of Light is blooming around les flâneurs walking tortoises along Haussmann’s new boulevards, railways are starting to criss-cross the city and the country and an emerging generation of dedicated seamstresses is dressing up the Tout-Paris ladies to look like a heavenly vision… Even that metal tower for next year’s World Fair is rising higher every day and it’s now visible from every corner of the city, from the Montmartre to Montparnasse, despite the many protests against it. The city is buzzing with students, the future scientists and…
  • This is How You Serve Perfect Drinks Japanese Style

    Flaviar
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ice balls have been hitting our glasses big time for a while now. Serving a drink over a perfect sphere of ice is a pretty sure way to impress, so there’s no shortage of tools and moulds that help you make one. In Japan, where the ice spheres originate, mixologists demonstrate their skill and precision by hand-carving them. One of them is Ryu Fujii of Bar K in Osaka, one of the best Whisky and cocktail destinations in the city. Their shelves are lined with jaw-dropping Whisky choices and their cocktails are crafted to perfection. We're still dreaming of their Japonism (Japanese…
  • Home Bars of Flaviar Stars, Vol. 5

    Flaviar
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Whisky runs in Mark’s family. The biggest inspiration to him was his father, who for nearly 40 years, had been collecting Scotch miniatures. Over the years he collected more than 400 and had no intention of ever drinking them. “My Dad noticed that the Angels were starting to drink a number of his miniatures, so he decided we should start drinking them rather than letting them have all the fun. Whenever we meet up, my Dad would pull out a few bottles and we would sit down and do some tasting. My taste for Whisky really grew from this.” “The last few years I have started…
  • The Highlands: Here You'll Find a Dram for Everyone!

    Flaviar
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Whiskies from the Highlands can't be summarised in a single sentence. Indeed, the Whiskies of this wilderness are typically bold, powerful and peaty. However, the Highlands is the largest Whisky producing area in the whole of Scotland, and diverse distillers here are architects of differing crafts. Just as Oban can smother a dram in smoke, Dalwhinnie waxes it with syrup and Glengoyne suffuses its measures with citrus bouquets. 
 The Highlands lie at the heart of Scottish myth, legend and truth. Reigning over the north of the British isles, this land’s bewitching glens,…
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    Great Drams

  • A rare look inside a whisky bottling plant

    Greg
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:11 am
    Not many people get to look inside a whisky bottling plant unless you work there or are based in the nearby offices but I was lucky enough to visit The Edrington Group’s headquarters based outside Glasgow which just happens to include the UK’s fastest whisky bottling plant.  Costing around £3million when installed 12 years ago, this […] The post A rare look inside a whisky bottling plant appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Unopened World War One whisky to auction

    Greg
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:34 am
    Source: Unopened World War One whisky to auction A “one of a kind”  unopened bottle of Scotch whisky that survived the front line of World War One will be auctioned later this week, with bidding starting at £2,000. The Croft Blend Fine Old Scotch was taken to France by Corporal William Mill in 1914 but never […] The post Unopened World War One whisky to auction appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Islay life

    Greg
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:37 am
    Having spent a few days on Islay and speaking to numerous locals all over the island about what makes Islay life unique and what quintessentially Islay attitudes there are. Tradition on the island that if you’re putting on an event, like a céilidh you typically visit your distillery of choice on the island and ask for a […] The post Islay life appeared first on Great Drams.
 
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    Whisky Saga

  • Nordic Whisky #46 – Mackmyra Sommartid

    Thomas Øhrbom
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    Mackmyra Sommartid, NAS, 46,1 % On May 8, 2015, the Mackmyra Sommartid (Summertime) was released. This is the fourth release in the Seasons series from Mackmyra. Previous installments in the series are Midvinter (Midwinter), Midnattssol (Midnight Sun) and Iskristall (Ice Crystal). These releases from Mackmyra often have a special finish, or include some unusual casks […] The post Nordic Whisky #46 – Mackmyra Sommartid appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Visiting Scapa Distillery

    Thomas Øhrbom
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    Scapa Distillery is known as ‘the other distillery’ on Orkney. Their neighbor Highland Park Distillery is definitely more of a household name in the whisky world. The reason for this is partly that Scapa is a much smaller distillery, and they released their first single malt (14 YO) in 2004. Scapa has always been closed […] The post Visiting Scapa Distillery appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Scapa 16 YO

    Thomas Øhrbom
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    Scapa 16 YO, 40 % Scapa Distillery is ‘the other’ whisky distillery on Orkney, or ‘the’ Orcadian distillery as they call themselves. We recently visited the distillery during our stay in Kirkwall on Orkney Mainland. A full review of the visit is coming up shortly. Today I am reviewing the one and only single malt […] The post Scapa 16 YO appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend

    Tone Øhrbom
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend, NAS, 43 % Compass Box blends whiskies. I have shared my tasting notes on their Hedonism Blended Grain earlier. Great King Street Our whisky line is named after a street in the New Town of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Great King Street has been home to the registered office […] The post Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Highland Park Thorfinn

    Thomas Øhrbom
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Highland Park Thorfinn, NAS, 45,1 % Back in the spring of 2013 Highland Park Distillery launched The Warrior Series. The three first whiskies in the series came on sale at that time; Einar (Travel Retail), Svein and Harald. In the Autumn of 2013 they then released the last three warriors; Sigurd, Ragnvald and Thorfinn. These whiskies are all […] The post Highland Park Thorfinn appeared first on Whisky Saga.
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    A History of Drinking

  • Wimbledon Drinks – Cocktails for the 2015 Championships

    Gregory Priebe
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Wimbledon Drinks From June 29-July 12, the world’s oldest Tennis  tournament will capture the attention of millions worldwide, with the likes of Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Rafael Nadal.  While watching the top tennis... The post Wimbledon Drinks – Cocktails for the 2015 Championships appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • An Excuse To Drink – June 23 1990: Moldavia Changed Its Name

    Gregory Priebe
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
      Twenty-five years ago today, the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic declared its sovereignty and Moldavia changed its name to Moldova. It will go on to declare independence from the Soviet Union in August of... The post An Excuse To Drink – June 23 1990: Moldavia Changed Its Name appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • National Martini Day – The “Colonel Consolvo” Martini

    Gregory Priebe
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    Today we celebrate National Martini day in Mid-Atlantic style with our original creation, the “Colonel Consolvo” Martini. Based on the recently rediscovered “Belvedere” cocktail we featured in our book, the “Consolvo” is a Philadelphia/Maryland... The post National Martini Day – The “Colonel Consolvo” Martini appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • An Excuse To Drink – National Martini Day 2015

    Gregory Priebe
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Every holiday deserves to be celebrated properly, and National Martini Day is certainly deserving of a toast. Steeped in American history, this cocktail has one of the most fiercely debated origins, but emerges sometime in... The post An Excuse To Drink – National Martini Day 2015 appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • An Excuse To Drink – 200th Anniversary of Waterloo

    Gregory Priebe
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    Today we mark the 200th Anniversary of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815 in what is now Belgium. There, French forces led by Napoleon Bonaparte, were defeated by a British coalition army under the command of The Duke... The post An Excuse To Drink – 200th Anniversary of Waterloo appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
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    Bevvy Speakeasy

  • How to Make a Mojito

    Will Shenton
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    A Cuban classic featuring rum, lime, mint, sugar, and soda water. Make Hemingway proud and try one today. The post How to Make a Mojito appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • 4th of July Drinks for the Perfect Barbecue

    Will Shenton
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    A lineup of simple, refreshing summer cocktails for your 4th of July barbecue that'll keep everyone cool and happy. The post 4th of July Drinks for the Perfect Barbecue appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • Summer Cocktails: Tom Collins, Gin Fizz, and a New Mezcal Fizz

    Aubrey Schuster
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    Classic fizzes, meet your match: the Burning Berry, a refreshing mezcal fizz for summer from the Cocktail Lab. The post Summer Cocktails: Tom Collins, Gin Fizz, and a New Mezcal Fizz appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • How to Store Vermouth

    Will Shenton
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    Vermouth has long been abused by amateur and professional bartenders alike. Here are some easy tricks to keep the good stuff from going bad. The post How to Store Vermouth appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
  • This Summer, Drink a Shandy

    Will Shenton
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    For too long, the Shandy has gotten a bad rap here in the States. Give it another shot with these four refreshing recipes. The post This Summer, Drink a Shandy appeared first on Bevvy Speakeasy.
 
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    The Whiskey Wash

  • Sonoma County Distilling Debuts Cherrywood Smoked Rye

    Nino Marchetti
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Sonoma County Distilling, out of California, has been getting noted of late for its grain to glass approach when it comes to the craft whiskies it produces. Its philosophy in this regard has made its West of Kentucky Bourbon bottlings particularly popular, and now it is taking its rye whiskey in an interesting direction with the release of a new smoked expression. The distillery’s new Cherrywood Rye Whiskey, according to Sonoma County Distilling, is the result of two years of work to create a rather unique spirit. What you have here is a mash bill that’s primarily unmalted rye…
  • New Anthrax Bourbon Is Second Whiskey Tied To Band

    Nino Marchetti
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Legendary thrash metal band Anthrax made a few waves in the whiskey world last year when it tied its brand name to a bourbon release called Indians. This single barrel offering, heralding from Jefferson’s Bourbon, looks to have been popular enough to bring the rockers back to bourbon land, this time with a new bottling from Knob Creek. Known as The Devil You Know this new release, much like Indians, is associated with a song from one of Anthrax’s albums. In this case it is the tenth studio album Worship Music, released in September of 2011. The bourbon itself is a little older…
  • Buffalo Trace Distillery Becomes More Tourist Friendly

    Nino Marchetti
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:31 pm
    The uber-historic Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky is already quite the visitor attraction for those making the pilgrimage to bourbon country. The sprawling whiskey campus, as of late, has been under going some renovations and changes to keep up with tourism needs, and now a couple of just announced completions will make it that much more friendly to all who stop by. The Buffalo Trace distillery (image via Buffalo Trace) The biggest change of note, according to Buffalo Trace, was an overhaul of its visitor center. Originally constructed in 1881, this historic building saw over 100,000…
  • Whiskey Review: I.W. Harper Bourbon

    Savannah Weinstock
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    image copyright The Whiskey Wash Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article. After a two decade long hiatus on US production, American born I.W. Harper Bourbon Whiskey is once again available stateside as of this spring. Pushed out of the American whiskey market approximately 20 years ago, I.W. Harper is now itself pushing hard for a comeback. The brainchild of international spirits behemoth Diageo (apparently scrapping hard…
  • Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1 One Hell Of A Peaty Scotch

    Nino Marchetti
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The Bruichladdich distillery, which recently saw its legendary master distiller Jim McEwan announce his retirement after 52 years in the industry, has a whisky line among its Scotch choices which is all about the peat. In fact, the more peaty, the better, for its Octomore series. Now coming to this brand is a new release known as Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1. Octomore 7.1, much like the recently released into travel retail channels Octomore 7.2, clocks in at a hefty 208 ppm on the peaty scale. In other words, expect this seventh edition of Bruichaddich’s cult single malt to be as about…
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    Tipsy Bartender

  • Kick Ass Shot and Hit Girl Shot

    Rick Bychak
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:57 pm
    KICK ASS SHOT AND HIT GIRL SHOTShots based on the movie Kick Ass 2. The green one is a "Kick Ass Shot" and the purple one is a "Hit Girl Shot."KICK ASS1 Part Whiskey1 Part Peach Schnapps1 Part Sweet & Sour1 Part MidoriHIT GIRL1 Part Raspberry Liqueur1 Part Blue Curacao1 Part Pineapple JuiceTop with Lemon Lime Soda
  • Watermelon Margarita

    Rick Bychak
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:50 pm
    WATERMELON MARGARITAMuddled WatermelonTequilaTriple SecWatermelon PuckerSweet & SourMexican BeerPhoto provided by @sir_hightower
  • Glacier Margarita

    Meghan Murphy
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:52 pm
    GLACIER MARGARITA Bottom Layer:Sweet and Sour MixBlue Curaçao Shake with Ice Add SpriteTop Layer:Tequila Triple SecSweet and Sour MixBlend with IceSprinkle Blue Sugar on TopINSTAGRAM PHOTO CREDIT: @jorge_el_bartender
  • Gummy Bear Party Cups

    Meghan Murphy
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    GUMMY BEAR PARTY CUPS2 oz Plastic Cups with LidsGummy Bears, separated by color, 6-8 bears per cupRed Bears:1 oz (30 ml) Strawberry Vodka1/2 oz (15 ml) Peach SchnappsWhite Bears:1 oz (30 ml) Pineapple Vodka1/2 oz (15 ml) Peach SchnappsYellow Bears:1 oz (30 ml) Citrus Vodka1/2 oz (15 ml) Peach SchnappsGreen Bears:1 oz (30 ml) Apple Vodka1/2 oz (15 ml) Peach SchnappsOrange Bears:1 oz (30 ml) Orange Vodka1/2 oz (15 ml) Peach SchnappsCover each cup with it's lid. Let Gummy Bears soak in mixture at least overnight(though 24 hours is recommended).DRINK INSPIRED BY: @alyssa_ily  Amazon Prime…
  • Boozy Fruit Salad

    Meghan Murphy
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    BOOZY FRUIT SALADWatermelon BallsMango Jicama Lime WedgesTamarindo Candy (Pica Gomas)Churritos (add last so they don't get soggy) Top with TajinAdd Mini Bottles:Coconut RumFlavored Rum Tequila VodkaINSTAGRAM PHOTO CREDIT: @winelvr111
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    Words of Whisky

  • Mortlach 2003/2014 Van Wees

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    A young Mortlach from a bourbon barrel. What can we expect? The post Mortlach 2003/2014 Van Wees appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Ben Nevis 1996/2015 Whiskybase

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    This Ben Nevis was bottled to celebrate 60.000 bottles in the database of Whiskybase. The post Ben Nevis 1996/2015 Whiskybase appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Rumour Mill: Longmorn 16 and Scapa 16 Replaced

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    Today's rumour: the Longmorn 16 and Scapa 16 will soon disappear from the shelves. The post Rumour Mill: Longmorn 16 and Scapa 16 Replaced appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Benromach 15 (2015)

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    The new Benromach 15 is a step up from their regular 10yo. The post Benromach 15 (2015) appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Talisker 18 (2007)

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    The Talisker 18: a classic expression from a classic distillery. The post Talisker 18 (2007) appeared first on Words of Whisky.
 
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