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  • Copper Moscow Mule mug?

    Chowhound's Latest » Spirits
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I did see a black Friday ad for Sam's Club on a set of two all-copper moscow mule mugs for $19.98 with free shipping.
  • Low Sugar and Low Alcohol Vodka Cocktails

    Drink Spirits
    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hail Mary The response to our articles Drink, Eat, Live – Belvedere Vodka Advocates Mindful Drinking and It’s Time For Nutritional Information on Alcohol Labels has been overwhelming. We’ve received a lot of requests to post cocktails which are lower in sugar and more conducive to someone trying to balance their health with their drinking. Here are the drink recipes from Belvedere’s Drink, Eat, Live program: The first two drinks contain no additional sugar and have only an ounce of alcohol per serving. Hail Mary 0.8 oz/25ml Belvedere Vodka 1.2oz/ 35ml Fresh Cucumber juice…
  • What To Drink For Thanksgiving – Aperitif and Digestif

    Drink Spirits
    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    What To Drink For Thanksgiving Long before we turned to alcohol to fuel our fun-filled nights, it served a far more essential purpose: to save our lives. The process of distillation is synonymous with purification, and distillation had the magical power to help transform something that was unclean or unsuitable for consumption (like rotten or fermented grain) into a beverage safe for consumption. Distilled spirits could also be added to water to kill bacteria, making it safe to drink – a revelation at a time when people died from their drinking water. This life-saving quality…
  • 5 Must-Try Flavored Whisky Brands

    Spirited Gifts | Blog
    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…
  • Shap Shots: Jura Harbor at Sunset

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    Camper English
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    June 2010: The harbor from Jura, Scotland. Read more here.
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  • Top places to visit in Turkey

    Emma
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Turkey with its beautiful beaches, rich culture, stunning architecture and delicious food makes it a great holiday destination for all. Whether you want to soak up some sun or explore ancient ruins, Turkey has something on offer for any traveller. There are some great holiday offers from Cosmos for an all-inclusive holiday.  If Turkey is next on holiday list, I’ve rounded up the top 5 places to visit. Cappadocia Located in South Central Turkey Cappadocia is a must see place in Turkey which is famous for it’s different geological features of Fairy Chimneys. These Chimneys have been…
  • Travel Tips: Enjoy Your Hike With The Right Hiking Clothing

    Emma
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Choosing the right clothing is integral to the enjoyment of hiking and can really make or break a hike. The right hiking clothing is all about versatility and comfort when travelling in changing terrains. It can be difficult to know exactly what kind of clothing to take with you, especially in uncertain climates and seasons, but fortunately many specialist brands who are experts in their field have created specific clothing that solves these problems and, with the right preparation, hiking can be enjoyable in all weather and terrains. Don’t run the risk of ruining your hike by venturing…
  • Enchanting Egypt: Where to Find the Magic

    Emma
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Egypt is one of the world’s most spectacular destinations. Some women may be put off by the idea of traveling through Egypt alone, but the reality is that the country is safe, hospitable and fascinating for savvy travellers who take the time to learn about the culture. Flights to Egypt are frequent and affordable, and combined with a modest wardrobe, a good itinerary and a polite and informed disposition, visitors have all the requisite elements for a successful Egyptian adventure; one full of history, culture, and spectacular scenery. Here are some of Egypt’s very best additions to any…
  • What Every Girl Should Have in Her Car

    Emma
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    You look inside a guys car and you will find some car wash, perhaps a medical kit and a spare tire. Where us girls like to have something on hand for any situation that life may throw at us. Whilst sometimes we may have a little too much in there, here is my list of what every girl should carry in her car. If you’re looking for a new car (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) why don’t you check what’s on offer with #guesswho. An umbrella There is nothing worse than looking your best, makeup perfect, hair looking great and you go to step out of your car, only to be…
  • Sailing Solo: What to Expect from a Solo Cruise Holiday

    Emma
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Travelling solo brings with it sweeping highs and crashing lows. It can push a person way beyond their comfort zone and at the same time form friendships that don’t tend to happen in the same way when travelling with friends. Cruise holidays are well suited to the solo traveller – here’s a look at what to expect: Beach Time The typical cruise itinerary transports passengers between beautiful white beaches on tranquil, peaceful islands. There are a number of beach resorts owned by cruise companies, such as Labadee, the Haitian paradise owned by Royal Caribbean cruises. Cities of Culture…
 
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  • Senior dog looking for life in the fast lane

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:16 am
    Mosely, a Jack Russell Terrier mix, may be 8 years old, but he has a lot of spring in his step. And don't even think this adoptable dog from Seminole County Animal Services is ready for retirement.
  • Highball and Harvest in the Ritz-Carlton plays down the posh

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    If I told you I was eating truck-stop peanuts, listening to the Stones circa 1972, and reflecting on how the light sconces in my periphery resembled bug zappers, you'd never guess I was dining at the Ritz. Yet there we were, on the lower level of this grand dame of upscale hotel chains, sitting in the equally grand expanse of its remarkably accessible farm-to-table restaurant, getting our hands wet and sticky from prying open ham-hock-boiled whole peanuts .
  • Sampling Jax's wine and cocktails

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:57 pm
    The bar at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar is a fascinating scene, with the bartenders and the shuckers working side by side with a precise, balletic energy. Pry your eyes away from that elaborate dance, and you'll find an equally appealing array of drink options.
  • The Bar Code: DIY Holiday Cocktails That Beat Beer and Wine

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Yet we're relatively lacking in good traditions about what to drink with the Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. While my family holidays tend to involve me playing bartender and sommelier, there's no reason you can't add a bit of diversity to the usual roster of beer and wine with a few fun cocktails.
  • Roasted cider, ruby bubbles add spice to seasonal cocktails

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Whether you're having a quiet night in with family or a larger gathering with friends, holiday celebrations often call for a cocktail - sometimes simply to help you deal with those friends and family! So we've got you covered with two easy but delicious cocktails that won't tax your time or budget. If there's a chill in the air, consider starting with the roasted cider, a seasonal hot toddy that combines a classic mulled cider with the toasty flavour of hazelnuts.
 
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  • Jim Murray, 2015 Whisky Bible and Why Scotch Whisky Sucks

    3 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    There is always a good deal of chatter when Jim Murray releases his awards list ahead of the release of a new edition of his bible, surely the sometimes controversial choices he makes are no promotional accident...Some of the best whiskies I was fortunate enough to taste in 2014 were from Japan, and I would agree that the Yamazaki Sherry Cask is a stunning whisky from one of the world’s greatest malt whisky-producing countries, but the Daily Mail’s (expected) sensational headline and Mr. Murray’s statements strike me as remarkably unfounded. That Scotch whisky has something to be…
  • Mandatory Reading

    18 Jul 2013 | 1:49 am
    Scotch Whisky: Its Past and Present, David Daiches (1969)Much that was around in 1969 still feels contemporary today: the music can be heard everywhere, everyday; the fashion has come, gone and come again; the ideals, ever resilient, continue to be subjected to relentless pressures but have never been defeated in over four decades. The whisky world, however, was a very different place. In 1969 there were 14 grain distilleries and 108 malt distilleries. Were I to boast of a lovely Ben Nevis or Lochside I had last night, you would have been right to ask, “malt or grain?” Port Ellen,…
  • Take off, eh?

    18 Feb 2013 | 6:25 am
    Crown Royal, Canadian Club, two of Canada's proudest exports (and two of ginger ale's best friends), are in the news on the back of an advertisement that is "misleading", "confusing", and "decieving" while "tarnishing" their good names.Texas Crown Club (couldn't squeeze a Royal in there?) from Houston-based drinks company Mexcor Inc. is accused of unlicensed use of Crown Royal's image to attack it in an advertising campaign. What concerns me, however, is the fear of what lurks beneath the surface: a resurgence of American anti-Canadianism. In Canada, it is a sad phenomenon that visible…
  • Blending, Maturing

    4 Feb 2013 | 1:15 am
    You really can't make a quality stew without a little Worcestershire sauce. A Bloody Mary or Caesar is just a boozy tomato drink without it.  A dash in a Bolognese can work wonders.  In fact, it has been said that a few drops behind the ears will drive the ladies wild.But I just noticed my Lea & Perrins says "expert blenders since 1837". This piqued my curiosity and I learned that time and maturation was as vital to this tasty condiment as to great whisky. I also learned that it's not for vegetarians.  Forgive the pronunciation, but worth a watch.Originally posted HERE.
  • Canadian Whisky Awards

    21 Jan 2013 | 9:11 am
    While I was in Sweden aboard the Viking Line Cinderella for their annual Whisky Fair, winners of the 3rd annual Canadian Whisky Awards were announced at The Victoria Whisky Festival on Thursday, January 17th, 2013.Canadian Whisky of the YearForty Creek Port Wood ReserveConnoisseur Whisky of the Year - Multi-market: Forty Creek Port Wood ReserveConnoisseur Whisky of the Year - Domestic: Gibson's Finest 18 Year OldConnoisseur Whisky of the Year - Export: Canadian Rockies 21 Year Old Sippin' Whisky of the Year - Multi-market: Century Reserve Lot 15-21Sippin' Whisky of the year - Domestic:…
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  • WhiskyCast Episode 507: November 22, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Dewar's has focused on its Blended Scotch whiskies for generations, with the limited exception in recent years of single malts from Aberfeldy. However, a team within Dewar's has been working quietly for the last six years to change that focus, and the result is the Last Great Malts series. The new range made its debut earlier this year with redesigned packaging for Aberfeldy, and new whiskies from Craigellachie and Aultmore are just now entering the market. In 2015, we'll see The Deveron single malts from Macduff Distillery and the first mainstream single malts ever from 212-year-old Royal…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 506: November 15, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Stuart Harvey has been the master blender for Inver House for nearly 11 years, and he's living proof that you don't have to be born into the industry to become a master blender. He started out making beer, but made the switch to whisky and never looked back. He'll join us for this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth to discuss the art of blending, and how it's just as much of a challenge to create a Single Malt expression as it is a Blended Scotch. In the news, Chip Tate has won a key battle in his bid to regain control of Balcones Distilling, thieves strike a whisky warehouse near Glasgow, and the…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 505: November 8, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    This episode marks the end of our 9th year, and we'll hear from two of the more outspoken voices in the whisky world on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. Simon and Phil Thompson run the family-owned Dornoch Castle Hotel in the Scottish Highlands, and their hotel's bar was named Scotland's Whisky Bar of the Year this week by the Scottish Licensed Trade News. The Thompson brothers are almost as well-known for their opinions as their whisky selection, and they pulled no punches in a wide-ranging interview the other night in Dornoch. In the news, Diageo pulls the trigger on a swap of Bushmills for…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 504: November 1, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    1 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The battle between Scotland's illicit distillers and the excisemen known as "gaugers" is the stuff of which legends, books, and now, a movie have been made. Filmmaker Mike Dziennik's "Peat Reek" will be shown this coming weekend at the Inverness Film Festival, and tells the story of a young gauger sent to the Highlands to shut down the whisky makers and the local minister who helps him see the light. We'll talk with Mike Dziennik on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the Wall Street Journal reports Diageo may be close to trading Bushmills for control of the Don Julio tequila brand,…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 503: October 25, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    This week's episode comes from Whiskey Live Dublin, and we'll be focusing on Irish whiskies this time around with some of the winners from Thursday night's Irish Whiskey Awards ceremony at Kilbeggan Distillery. We'll also get the details on the most expensive Irish whiskey ever released, the Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition...as well as the upcoming US debut of Yellow Spot. It won't be an all-Ireland show, though...we''ll hear from Chip Tate on his side of the Balcones Distilling dispute now that his gag order has been lifted, and while Bourbon's global boom is causing a boom…
 
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  • Breaking News: New Malt Whisky Distillery to be opened in 2016 in Japan

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoPhoto: Hokkaido by Chi King (CC BY 2.0)News has just come out that Japan will get its 9th malt whisky distillery next year. It is a project of Tokyo-based export/import company Kenten Jitsugyou (who import raw food materials into Japan and export liquor), but the actual distillery will be in Hokkaido.It will be the second distillery in Hokkaido (after Yoichi) but the first one in the Doutou area (i.e. the east of Hokkaido). Kenten Jitsugyou submitted its construction request to the town office of Akkeshi, a town known for its oysters, yesterday (25…
  • 2 New Japanese releases for Shinanoya x Salon de Shimaji

    6 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoStart warming up your clicking finger, because chances are a new record will be set this Friday at noon when not one, but two highly-anticipated new Japanese single cask whiskies will go on sale. Selected by Shinanoya and Pen for Salon de Shimaji, one is a 1987 (27yo) Mars Komagatake single cask (drawn from a refill - ex-Scotch whisky that is - American white oak cask, #479); the other is a Hanyu from the final vintage (2000, 14yo) finished in a hogshead fitted with Mizunara heads (#1504). It is highly likely that these bottles won't live - online that is…
  • Chichibu PX & Oloroso: 2 Single Casks for Modern Malt Market Tokyo 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoAll of our reviews so far of single cask Chichibus have been of ex-bourbon ones. Last month, at Modern Malt Market in Tokyo, a pair of sherried Chichibu single casks were released – a “PX” (Pedro Ximenez) and an “Oloroso” – so we figured this was the perfect time to check how the Chichibu spirit interacts with ex-sherry wood.Chichibu 2010/2014 “Oloroso”, Spanish Oak Hogshead #2622, 59.8%abv (338btls.)Chichibu 2010/2014 “PX”, Spanish Oak Hogshead #2640, 59.7%abv (275btls.)On the nose, the PX is characterized by stewed fruits, porridge,…
  • Chichibu Single Cask for Sushi+Soul / Bar Zoetrope

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoDoesn’t happen every day: two of our favourite Japanese whisky hangouts joined hands and bottled a stunning Chichibu single cask together. They couldn’t be farther apart geographically (Sushi+Soul is in Munich, Germany; Bar Zoetrope in Tokyo, Japan), but their respective owners – Chris Herbst and Atsushi Horigami – share the same passion for Japanese whisky. Incidentally, this is the first time a single cask Chichibu was bottled for a European customer other than LMdW. Without further ado, let’s give it a try…Chichibu 2009/2014, 1st Fill…
  • New manga about Japanese whisky by Japan's financial news group

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Post by Chris BuntingThe NHK morning drama "Massan" is putting whisky history front and centre of Japanese popular culture at the moment. An interesting little sidelight on the interest this is provoking among the mainstream media is a new manga in Campanella, a web magazine run by Nikkei (Japan's equivalent of the FT or the Wall Street Journal).It's called "Whisky ni sasageta futari--Rita to Massan" (Roughly, "Two people who gave their lives to whisky--Rita and Massan") and the first installment starts off pretty much at the same point as the NHK drama, with Rita and Masataka Taketsuru's…
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  • Salud! TequilaFEST Is Coming To London - Win Tickets!

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wow, what a month for spirits November is turning out to be...This week has seen us already attend the launch of a brand new gin from French masters G'Vine, (more on this next week) as well as the expansion of Sipsmith, one of London's finest craft gin distillers.  In addition we had our whisky hats on for the launch of Diageo's Special Releases (which you can read about here) and Neil was in action on the BBC's International News programme, discussing the state of world whisky making today. You can watch the broadcast below if you haven't already seen it.  Neil Discussing World…
  • The Ardmore Legacy: A (slight) Return of the Unsung Smoky Hero

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    From Caskstrength.netEveryone loves an underdog, don't they. Be it the minnows in the World Cup, or the most unlikely victors (recently Leicester City, known as the Foxes, beat the once mighty Manchester United 5-3, after coming from 3-1 behind) there's something to truly celebrate when a small time player comes from nowhere and trounces the competition. Now, without patronising a clearly great distillery, The Ardmore, one of only a handful of malt distilleries on the mainland of Scotland to use peated barley in its production, never seems to be on anyone's radar when discussing the best…
  • The Sound Of Aberlour (or 'Aberlou(de)r')

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Hey hey!  Both Joel and I find ourselves at an unusual point this month. Our new book, Distilled is finally out and we're really delighted with the reaction so far. It's been a hugely rewarding ride into the world of spirits and we look forward to many more years to come, writing about and enjoying great spirits in the company of great friends.  Last week, we had a slight return to our roots back in the music business, albeit as part of a fun and engaging tasting masterclass for The Whisky Show. In fact, it was a superb opportunity to reminisce about 'the old days' of making records…
  • Distilled: Our New Book, Out Today!

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Writing is a wonderful thing. But, as with the apocryphal ‘tree in the woods’, if no one reads your words, have you really written anything at all?When, in 2008 we decided to start Caskstrength.net, it was to create a journal wherein we could keep a record of all the whiskies which had been shared with us, and we were sharing with other people... little did we know of the journey that it would take us on. The blog was not designed for mass readership nor praise, but a simple account of the joys of whisky, wrapped up in some irreverent ramblings.As we approach our 8th year of writing this…
  • Objects of Desire: The Diageo Special Releases 2014 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are many things in life that I’d like to have, but simply can’t afford. I think that must be true for all of us. But in my list of ‘objects of desire’, most are items that I already own. For example, I have a watch. I’d like a nicer one. I own a car, but would bite your hand off to trade in a seven year old Volvo estate for a Bentley Continental. Quite frankly, I can still tell the time as accurately as the next man, and I get stuck in the same traffic jams as the chap in the posh car next to me.None of this quenches the thirst for ‘want’, however. And once again the…
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  • My People Have Been Pro-Booze for a Long Time

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    A little something about me or, rather, one of my ancestors, William Cowdery.William wasn't on the Mayflower. He arrived ten years later and was one of the founders of what is now Wakefield, Massachusetts. For many years, he was the town clerk.In 1654, the General Court of Massachusetts "empowered and ordered" William to "sell wine of any sort, and strong liquors, to the Indians, as to his judgment shall seem most meet and necessary for their relief in just and urgent occasions, and not otherwise, provided he shall not sell or deliver more than one pint to any one Indian at any one time upon…
  • Is the World Ready for Remy Martin V?

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    It's always risky when a company extends a brand into a new product segment. Sometimes it's very smooth. Consumers had no trouble accepting that Dove, a brand of soap, could also be used to sell shampoo, deodorant, and other personal care products. But consumers didn't want Jack Daniel's beer. It's hard to figure.Rémy Martin is a name associated with Cognac. Rémy Martin V, which is getting a big advertising push right now, is not cognac. It is an eau-de-vie, meaning an unaged brandy. It's not a huge difference, at least on paper, but any Cognac drinker thinking it's just another Cognac…
  • Are You a Top or a Bottom? Tree Section, that Is

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The last time I mentioned the Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project in a post was August of 2012, when release number six came out. Number fifteen came out on Monday. There is just one more to go.As usual, the twelve whiskeys in this release focus on several variables, but the most interesting one is tree cut. Each tree contained enough wood for two barrels so they made one from the top half and one from the bottom half.As Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley explains, that's bound to make a difference. “There are four direct components that are related to wood that contribute to our bourbon flavor;…
  • The Failure of Diageo's Orphan Barrel Project

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Diageo's 4th release of their Orphan Barrel Project is called Lost Prophet, a 22-year-old bourbon distilled in 1991 at what is now the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. The retail price will reportedly be $125.Whether or not Orphan Barrel is successful financially is unknown and while that's probably all that matters to Diageo, as a concept it's already a failure. Yes, there is a portion of the market that responds to anything very old, limited, and expensive, but that's all the Orphan Barrel bourbons are. People already feel burned by the 'limited' claim, but what the series…
  • Buffalo Trace Expands Distillery Site

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Buffalo Trace Distillery has purchased 233 acres of land adjacent to its current location in Frankfort, Kentucky; the company announced today, bringing the total acreage of the site to 378 acres.The recently acquired land includes approximately 100 acres of woods, a farmhouse with barns, and two ponds. It has a private entrance off Lewis Ferry Road (the road that runs behind the distillery), as well as road frontage off U.S. 127. From the farmhouse, the entire Buffalo Trace Distillery site can be viewed. Buffalo Trace has yet to determine a final use for the acquired property but intends to…
 
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  • Writers Tears & The Irishman Cask Strengths 2014

    David Havelin
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Walsh Whiskey announced this week that Duggan Lynch of Kilkenny will be building their new distillery in Royal Oak. Completion by Spring of 2016 is the plan, though the spirit should already be flowing from late 2015.The company continues in the meantime to dip into Irish Distillers' warehouses for its Writers Tears and Irishman brands. This year, as usual, we are treated to a new Cask Strength version of each.They come with very similar descriptions: a vatting of single pot still and single malt, all triple-distilled and aged in ex-bourbon casks. They are non-chill filtered and…
  • Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition

    David Havelin
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    For three decades now, Midleton Very Rare has marked the passage of time with an annual vintage release. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first bottling in 1984, Irish Distillers has produced a very, very rare Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition. It's a collaboration between Master Distillers present and former, Brian Nation and Barry Crockett, the bottle carrying the signatures of both.Back in 1984, the new Midleton distillery had been producing for just nine years, so the first Midleton VR was relatively young (the latest edition, in contrast, contains components between 15 and 22…
  • The Irish Whiskey Awards 2014

    David Havelin
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The second annual Irish Whiskey Awards took place in Kilbeggan Distillery last night. I couldn't be there which was unfortunate as I thoroughly enjoyed the first one.The awards are organised by Ally Alpine of the Celtic Whiskey Shop and judged by the members of the shop's Celtic Whiskey Club and the Irish Whiskey Society. Everything is tasted blind and I know the number of samples participants had to get through was huge so it seems comprehensive too.The runners-up are listed on the awards website. I mention only the winners below.Overall Best Irish Whiskey 2014Redbreast 21 Year Old…
  • Jameson Caskmates

    David Havelin
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    This is a fun one. The story begins with a pub conversation somewhere in Cork between Midleton's Master of Science, David Quinn, and Franciscan Well's founder, Shane Long. Shane asked if he might lay his hands on a few spare whiskey casks to age his beer in. He wasn't holding out much hope but it turns out that sometimes all you gotta do is ask. Franciscan Well released its first Jameson cask-aged stout in time for Christmas 2012.When the most recent batch of twelve casks came back to Midleton, the distillery figured they might as well try their own experimental maturation. The casks had only…
  • Powers Single Cask Release

    David Havelin
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    In the 22 years it has been owned by the Cleary family, the Temple Bar Pub has built up an extensive whiskey list. It has also developed a strong working relationship with Irish Distillers that culminated recently in the pub's own exclusive single cask, single pot still Powers whiskey. Quite the coup, only topped by having Midleton's Master Distiller Emeritus, Barry Crockett, launch it in Dublin on September 30th.It's 14 years old, distilled on 6th July 1999. It's the usual Powers pot still distillate, aged in a second-fill American bourbon cask which limits the wood influence and allows the…
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  • US beer called "filthy water" as Czech president gets patriotic

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:43 am
    The long-running spat between US and Czech brewers stepped up a notch this week after the Czech president described American beer as “filthy water”. Milos Zeman, whose mind may have been on the century-long dispute between Anheuser-Busch InBev and the Czech-based Budejovicky Budvar, made the remark during a summit in Kazakhstan this week, claiming that no country can outdo his national brew masters. “Czech beer is the best in the world,” Zeman reportedly said. “No American company that offers some filthy water instead of beer can compete with us.” The…
  • Has beer gone to the dogs? Will it make you feel ruff? Has it got... OH, FORGET IT!

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    I've stopped short of covering it as a product launch story on just-drinks, but take a look at this. Released this month in the UK, Snuffle Dog Beer is already available in 25 markets. The beer is brewed with beef or chicken stock and malt barley extracts. It also contains mineral oils. Don't worry, there's no alcohol in it. The video is worth watching, if only for the camera glance from the puppy at 0:58. Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!
  • PepsiCo caught in Amazon attack

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    PepsiCo received high praise when it announced it was to launch its stevia-based Pepsi extension True exclusively on Amazon in the US. I wrote a whole feature on it and was told by people I spoke to that the move was a clever ploy and the future of niche roll-outs. Those views may have to be reappraised, however, after environmentalists this week flooded Pepsi True's Amazon page with hundreds of one-star reviews. The campaign was led by activist group SumOfUs.org and the Rainforest Action Network, who accuse PepsiCo of not doing enough to ensure its palm oil comes from sustainable sources.
  • Diddy shows he's a Diageo man with prod at Patron

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Sean 'Diddy' Combs, the US rapper and entrepreneur, has publicly turned against his apparent former favourite Tequlia brand, Patron, now that he is joint-owner of DeLeón Tequila.  Combs, who agreed a JV deal with Diageo in January to acquire DeLeón, last week posted some disparaging content on his Instagram feed about Patron. In one image, Combs is pictured holding a shovel above an agave plant, with the caption: "Let's have a moment of silence for Mr. Pat Ron. Even though he was a lovely guy... HIS TIME IS UP!!!" A similar image used the…
  • A drink that makes you thin?

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Coca-Cola Co has spent a lot of money these past two years fighting accusations that soft drinks make you fat. But if a new project currently underway in the laboratories of Nestle comes to fruition, then soda makers may, in the future, be able to argue the opposite.  According to a Bloomberg report, Swiss food and drinks maker Nestle is working on a beverage that boosts the amount of calories burned while exercising.  "Instead of 20 minutes of jogging or 40 minutes of cycling, it may help boost metabolism with moderate exercise like brisk walking," a Nestle scientist said.
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  • Our Craft Boom Echoes all the way to France and Sweden

    Robert C. Lehrman
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I have been hearing about Our Vodka for quite some time but have not had much chance to scope it out. Now that I found time, I thought there would be a lot more there there. I only see US approvals for two in this series so far, to cover Detroit, and Seattle, as above. I start this post with a skeptical but open mind, willing to be persuaded that it’s a good idea. My skepticism flows from how local can it be, with a company in France and another in Sweden, running the show? It also flows from, if this is really supposed to have some local pizzazz, could there be a worse way to capture…
  • In Defense of Fireball, PG and Good Journalism

    Robert C. Lehrman
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    The Daily Beast published a highly relevant story a few days ago, slamming Fireball and propylene glycol. Fireball is a hugely popular “Cinnamon Whisky,” and a recent label approval is here. The story explains that Fireball contains propylene glycol, commonly known as PG, and in the most alarming way that could probably be set forth without a big lawsuit, the article heaps scorn upon PG and Fireball. As of today, Google has more than 81,000 stories about fireball propylene glycol, but the Beast story was one of the first. The article trots out alarming buzzwords such as: recall,…
  • The Label from Hell

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Meet the label from hell, as above. Just about every element raises another legal issue. I had the opportunity to discuss this hypothetical label at ShipCompliant’s Wholesale Gathering, in White Plains, last week, on a panel with Susan from TTB, Deb from Diageo and Jeannie from Brown-Forman. The label raises at least 30 legal issues that could trap the unwary, and it would not be difficult to add a few dozen more. One of the points is to show that, if a food or beverage label looks easy, you are probably not paying attention. How many issues can you spot, without prompting? The title…
  • Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material (festivals and sports references) Change ratings (#1 vodka according to Vodka Quarterly) Delete organic references Change the spelling on sulfites Change information about the amount produced Add serving suggestions (shake well) Also, TTB provided a…
  • The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Tito’s vodka was doing great for the past 15 years, then hit a gigantic speedbump this week in the form of a class action lawsuit. Tito’s therefore provides a good example of when an approval is not really an approval. Tito Beveridge has more than 30 TTB label approvals for his vodka from 1997 to 2013 (as in the above image, from LabelVision). They may not do him much good in this lawsuit, even though, in years past, most would assume the federal approval would be dispositive. It’s a good thing most TTB approvals are not paper anymore because these would “not be worth…
 
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  • Momofuku Bo Ssam, rinse brine or don't rinse?

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    I'm making the Momfuku Bo Ssam instead of Turkey for Thanksgiving.  After the dry salt/sugar cure, should I rinse this off before cooking for 6 hours?  Or should I leave it on?  I'm worried about it being too salty.   I saids to roast Pork Boston Butt for 6 hours at 300F.  Is there an ideal final internal temp I should be looking for?  190F or 200F?   Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
  • Poultry Seasoning on Turkey

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    So, I was thinking about using some poultry seasoning under the turkey skin, in addition to a rosemary, sage, and thyme dry brine.   Do people not really use poultry seasoning anymore, other in maybe stuffing? I 'discovered it' first in a recipe for chicken and dumplings, and I really like the taste of it! But, most of the more modern recipes I see in epicurious/saveur etc always use just fresh chopped herbs. I think poultry seasoning actually also has rosemary/thyme/sage or all three in it, but I feel that it still tastes pretty different. no time to experiment anymore, so I am relying…
  • Garbage bags food safe?

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Ive used plain cheap garbage bags to wrap all kinds of wild game to store in the freezer for a few weeks to kill trichinosis before processing and i have also used them to brine large turkeys. Im just wondering if theres any safety concerns in low temperatures? Anyone else use them for these purposes? And what are your thoughts on safety other then choking hazards in children and drunk adults?
  • Noma coming to Tokyo

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I scored 4 tickets to Noma while they are in japan! Problem is there are only two of us going. Anyone up to join us?  Its on the 16th of January 2015 for lunch at 11:30. We are two guys that own a brewpub in Illinois and would be fun to dine with. Don't miss out!
  • New doughnuts for your dining pleasure

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    The Bacon Mac & Cheese donut.   Don't forget to take a peek at the embedded links for other stuff from this place (in Philly)   Mind you, these doughnuts don't strike me as *that* different from so-called "kolaches" filled with savory stuff from this chain (local stores have a lot more varieties than listed on this "national" menu).
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  • Momofuku Bo Ssam, rinse brine or don't rinse?

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    I'm making the Momfuku Bo Ssam instead of Turkey for Thanksgiving.  After the dry salt/sugar cure, should I rinse this off before cooking for 6 hours?  Or should I leave it on?  I'm worried about it being too salty.   I saids to roast Pork Boston Butt for 6 hours at 300F.  Is there an ideal final internal temp I should be looking for?  190F or 200F?   Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
  • Poultry Seasoning on Turkey

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    So, I was thinking about using some poultry seasoning under the turkey skin, in addition to a rosemary, sage, and thyme dry brine.   Do people not really use poultry seasoning anymore, other in maybe stuffing? I 'discovered it' first in a recipe for chicken and dumplings, and I really like the taste of it! But, most of the more modern recipes I see in epicurious/saveur etc always use just fresh chopped herbs. I think poultry seasoning actually also has rosemary/thyme/sage or all three in it, but I feel that it still tastes pretty different. no time to experiment anymore, so I am relying…
  • Garbage bags food safe?

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Ive used plain cheap garbage bags to wrap all kinds of wild game to store in the freezer for a few weeks to kill trichinosis before processing and i have also used them to brine large turkeys. Im just wondering if theres any safety concerns in low temperatures? Anyone else use them for these purposes? And what are your thoughts on safety other then choking hazards in children and drunk adults?
  • Noma coming to Tokyo

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I scored 4 tickets to Noma while they are in japan! Problem is there are only two of us going. Anyone up to join us?  Its on the 16th of January 2015 for lunch at 11:30. We are two guys that own a brewpub in Illinois and would be fun to dine with. Don't miss out!
  • New doughnuts for your dining pleasure

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    The Bacon Mac & Cheese donut.   Don't forget to take a peek at the embedded links for other stuff from this place (in Philly)   Mind you, these doughnuts don't strike me as *that* different from so-called "kolaches" filled with savory stuff from this chain (local stores have a lot more varieties than listed on this "national" menu).
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  • Something that happened in Los Angeles after too much mezcal

    ljclark
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    OK, there was a fair amount of wine involved, too. And in the beginning, pisco. At the very end, there might’ve been a Hanky Panky. Had there not been photographic evidence of me pinky-swearing with three other lapsed bloggers that we would post something on our respective sites by the end of October (and at least once a month thereafter, so they tell me), I would’ve merrily boarded a plane back to Boston from a little trip to LA and thought, ‘Wasn’t that a fun, consequence-free get-together with some West Coast friends! Tra-la-la-la!’ And then… Facebook.
  • Crafty Bastards trailer

    ljclark
    2 May 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day from Audissey Media on Vimeo. Huh? Yeah, they make trailers for books, it turns out. Here’s the one for my book, Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day. (Don’t worry, it’s wicked short — and really well done.) It was filmed at the Cambridge Brewing Co. Speaking of the Cambridge Brewing Co., it’s having its 25th anniversary this weekend, starting tonight and lasting through tomorrow night. There will be 25 beers on tap (including many from brewmaster Will…
  • What’s up, crafty bastards?

    ljclark
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Oh, hey. This old watering hole has been boarded up for a while. You may have passed by from time to time and wondered, ‘When’s someone going to do something with that place?’ I never could part with the liquor license, so to speak. And it’s a good thing, because I left a few half-empty bottles lying around, and I could use a drink. See, I had an adventure in Los Angeles. Then I drove back to Massachusetts with my Grammy Clark’s American Tourister Bag. Then I got the opportunity to write a book about beer history. Now I’m done, and the book’s coming…
  • Farewell, Boston!

    ljclark
    9 Jul 2011 | 10:47 am
    You probably noticed things haven’t been pouring around here lately. Sorry. I’ve been in the middle of a big transition that will, I’m sad to say, render drinkboston.com an artifact. This blogger is moving to L.A. It’s a day-job thing. My career in university communications has progressed despite my second “career” carousing Boston bars by night and writing about the goings-on in them during lunch. So, hello, University of Southern California! Luckily, my new employer is close to downtown L.A., home of such luxe watering holes as The Varnish and Caña. Will…
  • Gracias, los cócteleros!

    ljclark
    15 May 2011 | 12:13 pm
    Muchas gracias to everyone who turned up at last Sunday’s Cócteles Latinos! party at Trina’s Starlite Lounge. The drinks, the food, the music and the vibe were all tops. It’s not every day that you can sip on a Mountain Dew Fizz (made with Beija Cachaca) while nibbling on Peruvian potato salad and pulled-pork tortillas, listening to X and the Reverend Horton Heat (thanks, DJ Dave Cagle), and basking in a complete takeover of the Starlite’s main bar. Thanks to Beau and Trina Sturm for hosting this shindig with drinkboston, and to guest bartenders Ben Sandrof and Misty…
 
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  • Four New Whiskies: Two Vintage Recreations, One Orphan, and One Rye

    Camper English
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    New Booze: Four new whiskies hit the market. Old Forester Whiskey Row Series Old Forester Bourbon Whisky annouces the launch of the Old Forester Whiskey Row Series in late-November. The series will allow consumers to sip Old Forester as it was enjoyed in the late 1800’s through the mid-1920’s. The initial release of the series, 1870 Original Batch, will commemorate the year Old Forester became the first batched bourbon. Prior to its release, bourbon was sold by the barrel causing quality and taste profile to vary. Old Forester’s founder George Garvin Brown batched bourbon from three…
  • Snap Shots: Handfulls of Herbs

    Camper English
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    June 2012: A handful of some of the herbs, dried citrus, and other ingredients used to flavor Noilly Prat vermouth. Learn more about the trip here.
  • Eight New Drink Books On Whiskey, Brandy, Cocktails, and History

    Camper English
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
     The deluge of new drinks books continues! These eight recently-released books cover cocktails, both new and historical, whiskey and where it comes from, brandy specifically and all spirits generally.  How to Mix Drinks by Jerry Thomas (A New Cocktail Kingdom Edition) Sporting a new cover from the $1.50 version of The Bar-Tender’s Guide (the first reprint’s cover was the $2.00 version), this new release provides additional articles in the appendix, reflecting historian David Wondrich’s research on the life of the man some now consider the patron saint of bartenders. New documents…
  • The 2014 Spirits Gift Guide Is Now Up On Details.com

    Camper English
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Too early in the year for  holiday gift guides? Perhaps!  Each year for Details.com I write a gift guide of spirits to consider for holiday gifting or just winter drinking. This year's list includes 11 spirits and 1 book, nearly all of which came out in the later half of the year (as Details is all about new stuff). Spirits are mostly from well-known brands and include bottles from: Milagro Auchentoshan Monkey 47 Ancho Reyes Michter's  The Glenlivet Herradura Grey Goose Lost Spirits Patron Parker's Heritage Collection And a book by some bartenders you know. Check it out on Details.com…
  • Shap Shots: Jura Harbor at Sunset

    Camper English
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    June 2010: The harbor from Jura, Scotland. Read more here.
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  • Snagged some hard to find Bourbons to try

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The good old days. Pappy on the shelf, free pours of Rathskeller...
  • Ponche Caballero

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    PONCHE is now in the US! So far, I have found it at only 2 liquor stores: Haskell's in Minneapolis area http://www.haskells.com/Caballero+Spirit+of+Spain/details/spirits/14954125713879343 Universal Fine Wines & Spirits in Holiday, FL http://www.universalfws.com/p-3127-caballero-liqueur.aspx Apparently, Caballero is not marketing it as "Ponche", but as "Spirit of Spain" - which is probably somebody's idea of how to sell to Americans.
  • Snapshotr?

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    BlueBeerd?
  • Copper Moscow Mule mug?

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I did see a black Friday ad for Sam's Club on a set of two all-copper moscow mule mugs for $19.98 with free shipping.
  • Brewing my own bitters

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Day two of my test. I took a smell test of the bitters I stocked yesterday. Western shanghai #1 smells like insanity itself. Way too peppery, way too much chile, out of balance, a rabid dog, a backkick in the face. I will let the process take its course since you never know but its not too promising. Western shanghai #2 is much better, still spicy but better balanced. I guess we'll see. Stocked my spruce bitter and my winter bitter after taking a day to think about it. I decided I liked the "western shanghai #2" type ratio better so I took my inspiration from it: Spruce bitter: 500ml vodka…
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  • Gingersnap Espresso

    Cheri Loughlin
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Gingersnap Espresso, 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... Gingersnap Espresso is a warming, lightly sweet, gingersnap cookie coffee. Top with vanilla whipped cream and allspice sprinkle for an even more enchanted brew. The post Gingersnap Espresso appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Hot Brew: Winter & Holiday Hot Coffee & Espresso Drink Guide Butterscotch Espresso…
  • Baileys Chocolate Martini

    Cheri Loughlin
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Baileys Chocolate Martini, 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... Sometimes I just don’t know what to say about a cocktail so I’ll just say one word… Chocolate. Okay, a few more. There is a time and place for many things and chocolate definitely has it’s time and place. Anytime. Anywhere. It just so happens that this Chocolate Martini is perfect for life’s happiest hours. […]…
  • Dark Ginger Thyme Storm

    Cheri Loughlin
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Dark Ginger Thyme Storm, 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... Dark Ginger Thyme Storm is a variation of the Dark & Stormy with fresh lemon and dark ginger thyme syrup for nicely tart, soft sweetness and crisp ginger. The post Dark Ginger Thyme Storm appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch After the Storm Ginger Beer Recipes
 
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  • Product Review: One Juicer to Rule Them All?

    David Solmonson
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    A few months back, the kind folks at Canada’s Vintage Kitchen Appliance sent us a sample of “The Press”, their homage to the classic discontinued Wear-Ever juice press. Today, however, we’re going to talk about the Land Rover North American Specification (NAS) Defender 110 instead, because we have a point to make. At least, we hope we do. Released to the States for the single year of 1993, the NAS Defender was ripped straight from the pages of road-less (or never)-traveled adventure porn.   Offered in just one color — Alpine White — and factory-stocked…
  • TABASCO – Welcome to the Hellmouth

    David Solmonson
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    TABASCO doesn’t tip-toe around being spicy. On the contrary, they take pride in the fact that they produce a pepper sauce for people who like things quite a bit hotter than normal. Sure, there’s a “Sweet & Spicy” variety as well as the “Milder” Green Jalapeño sauce, but even those provide the requisite kick. No, TABASCO means spicy like McLaren means fast. We’re about a little more than half-way through our TABASCO journey here at 12BB and we’ve dedicated each of these posts to one of the core components that make up the grandpappy of…
  • Halloween – Give Your Friends the Evil Eye

    David Solmonson
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    There’s a time and a place for a serious drink.  That time and place isn’t Halloween — this is the time of year for a bit of fun, especially if you’re throwing a party.  In the past, we’ve turned a piña colada into slime, and this year we thought the perennial jelly shot could use a ghoulish makeover — as eyeballs. Google “gelatin eyeballs” or “eyeball jelly shots” and you’ll find enough recipes to start a blog dedicated to the subject.  For us, 99% didn’t cut it.  Be they too fake, too cutesy, or just not…
  • TABASCO – On the Bayou

    David Solmonson
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Around the 12BB household, we try to adhere to the belief that experiences are inherently worth more than possessions, and that the ultimate measure of “winning” is not collecting the most toys but rather having played with the most toys. From that perspective, launching this site has proven to be more successful than we ever could have hoped. Case in point: my trip to Avery Island, Louisiana this past spring. There are countless reasons I could give (and will give over subsequent posts) — the food, the drink, the scenery, and certainly the bent-over-backwards hospitality…
  • The Greatest Bar on Earth

    David Solmonson
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    At approximately 1am on September 11, 2001, bartender George Delgado was met at the foot of the World Trade Center by his wife, Frances, and their infant daughter.  Delgado was beverage director at The Greatest Bar on Earth, which sat atop the Windows on the World restaurant on the 107th floor of the North Tower, and on the night of September 10th, he, along with master bartender Dale DeGroff, was hosting a cocktail seminar in what was once the highest lounge in the world. The battery in Delgado’s car had died that night, making him late for the event and later causing him to rouse his…
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  • What To Drink For Thanksgiving – Aperitif and Digestif

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    What To Drink For Thanksgiving Long before we turned to alcohol to fuel our fun-filled nights, it served a far more essential purpose: to save our lives. The process of distillation is synonymous with purification, and distillation had the magical power to help transform something that was unclean or unsuitable for consumption (like rotten or fermented grain) into a beverage safe for consumption. Distilled spirits could also be added to water to kill bacteria, making it safe to drink – a revelation at a time when people died from their drinking water. This life-saving quality…
  • Review: Tequila Herradura Scotch Cask Finish

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Tequila Herradura Scotch Cask Finish When you are dealing with a highly controlled spirit like Scotch Whisky or Tequila, there are only so many things you can do to really impact flavor and character. One of the biggest tools in the proverbial tool belt is the barrel. The longer you leave a spirit in a barrel, the more of that barrel character comes through, and the more impact it has on the final flavor. Because barrels are made of wood, they are naturally porous, and when you age something in a barrel, the barrel soaks up a portion of that liquid. Fill that barrel back up with…
  • Review: Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey Maple flavored whiskey has become a fast growing segment of the flavored whiskey market and we’ve seen some solid entries from Crown Royal, Jim Beam, Tap 357, and Knob Creek. There are a number of ways a spirit company can go about adding maple flavor into the whiskey, including maple chips, maple flavoring, or finishing in a maple wood barrel. Hudson Whiskey has followed a different path to adding a maple flavor to their rye whiskey by finishing it in used whiskey casks that previously held fresh maple syrup. It’s an interesting way of going about…
  • Low Sugar and Low Alcohol Vodka Cocktails

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hail Mary The response to our articles Drink, Eat, Live – Belvedere Vodka Advocates Mindful Drinking and It’s Time For Nutritional Information on Alcohol Labels has been overwhelming. We’ve received a lot of requests to post cocktails which are lower in sugar and more conducive to someone trying to balance their health with their drinking. Here are the drink recipes from Belvedere’s Drink, Eat, Live program: The first two drinks contain no additional sugar and have only an ounce of alcohol per serving. Hail Mary 0.8 oz/25ml Belvedere Vodka 1.2oz/ 35ml Fresh Cucumber juice…
  • Review: Crown Royal Regal Apple Flavored Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Crown Royal Regal Apple Given the amazing boom in the flavored vodka space, it’s no surprise to see spirit companies dive head first into flavored whisk(e)y. After all, early movers in this space, especially Fireball Cinnamon Flavored “Whiskey”, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, and Crown Royal Maple Finished Canadian Whisky have seen immense success in a relatively short amount of time. As a company, Diageo seems to be fully committed to releasing a torrent of flavored whiskies onto the market, including Jeremiah Weed (Spiced, Sarsaparilla, and Cinnamon) , Piehole…
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  • What To Drink For Thanksgiving – Aperitif and Digestif

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    What To Drink For Thanksgiving Long before we turned to alcohol to fuel our fun-filled nights, it served a far more essential purpose: to save our lives. The process of distillation is synonymous with purification, and distillation had the magical power to help transform something that was unclean or unsuitable for consumption (like rotten or fermented grain) into a beverage safe for consumption. Distilled spirits could also be added to water to kill bacteria, making it safe to drink – a revelation at a time when people died from their drinking water. This life-saving quality…
  • Review: Tequila Herradura Scotch Cask Finish

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Tequila Herradura Scotch Cask Finish When you are dealing with a highly controlled spirit like Scotch Whisky or Tequila, there are only so many things you can do to really impact flavor and character. One of the biggest tools in the proverbial tool belt is the barrel. The longer you leave a spirit in a barrel, the more of that barrel character comes through, and the more impact it has on the final flavor. Because barrels are made of wood, they are naturally porous, and when you age something in a barrel, the barrel soaks up a portion of that liquid. Fill that barrel back up with…
  • Review: Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey Maple flavored whiskey has become a fast growing segment of the flavored whiskey market and we’ve seen some solid entries from Crown Royal, Jim Beam, Tap 357, and Knob Creek. There are a number of ways a spirit company can go about adding maple flavor into the whiskey, including maple chips, maple flavoring, or finishing in a maple wood barrel. Hudson Whiskey has followed a different path to adding a maple flavor to their rye whiskey by finishing it in used whiskey casks that previously held fresh maple syrup. It’s an interesting way of going about…
  • Low Sugar and Low Alcohol Vodka Cocktails

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hail Mary The response to our articles Drink, Eat, Live – Belvedere Vodka Advocates Mindful Drinking and It’s Time For Nutritional Information on Alcohol Labels has been overwhelming. We’ve received a lot of requests to post cocktails which are lower in sugar and more conducive to someone trying to balance their health with their drinking. Here are the drink recipes from Belvedere’s Drink, Eat, Live program: The first two drinks contain no additional sugar and have only an ounce of alcohol per serving. Hail Mary 0.8 oz/25ml Belvedere Vodka 1.2oz/ 35ml Fresh Cucumber juice…
  • Review: Crown Royal Regal Apple Flavored Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Crown Royal Regal Apple Given the amazing boom in the flavored vodka space, it’s no surprise to see spirit companies dive head first into flavored whisk(e)y. After all, early movers in this space, especially Fireball Cinnamon Flavored “Whiskey”, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, and Crown Royal Maple Finished Canadian Whisky have seen immense success in a relatively short amount of time. As a company, Diageo seems to be fully committed to releasing a torrent of flavored whiskies onto the market, including Jeremiah Weed (Spiced, Sarsaparilla, and Cinnamon) , Piehole…
 
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  • Wild Turkey Cocktails for Thanksgiving Day

    Kevin Gray
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Now, you don’t have to drink Wild Turkey on Thanksgiving, but it sure makes for an easy themed drink. At my house, I’m content to sip the stuff neat. No ice, no mixers, no problem. But should your guests want something that’s a little more, you know, elaborate… here you go: a trio of three old fashioneds, each made with Wild Turkey and fit for Thanksgiving drinking. Old Fashioned 17 (Christopher Longoria, 1760) 2 oz Wild Turkey Rye .75 oz Campari 2 tsp Cynar .25 oz Cinzano Dry Vermouth .25 oz simple syrup 4 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters…
  • WhistlePig 2014 Boss Hog: The Spirit of Mortimer Review

    Kevin Gray
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Last year, WhistlePig released “The Boss Hog” to many a whiskey drinker’s delight. The very small batch release–about 1,000 cases–was a 12 year old, 100% rye bottled at barrel proof. But now, they’re one upping themselves with The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer. This new release is again bottled at barrel strength, but here we’ve got a whiskey aged for nearly 14 years in a combination of new American oak and used bourbon barrels. The name refers to the distillery’s mascot, Mortimer. And here, WhistlePig did the late Mortimer a real service,…
  • Twelve Five Rye Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Twelve Five Rye Whiskey is named for the day (December 5, 1933) in which President Franklin D. Roosevelt repealed prohibition in the United States. It was a good day, and here we’ve got a whiskey that pays tribute to America’s native spirit. Released by California-based Congenial Spirits and produced at the Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Swisher, Iowa, Twelve Five Rye is comprised of 70% rye, 15% malted barley and 15% corn. The ingredients are sourced locally, which is always nice, and post distillation, the spirit is aged in charred American Oak barrels for at least two…
  • Tincup American Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Tincup American Whiskey hails from Colorado, where it was founded by Jess Graber, the same gentleman behind Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. It’s comprised of corn, rye and malted barley. It’s technically bourbon, but Tincup has a higher rye content than most. And interestingly, they don’t use the word bourbon on the label, preferring to stick with “American Whiskey.” The actual juice comes from MGP Ingredients in Lawrenceville, Indiana, the same distiller behind several popular rye whiskeys, including Bulleit and High West. But Tincup puts its own Colorado…
  • anCnoc Rutter Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    anCnoc hails from the Knockdhu Distillery in the Scottish Highlands, where it’s most known for producing a core range of easy-drinking single malts. Beginning with anCnoc 12 Year and moving up toward older expressions like the 22 year old and 35 year old whiskies, the primary anCnoc portfolio skews light and fruit-forward. So if you want to dive into a smoky, peaty whisky, you opt for anCnoc Peaty. anCnoc Peaty is a separate range of whiskies that’s currently sporting four expressions, each named after a particular peat cutting tool, and each touting it’s peat levels in…
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  • Beer Review – Sierra Nevada Coffee Stout

    limpd
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    While off to LA for Jersey Week. I sought out libations and found a Sierra Nevada sample pack at the local Target. You have to love buying beer (and wine) at the same place where you can buy Granola cereal and super hero t-shirts. In Southern NJ, liquor stores are plentiful, so there isn’t much a difficulty in buying beer. It just takes a separate trip. The folks in CA appear to have streamlined the process, which is a bit shocking when you consider how over-complicated they have made many other practices. But I digress; in the Sierra Nevada “Snowpack”, I found their Pale…
  • Beer Review – Karl Strauss Brewing Company Peanut Butter Cup Porter

    limpd
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    While away in LA for Jersey Week, my better half, the urchins and I ventured over to Universal Studios. After conquering the park, the urchins were their ravenous selves and in need of feeding. After reviewing a few menus, we chose the Karl Strauss Brewing Company on the Universal CityWalk. We had been to the Karl Strauss in San Diego in 2011; so, we were familiar with the fare, and more importantly, I knew that I could squeeze in a quick tasting. The first thing I noticed about the sampler was that it has been cut back from six to four. I suppose that was a good idea as four 4oz samples…
  • Beer Review – Sierra Nevada Porter

    limpd
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    While off to LA for Jersey Week. I sought out libations and found a Sierra Nevada sample pack at the local Target. You have to love buying beer (and wine) at the same place where you can buy Granola cereal and super hero t-shirts. In Southern NJ, liquor stores are plentiful so there isn’t so much a difficulty in buying beer. It just takes a separate trip. The folks in CA appear to have streamlined the process. A bit shocking considering how over-complicated they have made many other practices. But I digress; in the Sierra Nevada “Snowpack”, I found their Pale Ale, their…
  • The Battle of Bowmore!

    G-LO
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    On the left, the Blackadder Raw Cask 21 YO Bowmore. On the right, the Bowmore 15 YO, aka “The Darkest”. A few weeks ago, Limpd and I got together at The Barthenon to sample and review the two whiskies in the above photo. Under normal circumstances, our tastings take place after my kids are asleep, which is usually after 9PM (I would have said “after our kids are asleep”, but Limpd’s urchins have a tendency to stay up late, especially on the weekends). This time around, Mrs. Limpd (aka Benita) invited the entire G-LO clan over to their house, along with another…
  • Beer Review – Goose Island The Muddy

    G-LO
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s 10:30PM on a Saturday night while I’m writing this review. 24 hours ago, the G-LO crew was still in the air, i.e. we were flying home from our week long vacation in Walt Disney World. While I had every intention of doing some booze and craft beer research during our time away, the truth is that I didn’t have all that much time to myself, so other than a bit of beertography every now and again, I didn’t get any “work” done. Since tonight is the first time in 7 days that I’m actually awake at this hour (amusement parks are exhausting, and I was…
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  • Craigellachie 13 Year Old

    Ruben Luyten
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Craigellachie 13 Year Old is the youngest option in the new core range from Craigellachie. The distillery is still using worm tubs to create a thick spirit with some meaty character. Check our review of its older brother, Craigellachie 17 Year Old, for more background information.     Craigellachie 13 yo (46%, OB 2014) Nose: fairly neutral and spirity. Plenty of apple peelings, with some raw yeasty notes and light mineral touches. Soft vanilla marshmallow. Citrus. Hints of banana skins and other vegetal notes in the background. Not bad, just a little youthful. Mouth: oily and sweet,…
  • Karuizawa 45 Year Old (cask #2725)

    Ruben Luyten
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Released exclusively for the Taiwanese market, this was the second oldest Karuizawa ever (at the time), and the only cask left of the 1967 vintage. It was presented at Whisky Live 2012 in Taipei and then released to the market at the beginning of 2013. I’m sure visiting Asia makes you understand this kind of whisky even better.       Karuizawa Vintage 45 yo 1967 (59,6%, OB for Taiwan 2012, Aqua of Life, sherry butt #2725, 310 btl.) Nose: typical solventy ebony, cedar and sandalwood. Old leather. Mild ashes / incense. Reminds me of Asian temples (the dark Emperor Jade Pagoda…
  • Macduff 1980 (Golden Cask)

    Ruben Luyten
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The Golden Cask is a single cask series bottled by Cumbrae Supply – House of Macduff (incidentally also the name of the distillery, but pure coincidence with the fact that the owners have this family name). Until now they had a standard bottle with a fairly dull label, but apparently they’ve been given a recent makeover. They’re now sold in Compass Box-like bottles with a nice cardboard case. Of course it’s the contents that counts, but you can’t deny this is way more attractive. We’re trying a new Macduff 1980. Note that there was another Macduff 1980 from the same bottlers in…
  • Ardbeg 1991 (Malts of Scotland – Hotel Bero)

    Ruben Luyten
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Lindores Whisky Fest 2014 is taking place this weekend. There are two festival bottlings, both from the Malts of Scotland stocks. The official one is a Laphroaig 1996 matured in a brandy (!) hogshead, the other one this Ardbeg 1991 from a sherry hogshead. While the label says bottled for Geert’s Whisky Bar @ Hotel Bero it is only for sale this weekend so you can call it a second festival bottling. Mind that there has already been a similar Ardbeg 1991 for Hotel Bero in 2011.     Ardbeg 23 yo 1991 (48,9%, Malts of Scotland for Hotel Bero 2014, sherry hogshead, ref. MoS 14054, 185…
  • Balvenie Tun 1509 (batch 1)

    Ruben Luyten
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Balvenie Tun 1509 is the follow-up of the distillery’s success story Balvenie Tun 1401 which was released in nine batches between 2010 and early 2014. All of them were good whiskies, some of them even outstanding. So now there’s this new 8000-liter marriage tun #1509 which is four times bigger than its predecessor. For Balvenie this is a way of upping the scale and reaching more people. Nothing wrong with that. However not only did the scale change, the cask distribution is also clearly different. Tun 1509 batch 1 consists of 42 casks: 35 ex-bourbon casks and 7 sherry butts (all nicely…
 
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  • Wild Turkey Cocktails for Thanksgiving Day

    Kevin Gray
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Now, you don’t have to drink Wild Turkey on Thanksgiving, but it sure makes for an easy themed drink. At my house, I’m content to sip the stuff neat. No ice, no mixers, no problem. But should your guests want something that’s a little more, you know, elaborate… here you go: a trio of three old fashioneds, each made with Wild Turkey and fit for Thanksgiving drinking. Old Fashioned 17 (Christopher Longoria, 1760) 2 oz Wild Turkey Rye .75 oz Campari 2 tsp Cynar .25 oz Cinzano Dry Vermouth .25 oz simple syrup 4 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 dashes Fee Brothers Orange Bitters…
  • WhistlePig 2014 Boss Hog: The Spirit of Mortimer Review

    Kevin Gray
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Last year, WhistlePig released “The Boss Hog” to many a whiskey drinker’s delight. The very small batch release–about 1,000 cases–was a 12 year old, 100% rye bottled at barrel proof. But now, they’re one upping themselves with The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer. This new release is again bottled at barrel strength, but here we’ve got a whiskey aged for nearly 14 years in a combination of new American oak and used bourbon barrels. The name refers to the distillery’s mascot, Mortimer. And here, WhistlePig did the late Mortimer a real service,…
  • Twelve Five Rye Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Twelve Five Rye Whiskey is named for the day (December 5, 1933) in which President Franklin D. Roosevelt repealed prohibition in the United States. It was a good day, and here we’ve got a whiskey that pays tribute to America’s native spirit. Released by California-based Congenial Spirits and produced at the Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Swisher, Iowa, Twelve Five Rye is comprised of 70% rye, 15% malted barley and 15% corn. The ingredients are sourced locally, which is always nice, and post distillation, the spirit is aged in charred American Oak barrels for at least two…
  • Tincup American Whiskey Review

    Kevin Gray
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Tincup American Whiskey hails from Colorado, where it was founded by Jess Graber, the same gentleman behind Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. It’s comprised of corn, rye and malted barley. It’s technically bourbon, but Tincup has a higher rye content than most. And interestingly, they don’t use the word bourbon on the label, preferring to stick with “American Whiskey.” The actual juice comes from MGP Ingredients in Lawrenceville, Indiana, the same distiller behind several popular rye whiskeys, including Bulleit and High West. But Tincup puts its own Colorado…
  • anCnoc Rutter Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    anCnoc hails from the Knockdhu Distillery in the Scottish Highlands, where it’s most known for producing a core range of easy-drinking single malts. Beginning with anCnoc 12 Year and moving up toward older expressions like the 22 year old and 35 year old whiskies, the primary anCnoc portfolio skews light and fruit-forward. So if you want to dive into a smoky, peaty whisky, you opt for anCnoc Peaty. anCnoc Peaty is a separate range of whiskies that’s currently sporting four expressions, each named after a particular peat cutting tool, and each touting it’s peat levels in…
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    Whisky Advocate

  • Top 10 Rated Whiskies from the Winter 2014 Issue

    Lew Bryson
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The winter issue of Whisky Advocate will be hitting the newsstands in early December. Until then, here’s a sneak preview of the Buying Guide. It’s our biggest yet; with 157 whiskies reviewed. We start with #10 and conclude with the highest-rated whisky of our winter issue. #10: Port Ellen 1978 35 year old (Diageo Special Release 2014), 56.5%, $3,300 Scarcity and the secondary market have driven prices up, so either buddy-up to a rich guy, or club together to try this. Greater levels of cask interaction have added an extra dimension to a whisky that is often skeletal. The…
  • Orphan Barrel Whiskey Release #4: Lost Prophet

    Lew Bryson
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    I wrote about Diageo’s first three Orphan Barrel (OB) whiskeys here back in January. The whiskeys in these bottlings are from either the old or new Bernheim distilleries. As I noted in that post, they vary in taste, from the easy-drinking, gently sweet, and uncomplicated Barterhouse to the dry, spicy, and oak-driven Old Blowhard. Rhetoric, the third release, is somewhere in between those two flavor profiles, but leaning more towards Old Blowhard. While all three releases are certainly interesting to taste and diverse in flavor profile, I feel that they never quite lived up to their…
  • Dewar’s Master Blender on “The Last Great Malts Collection”

    Lew Bryson
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    On receiving the press release on the new “Last Great Malts Collection” from Dewar’s, I had as many questions as there are malts in the range. I thought it might be helpful to get some views from Stephanie Macleod, Dewar’s master blender, who chooses the casks and creates the samples which led to this launch. First, though, it seemed sensible to get examples of some of them to taste before our talk. Don’t panic; I’m not going to belabor you with all my tasting notes. Some small samples of the Craigellachies (all except the 19 year old) and the 12, 21 and 25 year old…
  • Ewen Mackintosh — In 140 Or Less

    Lew Bryson
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Another in our occasional series of Tweet-style interviews. As always, it’s 140 characters or less (we don’t count the spaces) in the answers. Ewen Mackintosh is the new managing director (CEO) of Gordon & MacPhail, the renowned independent whisky bottler based in Elgin on Speyside and owned by the Urquhart family. Ewen will be the first non-Urquhart for four generations to be running the company.    What’s the view from your office window? Today: beautiful blue skies and Boroughbriggs Football Stadium – home to Elgin City FC. No need to buy match tickets then.
  • Fire Water

    Lew Bryson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    A while back I got a box from Darek Bell, the co-founder of Corsair Distillery. It wasn’t a big box, just about the size of a shoebox, and not that heavy. On opening, there was a lot of smoke-gray bubblewrap, a piece of paper, and ten little sample bottles of whiskey. The paper had a key to the contents of the bottles. Some had a fanciful name, like Smokejumper, Pyro, or Hydra, and each was whiskey, smoked with a different combustible: black walnut, pear, blackberry root, Hickory Amaranth, lemon balm, “5 Smoke blend.” I thought back to our 2012 Craft Whiskey of the Year, Corsair’s…
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    Master of Malt Whisky Blog

  • William Grant Launches Glenfiddich Gallery

    The Master of Malt
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Well this one's been teed up perfectly really following last week's post on The Glenlivet, and specifically how they're catching the Glenfiddich in terms of sales whilst placing emphasise on their recent and historical innovation. So Glenfiddich, your move it seems. And here it is: Glenfiddich Gallery, a bespoke online whisky service where you can discover cask strength malts that match your personal tastes and also design the bespoke packaging your whisky will come in! Whilst there is a certain award-winning online retailer that's provided the opportunity to personalise both the labels and…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Long-Standing Beef

    The Master of Malt
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:09 am
    Right then chaps - time for this week's #MasterofCocktails. We're making a sort of Old Fashioned/Manhattan hybrid using Maple Syrup as the sweetening agent. Oh, and candied bacon as a garnish, as if this cocktail recipe wasn't sounding awesome enough already. However, before you even think about touching any of the liquids, you're going to need to candy your bacon. No, that's not a euphemism. It's pretty simple. Set your oven to 175c, grab your bacon, some light brown sugar, and cinnamon: Pour a handful of sugar and pinch of cinnamon into a bowl: Dip the hog-slices into the sugar and onto a…
  • Free Christmas Mulled Cup 10cl Sample When You Buy Any Other Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Product!

    The Master of Malt
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    I've been delighted to see that you're all still getting your #WhiskySanta wishes in, either for any full bottle you fancy or for samples of World Whisky of the Year Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 on Twitter and Facebook. Plenty of people have been made extremely happy by having their wishes granted already, and that makes me very happy too! Now though, it's time to point you in the direction of another festive surprise from Whisky Santa... From now until 31st December, I'll be popping a free 10cl sample of Christmas Mulled Cup in any orders that contain a bottle of one of Professor Cornelius…
  • The Glenlivet Passes 1m Case Milestone & Launches Founder's Reserve

    The Master of Malt
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    The Glenlivet has reached a considerable milestone in its quest to become the best selling single malt Scotch in the world (a position currently held by Glenfiddich), by selling one million 9-litre cases of whisky within a year for the first time in its history. Looking back to the end of the calendar year 2013, the global Scotch malt whisky market shares held by these brands were within a single percent of one another at 12% and 12.7% respectively. Competition for the top spot has rarely been fiercer. Reporting double digit growth in more than 40 markets as well as 8% global value growth…
  • Master of Cocktails - Cask-Aged Martinez

    The Master of Malt
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    Right then - time for this week's #MasterofCocktails, where we will be making a Cask-Aged Martinez. Now this week's drink is going to take probably 2 minutes to prepare, as we've done all the prep. already. Clever us. If you've not done your homework yet or need a bit of a refresher on what you'll been needing in your cask (available here), have a look at the Prep. Blog Post I made early last week for the recipe. Once you're up to speed, we can begin. Go on. I can wait... Ready? Lovely. All week, the cask's been sitting up there on the shelf, quietly maturing... ...and now's its chance to…
 
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  • How to Have the Ultimate Office Christmas Party

    damien
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    TOP TIPS FOR ORGANISERS & ATTENDEESAh, Christmas. It’s doing its level best to sneak up on us once again. Of course, with Christmas also comes the dreaded Office Christmas Party.Well, it’ll only fill you with dread if you let it!We’ve pulled together some handy tips & advice to ensure your Office Christmas Party goes off without a hitch.For the host/organiser, you’ll find some guidelines for keeping your co-workers happy and ensuring it all goes off without a hitch.For the party animal attendee, you’ll find some great advice to keep you from ending up on the HR…
  • Cocktail Bar Review: Trader Vics, London

    Rebecca
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    Ah, the Mai Tai – that fruity, flirty, rum-packed cocktail we all associate with sitting on a beach in some Polynesian setting, exotic flower firmly pinned behind our ear with not a care in the world.So where was this infamous cocktail invented? Well, rumour has it that, in 1944, the Trader Victor J. Bergeron created it for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti. One of them liked it so much he cried out “Maita’i roa ae!” which, in Tahitian, means ‘wow, that is out of this world!’ The home of the Mai Tai is thought to be the Trader Vic’s bar in Oakland,…
  • Holidays are coming…

    Rebecca
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Yep, the festive season is upon us – and there is officially no escaping the fact that Santa and his reindeer will soon be bestowing gifts on all the good boys and girls. Look around and you will see a plethora of tinsel, sequins, glittering lights and penguins, so you might as well get used to it, buddy.And what better way to do this than with some cocktails that embrace these traditions in alcoholic form? In the lead up to Christmas we’ll be giving you a series of establishments that are easing you into the festive spirit with, er, festive spirits.But wait! Before Christmas takes…
  • Cocktail Bar Review: Bread Street Kitchen, London

    damien
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    The relationship between drink quality and intensity of interior design is almost always inverse.  Save for a few hotel bars where lavish interiors is a pre-requisite, much like an X-factor boyband, for the most part you can be sure that the more style a bar has, the less substance is behind it.
  • The best in autumn cocktails from super London restaurants

    Rebecca
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The clocks have gone back, leaves are falling, and the chill in the morning air is definite indication that the heady days of summer will soon be a distant memory. Yep, we’re in autumn – that transitional period between seasons, when we can’t quite start getting excited about Christmas (despite the nonsense of some stores that have started selling advent calendars -for shame!).Still, it’s nice at this time of year to have something to perk us up. Well, enter the ‘seasonal menu’ – a selection of drinks that embrace change and mix things up a little. Starbucks do it with…
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  • Thanksgiving Cocktails with Caliche Rum

    Alexander
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I stepped away from the family madness to share a few Thanksgiving cocktails featuring one of the newest brands to come across my desk, Caliche Rum. If you’re a fan of Puerto Rican rum you’ll love this stuff. I usually make my world-famous big batch of Coquito with Don Q but this time swapped it for Caliche (also made by the makers of Don Q) and it’s pretty amazing. It’s got great flavor and might be my new favorite rum. We’ll be sharing our review of Caliche in the next few weeks so be sure to look out for it, but in the meanwhile…
  • Our 30 Favorite Fall Cocktail Recipes of 2014…So far

    Alexander
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    I LOVE this time of year. Football season is in full swing, the summer tourism season here in Florida is over, and for a Chicagoan stuck down here, I finally can walk outside without sweating my ass butt off. Besides that, I get to change of my drinks menu here at mi casa. We switch out the seasonal fruits of Summer with warm flavors that remind you of the cooler Fall season. Cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, peppermint, maple, and caramel are just some of the many flavors that go perfect with this time of year. I love making my own drinks, but I’m also a huge fan of surfing the net and finding…
  • A Boozy Pumpkin Pie Recipe with Chila ‘Orchata

    Alexander
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? We’ve turned it up a notch with a boozy pumpkin pie recipe that will leave you feeling good this holiday. At a time where creative culinary is at an all time high It’s a classic that will always be served at my Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners but I’m a sucker for some good booze infusion so when I stumbled on this recipe for pumpkin pie that adds in Chila Orchata liqueur I had to share it. Chila ’Orchata is a unique blend of Virgin Islands Rum, real dairy cream and a sprinkle of exotic cinnamon. We reviewed Chila…
  • Cocktails with Menage a Trois Vodka

    Alexander
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    If you’re a fan a vodka and threesomes, you might be able to kill two birds with one stone here. Menage a Trois, the brand known for their affordable wines are now in the vodka business. They recently released 3 flavors (of course), Citrus, Berry, and Original and we’ve got some recipes to share for you to try at home. If you’re looking to pick up a bottle check out our review of Menage a Trois Citrus Vodka and check back for reviews on the other two in the future. For now give these recipes a try. Citrus Screwdriver  3 oz. Ménage à Trois Citrus Vodka 4 oz. Fresh-squeezed…
  • Review: Menage a Trois Citrus Vodka

    Alexander
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    We’ve all heard the term Menage a Trois before. In French it literally means house of three, but more notably its used to describe three adults getting down and dirty, no judgement over here. With sex and alcohol being so closely tied together, it makes sense that a company would use the term for its brand. “At Ménage à Trois, our love affair with the grape runs deep, but we can’t help but play the field! After 15 years devoted to making premium California wines, we’re having a new romance with vodka. This is no fleeting affair, but a real commitment to crafting luxurious,…
 
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  • Faultline 32 year Blended Scotch Review

    Josh Peters
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    The Faultline 32 year Blended Scotch comes to us by way of those lovable lads at K&L. According to the label the contents of this bottle were the contents of a cask that was “forgotten” in a Scottish warehouse and is incredibly unique not just because it’s a 32 year old blend, but because it’s a single vintage blend from 1979. A single vintage blend means that every whisky in this bottle, single malts and grain(s) alike, were all distilled in 1979 (2 years before I was born) and at some point found themselves in mixed together in the sherry hogshead that was later…
  • South Island 21 Review

    Josh Peters
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    The South Island 21 is a soft, simple, striaght-forward and tasty whisky that survived 2 rounds of international travel to make it to Los Angeles. It was brought from New Zealand to California by a friend of mine who spent his honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand. He actually brought back a couple of whiskies, but this one was by far my favorite. Aged in ex-bourbon barrels this whisky was created in a now shuttered distillery using only ingredients from New Zealand. In fact everything that is currently offered by The New Zealand Whisky Collection is what remains from New Zealand’s whisky…
  • Lark Single Cask Review

    Josh Peters
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Lark Single Cask is an interesting whisky and I got to try this little guy thanks to a friend who had his honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand. It’s a whisky that spent many hours stuffed in a suitcase next to dirty laundry and toiletries in order to arrive back here in Los Angeles and for me that actually makes it more special because it came with a story. Which is actually my favorite way to drink whisk(e)y; with friends while telling stories. Lark Distillery fired up it’s stills in 1992 and was the first licensed distillery in Tasmania since the last one had closed in…
  • Glen Moray 12 Review

    Josh Peters
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    What do Aberlour, Glenmorangie and Whisky Label 5 all have in common? Their owners have all owned the Glen Moray distillery at some point in time since it’s conversion from a brewery to a distillery in 1897. This scrappy little distillery has been caught on fire, allowed to run down, closed for over a decade and brought back online during it’s 117 years. It’s the little distillery that could. It’s flagship product, the Glen Moray 12, is an interesting little guy. It has so much potential and so many nice things going on that I find myself rooting for it and spending more time…
  • Lagavulin 2013 Distiller’s Edition Review

    Josh Peters
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    The Lagavulin 2013 Distiller’s Edition is billed as being “Double Matured” and before you run off to the store thinking you’re getting a 32 year single malt for $110 let me explain. The double maturation it’s referring to the just the barrel process they put the whiskey through. First it gets matured in ex-bourbon barrels and then it spends some time finishing in ex-PX sherry casks. The juice inside is still only 16 years like the standard Lagavulin, it’s just been on a different journey. So what did that different path do to the whisky? Well, to put it bluntly the…
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  • 5 Must-Try Flavored Whisky Brands

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

    Spirited Gifts Team
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s time to gift and pair.  If you are bringing a host or hostess gift this year to Thanksgiving dinner or if you wish to gift something to someone since you won’t be able to make their get together its smart to pair the meal with a spirit that embodies the flavors of fall and complements the classic dishes of the holiday. There’s not a Bourbon that pairs better with the flavors of Thanksgiving desserts than Woodford Reserve.  This Bourbon hosts flavors or chocolate, oak and just an hint of spice along with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Top 10 White Wine Gifts

    Spirited Gifts Team
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Top Ten White Wine Gifts 10. Spectacular Sauvignon Blanc Gift Basket  Sauvignon Blanc, that refreshing lovely wine that is perfect for summer (and the end of summer) AND a gift basket. No way. Send this beautiful white wine gift basket with an assortment of goodies that complement this refreshing sipper perfectly. 9. The Summer of Riesling comes to an end… Restaurants around the country celebrate the summer of Riesling annually with a tour bus and enticing dishes to honor the perfect pairing grape. But why not bring it home? Celebrate Riesling in your own home with our Riesling Gift…
  • Five Outstanding Tips for Rewarding Employees

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

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

    Liza B. Zimmerman
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Densely packed cities love their hideaways. Because everyone needs an escape from the concrete jungle, right? To the uninformed, Shinkansen in Singapore’s Raffles Place business district is merely a casual, daytime sushi restaurant. In March of this year, though, Shinkansen starting turning into a hidden, 25-seat bar, The Secret Mermaid, come nightfall. Kind of like how Mogwai turned into Gremlins if fed after midnight—but this transformation is one perfect for dedicated drinkers. Howard Lo, the man behind the mermaid. HOW THE MERMAID GOT HER TAIL Howard Lo, The Secret Mermaid’s owner,…
  • Post-Thanksgiving Brunch Drinks

    Amanda Marsteller
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    (Dust off your party equipment. Start stocking the bar. Call—or text—your pals: It’s Party Season, the perfect time of year to show off your well-honed hosting skills and bring all your favorite people together.) It’s a tale as old as turkey and roast beef: You’re exhausted after an epic Thanksgiving or other holiday roast-a-thon and you still have to serve your overnight guests brunch the next morning. What’s the game plan? Two friendly little words: Brunch punch. Brunch spots around the country have caught on to the trend of serving big-batch cocktails to mid-morning crowds,…
  • Large-Format Pimm’s Cup

    Stones Throw SF
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    The ultimate low-proof drink to ease into the afternoon with, Stones Throw’s large-format punch leads the pack with a homemade Pimm’s base of sweet vermouth, Cardamaro, Cocchi Americano and dried juniper berries, best served with ginger beer and plenty of fresh mint.
  • Pear of Apples Punch

    Alex Taylor
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    With its blend of overproof bourbon, fresh apple cider, pear nectar and homemade brown sugar syrup, this punch is a natural for cold weather entertaining. Not overly boozy, it’s just sweet enough to tickle your guests and tasty enough that they’ll be begging for a second batch.
  • The Santa Maria Punch

    Allie Zempel
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    A lively play on the mimosa, The Santa Maria combines cool-weather flavors like apple brandy, fresh orange juice and honey with Vinho Verde white wine and spiced tiki bitters, and will keep party guests sailing happily on for hours.
 
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  • New Craft Distillery to Open in Fargo North Dakota

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    November 24th, 2014- North Dakota’s largest city is about to have a homegrown liquor. Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Proof Artisan Distillers, Inc. will use Red River Valley barley, corn and potatoes to make its booze. “It’s all about supporting being local,” said Joel Kath, who is leading the project. “Even the barrels are from right next door in Minnesota. We can get everything we need within 75 miles from…
  • Wicked Dolphin releases Coconut Rum

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    November 20th, 2014- Florida craft rum producer Cape Spirits has released Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum, which  is now available through the Republic National Distributing Company and at the Wicked Dolphin Distillery in Cape Coral. The rum is described by JoAnn Elardo, founder of WD, as an American authentic coconut rum with real coconut ingredients and a great tropical taste, say says: “We have worked on our Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum for over two years getting the taste just right. I started by using natural ingredients from Florida and the coconuts in my backyard and came up with great…
  • Whitesburg Kentucky to get a legal moonshine distillery

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    November 19th, 2014- A Whitesburg Kentucky distillery is a go again after the city council voted 4-3 Tuesday evening to lease a historical building on Main Street to a would-be moonshine maker. In September, the council rejected Letcher County businessman Colin Fultz’s plans to use a former car dealership garage for a distillery. The building is near Whitesburg First Baptist Church, which opposed the plan. Fultz said Wednesday that support from the community persuaded the city council to revisit the issue, with the understanding “it wasn’t going to be a bar. It’s a…
  • Widow Jane Distillery opens in NYC

    admin
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    November 13th, 2014- Opening a craft distillery in New York City isn’t exactly a novel idea anymore. But Widow Jane Distillery, near the corner of Conover and Coffey St. in the Borough of Brooklyn, is hardly your average distillery.  Here an innovative entrepreneur combines chocolate and bourbon for a unique business that seems to be paying off. Founder and owner Daniel Preston is a former aerospace engineer who has had a string of successful inventions and startups. After selling a parachute technology company he founded, he decided to refurbish his family’s hundred-year-old defunct…
  • Detroit City Distillery Releases Railroad Gin

    admin
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    November 13th, 2014 Detroit, MI – Detroit City Distillery, a craft distillery and tasting room in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market, will release its “Railroad Gin” at a special release party on November 18 at 7:00 PM. The ticketed event offers three courses of classic and contemporary cocktails paired alongside dishes from Leon Johnson of The House of Salt & Cedar for a tasting and drinking journey that spans the complex origins of gin. Railroad Gin is a classic London-style dry gin made with botanicals sourced entirely from Eastern Market courtesy of the Germack Company. The…
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  • Bourbon’s Virginia Home: A Visit To A. Smith Bowman Distillery

    DrinkInsider
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    One of the most common misconceptions I hear about Bourbon is that it has to be produced in Kentucky. Bourbon doesn’t have to be produced in Kentucky—it just so happens that the vast majority of the best Bourbon is produced there, but that has nothing to do with the actual legal requirements around what makes Bourbon, Bourbon. In fact, there is some damn fine Bourbon being produced outside of Kentucky, in other parts of the United States. If you asked me to name the distillery that’s producing perhaps the best Bourbon outside of Kentucky, I may just be inclined to say A. Smith…
  • Bourbon County Black Friday: Because Beer Is Better Than Shopping

    DrinkInsider
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:39 pm
    What are you doing the morning after Thanksgiving? Are you going shopping? Trying to find a killer deal on a new TV? May I make a recommendation? If you’re going to exert any energy at all on Black Friday it really should be spent trying to track down this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County releases. If you’re not going to do that, you should probably just stay at home, drink beer and soothe your turkey day hangover with leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes. But, for those of you who are ready to venture out into the first day of holiday mayhem, know that Goose Island is once again…
  • Talking Laphroaig’s 200th and Cairdeas Amontillado with Master Distiller John Campbell

    DrinkInsider
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Laphroaig’s Distillery Master, John Campbell, has had a pretty full plate as of late. In addition to the release of a number of new whiskies in the past few months — including this year’s Cairdeas and a new entry-level spirit called Select – he’s spent the last few weeks traveling around the US, being the face of the brand at events like WhiskyLive. I caught up with John in Boston, to talk about some of these new releases and the distillery’s upcoming 200th anniversary that’s just around the corner. John Campbell at Whisky Live, Boston 2014 Every year,…
  • Art Of The Single Barrel: The Balvenie 25-Year Traditional Oak-Aged Whisky

    DrinkInsider
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    When I was getting into Scotch, The Balvenie 15-Year Single Barrel quickly became my first go-to whisky. Of course, it was a lot cheaper then than it is in today’s booming Scotch market; but even now, at about $90 a bottle, it’s still a solid buy. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that The Balvenie 15 is truly one of the classic Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. The Balvenie’s New Single Barrel additions (Photo by The Balvenie) The Balvenie Distillery first started their single barrel program in the early 1990s; a bold foray that pretty much started the whole trend of single cask…
  • How To Drink Wine Like A High Roller (Even If You Aren’t One)

    DrinkInsider
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Plus, five wines from Sherry-Lehmann that you won’t feel bad about dropping some serious dough on. If you, like me, are not a high roller (yet) but want to drink wine like one, there’s a good way to accomplish this feat: scrounge up the dollars to get into a VIP tasting at a wine event. Of course, it has to be the right wine event, but if you do your research properly you could be in for a night of unbelievable wines, and pretending that the Bentley out front is your weekend ride. Over the past few years I’ve pretended to be a high roller at a good number of VIP tastings, but one…
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  • Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Proof: 90.4 Age: 4 – 7 years old Distillery: Brown Foreman Distilleries Master Distiller: Chris Morris Season: Late Fall…i.e. Halloween Introducing the Woodford Reserve 2014 Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish Christmas comes early for bourbon lovers in the fall! This is the time of year when the epic Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) drops, when Heaven Hill reveals its successor to the Parker’s Heritage Collection of the previous year, and when Old Forrester blesses us with its birthday bourbon! This year also heralds the arrival of the next…
  • To The Bottom! Old Crow Bourbon Review

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

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

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

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

    Mike Flaminio
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Bourbon Gift Guide 2014The holidays are upon us and it’s hard to beat the gift of booze. I broke this guide down into three price ranges to fit budgets from a  secret Santa to that special someone. Also, and most importantly, you should be able to find nearly all bottles at any well stocked booze monger, with exceptions where regulations may complicate things. I also added a bonus item that might be a little tougher to find, but the intention is not to send you hunting for a Pappy Van Winkle or some other nonsense.I also  wanted to offer a variety of both types of Bourbon and makers.
  • Old Grand-Dad 114 – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Old Grand-Dad 114 Background Old Grand-Dad 114Old Grand-Dad 114 is part of a larger Old Grand-Dad brand that was created in 1840’s by Raymond Haden. Old Grand-Dad was a reference to his grandfather Basil Hayden Sr. Basil was a distiller himself before when he moved with the family from Maryland to Kentucky in the 1780’s. Raymond Haden started a distillery on the family farm in 1790’s and the distillery was eventually sold in 1899. The distillery was closed for good during prohibition and the brand changed hands again to National Distillers Group who then sold it in 1987 to Fortune…
  • Four Roses – High Rye Private Selections – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Background Four Roses Private SelectionThis is the second post in my look at Four Roses’ 10 different private barrels. I’d suggest checking that post on the lower 20% rye recipes for the background on this effort and how I stacked those 5 recipes.In this post I’ll be looking at the even higher 35% rye recipes. It’s interesting to compare how the same yeast came across in the two recipes, although certainly barrel selection also plays a part.ProcessAs I did last time, I’ll rank the recipes towards my preference and put in some notes for each. My goal isn’t really to review…
  • Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition (2014) – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Four Roses Small Batch LE 2014 Background Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition 2014Four Roses Small Batch Limited Edition/LE 2014 is the latest annual release of Four Roses’ special Small Batch. Each year Four Roses selects a special version of its Small Batch bourbon using a blend from 10 of their different recipes. The recipes are different from the standard Four Roses Small Batch, which is mixture of OBSO, OBSK, OESO, and OESK barrels. Also different is the Limited Edition is a barrel strength bottle where the standard Small Batch is at 90-proof.This year’s Four Roses Small Batch…
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 6 @140.2° – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Background Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 6Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is back with a sixth batch. This time around it’s the biggest proof yet at 70.1% / 140.2-proof  (AKA: Hazmat batch). Judging from the web analytics there’s a lot of interest in these new Elijah Craig BP batches, so I’ll post some thoughts on my bottle of batch 6.I’m not going to compare this batch to previous bottles. I thought about it, but I highly doubt you’ll find yourself deciding which batch to buy. These bottles don’t seem to hang around shelves long enough to be an option. On the…
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  • Swiss Whisky That’s Probably Even Better Than Swiss Watches

    Flaviar
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If Swiss Whisky sounds about as plausible as Indian beef soup, you’re in for a surprise: there are about a dozen distilleries scattered around Switzerland. But there’s only one whose Whisky Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible named European Whisky of The Year. Ladies and gents, meet Säntis! Apenzell is a Swiss village of 6,000 souls with scenery out of The Sound of Music and where Säntis Whisky is produced by Locher Brewery and Distillery. The brewery was started by Locher family in 1886 and is now owned and managed by its fifth generation, producing nearly 30 types of…
  • 5 Cocktail Party Hosting Tips From a Pro

    Flaviar
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Right in time for the party season, we asked Brian MacGregor, Bar Manager at Wingtip in San Francisco, to share some tips that will elevate your home bartending skills.  1. No, the Cheap Stuff is not Even Good for Mixers. This may seem obvious, but the number of times that I've seen sub par Vermouths used to make a Martini or Manhattan at home bars is appalling. If you want to make a great tasting dinner, you start with great ingredients, why wouldn’t you do the same for your cocktails? And if your family and friends are anything like mine, who want to have a…
  • So About That Worm in Your Mezcal Bottle…

    Flaviar
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Dear Global Drinking Community, Yes, sorry about that worm. It’s called a gusano in Mexico. Even though the worm is closely associated with the agave plant, we can’t really figure out when it started appearing in Mezcal bottles. The best we can do is date it to the Second World War when America couldn’t import any liquor from Europe, nor make much of its own because all that grain that would have gone into Whiskey, went into feeding GIs instead. But America remained thirsty, so imports of Tequila and Mezcal skyrocketed and, so the story goes, distillers started putting worms…
  • Mezcal, the Lesser Known Agave Spirit You Should Try Now

    Flaviar
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You’ve probably seen it in a bar next to Tequila and noticed Mezcal cocktails on the menu, but surprisingly few people have tasted Mezcal yet. And that’s a pity, because it’s one of the rarest, most underrated, and exciting spirits in the world. Oh, and it’s a true expression of Mexico’s soul; There’s even a saying that goes "Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también.” Translated that reads "for everything bad, Mezcal; for everything good, the same.” So, there you go, Mezcal cures all that ails you and if you’re…
  • Is Vodka Flavourless? and Other Vodka Questions we Get the Most. Potatoes Included.

    Flaviar
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Vodka is one of the best-selling spirits in the world (name a rap star who doesn't own a Vodka brand!), but there’s still a question, and another question, and then ANOTHER question that we get asked a lot about it: "Is Vodka made from potatoes?" - Yes, it can be. "Is Vodka made from wheat?" = Yes, that’s also an option. "Is Vodka made from corn?" Yep, many Vodkas are corn-based too, especially the ones produced in the US. We all know that repetition is the mother of learning, but also it’s not too exciting, so we’ll stop here with the…
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  • REVIEW: Boutique-y Whisky Company Regions of Scotland

    Greg
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    REVIEW: Boutique-y Whisky Company Regions of ScotlandExperience72%Packaging86%Notes / instructions64%Taste74%Enjoyability77%Willingness to try again77%75%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)0%Disclaimer: Master of Malt provided a tasting set for review but my opinion and commentary, as always, are my own and are impartial. That Boutique-y Whisky Company Regions of Scotland Tasting Set; a flight of five sample size whiskies I’ve never […] The post REVIEW: Boutique-y Whisky Company Regions of Scotland appeared first on Great Drams.
  • GreatDrams International Flight whisky tasting

    Greg
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Thanks to everyone who came along to the GreatDrams International Flight whisky tasting in West London last night, you were all fantastic fun to host and loved all the questions! Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and look forward to seeing you next time for the Post-Christmas Peaty. The post GreatDrams International Flight whisky tasting appeared first on Great Drams.
  • IPSE 15 for 2015 Discovering Exceptional Minds

    Greg
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    What a night. Thanks to everyone for their support and especially IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed) for their recognition and their kind words. Sad not to win but to be awarded one of the fifteen ‘exceptional minds’ of the swelling 4.6 million self employed people in the UK. Inspiring panel discussion […] The post IPSE 15 for 2015 Discovering Exceptional Minds appeared first on Great Drams.
 
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